BUCHANAN DAM ? Ace Edmond Myrick (aka Eddie, Ed, Buffalo) was born on Dec. 14, 1941 in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Ace Curtis Myrick and Janie Omega Williams Myrick. He passed away on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

Ace was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Ann Haynes Myrick; son, Ryan Edmond Myrick; his parents; father-in-law, Noel Haynes; and brothers-in-law, Haywood Smith and Edward Appleton.

He is survived by his son, Ace Riede Myrick and wife Tasha of Giddings, Texas; two grandchildren, Macey and Laiken Myrick also of Giddings; mother-in-law, Josephine Haynes of Brady, Texas; sister, Janet Smith of San Antonio, Texas; brother, Curtis Myrick and Linda of Burnet, Texas; sister-in-law, Joyce Appleton of Eden, Texas; brother-in-law, Byron Haynes and wife MaryAnn of Angleton, Texas; brother-in-law, Garland Haynes and wife Jan of San Angelo, Texas, dear friend Kathy Pietsch of Giddings, Texas; 14 nephews and nieces, numerous cousins, extended family and other dear friends.

Ace was a member of the Sinton Masonic Lodge 1012, Sinton, Texas, the Texas Sheriffs Association, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Granite Shoals, Texas.

Ace grew up in and attended school in Sinton, Texas, 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 College, Brownwood, Texas and played football. Having left part of three fingers in a South Texas Oil Field, he finished his undergraduate degree in December 1965. Ace 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, Ace 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, Killeen, Texas, and a Masters in Criminal Psychology from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. 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, Ace turned the Mountain View Unit over to the Texas Department of Corrections where he stayed on as the first Chief of Security assisting to reopen 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, Ace 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. Tuesday at The Chapel of the Hills Baptist Church in Buchanan Dam, Texas with Rev. Sam Crosby officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery in Brady, Texas.

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. Llano, Texas. E-mail condolences may be sent to whhfuneral1@verizon.net or you may log onto our website, www.whhfuneralhome.com for online condolences.