BANGS — Charles McDonald, 82, smiles when he recalls a conversation he had earlier in the week with Bangs Business Association member Larry Traweek.
“Larry asked me if I would like to be the grand marshal of the Christmas parade,” McDonald said. “And it certainly feels like an honor to be asked to be the grand marshal.”
The parade, sponsored by the Bangs Business Association, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with line-up starting at 5 p.m.
It will not be the first time McDonald has been the grand marshal for what has become a holiday tradition in Bangs.
“I was the grand marshal of the parade back when I was the president of the Lion’s Club here,” McDonald said. “I don’t remember exactly what year that was, but what I do remember is that I rode in a golf cart that was chauffeured by the girl who was the Lion’s Club Sweetheart that year.”
McDonald, who has been practicing law here since 1967, explained how he came to Bangs.
“Right out of law school, I was working in Midland, but was representing some businesses that Lonnie Sikes had here,” McDonald said. “After awhile, he suggested I come this way, and I always wanted to be the best lawyer in town, so I moved to Bangs.”
McDonald is a 1943 graduate of Ozona High School, 1948 graduate of West Texas A&M University and a 1953 graduate of the University of Texas Law School. Widowed, McDonald has four children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.