CAMERON—Funeral services for Thomas Morris Eplen, 85, of Cameron were held Saturday, June 27, 2009, at Marek-Burns- Laywell Funeral Home in Cameron with Rev. William Angel officiating. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Eplen died Monday, June 22, in a Dallas nursing facility.

The retired owner/operator of Eplen Furniture Store in Cameron, he was born Jan. 13, 1924, in Cameron to Joseph Dow and Nella (Thomas) Eplen.

Mr. Eplen was a C.H. Yoe graduate and attended Baylor University.

He married Edwina "Eddie" L ew is on Ja n. 6, 1946, a nd she preceded him in death in 2006.

Mr. Eplen was a World War II veteran, serving as an airplane pilot in the Army Air Force.

He was a member of First Christian Church in Cameron, a 50-year member of San Andres Masonic Lodge and a Shriner.

Survivors include a daughter, Connie Par ish and husband Grant of Dallas, and two grandchildren, Shane and Jessica.

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