Memorials

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Arthur Gerald Geistweidt

Arthur GeistweidtGeistweidt, 71, of Mason, died August 13, 2019. He served in the U.S. Army. Geistweidt received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1975. He was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas and the U.S. Tax Court. Geistweidt was a partner in Schmidt, Schmidt & Geistweidt and Geistweidt & Whitworth and a solo practitioner. He served in the Texas House of Representatives for 10 years, serving on various committees, including Natural Resources, State Affairs, Local and Consent Calendars, General Investigating, Appropriations, and Ways and Means. Geistweidt was a founder and president of the Texas Conservative Coalition and member of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. He served on the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. Geistweidt loved ranching, reading, fishing, and playing the guitar. He will be remembered as someone who loved and served the Lord and who was devoted to his family and friends. Geistweidt died as he had lived—courageously and strong in his faith. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Tess Geistweidt; daughters, Elizabeth Rene Ince, attorney and law partner Rebekah Marie Whitworth, and Mandy Delane Schuh; sister, Gaelyn Fisher; and four grandchildren.


Mona Faye Read

Mona ReadRead, 69, of Houston, died May 25, 2019. She received her law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1975. Read was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1982. She was an assistant in a private practice in Dallas from 1975 to 1978; a writing attorney in the Social Security Compensation Office of Hearings in San Antonio in 1978; and an administrative judge for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Houston, retiring in 2013. Read received a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and received the flag flown at half-staff in 1984 at Johnson Space Center. She enjoyed reading and collecting coins and Native American artifacts. Read is survived by her mother, Juanita E. Read.


Forrest Bowers

Forrest BowersBowers, 94, of Lubbock, died May 9, 2019. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a P-51 Mustang pilot. Bowers received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1950. He was in private practice in Lubbock from 1955 to 2015. Bowers was a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers since 2001 and the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1993. He was recognized as a West Texas Legal Legend in 2012 by Texas Tech University School of Law, Texas Legal Legend by the State Bar of Texas Litigation Section in 2014, and received the Terry Grantham Memorial Award from the Texas Bar Foundation in 2016. Bowers was a Texas Bar Foundation life fellow, served on the Texas Board of Legal Specialization from 1977 to 1983, and was chair of the State Bar of Texas Litigation Section from 1989 to 1990. He enjoyed bird hunting and fishing. Bowers was an active member of the First Christian Church of Lubbock. He is survived by his sons, Jimmy McDavid and attorney Fred Bowers; daughters, Laura Henline and Lisa Harbert; 14 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.


Leigh Ann Ileson

Leigh Ann Cornelius IlesonIleson, 58, of Penn Valley, California, died July 27, 2019. She received her law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1999. Ileson was admitted to the Washington Bar in 1991. She was an assistant attorney general in the child support enforcement division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Ileson enjoyed art and taekwondo. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Robert Ileson; sons, Ian and Atticus; and brothers, attorney William Cornelius and attorney John Cornelius.


Harold L. Ogden

Harold OgdenOgden, 81, of Houston, died May 24, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1961. Ogden was an administrative assistant to Houston Mayor Lewis Cutrer; an associate of Fouts & Moore; and chief counsel to the Offshore Company, now Transocean,?Ltd., in 1965, and company attorney, corporate secretary, vice president, general counsel, and senior vice president before retiring in 1990. He formed Ogden & Maler with his wife, Sharron Maler, following his retirement and served clients in offshore oil and gas drilling. Ogden had a passion for travel, visiting countries found on almost any page of the atlas. His thorough genealogy research provided evidence that entitled his membership in the Sons of the Republic of Texas and in the Sons of the American Revolution. Ogden is survived by his wife of 25 years, attorney Sharron Maler; sons, Stephen Ogden and Tommy Ogden; daughters, Valerie Walker, Michelle Wood, and Diane Henderson; stepson, Nathaniel Olsson; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


Marvin Wayne Poole

Marvin PoolePoole, 56, of Fort Worth, died April 12, 2017. He received his law degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2008. Poole was airport manager at Dallas Executive Airport from 1999 to 2005, assistant city attorney for the city of Dallas from 2009 to 2010, and a partner in Goffney & Poole from 2011 to 2017. He was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.


Richard E. Salisbury

Richard SalisburySalisbury, 48, of Austin, died April 28, 2019. He received his law degree from Columbia Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2001. Salisbury was admitted to practice in New York in 1998, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2004, and the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals in 2016. He was a judicial clerk for a federal magistrate judge in Orlando, Florida, from 1999 to 2001; an associate of Bickel & Brewer in Dallas from 2001 to 2003; and assistant attorney general in the general litigation division and the civil Medicaid fraud division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office in Austin from 2004 to 2019. Salisbury held U.S. patents on software. He is survived by his daughters, Keelyn and Mackenna Salisbury; father,?William, and mother, Catherine Salisbury.


