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Thomas Benford Frizzell

Benford Frizzell pic croppedThomas Benford Frizzell, age 85, of Crockett, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2020 in the Crockett Medical Center.  Benford was born July 9, 1934 in Kennard to parents, Joe Sidney Frizzell and Myrtle Moore Frizzell.  He was a graduate of Kennard High School where he was a member of the FFA then served in the United States Army.  Benford continued his education at Sam Houston State University and received a master’s degree in agriculture. Later on, Benford completed his master’s degree in education at Stephen F. Austin State University. He served 34 years in education at Kennard ISD and Mirando City ISD, 20 years in administation.  Benford was a member of the Texas Agriculture Teacher’s Association, the School Administrators of Texas, and the Texas Retired Teachers Association. Benford was a faithful, longtime member of the South Loop Church of Christ in Crockett.

Benford is survived by wife of 49 years, Doris Hughes Frizzell of Crockett; son, Thomas Gregory Frizzell of Crockett; sister, Billie Jean Beard and husband, Earl of Crockett; sister-in-law, Cora Frizzell of Crockett; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other family members and friends.  He was preceded in death by daughter, Catherine Elizabeth Frizzell; parents, Joe and Myrtle Frizzell; brothers, Ernest “Mutt” Frizzell, Paul “Moody” Frizzell, Joe Cecil “Brother” Frizzell; sisters, Jewel DeSmyter, Nell Huff.

A private service for Thomas Benford Frizzell will be held.


  1. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Uncle Benford was that something. He will always be with us in our memories of his love, his mannerisms, and his humorous fun-loving ways. I can still picture him saying to one of us when we were little, “Come here and let me put a bug in your ear”, or hearing his distinctive laugh. We have an entire lifetime of precious memories that will stay with us forever. I had the privilege of working with him when I first started teaching in Kennard. He would walk down the hall and tell the kids to get moving, quit sauntering…made my first year one of the best. Your family will miss you dearly but know you were loved beyond measure. Love you Uncle Benford❤️

  2. Oh my so many memories, that same smile I see here, walking the halls, yes, he did.

  3. Uncle Benford,
    It is so hard to say goodbye to someone that I admired and one who holds a special place in my heart. As I sit and recall memories of you I can hear your voice and how you said things. The numerous one-liners (just like Daddy) still brings a smile to my face. My favorite was the
    stretched out fingers above the steering wheel to greet on-coming cars.
    Thank you for the many memories and say hello to Daddy for me.
    Love Arlene ❤️

  4. My deepest condolences and sincere prayers for Mr. Frizzell’s family. He was so proud to be an educator and then president of the Houston County Retired Teachers Association. Like clockwork, he brought in his announcement of the monthly Retired Teachers meeting to be published in the Courier’s “Community Happenings”. It was always neatly printed on an index card and always ahead of deadline. I’m sure his class is one where students didn’t dare be tardy! (LOL). RIP Mr. Frizzell. You made a positive difference in more lives than we’ll ever know! Respectfully, Lynda Jones

  5. One of those men who you can tell has a great heart. Always pleasant, always had a smile to share and a kind word.
    Rest In Peace Mr. Frizzell. Prayers for your family.

  6. A tremendous man! Those smiles, grins and laughs will be missed!

  7. My deepest sympathy to Benford’s family. I knew him through Texas Retired Teachers Association, District 6. He led his local unit for many years. When his health no longer allowed him to continue that leadership role, he continued to come to meetings and support the new president, Roberta Mason. His impact as an educator and leader will be a lasting legacy. Of course, his wonderful sense of humor will always be his trademark! May he rest in peace and may his family find comfort through many happy memories.

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