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James B. Adams
Adams, 93, of Kerrville, died April 25, 2020. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was part of the U.S. occupying force in Japan after the war. Adams received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1949. He was a prosecuting attorney in the Limestone County District Attorney’s Office. Adams served in the Texas House of Representatives in 1951. He was a special agent in the FBI in Seattle, Washington, San Francisco, California, and Administrative Service Divisions from 1951 to 1959; an assistant special agent in charge of the FBI office in Minneapolis from 1959 to 1972; special agent in charge of the FBI office in San Antonio in 1972; and held various positions including inspector division supervisor, chief personnel officer, assistant director of the Office of Planning and Evaluation, assistant to the director, and deputy associate for investigations. Adams was appointed FBI acting director by President Jimmy Carter in 1978 and later served as associate director under Judge William Webster until 1979 and was appointed director of the Texas Department of Public Safety and chief of the Texas Rangers by Gov. Bill Clements in 1980. He was in charge of identifying concerns and implementing improvements at the FBI following the Watergate scandal. Adams was described by a high-ranking FBI official as the “backbone” of the bureau. As chief of the Texas Rangers, he modernized selection and training of officers and investigatory techniques and methods and broadened the role of the agency. Adams received the U.S. Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award in 1978 and the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in 1979. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ione LaRae Winistorfer.
Jerry Ed Bain
Bain, 80, of Tyler, died March 11, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964. Bain was a shareholder in Loftis, Rowan, Files, Bain, Clayton & Clarke in Tyler from 1976 to 1998, in Bain, Files, Jarrett, Bain & Harrison in Tyler from 1998 to 2016, and in Bain, Files, Jarrett & Harrison in Tyler from 2016 to 2020. He was president of the Texas Young Lawyers Association from 1973 to 1974, served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors from 1989 to 1992, was a member of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and was a Texas Bar Foundation fellow. Bain was always smiling and wanting to help others including young lawyers. He truly enjoyed helping clients through the rough times and showing them a better future laid ahead. Bain loved the outdoors and sharing it with others. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Bain; daughters, Sherry B. Agee and Denise B. Graber; son, Bruce D. Bain; brother, David Sam Bain; and seven grandchildren.
Eugene Daniel Leightman
Leightman, 79, of Houston, died December 30, 2019. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1968. Leightman received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, his LL.M. in tax law from Boston University School of Law, and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966. He began his law practice with the IRS in Washington, D.C., from 1968 to 1979; was manager of tax for Parsons Corporation in Pasadena, California, from 1979 to 1985; was director of tax for Intel from 1985 to 1987; vice president of tax for Cooper Industries from 1987 to 2006 in Houston; practiced at Gardner Sewell in Houston from 2006 to 2014; was in private practice in Houston from 2014 to 2019; and was an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center in taxation law. Leightman was top of his class at the University of Texas School of Law and had the highest score on the Texas Bar Exam in 1966. He and his wife devoted their spare time to the Houston Ballet as board members, supported the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Texas Gulf Coast Chapter, and participated in many other nonprofit organizations. Leightman played bridge in high school and college, became a life master in the American Contract Bridge League (along with his mother and sister), played extensively in the Houston and regional bridge community, and served as a board member for the league. He discovered sailing in California and often sailed with his family and friends off the coasts of Newport Beach and San Francisco Bay. Leightman is survived by his wife of 53 years, Evelyn; son, Michael; daughter, Rebecca Leightman; sister, Judy; and his four grandsons.
Wendell L. Evans Jr.
Evans, 88, of Dallas, died February 15, 2020. He received his law degree from Washington University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1983. Evans was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1957. He was a solo practitioner in Lebanon, Missouri, from 1957 to 1966; executive vice president of Missouri Savings and Loan League in Jefferson City, Missouri, from 1966 to 1972; vice president of Farm & Home Savings & Loan in Nevada, Missouri, from 1972 to 1975; served as chief executive officer and president at various savings and loans banks in Connecticut, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas from 1975 to 1984; and was chief executive officer of AmeriWest Financial in Dallas from 1984 until retirement. Evans was a city judge and prosecuting attorney for Laclede County, Missouri. He was morally ethical and a diligent worker. Evans loved his family. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jean Rule Evans; son, Wendell L. Evans III; daughters, attorney Sara J. Evans and Elisabeth Evans Davis; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
William R. “Bill” Pakis
Pakis, 86, of Waco, died April 23, 2020. He was an instructor for the U.S. Army Finance Corps from 1955 to 1957. Pakis received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1960. He was a founding partner in Pakis, Giotes, Page & Burleson in Waco from 1963 to 1987. Pakis was certified in estate planning and probate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He had a gift for analyzing all types of situations and offering wise, sensible advice. His family was of the utmost importance to him. Pakis is survived by his son, David Pakis; daughters, Mary Katherine Tetirick, Laura O’Brien, and Alison Naylor; brother, George Pakis Jr.; and 13 grandchildren.
