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Silver Taps Notification

Herbert "Herb" Carper Jr. '59 September 17, 2020 10:04 AM updated: September 17, 2020 11:38 AM

Herbert “Herbie” Jackson Carper Jr., 83, of Uvalde died on Sept. 14, 2020, at his residence in Uvalde.

A memorial service will be held at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Uvalde on Saturday at 10 a.m. followed by a graveside service at the Uvalde Cemetery.

Herbie was born to Mary Lucille Miller and Herbert Jackson Carper, Sr. on Jan. 26, 1937, in Uvalde.

As the oldest of four, he grew up in Uvalde and graduated from Uvalde High School where he was an award-winning high hurdler.

He was also an Eagle Scout, a founding member of the Sahawe Dancers, and played numerous musical instruments.

Upon graduation, Herbie attended Texas A&M University on a White’s Mines scholarship. He was a member of the Corp of Cadets and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1959.

On March 4, 1961, Herbie married Janet Ladley in Uvalde. They returned to Texas A&M where he earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1962. He received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1969, and then returned to San Antonio where he was employed by Southwest Research Institute.

He performed research on various projects, including solar energy. As a result of that experience, he was asked to take a position as project manager of Crosbyton Solar Power Project near Lubbock in 1977. During the project, he took a teaching position at the mechanical engineering department at Texas Tech University. While there he received numerous teaching awards including the Halliburton Education Foundation Award of Excellence in education and research.

After retiring from teaching, the couple moved back to their hometown of Uvalde in 1998 where they both became active in St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. In Uvalde, Herbie finished his 20-year project and dream of a lifetime by completing the restoration of a Fairchild PT-19 aircraft. The plane was recognized at the 2009 Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture Oshkosh air show where it was awarded the Best Primary Trainer and Silver Wrench honors. In the years that followed he enjoyed taking friends and family flying around the Uvalde area.
Herbie will be missed for his endless wit, and the jokes he would tell whenever the opportunity presented itself, which was always. He loved Uvalde and keeping everyone who would listen entertained.

He is survived by wife, Janet, of Uvalde; two sons, Kyle Carper and wife, Kim, of Addison, and Keith Carper and wife, Jilane, of Allen; two grandchildren, Kameryn Carper and Kaleb Carper; two sisters, Mary Lou Williamson and husband, Jim, and Nancy Bennett and husband, Blaine, all of Uvalde; brother, Chris Carper of Uvalde; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Philip’s Episcopal Church at 343 N. Getty St. Uvalde, Texas, 78801.

Services are entrusted to Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home, 424 Geraldine Street, Uvalde, Texas

SEP 18. 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CST)
Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home
424 Geraldine St.
Uvalde, TX 78801

Funeral Service
SEP 19. 10:00 AM (CST)
Saint Philips Episcopal Church
242 North Getty Street
Uvalde, TX 78801

Graveside Service
SEP 19. 11:00 AM (CST)
Uvalde Cemetery
Uvalde , TX 78801

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