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Rev. Jerald L. Kirkpatrick

Rev. Jerald L. Kirkpatrick

Thursday, December 28th, 1944 - Monday, January 11th, 2021
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The Rev. Dr. Jerald Lee Kirkpatrick, 76, of Waco, died Monday, January 11, 2021.

Memorial services will be held at a later date, after Covid-19 restrictions have passed. OakCrest Funeral Home of Waco will handle arrangements.

Dr. Kirkpatrick was born December 28, 1944 in McAllen, TX to Joseph R. and Elnora Anderson Kirkpatrick. He was raised in the Rio Grande Valley, graduating from McAllen High in 1963. He received his B.A. from Texas Christian University in 1967, his Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 1970, and his Doctor of Ministry from Brite Divinity School in 1994.

In 1970, he was ordained into Christian Ministry at University Christian Church in Fort Worth and over the next four decades served Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) churches throughout Texas and Oklahoma — with settled pastorates in El Paso; Amarillo; Houston; Chickasha, OK; Richland Hills, TX; and Guthrie, OK. In 1999, he became an intentional interim minister helping churches that were in crisis between settled pastors. He served in this capacity in Fort Worth; Flower Mound, TX; Lakewood Christian Church in Waco (twice); Amarillo; Longview; Temple; and Keller, TX. He retired in 2011.

He was a former president of the Kiwanis Club of Chickasha, a founding member of the Chickasha Public School Foundation, and served on the Chickasha Library Board. After retiring, he served on the Board of Visitors of the John V. Roach Honors College at Texas Christian University. He was a member of Seventh and James Baptist Church, where he was active in mentoring children through Big Hope at South Waco Elementary, and active in the Central Texas Genealogy Society, serving as editor of their quarterly magazine. He loved singing, Legos, mystery novels, and his family.

He married Brenda Leo Lokey on May 7, 1977 in Amarillo, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife; three children, Andrew Kirkpatrick and wife Susan of Newport News, VA, Courtney Kirkpatrick of Austin, and Edward Kirkpatrick and wife Kaitlin Parker of Los Angeles; four grandchildren, Molly, Theodore, and Violet Kirkpatrick, all of Newport News, and Vivian Kirkpatrick of Los Angeles; and one brother, James Kirkpatrick and wife Bonnie of Sugar Land, TX.

The family suggests memorials be made to a local food pantry, or an organization benefiting children, education, or Parkinson’s research.
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Terri Mosley

Posted at 10:42am
My contacts with Jerry were all professional (I was religion reporter for the Waco Tribune-Herald from 2001-2009), but I recall him as a relentlessly cheerful fellow who increased my knowledge base significantly when it came to his mission of intentional interim pastoring. I had never heard the term BFP before (beloved former pastor) and the role it played in the traumatic transition of a congregation. My condolences to the family.
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Joyce Ham McLendon

Posted at 08:02pm
Fond memories of being associated with Rev. Kirkpatrick when I worked on the Oklahoma Regional Staff. It was also a blessing visiting with Jerry & Brenda over lunch after church in Waco a few years ago when I was visiting the Cotten Family. Hugs & Prayers, Joyce McLendon
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Jean Scott Gauldin

Posted at 06:07pm
I will miss you, Jerry. Working with you when you were in Chickasha and Guthrie and I was on Regional Staff was a true joy.and the last few times I saw you T Ministers’s Week at Brite were so great. Brenda and family you have my deepest sympathies. Jerry was a wonderful guy, excellent pastor and loved his family. God Bless You.
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C. Jean Thorp

Posted at 02:29pm
It is almost unbelievable that Jerry is gone! When he was here in Temple serving an interim, he rode with several of us to Amarillo for a meeting. I drove and he never once told me what to do or acted worried! We all enjoyed seeing how he was received at the church he had served there. Almost mobbed by people wanting to talk to him and hug him. Jerry was just as well loved at First Christian Church in Temple. We certainly hated to give him up when the time came. Brenda, we still miss you both. All my love and prayers to you and the family.............C. Jean Thorp
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Barbara Lewandowski

Posted at 08:05am
Jerry and I were both interested in genealogy and I had hoped to help him decipher some things but we never did. I’ll still help the family if they want. I’ll miss his kind manner. Jerry, you will be missed. Hugs to Brenda and all your family.
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