Posted: Mon 10:35 AM, Mar 04, 2013
Funeral Home: Dignity Memorial Funeral Chapel
October 23, 1920 – February 27, 2013
Scott B. Herrin, Jr., known lovingly to his family and friends as Bennie, was born October 23, 1920 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He passed away February 27th, 2013 in Bryan, Texas. He was married to Catherine Frensley in Port Arthur, Texas in February 1948, who preceded him in death in August 1990. He was married to Wanda Lee Martin on October 5, 1991 in Muskogee, OK.
Graduating from Central High School in Muskogee, OK on May 27, 1937, Bennie then continued for two more years at Muskogee Junior College. After being interrupted by World War II military service, he finished his formal education by obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. He graduated on June 2, 1947.
With the world locked in war, Bennie served his country as a torpedo bomber pilot flying seventeen combat missions in the Pacific. His duties ranged from long lonely submarine hunting over hundreds of miles of open ocean to flying low-level support for ground troops during the battle of Okinawa with machine gun bullets flying all around him. His squadron V.C. 99 was based on the carrier, U.S.S. Hoggatt Bay and the yearly reunion trips to see his shipmates were a happy part of his retirement. Lieutenant Herrin served on active duty from 1942 to 1945 and in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1945 to 1953. The pictures and models in his office of the Grumman TBF "Avenger", which he flew in service of his country, let you know that he was very proud of his military career.
Mr. Herrin began his career with the Gulf Oil Company in Port Arthur, Texas in June of 1947 and rose to the executive position of departmental superintendent. Bennie was a respected administrator who was always very efficient and yet popular with his workers, because of his personal friendliness and consistent fair treatment. He retired on December 31, 1982.
Bennie was a person who knew how to work, but also how to have fun. His love for sports and the outdoors was obvious, as he enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf with his friends. His knowledge of birds and flowers impressed everyone who knew him. His interests also extended to art, through his collections of pictures, illustrations and glassware. On the golf course or in the fishing boat, his easygoing disposition and great sense of humor made him a joy to be with.
His love for the Lord and the way he lived it each day made him an example and a leader at Central Christian Church, where he was a longtime member and supporter. Filling the office of Deacon, as well as trustee, was a privilege for Bennie and a blessing for the church. Wanda and Bennie's partnership serving God at Central Christian Church was an inspiration.
Scott B. Herrin was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Toy Scott Herrin and Mrs. Pearl Herrin, his first-wife, Catherine Frensley Herrin and grandson, Scott Eddy.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Herrin of the home; stepdaughter, Phyllis Rand and husband Billy Tom of Beaumont, Texas; stepson, James Martin and wife Joy of Baton Rouge, La., and stepson, Hershel Martin and wife Lynett of Tulsa, Okla.; grandchildren, Adele Martin-Pakulski and husband, Maciej of Warrington, England, Olivia Martin of Tulsa, Okla. and H. Lee Martin III and wife Shannon of Owasso, Okla.; great-grandchildren, Isaac James and Ethan Lee Martin of Owasso, Okla., and Madeline Grace Phillips of Tulsa, Okla.
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to Central Christian Church, 8125 Turkey Creek Road, College Station, TX 77845.