Harold Law(1924 - 2013)

Harold Law, 88, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2013. Graveside service: 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Albany Cemetery, under the direction of Bailey-Howard Funeral Home. A lunch and reception will followed at the Jackson Warehouse. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be made to Albany's Aztec Theater or the Fort Griffin Fandangle Association. Harold was born to James Arthur and Ila B. Law on June 29, 1924, in Ibex. He lived in Shackelford County most of his life. After attending Ibex schools, Harold transferred to Albany High School, graduating in the Class of 1941. The members of his class remained close, having semi-annual class reunions for 70 years. Harold's Texas A&M cadet class of 1945 was drafted into service near the end of World War II. As a second lieutenant in the Rainbow Division, Harold was wounded, captured, and held four months as a German prisoner of war. For his service, he received two Purple Heart medals and several infantry marksmanship medals. He was a loyal and patriotic citizen and was proud to be an American. Harold served as the director of the Fort Griffin Fandangle for 40 years. As Chamber of Commerce president, he said no one should say a bad word about Albany. In 2002 Harold was awarded the Cornerstone Award for his service to the community. He served on the Albany City Council, was a member of the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs, and was a docent at the Old Jail Art Center. Harold loved his ranch. He kept his father's cattle brand and was a member of the Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association. Harold was known for being an enthusiastic singer, who was never shy about serenading his family and friends. He will be remembered for singing with great enjoyment and gusto. Survivors: Harold is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty Petty Law of Albany; his daughters, Ann and her husband, Don Niemiec, and Nancy and her husband, Bill Hallman, all of Fort Worth; his son, Jim Law of Albany; and his sister, Alma Rae Cleveland of Albany. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kate and Beth Harwood, Lee and Will Hallman, and Mary Hallman Smith and her husband, Dwayne; and great-grandchild, Austin Smith.

Published in Star-Telegram on May 13, 2013