H.R. No. 973
         WHEREAS, Tommy Cantrell, a longtime coach and teacher in the
  Arlington Independent School District, passed away on August 5,
  2012, at the age of 76, leaving his loved ones to reflect on a life
  that was rich in meaningful accomplishments; and
         WHEREAS, Tommy Cantrell was born on June 10, 1936, in Fort
  Worth to J. M. and Ethelda Cantrell; he graduated in 1954 from North
  Side High School, where he was a Golden Gloves boxer and three-sport
  letterman; he accepted a football scholarship to Texas A&M
  University and, as a freshman, played for legendary Coach Paul
  "Bear" Bryant; in 1956, he signed to play professional baseball for
  the Baltimore Orioles and spent five years in the minor leagues
  before returning to college at Texas Christian University, and he
  ultimately earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the
  university; and
         WHEREAS, After completing his undergraduate studies in 1962,
  he went to work for the Fort Worth Independent School District,
  initially teaching and coaching at Trimble Technical High School
  and then becoming head baseball coach at O. D. Wyatt High School; in
  1969, he was hired as the head baseball coach at Sam Houston High
  School in Arlington, beginning his association with the Texans;
  over the course of the next 26 years, his skillful guidance helped
  the team collect 11 district and 8 bi-district titles and earned him
  Coach of the Year honors on nine occasions; this dedicated mentor
  was masterful at teaching the fundamentals of the game and had a
  positive and lasting influence on his players, 10 of whom went on to
  become coaches at the high school, college, or professional level;
         WHEREAS, Following his retirement in 1994, Coach Cantrell
  worked for American Airlines and used his leisure time to travel and
  visit with family and friends; in all of his endeavors, he enjoyed
  the love and support of his wife, Sharon, with whom he shared 49
  rewarding years of marriage, and he took great pride in his son,
  Clark, and his daughter, Shelley; and
         WHEREAS, With his expertise and leadership, Tommy Cantrell
  helped hundreds of students to excel both on and off the field, and
  he will be a continuing source of inspiration to all those who had
  the good fortune to know him; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of Tommy Cantrell and
  extend sincere sympathy to the members of his family: to his wife,
  Sharon Cantrell; to his son, Clark Cantrell; to his daughter,
  Shelley Cantrell; to his grandson, Chris Cantrell; and to his other
  relatives and many friends; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Tommy
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 973 was unanimously adopted by a
  rising vote of the House on March 27, 2013.
  Chief Clerk of the House