Capt. Pearl Otto "P.O." Hatley Jr.


Graveside services for Capt. Pearl Otto "P.O." Hatley Jr., a longtime resident of Longview, will be conducted Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Rosewood Park, Long-view, starting at 11 a.m. under the direction of Rad-er Funeral Home of Longview.

P.O. was born Dec. 29, 1930, in Ranger to P.O. Hatley Sr. and Youree Long Hatley, and passed away, Sunday, June 10, 2012, in a local hospital after an extended illness.

P.O. graduated from Rusk High School, attended Lon Morris Junior College and then received both a B.S. and M.S. in agriculture from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. After college, he joined the U.S. Navy where he attended Officer Candidate School, then served as gunnery officer aboard the U.S.S. Rendezvous during the Korean War. He loved the Navy dearly and served as the commanding officer of the Tyler active reserve unit, retiring as a captain after 30 years of service.

He was a 30-year employee of the Social Security Administration, having worked in McAllen and Lawton, Okla., before spending 28 years in the Longview office. Being not only a U.S. government employee for many years, he was also a longtime land owner and cattleman in Gregg, Cherokee and Smith counties. He was a member of the Naval Retirees Association, the Texas Cattleman's Association and the Texas Fores-try Association.

His love for the Longview Lobo football team is indescribable. He was a season ticket holder and had not missed a Lobo game, including playoff games, for more than 40 years.

Preceding him in death were his parents and sister, Francine McCauley. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of nearly 52 years, Mary Faith Stoddard Hatley of Longview. Also surviving are his sons, Dr. Richard Hatley and his wife Deborah of Paris, Randall Hatley of Longview and Ronald Hatley and his wife Valerie of Austin.

He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Jonathan and Madeleine Hatley of Paris; a brother-in-law, F.G. Stoddard of Bonham; a sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Tom Rogers of Georgetown; along with several nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces and a host of cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in P.O.'s name to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society ( or the . There will be no scheduled family visitation at the funeral home.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on June 12, 2012
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