Brice Winnell "Pinky" Quarles, (Class of 1945)

(1/16/1923 2/6/2008)


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Brice Winnell “Pinky” Quarles passed away February 6, 2008 at Christian Care Center, Mesquite, TX, near Dallas. Pinky was born January 16, 1923, in Putnam County, TN to Stephen Brice and Lottie Phillips Quarles. He graduated from DuPont High School in Old Hickory, TN.

Pinky started his military career by joining the V-12 program of the Navy in 1943. He attended Rice University before coming to UT. He started UT in academic year 1945. By that time he had been transferred to the Naval ROTC program. At UT he was a member of Delta Tau Delta social fraternity. He was commissioned in June 1945 without totally finishing his degree. This practice of commissioning young officers before they could finish their degree plan had started with the class of 1944. The war was not yet over in the Pacific and a large-scale invasion of Japan was being planned. They needed everyone they could get. Pinky served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on active duty until 1946.

After the war he returned to UT to finish and earn his Bachelor of Journalism degree. He entered the Naval Reserve in June 1948 and spent nearly 18 more years in Naval service, attaining the rank of LCDR. He went on from UT to receive his MA degree from Vanderbilt University.

Pinky spent 42 years with Dallas Independent School District as teacher, athletic coach, principal, and administrator. He had life memberships in Delta Tau Delta, the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers, the High School Coaches Association, Phi Delta Kappa, American Legion, and Sons of the Confederacy.

He is survived by his wife, Camille; his son, Brandon Davis and daughter-in-law Deborah; granddaughter Ashtyn Lee and grandson Corban Davis. He is also survived by a sister, Maruth Sandusky and her family, and a brother Steve and his family.

Services were held February 9, 2008 at Restland Memorial Chapel. Burial followed in Restland Memorial Park. Honorary pallbearers were a group of friend affectionately known as “The Dinosaurs.”

Much of the information in this obituary came from one on the Restland Funeral Home (Dallas) website. It was sent to us by Alan Cheney, who lives in Colorado. It was supplemented by information obtained from and from the Cactus UT yearbook.



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