Wednesday, September 15, 2010

OBT: Bobby Etchison

Bobby Etchison
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:15 am

JUNCTION - Bobby H. Etchison Sr., 81, of Kerrville and Junction, passed from this life at his home in Junction on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010.

Born on April 5, 1929, in McAllen, he was the son of Rio Grande Valley pioneers Horace and Evelyn Etchison.

A graduate of McAllen High School, class of 1946, he attended Baylor University. He served in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Okinawa.

Most of his working career he was associated with the family-owned McAllen Fruit and Vegetable Co. and the McAllen Cotton Gin. He also was associated with the Pearl Distributing Company. Mr. Etchison ventured out on his own and owned the Valley Armature and Electric Company until he retired.

While in McAllen, he was a director of the First National Bank of McAllen and was past president of the McAllen Jaycees.

A true Christian, he was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church of McAllen and when he moved to Kerrville in the mid-1990s, transferred to St. Peter's Episcopal Church, serving on the vestry as senior warden. He also was involved in St. Peter's Day School.

He is predeceased by his parents.

Those left to honor and cherish his memory are his wife, Willavae "Willie" Etchison; his daughter, Susan Etchison Wambsganss and her husband, Mike, and their children, Jeffery and Clee; his daughter, Sheryl Etchison Yancy and her children, Jesse, Bret and Payton; his daughter, Sandra Etchison Noland and her husband, Mark, and their children, Brandon, Colton, Mark II, Macy and Matthew; his son, Bobby H. Etchison Jr.; his sister, Ann Etchison Laughlin and her husband, Jim, and their children Brad, Lynn and Dana; his sister, Sue Etchison Meek and her children, Tracy and Christy; and many other great-nieces and great-nephews.

There will be no visitation.

A celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 16, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Kerrville, with Father Tom Murray as celebrant. A reception follows at Tucker Hall.

The family suggests that donations in his name be made to St. Peter's Episcopal Church or to St. Peter's Day School (320 St. Peter St., Kerrville, TX 78028) or a charity of one's choice.

The family invites you to leave a message or memory at www.kerrvillefuneralhome.com by selecting Obituaries. Select "Sign Guestbook" at the bottom of the individual Memorial.

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kerrville Funeral Home.

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