In memory of
Harold Raymond "Hal" DeMoss Jr.
DeMOSS, JR., Harold Raymond "Hal" Harold Raymond DeMoss, Jr. "Hal" or "Judge," passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, the 29th of April 2020 in Houston, at the age of 89. He was a much beloved husband, son, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, a treasured friend, a gentleman, and a patriot. Hal was born on the 30th of December 1930, in Houston to Harold Raymond DeMoss and Jessy May Cox DeMoss. He attended Poe Elementary and Lanier Junior High, before his family moved to Dallas in 1942, where he graduated from Highland Park High School in 1948. He graduated with a BA in Pre-Law from Rice University in 1952, and then from the University of Texas Law School in 1955 with an LL.B. law degree. Hal was an attorney with the Bracewell law firm in Houston for over 35 years before being appointed as an appellate judge to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals by President George H.W. Bush in 1991. He retired from the court in 2015. Hal was married to Judith Phelps "Judy" DeMoss, daughter of Judson and Theresa Phelps of San Antonio, for 64 years. Hal was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Judy; mother, Jess; father, Harold; brother, Tom; and sister, Dottie. He is survived by son, Chip DeMoss (Jan) of Houston; daughter, Holly DeMoss of Houston; grandson, Austin DeMoss (Krista Carter) of Austin; granddaughters, Alden DeMoss and Adrienne DeMoss of College Station; great-grandson, Carter DeMoss of Austin; his sisters-inlaw, Marty Vogt of Austin and Clytie Phelps of San Antonio; nieces and nephews, Lisa DeMoss Bassett, Matt DeMoss, Mark DeMoss, Fritz Vogt, Kenny Vogt, Chuck Vogt, Marshall Vogt, Katie Phelps McDonough, Eleanor Phelps, Jason Phelps; and numerous cousins, great-nieces and nephews. A memorial service and celebration of Hal's life is to be conducted at St. Martin's Episcopal Church at a date to be announced once the church has reopened to the public. For service information updates, please visit http://stmartinsepiscopal.org/funerals/ . Hal's full obituary and online memorial tribute can be found online at GeoHLewis.com where you can also share memories and words of comfort electronically with his family. There you may also opt to receive updated service information by selecting the "Receive Notifications" icon. In lieu of customary remembrances, and for those desiring, the family requests that memorial contributions be directed to The Judge Harold R. DeMoss, Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Law for Constitutional Excellence, c/o The University of Texas Law School Foundation, 727 E. Dean Keeton Street, Austin, TX 78705. http://www.utlsf.org/demoss
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