Memorials

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Michael Ray Johnson

Michael Ray JohnsonJohnson, 73, of Richland Springs, died March 9, 2018. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1969. Johnson was an attorney with the IRS Estate and Gift Tax Division in Dallas from 1970 to 1975; an attorney for Bandy Law Firm in Tyler from 1975 to 1977; an attorney for the Department of Energy in Houston from 1977 to 1979; general counsel to Enterprise Products in Houston from 1979 to 2004; and in retirement, as an attorney-contract reviewer for various contract jobs in Houston from 2004 to 2008 and as an attorney-contract reviewer for Lloyd’s Register in Houston from 2012 to 2014. He was instrumental in the Enterprise Lou-Tex Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline L.P. project. Johnson enjoyed woodworking, doing community service, and supporting University of Texas Longhorn football. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia; sons, Aaron and Edward; brothers, Curtis, Gary, and Randy; and sister, Yvonne.


M. Sheppard Strong

M Sheppard StrongStrong, 65, of Austin, died February 9, 2018. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1978. Strong was a partner in Daugherty, Kuperman & Golden in Austin, Johnson & Swanson in Austin, and Sneed Vine in Austin and a solo practitioner in Austin. He was certified in tax law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Strong was active in the Boy Scouts of America, serving on the executive board of the Capitol Area Council. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Karen; son, Sheppard Strong; daughter, Katherine Strong Woods; brothers, William F. Strong and David Strong; and one grandchild.


Donald R. Smith

Donald SmithSmith, 78, of McKinney, died April 24, 2018. He received his law degree from the South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966. Smith was a solo practitioner in Commerce in the mid-1960s; a partner in Morgan & Smith (later Morgan, Smith & Crouch) in Greenville in the late 1960s; a partner in Koons, Smith & Rasor (now KoonsFuller) in the 1970s; and owner of the Law Offices of Donald R.?Smith in Dallas starting in the 1980s. He was inducted to the State Bar of Texas Family Law Hall of Legends for accomplishments such as authoring the original edition of the Texas Family Law Practice Manual and was in one of the first groups of family law attorneys certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Smith is survived by his sons, attorney J. Allen Smith, attorney D. Robert Smith, and attorney Patrick N. Smith; daughter, Tanya Sue Smith; and nine grandchildren, including an attorney.


Gus A. Schill Jr.

Gus SchillSchill, 85, of Kerrville, died March 25, 2018. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1958. Schill worked for Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams in Houston from 1958 to 1995, eventually becoming a partner, and was an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law and the University of Houston Law Center. He was a member of Phi Delta Phi at the University of Texas and received the Honorary Alumnus Award from the University of Houston and the A.A. White Outstanding Professors Award in 2000. Schill enjoyed studying history and participating in activities at Rice University. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Kay Gorges Schill; son, Steven Schill; and daughter, Mary Schill.


Oswald V. Scott Jr.

Oswald ScottScott, 87, of Austin, died November 21, 2016. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953 to 1957 being honorably discharged as a captain. Scott received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1961. He was an attorney with Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam in Lubbock from 1961 to 1963 and partner in the firm from 1963 to 1993. Scott was a partner in Baker Brown & Thompson in Lubbock from 1993 to 1996. He was a member of the Lubbock County Bar Association. Scott was a man of incredible integrity, finding his greatest satisfaction in the relationships he formed when representing clients. He was an avid pilot and obtained his private pilot’s license in 1981. Scott was a gifted athlete and an exceptional golfer, having won many golf tournaments across the country, including club championships in Lubbock and was the Austin Country Club Super Senior Club Champion from 2004 to 2007. He is survived by his son, John M. Scott, and three grandchildren.


George Webb Owens

George OwensOwens, 91, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, died April 26, 2018. He served in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps from June 1944 to July 1946. Owens received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1951. He was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 1959. Owens was a founder of Owens & Goodman, which later became the Owens Law Firm in Tulsa. He was a member of the Chancellors and Order of the Coif. Owens had myriad business interests including oil and gas interests, printing, and a smoking pipe business. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, June H. Owens; son, Greg; daughters, Dulcie and attorney Robyn; and three grandchildren. Owens was predeceased by his wife of 38 years, Polly Drisdale Owens.


