On November 15, 1941, in Hillsboro, Texas, Rose and Weldon Byrd welcomed their first-born, Weldon Chapman Byrd. Growing up in Austin, Chapman attended Austin High School and the University of Texas where he received a bachelor's degree in business administration before attending St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio where he received his juris doctor degree.
Chapman was recently hospitalized for pneumonia. He unexpectedly passed away of apparent complications two days after release from the hospital on December 20, 2016, on his father's birthday.
Chapman is best remembered for his laughter, humor, kindness, extraordinary athletic ability, intellect (including his high IQ and photographic memory), strong work ethic, love of good food, but most of all his love for his wife and family. His fondest childhood memories were summers on the farm with his grandparents, where he learned the importance of hard work. Chapman married Barbara Marion in 1965 and, after graduating law school, established a law practice that endured for almost 30 years. Chapman had a brilliant mind which he devoted to the practice of law. He was among the first attorneys in Texas to be certified as a criminal law specialist. Chapman then found an interesting second career as a petroleum landman, for which he traveled all over the State of Texas, putting to good use his gentlemanly ways and knowledge of both law and negotiation. Chapman was very proud of the fact that at the age of 75 he worked full time and enjoyed the camaraderie of his colleagues.
Chapman was passionate about life. He loved supporting his Longhorns in all sports, and he also loved nature, gardening, the beach, Las Vegas, skydiving, roller coasters and his grandchildren. Chapman was known for his generosity towards others by always helping anyone in need--he never said no. Chapman's interests and skills were invested in the home he and Barbara established in Tarrytown. Indeed, he and Barbara's uncle actually constructed most of the house themselves in 1972. Another large accomplishment was the design and construction of an elaborate brick terrace to accommodate Barbara's gardening talents. Chapman could do anything.
Weldon Chapman Byrd is survived by his wife of 51 years and their children: Mark Byrd, Brandy Byrd Hallford (and husband Jerry), and Brittany Byrd Kruse (and husband Matt), and his grandchildren Jerald Hallford, Brodie Hallford, Devon Hallford, Hope Hallford, Lauren Kruse and John Kruse. He is also survived by his sister Judy Byrd Burnette (and husband Neil) and nieces Rosemary and Ashlee as well as a host of friends.
A memorial service will be held January 21, 2017, at two o'clock, at St. David's Episcopal Church, located at 301 East 8th Street, Austin, TX.