|Birth: ||Jul. 17, 1928|
Red River County
|Death: ||May 24, 1993|
Cause of death: Pulmonary Disease
Herbert Wayne Raulston was nicknamed "Hub" by his family members at a very young age. He was bom July 17, 1928, to Clarence Melvin and Nannie Bess Yarbrough Raulston in their home. He would have been 65 years old July of 1993. He passed away in May, 1993. He had two sisters, Cora Sue Raulston Boone and Katie Raulston. Katie died at the age of 9. He had three brothers, Clarence Melvin Raulston, Jr. (known to his family as C.M.), Willie Garland Raulston, and Kenneth Adrion Raulston. Herbert had a close family life in Clarksville; and at the age of 9, he gave his heart to Jesus. He was baptized in a fish pond, which was not uncommon back then. Herbert's father was an intellect and never could read enough. He could tell the most current of events and was most interesting to talk to. He died at the age of 84. His mother passed away when she was just 64. He's with them now and we all know he's excited about that! He was not well since birth. He had chronic asthma and had to labor for each breath he took. He was out sick for three years during his school days, and graduated at the age of 21 instead of 18. He always did his best.
His daughter asked him if there was a favorite child among his siblings and he said his parents treated everyone the same with no favorites. They had beds made of hay and feather pillows. Back then they had no knowledge of allergies; and they had no idea that their son was terribly allergic to hay AND feathers!
No one loved to fish more than Hub, and he started young with his passion. He fished until the year before he passed away, when he didn't have the strength to make the walk. His favorite fishin' hole was in Winnsboro at his brother-in-law and sister-in-law's place, Aubrey and Rosemary Chitsey. They have a lake in their yard full of catfish. For several years, Hub and Derrelline went fishin' in Oklahoma at his brother, CM's cabin on the lake. He loved to fish in the ponds in New Boston with his brother, Garland.
At the age of 24, going to the Junious Heights Baptist church in Dallas, he met Derrelline Cox. They married on November 27, 1953. From this marriage, Herbert and Derrelline had two daughters, Sandra Denise Raulston Galley and Paula Sue Raulston Duchesne. Sandra married Robert Galley and gave "PaPa Raulston" two grandchildren, Julie and Robby Galley. Robert had another daughter, Diana, from a previous marriage. Paula married Cecil Gilbert and had three children, Cody, Chase and Dane Gilbert. Paula then married Allen Duchesne, who has two children, Terre and Ted Duchesne. All told, PaPa Raulston had five grandchildren and three step-grandhildren. All reside in or near Arlington. He adored them all.
Hub was feeling bad and having trouble breathing in 1987 and his family tried to call an ambulance. He said "No way. This is the way I want to go; with one grandchild on each knee and surrounded by my family". Herbert had odd jobs working on houses and going from city to city following work until he began to work at LTV Aerospace and Defense Company for five years, then went to work for ARA Manufacturing, an after-market air conditioning company for cars. Although he didn't feel good anytime, he never missed a day of work. Herbert's nickname was "Lightning" because of his slow moving steps. He supervised 20 or more people who all loved him, and many lasting friendships began from his leadman position.
During the years his daughters were growing up, Herbert and Derrelline lived in a house where best friends arose, Betty and Charlie Roden and their son Dellas. After Charlie passed away in 1973, Betty eventually married Floyd McCants, and they remain best friends with them today. They had lasting friendships with Bobbie Sue and J.M. Connelly, Betty Sue and Marvin Clanton, Carolyn and Bubba Hillman, Glen and Mary Carley, Frank and Loraine Faulkner, and Katy Gwen and Olas Low. They have many, many friends and acquaintances. They attended the Highland Baptist Church in Arlington while Hub was alive.
Herbert had the privilege of seeing both his children come to know the Lord; and three of his Grandchildren came to know the Lord and were baptized on video so that their sick Grandfather could see.
Herbert had many nieces and nephews that he loved and adored. His brother, Garland's children, Jeannie, Linda and Billy, visited often and he was crazy about them. He loved Billy's wife, Phyllis, as one of his own nieces, too. Herbert also had a soft spot in his heart for his nephew, James Michael Boone, who was a precious child and the most intelligent child Herbert had ever seen. One thing Herbert always looked forward to was his Saturday morning phone call from his brother, Kent. He always checked on him and caught him up on current events in Clarksville. He had a very close relationship with him and Garland, the closest to his age. While in the hospital, he told Derrelline, "don't forget to renew my Clarksville newspaper." Although Herbert never felt well, he loved to visit. He was extremely close to his brothers and sister and the bond was deep. He had a close relationship was his wife's family too. He called his mother-in-law "Nanie" because that's what all her grandkids called her. The last month of his life he said several times "let me go be with Nanie", who passed away 2 months before him.
