Memorials are published as a tribute to deceased Texas attorneys. Information included is primarily related to the individual’s accomplishments in the legal profession. To submit a Memorial, please visit texasbar.com/tbj and fill out an online form or call (512) 427-6834 for more information. To learn more about closing a deceased attorney’s practice, go to texasbarcle.com/materials/closingapractice.html. HON. GAYNELLE GRIFFIN JONES Jones, 64, of Houston, died March 1, 2013. She received her law degree from Boston College and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1982. She was a member of the Louisiana and Massachusetts bars. From 1972 to 1973, she was an attorney for the Boston Legal Assistance Project in Boston, Mass. From 1973 to 1975, she was counsel to State Life Mutual Assurance Co. in Boston, Mass. From 1975 to 1979, she was counsel to Boston Edison Co. in Boston, Mass. From 1979 to 1982, she was a partner with Jones, Jones & Jones in Monroe, La. From 1981 to 1982, she was assistant district attorney in Ouachita Parish in Monroe, La. From 1982 to 1989, she was assistant district attorney for Harris County. She served as assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas from 1989 to 1992. In 1992, she served as judge on the 1st Court of Appeals in Houston. In 1993, she was of counsel to Vinson & Elkins in Houston. From 1993 to 1997, she served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Texas. From 1997 to 2010, she was litigation counsel to Hewlett-Packard in Houston. She received the Sarah Hughes Outstanding Achievement Award from the State Bar of Texas Women in the Law Section. She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Robert Jones; sons, Chauncey Jones of Magnolia and Nickalus Jones of San Antonio; daughter, Athena Gaynelle Jones of Washington, D.C.; father, Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Griffin of Austin; sisters, Ria Griffin of Austin and Marva Carter of Atlanta, Ga.; and three grandchildren. LOWELL “WAYNE” WARNOCK Warnock, 81, of Round Top, died Jan. 21, 2013. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1959. He began his law career in Tyler in 1959 with Humble Oil and Refining (now ExxonMobil) and worked his way up through the company until his retirement in 1992. After retirement, he moved to Round Top and opened a private practice in Bellville. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1957 and retired at the rank of captain. He is survived by his wife of more than 59 years, Peggy Joan Warnock; son, attorney Curt L. Warnock of Houston; daughter, Tina Louise Young of Houston; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. ALLAN T. WEIGAND Weigand, 86, of Victoria, died Dec. 1, 2012. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1951. After graduating from law school, he returned to Victoria to work in his father’s insurance firm while practicing law. He also served as Victoria corporation court judge for many years. In 1971, he helped found Professional Insurance Agents Inc. He served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Navy Reserve. He is survived by his daughters, Bettye Jean Pribyl of Victoria and Laura Elizabeth Martin of Wytheville, Va.; sister, Elizabeth Lautner of New Braunsfels; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. MELISSA DALE EASTHAM Eastham, 47, of Midland, died Dec. 31, 2012. She received her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1993. She was a member of the New Mexico Bar. From 1994 to 2003, she served as a Curry County assistant district attorney and then deputy district attorney in Clovis, N.M. From 2003 to 2006, she was an associate attorney with Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe and Dawson in Midland. From 2006 to 2012, she was a partner in Matticks & Eastham, L.L.P., in Midland. She is survived by her mother, Cathy Eastham of Midland; brother, Mark Eastham of Minneapolis, Minn.; and grandmother, Katheryn Williams Baker of Midland. RUSSELL ALLEN GUNTER Gunter, 62, of Little Rock, Ark., died Feb. 9, 2013. He received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1975. He was a member of the Arkansas Bar. From 1997 until his death, he was a director of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C., in Little Rock, Ark. He was a past chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Arkansas Bar. He is survived by his daughters, Kimzey Gunter of Taos, N.M., Sarah Gunter Newman of Austin, Laura Gunter of Little Rock, Ark., and Rachel