Hollis D Garmon, age 99, of Greenville, Texas, passed away peacefully in his
sleep Thursday, March 21, 2019, at Colonial Lodge.
memorial service will be 11 AM, Friday, March 29th, 2019, at Miller
Grove Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Garmon officiating.
will be at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Thursday, March 28th, 2019, at Coker- Mathews
was born October 21, 1919, in Rains County, Texas, the fourth of six children
to Frank Russell and Ola F. Landrum Garmon.
married June Pegoda on June 9, 1953, in Houston, Texas. He loved telling
how they met at Stewart Title Company (Houston, Tx) when he needed his real
estate transaction completed immediately. He offered to take her to
dinner if she (a legal secretary) agreed to stay late to finish it, and
sixty-six years later, he would say, “I am still taking her to dinner! “
graduating from Miller Grove High School, Hollis attended East Texas Teacher’s
College in Commerce, Texas. His education was interrupted in August 1941,
months before his graduation, when he joined the United States Navy. He served
as a store clerk aboard the USS Rigel, homeported in San Diego,
California. He was on leave that fateful weekend of December 7, 1941,
staying at the YMCA. So moved hearing the news of the Pearl Harbor
attack, Hollis was inspired to compose two gospel songs, “Standing Up for
Jesus” and “Trusting in the Lord”. (Published by Stamps-Baxter Music Company.)
later returned to finish school in Commerce, receiving both Bachelor’s and
Master’s degrees in Music and Political Science.
college, Hollis spent five years teaching school and acting as principal,
but was most proud of his time as band director.
as a real estate broker while also attending South Texas School of Law.
In 1958 he opened his private law practice in Houston, with his wife June
as legal secretary.
of 1960 they decided to move the family and his law practice to Greenville,
became assistant District Attorney in Hunt County in 1963. He was active
in several clubs, served as President of the North Texas Lawyers
Association in 1964 and was Membership Chairman for the American Bar
Association in North Texas in 1965.
Hollis was elected District Attorney for the 8th Judicial District
(Hunt, Delta, Rains, and Hopkins Counties). Soon after taking
office, Hollis launched a successful campaign for Hunt County become a separate
judicial district as a solution to the backlog of both civil and criminal court
cases. With help from Rep. James D Cole and the late Sen. Ralph M Hall of
Rockwall and others, the legislation was passed, and the 196th
Judicial District was created with Governor Preston Smith appointing Hollis
Garmon as the first District Judge for the new district.
Hollis was elected to continue as District Judge. Under his efficient
leadership the court disposed of almost 5400 cases in four years, earning him
admiration among his peers and colleagues. Hollis served as State Judge
for the 196th District thru 1979.
the Texas Supreme Court created a new system of special impact courts around
the state, provided by the federal government, and Hollis was among the
first to be appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to serve as one of these few
special Senior Visiting Judges. Hollis was honored to serve until
2002 when he retired after almost forty years on the bench.
was listed in Who’s Who in Texas for 1973, 1974, and 1976, as well as Who’s Who
in American Law in 1977. He was also honored to speak in Austin to the
judicial committee of the Texas Constitutional Convention regarding problems
relating to district courts that only serve one county.
always had projects going in his spare time. He and his wife built and
operated the Tawakoni Inn Restaurant for almost fifteen years
(1966-1980). It was well-known for the catfish fillets and hot rolls, and
the décor - portraits of Tawakoni tribe members whom Hollis had traveled to
Anadarko, Oklahoma to meet. Hollis was proud to have these Native
American descendants perform annually, dancing on these lands once claimed by
their ancestors. Hollis loved history and sharing his knowledge. He
was a natural storyteller. Everyone who met him commented they loved
listening to his tales
than six years Hollis and close friend Game Warden Glen Mitchell led annual
boat trips along the Sabine River.
didn’t care much for holding a fishing pole but knew his wife and friends never
tired of trying to hook the “big one”.
spent hours looking at horse magazines, studying and marking notes about
bloodlines or personality characteristics of certain great horses, and he never
tired of watching his own palomino and paint horses. There was anticipation
every spring awaiting the birth of at least one foal.
love for music brought him the most joy throughout his life. He inherited
the family talent for singing and playing any musical instrument. He
loved entertaining others with his exaggerated singing and adding his own
unforgettable twist to his piano playing.
He had a
smile that was contagious, and would give a stranger the shirt off his back, or
the last dime in his pocket. He will be greatly missed.
survived by his loving wife of sixty-five years, June Pegoda Garmon;
daughter Gloria Jean Garmon, of Greenville, Texas; son Jason Thomas
Garmon of Palestine, Texas; granddaughter Rachel Croitz Campbell
and husband Brett of San Angelo, Texas; grandson Jonathan Hollis Croitz
and wife Rocio of San Angelo, Texas; granddaughter Hailey Hull of
Terrell, Texas; grandson Saxton Garmon of Arlington, Texas. Two
great grandchildren, Elizabeth and Matthew Croitz, of San Angelo, Texas.
also survived by four sisters-in-law he held dear: June (Paul) Garmon of
Miller Grove, Texas; Elaine (Frank) Garmon of Sulphur Springs,
Texas; Jeane (Charles) Baker of Springfield, Tennessee; and Sharon
(Rick) Ducharme of Montgomery, Texas, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and
preceded in death by his parents, and all five of his siblings: three
brothers: Robert, Paul, and Frank Garmon; and two sisters, Louise Garmon
Stripling and Geneva Garmon Stripling, all of Miller Grove, Texas.
of flowers, Hollis’s family asks that you please make a donation to your
favorite charity, or one of ours, such as a law library, the Wounded Warrior
Project (855-448-3997), Equine Therapy for the Handicapped and Children (Hope
in the Saddle, etc), Miller Grove Cemetery (Brandon Darrow), or the Alzheimer’s