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Frank Garrettson Evans III
Evans, 91, of Bastrop, died November 9, 2019. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1945 to 1947 and again from 1951 to 1959, being honorably discharged as a captain. Evans received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1951. He was a land title examiner and property claims investigator for Kirby Lumber Corporation in Houston, a trial lawyer with Petry & Dean in Carrizo Springs, a lawyer with Fountain, Cox & Gaines in Houston, justice on the 1st Court of Appeals in Houston from 1973 to 1980, chief justice of the 1st Court of Appeals in Houston from 1980 to 1990, and judicial officer of Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services in Texas. Evans was a visiting professor and founding director of the Center for Legal Responsibility at South Texas College of Law Houston, which was later renamed the Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution. He was of counsel to Haynes and Boone in Houston. Evans pioneered successful alternative dispute resolution programs in 15 Texas communities. He was the principal draftsman of the 1987 Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures Act. Evans was a member of the original American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Committee, founding chair of the Houston Bar Association and State Bar of Texas Dispute Resolution committees, and a fellow of the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas School of Law. He received a lifetime member award from the International Academy of Mediators in 2006, a National Foundation for the Improvement of Justice award, and the American Judicature Society Herbert Harley Award in 1990. Evans is survived by his wife of 29 years, Elizabeth Lawrence Evans; son, Richard Evans; daughter, Margaret Cormier; stepsons, Jeffrey Campbell and Ellis Garvin; three grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.
Sherrell “Kaye” Holland Edwards
Edwards, 64, of San Angelo, died August 13, 2019. She received her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1985. Edwards was a municipal prosecutor for the city of San Angelo in 1987, first assistant attorney for San Angelo from 1987 to 2006, in private practice and a municipal judge in Eden from 2013 to 2015, and city attorney for Big Spring from 2015 to 2017. She enjoyed reading and crocheting. Edwards is survived by her son, J.T. Edwards; mother, Edna Holland; brother, Loy Holland; and sisters, Judy Robertson and Linda Hale.
Price, 88, of Fort Worth, died August 19, 2019. He was a captain in the U.S. Navy, serving in active duty for four years and in the Reserve for 34 years, and received the Vietnam Service Medal. Price received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1954. He was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1966. Price was an assistant city attorney in the Fort Worth City Attorney’s Office from 1958 to 1962, regional counsel to the Federal Aviation Administration in Fort Worth from 1962 to 1966, counsel to the Federal Highway Administration in Fort Worth from 1966 until retirement in 1989, and volunteered as a dispute mediator for Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas after retiring. He was the first chief justice of the first student court at Baylor in 1953. Price enjoyed flying and traveling the world with his wife. He was a Little League coach and deacon. Price loved hunting and fishing in King Salmon, Alaska, with his deceased son, Matt Price, who was a fishing guide. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Gilbreath Price, and daughter, Ashlyn Price Lewis.
Moye, 89, of Mount Pleasant, died July 13, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1956. Moye practiced law with Hancock and Hancock in Pittsburg and was later a partner in Old & Moye in Mount Pleasant. He was elected judge of the 76th District of Texas in 1976 and retired in 1995. Moye and his wife, Sally, traveled extensively, shared a passion for horseracing, and adored their many great friends. He lettered in swimming while at Texas A&M University. Moye was an avid golfer. He is survived by his daughters, Melissa Alcala and Susy Guest; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Levi, 77, of Houston, died September 28, 2019. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. Levi received his law degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972. He was an attorney in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office from 1972 to 1980 and with Ducoff & Channon in Houston from 1980 to 2008. Levi enjoyed jogging, marathon running, and sports. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lenora Ann Taylor Levi; son, Kenneth E. Levi; daughter, Krista Levi Glover; brothers, Donald Levi, William Levi, Osborne Levi, Curtis Levi, and Herbert Levi; sisters, Vivian Dearborne and Patricia Napier; and five grandchildren.
Roy Lee Bell Jr.
