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Bill Goff Thompson
Thompson, 86, of Breckenridge, died December 24, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1958. Thompson served in the U.S. Army and Reserve from 1958 to 1962. He was a clerk for James G. Harrell from 1959 to 1961, a partner in Harrell & Thompson from 1961 to 1970, a partner in Harrell, Thompson & Cook from 1971 to 1976, a partner in Thompson & Cook from 1976 to 1991, and in private practice from 1991 to 2002. Thompson served as city attorney for Breckenridge for many years. He was active in oil and gas litigation and had an active probate practice. Thompson was well known for his love of movies, especially the classics of old Hollywood, and delighted in quizzing friends and family members about movie trivia. He was an old-fashioned country lawyer and proud of it. Thompson gladly accepted services in lieu of payment, especially freshly caught crappie and catfish from local lakes. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Treon Dunn Thompson; sons, John Bill Thompson and James Robert Thompson; daughter, Carolyn Jane Thompson Wrinkle; sister, Nancy Jane Hutchinson; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Thomas P. Kelly Jr.
Kelly, 83, of Santa Rosa, California, died February 24, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1960. Kelly was admitted to the California Bar in 1966. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and the Reserve. Kelly practiced at the Law Office of Thomas P. Kelly Jr. for the past 20 years. He was a law professor at Empire College School of Law. Kelly was the most senior member of the Sonoma County Bar Association and had 50-year-lawyer awards from the State Bar of Texas and State Bar of California. He was president of the Redwood Empire Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, a longtime member and president of the Empire Breakfast Club, and an enduring advocate for the Eritrean community in Santa Rosa. Kelly received the glass hammer when he was inducted into the Construction Hall of Fame by the North Coast Builders Exchange in 2017. He loved the railroad and worked his way through undergraduate and law school as a brakeman on the Southern Pacific Railroad. Kelly was a voracious reader and particularly loved history. He is survived by his wife, Joyce W. Kelly; sons, attorneys Thomas P. Kelly III and John A. Kelly; daughter, attorney Heather Kelly Trachtenberg; brothers, William B. Kelly, Peter B. Kelly, attorney Hugh Rich Kelly, and attorney James Tynan Kelly; sisters, Katherine Kelly Montgomery and attorney Mary Kelly Pauwels; and seven grandchildren.
Francis X. Bauer
Bauer, 75, of Yantis, died March 2, 2020. He served in the U.S. Army from May 1968 to March 1970 and was a special agent in the Secret Service before law school. Bauer received his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law, his LL.M. from Southern Methodist University School of Law, and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1975. He practiced law in Sulphur Springs for 37 years. Bauer was certified in estate planning and probate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He was a big sports fan and enjoyed attending SMU football games and watching Villanova basketball and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The highlight of his mornings was running his bloodhound, Huckleberry, around the golf course with his friends. Bauer is survived by his wife of 46 years, Suzanne Bauer; son, Christopher Bauer; daughter, Erin Bauer; brothers, James Bauer and John Bauer; sisters, Mary Frances Bauer, Toni Bauer-Smedburg, and Anne Bauer; and two grandchildren.
Mark Alan Flaum
Flaum, 66, of Richmond, died October 31, 2019. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1979. Flaum founded Mark A. Flaum & Associates in 2003. He is remembered for his dedication to excellence, the respect of his clients and colleagues, and his love for his family and friends. Flaum loved to travel the world with his wife. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson and had a love for a great bourbon and cigar. Flaum is survived by his wife of 16 years, attorney Heather Wagner; son, Joseph Flaum; daughters, Michelle Murphy and Melissa Flaum; sister, Karen Hemry; and four grandchildren.
Colin Joseph “C.J.” Carl
Carl, 76, of Austin, died March 22, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1970. Carl was a clerk for Judge William Wayne Justice in Tyler, a director of the Ford Foundation’s Texas Legislative Internship Program, a member of the Texas Attorney General’s Office Opinions Committee, and worked at the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, and other state agencies. He was a lifelong Democrat, working in numerous campaigns and served as state Democratic committeeman and parliamentarian at a number of Travis County and Texas Democratic conventions. Carl was an avid learner, enrolling in adult education courses in the Jewish Community Center of Austin. He was his children’s biggest fan, attending basketball games, marching band events, concerts, and all his children’s dance and theater performances. Carl is survived by his wife of 30 years, Glenda Leah; son, Daniel Goodman; daughters, Elisabeth Leah, Eleanor Lillian, Cantor Rebecca Sibyl; brother, Carlton; and three grandchildren.
