Harold Gore

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Harold Gore was born September 8, 1930 to Claude and Florine Gore at his grand parents' home in Teague Texas and passed away June 22, 2013 in Denton Texas. He is survived by his wife, Betty: sons, Richard and Raymond and daughters, Robbie Jones and Reesa Hall; siblings Camelia Gore Pace and James "Jimmy" Gore. He was preceded in death by two siblings, Claudia Florine Gore and Reuben Geoff Gore. He has 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grand child.

He graduated from North Texas Teacher's College, now UNT, with a degree in music education. Upon graduation he enlisted in the Air Force and served in the Korean War. While in the Air Force he returned to N.T.T.C. and took additional classes and eventually earning a Masters in Music Education. He met his wife Betty while touring with the university symphonic band and continued courting her with letters while overseas in war. After a five year courtship, they married April 19th, 1957 in Greenville, Mississippi.

He directed bands in Bandera, Northwest and Whitesboro, Decatur school districts and Paris Junior College. One summer he returned to Denton for an appointment and took time to stop by a college hangout, Pender's College Store, a soda fountain and bookstore familiar to many North Texas students. He was greeted by the owner, who was looking for the right person to continue operation of the store. They agreed to a price and terms in a few hours and Harold's life course would be forever changed. He made the decision to specialize in sheet music and grew the company into one of the largest sheet music retailers in the country. In 2003, he and his wife received The Dorothy Award, for lifetime service to the print music industry by the Retail Print Music Dealers Association.

In 1985, Harold started the music publishing company Harold Gore Publications, which specializes in instrumental, band music and texts. He started arranging Sousa marches and eventually transcribed the entire Sousa march library into a larger format suitable for symphonic bands.

In 2006, Harold wrote and published his autobiography, "Choices in Life" to share his amazing story and the power of making wise decisions in your life. He encouraged all people to remember that God in heaven is there to help you in all decisions, and to call on Him for help when life seems to be against you.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 PM, Thursday, June 27th, at the First Baptist Church of Denton. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the National Kidney Foundation or a charity of your choice.




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