Bell, 87, of Odessa, 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 1953. Bell was a partner in Milburn, Bell, Knight & Barnes in the 1960s, a partner in Bell & Jatko in the early 1980s, and a solo practitioner in recent decades. He obtained a jury verdict of over $3 million in the early 1980s that was the largest jury verdict awarded at the time in Ector County. Bell received an honorary resolution from the State Bar of Texas for his service in Alcoholics Anonymous and Clover House. He loved hunting and ranching. Bell supported University of Texas athletics. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Towana Jo Bell; sons, Tom Bell and John Bell; daughter, Danielle Bell Hinesly; brother, Bob Bell; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Underwood, 80, of Argyle, died July 24, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964. Underwood practiced law in Gainesville, served as Cooke County attorney and Cooke County judge, and later practiced in Bowie. He offered the greatest of care for his fellow men and was a gentleman with his time and money—freely handing out legal advice and possibly questioning why someone didn’t take it. Underwood served on the Bowie City Council and was also mayor. He was active in the First United Methodist Church. Underwood frequented the county club golf course when he found extra time. He is survived by his wife, Norma Jean; sons, Kenneth Sean, Michael Kevin, Patrick Tyler, and Timothy Ryan; daughter, Sarah Abigail Cena Dawson Underwood; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Nauss, 65, of Houston, died September 27, 2019. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1982. Nauss was in private practice with L.R. Nauss & Associates, focusing on family law and clients in oil and gas. He also worked for several law firms specializing in the oil and gas industry. Nauss served as president of the UConn Houston Alumni Network and supported several animal rescue groups. Sports were a big part of his life; he enjoyed cheering for the University of Houston, the University of Connecticut, and the Houston Astros. Nauss took great joy in introducing his nephews to classic film comedies and taking them to baseball, football, and basketball games in Houston and Connecticut. He is survived by his sister, Leslie Nauss Komanetsky.
Stewart J. Alexander
Alexander, 79, of San Antonio, died February 20, 2019. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962. Alexander served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1962 to 1964. He was an attorney at the Law Offices of Stewart J. Alexander from 1964 to 2019. Alexander was recognized as State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division Boss of the Year. He was a compassionate and dedicated lawyer, beloved by his clients. Alexander loved the courtroom and was a brilliant and creative litigator, appearing before many courts, including three times at the U.S. Supreme Court. He was active in the Jewish community at his synagogue, serving on the board of trustees for many years. Alexander was also involved with the Jewish Family Service, volunteering his time with a variety of legal matters, including immigration issues. He was one of the original founders of the Jewish Day School of San Antonio in 1972. Alexander loved to travel, hike, and adventure with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley Feingold Alexander; son, David Alexander; daughter, attorney Brenda Alexander Schram; sister, Joanie Alexander; and two grandchildren.
Doyle Nolan Rogers
Rogers, 82, of Monte Carlo, Monaco, died July 9, 2019. He served in the U.S. Navy as a medical doctor. Rogers received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1976. He was owner and CEO of Insurance Corporation of America in Houston from 1975 to 1990. Rogers bred show dogs and his Afghan hound won the hound group at the Westminster Dog Show in 1973. He had a love for food, wine, and travel, visiting over 90 countries and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro twice. Rogers is survived by his partner of 29 years, Lesley Smith; son, Stephen Clark Rogers; daughter, Jennifer Rogers Hanigan; and seven grandchildren.
Lawrence A. Beauchamp
Beauchamp, 74, of San Antonio, died March 28, 2019. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Beauchamp received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1974. He was a solo practitioner and lead attorney at L.A. Beauchamp in San Antonio from 1974 to 2019. Beauchamp enjoyed cooking and being around his family. He will be remembered for his booming, distinctive voice and his love for telling jokes. Beauchamp is survived by his son, Daniel B. Beauchamp; daughters, Rebecca L. Beauchamp and Christina M. Beauchamp; brothers, Michael Beauchamp and John Beauchamp; and sisters, Jeanne Adams and Nancy Eastwood.
