Rusk High School Alumni Association

Estate of Judge Morris W. (Moss) Hassell




Hassell Family
Don Jones, Treaurer of the RHSAA, presents the Hassell family (Leslie & Charles Hassell shown in photo) a plaque in appreciation of the generous donation on behalf of Moss Hassell.

The Judge Morris W. & Mauriete Hassell endowment was established by the RHSAA for a generous endowment from the estate of the late Morris "Moss" W. Hassell Jr, RHS Class of 1968.
Charles, Leslie, Trey and D'Ann Hassell presented a gift to the Rusk High School Alumni Association Sept. 18 on behalf of the late Moss Hassell. The gift was made as a scholarship endowment in memory of Judge Morris W. and Mauriete Hassell.

Judge Hassell was born at New Hope near Jacksonville. He graduated from Lon Morris College and the University of Texas Law School, where he was chancellor of Sigma Nu Phi legal fraternity in 194L-42. He served as county attorney for four years, Mayor of Rusk for 10 years and Rusk city attorney for four years. He held several positions of importance with the Texas Bar. Judgege Hassell was appointed by Gov. Dolph Briscoe on Nov 2, 1978, and took office as Judge of the 2nd Judicial Dis trict Court on Nov 25, 1978.

He was a former member of the Norman, Hassell, Spiers and Thrall law firm of Jacksonville and Rusk for 30 years. He retired from the bench on Aug 8, 1991. He was past president of the Rusk Kiwanis Club and the Rusk Chamber of Commerce. He had a perfect attendance of 50 years with the Kiwanis Club. He was a Mason and a Shriner.

He was a member and past chairman of the administrative board of the Rusk First United Methodist Church, a member of the Texas Conference Methodist Foundation, past chairman of the Board of Tbustees of the Texas Annual Conference of United Methodist Church, chairman of the board of trustees of Lon Morris College, a member of Phi Theta Kappa at Lon Morris College and was named LMC Distinguished Alumnus in 1976. He was a member of the board of directors of the Lakeview Methodist Conference.center and a former member of the board of trustees of the Rusk Independent School District.

Mrs. Hassell was born in Naples and lived in Rusk for 54 years. She was a retired school teacher having taught for 15 years in Rusk. She attended Texas Woman's University and East Texas State University and the University of Texas. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Rusk Chapter No. 79, Beta Sigma Phi and the board of directors of the Texas Hospital Auxfiary Association. She was a member ofthe Rusk First United Methodist Church and Delta Kappa Gamma teachers' association.

Ricky Hassell
Ricky Hassell & Jim Lovelady

Jim Lovelady, President of the Rusk High School Alumni Association, presents a plaque to the Principal of Rusk High School, Mr. Ricky Hassell, to be prominently displayed in Rusk High School in appreciation of Moss Hassell's generous donation.

The Rusk High School Alumni Association will be proud to present a $1000 scholarship, annually, to a deserving Rusk High graduating student beginning in 2005, in honor of Judge Morris W. and Mauriete Hassell with a fond rememberance of Moss Hassell for his wonderful generosity. A plaque, inscribed with Mr. Hassell's name, will be presented to the Principal of Rusk High School, there to be prominently displayed.

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