Hilary Brumley Doran Jr.
Doran, 83, of Del Rio, died December 21, 2019. He served in the U.S. Air Force from September 1958 to June 1962 and in the Reserve from July 1962 to January 1977. Doran received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1965. He was an attorney for Doran, Gulley & Etzel from 1966 to 1975; joined the staff of Gov. Bill Clements in 1979, eventually becoming chief of staff; and was employed by Johnson & Johnson in Austin until his retirement. Doran was involved in church leadership and enjoyed hosting hunts at his Doran Ranch in Edwards County. He is survived by his wife, Diane; sons, Hilary B. Doran III, David Doran, and Gregory Doran; daughter, Katherine Diane Keller; and one grandchild.
William Robert Cohrs
Cohrs, 69, of Coppell, died January 21, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1992. Cohrs was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1980. He was a trademark and copyright lawyer for Hurt, Richardson, Garner, Todd & Cadenhead in Altanta, Georgia, and with King & Spalding in Atlanta and practiced international law with Exxon Mobil Corp. in Dallas. Cohrs received a full basketball scholarship to Michigan State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s in engineering. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Susan Blakemore Cohrs; sons, David Lynn Adams, Matthew W. Adams, and Luke E. Adams; brothers, Fred Robert Cohrs, Daniel Cohrs, and Timothy Cohrs; sisters, Mary Ann Weaver and Nancy J. Cohrs; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Edward J. Patterson Jr.
Patterson, 84, of Galveston, died April 19, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1957. Patterson spent his entire career with Royston & Rayzor from 1957 to 2000, starting as an associate and eventually becoming managing partner in Galveston before working as a mediator. He enjoyed the practice of maritime law and the satisfaction of successful compromise of disputes via mediation. Patterson loved the University of Texas, Longhorn football, the Simpsons, fast cars, and Willie Nelson. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Connie Russo Patterson; sons, attorney Eddie and Chris; brothers, Tom Patterson and Stephen Patterson; sister, Priscilla Patterson; and six grandchildren.
Richard Kevin Hardage
Hardage, 58, of Dallas, died April 3, 2020. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1989. Hardage was an associate of Gardere & Wynne from 1989 to 1991, general counsel to Carrington Laboratories from 1992 to 1993, an associate of Locke Purnell Rain Harrell from 1993 to 1998, and a portfolio manager and eventually manager of Brown Brothers Harriman. He worked at U.S. Trust Company and was a founding member of Turtle Creek Management. Hardage was a private pilot with instrument rating and owned interests in several planes with friends. He was an accomplished athlete, ran seven marathons, and was a frequent participant of the Hotter’N Hell Hundred bike race in Wichita Falls. Hardage loved the mountains of Colorado, where he enjoyed fly-fishing with his extended family. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Tania Hardage; sons, Will Hardage and Jack Hardage; daughter, Margaret Hardage; mother, Willie Mae Estes; brothers, Kelly Hardage and Mike Hardage; and sister, Ginger Carlin.
Preston, 76, of Georgetown, 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 1969. Preston practiced consumer bankruptcy law in Dallas, Houston, and Austin. He was named National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Member of the Month in April 2005. Preston was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Fraternity. He loved to read history, economics, and politics. Preston enjoyed camping, traveling, and being outdoors. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy Preston; daughter, Elizabeth Hall; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
John E. Gangstad
Gangstad, 71, of Austin, died November 22, 2019. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1974. Gangstad was an attorney at Turner, Hitchins, McInerney, Webb & Hartnett in Dallas from June 1974 to August 1981, a partner in Brown McCarroll in Austin from September 1981 to June 2000, and an attorney at Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta in Austin from June 2000 to November 2019. He was in the Order of the Coif at the University of Texas School of Law. Gangstad worked with the homeless. He enjoyed golfing and gardening. Gangstad is survived by his wife, Cynthia Gangstad; son, Erik E. Gangstad; daughters, Allison Gangstad Litton and Amy Gangstad; brothers, Jim Gangstad and Karl Gangstad; sister, Lillis Marie Teran; and four grandchildren.