Ron Cohen

Ron CohenCohen, 59, of Sugar Land, died March 18, 2018. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1989. Cohen was an associate of Chamberlain Hrdlicka in Houston from 1989 to 1992; with Cohen & Raymond in Houston from 1992 to 2010; with Ronald M. Cohen & Associates in Richmond from 2010 to 2016; and judge of the Fort Bend County Court at Law No. 5 in Richmond from November 2016 to March 2018. He loved being a judge, and it was his lifelong dream to become one. The family is thrilled he got to do it, if only for a short time. Cohen is also remembered for his love of his family. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Susan S. Cohen; son, Mark R. Cohen; daughter, Laura M. Cohen; brother, Irving Cohen; sister, Andrea Distenfeld; and two grandchildren.


Frank Carmona

Frank CarmonaCarmona, 83, of Galveston, died July 20, 2017. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1960. Carmona was an assistant district attorney in the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office from 1961 to 1964; a partner in Harris, Martin & Carmona in Galveston from 1965 to 1986; a solo practitioner from 1986 to 1995; and judge of the 122nd Judicial District Court of Galveston County from 1995 to 2002. He served as commissioner for Galveston County from 1972 to 1990; was president of the South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association; and was a member of the Galveston County Bar Association. Carmona had a love of music and spent many evenings singing and playing the guitar with friends and family. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Vera Carmona; son, Frank Kenneth Carmona; and brothers, Alfred Trinidad Carmona Jr. and Jose Alfonso Carmona.


Harvey Z. Simon

Harvey SimonSimon, 70, of Bath, Ohio, died December 23, 2017. He received his law degree from Georgetown Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1989. Simon was admitted to the D.C. Bar in 1973. He was deputy general counsel to and supervised the litigation division of the Office of General Counsel at the Federal Home Loan Bank Board in Washington, D.C., from 1972 to 1984; vice president and chief counsel to Empire of America Federal Savings Bank in Buffalo, New York, from 1984 to 1987; and general counsel to, senior vice president, and secretary of Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas from 1988 to 2006. Simon received awards for Outstanding Service from the Federal Home Loan Bank Board of Directors in 1973, 1976, 1977, 1980, and 1982. He was a CASA representative, an avid sports fan, and played softball, tennis, and basketball. Simon is survived by his wife of 47 years, Eileen Simon; son, Adam Simon; daughter, Rachel Simon; brother, Ralph Simon; and sister, Phyllis Simon Mirsky.


Angélique Giselle Montes Gaumard

Angelique GaumardGaumard, 37, of Houston, died May 15, 2018. She received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2010. Gaumard was a solo practitioner in Houston from 2011 to 2018 and was a certified family mediator at the Dispute Resolution Center of Harris County from 2012 to 2018. She was named a Pro Bono Guardian by the American Immigration Lawyers Association in 2014. Gaumard was a strong advocate for all of her clients and focused on representing those who are less fortunate. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her daughter, Isabella. Gaumard is survived by her husband of 12 years, Kevin C. Gaumard, and daughter, Isabella Gaumard Montes.


David V. Wilson

David WilsonWilson, 78, of Moscow, died May 31, 2018. He served in the U.S. Army and National Guard from 1961 to 1964. Wilson received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1969. He was justice of the peace for Precinct One of Angelina County from 1972 to 1975; assistant district attorney for Angelina County from 1975 to 1977; judge of the 217th District Court in Angelina County from 1977 to 2006; and senior judge of the Second Administrative Judicial Region of Texas from 2006 to 2017. Wilson was president of the Angelina County Junior Bar Association and served on the Angelina County Bar Association Board of Directors. He was a volunteer with 4-H, a board member of the American Cutting Horse Association, and a member of the Angelina County Area Go Texan Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Wilson is survived by his wife of 12 years, Martha Wilson; sons, attorney David Wilson and Daniel Wilson; daughters, Sarah Vier, Elizabeth Walker, Lori Jordan, and Lee Ann Hammond; and 16 grandchildren.


Donald Earl Barnhill

Donald BarnhillBarnhill, 66, of San Antonio, died April 14, 2018. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1979. Barnhill was admitted to the D.C. Bar in 1979. He was an experienced litigator in both state and federal courts with cases ranging from personal injury to complex federal procurement cases. Barnhill specialized in government contracts and traveled extensively to Germany to represent clients. He loved spending time with his family and playing tennis, golf, and running. Barnhill is survived by his wife of 44 years, Denise; daughters, Jennifer Barnhill Knudtson, Ashley Barnhill, and Catherine Barnhill; son-in-law, Brody Knudtson; and two grandchildren.


