He graduated from Marion Institute in Marion, Alabama and immediately volunteered for the U.S. Army Parachute Troops. After receiving his parachute wings at Fort Benning, Georgia, he served in Luzon, Philippine Islands and Japan with the 127th Parachute Engineer Battalion of the 11th Airborne Division. After World War II he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Geology and was a member of Delta Psi Fraternity. He then became employed by the Humble Oil and Refining Company and assigned to West Texas. He left Humble in 1955 to become a Petroleum Consultant in West Texas and in 1960 he opened an office in Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1967 he became the Associate Executive Director of the American Geological Institute in Washington, D.C. In 1971 he returned to Texas as the Associate Vice President for Research for The University of Texas in Austin where he retired in 1986. He then became President and CEO of Live Oak Energy Co. and after a second retirement, he again hung out his shingle as a Petroleum Investment Consultant. Ross served as President of the Texas Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, he was named an honorary member in 1986. He was a Certified Petroleum Geologist #70 by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He is registered Professional Geologist #12. He was a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Chartered Geologist in Great Britain. Ross was appointed to the Texas Coastal and Marine Council in 1979. Ross was State President of the Texas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, State Governor of the Society of Colonial Wars, President of the Patrick Henry Chapter of the SAR, Governor of the San Antonio Colony of Mayflower Descendants, Governor of the San Antonio Company of the Jamestown Society, Commander of Hood's Texas Brigade Camp #153 of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, and a member of the Order of the First Families of Mississippi. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lois Pegrim Shipman.
Ray Edward Walls of Sisterdale, Texas was blessed with a life well-lived. He passed away on August 4, 2016, after a gallant battle with blood cancer and heart disease. Born July 18, 1943, in San Antonio, Texas to parents Mary Pearl and Justus Wilson Walls, Ray is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Ellen Walls, son Eric Ryan Walls, daughter-in-law Carey Bergmann Walls and grandchildren Adyson Nicolle Walls and Brayden Michael Walls. Brian Scott Walls, who preceded his father into Heaven, will be overjoyed to see him once again.
A Vietnam veteran who served as a B-52 crew member, Ray joined the Air Force upon graduation from The University of Texas at Austin. He spent his civilian career working in the computer industry, directing computer departments for several school districts and other entities. A lifelong learner, Ray earned advanced degrees and especially enjoyed his second career as a teacher of computer science at San Antonio College, Schreiner University and Austin Community College.
In his spare time, Ray was a regular reserve police officer serving with the Crystal Beach Police, Bexar County Sheriff, and Kirby Police departments.
Ray developed a passion for genealogy which led to membership in a number of lineage societies including Sons of the American Revolution where he served as a charter member and two-time president of the Boerne Chapter. He also served as national Secretary General of the Society of the War of 1812 and is a member of numerous other heritage societies.
Ray loved to travel. His most cherished memories were walking the Great Wall of China and seeing the Pyramids and Sphinx up close and personal.
A visitation was held on Tuesday, August 9, from 5-7 pm, at Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home, 111 Rosewood Avenue in Boerne.
Honoring Ray's wishes, his funeral service was private. Full military honors were provided by VFW Post 688.
LTC John F. Arnaud, U.S. Army (retired), passed away on Friday, August 29, 2003 in San Antonio, TX. He was born on September 1, 1930, in Jackson, MS. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth (Betty) FitzSimons Arnaud of San Antonio, TX and his children and their families: Cyndi McDonald and her husband Steve of Waco, TX, Peggy Deming and her husband Darrell of San Antonio, TX, Leoncio Enrico, husband of daughter Lisa who preceded him in death in 2001 also of San Antonio, TX; son, John P. Arnaud of Austin, TX; daughter, Teresa Dendy and husband Roger of Chandler, AZ, Cathy Davis and her husband Brent of Winston-Salem, NC as well as six grandchildren. Colonel Arnaud retired from the Army in 1973 after a distinguished career as an Ordnance and Logistics Officer that included tours of duty in Korea, Germany, Iran, and Vietnam. He then settled with his family in San Antonio where he earned a Masters Degree in education. He taught Industrial Arts at Rhodes Middle School for 15 years. He was a Fourth Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council 6358 and member of the Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of Confederate Veterans. He was an active volunteer for Saint John Neumann Catholic Church and past president of the San Antonio Chapter of the Mended Hearts Association. He will be greatly missed by his family and the numerous friends he made during his fruitful life.
