Gerald Singleton, Sr.
August 26, 1938 ~ July 25, 2021
Services for Gerald Singleton, Sr. will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Daingerfield High School Auditorium. Burial will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Hughes Springs. Mr. Singleton will lie in state from 12:00 noon until 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
A kind and loving spirit, Gerald Singleton, was born August 26, 1938, in New Orleans, LA, to the late David Singleton, Sr. and Audry Robinson of Algiers, LA. Gerald graduated from L.B. Landry High School in 1957 in New Orleans, LA. He furthered his education by receiving a Bachelor's Degree in 1961 from Texas College, Tyler, TX,where he majored in Physical Education with a minor in Biology. He served in the Army National Guard and earned an Honorable Discharge in January 1967.
Gerald earned a Master of Education in 1970 from East Texas State University, Commerce, TX. Gerald also earned his Mid-Management Certification from Stephen F. Austin University. Gerald held memberships in the professional organizations: Texas State Teacher's Association, Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, and the State Bar Governance Committee.
"Coach" began his teaching and basketball coaching career at Fannindel High School, Ladonia, TX, in 1961. He accepted a position in 1966 as the Head JV Coach for football and basketball at Pittsburg High School. Gerald began a 30-year career with Daingerfield - Lone Star ISDin 1974.
Gerald was a versatile and dedicated educator. In addition to teaching biology, Gerald coached secondary high school athletes, was a mentor, youth counselor, and community leader. In 1981,he became the Assistant Principal of Daingerfield High School while maintaining the position as the Head Varsity Basketball Coach and Assistant Football Coach. Gerald taught and coached many of his nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Gerald served as the Principal of Daingerfield High School from 1991 until he retired in 2004.
Gerald was well loved and respected by all who knew him both personally and professionally. "Hwy 259 runs North and South" was a trademark saying that captured his sense of humor. Students understood the point being made when Mr. Singleton spoke these words. He was a prominent figure in the school district and within thecommunity. Gerald was honored in 2021 with the Educator Community Service Award from the Morris County Collaborative.
Gerald accepted Christ at a very early age. Gerald’s spirit was shaped by his deep belief in the salvation offered by our Lord and Savior. Hewas an active member of Mt. Mitchell Church of Christ, Omaha, TX, until his health failed him. Gerald taught adult Sunday school class, conducted scripture readings and assisted with communion, offerings and prayer service.
On December 27, 1991, Gerald and Rita Harper entered into holy matrimony. Gerald cherished Rita as his soulmate and caretaker throughout their 29 years together as husband and wife. He was a loving and faithful husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and dear friend. Gerald was in his element living his best life in East Texas.
Gerald was preceded in death by his wife, Rita Singleton; parents, David Singleton, Sr. and Audry Robinson; and daughter, Holly Durham. He leaves to cherish his memory, his son Gerald (Alanna) Singleton, Jr., Richardson, TX; step-daughter Tegra (Torre) Chism, Lone Star, TX; step-son Terrance Harper, Dallas, TX; one brother David Singleton, Jr., Dallas, TX; thirteen grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, loving friends and Christian brothers and sisters.