Kenneth H. (Judge) Epperson

June 21, 1929January 27, 2019

Kenneth H. (Judge) Epperson passed away on January 27, 2019 at the age of 89. He was born in Houston, Texas on June 21, 1929 to Roy and Opal Epperson. Judge graduated from Barbers Hill High School in 1947 and retired from the US Government after having served as a public servant in many roles. He served two terms as Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 in Chambers County and as a long time City Council member in Old River Winfree. He is preceded in death by his parents and foster parents, Jack and Irene Barber; his wife of 63 years Fonda Mae Epperson; brother, R.H. Epperson; son, Gene Townsend; and grandson, Jason Townsend. He is survived by his daughter, Bennie Blackmon; grandchildren, Robert and Chris Schmadl; Les, Brandon, Michelle and Kayla Townsend; Ken and Shawn Gavlik; along with 13 great grandchildren. The family will receive friends for visitation from 5:00 pm -7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Navarre Funeral Home. Funeral service will take place in the Chapel of Navarre Funeral Home on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 10:00 am, with entombment to follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Roy and Opal Epperson, Parents Deceased
  • Jack and Irene Barber, Foster Parents Deceased
  • Fonda Mae Epperson, Wife of 63 years Deceased
  • R.H. Epperson, Brother Deceased
  • Gene Townsend, Son Deceased
  • Jason Townsend, Grandson Deceased
  • Bennie Blackmon, Daughter
  • Robert and Chris Schmadl; Les, Brandon, Michelle and Kayla Townsend; Ken and Shawn Gavlik, Grandchildren
  • along with 13 great grandchildren


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, January 31, 2019

Kenneth H. (Judge) Epperson

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Bennie Blackmon

January 30, 2019

My daddy was always my rock and my hero. He was a great provider and taught me a great work ethic. He had high standards for everyone. He was there for me when I needed him the most. I will miss him