PEARL OTTO HATLEY, SR. was principal at Hodges Oak Park
Elementary School in the mid-30's & was Ranger High
School principal in 1941 at Ranger, TX. He married
Youree Cereta Long and they had three children, two
daughters, Martha Francine Hatley McCauley (RHS-1940),
& Laura Jane Hatley Rogers and her husband Tom Ralph
Rogers of Georgetown and one son, P.O. Hatley Jr. &
his wife Mary Faith Hatley of Longview. Laura and
Ralph were both born in Ranger.
SON: P.O. HATLEY, JR., a longtime resident of Longview,
TX died in June of 2012. Burial was at Rosewood Park
in Longview, TX.
P.O. was born Dec. 29, 1930, in Ranger, TX, to P.O.
Hatley Sr. & Youree Long Hatley, and passed away on
June 10, 2012, in a local hospital after an extended
P.O. graduated from Rusk High School, attended Lon
Morris Jr. College and then received both a BS & MS
in Agriculture from Sam Houston State University in
Huntsville, TX. After college, he joined the U.S.
Navy where he attended Officer Candidate School. He
then served as Gunnery Officer aboard the U.S.S.
Rendezvous during the Korean War. He loved the Navy
dearly and served as the Commanding Officer of the
Tyler, TX, active reserve unit, retiring as a Captain
after 30 years of service.
He was a 30-year employee of the Social Security
Administration, having worked in McAllen, Texas, and
Lawton, OK, before spending 28 years in the Longview
office. Being not only a U.S. government employee for
many years, he was also a longtime landowner & cattleman
in Gregg, Cherokee and Smith counties. He was a member
of the Naval Retirees Association, the Texas Cattleman's
Association and the Texas Forestry Association. His love
for the Longview Lobo football team is indescribable.
He was a season-ticket holder and had not missed a Lobo
game, including playoff games, for over 40 years.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and sister,
Francine Hatley McCauley (RHS-1940).
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of nearly 52 years,
Mary Faith Stoddard Hatley of Longview. Also surviving are
his sons, Dr. Richard Hatley and his wife, Deborah, of Paris,
TX, Randall Hatley of Longview and Ronald Hatley and his
wife, Valerie, of Austin, TX. He also leaves behind two
grandchildren, Jonathan and Madeleine Hatley of Paris;
a brother-in-law, F.G. Stoddard of Bonham, TX; a sister
and brother-in-law, Jane Hatley & Tom Rogers of Georgetown,
TX; along with several nephews, nieces, great-nephews,
great-nieces and a host of cousins.