Harold Gene Altom
Harold Gene Altom
  • August 30, 1927 - August 26, 2017
  • Huntsville, Texas

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Harold Gene Altom, 90, passed from this earth to his heavenly reward on August 26, 2017.

He was born to Ben and Hattie Mae (Lightfoot) Altom on August 30, 1927 in Combine, Texas. He married the love of his life, Ann Austin on February 29, 1952. They lived in Seagoville, Texas for most of their married lives, and retired to Cedar Creek Lake near Payne Springs, Texas, where they lived feeling like they were always on vacation. They were married 64 years, seven months.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Ann; son Gene; parents Ben and Hattie; brother Leo Altom; and sister Patsy Winkle.

He is survived by daughter Melissa Carson and husband Kevin of Rockwall, Texas; son Wes and wife Karen of Huntsville, Texas; and Charlene Morgan of Terrell, Texas. He is also survived by grandchildren Garrett Carson and wife Brittney of Mesquite, Texas; Abby Boyd and husband Ryan of Abilene, Texas; Colton Carson of Rockwall, Texas; Marshall Altom and fiancée Kathryn Miles of Huntsville, Texas; Patricia Morgan of Terrell, Texas; and one great-grandson, Xander Carson, of Mesquite, Texas.

In addition, he is survived by sisters Anita Appling of Payne Springs, Texas; Sadie Crumrine and husband Vernon of Mesquite, Texas; and Faye Lynn Brayson and husband Jim of Gresham, Oregon. He had many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends who loved him.

Harold grew up the eldest of six children on a cotton farm during the Great Depression. He graduated from Seagoville High School in 1945. He joined the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II, serving on a ship transporting troops. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a photographer, taking pictures of the crash sites of downed American planes.

After his discharge, he began his career in banking and graduated from the SMU School of Banking. He worked for Seagoville State Bank for 50 years, retiring as Executive Vice President and continuing to serve on the bank’s Board of Directors until he was in his 80s. He loved his customers and took pride in a job well done, passing his strong work ethic on to his children. He always believed in doing things “right” and “right now!” A quiet man of faith and character, he also had a heart for community service. Harold served on the Seagoville City Council, the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Seagoville Chamber of Commerce, in the Seagoville Lions Club and as a volunteer for the Seagoville Fire Department. In 1979, he was named Man of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.

His family was blessed and honored to spend his last year caring for him at home. Those memories (and stories) will be with us forever. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Kemp Care Center for their attentive care during the past few weeks.

Harold will be laid to rest beside his precious Ann at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. The funeral service will be Wednesday, August 30 at 10 a.m. at Roselawn Funeral Home, 1000 S. Highway 175, Seagoville, Texas with Ben Stevens officiating. Visitation with the family will be held at 9 a.m. prior to the service.