The late Al Lowman, Billy G. Moore and Jerry L. Moore will be remembered at the annual Tree of Honor Ceremony at 5 p. m. Friday April 18 at Veramendi Plaza on the corner of C. M. Allen Parkway and East Hopkins. Rain site is the Activity Center. The public is invited.
The late Al Lowman was the recognized historian of the San Marcos community. He served as president of the Texas State Historical Association, and the Texas Folklore Society and numerous other historical organizations. An avid book lover, his Texanna collection rivaled that of local legend Dudley Dobie who had every book ever written about Texas. The author of many books and articles in Texas Journals his Printing Arts Collection is housed in the Cushing Library on the Texas A &M campus. When San Marcans had a question about early history in the town they were always told to “Ask Al.”
He left a legacy of scholarship and gentle humor that we will all miss. The next time you drive past the Courthouse take an extra look at the Jack Hays Statute. Al headed the fundraising efforts for this project along with the late Jim Pape and Jim Lane, fellow Heritage members.
The charismatic Mayor of San Marcos in the late 1990s, Billy G. Moore, exhibited traits of leadership at an early age in public schools and colleges. But perhaps his greatest contribution was to the city of San Marcos. Billy’s larger-than- life persona was very imposing when pursuing the preservation of the San Marcos River and water needs for the citizens. He was one of the first leaders to recognize the need for a cleaner environment.
A giant of a man from West Texas, Billy was also large in critical thinking skills and gifted in reasoning abilities. Visionary and forward thinking in his ideas Billy was always ahead of his time. He was a genius when it came to understanding the politics of local government. If a citizen had a question about the history of city laws, practices, procedures, etc. they were always told to “Ask Billy.”
A quiet unassuming man Jerry L. Moore was the consummate community volunteer who worked under the radar and most people probably are not aware of all of his community work. Robert Cotner described Jerry as a caring, friendly, helpful man who cared about education and was a great friend to younger people. He initiated the first chapter of his fraternity at Texas State. A superstar throughout his life Jerry excelled in everything he pursued as superintendent of schools and an administrator at the San Marcos Baptist Academy. His civic duties included president of the United Way; founding member and President of the Central Texas Higher Education Agency; founding member and first chair of the Belvin Street Historic District and served as president of the Texas State Alumni association. In 1976 Jerry was named Distinguished Alumnus for Texas State University. Whenever anyone needed someone to work on a difficult project they were always told to “Ask Jerry.”
The Tree of Honor ceremony is an event started by the Riverwalk Park Committee 14 years ago to recognize deceased members of the Heritage Association who during their lifetime, made outstanding contributions to the Association and to the enhancement of life for the community. Family and friends of the honorees pay tribute to their achievements. Names are engraved on a bronze plate and affixed to the podium adjacent to the Emmie Craddock Heritage Tree of Honor.
Riverwalk committee members are: Chair Jean Mooney, Bettye Nagy, Robert Cotner, Carmen Imel, Martha Jackson, Beverly Owen, Bobbie