James Dick Richard Hargis

August 23, 1951September 7, 2013

JAMES RICHARD HARGIS was born on the 23rd of August 1951, in Victoria TX, the son of Aurelius Vaden Hargis and Rosalie Hargis, and passed away on September 7, 2013, after a valiant battle with cancer. Dick is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Holly Hargis, daughter Jenny Hargis Stirrat and son-in-law Glenn of Austin, and daughter Beth Hargis of Austin. He is also survived by his brother, V. Burns Hargis and wife Ann of Stillwater, OK, nephew Matt Hargis and family of Oklahoma City and niece Kate Hargis Haas and family of Norman OK. Additionally, Dick is survived by a large group of loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, A.V. and Rosalie Hargis. Dick spent his childhood years in Louisiana and Oklahoma, before moving to Houston in 1966. He graduated from Memorial High School in 1969 and The University of Texas in 1973, with a B.A. in Government. After graduating from UT, he and Holly married and relocated to Washington, D.C. For six years, Dick was a member of the legislative staff of U.S. Senator Henry Bellmon of Oklahoma. In 1980, he received his law degree from George Mason University in Arlington, VA and practiced law in Washington, D.C. before returning to Texas in 1984 to join an Austin law firm. Four years later, Dick relocated his practice to Houston where, in 1997, he established Hargis & Harpold, LLP. In 2011, Hargis & Harpold, LLP was acquired by the Dallas law firm Vincent Lopez Serafino and Jenevein PC. Since 1988, he has proudly served as legal counsel to the Houston Association of REALTORS and various real estate firms in Houston. Dick was pleased to work with HAR for 25 years, especially its integral growth team of Bob Hale, Rene Galvan, Sam Scott and Shawn Dauphine. Dick’s passion for golf, history, and the University of Texas Longhorns was topped only by his love and devotion to his wife and daughters. He touched many people’s lives and the family is grateful to dear friends Tom and Bibbi Anderson, longtime friend Tom Hale, law partner Grant Harpold, HAR staff, and many other colleagues, friends, and neighbors for their overwhelming support during this time. We will all miss his sense of humor, quick wit, and infectious charm. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, September 11, at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Houston with the Rev. Stuart Bates, Rector, officiating. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the Wheatcroft Parish Hall. The family will gather for a private burial prior to the memorial service. The family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Dick’s name be directed to St. Francis Episcopal Church, 345 Piney Point Rd., Houston, TX 77024 or Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum, PO Box 866, Cuero, TX 77954.


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, September 11, 2013
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, September 11, 2013

James Dick Richard Hargis

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Brenda Stagg

August 15, 2014

Holly, I am truly, truly sorry to learn of Richard's passing. Some people leave a lasting impression and Richard was one of them. He always had a cheeky grin and the knack to bring on a smile, and he was a friend to everyone he met.

October 12, 2013

Holly, I am so greatly saddened to learn of Dick's death. I was thinking of you two just yesterday and checked online this morning, only to learn the terrible news. As I sit here crying, I think of what great times we all had.... the mini golf, playing cards and laughing all the time. He was a wonderful lawyer and taught me so much about the practice, I shall be eternally grateful to have worked with him.

If there is anything I can do to help you and the girls, don't hesitate a minute to get in touch. My address is 2131 Derby Ct., Wheaton, IL and my phone number is (630) 690-0556. God's blessings and much love, Judy

October 2, 2013

Holly, Jenny and Beth - I was out of the loop and just learned from Bob about having lost my mentor and friend and one of my all around favorite lawyers ever. I hope there's an Austin Club bar in Heaven where he and my Dad are sharing a scotch. What a generous, great, well-loved man.
Joe Babb

Seita Jongebloed

September 13, 2013

The Realtor community has lost its greatest advocate; the legal community has lost a brilliant mind, and we have all lost a precious friend. He will be greatly missed but the wonderful memories will live on.

September 12, 2013

Holly, Jenny, and Beth--what a beautiful, blessed service yesterday...such a tribute to Dick!
Prayers for each of you as you press on.
Pat Whitehouse

Diane Corona

September 12, 2013

We will truly miss your wit and wisdom.

September 12, 2013

I have wonderful memories of college. Just wanted you to know that having Dick as a friend then is one of them.
Chris Stellar

Ned Stocker

September 11, 2013

Holly and girls - You've lost one wonderful husband/father - Meeting him in Austin and getting to know him as sophomores at UT was one significant highlight of my first year in school, there - Witty, quick on his feet and a load of fun - He was truly a "oner" - one of a kind!! Bigger than life, he was one special guy! My thoughts and prayers are with you - Ned

Estelle Elles

September 11, 2013

My deepest Sympathy to the Hargis family. We will miss Dick and his contribution to the real estate community. Will always be grateful for all the legal guidance.

September 11, 2013

Dear Holly, I have barely gotten over the loss of my dear friend Rosalie. Dick was a precious man and David and I would laugh about the Hargis men and their wonderful sense of humor. God truly blessed us all with knowing Dick. Please let Burns and Ann and your girls know that the Dauphins are thinking of you all at this sad time.
Love, Melanie Brown