Leonard N. Barksdale

Leonard BarksdaleBarksdale, 69, of Houston, died May 14, 2018. He received his law degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1974. Barksdale was a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow at Legal Aid Society Louisville in Kentucky from 1974 to 1975; an attorney with the Houston Legal Foundation from 1975 to 1976; and a solo practitioner in Houston from 1976 to 1994. He was secretary of the Houston Lawyers Association. Barksdale was pastor of Fifth Ward Missionary Baptist Church from 1994 to 2016 and pastor emeritus from 2016 until the time of his death. He received the Eagle Scout Award, was chosen to represent Galveston County at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and was a member of the board of trustees of the College of Biblical Studies for 11 years, serving as chair for three years. Barksdale is survived by his daughters, Lea Barksdale and attorney Anita Barksdale; and mother, Joan Barksdale.


Lee H. Lytton III

Lee LyttonLytton, 74, of Austin, died March 31, 2018. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968. Lytton was a special agent for the FBI from 1971 to 1974; assistant general counsel to the State Bar of Texas in Austin from 1974 to 1977; a solo practitioner in Corpus Christi from 1977 to 1987; and an oil, gas, and property professor at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio from 1987 until the time of his death. He loved to cook and grill for his family and friends and enjoyed camping and traveling. Lytton is survived by his wife of 47 years, attorney Susan Hagman Lytton; son, Edward Lytton; daughter, Andrea Lytton Fitzpatrick; sisters, Sarita Lytton Ellis and Molly Lytton; and four grandchildren.


Bob Casey Jr.

Bob CaseyCasey, 79, of Houston, died April 27, 2018. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1963. Casey was a partner in Bracewell in Houston from 1963 until his retirement. He served on the boards of the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas, the River Oaks Property Owners, DiverseWorks, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Houston-Taipei Society, the McDonald Observatory, and the Houston Area Parkinson Society. Casey had wide-ranging interests, including politics, art, theater, education, and travel. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Kay; sons, Christopher, Bob, and Mike; daughter, Kathryn; brothers, Mike, Tim, Shawn, and Kevin; sisters, Eileen Bujnoch, Bridget Poizner, Bonnie Quinton, and Hazel Mary Harron; and seven grandchildren.


Ronald Franklin Yates Sr.

Ronald YatesYates, 66, of Horseshoe Bay, died March 3, 2018. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1976. Yates worked at Kingsland Abstract & Title in Kingsland in 1976. He was the owner of Central Texas Land Titles in Kingsland and Horseshoe Bay from 1976 to 2018 and of Yates & Hatfield in Horseshoe Bay from 2002 to 2007. Yates was a solo practitioner in Horseshoe Bay from 2007 to 2016 and the owner of Yates, Crow & Dudley in Horseshoe Bay from 2016 to 2018. He was president of the Texas Land Title Association in 1996-1997, a fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas, and was certified in real estate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1984. Yates enjoyed golfing, winemaking, cattle ranching, and being a grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Glena W. Yates; son, Ronald F. Yates Jr.; daughter, Kara Y. Dudley; and three granddaughters.


Larry Charles “Chuck” Slaughter

Larry Charles “Chuck” SlaughterSlaughter, 60, of Amarillo, died December 11, 2016. He received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1987. Slaughter worked as an attorney with Robinson & Fotheringham in Amarillo from 1987 to 1989 and as a prosecutor with the 47th District Attorney’s Office in Amarillo from 1989 to 2016. He was a member of the Panhandle Child Fatality Review Team and a board member of The Bridge—Children’s Advocacy Center. Slaughter was the head coach of the Amarillo Competitive Fencing Association. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Gayle; son, Jared Slaughter; daughter, Courtney Corbello; brothers, Kristofer Burton and Caleb Burton; and one grandchild.


James Earl Crouch

James Earl CrouchCrouch, 76, of Hamilton, died September 23, 2017. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966. Crouch was an attorney with Andrew Campbell in Hamilton from 1966 to 1970; an attorney with Crouch & White in Hamilton from 1973 to 2016; and owner of Hamilton County Abstract in Hamilton. He was a historian and enjoyed traveling the world. Crouch is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jane Caudle Crouch; daughter, Jana Crouch Lippe; brothers, Ben Crouch and Charles Crouch; and three grandchildren.


