From the Austin American Statesman, Nov. 1998
E. Ray Kirkpatrick, age 76, passed away on November 3, 1998, at the Hearthstone in Round Rock after a two year battle with cancer.
Ray was born July 9, 1922, in Trenton, Texas, Fannin County, to Homer E. and Mamie Swearingen Kirkpatrick. He graduated in 1940 from Trenton High School, where he was a member of the Future Farmers of America and editor of the school paper. Ray was in the U.S. Army from 1942-1943, serving in Italy, France, and North Africa. After returning home, he served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1946-52, becoming at 26 the youngest man in the history of Texas to chair the state's Appropriations Committee. Ray graduated from Baylor School of Law in 1958 and remained a faithful fan and lifelong supporter of the university and its sports.He was in private law practice for a number of years before employment with the State Board of Insurance, from which he retired in 1985.
He is survived by his sister, Betty Kirkpatrick Syptak; nieces, Betty Kay Scoggin and Laura Annette Pearson, great-
nephews Steve Scoggin, Zachary Sullivan, and Tate Sullivan; cousins, Dr. John Dyer and wife Nancy, Frances, Sue Hickman and husband, Doug longtime friends, Tauhlee Summers and daughters, Kay Wooldridge and Janice Fortner; and longtime care givers, Dora Castillo and family.
Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church, Elgin, Texas on Saturday, November 7, 1988, at 1:00 p.m., with the Reverend Don Long officiating. Burial will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the State Cemetery in Austin with both military honors and Masonic services. Reception following Graveside at the Gallery in the Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Keith Johnson, Dud Morris, Travis McPhaul, Bob Schier, Maynard Norwood and Lee Conner. Honorary pallbearers include Governor Preston Smith, Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, John B. Selman, Ray Cain, Joe Scott, George Cole, Murray Watson, J. Wilson Ashby, Jack Price, Carrol Fuchs, William O. Smith, Jim Wooldridge, Dr. Tim Robbins, Dr. Jack Jacobson, Dr. Daryl Eakin, Jim Evans, Gary Evans, Darrell Woodland, Travis Woodland, Brian Rankin, Saul Salazar and all members of the Masonic Lodge.
Ray will be missed greatly by his family and friends, who will remember him for the generosity and helpfulness that he showed for so many.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Kidney Foundation, American Cancer Society or other charity.
Arrangements are with Newby Funeral Home in Elgin, Texas.