Vandergriff Funeral Set for Friday

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Jan 6, 2011  |  Updated 1:30 PM CDT
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Vandergriff's Contributions to Arlington Are Many

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Tom Vandegriff's Legacy Lives On

Tom Vandegriff's contributions to Arlington and Tarrant County are many, and the tributes pour in as North Texans learn of his death on Thursday at age 84.

Vandergriff's Contributions to Arlington Are Many

Tom Vandergriff was arguably "Mr. Arlington" not only serving as mayor of the city, but also representative and judge during his long political career.
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Former Arlington Mayor Tom Vandergriff will be laid to rest Friday following a service at Texas Hall.

A public visitation is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tarrant County sub-courthouse on the 700 block of Abram Street.

A public memorial service is set for Friday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Texas Hall on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. The hal will open at 11:30 a.m. for those who wish to attend.

A private graveside service for the family is scheduled at a later time.

 

Vandergriff, who, as mayor, is credited with bringing the Rangers and General Motors to Arlington, also served as a congressman and judge. Vandergriff died Dec. 30 of natural causes.  He was 84.

According to a news release, the public "service will feature remembrances by several members of the Vandergriff family and many close friends. They include singer and songwriter B.J. Thomas; Tom Grieve, Texas Rangers analyst and former player and team general manager; Ray Hutchison, attorney and husband of U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; Dr. R.G. "Wick" Alexander, former Arlington city councilman; Richard Green, former Arlington mayor; Nashville Star's Melissa Lawson and Todd Hart, Theatre Arlington executive producer. The program also will include performances by the Arlington Master Chorale, the Arlington High School Choir and the Arlington Community Band and special video tributes produced by Parker Vandergriff. Dr. Scott Youngblood, senior pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Arlington, will officiate."

The memorial will be streamed live at  www.uta.edu/vandergriff for those who are unable to attend in person.

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