Harold Weldon Havard

January 14, 1934April 1, 2019
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Dr. Harold Weldon Havard, of Plano, Texas, age 85, passed away April 1, 2019. He was at his home at the time of his death.

Harold was born January 14, 1934, in Baytown, TX. His father was Eugene Weldon Havard and his mother was Josephine Alicia Houston Havard. His paternal grandparents were Charles Harris Havard and Iva Jett Havard of Huffman, TX. His maternal grandparents were James Edward Houston and Josephine Elizabeth Richard Houston of Garland, Alabama. He married Janice Elizabeth Goolsby of Highlands, Harris County, TX on June 1, 1957.

Harold's life reflects a lifelong commitment to God, and to his church and community, complemented with a strong belief in family values. He grew up in the Baytown Area and made his profession of faith and was baptized in the Central Baptist Church, Pelly, Texas when he was 9 years old.

Harold graduated from Robert E Lee High School Baytown Texas in 1952. He was a Boy Scout, Future Farmer of America receiving the Lone Star Farmers Degree. He received his BA, MA, and Ed D degrees from Baylor University. He was an avid collector of G. Harvey art and enjoyed genealogy. His loves were God, his church, his county, his family, and his friends.

Harold served as a sixth grade teacher first at Velasco Elementary in the Brazosport ISD, sixth grade teacher in the Waco ISD; fifth grade teacher in the Brazosport ISD, and sixth grade teacher at Dover Elementary in the Richardson ISD. He was also an Education Professor at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, TX. He returned to Richardson in 1970 where he was an elementary school principal at Mark Twain, Brentfield, and Prairie Creek Elementary.

After retirement from the Richardson ISD and 40 years in education, he volunteered for Meals on Wheels, served as an ESL teacher for International Friends at First Baptist Church Richardson where he was also a deacon and served as a greeter.

He is survived by his wife, of 61 years, Janice of Plano, TX, his sons Randal Lewis and wife Sharon Patterson Havard of Frisco, TX; Richard Lynn and wife Kimberley Elbert Havard of Prosper, TX. Also, his grandchildren Hunter Ryan Havard, Katelyn Elizabeth Havard, Caroline Grace Havard, Lauryn and her husband Nick Sackett and great grandchildren Brooklynn, Karsyn, and Blake Sackett of Colorado Springs and his Sister in Law, Nancy Bullock and her husband Lawrence Bullock, of Colorado Springs He also is survived by many nephews, nieces, family members and many cherished friends.

Harold is predeceased by his mother, father, and two sisters, Frances Havard Bennett and Lois Havard Carey.

Services will be held on Friday April 5th, 2019 10:AM First Baptist Church Richardson 1001 North Central Expressway Richardson, TX 75080

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Richardson or the charity of your choice in his name.


  • Visitation Thursday, April 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, April 5, 2019

Harold Weldon Havard

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Ken Vahrenkamp

April 5, 2019

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
- C.S. Lewis

Janice my family's thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this difficult time. Dr. Havard was a true gentleman, full of faith, and with a servants heart that carried him throughout his career in Education and his life on this earth. To all of the Havard family, we truly are saddened at your loss, and are keeping each of you in our hearts and prayers. God bless you all and know we are here to support you in anyway we are able.

K.P and Mandy Vahrenkamp, Dr Jennie Vahrenkamp, and Vicki Vahrenkamp Allen.

Carol Gallman

April 4, 2019

I met Dr. Harvard in 1973 when he hired me, fresh out of college, to teach second grade at Mark Twain Elementary. Even though I committed plenty of cringe-worthy mistakes, he always supported me and helped me become a good teacher. He was a kind gentleman who lived his faith, loved his family deeply and respected and was respected by his co-workers. His was a life well-lived.

Dennise Berthelot

April 4, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family .
Dennise & Pershing Berthelot

Ron Clark

April 4, 2019

Great man married to great lady Janis, my wife Nancy had the previlge to serve with Janis as a teacher for years. We know Janis as a great Educator, leader and friend. Recently reconnected with Harold and her on FB. RIP Harold, great man, husband, father and granddad and Christain 🙏 Ron And Nancy Clark

Teri Roberts

April 4, 2019

Dear Randy and family.
We send our prayers to you and all your loved ones. How blessed you were to have him with you for such a long time
May you have many wonderful memories to carry you through this sad time.
Blessings. Bruce and teri Roberts

Bronson Havard

April 4, 2019

Among many of Harold Weldon Havard’s accomplishments is his lessor known, but highly valued, contribution to Havard family genealogy research and history. He was one of the most prominent Havard family researchers, particular for those with Texas connections dating back to pioneer history in the United States. For the past 15 years he has identified gravesites with little or no information about the deceased and their relatives. He added genealogy information keyed to each gravesite so that any relative visiting a Havard gravesite in the computer age can have a fuller understanding of their family history. Too, he left digital flowers and other loving symbols. We Havards thank him for his genealogy work and will miss him greatly.

Pat Fisher

April 4, 2019

Janice, Our prayers are with you and your family. Bruce & Pat Fisher

Patrick Murray

April 4, 2019

What a wonderful man! He will surely be missed. Praying for y’all! Love y’all and I miss y’all. Heaven got another special angel! God bless!!

Shirley Deteau

April 4, 2019

A life well lived and a long service in Education and Christian ministry and s big smile along the way. Blessings and prayers for Janice and his family. May all your sweet memories give you strength in the coming days!

Mary Carolyn Bradley

April 3, 2019

Harold will be greatly missed. It was a joy to talk with him about genealogy. Also remember when we both attended a genealogy workshop.
He was also very thoughtful person. Was sharing something with him at church about our cell phones. Mine was cracked. Received a call after church asking to borrow my phone to have it fixed. He took it and had it fixed. Very thoughtful man.

We will miss you Harold.