Kemmerly, Richard Carroll Richard Carroll Kemmerly of Irving, Texas passed away peacefully after a long and courageous battle with debilitating Parkinson's disease, on July 6, 2013. Richard was born on July 10, 1933 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Merle F. Kemmerly, Sr., and Carolyn Bertha Brussard Kemmerly. He had one brother, Merle F. Kemmerly, Jr. All his family has predeceased him. Richard grew up in the south Highlands area of Shreveport and attended Byrd High School. He graduated from St. Stanislaus Academy in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. Richard served in the U. S. Air Force. He spent four years working at the Pentagon in information technology. He was a member of the US Air Force Skeet Team and traveled across the country for competitions. Following his Air Force service, he came to Dallas to work at IBM and then EDS. When he was considering starting his own business, he sought the counsel of Ross Perot, who advised him to become a recruiter because he was such a "people person". This advice led Richard to start his own company in 1967. Data Processing Careers, a leading recruiting company, flourished and later expanded to 6 offices in the surrounding area. The DPC specialized in the executive and professional levels of information technology. They also provided career counseling. DPC officed in Stemmons Towers for 34 years until his retirement in 2003. Richard was an active sportsman all of his life. For 30 years, he played handball with the noon group at the downtown YMCA, Golf was a particular passion, and he was always involved in it in some way. He was playing with Lee Trevino at Tenison Golf Course in the days before Lee became a pro. He was an inaugural life member of the Four Seasons Golf club, which he joined in 83. Richard and his wife Carol enjoyed playing golf together for thirty years, both in Dallas and on many vacations elsewhere. He had a good eye for analyzing golf and was often a help to his friends. Richard was a man of many interests. His idea for the courtesy music we hear was called "Music on Hold" and he owns the patent for it. He volunteered for the suicide prevention hotline. In July 1984, he served as the foreman of a Grand Jury, an experience which impressed him profoundly. Richard often said, "I thought I was bullet proof", yet in 1997 he discovered he was not. That year Richard was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He lived bravely with the disease and its attendant problems for more than 15 years. The most common description of Richard when remembered is that he was a true friend. Richard was famous for the "two minute phone call". If you were his friend-especially if you had any kind of problem-he would call several times a week. Richard was preceded in death by his mother, father, and brother; his son Richard Kemmerly,Jr. (Rick) his daughter Catherine Kemmerly, his first wife Betty Kemmerly, and his brother-in-law Paul Landis. He is survived by his devoted wife Carol, Daughter Cynthia, two grandchildren, Chase Ashburn and wife Lauren and Aleigha Frazier and husband Trent, and two great grandchildren, Hanna and Emerson. Family to receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Funeral Service will be Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Brown's Memorial Chapel. Interment will be 1:15 P. M. at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas. Memorial donations may be made to Toni Wiesner Fund c/o WTGA 2909 Cole Avenue Suite 305, Dallas, Texas 75204 or First Tee of Dallas, 2909 Cole Ave suite 300 Dallas, TX 75204.
Published in Dallas Morning News from July 9 to July 10, 2013