Harold Royal

harold royal

William Harold Royal was born on July 22, 1943 in Hughes Springs, Texas.  Harold is the third child of eleven children born to Reed and Eula V (Turner) Royal.  He grew up in Hughes Springs and attended Traylor High School. 

Harold joined Love Chapel Baptist Church at an early age and he was taught about the love of Jesus at his mother’s knee along with his brothers and sisters, through her loving examples.  Harold was beloved of his family and he had a heart as huge as the State of Texas.  His heart warming smile and sense of humor was very inviting to all he encountered.  He was an entrepreneur at an early age.  In his teen years, he and his brothers had many jobs; he even worked for Hughes Springs Garbage Service doing his part to keep Hughes Springs beautiful.  This foundational principle of hard work is one that he developed early and it inspired him to enter the trucking business. With his zest for life; he traveled, laughed deeply and he could be heard and seen riding his chopper. His larger than life personality even afforded him a feature in the pages of the National Geographic Magazine.

The day that Harold and Linda Royal met must have been an amazing moment in time and I’m sure they would say that time stood still just for them.  Their love was one that stood the test of time; it was definitely one that paints a romantic portrait of true love. They were inseparable. This poem by Pablo Neruda best describes their love.  “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” On January 2nd Linda fell asleep and 2 months later her loving husband, Harold’s eyes closed.  

Although our family is saddened by our loss, if we could speak to them today, we would say, “We have so many precious memories to last our whole life through, each one of them reminds us of how much we are missing you.” 

Harold is preceded in death by his wife; Linda, his parents; Reed and Eula V, and four brothers; Jerry, Bobby, Robert and Lonnie and two sisters; Thelma and Irma Dean.

Harold and Linda leaves to cherish their memories: two sisters; Vernell of Houston and Eula of Hughes Springs; three brothers; John L. of Longview, Donnie (Gloria) of Sacramento, California and Gerry of Houston; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  Harold and Linda will truly be missed by all.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 8, 2021 at Reeder-Davis Chapel. Burial will follow at Love Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home in Hughes Springs. 
Full obituary will follow. 

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  1. Uncle Hal and Aunt Linda,

    My heart is so heavy in having to say goodbye for now but it rejoices in knowing that I had the honor of being your niece and feeling your love. You loved us so dearly. I will never forget how honored I was to have you travel to California for my "Royal Wedding", I truly felt like a princess. Aunt Linda gave me my something"old" which was very dear, her wedding garter. I appreciate the example of love that you both have shared, it is definitely a legacy to be continued in our lives. As hard as it is to say, I will say goodbye for now and thank you for being you.

    Your Niecey,

  2. To my Brother-in-Law Donnie Royal Sr, my Sister Gloria Royal and the entire Royal Family….Words cannot express the sadness that I felt after hearing about the passing of Harold (aka Hal) and the recent passing of his beloved wife Linda. My love, thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate the incredible life that Hal and Linda shared together and mourn their passing. Please know that I mourn with you and pray that God's love, and the love of family and friends, provide you some comfort and peace at this very difficult time….."Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart."….."Gone from our sights, but never from our hearts."…..My deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family….God Bless!…. Love, Sandy Whitaker.

  3. "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comforteth us in all our tribulations, that we may be able to comfort them which are in trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God". II Cor. 1:2,3.

    To Elder Donnie Royal and the entire Royal Family, we would like to express our love and deep sympathy we feel toward you at the passing of your brother and sister in-law, Harold & Linda Royal. Please know that we regret not being able to be present with you during this difficult time, but you are in our thoughts and prayers. We will always cherish great memories of Uncle Harold & Aunt Linda in our hearts.

    We love you all so much and may the peace of God be with you always.

    Elder Melvin & Missionary Gwendolyn Washington
    Las Vegas, Nevada

  4. My loving thoughts and caring prayers for the family of my dear cousin Harold and his wife Linda. I know my mom and family cherished you and the fond memories throughout the years. Dear cousins please hold on we are undergirding you doing this difficult season. Our feelings for you are strong but our Lord, Jesus , loves you best. He knows about every tear. God cares for you deeply especially right at this very moment. Allow Him to bring you peace and comfort.

    John 14:27
    ‘Peace I leave with you, MY PEACE I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’

    John 15:11-12
    ‘These things I have spoken to you, that MY JOY may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. ‘

    Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

    Love, The Turners, The Burnett’s, The Maddox’s

  5. To John L, my sincerest condolences to you and your family. I pray that God will strengthen your hearts, always look to the Hill, God will see you thru. May God Bless you all 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

  6. Elder Royal and Mother Royal and Family. Please know that we are praying for you. Sorry for the loss of your dear brother, uncle and friend. On behalf of the Women's Department of California North Central Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, you have our prayers and love.
    Mother Farine Lee
    Jurisdictional Supervisor, CNC-COGIC

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