Herman Hershall Attaway

  • Born: October 21, 1915
  • Died: January 8, 2014
  • Location: Baytown, Texas

Crespo & Jirrels Funeral & Cremation Services

6123 Garth Road
Baytown, TX 77521

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Tel. 281.839.0700

Tribute & Message From The Family


Herman Hershall Attaway, 98, of Baytown, was born October 21, 1915, in Hewitt, Texas, and passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

After graduating from Hewitt High School, he received a B. S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A & M University and was employed by Humble Oil and Refining Company in February of 1941.

During World War II he volunteered to serve as a United States Navy Officer on July 17, 1942. He received his officer training at Northwestern University in Chicago and at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, and was then assigned to the first L. C. I. commissioned in the U. S. Navy. His military service was in Europe and the Mediterranean Sea, mostly along the north coast of Africa and Tike Islands between Africa and Italy. After returning home from military service, he returned to Humble Refinery in Baytown, where he retired in March of 1976.

Herman was preceded in death by his wife of fifty years, Frankie Ann Attaway and his son, Steven Attaway, who died at the age of forty-six. Others preceding him in death were his parents, James and Millie Attaway; brothers, Hugh Attaway and wife, Lelia, Bayce Attaway and wife, Jo and James Attaway, Jr. and wife, Sarah Lee; sisters, Mildred Cousins and husband, Richard, Nannie Mae Weatherly and husband, Leonard, Ruth Trice and husband, Charley and Thelma Morris and husband, Jess.

Herman is survived by his son, Randall Attaway of Boling, Texas; daughter-in-law, Barbara Attaway Thompson and husband, Josh, of Dallas; grandchildren, Jeffrey Attaway and wife, Massel , Steven Attaway, Jr., Carrie Pursell and husband, Aaron; great grandchildren; Gracie, A. J., Aubrey and Alden Pursell and Mariam and Jolie Attaway; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2014, at Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home. A celebration of Herman's life will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2014, in the Chapel of Memorial Baptist Church, with Reverend Randy Piatt officiating. Burial will follow at San Jacinto Memorial Park.