Robert J. Pickens
Pickens, 83, of Tynan, died March 24, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1961. Pickens served in the U.S. Air Force, Reserve, and Texas Air National Guard from 1961 to 1967. He was in private practice in Beeville and Corpus Christi from 1961 to 1967; a corporate oil and gas attorney for Sun Oil in Beaumont from 1967 to 1970; vice president and director of the Buchel National Bank of Cuero from 1970 to 1974; a corporate oil and gas attorney at Marathon Oil from 1974 to 1999, including two years in London, U.K., as senior counsel for worldwide exploration on projects in the North Sea; and a title attorney at Willey, Edwards and Wright in Houston from 1999 to 2005. Pickens enjoyed farming and ranching. He liked to hunt and was later a wildlife watcher. Pickens was fond of country and western dancing. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Maridean Bock; son, Kyle Pickens; daughter, Paige Stotts; brother, William Pickens; and three grandchildren.
David B. Schneider
Schneider, 75, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, died February 9, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1969. Schneider was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 1978. He worked for the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington, D.C.; as counsel to Yellow Freight System in Kansas City, Missouri; and practiced transportation law in Oklahoma City. Schneider was Transportation Lawyers Association president in 1996-1997. He is survived by his son, Jerome Schneider; daughter, Michelle Schneider; and five grandchildren.
Everett S. McCrum
McCrum, 88, of Brownwood, died January 6, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1954. McCrum was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1980. He was a legal assistant at Shell Oil in Midland from 1955 to 1963; an assistant division attorney at Mobil Oil in Midland from 1963 to 1972 and a senior attorney at Mobil Oil in Houston from 1972 to 1976; legal director of Mobil Oil Exploration & Producing Southeast in New Orleans, Louisiana, from 1976 to 1986; and general counsel to Mobil Producing Texas & New Mexico in Houston from 1986 to 1988. McCrum was legal chair of the Offshore Operators Committee in New Orleans from 1985 to 1986. He was chair of the Texas Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association from 1986 to 1988. McCrum enjoyed golfing. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty A. McCrum.
Jerry Charles Walker
Walker, 76, of Fort Worth, died October 23, 2019. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1968. Walker received his law degree from Texas Wesleyan School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1995. He was an associate of the Law Office of Terry L. Cox in Marshall in 1995 and owner of the Law Office of Jerry Walker in Fort Worth from 1995 to 2019. Walker enjoyed the rodeo, fishing, and golf. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Pam Walker; daughter, attorney Julie Jan Walker; and sister, Jan Cason.
Joseph M. Marcum
Marcum, 55, of Corpus Christi, died March 21, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1991. Marcum was an associate of Meredith, Donnell & Abernethy in Corpus Christi from 1990 to 1997, a partner in Donnell, Abernethy & Kieschnick in Corpus Christi from 1997 to 2006, a principal in Joseph M. Marcum, Attorney & Counselor at Law in Corpus Christi from 2006 to 2010, of counsel to the Rangel Law Firm in Corpus Christi from 2010 to 2017, and of counsel to Hoblit Darling Ralls Hernandez & Hudlow in Corpus Christi from 2018 to 2020. His article “Continuing Erosion of the Peremptory Challenge in Equal Protection Litigation” was published in the Arkansas Law Review in fall 1989. Marcum enjoyed working alongside, mentoring, and encouraging his daughter, Amanda, in her legal career. He was an honest, determined, hardworking, loving husband, and father. Marcum played shortstop at both Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan from 1983 to 1987. He loved spending time with children—coaching them in baseball and basketball and instructing them in the fine art of fishing. Marcum never missed an opportunity to support his children in sports or educational activities. Marcum is survived by his wife of 30 years, Karen L. Marcum; son, Casey D. Marcum; daughters, attorney Amanda P. Marcum, Meredith G. Marcum, and Mattie R. Marcum; mother, Lee Marcum; father, J. Douglas Marcum; brothers, Doug Marcum and Jason Marcum; and sisters, Tammy Minder and Cindy Dellanno. The family requests that you consider a colonoscopy screening to raise awareness of colon cancer—this screening could save a life.
