Memorials

Submit a memorial at texasbar.com/memorials or call (512) 427-1830. For information on closing a deceased attorney’s practice, go to www.texasbarcle.com/materials/closingapractice.html.


Gordon McCool

Gordon McCoolMcCool, 75, of Gilmer, died March 18, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972. McCool was an attorney in the Law Office of Gordon McCool in Gilmer from 1979 to 2019. He was a past president of Upshur County Bar Association and a member of the American Association for Justice and the Order of Barons. McCool was also a dairy farmer and served as a member of the board of directors of several milk marketing organizations. He worked as an electrical engineer in the space program prior to law school. McCool is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sharon McCool; daughter, attorney Melanie McCool; mother, Jean McCool; brothers, Al McCool and Tracy McCool; and five grandchildren.


Bernard Hirsh

Bernard HirshHirsh, 102, of Dallas, died April 1, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1939. Hirsh worked for the Texas Defense Guard, the U.S. War Food Administration, various insurance companies, and Milliners Supply Company in Dallas. He was a longtime member of the Dallas Bar Association. Hirsh was a lifelong volunteer, serving as president of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas and of the National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods. He was a loving husband and father and enjoyed traveling the world. Hirsh is survived by his sons, Richard Hirsh, Robert Hirsh, and Terry Hirsh; daughter, Cristy Hirsh; stepsons, George Eskin and Edward Gottlieb; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


I. Allan Lerner

I Allen LernerLerner, 92, of Houston, died February 28, 2019. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Lerner received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1951. He was a solo practitioner in LaMarque and a city attorney for LaMarque and League City from 1954 to 1980 and judge of the 56th Judicial District Court in Galveston from 1980 to 1996. Lerner was a member of the Texas Law Review. He served with integrity. Lerner is survived by his sons, Robert Lerner and Randal Lerner; daughter, Donna Mazow; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Paul Chapman Isham

Paul IshamIsham, 77, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died April 6, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1967. Isham served in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps and the Air Force Reserve for 35 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He was a municipal law attorney in Denton, West Lake, Fort Worth, Austin, Grand Prairie, Huntsville, and New Braunfels and in private practice in Fort Worth and Austin. Isham played college football at Washington University in St. Louis, being named to the Washington University Football Centennial Team and the Washington University Hall of Fame. He ran 35 marathons, skied, and logged many miles on the tandem bicycle with his wife, Anne. Isham climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Anne Shannon Lewis Isham; son, Donald Isham; daughter, Kathryn Yurkovich; brother, John Isham; sister, Mary Brown; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Marla D. Jones

Marla JonesJones, 58, of The Woodlands, died April 19, 2019. She received her law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1986. Jones worked with Jackson Walker in Dallas from 1986 to 1997 and later with Anadarko Petroleum in The Woodlands from 1997 until her retirement. She enjoyed entertaining at her ranch near Rockdale. Jones was an avid reader and liked to garden and travel. Her favorite places to visit were Napa, California, and New York City. Jones is survived by her husband of 20 years, Randle G. Jones; sons, Chris Price and Mitchell Price; daughter, Allie Jones; father, Howard Dunn; mother, Merle Dunn; and brothers, Brett Dunn, Matt Dunn, and Scott Carter.


Evelyn Marie Conner Hicks

Evelyn HicksHicks, 67, of Dallas, died March 7, 2019. She received her law degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1980. Hicks was an attorney for the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights in Dallas from 1980 to 1987; a partner in the Law Offices of Donald W. Hicks Sr. in Dallas from 1987 to 2009; and an income partner in Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson in Dallas from 2009 to 2019. She was a member of the Dallas City Plan Commission, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Hicks was interested in helping children with special needs. She was an excellent cook and was in love with her grandchildren. Hicks is survived by her husband of 46 years, attorney Donald W. Hicks Sr.; son, Donald W. Hicks II; stepdaughter, Shana Hicks Randall; brother, James Richard Conner; sisters, Jo Alice Conner and Clara Conner; and seven grandchildren.


