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2013-08-15

Ernest H. "Dink" Beakley Jr.

1954-2013

Ernest H. "Dink" Beakley Jr., 58, passed away Wednesday, July 31, in Kerrville. He was born on Sept. 26, 1954, to Ernest Beakley Sr. and Sandra Wegner in Kerrville.

Dink grew up in Bandera, Austin and Houston. While living in the Austin area, he served as a page for the Texas Senate from 1968-1969. While attending Katy High School, Dink excelled in track and field events, specializing in the high jump and setting a school record.

After graduating from high school in 1973, Dink attended Wayland Baptist College where he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor fraternity and Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. He also earned a place on the first All American Track Team.

Dink graduated with a degree in business administration.

After college, he began a career in the oil and gas industry, spending many years working all over the world in the pipeline and underwater welding trade. He also became a job foreman in refineries. Dink was highly respected for his knowledge and skill at rebuilding valves for refineries.

A member of the Western Heritage Cowboy Church of Pipe Creek, he also enjoyed golfing and fishing.

Dink is survived by his loving wife, Lynn, of Bandera; mother Sandra Wegner, also of Bandera; daughter Amanda Beakley of Kansas City, Missouri; step-sons, Michael Baxter of Snyder and Jayson Cagle of Robinson; sister Sunni Allen and her husband, Dave, of Bandera; brother Lane Beakley of Houston; and aunt Allie Beakley Henderson and her husband, Sonny of Ingram, as well as by numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father, Earnest H. Beakley Sr.

Dink's remains will be interred in the Beakley family plot at the Center Point Cemetery. A graveside ceremony will be held at 11 am, Saturday, August 24, at the Center Point Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to a charity of choice.