Annie Louise Kirkpatrick, BA ’35, of Fort Worth died Saturday, June 9, 2018. She was 103. GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Ridge Park Cemetery in Hillsboro, under the direction of Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors, with Pastor Paul Clark officiating. Visitation: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the service at the cemetery. Annie was born Aug. 2, 1914, in Hillsboro to Mortimer and Annie Smith Watkins. She grew up in Hillsboro, graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1931 and then attended Hill College. In 1935, she graduated with a teaching degree from Baylor University. She began her teaching career in Mount Calm, then taught in Hubbard and Lubbock. Thirty-seven years later, she finished her career in Abilene. In July 1936, she married Louis Wesley Kirkpatrick. Reading and doing crossword puzzles as well as doing activities with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were some of her favorite pastimes. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and was of the Baptist faith. Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband, Louis, on Dec. 4, 1977. SURVIVORS: Her son, Jim Kirkpatrick and wife, Carol; grandchildren, Michael L. Kirkpatrick and wife, Ginny, Jeff Kirkpatrick and wife, Angela, and Tim Kirkpatrick; great-grandchildren, Malachi Kirkpatrick, Kayla Kirkpatrick, Misty Kirkpatrick, Wesley Kirkpatrick, Courtney Kirkpatrick, Justin Kirkpatrick and Kayaki Howle. Published in Star-Telegram
Marium H. Schmerbeck, BA ’38, of Kerrville, TX, died Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the age of 101. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, June 25, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Rob Lohmeyer officiating. Marium was born March 18, 1917 in Dallas. After graduating with honors from high school, she received a scholarship to SMU where she spent two years before transferring to Baylor University. While at Baylor, she was selected as a Baylor Beauty. She graduated with a BA degree. She came to Kerrville to begin her teaching career, where she taught at Tivy High School and later at Schreiner College. In 1939, she married Garrett G. Schmerbeck and they made their home in Kerrville for 60 years until his death in 1999. She and Garrett served the Presbyterian Church in numerous capacities. Marium served as elder, Sunday school teacher, Bible Leader for Women’s Circles and held, at different times, all the WOC offices. She was active in civic affairs, with a special interest in mental health, serving several years as president of the local chapter of NAMI. Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Heap and husband, Bill of Dallas and Francie McKenzie of New York; two sons, Philip Schmerbeck of Dallas and Mark Schmerbeck of Kerrville; two grandchildren, Robin Love and husband, Jordan and Will McKenzie. Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville
Edwin Luther Holt, BM ’39, of Bastrop, TX, was welcomed into Heaven June 22, 2018. He was 101. Ed was predeceased by parents Luther Avens Holt and Verdie Lively Holt, brothers Roy, Marshall, and Luther and sisters Ruby Burris, Georgia Baker, and Zelma Lancaster. Ed was born in a dog-trot cabin on October 26, 1916 near Elkhart, Texas. After being orphaned at age 10, he was raised in Waco at the Methodists’ Childrens Home. He graduated in 1935 from Waco High School where he was named an All District Guard for football. While enrolled at Mary Hardin Baylor (an all girls college), he worked as a “campus boy” in the college dairy to cover costs of his tuition, room, and board. Since boys were not allowed to graduate from Mary Hardin Baylor, he transferred to complete his senior year and graduate from Baylor University in 1939 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Later, he earned a Masters Degree from Vandercook School of Music in Chicago, Illinois by attending classes during the summers. On Christmas Day 1940, he married his college sweetheart Helen Dreiblebis at her family home in San Juan, Texas. In 1943, Ed served as a Chaplain’s Assistant in the United States Coast Guard. He was assigned to duty at Brooklyn Navy Yard where he awaited the construction of the USS General J.C. Brekenridge. While in port at Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia, he played for church services on numerous aircraft carriers and the Battleship Texas. He was a plank owner of this Coast Guard Troop Transport which made 13 trips across the Atlantic carrying 5000 troops at a time to France. His last voyage was from France through the Panama Canal to the Philippines and back to San Francisco. In January or 1946, he received his honorable discharge and returned home to Texas. During his career as a music educator, Ed directed award-winning bands in Wharton, Luling, Pharr San Juan Alamo, Laredo, San Marcos, and Austin. He also served as a church choir director in many cities where he lived. After retiring, Ed continued his interest in music by playing the piano and learning to play the organ. He developed gardening skills which benefited family and friends who enjoyed his homegrown tomatoes and green beans. His many furry friends ranged in size from chihuahua to rottweiler, and he indulged them as members of the family. As a loyal fan, Ed proudly wore a Baylor cap and supported his Bears, with love. Ed treasured time with family and proudly welcomed new additions. He is survived by Helen Dreibelbis Holt (wife of 77 years), son David Holt (Nancy), granddaughters Erika Pesek (Chris) and Heather Burke (Steven), and great grandchildren Lila Burke and Jonas Burke. The family thanks caregivers at Bastrop Nursing Center and Argent Court Assisted Living for attention and care they provided the past 2 years. A special thanks to Shirley Jones for devotion in helping take care of Ed. Memorial service at 2:00pm Thursday June 28 at Calvary Episcopal Church, 603 Spring St., Bastrop, Texas. Reception follows at Heritage Hall. Contributions in honor of Ed may be made to Calvary Episcopal Church, PO Box 721, Bastrop, Texas.