John Houston Withers

John WithersWithers, 83, of Dallas, died March 18, 2019. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964. Withers served in the U.S. Army Reserve in field artillery from 1958 to 1966. He was an attorney with Harrison & Withers in Dallas from 1964 to 1968; with Martin, Harrison & Withers in Dallas from 1968 to 1979; with Martin, Withers & Box in Dallas from 1979 to 1986; with the Law Office of John H. Withers in Dallas from 1986 to 1996; and with Withers & Withers in Dallas from 1996 to 2019. Withers was on the revisions committee for the Texas Family Law Practice Manual from 1992 to 1997 and again from 2002 to 2019; a council member of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section in 1990; and on the Dallas Bar Association Family Law Section Board of Directors from 1986 to 1991. He enjoyed gardening. Withers is survived by his wife of 60 years, JoAnn Withers; son, attorney John Withers Jr.; daughters, Elaine Lozano and Angela Meyer; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Bradley Carson Miles

Bradley MilesMiles, 84, of San Angelo, died April 5, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1958. Miles was Taylor County district attorney and judge of Taylor County Court of Law in Abilene from 1958 to 1967, and in private practice in general law in Abilene from 1965 to 1968 and in San Angelo from 1968 to 2018. He was a Texas Bar Foundation fellow. Miles was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, and attending church service. Miles is survived by his son, attorney Matthew Carson Cottingham Miles; daughter, Melanie Miles Hirschfeld; and four grandchildren.


Stephen A. Terry

Stephen TerryTerry, 81, of Dallas, died November 26, 2018. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1965. Terry first practiced at Turner, Rodgers, Winn, Scurlock & Terry, where he worked with his father, George Terry; and then as a private practitioner in Dallas, focusing on real estate and related transactions. He served as editor of the Texas Law Review while in law school. Terry enjoyed being with his friends doing outdoor activities and pursued the betterment of wildlife. He liked spending time with his family and friends and never met a stranger. Terry loved learning and was dedicated to finding the answer to complicated facts in his practice of law. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Celesta Segerstrom, and sister, Marcia Terry Johnson.


Murray Edward “Butch” Malakoff

Murray MalakoffMalakoff, 65, of San Antonio, died September 18, 2018. He received his law degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1979. Malakoff was an attorney with John Fitzgibbon; a solo practitioner; prosecuting attorney for the Laredo Municipal Court; assistant district attorney for the city of Houston in the 1980s and again in the late 1990s; with Larry Watts and Associates in Houston; with Alvarez & Norton in Laredo; and with the Houston Police Patrolmen’s Union. He was certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Malakoff enjoyed hunting in his early years and was an avid enthusiast in the collection of specialized firearms. He was a lover and collector of classical music. Malakoff is survived by his wife, Sylvia V. Malakoff; son, Morris E. Malakoff; brother, A.F. “Pancho” Malakoff; sister, Rosellin Malakoff Maddox; and six grandchildren.


Oscar Turner III

Oscar TurnerTurner, 81, of Katy, died January 15, 2019. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Turner received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964. He was a loan officer for First City National Bank of Houston from 1967 to 1970 and for Southwest Bank of Texas in Houston from 1970 to 1973; and president of West End Bank in Houston from 1973 to 1978. Turner was an artist, writer, and taught the Bible. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Claire Chavanne Turner; daughters, Lisa Taylor, Paige Swiggart, Lindy Minter, and Marlo Wise; and 15 grandchildren.


Robert E. Holmes Jr.

Robert Holmes JrHolmes, 66, of Dallas, died April 12, 2019. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1981. Holmes was a partner in McBeth, Robertson & Holmes from 1981 to 1982; an associate of Koons, Rasor, Fuller & McCurley from 1982 to 1992; a partner in Robertson & Holmes from 1992 to 1995; and a partner in Holmes Diggs from 1995 to 2019. He was certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1986. Holmes was an American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers fellow from 1991 to 2019 and an International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers fellow from 2007 to 2019, serving on the USA Chapter Board of Managers from 2013 to 2016. He was a distinguished alumnus of the University of Texas at Dallas and the school of economic sciences named a professorship in his honor in 2014. Holmes enjoyed golfing, traveling, and watching the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Wendy Holmes; son, Austin Holmes; brother, David Holmes; and sister, Carol Lake.TBJ

 

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