KETR Local
9:22 pm
Sun January 3, 2010

Funeral services set for local legend


Greenville – Funeral services are scheduled for Monday afternoon for longtime Hunt County resident and philanthropist Jack Finney, who died Friday at the age of 93.

Within the last few years, Finney has donated $500,000 to Texas A&M University-Commerce for its new music building and $1 million to the Hunt Memorial Hospital District, which went toward the Lou and Jack Finney Cancer Center. At its completion the new A&M-Commerce music building auditorium will be named the Lou and Jack Finney Concert Hall.

Also named after Finney is Jack Finney Boulevard; which passes through south Greenville and is one of the most traveled roads in Hunt County.

He started Finney's Holsum Bread Company in Greenville and was involved in land development.

Finney was born in Commerce. He attended Paris High School and Paris Junior College before attending Texas A&M University in College Station. At 36, he became the youngest member of the Texas A&M Board of Directors, now the A&M System Board of Regents.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Monday at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home Chapel, 5100 Interstate 30 in Greenville.