The Lindale ISD Alumni Association will honor two Lindale High School graduates with the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award and two outstanding former teachers with the 2013 Distinguished Service Award tomorrow, Friday, September 27.

Nationally recognized economist Dr. Ray Perryman and Assistant Attorney General Charles “Chip” Arnold, II, will be presented with the Lindale ISD Distinguished Alumni Award.  Former Lindale educator E.W. “Rack” Tindel will be presented with the Lindale ISD Distinguished Service Award. Mrs. Zonell Rice will receive the Distinguished Service Award posthumously. Mrs. Rice passed away on September 18. Eugene McClenny will accept the award on behalf of Mrs. Rice and her family.

Dr. Perryman, Arnold, Rice and Tindel will be recognized during the Rotary Club of Lindale’s Annual Hamburger Supper prior to the homecoming football game Friday night.  The supper will be held in the cafeteria of College Street Elementary School located at 106. N.College Street beginning at 5:00 p.m..  Community members are asked to stop by the Lindale ISD Alumni Association’s table to meet and greet the distinguished honorees.

The award recipients will also be honored during an on the field, pre-game ceremony prior to kickoff of the Lindale Eagles’ game against the Pine Tree Pirates at 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium.  The honorees will be presented with trophies at the 50-yard line following the announcement of the 2013 Lindale High School Homecoming Queen.

Distinguished Alumni Dr. Ray Perryman is one of the nation’s leading economists. He is a 1971 graduate of Lindale High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Baylor University and a doctorate in economics from Rice University. He spent ten years as aHerman Brown Professor of Economics, five years as professor and economist-in-resident at Baylor, and another five years as business economist-in-resident at Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Perryman is the author of several books, more than 400 academic papers and 2,000trade articles. He publishes a subscription forecasting service and a monthly newsletter, writes a syndicated newspaper column and appears regularly on National Public Radio. He is president and CEO of The Perryman Group, an economic research and analysis firm in Waco. Dr. Perryman has received citations from governments of several countries, presidents and governors. He has been nominated for the Bank of Sweden Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics.

Charles “Chip” Arnold, II, is a 1976 graduate of Lindale High School and is currently the Regional Administrator and Assistant Attorney General for the state of Texas addressing child support issues. Arnold holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and a master’s from the University of Texas at Tyler in education.  He received his doctor of jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in 1990 and in 1991 was admitted to the State Bar of Texas with an attorney and counselor at law license.

Arnold has served as Assistant District Attorney in Smith County prosecuting child abuse cases, a Regional Director leading the East Texas Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services and Child Care Licensing. He is a founding board member of the Lindale Library and has also served on the board of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County. Arnold is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) legal trainer and volunteer.

2013 Distinguished Service Award recipient Zonell Rice is former teacher and taught in the Lindale ISD from 1946-1982.  She taught typing, shorthand, accounting and was an annual staff sponsor.  She attended Paris Junior College and East Texas State Teachers College where she also earned a master’s degree in education.

E.W. “Rack” Tindel is also a recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service Award.  Tindel taught in the LISD from 1954-1961.  He was a math and science teacher at Lindale High School and coached football, basketball and track. He served on the board of trustees of the LISD during the 1970’s and was instrumental in the construction of a new high school campus.  Tindel is still an ardent supporter of Lindale academics and athletics and is a member of various booster clubs.

“We are so pleased to be able to recognize this extraordinary group of former Lindale students and teachers,” LISD Alumni Association President Gay Pyland said. “We received several nominations for many deserving people and the awards committee felt it was time to honor these four with the distinguished awards. They have most certainly earned the recognition.”

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given annually to a Lindale High School graduate whose achievements, strengths of character and citizenship serve as a model to inspire and challenge current students.  The Distinguished Service Award is given to a former faculty member or other individual whose outstanding service greatly contributed to the success of the Lindale Independent School District. For more information, visit