Norrell Douglas Connally
Norrel Douglas Connally was born Nov. 22, 1949, in Sulphur Springs. Known as a husband, father, surveyor and friend. Most importantly he was an example to his entire family and many others on the finer points of grace, humor, respect, dignity, humbleness and love.
Doug entered his eternal life at his home in Garland on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at the age of 64.
No one could do a smile like Doug Connally. He was famous for it. When he smiled you couldn’t help but smile back. It was contagious.
Doug walked with a certain presence and always made others want to do their best. At 5’8” tall he was always the tallest man in the room.
Doug was a man who could walk down the street and recognize someone from grade school that he hadn’t seen in 30-plus years and ask how their mother was doing, by name.
He was the kind of man that kept a kid on the payroll for 12 months while he recovered from a near-fatal car accident so his family was provided for, or write a letter to a parole board and offer that same kid a job when they got out early because he just thought everyone should have a second chance. He would drop whatever he was doing to help another, whether he knew them or not.
It only took his passing to hear these stories and many other stories about those aforementioned “finer points.”
Surveyor “part engineer, part lawyer, part business man” — Doug Connally was all of that and more. He started a family legacy of surveyors, with his sons still carrying on the Connally surveying name. He was a surveyor other surveyors came to for an opinion. Despite all he accomplished, he once said his proudest achievement in the survey business was helping eight men get their survey licenses.
Norrel Douglas Connally was born to Carl Connally and Ila Faye Bynum and was raised by his “Dad,” Bill Bynum.
He is survived by his wife and soul mate Linda Connally; son Bryan Connally and grandsons Cody and Trey Connally, son Josh Connally and wife, Jennifer, and granddaughter Hunter Caroline Connally and son Corey Connally; three sisters and their families, Corky and Bob Brigance, nephew Todd Brigance and great-niece Kylie Brigance; Rendy and Eric Brown, nephew Rick Bratcher and his wife, Paulette, nieces Shara and Nadine Brown and great-niece, Haley Ingle; Glynda “Binky” and James Hodges, niece Larissa Friday and her husband, Nathanial, great-nephew Kade; niece Brittany Clayton and her husband, Kolby, and great-niece Chanel; and numerous other family members across three states.
Whether by deed or word Doug radiated an awe inspiring love. He left this world with a legacy of love and those of us left behind are better off because of it, because of him.
Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Rest Haven Funeral Home at 2500 State Hwy. 66, Rockwall.
The funeral will be held Saturday, March 8, at 10 a.m. in The Fellowship First Baptist Church of Royse City at 900 Pullen St, Royse City.
Should friends desire, memorials may be sent to: Dianna McGregor, 608 CR 3367, Pickton Texas 75471, checks payable to (Pine Forest Cemetery).
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