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Harvey Harold Cryar

August 9, 1925 - January 19, 2013
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Harvey Harold Cryar was born in Honey Island, Texas on August 9, 1925. He passed away at his home in Conroe, Texas on January 19, 2013 at the age of 87.Harold is preceded in death by mother and father Lera Faye and Harvey Jackson Cryar, and sister Doris Maddline Schrock. He is survived by wife Caroline Carson Berry Cryar, daughter & son-in-law Carol Ann & Kendall Casseres Palmer, son & partner Carson Harold Cryar & Franklin Hollenbeck, grandsons Jeremiah (Yida), Jerome (Cristie), Malcolm (Kristy), & Thomas Casseres Palmer, great grandchildren Dakota & Madelyn, brother John Garland Cryar, niece & nephews ...
Harvey Harold Cryar was born in Honey Island, Texas on August 9, 1925. He passed away at his home in Conroe, Texas on January 19, 2013 at the age of 87.Harold is preceded in death by mother and father Lera Faye and Harvey Jackson Cryar, and sister Doris Maddline Schrock. He is survived by wife Caroline Carson Berry Cryar, daughter & son-in-law Carol Ann & Kendall Casseres Palmer, son & partner Carson Harold Cryar & Franklin Hollenbeck, grandsons Jeremiah (Yida), Jerome (Cristie), Malcolm (Kristy), & Thomas Casseres Palmer, great grandchildren Dakota & Madelyn, brother John Garland Cryar, niece & nephews Lera Jones, Robert (Bobby) Schrock, Tuck Cryar, & Philip Cryar, & numerous cousins. Harold's survivors also include family members "by choice" Gilbert & Debbie Recio, Oscar & Delmy Avelar and their sons Heber, Oscar, Michael, and Max, Billy & Tammy Lyons & their children Jake & Sarahbeth, & Lou & Manuel Perea & family. Growing up, Harold had a wonderful childhood in Baytown, Texas and later in Old Humble Camp to the east of Conroe in Montgomery County. He was a member of the Sea Scouts (Boy Scouts) and numerous athletic teams. He enjoyed hunting and playing with his gang of friends in Humble Camp. He was a star receiver on the Conroe High School varsity football team of 1943. Harold served in the U.S. Navy during WWII in both the Pacific (plankowner of USS Bougainville) and Atlantic (USS Mispillion) Oceans. In 2010, he was proud and delighted to be a member of Honor Flight 4, flying from Montgomery County, Texas to Washington, DC to visit the WWII Memorial. His daughter was extremely proud to accompany him as his guardian. Following the war, he returned to Conroe to work for Humble Oil Company while working on his Bachelor degree at Texas A&M College and Sam Houston State University. After receiving his degree from SHSU in 1952, he went to work for Conroe ISD. In 1962, he received a Master of Education degree from SHSU. He worked for CISD for 28 years, retiring in 1981. During his years at CISD, he was a teacher, coach, Principal (Travis JHS), and Assistant Superintendent for Personnel. After retirement he served as a member of the CISD Board of Trustees for five terms, making a 43 total years of service to the Conroe Independent School District.In 1998, Harold was honored to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Conroe Kiwanis Christmas Parade. He also enjoyed "serving time in jail" to raise funds for the Montgomery County Crimestoppers in 1991. But his greatest accomplishment, and the one of which he was most proud, was having the Harold Cryar Intermediate school named in his honor. The school opened in 2004 with a wonderful reception in his honor. Harold spent many years as a member of Conroe Rotary Club. He received the Paul Harris Award multiple times. He loved serving the Conroe community. One of his favorite activities was leading the "I Like Me" book program, which provides personalized books for elementary school students. Another organization that was dear to Harold was the Conroe Symphony Orchestra. He spent many years on the Board of Directors for the symphony and greatly enjoyed their performances. Harold led a Christian-centered life. As a youth, he served the Humble Camp Baptist Church as a janitor. He joined the First Methodist Church of Conroe before his marriage to Caroline. He was a faithful servant of the church, serving in many capacities from usher to church Board Member. He co-authored, with Dearing Jones and a committee, a history book of the First Methodist Church of Conroe, titled Upon this Rock. He married the love of his life, Caroline Carson Berry, on June 9, 1951. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Merchant. They had 2 children, Carol and Carson. Although Harold dearly loved his work for CISD, there was never a doubt that his family came first. He was the best husband, Papa, and friend that any man could ever be. We would like to thank all of the people at The Gathering Place for being a source of joy and light over the past year. We give our love and gratitude to Home Instead employees Brenda, George, Kimberly, Kiki, and others who sat lovingly with Harold during his illness. And we are thankful for all the people, including Melanie, Laura, Ray, Martin, Louise, Christy, Tracy, and others at Lighthouse Hospice who have been so kind and helpful to our family in the last few weeks. If you choose to make a donation in Harold's honor, please consider giving to either The Gathering Place at First United Methodist Church of Conroe (4308 W Davis St, Conroe, TX 77304), the scholarship fund at the Montgomery County Association of Retired School Personnel (c/o Margaret Goldfinch, PO Box 2325, Conroe, TX 77305), or the Conroe Symphony Orchestra (call 936-760-2144). Funeral services will be performed by Reverend Bill Taylor at First United Methodist Church Conroe at 1 PM on Friday, January 25, 2013. Pallbearers are Oscar Avelar, Philip Cryar, Tuck Cryar, Billy Lyons, Berkley McComb, Thomas Palmer, and Don Stockton. Honorary pallbearers include all members of the Conroe ISD Board of Trustees past and present, all staff members of Conroe ISD who worked with or for Harold in previous years, all former students, Dr. Glen Berwick, Andy Walker, Glenn "Skip" McClellan, and surviving classmates of the Conroe High School classes of 1943 & 1944. You are invited to view the guest book and leave written condolences to the family at www.cashnerconroe.com

"To all the Cryar family. My thoughts and prayers have been with you. I extend my deepest sympathy to all of you. God be with you. Dale Buckalew Crane"

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