Memorials January 2023
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B. Prater Monning III
Monning, 71, of Wills Point, Texas, died October 26, 2022. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1976. Monning was a law clerk for Texas Supreme Court Justice James G. Denton in Austin from 1976 to 1977; an associate of Wynne & Jaffe in Dallas from 1977 to 1981; a partner in Gardere & Wynne in Dallas from 1981 to 1995; a partner in Monning & Wynne in Dallas from 1995 to 2011; and a partner in Wynne & Wynne in Wills Point from 2011 to 2022. He was certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization; a fellow of the Texas and Dallas bar foundations, serving on the State Bar of Texas Legal Representation of Those on Death Row Standing Committee; sharing responsibility for the creation of the Texas Lawyer’s Creed, establishing standards of lawyer conduct that have since been adopted by courts and bar associations across the country. He is remembered for his involvement in the Texas High School Mock Trial Competition; his love of the great outdoors, including fly-fishing, ranching, and his many animals; and his love of music, including building harpsichords and playing the cello. Monning is survived by his wife of 25 years, Nancy Monning; sons, Ben Monning and Arthur Monning; daughter, Shelby Monning Patterson; brother, attorney Bruce Monning; and one grandchild
Katherine A. Kinser
Kinser, 68, of Dallas, died November 12, 2022. She received her law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1984. Kinser was an attorney with Webb, Kinser & Luce in Dallas from 1988 to 1991; McCurley, Kinser, McCurley & Nelson in Dallas from 1992 to 2003; Pezzulli Kinser in Dallas from 2003 to 2007; and Kinser & Bates in Dallas from 2008 to 2022. She was president of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists; the 2014 recipient of the Judge Sam Emison Award, given by the Texas Academy of Family Specialists to an exceptionally distinguished family law practitioner who has demonstrated a significant commitment and made significant contributions to the practice of family law in the state of Texas; and, at the time of her passing, was president of the Texas Family Law Foundation. Kinser was a passionate and dedicated animal advocate, serving as board president of Operation Kindness from 2016 to 2018; loved to sail in the Caribbean; and loved being at her beach house in Galveston with friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond.
Paul Raymond Clevenger
Clevenger, 64, of Dallas, died March 17, 2022. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1983. Clevenger was a member of the North Dallas, Dallas, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Northern District of Texas, and Southern District of Texas bars. He was a briefing clerk in the 2nd Court of Appeals in Fort Worth; an associate of Miller Hiersche in Dallas; and owner of the Law Office of Paul Clevenger in Dallas, specializing in appeals, research, and briefing and appearing in trial and appellate courts frequently. Clevenger was a longtime member of the Dallas Rotary Club and a Toastmasters’ International Dallas chapter and, with his wife, a member of the University Park United Methodist Church, where he was a member of a men’s covenant group. He is remembered for his love of Bible study, traveling, and showing Saluki dogs. Clevenger is survived by his wife, Michelle Clevenger.
William Watson “Bill” Clifton Jr.
Clifton, 70, of Midland, died November 10, 2022. He received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1977. Clifton was a city attorney with the Midland City Attorney’s Office from 1977 to 1982; a partner in Rassman, Gunter & Boldrick, later Boldrick & Clifton, in Midland from 1982 to 2008; and a partner in Shafer, Davis, O’Leary & Stoker in Odessa and Midland from 2002 to 2008. He is remembered for being highly regarded and well liked, a fierce advocate, and a collegial professional who mentored and was a sounding board for many young lawyers. Clifton is survived by his wife of 20 years, Shirley Clifton; sons, Jacob Aaron Clifton, David Emory Clifton, John Jackson Clifton, James Lyle Clifton, and George William Clifton; daughters, Lindsay Rayann De La Rosa, Jennifer Paige Dean, and Mary Katherine Stewart; brother, John H. Clifton; and four grandchildren.
Leslie Arletta Lockhart
Lockhart, 43, of Harlingen, died May 17, 2021. She received her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2002. Lockhart practiced law with her father, Tom, for 18 years. She is remembered as an avid and skillful bay and offshore fisherman, for which she was named Miss TIFT (Texas International Fishing Tournament) in 1998, served on the TIFT executive board for several years, and competed in the South Texas Big Game Fishing Club; for following in her mother’s footsteps as a board member of the Boys & Girls Club; and for participating in Iron Man competitions, having completed one and was training for another at the time of her death. Lockhart is survived by her ex-husband, Lee Hollon; sons, Fisher and Hagan; and father, attorney Tom.
Ray Mitchell Moore
Moore, 90, of Beaumont, died June 24, 2022. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1955. Moore served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He was a member of the Jefferson County and American Bar associations. Moore established his own law firm, what is now Moore Landry, in 1966. He was a member of the American Judicature Society and a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Moore is remembered for his love of education, golf, and the law. survived by his son, Mark Mitchell Moore; daughters, Laura Lee Williams and Mary Eileen Lewis; four grandchildren; and one grandchild.
Theodore “Ted” Franklin Trigg Sr.
Trigg, 81, of Houston, died August 9, 2022. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968. Trigg was a clerk in the Harris County District Courts in 1968; prosecutor for the city of Houston Traffic Courts in 1968; an attorney with Leonard Stolaroff in 1970; and a solo practitioner from 1975 to 2021 when he retired from practice. He was a member of the Texas State Bar College, Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, and the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Trigg is remembered for his love of family, present in all kid and grandkid activities, including fishing, hunting, baseball, swimming, vacations, snow skiing, scuba diving, Boy Scouts, and gymnastics; reading; and dancing with his wife. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley; daughter, Monica Jenkins; son, Teddy Trigg Jr.; brother, George Trigg; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Paul D. Carrington
Carrington, 90, of Maryland, died August 24, 2021. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1955. Carrington served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958. He was a member of the Michigan and North Carolina bar associations. Carrington worked for the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming, from 1958 to 1960; Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, from 1960 to 1962; the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, from 1962 to 1965; the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from 1965 to 1978; and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, from 1978 to 2014. He is remembered for his love of legal education and legal history. Carrington is survived by his sons, Clark and Will; daughters, Mary and Emily; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.TBJ