Bill Text: TX HR112 | 2013-2014 | 83rd Legislature | Enrolled

Bill Title: Honoring the life of Althea Lewis Renfro of Houston.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2013-02-21 - Reported enrolled [HR112 Detail]

Download: Texas-2013-HR112-Enrolled.html
  H.R. No. 112
         WHEREAS, Althea Lewis Renfro of Houston, an esteemed educator
  and friend to many, passed away on December 27, 2012, at the age of
  85; and
         WHEREAS, Born in Houston on February 10, 1927, to Elijah and
  Martha Lewis, "AlphaBelle" Lewis attended Bruce Elementary School
  and Phillis Wheatley High School, where she was active in the Purple
  and White Squadron and Wheatley's Lovable Troubadours; graduating
  at the age of 15, she enrolled at Texas Southern University and went
  on to earn both bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as her
  teaching certification in chemistry, physical science, general
  science, homemaking, kindergarten, and elementary education; and
         WHEREAS, This industrious young woman initially taught in
  Louisiana before returning to Texas and joining the staff of the
  Double Bayou School in Anahuac; she subsequently went to work for
  the Houston Independent School District, and during long tenures at
  Crawford and Hohl Elementary Schools, Mrs. Renfro served as a
  positive influence on many young people; admired for her
  leadership, she chaired the Faculty Advisory Council at Crawford
  Elementary and was the United Negro College Fund school
  representative; and
         WHEREAS, In addition to her professional achievements,
  Mrs. Renfro served as the pianist for three different churches and
  directed the Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church senior choir and
  male chorus; she was a gifted and prolific poet as well who authored
  more than 300 poems and composed several gospel songs; and
         WHEREAS, Mrs. Renfro participated in a variety of worthwhile
  organizations, including Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, the National
  Teachers Association, the National Education Association, the
  LaVioleta Social and Charity Club, and the Order of the Eastern
  Star; she assisted the Red Cross and the Greater Houston Convention
  and Visitors Bureau as a volunteer, and she established the Ted
  Taylor Fan Club, a group that sponsored field trips and cultural
  outings for teens in the Fifth Ward; and
         WHEREAS, The mother of three children, she was also a devoted
  mother figure to the children of her two blended families; before
  becoming the beloved wife of Porter Renfro, Jr., she supported her
  children in numerous activities, attending countless football
  games, marching band performances, and Girl Scout campouts; later,
  she and Mr. Renfro became known as "Mommadear" and "Granddaddy" to
  their close-knit circle of loved ones; during their 40 years
  together, the couple traveled extensively and hosted many
  gatherings in their home; and
         WHEREAS, Althea Renfro made a meaningful difference in the
  world around her, and she leaves behind a legacy that will continue
  to inspire others for years to come; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of Althea Lewis Renfro
  and extend sincere condolences to the members of her family: to her
  children, Algenita Segars and her husband, Ardie, and Jacky Scott
  and his wife, Cynthia; to her grandchildren, Marthea Davis, Jackea
  M. Scott, and John W. Davis IV; to her stepchildren, Ronald Bennett
  and his wife, Joyce, David Earl Renfro, Pat Renfro, Porter Renfro
  III, and Porter Renfro IV; and to her other relatives and friends;
  and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for her family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Althea
  Lewis Renfro.
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 112 was unanimously adopted by a
  rising vote of the House on February 18, 2013.
  Chief Clerk of the House