Funeral services for Floyd Bounds, 84, former principal of Huntsville High School and former purchasing agent for Sam Houston State University, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Huntsville. Bounds died Monday in Huntsville Memorial Hospital.

A graveside service scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Tehuacana Cemetery, north of Mexia.

Bounds was remembered by his Huntsville friends as a man with a sharp sense of humor, and as the person who helped Dr. Harmon Lowman make Sam Houston State Teachers College one of the first completely air-conditioned colleges in the nation.

"He was a class man," said Dr. Ferol Robinson, a long-time friend and university teacher and publicist.

After World War II Dr. Lowman, who was president, scouted the United States for whatever he could find that could be used at Sam Houston--from the land that had been used as a prisoner of war camp near Riverside, to construction and air conditioning equipment.

Bounds picked up the air conditioning unit in New Orleans, said Robinson, and soon Sam Houston State was able to offer air-conditioned classrooms to teachers returning in summers to further their education.

Construction equipment obtained by Lowman and Bounds was also used by Sam Houston State to build the university's baseball field, now known as Holleman Field.

Robinson remembered that when the Pittsburgh Pirates had their spring training facility at the Country Campus site, Bounds was in demand at barbecue socials for his story-telling.

Bounds described someone who was surprised and puzzled by a situation as acting "like a mule looking at a new gate."

Bounds was born at Tehuacana, graduated from Tehuacana High School in 1929 and Westminster Junior College in 1931, and Trinity University in 1933, when Trinity was located in Waxahachie. He earned his master's degree from Sam Houston in 1941.

Bounds taught and coached at Prairie Hill from 1933-'35, at Mexia from 1935-'37, and Huntsville from 1938-'47. He served as operations officer for Motor Torpedo Squadron 18 in the Pacific in World War II.

After working four years in the business office at Sam Houston State, he became property manager and purchasing agent in 1951. He retired as director of procurement and property in 1974.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Merle, of Huntsville; daughter Barbara Jacobs of Tehuacana; grandchildren Joel, Bill and Chris Ferris and Joy Wooters and great grand-children Sarah, Katy, Joelyn and Joe Ferris and Brett Wooters. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Bette, and grand-daughter Pamela Sanders.

Services are under the direction of the Blair-Stubbs Funeral Home of Mexia, with the Rev. Boyd Wagner and the Rev. Marc Rogers the services.


Media Contact: Frank Krystyniak

Oct. 30, 1996