II Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; Henceforth there is laid up to me a crown of righteousness….
Louie Allen “Sonny” Hallford, Jr. was born October 9, 1939 in Morton, Texas to Louie Allen Hallford and Inez Shaw Hallford. On graduating from Denison High School in 1957, he was selected for the Texas Power and Light Co-Op program. He then attended college at Arlington State College in Arlington, Texas until June 1960. He married the love of his life, Carolyn Janiece Westbrook on August 30, 1960 in Sherman, Texas. He passed away on January 18, 2020 in Denison, Texas at the age of 80 years.
Louie is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carolyn Hallford of Denison; one very special son, Michael Allen Hallford and wife Threasa of Savoy, Texas; one very special daughter, Laurie Hallford of Denison, Texas; He was also blessed with four grandchildren, Tyler Stephenson, Jamie Stephenson, Lauren Goodnow, Evan Hallford; and great-grandson Landry. Also surviving are brother-in-law Don Westbrook and wife Thresa of Denton, Texas; sister-in-law Regina Barnett and husband Barry of Sunnyvale, Texas; along with several great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louie and Inez Hallford Sr; sister, Barbara Nell Hallford; brother, Kenneth Hallford; his wife’s parents: Joshua and Flaura Bell Westbrook; sister-in-law Judy Reedy and her husband Frankie.
A “Celebration of Louie’s Life” will be held 11AM Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at the United Pentecostal Church, Savoy, Texas. Officiating will be Bishop Virgil Cornwell, Pastor Robert Eades, Brother Don Westbrook of Denton, Texas and Bishop David Gilbert of Truth Church in Denison, Texas. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Bells, Texas. Pallbearers will be Albert Talley, Phil Ferguson, Justin Ferguson, Jackie Harmon, Larry Layne, Paul King, and Nathan Simpson. All are outstanding musicians and we say thank you. The family will receive friends during a visitation on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 6-8PM at Mullican-Little Funeral Home, Bells, Texas.
Louie and Carolyn were of the Pentecostal Faith and attended the United Pentecostal Church of Savoy for the last 10 years. He had a long career with Texas Electric Co., He worked at a variety of positions and in 13 different cities in his long career; retiring with 35 years service. Then he worked in safety with other power companies (Red Simpson, Universal & Pike) until finally REALLY retiring. God and family were his first loves, but music, as a hobby, was almost an obsession, particularly the Steel Guitar. He and Carolyn both loved gospel music and attending gospel concerts was one of their favorite things to do together. As a hobby, Louie played the steel guitar for many steel guitar conventions. groups, solos. and church worship. One of the highlights of his love of music was traveling with the Rex Moody Singers, of Van Alstyne, Texas.
Memorial donations can be made: Alzheimer’s Association, 3001 Knox St. Suite 200 Dallas, Texas 75205; United Pentecostal Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 216, Savoy, Texas 75479; Truth Church Missions, P.O. Box 284. Denison, Texas 75021
Arrangements are with Mullican-Little Funeral Home, Bells, Texas. An online registry may be signed at www.mullicanlittle.com
Great friend. Heaven needed a pedal steel player.
We’re so sorry for your loss. We loved Sonny so much. Our prayers are with you all.
What a great man of much talent. Sonny Hallford will be missed. Prayers for his family in the days ahead.
What a great man. He married my cousin and I’ve loved him forever. He use to come to an assisted living in Denison when I was the Activity Director and play his steel guitar for the residents. Heaven has gained a great saint.
We’re so sorry for y’all’s loss. I’m sure he’s picking for the Lord!
We’ll keep y’all in our prayers,
Chris and Colette Robinson
I pray that God will heal your broken heart and give you peace I know that he will surely be missed may God bless you all ??
Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for your family. I will always remember Sonny for his sweet disposition, and the way he could make that steel sing! He had so much more talent that many weren’t fortunate to see, or hear. He always had a big hug, and a smile for me every time I saw him. Fly High, Play Loud, and Enjoy YOUR reward Sonny!
So sorry to Carolyn and all the family for the loss of a precious man. God comfort you all during this time. Love you Carolyn and RIP Louie in your new mansion till we all get there.
Carolyn- so sorry for your loss. He was a sweet person… just like you! Blessings of peace and comfort to you and your entire family.
I was sorry to hear that Louie had passed. He was a good friend to me as he was to anyone he met, and I have missed seeing him at the Texas Steel Guitar show the last few years. Enjoy your new home my friend.
My Thoughts and Prayers are with You Sis Hallford. Brother Hallford was always so kind to My Family and I.
Still playing music in heaven.
So sorry to hear of Sonny’s passing. A great man of integrity and faith. Know of our thoughts and prayers. Darryl & Sandra Capps
Remembering Sonny and his family. Good memories. Set another plate at the banquet table. He will be missed here. Frank and Due Dorries
A kind and gentle man. RIP Friend.
I pray God comfort Carolyn and the entire family in the days ahead. May theLord give you the peace and rest that only He can provide. My deepest condolences.
Carolyn and family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Sonny was one of the sweetest. I really enjoyed the time I had helping with him. Know that my thoughts are with you all.