Stanley W. Crawford

Stanely CrawfordCrawford, 75, of Austin, died May 25, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1967. Crawford worked for Fulbright & Jaworski in Houston from 1967 to 1968, Stafford & Patten in Houston from 1968 to 1970, in private practice in Houston from 1970 to 1973, for Crawford & Grissom in Houston from 1973 to 1975, for Crawford, Grissom & McCoy in Houston from 1975 to 1978, for Crawford Grissom Crow Richards & Featherston in Houston from 1978 to 1988, and for Crawford & McKinney in Houston from 1988 to 1998. He was a member of the Austin Bar Association, an Austin Bar Association life fellow, and a State Bar of Texas 50-year lawyer. Crawford enjoyed snow skiing, Brazilian jiujitsu, and hiking. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Audrey Crawford; son, Clinton Crawford; daughters, Michelle Hunt and Nicole Dawkins; and four grandchildren.


Dan White McCrary

Dan McCraryMcCrary, 72, of Tomball, died November 26, 2018. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1974. McCrary worked in the Law Office of Dan White McCrary in Houston from 1974 to 1997 and was a partner in McCrary & Clark in Houston from 1997 to 2018. He was certified in commercial real estate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. McCrary was a member of the Houston Bar Association. He enjoyed flying and was a licensed pilot for over 40 years. McCrary loved hiking and boating. He served his church, Tomball United Methodist Church. McCrary is survived by his wife of 31 years, Donna McCrary; sons, Daniel McCrary and David McCrary; daughter, Tiffany Patterson; and two grandchildren.


Wendell B. Alcorn Jr.

Wendell AlcornAlcorn, 78, of Williamsburg, Virginia, died September 29, 2018. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1969. Alcorn was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar, Georgia Bar, and South Carolina Bar and to practice in New York and the U.S. Supreme Court. He was an associate of Cadwalader, Wickershem & Taft in New York City from 1969 to 1973; an associate of Hull, Towill, Norman, Barrett & Johnson in Augusta, Georgia, from 1973 to 1975; and a partner in Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in New York from 1975 to 2000. Alcorn was general counsel to President Jimmy Carter’s National Commission for the Review of Antitrust Laws and Procedure from 1978 to 1979. He had a keen mind, with elements of humility and wit. Alcorn was always a gentleman. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sarah Alcorn; son, Wendell B. Alcorn III; daughters, Katherine Beverly and Nancy Suber; and seven grandchildren.


Frederick P. Ahrens

Frederick AhrensAhrens, 81, of Dallas, died May 29, 2019. He served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1960 to 1968. Ahrens received his law degree from Marquette University Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1978. He was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1962, the Michigan Bar in 1964, the California Bar in 1986, and the Oklahoma Bar in 1997. Ahrens was attorney and executive director of Ball, Hunt, Hart, Brown & Baerwitz in Long Beach, California, and Beverly Hills, California. He also held corporate positions with Ford Motors, International Harvester, Gillette, General Instruments, and Wylain Company. Ahrens was a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Labor Panel, and AAA Commercial Arbitration Panel. He enjoyed golfing and fishing. Ahrens is survived by his wife of 37 years, Kay Ahrens; son, Sean Ahrens; daughter, Tracey MacDonald; sister, Rosemary Vachon; and three grandchildren.


Teena Borth Tatom

Teena TatomTatom, 61, of Abilene, died July 19, 2019. She received her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1989. Tatom was a lawyer with Glandon, Erwin, Scarborough, Baker & Choate in Abilene from 1989 to 1990. She loved helping any child in need and fighting for victims of domestic violence. Tatom enjoyed horses and fishing. She took joy in helping people find new homes as a Realtor for 18 years. Tatom is survived by her husband of 31 years, attorney Kyle D. Tatom; sons, Skyler Tatom and Seth M. Tatom; mother, Geneane Martin; stepfather, Steve Martin; brothers, John Borth, Clint Borth, and Lucas Borth; and sisters, Denise Teague and Tracy Mitchell.


