Albert “Ed” Percival

Albert Edward “Ed” Percival Jr., 76, of Bryan, passed away Wednesday morning January 4, 2012 at his residence. The family will receive friends during a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday January 6, 2012, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home with the rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass is set for 10 a.m., Saturday, January 7, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Monsignor John A. McCaffrey officiating. There will be no interment as Ed’s wishes were to be cremated locally in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.

Ed was born September 17, 1935, in Quirgua, Guatemala, to Albert Edward Percival, Sr. and Louisa Maria (Roma) Percival. After growing up in Guatemala and Costa Rica, he attended St. Stanislaus High School in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. After high school, Ed married Dawn Burns on June 6, 1958 in Laredo, Texas. In the same year, he also graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Agriculture, and he went on to receive a Masters in Plant Breeding and a PhD from Texas A&M. He was known to be a huge Aggie Football fan and longtime season ticket holder.

Ed worked for most of his career for the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, traveling the world collecting rare species of cotton for breeding. He retired from there as National Curator of Germ Plasm. He loved his family and he loved his Lord most of all. Ed was a long time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where he taught Bible Study every Monday night for 25 years. He also prayed weekly in the church’s prayer room.

Ed was a kind and generous man known for his willingness to help any in need. He was also known for his wry sense of humor, his faith, and his deep love of his family.

Survivors include his loving wife, Dawn Percival, of Bryan; son, Albert Edward Percival III, of Austin; daughters and sons-in-law, D.D. and Jean-Philippe Dufoin, of Las Vegas, Nevada, Marie Louise and Greg Cummings, of Blessing, Texas, Lydia Claire and Phil Meuret, of San Antonio, Texas; brother, Alfred Richard Percival and wife Mary, of Lubbock; grandchildren, Kelley McDonald and husband Jason, John Jarrott, Cody Cummings and wife Christine, Kara Cummings, Claire Cummings, Carole Dufoin, Jackson Meuret, Jacob Meuret, Regan Edward Meuret; great grandchildren, Levi Marek, Kendall Marek, Blake Cummings; niece, Louise Schwab and husband Doug.

The family would like to express deepest gratitude to Dr. Usha Venkatraj and the staff of Hope Cancer Center. Additionally, they are profoundly thankful for the care of Hospice Brazos Valley with special thanks to Robin.

In lieu of flowers, he would like donations to be made to St. Joseph Catholic Schools Library or Covenant House Ministries.


  1. Claire, I just want you to know that I am thinking of you and your family during this time of loss. I know your grandfather holds a special place in your heart; as my grandfather does mine. Just know that your seperation will only be for a short time; and you will see and be with him again, in Heaven, for all eternity.

    Thoughts of you and your family are in my heart and prayers, Cheryl

  2. Lise’ and Family,
    I wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers. We know your Daddy is with Jesus and we’ll see him again. I know how much you miss him.

  3. Dear Dawn,

    We are so sorry to hear about Ed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family. May the Lord give you strength and courage during this most difficult time.

    God Bless,

    The Hughes Family
    Dave & Terri
    Lee & Carla
    Matthew & Jillian

  4. Ed was like the description of the women in Proverbs 31:25 when it says, “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to comes.” Ed’s faithfulness and confidence in the Lord was inspirational. He lived as a person who was ready to die and died as a person ready to live. He was the Lords and we all had the joy of knowing him.

    To the whole Percival clan, we give our love and prayers.

    Much love,
    Bruce and Connie Wood

  5. What a man he was. None other like Ed Percival. Always seemed cheerful in the last month or so no matter what he might have been feeling. Loved him very much.

  6. I am sorry that I never got to meet Mr. Percival. I have heard many wonderful things. I’m hoping that the good memories will be a comfort to you while you grieve this loss. Know that I’m keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Percival family for your loss. I have enjoyed Ed’s friendship for many years and will treasure the memories I have of him. He is in a better place now.

  8. My deepest condolences to Dawn and the entire family. Unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to meet Ed, but from all the memories and stories his family has shared with me, I know he was a great man. It brings terrible sadness to see such a wonderful man go, but I know it brings joy and pride to see all the lives he touched and influenced. His daughter, DD, and son-in-law, Jean-Philippe, spoke of him dearly they loved and admired him very much. This separation is painful, but one day the entire family will be reunited again in Heaven where he will be standing and waiting for all. I’m sure leaving all of you behind wasn’t easy for him, but I know he will watch over and share in all of your joys, trials, and sorrows. And he will be just as anxious to watch the Aggies win a Championship. My prayers and love to all of you at this time. God Bless.

  9. Dawn,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you find shelter from the Lord and rest under the shadow of His mighty wings. May God fill your heart with peace and bless and comfort you. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

    From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2

  10. My heart hurts for you! My thoughts and prayers will be with you. Our precious Lord will reach down and hold you in His loving arms. God’s blessings on the entire family. Donna Adams

  11. Dearest Dawn, My heart breaks for you and your family. You will never know how often you & Ed were and are in my thoughts. Your friendship was very important to me. What wonderful memories I have of our families together. We had been out of state and when we returned today, my daughter, Cathy told me. You may remember us better as Price. (Cathy, Dawn, Jennifer & Molly) Seven years after my husband, Glenn died, I married David Houck. We live in Caldwell. I will be uplifting you and your family in my prayers. Again I am so sorry for your loss.

  12. It has been many years since Eddie (as I knew him) and Dawn lived across the street from us in Carrizo Springs I was 7. He will always be dear to my heart. He and Dawn along with their two girls took me and my sisters fishing at a tank on some ranch. It’s been 50 years since that fun afternoon, but I still remember his excitement as he coached me in bringing in that 5 lb bass. You always remember that first fish and the wonderful people in your life. God bless your family.


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