Funeral service for Col. Troy A. Hargis, 93, of Black Jack, Texas, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Laird Funeral Home with Bro. Paul Sevar and Bro. Don Chumley officiating. Burial will follow at Black Jack Cemetery. Col. Hargis passed away on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in San Antonio. He was born on March 19, 1919, in Nacogdoches to the late Thaddeus Hargis and Annie Kendrick Hargis. Troy grew up in Nacogdoches County and graduated from Nacogdoches High School. He received a bachelor's degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and his master's degree in business from the University of Pittsburgh. Troy served his country in the United States Air Force during WWII
and participated in the Pacific Occupation of Japan as a pilot. He graduated from the Aviation Program in 1941 in Hemel, Calif. He also went to language school at Yale University
to learn Japanese in order to work as a liaison for the U.S. Air Force through the Military Assistance Group in Tokyo. After the war, he served in Germany. When he came back stateside, he worked for two years at the NASA
Manned Space Center in Houston as a liaison officer for the Air Force working with the astronauts at that time. After 27 years of military service, Troy retired from the Air Force in 1968 as a command pilot and received the Legion of Merit award for his service to the United States. Troy went on to become a teacher of business at SFA for 20 years. While teaching, he ran his ranching operation near Black Jack. He retired from SFA in 1992, but continued ranching until his health declined a month ago. Ranching was his life, and he and his grandson, J.T. Mervin, managed the ranch together. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, and he and his wife, Norma attended evening services at Springhill Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to many in the community. Troy is survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Norma Johnson Hargis of Black Jack; his daughter, Jodie Hembree and husband Roger of Las Vegas, Nev.; son-in-law, Jim Mervin of Martinsville; and two step-daughters, Barbara Gattis and husband Ed of Burnet, and Joce Dunagan and husband Earl of Lindale; grandchildren, J.T. Mervin and wife Connie of Nacogdoches, Tobie Roberts and husband Pearson of Asheville, N.C., and Jennifer Hembree of Las Vegas, Nev.; great-grandchildren, Thad and Cade Mervin of Nacogdoches, and Brenna and Olivia Madalone of Asheville, N.C.; as well as numerous other extended family and great friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathryn Marjorie Hargis and daughter, Linda Mervin. Pallbearers will be Roger Henbree, Ed Gattis, Earl Dunagan, Larry Poe, Joe Langford and Bubba Green. Honorary pallbearers will be J.T., Thad, and Cade Mervin, and Pearson Roberts. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Black Jack Cemetery Association, 217 CR 350, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961. To offer condolence or to sign the register book online please log onto www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home.