Louis Reneau


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Louis Reneau Huddleston

Oct 06 1910 - Mar 21 2005

Louis Reneau Huddleston was born on a farm a short distance north of Princeton on October 6, 1910. He grew up in Princeton and attended school there and graduated as valedictorian of his class in 1928. He was president of the senior class that year. Princeton was not a fully accredited school at that time, so he went to Farmersville High School the next year, graduating from there in 1929. From there, he went to East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce, Texas (now known as East Texas A&M University at Commerce). After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in English, he returned to Princeton to teach school. The first year there he taught Language Arts in the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh grades. The next year, he moved to high school where he taught all four levels of English and coached girls’ basketball. Princeton was still not a fully accredited school. The superintendent told him that he must get two years of English accredited. He was able to get all four levels of English accredited. He continued to coach girls’ basketball and had a winning record. The incentive for moving to high school was that his salary increased by ten dollars per month. Even so, he still made less than one hundred dollars per month. He continued to coach girls’ basketball, teach English, and assume the duties of high school principal. He spent his summers as an onion buyer from 1935-1941. His career was interrupted by World War II when he was drafted on April 15, 1942. After basic training in Fort Riley, Kansas, he was sent to California as a member of the 524th Police Battalion. He received his first furlough in December of 1942, and he and Mildred McMahan were married on December 29, 1942. He served overseas in the European Theater for sixteen months. He spent time in France, Holland, and Germany and was involved in the Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged as a Master Sergeant on December 24, 1945. He immediately returned to Princeton and started teaching English at Princeton High School on January 2, 1946. He remained with the Princeton District through the school years of 1965-66. During that time, he earned a Master’s Degree in School Administration, as well as a Supervisor’s Certificate. He served as Princeton High School Principal and coached baseball and football. In 1957, he became Princeton Superintendent of Schools, but he insisted on teaching English IV in order to keep in touch with the students. In the spring of 1966, he resigned to accept a job as a County School Supervisor for eight years before retiring in 1974 after forty-two years of service. The Princeton ISD named an intermediate school in his honor. Reneau has touched and helped mold the lives of many young people. While in Princeton, he was an active member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where he served as an elder, teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, and served on many church committees. He was active in civic affairs, being a charter member of the Lions Club. Reneau and Mildred moved to McKinney in 1966 where she was teaching and she still lives there. They became active members of the First Christian Church where she is still attending. Reneau enjoyed his family, watching sports on television and traveling as long as he was able to do so. At the age of ninety-three, he liked for Mildred to take him for a ride in the car, and he always wanted to go to Princeton. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Huddleston of McKinney, Texas; son, Mike Huddleston and wife, Karol of Highland Village, Texas; grandchildren, Christie Henderson and husband, Mark of Grapevine, Texas, Holly Foster and husband, Chris of Austin, Texas, Michael Huddleston of Highland Village, Texas, Sonja Frisella and husband, Sal of Corinth, Texas and Jondi Prewitt of Lewisville, Texas; 4 great grandsons; and 1 great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 brother and 1 sister. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel with Rev. Neill Grimes officiating. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Tuesday at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Capital Improvement Campaign at the First Christian Church of McKinney.
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