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

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.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Uncle Herman and Aunt Frankie, as I a always called them, were close friends of my parents for many years. I remember many happy days with them, Randy and Steven as a young child. As an adult I arranged an Ingleside/Baytown reunion for my folks which he attended. He always made me laugh and I will always remember his smile and his kindness to me. Heaven has a wonderful new angel. My condolences to Randy and to Steven's family. Both of your folks were very special people.

Posted by Connie Crist - Frisco, TX   January 16, 2014

Herman Attaway was a favorite and loved Uncle to my Mom (Doris Weatherby Adams) and my twin aunts, Joyce Weatherby Jenkins and Jean Weatherby Brice Buschmann. I always appreciated him sharing stories at the Attaway Reunion in Waco. We are very proud of what he accomplished in his life time. I appreciate his Son, Randy for bringing his Father to Waco so I could learn about my great-grandparents( Herman's parents). Herman and his son, Randy were so thoughtful to pick up my Aunt Joyce so she could attend the Attaway Reunions in Waco. My Mom told me after a Weatherby Wedding in Galvestion, Uncle Herman took all 3 of his nieces out for hamburgers. Herman was an amazing and loving man. A man to admire.

Posted by Joan Adams Hilton - Hickory Creek, TX - My Great Grandmother's son   January 13, 2014

Mr. Attaway was the first member I met when my husband and I joined Goose Creek Country Club. He was always so friendly and charming when I ran into him...at the club or at the bank. I will miss his charming smile.
My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Attaway's family.

Posted by Nicole Reasoner - Baytown, TX - friend   January 12, 2014

Herman and Frankie were special. We shared many dances and cruises with these two and have missed the good times with them.


Robbie and Joyce

Posted by Mr.Mrs. Robbie/Joyce Muckleroy - Harper, TX - Friend   January 11, 2014

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