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Obituary for BG Robert L. Herring

August 18, 1921 - August 25, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 97


On Saturday, August 25, 2018, Robert L. Herring went to be with his Lord and Savior after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He had achieved a birthday milestone only a week before when he turned 97 years old. Robert, also known since childhood as R.L., was born on August 18, 1921 in rural Mississippi to Robert Lee Herring, Sr. and Carrie Carr Herring. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Dorothy Mildred Bates, as well as his beloved wide of 72 years, Mary Underwood Herring. Dorothy's son, Lonnie Ferrell has also passed away, but Robert is survived by his only daughter, Cindy Ann Muir, her husband Donald W. Muir, Jr. of San Antonio and a granddaughter, Lauren Ann Bates of Dallas, plus a great niece, Stephanie Ferrell Brown and her son, Holden Brown of Weatherford, Texas. His brother-in-law, Thomas Underwood, lives in Mississippi.

Robert moved to southeast Texas at an early age and graduated from Port Neches High School, and he continued to follow Port Neches-Groves's football team. He earned an Associate Degree at Clark College in Newton, Mississippi, where he met his future wife, Mary. After marrying, he moved her to Texas and earned an undergrad degree from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene. Soon after, Robert earned a Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Theology from Southwestern Baptists Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. His last degree would be earned from the Army Command General Staff College.

Called to the pastorate at an early age, Robert was ordained to preach in 1940. He served a total of six different churches as a student pastor. In 1949, he became the first pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Bryan, Texas. He later served at Fredonia Hill Baptist Church in Nacogdoches and his last church in which to serve as pastor was Lakewood Baptist Church in Dallas. In 1965, he became administrator for the Buckner Baptist Retirement Village in Dallas until 1985. While being involved in the break out of early geriatrics, he served as president of the Texas Association for Homes for the Aged.

Robert's heart was also evident in his military career with the Texas Army National Guard. In 1950, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and Chaplain and he served until 1979, when he retired as Colonel and the State Chaplain at the National Guard headquarters in Austin. He was very involved in the building of the All Faiths Chapel at Camp Mabry in Austin. The Texas National Guard bestowed the honor of Brigadier General to him at his retirement ceremony and he was awarded the prestigious Minute Man Award from the National Guard Association of Texas in 1996.

Service was the most important aspect of his life, starting when he became an Eagle Scout. Service to the church, to his country and to other institutions after his retirement kept him mentally and physically active. Robert and Mary moved to Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas in 1985 and he served as president of the Fair Oaks Homeowners's Association for three years. He was known as being the last surviving "Founding Father of Fair Oaks Ranch," as he was instrumental in helping the area become incorporated into a city. He served as an election judge from 1988 until 1997 and was also a founding member of the Executive Service Corps of San Antonio. He served as a Trustee for Wayland Baptist University from 2001-2010 and was an emeritus member of the Executive Board of Hardin Simmons University. In 2006, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Hardin Simmons.

His church life never faltered after retirement, as he was a charter member of Woodland Baptist Church and extremely active later at First Baptist Church of San Antonio. Robert was well-loved and known to be a counselor to many up until his departure from this earthly life. Visitation will be Wednesday evening at Porter Loring North Funeral Home and the celebration of his life will occur Thursday, August 30 at 1:00 pm at First Baptist Church. Any memorials for a life well-lived can be made to the First Baptist Church television ministry.

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