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Noted civic leader Lowell Cable dies at age of 85

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Lowell Cable, whose influence and advice helped shape the Democratic Party from Sulphur Springs to Austin and Washington, D.C., for almost two decades, has died at the age of 85.

Cable, who retired as chairman of the Hopkins County's Democratic Party in 2000, passed away Saturday. West Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, which include a "celebration of life" service at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at First United Methodist Church in Sulphur Springs.

The gregarious and affable Cable, who was equally respected by friends and political adversaries alike, was also a tireless civic leader who served on countless boards and panels and was one of the driving forces behind the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center.

Jeff Cunningham of Kyle, a friend of the family, paraphrased the feelings of many in an online message to the family.

“Had it not been for citizens like Mr. Cable, the city of Sulphur Springs would not be thriving the way it has been in recent years,” Cunningham wrote in the guest book at West Oak Funeral Home’s website. “His vision for the city may have been lost, but the effects of his hard work will never go away. As a young man, I marveled at his ability to not only raise a fine family, but serve a community that desperately needed direction.”

Cable served in the Navy Seabees during World War II before graduating from Oklahoma A&M University and becoming a classroom teacher, then entering the real estate business in Colorado in 1958. Five years later, he moved to Sulphur Springs. He retired for six months in 1991, then opened the Cable and Associates Century 21 real estate office.

He served on the Sulphur Springs Independent School District board of trustees and the Region VIII Education Service Center board of directors. He held posts on numerous other boards, including the Northeast Texas Economic Development Board, the Sulphur River Municipal Water District, Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct and the Red River Compact Commission.

He has been credited as one of the most important people behind the completion of the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center, heading the committee that raised private contributions for the center and contributing in countless other ways.

Cable was also instrumental in the formation of the Hopkins County Democratic Women, one of the more politically active organizations in the area.

In addition to serving 18 years as head of the Hopkins County Democratic Party, from 1988 to 1994 he served on the state Democratic Party's executive committee.

After announcing he was stepping down as the local Democratic Party chairman, the county commissioners court proclaimed May 23, 2000, as  "Lowell Cable Day" in Hopkins County. A reception hosted that evening by Coy and Patsy Johnson brought out about 100 well-wishers, as well as a letter of congratulations from President Bill Clinton and a message from former Texas Gov. Ann Richards. Then-U.S. Rep. Max Sandlin sent two staff members with a congressional certificate of recognition and a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol.

State Rep. Mark Homer recalled how he embarked on his first campaign to go to Austin and found Cable's name atop the list of people whose counsel he should seek. And Mary Beth Malcolm, the head of the state Democratic Party, credited Cable with shaping the political career of Jim Chapman, the Hopkins County District Attorney who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1985 to 1997.

A half-dozen speakers, such as Joe Minter, the former county judge who replaced Cable as Democratic Party chair Joe Minter paid tribute to Cable at the gathering.

"I would never have been county judge, not to mention county party chairman, without Lowell Cable," Minter said. "His ideas have been a real treasure to me over the years."




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