Roland Emil Klar Jr.
September 29, 1926 - October 12, 2011
Ross Lovelace Shipman
November 20, 1926 - Febuary 27, 2011
Colonel Richard John Edgar Langford Jr.
October 26, 1930 - May 12, 2000
Harold Grady "Hal" Beckham
July 3, 1929 - August 18, 2016
Past Camp Chaplain
Albert Lee Jamison, 73, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2006, at his residence in Boerne, TX. He was born to David F. and Minnie Mabel (Perry) Jamison in Summerville, SC, on May 4, 1933. Mr. Jamison retired as a Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, he served one tour of duty in Vietnam from 1968-69. Before joining the Air Force, Mr. Jamison served in the United States Army from 1953-1956, including a tour of duty in Korea from 1953-1954. Following his retirement from the Air Force, he worked for the Army at Fort Sam Houston. Overall he spent 30 years in the military and federal service. He was a Master Mason, and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Military Order of Stars and Bars, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of St. Helena's Episcopal Church in Boerne, TX
At an early age the family moved to Yoakum, Texas where he attended elementary school. His family moved back to San Antonio and Jim graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1957. He graduated from Trinity University in 1962 with a BS Degree in Light Construction and Home Building and had a successful career in home building. He was preceded in death by his precious daughter, Kelly Lynn May, his brother Monroe S. May, Jr., and his parents Monroe S. and Esther Lee Ã‚?MickeyÃ‚? May. He is survived by Sally, his wife of 47 years, son, Blake and his wife Jennifer, and their children Hannah Kelly and Hayden May. Also, his brother, David May, his brother-in-law Bill Lomerson and wife, Carole, sister-in-law Jane May, his nieces and nephews Kate and Russell Wilson, Jeff and Tiffany May, Rick and Jeri May, Tracy May, Penny & Chris Hayes, Andy and Sarah Lomerson, Jennifer and Mike Barnes and Jeff Kutac and many wonderful lifelong friends. Throughout their marriage Jim and Sally lived in Lufkin, Waco, Austin, Fort Worth and San Antonio, making many friends in each location. While in Austin, Jim was one of the founders of the Jollyville Optimist Club and he loved the opportunity to coach the youth in their sports program. He was a devoted husband, proud and loving father, doting grandfather and a genuine friend to all who knew him. Jims all-time favorite movie was ItÃ‚?s a Wonderful Life. He was especially fond of the part where Clarence said Ã‚?Remember George, no man is a failure who has friends Ã‚? and, thanks for the wingsÃ‚?. JimÃ‚?s success in life he attributed to all his wonderful friends. Jim lived well, loved much and laughed often. His contagious sense of humor will be missed by all that knew him and loved him.
