Sam Moseley Receives ETBU Sam B. Hall, Jr. Civic Award
MARSHALL, Texas (2/26/14) – Marshall Attorney and former East Texas Baptist University Board of Trustee Chair Sam R. Moseley received the 2014 Sam B. Hall Jr. Civic Service Award Tuesday evening during the Sam B. Hall Jr. Lecture Series Banquet in the Woods and Cornish Great Rooms of the Ornelas Student Center. The annual event commemorates the late U.S. Representative and federal judge Sam B. Hall, Jr., who was a Marshall native and an alumnus of the College of Marshall, which is now ETBU.
Judge Hall’s daughters, Amanda Wynn, Becky Palmer, and Sandra Bodenhamer, presented the blown-crystal award cup to Moseley. Like previous recipients of the honor, Moseley was taken by surprise as Wynn described his accomplishments and recognized he was the honoree.
“He was not born in Marshall, but his family moved here when he was quite young,” Wynn said, trying to keep the suspense as long as possible. “He went through Marshall public schools, graduated in 1960. Then went on to the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated with a business in administration degree. He then went on to obtain his law degree from the University of Houston.”
Moseley, who served as regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the administrations of President Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush has practiced law in Marshall for years. Wynn described him as a trusted and wise counselor. Moseley and his wife Kay are active members of First Baptist Church of Marshall where he serves as a deacon. In 2006 Moseley was named Marshall’s Outstanding Citizen by the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce.
“In fact, we cannot think of a single organization in Marshall that Sam has not led or been a part of,” Wynn remarked. Previous awardees of the Sam B. Hall Jr. Civic Service Award were Madeleine Segal Hall (in memoriam), Ray and Mona Lawson, Sue Jordan, and Frank and Bonnie Strauss.
Moseley, after receiving the award, shared stories about, Judge Sam B. Hall. “Through the years, we became really good friends,” remarked Moseley, who as a junior high student first became acquainted with Hall as he watched the young lawyer represent clients during trials in the historic Harrison County Courthouse.
“I am little hesitant to say he was one of my closest friends because I have never met anybody that knew Sam Hall and they didn’t say he was one my closest friends,” said Moseley. “He made you feel that way, even if he did not know you very well.”
“To have my name associated with Sam Hall’s name, that is a good thing. I am very thankful,” Moseley concluded.
Before the presentation of the Sam B. Hall Jr. Civic Service Award, Chase Palmer, Hall’s grandson, shared personal stories about his grandfather. Keith Hodges, minister at Eastern Hills Church of Christ of Marshall, voiced the invocation.
ETBU President Dr. Dub Oliver introduced Coach Gene Stallings, the keynote speaker for the evening. Coach Stallings is a multiple Hall of Fame Coach, National Champion head coach of the 1992 University of Alabama football team, and a renowned motivational speaker. The retired coach lives in Paris, Texas and is a longtime friend of the Hall family.
Coach Stallings shared stories about his son, John Mark, known as “Johnny,” who was born with Down Syndrome, and anecdotes from his days as a collegiate football player and as a head coach in both the college and professional ranks. His overall theme for the evening was that we all should do “whatever is right” following the example of Judge Hall.
“If you want to do your children a favor, teach them a work ethic,” Stallings said, toward the end of his lecture. “We live in a time where it is ‘give me, give me, give me.’ Teach our children a work ethic and teach them to associate with good people and have good friends.”
The Sam B. Hall Professorship and the Lecture Series were endowed in 1993 by the family and friends of Congressman and U.S. District Judge Sam B. Hall, Jr. A native of Marshall and an alumnus of the College of Marshall, and the Baylor University School of Law, Judge Hall served in and was president of several civic organizations and the Marshall Regional Medical Center before his death in 1994. Dr. Jerry L. Summers, Dean of the School of Humanities at ETBU, is the Hall Professor of History.
East Texas Baptist University offers graduate programs in business, counseling, religion and education, as well as 40 undergraduate degree programs. ETBU provides a Christ-centered education that emphasizes the integration of faith and learning. The ETBU experience is known for “Embracing Faith, Engaging Minds, and Empowering Leaders.” For information, visit www.etbu.edu.