Ernest Leroy Hallman

July 16, 1915June 27, 2012

Ernest Leroy Hallman, Jr. was born on July 16, 1915 in Grandview, Texas. On June 27, 2012, he passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, just shy of his 97th birthday. Leroy attended Hill College in Hillsboro and obtained undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Texas in Austin in 1939, earning Highest Honors, serving as editor of the Texas Law Review, and President of his senior class. Leroy served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a pilot from 1940-1946 and attained the rank of Major. He practiced law in Dallas for over 50 years, beginning in partnership with Gen. Carl L. Phinney, and ending as a partner of Storey, Armstrong, Steger & Martin. Leroy was a nationally respected transportation lawyer and served as president of the Motor Carrier Lawyers Association in 1970. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the John L. DeGrazier Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. He was an active member of Park Cities Baptist Church since 1948, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, a Deacon, Chairman of the Fellowship of Deacons, and a member of numerous church committees. Leroy also served his community as a member of the University Park Planning and Zoning Commission from 1972-1980. He was a member of the Dallas Petroleum Club and of Northwood Club, where he was an active golfer until he was 93 and a former member of the Board of Governors. Leroy’s happy spirit, integrity and faith will be well-remembered by all who knew him. He had a gift for making everyone he met, from new acquaintances to lifelong friends, feel comfortable and loved. He was respected and dearly loved by his family and many friends. In short, he was “top notch,” a phrase he often used to compliment others. Leroy was preceded in death in 1994 by Betty, his beloved wife of almost 50 years, and recently by his younger brother Billy, his best friend and partner for many years in the cattle business. Leroy is survived by his daughter, Martha Hallman Grable and her husband Robert of Fort Worth and their children, Jeff and his wife Maureen also of Fort Worth, and Laura, of Austin; his daughter Anne Hallman Fowler and her husband Robert of Houston and their children, Leslie Knapp and her husband David, and Brian and his wife Melanie, all of Houston; and his son, Samuel John Hallman and his wife Judy of Dallas, and their children Monte and his wife Gretchen of Flower Mound, and John, of Dallas. Leroy is survived by 11 great-grandchildren, his sister-in-law, Ida Ruth Hallman, and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Trinity Terrace Skilled Nursing Care in Fort Worth and caregivers Jidia Johnson and Gloria Baylor. A memorial service to celebrate Leroy’s life will be held Saturday, June 30 at 1:00pm in Ellis Chapel at Park Cities Baptist Church, 3933 Northwest Parkway, Dallas. A reception in the Parlor will follow the service. Memorials may be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, 2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, 75219; Texas Baptists Missions Foundation, 333 N. Washington Ave., Dallas, 75246; or Park Cities Baptist Church, 3933 Northwest Parkway, Dallas, 75225.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 30, 2012

Ernest Leroy Hallman

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Bill Melton

June 27, 2013

It further saddens me to find out a year late of Leroy's passing. He was a great man with a friendly handshake and smile for everyone. He is missed!

Carl Phinney Jr.

July 9, 2012

Sam and family,
So sorry for your loss. Leroy was a true and honorable man.
Carl & Donna Phinney Jr.

Julie Yarbrough

July 3, 2012

My heart is with you as you grieve the death of your beloved father. His joyful, enduring spirit will live on through his rich legacy of love and friendship. With prayers for your comfort and peace at this time of personal loss.

Jimmy Stanford

June 30, 2012

Dear Martha, Anne and Sam,

I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Both of your parents were very kind and loving toward me as I was growing up and I will never forget them. I wish I could be there for the service.

Warmest best wishes,

June 30, 2012

Anne, Sam & Martha,

I just stumbled upon your Daddy's obituary while looking for the obituary of my cousin Mit's grandson, Reese. What a sad week this has been! I have such fond memories of your Dad, your Mom and all the Hallman family. Leroy was such a special friend to my father and I so enjoyed visiting with him while he was still on the FFE board. I have missed him the past few years, but I do remember how proud he was to still be playing golf in his 90's- the oldest golfer at Northwood! He had a wonderful life and he was so proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Cherish your memories.
Lucy Weller Knight

John Weekley

June 30, 2012

We are so very sad to learn of Leroy's passing. He has been a family friend from Park Cities Baptist Church for over 60 years, and was a faithful member of my father's Berean Sunday School Class.

A gentleman of the highest order, and one of the heroes of the Greatest Generation, Leroy left an indelible impression on so many who knew him.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who loved him. In missing him, we are thankful we were fortunate to have him in our lives.

Catherine and John Weekley, and Suzanne Weekley Leach; Jennifer Weekley Dexter, Amanda Weekley Sparr, and Heather Weekley Murphy

Sherri Pulliam

June 30, 2012

We first met Leroy and Betty in 1979 when we moved 3 doors down from them on Southwestern. What an incredible and loving couple. Leroy used to walk down to our house to "play" with the large train set that Paul and our boys had set up in the garage. His eyes would light up and he "turned into a kid again" when he saw that train. He was a cherished neighbor and friend and we will miss him so much.
May God comfort each of you in the loss of your dear Father.

June 29, 2012

We were so sorry to learn of Leroy's death. He was an admirable man and a delight to know. What a wonderful and productive life he led. We have missed him!
Sally and Houston Holmes ( two of his many Cisco Grill friends)

Becky Dunn

June 29, 2012

Sam and family - so sorry for your loss. Mr. Leroy was such a dear person. I cherish the opportunity I had to be part of SASM and to know him, Mr. Storey, you, and all the other wonderful attorneys there. What a great life he lived. He'll be missed by all who knew him.

terry and anne gardner

June 29, 2012

our thoughts are with the Grable Family at your loss of this extraordinary and wonderful man. He made us all smile.

With respect and condolences,

Terry and Anne Gardner