Earl F. Hale Jr.
Hale, 74, of Comfort, died February 27, 2020. He received his law degree from Columbia Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1970. Hale was admitted to practice in New York in 1980. He was a partner in Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal in Dallas from 1970 to 1999 and a member of the Executive Committee, and he was in private practice as a mediator and arbitrator in Dallas from 1999 to 2015. Hale was chairman of the St. Paul Hospital Foundation in 2001 and served the Texas Center for Legal Ethics. He was a creative problem solver. Hale loved modern art, classical music, Lebanese food, and golfing. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Janet Gish Hale; daughter, Elizabeth Hale Spitzer; stepsons, Andrew Richard Hayslett, Tyler Randolph Hayslett, Gregory Patrick Hayslett, and Bryan Austin Hayslett; and three grandchildren.
Kenneth A. McGaw Jr.
McGaw, 90, of Houston, died March 9, 2020. He received his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1975. McGaw was admitted to practice in Illinois in 1953 and was admitted to the California Bar in 1961. He served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1953 to 1958. McGaw was general counsel to Occidental Chemical from 1968 to 1975 and vice president and general counsel to Occident Chemical from 1975 to 1985. McGaw enjoyed painting, collecting wine and art, and reading. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia McGaw, and daughter, Kimberly McGaw.
Abraham F. Barker
Barker, 50, of Austin, died May 22, 2020. He received his law degree from Ohio Northern University College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2010. Barker was admitted to the California Bar in 1996 and admitted to practice in Tennessee in 1999. He was a federal law clerk for U.S. District Judge Elizabeth V. Hallanan, of the Southern District of West Virginia, in Charleston from 1997 to 1999; an attorney at King & Ballow in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1999 to 2000; a partner in Constangy, Brooks & Smith in Nashville from 2000 to 2009; a senior associate of Henslee Schwartz in Austin from 2010 to 2013; and a shareholder in Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Muñoz in Austin from 2015 to 2020. Barker enjoyed traveling, sports, and animals. He is survived by his wife, Colleen Hannafin Barker; sons, Gabrial Frederic Lee Barker and Quentin Lee Barker; daughters, Isabella Pistone and Sofia Pistone; and mother, Kathy Barker.
James Arthur Reilly
Reilly, 103, of Lakeway, died May 23, 2020. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946. Reilly received his law degree from Rutgers Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966. He was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1952. Reilly was a patent attorney at Esso Production Research from 1951 to 1982, founding the law department in 1964 and retiring as general counsel in 1982, and of counsel to Arnold, White & Durkee from 1983 to 1991. He was president of the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association from 1977 to 1978. Reilly received the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Law Section Chair’s Award for 1987 to 1988. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed swimming and reading. Reilly is survived by his sons, Thomas V. Reilly and attorney Kenneth J. Reilly; daughters, Ann Harris and Barbara Wheat; sister, Mary Nemec; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Desmond T. Jenkins
Jenkins, 33, of Trinidad, died August 14, 2019. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2012. Jenkins was a summer associate of Potter Minton in Tyler in 2011, an associate of Stevens Henry in Longview from 2012 to 2013, an associate of DeHay & Elliston in Dallas from 2014 to 2017, an associate of the Bassett Firm in Dallas in 2018, and an associate of Starr Schoenbrun & Comte in Tyler from 2018 to 2019. He went out of his way to help others and was heavily involved in his church in Trinidad. Jenkins is survived by his father, Ernest Lee Jenkins; mother, Vassandral Dawson; brothers, Corey Jenkins, Quincy Jenkins, Ahmad Jenkins, and Jerell Williams; and sisters, Kimberly Dawson and Jacqueline Carr.
Benjamin Raye Collier
Collier, 89, of Dallas, died July 24, 2019. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. Collier received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1956. He was an assistant district attorney in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office in Dallas from 1957 to 1959, an attorney at Superior Insurance Company in Dallas from 1959 to 1960, a partner in Stigall, Maxfield & Collier in Dallas from 1960 to 1990, and a solo practitioner in Dallas from 1990 to 2006. Collier enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing. He is survived by his son, Forrest B. Collier; daughter, Elizabeth Blair Lechtenberger; and three grandchildren. TBJ