W.S. Permenter grew up on a farm in Shelby County, Texas. In 1946, at the age of 17, he joined the U.S.Army and served in Japan for 18 months, marrying his high school sweetheart, Ann, when he returned home. Utilizing the G.I. Bill of Rights he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
He taught near Shelbyville for 5 years and in 1956 he and Ann moved to Cedar Hill (population 750) where he taught vocational agriculture and their daughter, Nancy, attended school.
For 11 years he was Ag teacher, then became Middle School Principal for 15 years. He was well known for his ability to discipline with love. In 1981 he became District Superintendent, eliminating debt and improving the bond rating. He retired in 1985 having been with the CHISD 29 years.
He and Ann held many positions with civic groups through the years. He served as Mayor two terms and he and Ann were founding members of the Chamber of Commerce and the Education Foundation He developed a good working relationship between the city and CHISD which has continued through the years.
He and Ann were instrumental in saving many of the historic structures in the town square. During the 1980-90’s they operated Permenter Real Estate where they found selling Cedar Hill easy as they believed it to be the best place to call home.
W.S. and Ann traveled (mostly by RV) throughout every state of the U.S. and 8 foreign countries before moving to Forest, Virginia to be near their daughter and family. In 2007 W.S.passed to his reward. Cedar Hill has indeed been blessed that the Permenter family call Cedar Hill home.