Herrin Award

In 2001, Mrs. Sarah Herrin Harrison provided a generous gift to the Tyler Junior College Foundation to establish the W. Oscar and Marguerite Herrin Award for Excellence. The Herrin Award is a $500 cash gift presented annually to at least three outstanding classified staff employees to honor and recognize their dedication and service to the college.

Almost two decades before the East Texas Oil Boom, William Oscar Herrin and Marguerite Dudley Herrin were born. They were both children of Rusk County farmers and ranchers, and each had numerous siblings. Oscar and Marguerite valued the hard work required of each family member to manage their respective family farms. Every job was important, and everyone had a job. In 1931, Oscar graduated from Henderson High School, and in 1932, Marguerite graduated from Kilgore High School. Their competitive high school rivalry did not impede the couple’s four-year courtship, and they eventually married on November 25, 1939.

In 1944, shortly after the birth of their first child, James Wesley, Oscar and Marguerite began a timber business, the W.O. Herrin Lumber Company. In addition to the lumber company, they continued to manage the family farm that Oscar had inherited from his parents, James Ephraim and Maude Watson Herrin.

Oscar and Marguerite always appreciated the hard work and dedication of their employees. Most of the W.O. Herrin Lumber Company staff remained with them for over 25 years and were present at the time of Oscar's sudden death on January 5th, 1970. Although Marguerite sold the timber business shortly thereafter, she managed to maintain the family farm with the help of two long-time workers until her retirement in 1978. Marguerite continued to work at a local art-framing business in Kilgore for several years. She died on April 21st, 1991.
Sarah Herrin Harrison established the W. Oscar and Marguerite Herrin Award for Excellence to honor her parents and to reward classified staff members for their dedicated service to Tyler Junior College.

Past Recipients

 Award Year  Recipients

2001-2002

Jeanie Brookshire, Joseph Jones, Carl Williams

2002-2003

Sue Gossett, Frank Jakubik, Tracy Rea

2003-2004

DeVonne Cagle, Henry Ford, Steve Morrow

2004-2005

Daphanie Crawford, Hazel Mendez, Fran Starnes

2005-2006

Brenda Brungot, Ivy Caldwell, Ellen Matthews

2006-2007

Nancy Dugan, Kim Harden, Denny Yarborough

2007-2008

Julie Clark, Jeff Dawson, Belinda Marks

2008-2009

Debbie Brown, Priscilla Lee, Deborah VanDevelde

2009-2010

Gay Howard, Jim Morgan, Anita Stone

2010-2011

Janet Dennis, Ray Morgan, Regina Williams

2011-2012

Diane Garrett, Christa Lang, Linda Reeves 

2012-2013

Monroe Jett, Pamela McDougal, Heather Waters

2013-2014 

 Richard Clark, Tina Morrison, Tami Tidwell 

2014-2015

Justin Clark, Sherry Hunt, Cheryl Mathis

2015-2016

Tina Beaton, Angie Clemons, Melanie Tate

Eligible recipients must have been employed for at least three years. Recipients of the award may not be nominated again for five years.