Harvey Harold Cryar

August 9, 1925January 19, 2013
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Harvey Harold Cryar was born in Honey Island, Texas on August 9, 1925. He passed away at his home in Conroe, Texas on January 19, 2013 at the age of 87.Harold is preceded in death by mother and father Lera Faye and Harvey Jackson Cryar, and sister Doris Maddline Schrock. He is survived by wife Caroline Carson Berry Cryar, daughter & son-in-law Carol Ann & Kendall Casseres Palmer, son & partner Carson Harold Cryar & Franklin Hollenbeck, grandsons Jeremiah (Yida), Jerome (Cristie), Malcolm (Kristy), & Thomas Casseres Palmer, great grandchildren Dakota & Madelyn, brother John Garland Cryar, niece & nephews Lera Jones, Robert (Bobby) Schrock, Tuck Cryar, & Philip Cryar, & numerous cousins. Harold’s survivors also include family members “by choice” Gilbert & Debbie Recio, Oscar & Delmy Avelar and their sons Heber, Oscar, Michael, and Max, Billy & Tammy Lyons & their children Jake & Sarahbeth, & Lou & Manuel Perea & family. Growing up, Harold had a wonderful childhood in Baytown, Texas and later in Old Humble Camp to the east of Conroe in Montgomery County. He was a member of the Sea Scouts (Boy Scouts) and numerous athletic teams. He enjoyed hunting and playing with his gang of friends in Humble Camp. He was a star receiver on the Conroe High School varsity football team of 1943. Harold served in the U.S. Navy during WWII in both the Pacific (plankowner of USS Bougainville) and Atlantic (USS Mispillion) Oceans. In 2010, he was proud and delighted to be a member of Honor Flight 4, flying from Montgomery County, Texas to Washington, DC to visit the WWII Memorial. His daughter was extremely proud to accompany him as his guardian. Following the war, he returned to Conroe to work for Humble Oil Company while working on his Bachelor degree at Texas A&M College and Sam Houston State University. After receiving his degree from SHSU in 1952, he went to work for Conroe ISD. In 1962, he received a Master of Education degree from SHSU. He worked for CISD for 28 years, retiring in 1981. During his years at CISD, he was a teacher, coach, Principal (Travis JHS), and Assistant Superintendent for Personnel. After retirement he served as a member of the CISD Board of Trustees for five terms, making a 43 total years of service to the Conroe Independent School District.In 1998, Harold was honored to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Conroe Kiwanis Christmas Parade. He also enjoyed “serving time in jail” to raise funds for the Montgomery County Crimestoppers in 1991. But his greatest accomplishment, and the one of which he was most proud, was having the Harold Cryar Intermediate school named in his honor. The school opened in 2004 with a wonderful reception in his honor. Harold spent many years as a member of Conroe Rotary Club. He received the Paul Harris Award multiple times. He loved serving the Conroe community. One of his favorite activities was leading the “I Like Me” book program, which provides personalized books for elementary school students. Another organization that was dear to Harold was the Conroe Symphony Orchestra. He spent many years on the Board of Directors for the symphony and greatly enjoyed their performances. Harold led a Christian-centered life. As a youth, he served the Humble Camp Baptist Church as a janitor. He joined the First Methodist Church of Conroe before his marriage to Caroline. He was a faithful servant of the church, serving in many capacities from usher to church Board Member. He co-authored, with Dearing Jones and a committee, a history book of the First Methodist Church of Conroe, titled Upon this Rock. He married the love of his life, Caroline Carson Berry, on June 9, 1951. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Merchant. They had 2 children, Carol and Carson. Although Harold dearly loved his work for CISD, there was never a doubt that his family came first. He was the best husband, Papa, and friend that any man could ever be. We would like to thank all of the people at The Gathering Place for being a source of joy and light over the past year. We give our love and gratitude to Home Instead employees Brenda, George, Kimberly, Kiki, and others who sat lovingly with Harold during his illness. And we are thankful for all the people, including Melanie, Laura, Ray, Martin, Louise, Christy, Tracy, and others at Lighthouse Hospice who have been so kind and helpful to our family in the last few weeks. If you choose to make a donation in Harold’s honor, please consider giving to either The Gathering Place at First United Methodist Church of Conroe (4308 W Davis St, Conroe, TX 77304), the scholarship fund at the Montgomery County Association of Retired School Personnel (c/o Margaret Goldfinch, PO Box 2325, Conroe, TX 77305), or the Conroe Symphony Orchestra (call 936-760-2144). Funeral services will be performed by Reverend Bill Taylor at First United Methodist Church Conroe at 1 PM on Friday, January 25, 2013. Pallbearers are Oscar Avelar, Philip Cryar, Tuck Cryar, Billy Lyons, Berkley McComb, Thomas Palmer, and Don Stockton. Honorary pallbearers include all members of the Conroe ISD Board of Trustees past and present, all staff members of Conroe ISD who worked with or for Harold in previous years, all former students, Dr. Glen Berwick, Andy Walker, Glenn “Skip” McClellan, and surviving classmates of the Conroe High School classes of 1943 & 1944. 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  • Visitation Thursday, January 24, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Friday, January 25, 2013

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April 22, 2013

To all the Cryar family. My thoughts and prayers have been with you. I extend my deepest sympathy to all of you. God be with you.

Dale Buckalew Crane

June Tucker

January 26, 2013

I worked with Mr. Cryar 5 years at Travis Intermediate School. He was a great Principal and helped many students get on the right path in life. He will be very much missed.
June Tucker Conroe


January 25, 2013

such a great man!

Richard Matlock, M:Ed

January 25, 2013

Mrs. Cryar & Family, I was very sorry to read about the passing of your loved ones. I met him a few years ago (1980) when I came to teach here in Conroe ISD. He an I talked awhile before he told me the necessary paper work that I needed to mail back to him. I am very thankful that I was able to cross path with a man with his character and concern for the people and students of CISD. Praying that our Lord and Saviour continue to bless you all is my prayer.

Mae Winn

January 25, 2013

Caroline and family,
I have you in my thoughts and prayers, today. Harold will be greatly missed by many.

Julie Hare

January 25, 2013

Mrs. Cryar,
I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to know both of you during my lifetime. Mr. Cryar was always patient and kind as my Principal at Travis. I will always remember his smile and hugs in more recent years.
I know he will be dearly missed and I pray that the sweet memories you have will bring you comfort.
Julie Hare

David Terrell

January 24, 2013

The Coach and Mrs. Cryar both made a positive, personal impact upon my life. I am grateful to the Coach for his example and good counsel and will testify of this when we meet again, at the Master's feet. My deepest sympathy and prayers go to Mrs. Cryer and the family that survives. I pray your sorrows will be washed away by faith in a future reunion.

Maria Vasquez

January 23, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family,we are so sorry for yours lost
He helped us in so many ways I can't begin to enumerate them. It was a privilege to know and be friends with Mr Cryar for 15 years. He was a good man, and a good friend.

You will always be remembered, thanks, for your friendly, kind words and your good deeds. May you rest in peace eternal!

Brenda Carroll

January 23, 2013

Hi, Caroline, I was in your classes way back in 1952-53 but I will always remember you. I offer my deepest sympathy and want you to know you are in my prayers. Brenda Winningham Carroll

Billy Martin

January 22, 2013

I will never forget Coach Cryar and all he did to help me start my football and track life. He will be dearly missed not only by the players he coached but by the people's hearts that he touched. May God be with Mrs. Cryar and their family. God Bless