Ernest Ray Kirkpatrick

Portrait of Ernest Ray Kirkpatrick Headstone Photograph

Ray Kirkpatrick
July 9, 1922
Nov. 3, 1998
State Representative Fannin County
1946 ? 1952

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Ray Kirkpatrick
Chairman of House Appropriations Committee
1949 ? 1951
Youngest chairman in the history of the State
Member, Legislative Budget Board
1949 ? 1952
Veteran, World War II, North Africa, Italy and France
1943 ? 1945
Life Member American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars
Lawyer, Baylor Law School
Full Name: Ernest Ray Kirkpatrick
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 2 (C2)
Row:A  Number:1
Reason for Eligibility: Member, Texas House of Representatives 
Birth Date: July 9, 1922 
Died: November 3, 1998 
Burial Date: November 7, 1998 

KIRKPATRICK, ERNEST RAY (1922 ~ 1998). E. Ray Kirkpatrick, member of the Texas House of Representatives, was born July 9, 1922, in Trenton, Fannin County, Texas, 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.

Kirkpatrick was in the U. S. Army from 1942 - 1945, serving in Italy, France and North Africa. After returning home, he served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1947 to 1951, becoming at 26 the youngest man in the history of Texas to chair the state's Appropriations Committee. Kirkpatrick graduated from Baylor School of Law in 1952 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.

Kirkpatrick was a life member of the Baptist Church, Trenton Masonic Lodge # 761, Post Oak Island Lodge #181, Elgin Masonic Lodge # 328, Solomon Lodge # 484, Austin Scottish Rite, Austin York Rite, Ben Hur Shrine of Austin, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Representative Kirkpatrick, age 76, passed away on November 3, 1996 after a two year battle with cancer.

Information taken from Kirkpatrick's obituary in the Austin American-Statesman from November 6, 1998.


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Entered by Administrator on 2/1/1998 12:11:25 PM

Additional Multimedia Files To Download:

#1860) Title:Cradle Roll Certificate
Source:Betty Kirkpatrick Syptak Private Collection
Description:Birth Announcement for the Birth of Ernest Ray Kirkpatrick

#1861) Title:Master Mason Fifty Year Award
Source:Betty Kirkpatrick Syptak Collection

#1863) Title:Ernest Ray Kirkpatrick
Source:Betty Kirkpatrick Syptak Collection
Description:1st Grade School Photograph of E. Ray at the age of 7.

#1864) Title:E. Ray Kirkpatrick Military Photograph
Source:Betty Kirkpatrick Syptak Collection
Description:E. Ray Kirkpatrick Military Photo from circa 1942.

#1867) Title:State Board of Insurance Commission
Source:Betty Kirkpatrick Syptak Collection

#1868) Title:E. Ray Kirkpatrick with Governor Preston Smith
Source:Betty Kirkpatrick Syptak Collection
Description:Remarks read - "To Ray - A fine friend and a great Texan! Preston Smith 10/25/72"


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