Harold Grady Beckham was born in San Angelo, Texas, July 3, 1929; son of the late Richard Beckham and the late Clydie Beckham of Corpus Christi, Texas. He graduated from Bonham, Texas High School in 1946 where he played in the marching band and orchestra and was elected to the National Honor Society. Harold received BA and MA degrees in Government from The University of North Texas at Denton, Texas where he performed with the concert and marching bands. He served in the U.S. Navy from June 1951 to June 1955, attaining the rating of Aviation Structural Mechanic, Petty Officer Second Class. During the Korean War he served at ALF Ream Field near San Diego, California, and aboard the Aircraft Carrier Princeton, CVS-37 in Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Four HS-4. He received the China Service Unit Citation Medal for service in evacuation of Nationalist Chinese to Taiwan from the Taechen Islands. Harold also received the National Defense Service Medal. After the Korean War, he entered civil service with the U.S. Air Force serving in several capacities during his career including Position Classification Specialist at Kelly Air Force Base; Chief of Classification at Hickam AFB, Hawaii; Chief of Classification, Air Training Command, Randolph AFB, Texas; and Chief of Classification, Hq. USAF, Washington D.C. He was awarded the Medal for Outstanding Civilian Service to the Department of the Air Force upon retirement in 1985. For some ten years after retirement he was associated with The Container Store in San Antonio. Harold was a member of the San Antonio Wind Symphony. He was a member of The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp #153 for which he served as chaplain. He was a member of The University Oaks Congregation of The Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Carrie Beckham of San Antonio, Texas the former Marilyn Carrie Fellbaum of Burford, Ontario, Canada; and one daughter, Elise Marie Holman of San Antonio, Texas, one sister-in-law Cynthia Beckham, one brother-in-law Ken Fellbaum and several nieces and one nephew. He had one brother the late James Richard Beckham of Alice, Texas. He was also predeceased by a niece Ruth Ann Grissom.
He has been a faithful husband, father, grandfather, brother, compatriot, friend, veteran, witness, color guardsman, and citizen serving our William Hightower Chapter TXSSAR, the Aaron Burleson Chapter and the Boerne Chapter, the TXSSAR, NSSAR, our State of Texas and our nation. He was born February 17, 1936 in Roby, TX. He was a 30-year employee of Southwestern Bell. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford Charles Justiss and Hallie Lynch Justiss. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Marjorie Justiss; children and grandchildren, Lou Ann and Marjorie Nichols, Glenn, Phillip, Jacob, and Carly Sturdevant, Kevin, Penny, Lauren, Allison, and Brook Beatty, David, Gina, Emily, Katie, Brittany, and Will Becker, Vicki and Tyler Reynolds, Mark, Beth, Kayla and Morgan Justiss; and numerous other family members.
Richard J. Ecuyer, age 70, of San Antonio, died on Monday, September 25, 2006.
He was a member of Freedom's Foundation, MOWW, ROA, AOH Harp & Shamrocks Society, Irish Culture Society, San Antonio Council of Presidents, MOAA, Jewish Genealogical Society, Alliance Franchise, K of C, Sons of Confederate Veterans and Retired Teachers Assn. Survivors include wife, Mary D. Ecuyer; Laura and Mary Elisabeth Ecuyer; brothers, Al Ecuyer, Larry Ecuyer and wife, Linda; sisters, Jo Ann McNeel and husband, Ted.
Robert Lee Ervin passed gently to his heavenly home at 4:45pm on Sunday, November 13, 2015. Robert was a graduate of Milby High School and served in the US Air Force. He obtained his Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral degrees in Education and taught in Channelview before moving to Deer Park Junior High. He then began his career at San Jacinto College in 1966 until his retirement in 1997. In addition to serving as professor of US and World History, Robert was the Chairman of the History and Bible departments. He was a charter member and President of the Deer Park Kiwanis and long-term member of the Deer Park Library Board. Robert was an active member of Deer Park First Baptist Church and later South Main Baptist Church in Pasadena, serving as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.
His favorite service was to his heavenly father and his family which included his wife of 49 years Sandra Wolters Ervin; daughter Leone Clark and husband Stephen, her children Kirby, Spencer and Mallory Langseth; daughter Lorna Schnauber and husband Brian and their sons Benjamin Robert and Brendan Schnauber. He is also survived by his brother William's sons Michael Ervin and wife Judy and Bill Ervin and wife Stacy and his sister Lillian's children John McCammon and wife Darrah and Joan McCammon Walker and husband David. He was preceded in death by his parents William G. and Bertha Willoughby Ervin, brother William Thomas Ervin, Sr., and sister Lillian Ervin McCammon Billingsley.