John Harrison Seale III
Seale, 88, of Jasper, died April 1, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1955. Seale was a founding partner in Seale, Stover & Bisbey in Jasper from 1963 to 2020. He was certified in civil trial law and personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Seale was a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and tried over 500 cases to jury verdicts. He was president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at the University of Texas, was a member of the Texas Cowboys, and played two years for the Texas Longhorns basketball team. Seale was a lifelong UT sports fan. He served for 17 years on the Jasper Independent School District Board of Trustees. Seale is survived by his son, attorney Steven Seale; and daughters, Shelley Seale Gatlin and Shane Seale Foster.
Frank Weaver Rose Jr.
Rose, 88, of San Angelo, died February 27, 2020. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1956. Rose practiced at Smith Rose Finley in San Angelo from 1956 to 2019, focusing on landowner legal issues, real estate, oil and gas, finance and banking, and business and corporate transactions. He was certified in oil, gas, and mineral law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Rose was president of the Tom Green County Bar Association, a Texas Bar Foundation trustee, and served on the State Bar Board of Directors and Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He was president of the Rotary Club of San Angelo, the YMCA, and the San Angelo Country Club. Rose loved art and was a dedicated collector and supporter of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, where he served as chairman of the Building and Design Committee and served several terms on its board of directors including numerous terms as president of the board. Rose was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying both hunting and fishing, but his favorite pastime was golf. He is survived by his daughters, Lee Eleanor Moore and Melinda Anne Rose; stepdaughter, Cari Martin; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
John W. Fulbright
Fulbright, 95, of Waco, died June 14, 2019. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a second lieutenant in the 109th Combat Engineering Battalion of the 34th Infantry Division of the 5th Army. Fulbright received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1949. He and Charles Koehne opened a practice in Waco in 1953 and were soon joined by Sherwin Winniford. Today, the firm, Fulbright Winniford, has offices in Waco and Bryan. Fulbright practiced for 50 years. He was certified in civil trial law and personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Fulbright was president of the Waco-McLennan County Junior Bar Association from 1950 to 1951, president of the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association from 1961 to 1962, and vice president of the Texas Aggie Bar Association in 1978. He was chairman of the State Bar Grievance Committee for the 11th Congressional District for more than 10 years. Fulbright was a Texas Bar Foundation life fellow. He was devoted to his family and friends and was a world-class storyteller. Fulbright was active in St. Louis Catholic Church, St. Louis Catholic School, Reicher Catholic School, the Serra Club of Waco, Friends for Life, and Habitat for Humanity. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Anna Fulbright; sons, John Fulbright Jr., Tom Fulbright, David Fulbright, Paul Fulbright, and Mike Fulbright; daughters, Kathy Hradecky and Carole Blythe; sisters, Mary Fulbright and Martha Verme; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Gus John Zgourides
Zgourides, 89, of Houston, died April 22, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1955. Zgourides was assistant district attorney and first district attorney at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston from 1955 to 1965; an associate of Hill, Brown, Kronzer & Abraham, now Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, in Houston from 1965 to 1967; a partner in Allen, Taylor & Zgourides in Houston from 1967 to 1970; sole practitioner at the Law Office of Gus J. Zgourides in Houston from 1970 to 1990; a partner in Zgourides & Zgourides in Houston from 1990 to 2000; and an attorney-mediator in Houston from 1990 to 2015. He was a devout Orthodox Christian and served Houston’s Greek Orthodox community from his childhood as an acolyte. Zgourides served on the parish council of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Houston. He served as president of the Houston chapter of the Order of American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association. After Zgourides devoted his law practice to mediation, he began studying theology and was a candidate for a master of applied theology at the Antiochan House of Studies. He loved saltwater fishing and had a house on Galveston’s West Bay for many years, where he often hosted family and friends. Zgourides shared his love of the outdoors with his children while camping and hunting. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Zgourides; sons, attorney John Gus Zgourides, attorney Dimitri D. Zgourides, Nicholas Zgourides, and Christo A. Zgourides; daughter, Kelli Baer; brother, Ted Zgourides; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.TBJ