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Ralph Hall

May 09 1917 - Jul 08 2010

Ralph Hall passed from this life Thursday, July 8, at Texas Health Presbyterian - WNJ surrounded by his family. He was born May 9, 1917 in Caddo Mills, Texas to LeRoy and Alice Lancaster Hall. They moved to the Whitemound area when he was a baby. Ralph attended school in Whitemound until it consolidated with Tom Bean. Then graduated from Tom Bean High School in 1936. Ralph was a veteran of 3 1/2 years during WWII in the U.S. Air Force. While stationed in England he flew 17 missions over Germany. He was discharged in 1946 as a Staff Sergeant. On August 23, 1946 he married Evanelle Moran in Sherman, Texas. They would have been married 64 years next month. Ralph earned a BBA degree from Austin College in 1948 and did graduate work at Texas Tech before joining the Internal Revenue Service as an agent in Wichita Falls, Texas. He later moved to Richardson where he was on the Review Staff of IRS in Dallas. He retired in 1977 after 30 years service. He spent much of his early retirement on his farm in Grayson County near Tom Bean where he raised cattle and served as Municipal Judge for Tom Bean for several years. When his wife retired from teaching in Richardson, they built a home in the city of Tom Bean where Ralph became active in civic affairs serving on the City Council and Planning and Zoning Board, and in the Chamber of Commerce. He was instrumental in acquiring the old lumber yard and had it torn down and made into a park for a few years which is now the site of the new City Hall, Community Center, and Library. He served as Mayor of Tom Bean for two terms from 1990 - 1994. He spent several years delivering meals for SNAP. He was an avid gardener and bird watcher. He also enjoyed dominoes, traveling, and his computer. He and Nell had traveled to countries on five continents, only missing Antarctica and South America. He was a faithful member of the Tom Bean Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Raymond Hall, and sisters Burles Allen and Dimple Vaile. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, a son Randy and Connie of Houston, a daughter Jana and his very special Granddaughter Ashley of Plano, his brother Lynwood and his wife Mary of Fort Davis, and many nephews and nieces. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 AM, Monday, July 12, 2010 at the Church of Christ, Tom Bean, Texas. Officiating the service will be Mr. A. C. Quinn and Mr. Kerry King. Burial will follow at Vittitoe Cemetery in Tom Bean, Texas. Pallbearers will be Gary Bruce, Larry Scott, Robert Embry, Charlie Counts, Jerry Harris, Danny Hill. U.S. Air Force Honor Guard from Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls will provide Military Honors at the graveside. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Sunday, July 11, 2010 from 3-5pm at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Whitewright, Texas.
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