Gunter of Little Rock, Ark.; sisters, Barbara Burton of Clayton, N.C., Shellie Sims of Amarillo and Taos, N.M., and Diane Brown of College Station; and three grandchildren. DONALD JOSEPH POTVIN Potvin, 67, of Houston, died Feb. 24, 2013. He received his law degree from the University of Notre Dame and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1975. He was a member of the Michigan, New York, and New Jersey bars. From 1970 to 1975, he served as staff counsel to General Motors Corporation in Detroit, Mich. From 1975 to 2003, he served as counsel to ExxonMobil Corporation in Houston. In 2007, he served as of counsel to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, L.L.P. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Bernice Heilbrunn; son, Donald J. Potvin Jr. of Montgomery Village, Md.; daughters, attorney Marie-Louise Potvin of Kamloops, British Columbia, Deborah Potvin of Norfolk, Va., Sarah Potvin of Bryan, and Hannah Potvin of Houston; brothers, Robert Potvin of Cape Cod, Mass., George Potvin of Sturbridge, Mass., and Paul Potvin of Brandon, Vt.; sisters, Anne McIntosh of Amherst, Mass. and Cathy Wilbur of Charlton, Mass.; and five grandchildren. SAM G. TRAMONTE Tramonte, 77, of Galveston, died Jan. 6, 2013. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1959. From 1959 to 2012, he served as president of Tramonte Tramonte & Bastien in Galveston. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joan B. Tramonte; sons, Michael N. Tramonte of Galveston, Paul J. Tramonte of the Woodlands, and Steven G. Tramonte of Katy; daughters, Jacquelyn T. Kleypas of Seabrook and Carol T. Rekoff of Galveston; and 10 grandchildren. JOE HAL HARDEGREE Hardegree, 83, of Mena, Ark., died May 28, 2012. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1959. He was a member of the Arkansas Bar. From 1957 to 1959, he was a clerk for Trotter, Kramer & Childs in Houston. From 1960 to 2002, he was the owner of Joe Hardegree Law Firm in Mena, Ark. He served for many years as Mena city attorney, deputy prosecuting attorney, and prosecuting attorney from 1965 to 1971 and from 1983 to 1991. He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty Steel Hardegree; daughters, attorney Alison H. Hout and Jennifer Hardegree; and three grandchildren. H. WAYNE BETTIS Bettis, 61, of Houston, died March 4, 2013. He received his law degree from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1983. He began his career as a licensing staff attorney and then managing attorney for Hyatt Legal Services. He practiced with B.J. Hooks & Associates until beginning his own practice in 1991, Bettis & Associates, where he worked until his death. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Candy; stepsons, Wallace Decker of Houston and Michael Killebrew of Galveston; stepdaughter, Elaine Becker of Richmond; stepfather, Aaron Hamilton of Houston; brother, Chuck Hamilton of Houston; sisters, Jeannie Bettis and Misty Marshall, both of Houston; and four grandchildren. MURRAY LLOYD JOHNSTON JR. Johnston, 72, of San Antonio, died Aug. 17, 2012. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1965. From 1965 to 1966, he was the assistant to the director of planning and the executive director of the Texas Water Development Board in Austin. From 1967 to 1975, he was associate general counsel to H.B. Zachry Company in San Antonio. From 1975 to 2012, he was vice president and general counsel to Zachry Companies. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1966 to 1967 and in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps Reserves from 1967 to the late 1970s. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, attorney Anne Whittenburg Johnston; sons, Murray Lloyd Johnston III of Alexandria, Va. and Roy Austin Johnston of New York, N.Y.; sisters, Mildred Johnston Jones of Baytown and Carol Johnston Crochet of New Orleans, La.; and two grandchildren. GEORGE SLADCZYK JR. Sladczyk, 82, of Horseshoe Bay, died Dec. 20, 2012. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1956. From 1956 to 1959, he was an associate of Orgain, Bell & Tucker in Beaumont. From 1959 to 1985, he was managing partner of George Sladczyk Jr. in Mid- County. From 1985 to 1993, he was an attorney with Moore, Landry, Garth & Jones in Beaumont. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He is survived by his daughters, attorney Amy Sladczyk Hancock and Kay Sladczyk; and sister, Mary Ellen Sladczyk Sadler.
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