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In Memory of

Ralph Manton McHam

June 4, 1917 - September 18, 2013

Obituary


FORT WORTH -- Ralph Manton McHam passed away peaceably at home Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Fort Worth at the age of 96 with his wife of 73 years, Genelle, at his side.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Monday at Sagamore Hill Baptist Church, 2301 Dottie Lynn Parkway, Fort Worth. Interment: Rice Cemetery. Visitation: The family will greet visitors at 9 a.m. Monday at the church.
Ralph was born June 4, 1917, to Luther McHam and Lucille Pride. His father passed away at a young age, 32, leaving behind seven children and one child born...

FORT WORTH -- Ralph Manton McHam passed away peaceably at home Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Fort Worth at the age of 96 with his wife of 73 years, Genelle, at his side.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Monday at Sagamore Hill Baptist Church, 2301 Dottie Lynn Parkway, Fort Worth. Interment: Rice Cemetery. Visitation: The family will greet visitors at 9 a.m. Monday at the church.
Ralph was born June 4, 1917, to Luther McHam and Lucille Pride. His father passed away at a young age, 32, leaving behind seven children and one child born two months later. Ralph and his brothers, Shuler, Howard, Horace and Clyde, were accepted into The Masonic Home in Fort Worth in 1930. A younger brother, Luther, and sister, Mary Jo, were accepted two years later. Ralph was always eternally grateful to the Masons of Texas and the wonderful care and education he received at the home.
In 1935, he began a career with the U.S. Postal Service that lasted 40 years. His first job was as a special delivery boy (he always proud to say he was given a new bike) and later as a substitute letter carrier. In 1937, he was appointed to be a railway postal clerk, a highly specialized position working the mail on the Katy railroad between Denison and San Antonio. In 1949, He served in Denison as president of the National Postal Service Union. In 1953, he was promoted to division president and represented the U.S. Postal Union in Washington, D.C. After serving in several other executive positions in the U.S. Postal Service, he became manager of highway transportation and supervised all contract mail distribution in the Southwest. In 1971, he retired.
Ralph always found time to be very active in Masonry, church and the Masonic Home. He was a member of Handley Lodge and received his 60-year pin. He loved his years in the Moslah Shrine Temple and was Clown of the Year, visiting in full costume local nursing homes, hospitals and the annual Shrine Circus.
He was first and foremost a Southern Baptist since accepting Christ in 1939 and a longtime member of Sagamore Hill Baptist Church serving as an ordained Deacon. He was also the Sunday school director and teacher.
Ralph and Genelle Hays were married Oct. 6, 1940, and had two children, a son, Ronald, and a daughter, Raenelle (deceased).
Survivors: Wife, Genelle; son, Ron McHam and wife, Lynette; granddaughters, Allison Vincent and husband, Randy, Meredith Saunders and husband, Jonathan, and Jarae Swindle and husband, Chris; and great-grandchildren, Tyler, Wyatt, Mary Ella and Chloe.