Dateline: May 23, 2002


Funeral services for Thayer E. “Ted” Acord, age 85, of San Antonio were held Friday, May 10, 2002, in the Chapel at Porter Lording Mortuary North, San Antonio, with the Rev. John R. Gibes and Rev. Bill Duke officiating.  Interment followed in Mission Burial Park North.

Mr. Acord, a loving husband and wholly devoted to his family, passed away Tuesday, May 7, in a San Antonio hospital.  Born August 15, 1916, in Jacksboro, Texas, he was the son of Minnie Berry and James Monroe Acord.  His formative years were spent in Hedley and Clarendon where his parents owned the Acord Dairy Farm.  After attending the Martin School and graduating from Clarendon High School, Mr. Acord attended Clarendon College and went to the University of Texas, receiving B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering in 1939.  He married Rosalie Frances Gilbert on September 21, 1939.  Mr. Acord worked for the General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York; Dallas; and San Antonio, retiring after 42 years of service. He was a 32nd degree member of the Metropolitan Masonic Lodge #1182 and a member of the Eastern Star, Scottish Rite, and Alzafar Shrine Temple.  A former resident of Dallas, he was a long-time member of the University Park United Methodist Church, Dallas, where he served on the Board and building fund-raising committee.  The Acords moved to San Antonio in 1969, where he was a member of Coker United Methodist Church.  His hobbies included fishing and hunting, working in his shop, where he was known as Mr. Fix-It, and helping friends.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Rosalie; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Acord Pursley and Lee Wain of Longview; Karen Acord Shields and Jimmy of Mountain View, AR; Susan Acord Murphie and Bill of Rockville, MD; son, Ken Acord of San Antonio; brother, Randall Acord and his wife Marion of Fairbanks, AK; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Coker United Methodist Church, 231 East North Looper Road, San Antonio, TX 78216; Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital, 2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, TX 75219; or charity of your choice.

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