Deborah Lee McGregory

Deborah McGregoryMcGregory, 66, of Plano, died July 4, 2019. She received her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1989. McGregory was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 2000. She was a paralegal for Schenk & Grubbs in Wichita Falls from 1978 to 1981; a legal secretary for Andelson & Andelson in Los Angeles, California, from 1981 to 1983; a paralegal for Dern, Mason & Floum in Los Angeles from 1983 to 1986; a law clerk for the Law Office of Walker Metcalf in Lubbock from 1988 to 1989; an associate of Henderson, Bryant & Wolfe in Sherman from 1989 to 1993; and in private practice in Sherman from 1993 to 2012. McGregory’s Christian faith was important to her and she served on committees and as an elder in the churches she was a member of. She enjoyed home remodeling and decorating and was always working on a project. McGregory loved gardening. She is survived by her daughter, Kristen Francelle McGregory, and sister, Kammie Lynn McCoy.



Fred Jones Moore

Fred MooreMoore, 90, of Seguin, died August 11, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1954. Moore served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1955 to 1974, including a tour in Vietnam. He was in private practice in Seguin from 1974 to the early 2000s and was judge for Guadalupe County Court at Law from 1983 to 1994 and a visiting judge for many years after. Moore enjoyed watching baseball, Canadian football, and, of course, the Texas Longhorns. He loved all of his grandchildren and his eyes lit up on every single visit. Moore loved traveling with his beloved wife, Catherine, all over the country, especially places like New Mexico, Montana, and Wyoming. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Catherine Moore; sons, attorney Chris, Jason, and attorney Mark Moore; and five grandchildren.


Mark Allen Herndon

Mark HerndonHerndon, 64, of Dallas, died March 6, 2019. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1979. Herndon was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 1980. He was an associate in Worsham Forsythe Wooldridge in Dallas from 1979 to 1980; a shareholder in Sneed Lang in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from 1980 to 1985; a partner in Johnson & Swanson in Dallas and Austin from 1985 to 1991; a partner in Trotter Herndon & Glennon in Austin from 1991 to 1993; and in private practice from 1993 to 2019. Herndon enjoyed spending time with Clyde, his Belgian Malinois. He enjoyed flying, beekeeping, and the outdoors. Herndon is survived by his wife of 19 years, Tamara Ince, and brother, Joe Herndon.


Roberto Sanchez

Roberto SanchezSanchez, 50, of El Paso, died December 31, 2018. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1999. Sanchez was managing attorney and deputy director of the El Paso Legal Assistance Society in El Paso from 2000 to 2001, an associate of Ray, Valdez, McChristian & Jeans in El Paso from 2001 to 2004, a solo practitioner in El Paso from 2004 to 2007, an associate of Rincon Mounts in El Paso from 2007 to 2008, an assistant attorney general in the Texas Attorney General’s Office Child Support Division in El Paso from 2008 to 2009, managing assistant attorney general in the Texas Attorney General’s Office Child Support Division in El Paso from 2009 to 2011, and principal senior trial attorney for the El Paso County Attorney’s Office in El Paso from 2015 to 2018. He was El Paso County’s 2016 New Attorney of the Year and the Assistant Attorney General of the Year in 2010. Sanchez is survived by his wife, Christina L. Bernal; son, Kieran Roberto Sanchez; daughters, Vanessa Cassandra Sanchez and Maya Elise Sanchez; mother, Rebeca F. Sanchez; brothers, David Sanchez and Daniel Sanchez; and sisters, Margarita Montes and Rebeca Sanchez-Westbrook.


Charlotte Gallagher Tripp

Charlotte TrippTripp, 66, of San Antonio, died April 9, 2019. She received her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1985. Tripp was a litigation attorney with Heard Goggan & Blair and Groce Locke & Hebdon in San Antonio. She worked at a firm in Corpus Christi from 1991 to 1995 and retired from the practice of law in 1995. Tripp is survived by her husband of 41 years, Roger Tripp; stepdaughter, Rachel?Tripp; brothers, Carlos S. Gallagher and Herbert D.?Gallagher; sisters, Gloria G. Marenda, Leslie G. Mims, and Kimberly G. Trayhan; and two step-grandchildren.


Douglas V. McNeel

Douglas McNeelMcNeel, 66, of Helotes, died October 5, 2018. He received his law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1978. McNeel was an attorney for Maebius & Duncan in San Antonio from 1978 to 1980, an attorney for Gresham, Davis, Gregory, Worthy & Moore in San Antonio from 1980 to 1984, and a partner in Barton East & Caldwell, now Barton Benson & Jones, in San Antonio from 1994 to 2017. He volunteered with Bexar County legal aid. McNeel was a theologian, teacher, and songwriter. He wrote The Great Awakening in 2009 and Honey on my Mind in 2019. McNeel is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judith Sydnor McNeel; son, Lewis Maverick McNeel; daughter, Suzanne McNeel Wadsworth; sister, Neel M. Scott; and three grandchildren.