Paul Woolman Adams, Jr., a lifelong resident of San Antonio, was born on December 31, 1922, and died on September 16, 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Woolman Adams, Sr., and Judith Marriner Adams and his brother, The Rev. Lee Marriner Adams. He is survived by his beloved wife, Jill Crawford Adams, his daughters Margaret Adams Highland (Pelham, NY) and Melissa Adams (San Antonio), his son-in-law Cory Highland, two grandsons, Harrison Adams Highland and William Henderson Highland, step-daughter Heather McLaughlin (Baltimore, MD), sister-in-law Barbara Adams (Houston) and three nieces. Paul graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School (Class of 1940) and The University of Texas at Austin. He recently celebrated his 70th high school reunion. Paul was a veteran of WWII and a retired Naval officer. He was an insurance broker with Hamilton Bonnet for 45 years. Paul was a member of The Order of Founders and Patriots of America, Society of Colonial Wars, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans and numerous other genealogical societies.
Roland E. Klar, Jr. descended from two families of early San Antonio settlers. He was proud of his German heritage and loved doing the detective work involved in genealogy research. He spent early summers experiencing ranch life at his grandparents' place in Helotes, deer hunting, woodworking and swimming in the creek. He strongly believed in volunteerism and community service. He was involved in Boy Scouts starting in 1939, earned the Eagle Scout award, organized Explorer Post 15 and volunteered in scout activities until 1970. He became a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association in 1995.He served in the Army of Occupation from 1945 to 1946. He was called up again to serve during the Korean Conflict from 1950 to 1952. For 41 years, Roland worked at the Texas Highway Department, later known as TXDOT. He was first a draftsman and was later tapped to fill the newly created position of Traffic Safety Specialist.
He helped to organize a credit union for highway department employees, chairing several committees and the board of directors. He served the organization, which became Texas Transportation Federal Credit Union and then merged with Greater Texas Federal Credit Union, from 1960 to 1997. Roland also served Westminster Presbyterian Church as a deacon and elder from 1950 to 1966. He moved his membership to Forest Hills Presbyterian Church where he served as elder, building committee chairman and in other construction related positions from 1972 to 1996. He was never at a loss for something to do in his retirement. Remembering his fondness for ranch life, he and his wife found their own hundred acres of paradise outside Kerrville. Once again he was deer hunting, cutting cedar, and building sheds and contraptions. In his autobiography, The First Seventy Years, Roland said, "I like history but do not live in the past . . . keep moving forward." This has become our family motto.
Edward G. Pryor
June 9, 1928 - May 12, 2011
John Robert Wilmeth
August 1, 1921 - August 1, 2015
Lt. Col. John Buford Hollje, age 93, born in Paris, TX Nov. 7, 1924; died Feb. 9, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Beverly Hollje, his niece Meg Charles, his brother Reinhardt Hollje and his parents John and Margaret Hollje. He is survived by his sisters Gretchen Womach and Prudence Richards from Ft. Worth; his daughters Stephanie Bromley from Mobile, Al and Pamela Lehmann from Germany; his grandson Garret Bromley; nephews Marshall, Tony, Andy and David Womack and Keith and Gregg Hollje; great-nieces Lara Kuhlman and Celia Rivera. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of TX and became an engineer in WWII Army and at Standard Electric. He served 34 years in the Army, 4 in active duty and 30 in the Reserves. The fact he was an Eagle Scout and earned numerous awards throughout his life, like at Counter Intelligence School and in Sons of the Republic, proved his solid character. Not only was he a marksman of wit, history, and genealogy, he also accumulated 18 years of competitive marksmanship honors. He and Beverly traveled extensively. Now they're traveling together again in Heaven.
Robert Lee Ervin
October 26, 1935 - November 13, 2015
Rugel F. Sowell Jr.