He loved playing '42' and did so often with all his relatives, especially Leon and Ada Cox, and Shelton and Bobbie Boles. His requirement for his daughters marrying well was that his sons-in-law knew how to play '42'.
On Herbert's 64th birthday, the family asked him what he'd like for his birthday dinner. He said he believed he'd have steak, lobster and king crab legs because he'd never tried that ... and of course, his personal favorite, homemade ice cream. We videoed the whole thing. He loved to laugh. Ray Stevens could entertain him for hours, as could old westerns such as Bonanza, Matt Dillon and the Rifleman. He rented every funny movie his kids could get from the video store. He especially enjoyed the slapstick and absurd ones. He was a sports nut too. He never missed a televised Dallas Cowboys or Texas Ranger game.
Hub entered the hospital on February 9, 1993. Doctors thought he had the flu. He was better one day, then worse the next. This went on for the entire time he was in the hospital. During his last days in the hospital, he asked his daughters to read him the book "The Raulstons of Red River County" written and researched by his oldest brother, C.M. He shared a lot of special childhood memories with his girls during those last days. The day he died, the Lord's presence was felt throughout the room. Our Minister, David George, was with us as was our best friend, Betty McCants. Garland, Mary Evelyn and Linda saw him two days before he died and his nephew, Larry, visited the night he died.
Herbert's whole life centered around his wife, Derrelline. He stayed infatuated, totally in love, until the day he passed away. He and Derrelline practiced Ephesians 5:22-31, "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as Onto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. ..."
During his last year, Herbert spent many days reminiscing with his daughters. He told all about dating their mom and how crazy he's always been about her. He spoke often of his childhood, the closeness with his family, and scores of happy moments. It seems his grandsons learned sibling rivalry from Kent and Hub. Many cherished moments were shared with his mom and dad, brothers and sister on that old deacon's bench on that huge front porch of the old home place. Many more valued moments were late afternoons on the back porch of that old place. Lots of stories were told while the menfolk whittled.
Knowing that Herbert was a Christian and is home now is a great comfort to us all. He was at peace with the Lord when he passed away. The last day he was conscious, Paula read the Bible to him for about six hours while he watched, talked about scriptures, and listened intently. After she was finished reading, he closed his eyes and was very peaceful as he went to sleep. After he got too ill to attend church, he listened to Dr. Criswell on TV each Sunday with Bible in hand and followed each word he said. He also did this after he came to the hospital.
Sandra was the only person that could get him to eat, so she would come by the hospital and feed him his breakfast before she went to work every day. As Sandra was helping, him eat his breakfast, as she did most mornings he was hospitalized, he informed her that he wanted to go home - to Clarksville - to be buried with his family and heritage at The New Haven Cemetery. He also spoke to his sister-in-law, Mary Evelyn Raulston on the phone the last day he was conscious. He was like a little brother to her. His grandson, Robby Galley visited daily and cared for his Grandma while PaPa was in the hospital. PaPa often talked about how much that meant to him. On his last conscious day, he told the family to help Robby because he would hurt the worse.
Herbert Raulston's life on earth was a struggle from his very beginnings till his final breath, but we know there's a strong, healthy, deep-breathing, happy, free man in Heaven now with his mom, dad, sister, father-in-law and mother-in-law who preceded him to Heaven. His family adored him. We will all miss him. We are selfish, though, because although we know he's in his Master's hands and is reaping what his good life on earth sowed, we'll miss him daily. We know he can feel no pain now. We know he can feel no sorrow now. We know if he could feel pain, he would feel sorry for us, that we weren't experiencing the magnificent riches he is now.
Please join us and cherish the memories of his good life and thank the Lord for the 64 plus years he was allowed to share with us.
His favorite songs were gospel songs by Elvis Presley. "'Precious Lord"' "Peace in the Valley"' "In the Garden"' and "We Call on Him". He also loved the Easter Song "Then Came the Morning". We have played his favorites in his honor today for you to enjoy, too.
We hope you've gotten a good insight of what a wonderful, sensitive, caring, laughing, lovely person he was, and how much he loved his family.
Clarence Melvin Raulston (1894 - 1978)
Nannie Bess Yarbrough Raulston (1897 - 1962)
Derrelline Cox Raulston (1932 - ____)
Note: Nickname: Hub
New Haven Cemetery
Red River County
Created by: GothicHobby
Record added: Mar 15, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25293718