Ace Edmond Myrick Dec. 14, 1941 ~ Feb. 1, 2013
January 23, 2013, 9:06 am by Staff Reports
He was preceded in death by wife Marilyn Ann Haynes Myrick, son Ryan Edmond Myrick, his parents, father-inlaw Noel Haynes, and brothers-in-laws Haywood Smith and Edward Appleton.
He is survived by son Ace Riede Myrick and wife Tasha of Giddings, Texas; grandchildren Macey and Laiken Myrick of Giddings; mother-in-law Josephine Haynes, of Brady; sister Janet Smith of San Antonio; brother Curtis Myrick and wife Linda of Burnet; sister-in-law Joyce Appleton of Eden; brother-in-law Byron Haynes and wife MaryAnn of Angleton; brother-in-law Garland Haynes and wife Jan of San Angelo; dear friend Kathy Pietsch of Giddings; 14 nephews and nieces; numerous cousins; and extended family and other dear friends.
Myrick was a member of the Sinton Masonic Lodge 1012 in Sinton, Texas; the Texas Sheriffs Association; and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Granite Shoals.
He grew up in and attended school in Sinton where he graduated in 1960. A multi-sport athlete, he was drafted in the 1960 Spring Baseball draft. He chose to attend Rice University on a football scholarship and also played baseball. After a car accident sidelined him briefly, he transferred to Howard Payne Collage in Brownwood and played football.
Having left part of three fingers in a South Texas Oil Field, he finished his undergraduate degree in December 1965. He went to work at the Texas Youth Council Gatesville State Schools in 1966 as a teacher and a coach. After several unsuccessful professional football tryouts, Myrick embarked on a progressive path of positions at several of the Gatesville units becoming a Unit Superintendent in 1969. He pursued his Masters Degrees and graduated with a Masters in Criminal Justice from the American Technological Institute now the University of Central Texas in Killeen, and a Masters in Criminal Psychology from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
In 1971, he was made Unit Superintendent of the Mountain View School for Boys, where he participated in the Federal Juvenile Justice Court case Turman vs. Morales. In 1974 he turned the Mountain View Unit over to the Texas Department of Corrections where he stayed on as the first Chief of Security assisting in the reopening of the facility in 1975 and established the Windham School District there. In between institutional stints, he returned to working in the oil fields of South and South Central Texas. In 1977 he became the Assistant Superintendent of the Giddings State School.
Throughout his TYC career he moved around to apply his talents where needed. His travels took him to the West Texas Children’s Home, Crockett State School, Brownwood State School, and finally the Central Office in Austin. A consummate champion for despondent children and an advocate for the downtrodden, he applied his passion to help others with a direct style of
discipline and perseverance. Retiring in 1993, Myrick pursued lifelong hobbies of fishing, hunting, and storytelling. He enjoyed cooking, dancing, and most of all the company of others.
Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at The Chapel of the Hills Baptist Church in Buchanan Dam with Rev. Sam Crosby officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery in Brady.
The family has requested that Memorial Contributions be made to The Susan G. Komen Research for the Cure of Breast Cancer, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309.
Funeral arrangements made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. in Llano. E-mail condolences may be sent to email@example.com or you may log onto our website, www.whhfuneralhome.com for online condolences.
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