April 17, 1929 - December 13, 2010
Past Camp Surgeon
Wayne Durwood Justice
Febuary 17, 1936 - August 7, 2007
In Memory of Camp #153 Compatriots
"Lest We Forget"
He attended Southern Methodist University where he studied pre-medicine. He earned his M.D. degree at Baylor College of Medicine and later earned a Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine degree from Tulane University. He served on the Specialty Board: Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. He practiced in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, stationed in Territory of Alaska for two years. He ran his family practice of medicine in San Marcos for nine years. He practiced as Regional Public Health Advisor, U.S. A.I.D. in Guatemala City for two years, Epidemiologist, Communicable Disease Control, Texas Dept. of Health in Austin for seven years and Director, Project HOPE Program in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, C.A. for two years. Dr. Sowell was proud to be a fourth-generation physician, retiring in 1991. He especially enjoyed baseball and football. He was a wonderful grandfather who doted on his grandchildren. He was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, The Gideons, the Church of Christ and Sons of Hermann. He served as an AARP tax volunteer; served on the Board of the San Marcos City Cemetery Commission and Treasurer for the Senior Price Center.
John Thomas Dibrell
July 30, 1926 - April 2, 2016
He was preceded in death by his parents, Major John Thomas Dibrell and mother, Ellen Braden; brother, Col. Charles F. Dibrell; sister, Barbara D. Paul. He was a Catholic and member of St. Mark the Evangelist Parish. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in San Antonio in 1943. He was in the Corps of Cadets Class of 1947 at Texas A&M University, graduating in 1949. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and at war's end, in the Mediterranean Theatre of Operations. After graduation from A&M, John received a commission in the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1963. He retired from IBM Corporation in 1987 after some 30 years with the company. John was an avid genealogist and could trace his ancestors back to the 7th Century AD. He belonged to many historic and patriotic organizations, namely the Sons of the American Revolution, Society of the War of 1812, Sons of the Republic of Texas, Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Military Order of Stars and Bars, Society of the Lees of Virginia, Society of Colonial Wars, Ft. Delaware Society, Former Texas Rangers Association, First Families of Bexar County, San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society and San Antonio Conservation Society. He was a longtime member of Alcoholics Anonymous, helping many people with drinking problems to a sober and happy life. He was a member of the Texas A&M Former Students Association, Corps of Cadets Association and the San Antonio A&M Club. John is survived by his wife, Myrtie; daughters Victoria Rich, Jill Anne Brooks and husband Jerry; grandsons, Austin and Cameron Brooks; great-granddaughter, Sydney Victoria Brooks; step-daughter, Anna Gorchow Garcia and husband, Col. John J. Garcia, M.D. and their seven children, John J. Garcia, Jr., Abel, Jacob, Antonina, Cadianna, Simon and Faramarie. He is also survived by nieces, Helen E. Piett and Antoinette McGuire; nephew, Col. Charles F. Dibrell, Jr. and wife Anita of San Antonio.
John F. Arnaud
September 1, 1930 - August 29, 2003
Colonel Richard John Edgar Langford Jr. Crossed over the river on Thursday, May 12, 2000. Richard loved God, family, and country more than any obituary can contain. He married Carol Yvonne and they raised two daughters. Evelyn Langford Lawrence and Rebecca Langford Lay. Richard served his country for 30 distinguished years. Drafted into the army a private, he retired a full colonel. Richard's command developed guided missiles, notably the Persing and the Corporal. During the Korea and Vietnam, the United States awarded him many medals including the Purple Heart, two Legions of Merit and the Bronze Star. Although his career took Richard and family all over the world, he and Carol retired to his beloved Texas.