Everett J. “Ebb” Grindstaff

Everett GrindstaffGrindstaff, 88, of Ballinger, died July 8, 2019. He served in the U.S. Army in counter-intelligence in Japan during the Korean War. Grindstaff received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1954. He was a partner in Grindstaff & Grindstaff, formerly Grindstaff, Grindstaff & Reese and Grindstaff, Grindstaff & Slimp, in Ballinger from 1956 until his death. Grindstaff was Ballinger city attorney starting in 1957. He served on the Texas Bar Board of Directors from 1972 to 1975 and was a Texas Bar Foundation life fellow. Grindstaff was a Lions Club member starting in 1956 and served as international president of Lions Club International from 1982 to 1983. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jeannette “Jay” Grindstaff; son, Jeff Grindstaff; daughter, Michelle Moussa; and four grandchildren.



James W. Wilson

James W WilsonWilson, 91, of Austin, died July 23, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1951. Wilson served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1955. He was an associate of Powell, Wirtz & Rauhut in Austin from 1951 to 1952 and 1955 to 1957; an assistant attorney general in the Texas Attorney General’s Office in Austin from 1957 to 1958; counsel to then-Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson in Washington, D.C., from 1958 to 1960; a partner in Powell, Rauhut, McGinnis, Reavley & Lochridge in Austin from 1960 to 1976; of counsel to Stubbeman, McRae, Sealy & Browder in Austin from 1976 to 1979; general counsel to Brown & Root in Houston from 1979 to 1993; of counsel to Sewell & Riggs in Houston from 1993 to 1995; and an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin from 1995 to 1997. Wilson was a member of the American Law Institute and American Bar Foundation. He enjoyed talking politics, especially telling LBJ stories. Wilson was a world traveler. He is survived by his son, attorney Bill Wilson; daughter, attorney Alex Wilson Albright; and five grandchildren.


Dorothy Louise Giberson Croom Rea

Dorothy ReaRea, 97, of Austin, died May 16, 2019. She received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1949. Rea was a solo practitioner in Austin from 1949 to 2010 and afterward semi-retired to work from home, probating and executing wills for longtime clients and friends. She loved her profession and greeted each day with an anticipation of what challenges the day would bring. Rea enjoyed many activities with her husband, Sam, including shooting sporting clays, scuba diving, ballroom dancing, fishing, and attending the opera, symphony, and ballet. She is survived by her son, Douglas Croom, and three grandchildren.


Michelle Denise Bradley

Michelle BradleyBradley, 57, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, died April 22, 2019. She received her law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2001. Bradley was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 2001. She was in private practice in family law in Lake Charles, Louisiana, from 2001 to 2015; a contract attorney for the Louisiana Department of Transportation in Baton Rouge from 2015 to 2017; and second injury board attorney for the Louisiana Workforce Commission Office of Workers’ Compensation in Baton Rouge from 2017 to 2019. Bradley was named best attorney by the Times of Southwest Louisiana in 2005 and 2006. She found peace on the open road on her purple Harley Davidson and was an avid reader. Bradley is survived by her father, RE Bradley II; mother, Katina Watson; stepfather, Leon Watson; stepmother, Patricia Bradley; brother, RE Bradley III; and sister, Sherry B. Watkins.


Jesús C. Sauceda

Jesus SaucedaSauceda, 75, of Arlington, died July 14, 2017. He served in the U.S. Army for four years. Sauceda received his law degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1979. He practiced immigration law for over 35 years, primarily in Fort Worth. Sauceda was a member of Tate Springs Baptist Church for 35 years, serving in the choir, vacation Bible school, as a camp counselor, Sunday school member, and participating in mission trips to Torreón, Mexico, for 13 years. He was passionate about his love for family, God, practicing law, and music, especially the guitar. Sauceda is survived by his wife of 47 years, Consuelo Cantu Sauceda; son, Victor Sauceda; daughter, Nina Mayes; brother, Raul Sauceda; sisters, Guadalupe Torres and Rosemary Sauceda; and three grandchildren.


Blake “Dave” Sarles

Blake SarlesSarles, 92, of Houston, died August 27, 2019. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. Sarles received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1960. He was general counsel to Mortgage and Trust, Inc., now BNY Mellon, in Houston from 1954 to 1987. Sarles enjoyed genealogy. He was active in St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Gethsemane in Houston. Sarles is survived by his daughters, Sharon Sarles and Linda Sarles Cook; sister, Jeanne Werner; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.TBJ

 

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