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Arthur Calvin Bible


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Arthur Calvin Bible Obituary
BIBLE, Arthur Calvin "A.C" Arthur Calvin "A.C." Bible, longtime Central Texas resident, past President of the Leander ISD School Board, and namesake of the A.C. Bible Memorial Stadium at Leander High School, passed away at the age of 99, on the 2nd of January, after a brief illness. The Bible family, along with that of his wife Mary Frances Blair Bible, were among the earliest settlers of the Cedar Park and Leander communities. A.C. was a lifelong resident of Cedar Park, Austin and (since 2012) Round Rock. Born September 14, 1918, in Austin, A.C. graduated from Leander High School in 1935. He was a member of the Civil Conservation Corps during the late 1930's, and joined the Army at the outbreak of WWII, in 1941. In May of the same year married his former classmate, and the love of his life, Mary Frances Blair. They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in 2016. During the war he served in Africa, Italy, France, Austria and Germany. A.C. owned an electrical contracting business for over 40 years, and left his mark on a long list of high profile projects and historic central Texas properties. A.C. and wife Mary were both strong proponents of the benefits provided by a sound education, and fostered this same belief in their children, all of whom received advanced degrees. A.C. was immensely proud of his children's accomplishments. Son Mike graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and received his Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas. Tim received undergraduate degrees from Baylor and the University of Texas, and both undergraduate and a Masters in Education from TCU. Steve received his degree from the University of Texas, and an MBA from St. Edwards University. Possessed with a strong sense of public duty and devotion for community, A.C. was a member of the Leander ISD Board of Trustees for 13 years, from 1975-1988. He served as Board President for 10 years, at a point the district was experiencing the first stages of the rapid growth that has continued to the present day. Under his leadership a bond was passed that enabled the building of a new high school, and he also championed and secured a new football stadium, which was named in his honor in 1989. A.C. served as Chairman of the committee that was responsible for the writing of the City of Cedar Park's charter during the 1980's. He provided water for the new city from his private well for over five years. The family handprint can be seen in many areas of the community and school district: the A.C. Bible Memorial Stadium, the Margie Rosenbush Library at Leander High School, named for sister-in-law Margie Rosenbush, and Artie Henry middle school, named for brother-in-law Artie Henry. His wife Mary and son Tim owned and operated the highly regarded Yellow Corner School in Cedar Park during the 1980's and 90's, which educated generations of young children from the surrounding communities. Brother-in-law Sam Blair served on the boards of both the Leander and Liberty Hill lSDs. Sister-in-law Betty Henry owned Henry's Store and Hunt's Station Restaurant. A.C. was strongly committed to his faith, and church. He and Mary were longtime members of Northwest Baptist Church in Austin's Crestview neighborhood, and served as President of its' Board of Deacons for many years. He also loved to play the fiddle, and performed yearly at Old Settlers in Round Rock for over six decades. His last performance was at age 98. A.C. was blessed with a long and productive life, and was fortunate to remain in his home until the end. He was still driving until a few months shy of his 99th birthday. Always ready with a good joke, A.C.'s companionship was sought after and enjoyed by many. He was loved by all who came into contact with him. A.C. is survived by his loving wife of 76 years, Mary Frances Blair Bible, sons Michael Calvin (Jane), Joel Timothy, and Steven Scott (Daran); grandchildren Jeff Bible (Heather), Becky Carter (Clay), Ashley Bible and Courtney Maxwell (Chris). Also, by brother James Roy Bible and sister Nell Schwartz, and sisters-in-law Margie Blair Rosenbush and Betty Blair Henry, and by brother-in-law Sam Blair. Also survived by great-grandchildren Blair, Grant, Caroline, Catherine, Clara, Calvin, Charlie and Cash. In addition, he is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, and cousins too numerous to list. Hundreds of his extended family members still reside in the area today. A.C. was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Calvin Bible, Sr. and Florence Allen-Bible, by sisters Jean Hudson and Lou Emma Thomas, and by brother Jack Bible. Pallbearers are Joey Johnson, Chris Maxwell, Steve Swain, Trey Walls, Ted Bose, Ira Morgan and Leonard Miller. The family would also like to thank caregiver Shirley Bell for her devotion during A.C.'s final days, and for the kindness shown, and excellent care provided by Dr. Benjamin Smith. There are many others who were a valued part of A.C.'s life, and who he cherished, and thought of often up until the end. Services will be held at Beck Funeral Home, 1700 E. Whitestone Blvd. in Cedar Park, on Tuesday, January 9th, at 10:00am. Visitation and viewing will be held the evening prior, Monday, January 8th, from 6-8pm. Donations may be made to Meals on Wheels of Williamson and Burnet Counties, or to a .
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 7, 2018
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