September 29, 1930, in Nueces County, Texas, the son of Hugo Henry Gold and Christine Ida Hoelscher. He attended Violet Public School, was graduated from Corpus Christi College Academy, and then served in the U. S. Army, 1951-1954, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, and Yokohama, Japan. After his Army service, he attended Del Mar College and was graduated from Texas A&M University in 1960 with a BS degree in mechanical engineering. He had a long career at Kelly AFB and received many certificates for outstanding service. He was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and was awarded the Cross of Military Service by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Hugo was preceded in death by his parents, his brother-in-law, Jesse Kimmel, and nephews Timothy O'Grady, Lucas Kimmel, and F. B. Chip Wood. He is survived by wife Theresa Gros Gold, married January 11, 1964, and sons Joseph Hugo Gold wife, Eilene and John Henry Gold wife, Teresa, and granddaughter Jana Gold. Other family members are his brother John W. Gold, wife Macie; and sisters Elizabeth Kimmel, Bernadette Michael O'Grady, Mary Christine Jerry English, Alice Barry Wood, and Walieta James Kimmel, 24 nieces and nephews.
Albert Lee Jamison
May 4, 1933 - June 4, 2006
Hugo J. Gold
September 29, 1930 - March 11, 2013
James Edward "Jim" May
September 24, 1939 - September 24, 2010
When we speak of the greatest generation, we feel our "Dad" was the best. Lt. Col. David F. Sweeney, age 83, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018. He bravely piloted his aircraft during the Vietnam War and was highly decorated along with his buddies in his many flights over Vietnam. Lt. Col Sweeney is survived by his beloved wife, Martha Sweeney; children: Michael D. Sweeney and Laura S. Lock (Jim); and cherished grandchildren: Madalyn M. Lock and Jacob B. Lock. His memory will endure in our hearts.
John Robert Wilmeth passed from this life on Saturday, August 1, 2015, as he turned 94 years old. Born in Dallas August 1, 1921, to John M. & Mable Green-Wilmeth, he joined the Marine Corps in 1939 and served in WWII as a drill instructor in San Diego, CA before being assigned to the Pacific Theatre. He resigned from the Corp in 1947 to marry the love of his life, Goldie Mae Coe. Returning to the Corp in 1954, he was assigned to San Antonio in 1960. He served aboard the USS Hornet during Vietnam before retiring from active duty in 1968. He then worked for the Morris Glass Company for over 30 years. John and Goldie were members of First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. John was active in the SAR, SRT, Son’s of Confederate Veteran’s and the OLD Three Hundred. Proceeded in death by his parents and his wife of 64 years, Goldie Wilmeth.
David Fontaine "El Jefe" Sweeney
September 10, 1934 - February 18, 2018
Paul Woolman Adams Jr.
December 31, 1922 - September 16, 2010
Paul Thomas Whitmore
March 19, 1921 - Febuary 2, 2012
Paul's early schooling was in Medina. He was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and Texas A & M University. While in the service he had the opportunity to attend Yale University in a special engineering program. He was retired from City Public Service after 37 years.
Paul was a past Chairman of the South Texas Chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He was a member of The Sons of the Republic of Texas, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Sons of the American Revolution, American Legion, AFA, and ROA. Paul was a Methodist.
He appreciated being able to attend Castle Hills First Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and all outdoor activities especially at his place in the upper hill country. He was a loving husband and father.
Ray Edward Walls
July 18, 1943 - August 4 2016
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert A. Pryor & Birdie Mae Browning; sons, Eddie & Dennis Pryor; and siblings, Robert, Charles, Olivia, Frank, and Fred Pryor. A 5th generation Texan, he was a life member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas; a charter member of SCV's Hood's Texas Brigade; a member of Magna Charta, S.A. Lodge No. 216 of the Elks Club, the United Fiddlers Association, and a charter member of the Texas Music Coalition. For six years he operated the popular Pioneer Opry on behalf of the State Association of Texas Pioneers for the benefit of Pioneer Hall on Broadway. As an entertainer, Pryor has played his harmonica at events at the Alamo, local parades and venues, and at Oprys throughout the state. Pryor will be remembered for his kindness, consideration, and his genuine desire to help others. He will be missed.
John Buford Hollje
November 07, 1924 - February 09, 2018
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Hood's Texas Brigade, Camp #153
January 24, 1936 - September 25, 2006