Sherman man recounts memories of former Texoma rep Ralph Hall

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - Texoma's former congressman Ralph Hall died on Thursday after serving in Congress for 34 years.

Locals who knew him are remembering his legacy.

"He was my congressman for all of my life."

Almost two decades ago, Sherman resident Shannon Brewer met Ralph Hall.

He said Hall and his great-uncle were best friends in high school and that's how they were introduced.

"I met him one day, and it all went from there," Brewer said.

Hall died of natural causes on Thursday at age 95.

He served Texas' fourth congressional district, covering Grayson, Fannin and Lamar counties among many others, in congress for 34 years up to age 91--the oldest ever in the US house.

But Brewer said when the two got together, they never talked about politics.

"I guess he left that in Washington D.C.," Brewer said. "It was all about, 'how are you doing buddy?'"

Brewer says whenever Hall would visit his home of Rockwall, he and his family would go eat with him at their favorite restaurant Joe Willy's.

"He says, if I can buy you a burger to see you, it's well worth it," Brewer said about Hall getting him to come down to Rockwall.

Brewer said when he and his wife had their first wedding anniversary, Hall flew an American flag at the U.S. Capitol in their honor.

He said the congressman had a great sense of humor and a passion for the people he served.

"He loved the people of the Fourth District. He really cared for us. He was a good guy," Brewer said.

Brewer helped Hall with his final campaign, passing out signs.

He said he already misses his friend.

"Ralph, man you were awesome. I appreciate your friendship, my family appreciates it. Thank you for what you do for the fourth district," he said.

Hall is survived by his three children.

"I'm gonna miss you buddy, I'm gonna see you again," Brewer said.

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