William C. Martin III
Martin, 81, of Longview, died July 14, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966. Martin served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966. He was a judge on the domestic relations court in Longview from 1971 to 1977, a judge on the 307th District Court in Gregg County from 1977 to 1990, a senior district visiting judge from 1990 to 2010, and in private practice from 2010 to 2015. Martin enjoyed woodcarving and knife making. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janet Geist Martin; son, Charles W. Martin; daughter, Melissa M. Martin; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Stephen Michael Williams
Williams, 71, of Katy, died February 17, 2019. He served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1978. Williams received his law degree from the University of Montana School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1993. He was admitted to the Montana Bar in 1973, the Alaska Bar in 1980, and the California Bar in 1988. Williams was an associate of Hennington, Purcell and Genzberger in Butte, Montana, from 1973 to 1974; an attorney for Anaconda Copper Mining Company in Butte and Denver, Colorado, from 1974 to 1980; a senior attorney for ARCO Alaska in Anchorage, Alaska, from 1980 to 1985; senior counsel to ARCO Oil and Gas in Houston, Bakersfield, California, and Los Angeles, California, from 1985 to 1994; commercial and international associate general counsel to Lyondell Chemical in Houston from 1994 to 2004; general counsel to Millennium Inorganic Chemicals in Houston from 2004 to 2007; international associate general counsel and director of global government affairs to LyondellBasell in Houston from 2007 to 2008; a consultant to AEI Services in Houston from 2008 to 2014; and in private practice from 2014 to 2019. He loved the practice of law and being a lawyer, actively practicing and performing legal work until days before his passing. Williams was a passionate fan and active follower of the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Dynamo, and Arsenal F.C. He was a wonderful family man and a loving husband and father who throughout his international and domestic legal activities always made time for and focused on his family. Williams is survived by his wife of 44 years, Linda Williams; sons, Eric Williams, attorney Aaron Williams, and Brian Williams; brothers, Jim Williams, Jerry Williams, and Tim Williams; and six grandchildren.
Blanchard, 92, of Dallas, died August 16, 2019. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1948. Blanchard received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1954. He was an attorney with Senter & Rosser in Snyder in 1963; an associate of and then partner in Leachman, Gardner, Klein, Porter & DeHay from 1963 to 1979; and a partner in DeHay & Blanchard, now Payne & Blanchard, from 1979 to 1984. Blanchard was president of the Scurry County Bar Association, president of the Texas Association of Bank Counsel, and a member of the State Bar of Texas Business Law Section. He was a member of the Dallas Bar Association, American Bar Association, and American Society of International Law. Blanchard was an artist and painter, having sketched thousands of drawings on Dallas buses. He had two paintings in the African American Museum of Dallas. Blanchard is survived by his wife of 70 years, Louise Develin Blanchard; son, Joseph Blanchard; daughters, Ann Develin Blanchard and Sarah Blanchard; brother, Harry Blanchard; sister, Nancy Blanchard Webb; and four grandsons.
Griego, 82, of Plymouth, Massachusetts, died October 23, 2019. He served in the U.S. Army and Reserve from 1958 to 1962. Griego received his law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law and his LL.M. from Boston University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1980. He was admitted to the New Mexico Bar in 1973. Griego was assistant attorney general for the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board from 1973 to 1978; in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 1978 to 1979; and with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel Southwest Region from 1979 to 1996. He received achievement awards from the IRS in 1991, 1992, and 1993, as well as various other awards from the IRS. Griego had a great compassion for animals. He was an adventurous spirit with a love of travel. Griego enjoyed classical music and computers. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Roberta “Roie” Griego; stepson, Eric L. Shaffer; and sisters, Kathleen Ramirez and Rosemary Blatchford.
Joseph Lynn Perkins
Perkins, 77, of Marshall, died May 2, 2019. He served in the U.S. Navy. Perkins received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973. He was an assistant district attorney in the Denton County District Attorney’s Office in Denton from 1973 to 1976, in private practice in Marshall from 1976 to 1988, an attorney in the Texas Attorney General’s Office in Longview from 1988 to 2005, and an associate judge in Longview from 2005 to 2019. Perkins received the National Child Support Enforcement Association National Judicial Excellence Award in 2011. He is survived by his son, Alex Perkins, and two grandchildren.TBJ