Lauis Hair

Lauis Hair, 98, of Olton, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 in Plano. Services were held Friday afternoon, Nov. 8 at the First United Methodist Church in Olton with Rev. Tom Carter officiating. Interment was in Olton Cemetery under the direction of Ramage Funeral Directors. Hair was born in Bulcher, Texas on Aug. 27, 1915 to R.P. and Ora Hair. In 1920, the Hair family moved to Olton, where they owned and operated a general merchandise store. Lauis
worked in the family store and graduated from Olton High School in 1933. He attended Texas Tech, where he played football for one year. He married Ruth Dennis on Jan. 14, 1938, and they had been married for 66 years. From 1937 to 1944, Hair served as Deputy Tax Assessor-Collector to Roy Gilbert, I.B. “Doc” Holt, and Troy Cummings at the Lamb County Courthouse, which was then located in Olton. He also served as OHS football coach in 1942 and 1943. He joined the Olton State Bank as cashier in 1944 and served until 1952. From 1952 until 1957, Hair and C.S. “Shorty” Silcott owned and operated Farmers Gin in north Olton. He rejoined the Olton State Bank in 1962 as vice president and director until his retirement in 1984. He was also a director of Muleshoe State Bank in Muleshoe and Security State Bank in Littlefield. Hair was one of the oldest members of the First United Methodist Church in Olton. He was a member of the Olton Eastern Star, a past master of the Olton Masonic Lodge, and a member of the Lubbock Scottish Rite and Amarillo Khiva Temple. He was a charter member and served twice as president of the Olton Lions Club and was Zone Chairman and Deputy District Governor. He was a charter member of the Olton Country Club. Hair was inducted into the Olton High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1976 and was named Olton’s “Citizen Through the Years” in 1982. Lauis and Ruth were members of the Calendar Club at Plainview Country Club for many years. Hair was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; a son-in-law, Leon Kendall; his parents; two sisters and four brothers. He is survived by four daughters: Sydney and husband, Gary Smith, of McKinney, Lana and husband, Ken Prestridge, of Monroeville, Ala., Phyllis and husband, Ronald Fancher, of Plano, and Pamela Kendall of Plainview; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be made to the Olton Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 1055, Olton, TX 79064, or the Olton Volunteer Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 1087, Olton, TX 79064.
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