South Texas Royal Rangers

Hall of Heroes

Many men and women have devoted time to mentoring boys and young men into Christ-like men and lifelong servant leaders. Some men and women go above and beyond to perform this most critical ministry. While they would shy away from receiving such accolades, we feel that it is critically important that we remember their example and strive to meet or exceed the level of commitment they have shown.* Please note that awards records begin with 2011. If you would like to submit information for prior years, please send us an email and we’ll make sure they are listed here as well.

National Medal of Valor​

The Medal of Valor represents the highest award a boy or leader may receive in Royal Rangers. It is presented to individuals who have saved the life of another at the risk of their own. This award requires approval from the national Royal Rangers office.

  • Tommy Atkinson - 05/04/2007​

National Medal of Courage

The Medal of Courage is similar to the Medal of Valor in that it is presented to boys or leaders who have saved the life of another person. However, this award does not require that the rescuer’s own life be at risk. This award requires approval from the national Royal Rangers office.

  • Tommy Atkinson - 11/04/2004

Lifetime Service Award

Instituted in 2009, this award is given by the national Royal Rangers Alumni chairman and president to individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime of service to Royal Rangers. South Texas has been blessed by the service of the following individuals who have received this prestigious recognition:

  • Jerry Sledge 2017, Recipient #115
  • Alice E. Gardiner 2017, Recipient #98
  • Jerry Gardiner 2017, Recipient #97
  • Jeremiah Gonzalez 2016, Recipient #92 (posthumously)
  • Bobby Bernardino 2015, Recipient #91
  • Tommy Atkinson 2015, Recipient #83
  • Richard Fitzgerald 2014, Recipient #77
  • Sarge Summers 2014, Recipient #74
  • Robert Sanders 2014, Recipient #73
  • Roger Cassidy 2014, Recipient #72
  • Molly Sosa 2011, Recipient #33
  • Jimmy Sosa 2011, Recipient #32
  • Evelyn 'Shug' Williams 2011, Recipient #31
  • Ralph Williams 2011, Recipient #30

District Medal of Merit

The District Medal of Merit is the highest award bestowed on an individual by STXRR. The medal of merit is given to Royal Rangers boys and adult leaders who have demonstrated exemplary effort and commitment to Royal Rangers. The District Medal of Merit is awarded by and at the discretion of the district Royal Rangers director

  • Bob Botto - 2016
  • Garey Gruber - 2015
  • George Leach - 2014
  • Jimmy Sosa - 2012
  • Molly Sosa - 2012
  • Richard Fitzgerald - 2011
  • Leroy Collins - 2011
  • Ralph Williams - 2011
  • Johnnie Tarwater - 2011

District Outstanding Service Award

The District Outstanding Service Award is given to both boys and adult leaders. They are awarded to individuals for recognition of outstanding service to Royal Rangers. The District Outstanding Service Medal is awarded by the district at the discretion of the district director.

  • Jeremiah Nestor - 2019
  • Ryan Gabbard - 2019
  • Greg Breed - 2018
  • Kenny Murray - 2018
  • Marvin "Sarge" Summers - 2018
  • Damon Barber - 2017
  • Jeff Stokes - 2017
  • Cam Hendricks - 2016
  • Greg Rudy - 2016
  • Thomas "TJ" Atkinson - 2015
  • William Wallace III - 2014
  • Chad Hutson - 2013
  • Jody Yeo - 2013
  • Bob Botto - 2013
  • Garey Gruber - 2012
  • George Leach - 2012
  • Ken Porter - 2011
  • Bill Stuckey - 2011
  • Nathan Timm - 2011
  • Freddie Bailey, Jr. - 2011
  • Freddie Bailey, Sr. - 2011
  • Jason Bone - 2011
  • Tommy Atkinson - 1998
  • Wayne Hale - 1998