Note: E. C. Parker Jr. was born on the family ranch in East Columbia, Texas, to Ernest Clyde Parker and Gladys Smith Parker. He attended public schools in San Antonio, Texas, and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in May 1936. He attended Texas A&M College attaining the position of adjutant cavalry commander of the corps of cadets and graduated with a bachelors degree in petroleum engineering in 1940. Upon graduation, he was employed by Stanolind Oil & Gas in Fort Worth, Texas, as a petroleum engineer from 1940 to 1942. He married Josephine (Dodo) Tobin Schreiner in Kerrville on Jan. 29, 1942, and immediately reported for duty in the U.S. Army at Fort Sill, Okla., as a second lieutenant, accompanied by his new bride. She shared Army life with him during his two years of service in the United States. He was deployed to the European theatre of operations in February 1944 and served there until December1946. During his deployment, he served in the field artillery with distinction as an advance forward observer and battery commander. After war cessation, he served as provost marshal for the Army base adjacent to Nuremberg. While in European combat, he was awarded four battle stars for campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, The Rhineland, and Central Europe and the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service in combat. He advanced in rank throughout the war and was separated from the service as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves in 1946. Clyde and Dodo settled in Kerrville, and in April 1947, he formed a partnership with his father-in-law, W. Scott Schreiner to operate Parker and Schreiner, a building supply firm. In his subsequent 50-plus years of active involvement in Kerrville and other parts of the state, he was a partner in W.A. Sullivan-General Contractor; president and CEO of Charles Schreiner Co. and its subsidiary, Schreiners Department Store; chairman of the board and CEO of Kerrville Communications Corporation and its subsidiaries, Kerrville Telephone Company, Advanced Telecom Systems, and Five Star Wireless; president of Black Bull Corporation, a ranching enterprise in West Kerr County; and a partner in Osceola Plantation Partners, a land and mineral holding company in Brazoria County, Texas. Clyde had a deep and abiding concern for the community of Kerrville and Kerr County. To that end he devoted much of his time over many years to the needs of those communities. He served as a member of the board of directors of the Upper Guadalupe River Authority for 26 years, having been appointed to the board by four different governors - Price Daniel, Preston Smith, Dolph Briscoe and William Clements. During his tenure as president of the authority, a permanent surface water supply for the city of Kerrville was established by the construction of the UGRA dam and water treatment plant on the Guadalupe River that has been a vital component to the areas growth over the last 30 years. He also served as chairman of the Planning and Zoning board of the city of Kerrville, as vice president of the Kerrville Chamber of Commerce, member of the board of trustees and chairman of the finance committee of Schreiner College, as president of the Kerr County Community Chest (United Way), and as a deacon and elder of The First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville. He was honored with the Kerr County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen of the Year award in 1977 for his leadership in creating a surface water supply for the city of Kerrville. He was a member of The Order of the Alamo, The San Antonio Country Club, The Argyle, The Pilon Club, Riverhill Country Club, The Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association and The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, The University of Texas Chancellors Council, and The Association of Former Students of A&M. Clyde's business associations, political connections and many friendships ranged throughout the state, and his counsel and advice were widely sought. He was known throughout his life as a man of great integrity and honesty and his contributions to his extended families, the many people who worked with him in the successful companies he managed and the community at large are a testament to his life's great purpose of service. He was preceded in death by Dodo, his loving wife of 67 years, in April. His devotion to her in her final years was heroic. He is survived by his children, Scott and Barbara Parker, Cee Parker and Carlos Ibarra, and Tobin and Kim Parker; grandchildren, Scott S. Parker Jr., Lauren D. Parker, John W. Parker, W. Schreiner Parker and Tobin M. Parker Jr.; brothers, Travis Smith Parker of Dallas, James Masterson Parker of San Antonio, and sister-in-law Barbara Splawn Parker of Dallas; and numerous nieces nephews and cousins. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Memorial services will be Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Kerrville with the Revs. John W. Wurster and Rob Lohmeyer, and Dr. Sam Junkin officiating. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville. --- Kerrville Daily Times, July 6, 2009
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