Russell Hart Pinson of Humble, Texas passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the great age of 89. A friend to all, Russell "Runt" Pinson will be cherished and missed by all that knew him. Born on July 2, 1923 on Moonshine Hill, in Humble, Texas. Russell died tragically in a car accident within a mile of where he was born, and in the town that he always loved, and called home, Humble, Texas.
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"Runt" as everyone called him, will be joining in heaven his high school sweetheart and wife, Dorothy Lee, who died in 1989 of cancer. Mr. Russell Pinson is survived by three loving daughters, Annette, Mickey, and Pam, along with sons-in-law, Doug January and Mike Ferrell. A grandfather of five, and great-grandfather of three, "Dad" is survived by Russell, Janelle, Sage and Sterling Ferrell of League City, Johanna January of Cypress, Lou and Kelly Ferrell of Conroe, Jessa, Jon, and Preston Landua of Austin, and Trae and Paige Trahan of Houston.
The sixth of seven siblings, he was a true fearless man that learned to swim in the San Jacinto River. A graduate of Humble High School of 1940, "Runt" was a member of the 1938 & 1939 football teams. The '39 Humble Football Team was known as the "Ironmen of Humble," for playing just eleven men for the entire district championship game against Hull-Daisetta. In November of 2012, the Humble High School Football Team honored Mr. Pinson as an Honorary Captain commemorating him, and this great Humble team.
After high school, "Runt" Pinson worked in the oil fields, until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the start of World War II. Leaving on a train from what is now known as the Minute Maid Park train station, he first went to boot camp in Idaho, from then he was stationed at a Naval Base in San Diego, California. He served as a ship-fitter aboard ships, as they traveled to Hawaii, then to Okinawa during the war, preparing for the invasion of Japan, which never happened. Later on in life, whenever his family would ask him if he wanted to go on a cruise, he would reply, "I've already been on a cruise, towing a disabled ship from Okinawa to Honolulu at one knot per hour for months, and I ain't going on another one."
At the age of sixteen, the Sun Oil Company refused to hire Russell because of his young age. However, after the war the Sun Company, based in Beaumont, hired Russell where he worked for one week shy of 30 years, taking retirement at the age of 63. As the years went by, "Runt" was proud to say that when he took retirement, "The Sun Company wasn't planning on me living this long."
Along with working for the Sun Oil Company, "Runt" officiated high school football in the Houston-area for 25 years, starting in six-man football, eventually graduating to eleven-man football. In this profession, he made numerous friends, a couple of enemies, and always spoke of how much fun he had being around the game of football and the young kids involved in this sport.
After retirement, "Runt" set out to be the best dad, grandfather, and friend that anyone could ever wish for. A great fan of his daughters and grandkids, he could be counted on to attend any and all functions that his family members participated in. From baseball games, football games, soccer games, graduations, parties, weddings, and reunions, "Runt" was the one to count on to get there early, and stay late, always willing to tell a good story about his latest gambling adventures, or his new haircut.
Russell Pinson will be laid to rest on Friday, April 12, 2013 in Humble at Rosewood Funeral Home, 2602 Old Humble Road, at Rankin, off the Eastex Freeway. Friday funeral services will be at 10 a.m. A visitation will take place at Rosewood on Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, you are welcomed to make a donation to the Humble High School Alumni Association, or a
Rosewood Funeral Home in Humble
2602 South Houston Avenue Humble, TX 77396
Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 10, 2013