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Ernest "Ernie" Kirkham '76 July 24, 2019 3:39 PM updated: July 25, 2019 3:12 PM

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory obituary
3001 S College Avenue
Bryan, TX 77801,
United States
Phone: (979) 822 3717

Ernest “Ernie” Parker Kirkham


Ernest “Ernie” Parker Kirkham, 64, of College Station passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019. A descendant of early Texas settlers, he was born on August 9, 1954 in Galveston, TX to Emmett Oran Kirkham and Edna Pearl Thomas Kirkham and was raised in LaMarque. He was a graduate of LaMarque High School, Class of ’72. Ernie earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Technology in 1977 and his Master”s Degree in Physical Education in 1981 from the University of Texas A&M. Ernie was appointed in 1981 as MS Physical Education Associate Instructional Professor, Health and Kinesiology Undergraduate Faculty. He joined the USPA in 1992 and was a Static Line Jump Master and Instructor.

His professional experience included:
1984 to 2018 Coordinator of Developmental Activities for Physical Education Activity Program, Texas A&M University
1987 – 2018 Senior Lecturer, Department of Health and Kinesiology,
Texas A&M University
1981 – 1987 Lecturer, Department of Health and Physical Education,
Texas A&M University
1983 – 1991 Gymnastics Coach, Texas A&M Gymnastics Team
1980 – 1981 Graduate Assistant – Teaching, Department of Health and Physical Education, Texas A&M University
1979 – 1983 Gymnastics Coach and Instructor, Texas School of Physical
Fitness, College Station, Texas
1975 Teaching Assistant in Mathematics, College of the Mainland, Texas City, Texas
1973 Teaching Assistant in Physics and Math, College of the Mainland, Texas City, Texas

1977 – 1978 Engineer Trainee, Fisk Telephone Systems, Houston, Texas

Honors and Awards that he received throughout his tenure:
Emil Mamaliga Teaching Award – 1987
Texas Gymnastics Judges Association Judge of the Year – 1989
International Gymnastics Federation Brevet Judge – 1989 to 1996
Gymnastics Association of Texas Honor Award – 1989
Gymnastics Association of Texas Merit Award – 1990
Director of Officials and Head Judge – World Championships of Freestyle Skydiving and
Skysurfing – 1993
Kinesiology Division Teaching Award – 2003

Ernie is survived by his Sister, Junette Kirkham Woller and husband, William Henry Woller; Brother, Emmett Oran Kirkham, Jr.; Sister, Jacquelin “Jackie” Kirkham (Hipes) and husband, Mark Hipes; Nieces and Nephews, William Kirk Woller and wife, Vanesa Sanabria, Thomas Roy Woller and wife, Lanita O’Quinn Woller, Scott Andrew Kirkham and wife, Laura Benton Kirkham, Sheri Denise Stomberg and husband, Jonathan Stomberg, Stuart Michael Kirkham and wife, Tiffany Ann Kirkham, and Jacquelin Joye “JJ” Hipes; Great-Nieces and Great-Nephews, Dayla Rain Woller, Rylan Blaze Woller, David Lloyd Woller and wife, Tonya Woller, Amber Noel Hill and husband, Stephen Hill, Haley Warren and husband, Matthew Warren, Taylor Elizabeth Stokke, Sabryna Nicole Searle; Great-great nieces and nephews, Braeden Alexander Mauzy, Neely Louise Hill, Emily Elizabeth Kirkham, Matthew Michael Kirkham, Lylah Grace Minor, and Grayson Ace Minor.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 pm Monday, July 29th with the Celebration of Life to follow at 6 PM in the Bluebonnet Chapel of Callaway-Jones Funeral Center officiated by Certified Celebrant Dawn Lee Wakefield. The graveside service will be held 11 am Tuesday, July 30th at Forrest Park East Cemetery, 21620 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX 77598.

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