Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1937 The Faculty & RJC

Beverly Dudley BEVERLY STUBBLEFIELD DUDLEY, JR., 89, a lifelong resident of Ranger, TX passed away Dec. 16, 2009, with burial in the Evergreen Cemetery at Ranger, TX. Mr. Dudley was born in 1920 at Plano, TX, to Beverly S. Dudley, Sr. and Ola Mae Horn. After 4 months, he and his mother joined his father at their home on Spring Road in Ranger, where his father was a lawyer. His two-block walk to attend Young Elementary turned into a couple of miles to walk across the railroad tracks to Ranger High School. After school hours, he would care for the chicks at his father's hatchery, located a half block from school. He graduated in 1937. Mr. Dudley attended Ranger Jr. College and Texas A&M University, graduating in 1942. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Captain. He fought in the Pacific during WWII, with action at Guadalcanal. After the war, Mr. Dudley returned to Ranger where he taught for 2 years at the Vocational School in Eastland. The secretary there, Hazel Harrell, won his heart and they were married in 1948. Beverly and Hazel's only child was Teresa Dudley. The three of them moved from their apartment in town to their land west of town that Mr. Dudley's father had bought for one dollar an acre. Probably best known as a respected (and feared) vocational agriculture teacher, Mr. Dudley began teaching at Ranger High School in the spring of 1950, taking over from his brother-in-law, Mr. R.B. Thomas, Jr. of Strawn, who took a position with the Purina Feed Company. He continued in this position until his retirement in 1980. Mr. Dudley earned his master's degree from Texas A&M University during summer semester commuted together with Strawn and Desdemona agriculture teacher, Mr. Keith McDonald. Boxed of slides and photos of FFA and judging teams can be found in the Dudley home. During his 30 1/2 years at RHS, Mr. Dudley took numerous judging teams to the district, area and state meets with several teams earning a trip to the national contest in Oklahoma City. One team slept overnight through a tornado that destroyed a building across from their motel. Students learned many practical skills in vocational agriculture classes. An item that all classes built has recently found its way back to Mr. Dudley's house - one of those famous shoe shine kits. Mr. Dudley served in various capacities in the First United Methodist Church of Ranger. Though he could be heard singing the hymns with gusto, carrying a tune was not one of his strong points. Mr. Dudley is preceded in death by his wife Hazel, on the very same date in 2002. He is also preceded in death by his parents, Beverly S. Dudley, Sr. and Ola Mae Dudley. He is survived by his sister, Doris Dudley Thomas (RHS-1940) and her husband R.B. Thomas, Jr. (RHS-1940) of St. Louis, MO; and by his daughter, Teresa Ann (RHS-1970) of Saginaw, TX. WIFE: HAZEL HARRELL DUDLEY passed away on the morning of Dec. 16, 2002, with interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger, TX. She was born to Bessie Orvel and Sarah Rilla (Hair) Harrell on April 19, 1916, in Lampasas, TX. Later, she moved with her family to Eastland, TX, where she graduated from high school. Hazel attended North Texas State University for 2 years. She then worked at Consolidated in Fort Worth. After returning to Eastland, she worked as a secretary for the Human Resources Department at the Eastland County Courthouse. While later working at the Eastland County Vocational School, she met and subsequently married Beverly Dudley, Jr. (RHS-1937), a teacher there, who later served as vocational agriculture teacher at Ranger High School. They married in August of 1948 in the home of Hazel's parents in Eastland. A big part of Hazel's life included worship and activities at the First United Methodist Church in Ranger. She was a member of the Willing Workers Sunday School Class and the United Methodist Women for many years. Among her hobbies for various parts of her life were reading and oil and palette knife painting. Hazel is survived by her husband, Beverly S. Dudley, Jr. of Ranger; one daughter, Teresa A. Dudley (RHS- 1970) of Saginaw; one sister, Frances Walters of Eastland, one brother, Travis Harrell also of Eastland; two nieces, Gaila Arther of Fort Worth and Elaine Johnson of Aledo; and one nephew, James Rick Harrell of Fort Worth. She was preceded in death by one sister, Opal Foust of Valley Mills and one brother, Orvel Harrell of Fort Worth.