William Robert Parr, 98, died after a brief illness on May 20, 2011 in Corpus Christi. He was born in Lockhart to James Robert and Betty Lou Parr on Nov. 13, 1912.

A near-lifelong residency in Robstown resulted from the purchase of farmland in Petronila that J.R. Parr bought after traveling to the area on the Blackland Special in the early 20th Century. Robert graduated from Robstown High School in 1930, followed by completion of a B.S in Civil Engineering from The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas in 1934 and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army.

He and his wife, Mary Virginia, of 70 years were married in 1940.

During World War II, Robert went to England with General Eisenhower's staff in 1942. Later he served as a Division Engineer with the 2nd Air Division of the 8th Army Air Force. He was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1946.

After the war, he established Parr Block Co. in Corpus Christi where he manufactured and sold concrete masonry building products for 40 years.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Robstown.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Kathrine Burditt; brother, J. Carl Parr; grandson, Roland Clay Harding; niece, Betty Lou Burditt; nephew, Francis Allen Burditt Jr.; and son-in-law, Henry Roland Harding.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Virginia; children, Robert and Dilek Parr of Boerne, Earl Parr of Corpus Christi, and Sylvia Parr Harding of Hilltop Lakes; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; niece, Lee Parr Phipps; and great-nieces, Kathy Otahal, Brandy Shores and Margaret Crossen.

A memorial service was conducted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Robstown officiated by Rev. Barbara Dykes.

Interment was at 12 p.m. Thursday in the family section of the Lockhart Cemetery.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home