E. J. Casey Jr. was born to tenant farmers in Ridgeway TX, 1912, 3rd child out of 6. He graduated from HS in either Emblem or Oakland TX, Hopkins County [not sure which]. He attended East Texas and received a certificate [I was surprised to find this document in his stuff when I was helping MOM clean out their house, following his death in 1998—probably not equivalent to a 2 year degree— I do not know where this doc is] which allowed him to teach in the same school of his graduation [I have seen his picture with the school kids— probably about 35-40 total, 1st grade thru HS senior].
E. J. Casey Jr. was a veteran of the European Theater WWII, awarded Purple Heart medal with Oak Leaf cluster— mustered out as a Sergeant. He re-assumed his “dock hand” job with General Motors in Dallas after the war. He retired as Office Manager of the Dallas Parts warehouse for GM. All the way from a “farm laborer” to the 3rd highest position at the Dallas warehouse.
He was a good Christian man and Father to Gary [Masters of Chemical Engineering, Lamar U. and Professional Engineer] and Michael [Rice U. and MD from UT Galveston— orthopedic surgeon and member of the Society of the Hand in OR]. [Gary was born in Commerce, 1944, shortly before D-Day]
E. J. Casey Jr.‘s first grandchild/daughter [arguably his favorite— and my oldest] graduated from Texas A&M University, College Station with a Bachelor’s in Accounting [now a CPA in Houston]. I have a picture of them making mud pies, circa 1972— fond memory for all of us.
Mom passed in 2000— she and Dad left a very small estate to their boys. My wife is a retired 2nd grade teacher from KY. So, we decided to honor my Father’s significant impact on our lives by using some of their money to establish a teaching scholarship in his name— at his school, that got his life started and thus changed our lives positively.
And, My Dad’s favorite nieces both graduated from Texas A&M University Commerce with teaching degrees. The youngest just retired from teaching special ED in the Sulphur Springs system [Rebecca Hathcoat, Brashear TX – maiden name Casey].