Neal Denman celebrates 85th; Boots Morehead will be missed by many


Sheila Scogin

Beamon and I really got out of our routine Saturday to find there were a lot of happenings outside our little world.

Neal Denman threw a birthday party for his 85th birthday. He and daughter-in-law, Terri Denman, outdid themselves by having great weather and the Crimestoppers Band provide background music for the party. Some of those present for the fellowship and food ere Greg Denman, Mica, Bobby and Destinay Sullivan, Frank and Elena Clark, Freddie Davis, Janice Brooks, Sonny Denman, Ola Mae Gordon, Ken and Analese Burnley, Jerry Anderson, Denny Porter, and Cotton Thompson, all of Lufkin; Kathy and Bob Communale of Willis; Derek Denman of Dallas; Rex Davis of Houston; Jeff and Sonya Denman of Louisiana; Teresa Moore of Fort Worth; Wesley Scogin of Arlington; Shirley McKenny of Etoile; Jan and Lloyd Baker of Highlands; Melissa, Wayne, Tate and Cole Jordan of Apple Springs; and Larry and Carolyn Denman of Buffalo. From Huntington were Mildred Denman, Joyce Webb, Lynn Denman, Tiffany Young, Timothy Griffith, Larry and Sandra Taylor, Edmund Coulter, Elmer Dominey, Edgar Arnold, Narrolee Reppond, Mary and Rufus Curry, Cletus and Gladys Russell, Myrtie Moncrief, Linda Cook, Earl Maxwell, Mary Junge Hiser, Joe and Barbara Charanza, and Curtis and Judy Spivey.

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Many family members and friends were saddened in our area when Boots Morehead passed away. He probably knew more people than we could count and many of them paid their respects at visitation and then at the funeral. As long as I can remember our Russell side of the family always recalled how Mrs. Beatrice Morehead raised a fine family who were neighbors to our grandparents Joe and Della Russell. The Rocky Hill kids knew each other and went to school together.

Mrs. Beatrice was a Christian woman and she never had a child that got into any kind of trouble. Back then there was no time for kids to find trouble because all had to work to help make a living.

After Boots and Jackie opened their grocery store where they both worked to make a go of it, they helped many folks. If there was a cause, Boots was the first to step out and lend a helping hand.

There is no telling how many projects in Huntington he put money into and school projects or benefits always had Boots offering. I know for Randy’s class throughout their four years of high school Boots and Dean McMullen were mighty generous with groceries and money. Boots could always be counted on to support not only the school projects but helped with many church benefits no matter what denomination. He and Jackie supported whatever was good for the community.

Older folks who shopped at Boots grocery store would be taken home by one of the employees if they had no other transportation. From the furniture store items were delivered without extra fees for long distances from the store.

Boots Morehead was laid to rest at the age of 85, served in the U.S. Army, was a greeter at Huntington First Baptist, owned Boots Grocery, Boots True Value Hardware and Boots Furniture. He was the last living founding member of Huntington State Bank.

His hobbies were hunting, fishing and playing 42.

Survivors are his wife Jackie (Kirkland), daughter and son-in-law Gail and Don Evans, Kingwood; son and daughter-in-law Scott and Judy Morehead, daughter and son-in-law, Peri and Mark Page, Huntington; brothers and wives Henry and Janet Morehead, W.J. and Hazel Morehead, LaMorris and Maxine Morehead; sister and brother-in-law Faye and John Pollino, sister-in-law Dell Morehead; brother-in-law Horace McCoy and grandchildren and other kin.

Preceding Boots in death were parents Archie and Beatrice Morehead, daughter Patti Morehead, brothers Prentiss Morehead, Verble Morehead, W.L. “Tot” Morehead, sisters Phynice Fuller and Myrle McCoy.

Boots Morehead will long be remembered for his generosity, friendship and his smiles.


Sheila Scogin contributes this weekly column about Huntington-area residents.