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Jimmie Calvin Herrington, 88, loving husband and devoted father and grandfather, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2012. He was born on December 20, 1923, in Anderson County in East Texas. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Andrew Herrington. The youngest of 12 children, Jim was brought up farming and exploring the woods, and there developed a life-long love for the outdoors. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruby Herrington; two daughters, Joni Holder and husband Chris, Sheryl Lipscomb and husband Rob; grandchildren, Megan and husband Dan Chandler, Christopher Holder, Katie and Kevin Lipscomb; and by many adoring nieces, nephews and cousins. Upon his high school graduation, he found his way to San Antonio, attended Trinity University and worked at Fairmaid Bakery. It was while he was a 'bread twister' that he spotted a 'jewel' on the cake floor, Ruby Schultz. They dated steadily before he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in WWII on Wake Island and on Okinawa. While on leave, they married and later moved to Houston where he attended the University of Houston and majored in Geology. And so began his great adventures as a geologist with Atlantic-Richfield for over 34 years. During that time he was active in the discovery of oil fields in East Texas, the Permian Basin and offshore in Louisiana. He later was head of exploration for the Western U.S. and traveled often to many locations, including Alaska. He was an early chairman of the Potential Oil and Gas Committee and established standards for estimates of potential gas reserves in the U.S. He was also a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists for over 45 years. Jim and Ruby loved traveling and took numerous cruises and trips to Australia, Hong Kong, and Europe. He was an avid golfer, hunter, gardener, animal lover and loyal San Antonio Spurs fan. Above all, Jim was devoted to his wife, children, and grandchildren. His ready smile and quick wit endeared him to all he met. He will be remembered for many lifelong friendships that span the country. Upon his retirement to Bulverde in 1987, he began his second career as a "professional volunteer". His life was always guided by his heart for service. He served on the board of Timberwood Park Owners Association and headed up the Borgfeld Road clean-up for 18 years. An active member at St. Paul Lutheran Church he served as board chairman. Jim was instrumental in raising funds for the construction of the Bulverde Senior Center where he served on the board and helped start the Run for the Hills 5K among other philanthropic activities. This year Jim was the honorary Grand Marshall of the Bulverde Jubilee Parade. Jim had a great love for life and strong will to live. He was one of the first heart bypass patients at Houston-Methodist Hospital and survived numerous heart surgeries and procedures, in addition to prostate and bladder cancer. The family would like to thank Dr. Raul Montemayor, Dr. Anatole Trakhtenbroit, and Dr. Thomas O'Neill, their associates, nurses and assistants for many years of care and friendship, as well as the nurses at Morningside Manor Hospice Unit. Visitation will be Sunday, March 11 at Porter Loring Mortuary North from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

MARCH 12, 2012
10:00 A.M.
29797 US HIGHWAY 281 N

Pallbearers are Chris Holder, Rob Lipscomb, Christopher Holder, Kevin Lipscomb, Paul Traeger and Dan Chandler. Honorary pallbearers include brother-in-law Glenwood Helmke, nephews Gary Herrington, Bob Herrington, George Herrington, Don Wayne Schultz, Gary Woelke, Jimmy Woelke, Phil Howard and Fred Kirby, friends Doug Underwood, Bob Bocher, and the men of the Tired and Retired Group- Jack Davis, Dean Krueger, Benny Havens, and Warren Lytle. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Bulverde Senior Center- building fund, 30280 Cougar Bend Bulverde, Texas 78163 or St. Paul Lutheran Church- memorial fund 29797 US Highway 281N, Bulverde, Texas 78163.
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Published in Express-News on Mar. 10, 2012
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