Donald F. Westra

Donald F. WestraWestra, 99, of Bradenton, Florida, died December 18, 2017. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1941 to 1964, retiring with the rank of colonel, and was awarded the Legion of Merit. Westra received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1954. He was assistant dean and vice president for medical affairs at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus from 1964 to 1980 and executive director of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations in Richardson from 1980 to 1982. Westra is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mae Westra; sons, attorney John Westra and Donald Westra Jr.; daughter, Ruth Brinks; sister, Jean Oldham; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.


W. Bruce Monroe

W. Bruce MonroeMonroe, 80, of Denton, died March 28, 2018. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1982. Monroe was also admitted to the Alaska Bar in 1966. He was deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development from 1963 to 1967; presiding judge of the First Judicial District Court in Juneau, Alaska, from 1968 to 1975; a partner in Birch, Horton, Bittner and Monroe in Juneau from 1975 to 1981; and an enthusiast of cattle ranching in Blanket starting in 1981. Monroe enjoyed Alaska game hunting and salmon fishing. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lee W. Monroe; son, Bruce M. Monroe; daughter, Marlee Monroe Wilson; sister, Davieann Monroe Witt; and three grandchildren.


Stuart Henry Kemp

Stuart KempKemp, 53, of Houston, died November 13, 2017. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1994. Kemp was an associate of Tucker, Hendrix, Snyder & Slade in Houston from 1993 to 1995; environmental counsel to ExxonMobil from 1995 to 2000; and senior director of Halliburton Energy Services’ Health, Safety, and Environmental Law practice group in Houston for 14 years. He traveled the world and had good friends on all continents and was an intelligent, witty, and generous man with a contagious laugh as big as his heart. Kemp is survived by his mother, Ivy Henry Kemp; sisters, Lesli Tippit, Liza Martin, and Martha Andrews; his lifelong companion and dearest friend, Denise Poulous; and half-sisters, Cathy Vance, Melissa Kemp, Melinda Weatherford, and Debbie Darby.


Roy C. Hughes Jr.

Roy Hughes Jr.Hughes, 87, of Garland, died February 25, 2018. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1954, including service during the Korean War, and achieved the rank of staff sergeant. Hughes received the Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Korea Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1958. Hughes was a solo practitioner, focusing on criminal law, in Dallas from 1959 to 2008. He was a member of the Dallas Bar Association and a past president of the Garland Bar Association. Hughes is survived by his wife of over 64 years, Dolores C. Hughes; son, Roy C. Hughes III; daughters, Stephanie Hughes May and Jessica Hughes Lucksinger; sister, Charlene Hughes Williams; and four grandchildren.


Travis Lynn Booher

Travis Lynn BooherBooher, 48, of Tyler, died May 29, 2018. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2005. Booher was admitted to the Utah State Bar in 2012. He was a partner in Coghlan Crowson in Longview from 2005 to 2009 and from 2014 to 2018 and a shareholder in Gray, Reed & McGraw in Tyler from 2010 to 2014. Booher was certified in oil, gas, and mineral law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He was a proud Aggie and always had time for one more round of golf. Booher was a deeply loyal man who went out of his way to help anyone who needed it. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Lori Booher; father, Travis Lee Booher; mother, Diana Millican Booher; sisters, Tammy Viken, Suzanne Booher, and Sarah Booher.


William Walter “Bob” Richardson

William Walter RichardsonRichardson, 72, of Austin, died October 23, 2017. He served in the U.S. Army and Reserves from 1968 to 1974. Richardson received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1974. He was a partner in Blackwood & Richardson in Austin and owner of Bob Richardson Law Firm in Austin. Richardson was a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives Board of Directors, the American Association for Justice, and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1985 to 1991. Richardson loved to travel and was an accomplished film actor. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Kathy Richardson.


Stephen A. Youngman

Stephen YoungmanYoungman, 57, of Dallas, died May 14, 2018. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1985. Youngman was also admitted to practice in New York. He was an associate of Moore & Peterson in Dallas from 1985 to 1989 and an associate practicing in business, finance, and restructuring law at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Dallas from 1989 to 2002, and a partner in the firm from 2002 to 2018. Youngman will be remembered for his free, easy and quiet demeanor, clever sense of humor, and for always making time to advise and support others. He is survived by his wife of nearly 33 years, Denise.TBJ

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