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) 427-1830 for more information. To learn more about closing a deceased attorney’s practice, go to texasbarcle.com/materials/closingapractice.html. JEFF FORREST SMITH Smith, 61, of Plano, died Jan. 4, 2012. He graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1975. In the early 1980s, he was a partner in Lyon & Smith in Mesquite and then was an associate of the Dallas law firm of Nacol, Wortham & Associates from 1995 to 1997. From 1997 to 2012, Smith was a solo practitioner in Dallas. He received several awards and recognitions throughout his career, including the 1997 Ralph Mock Award from Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, the 1998 Outstanding Chair of District 6A Grievance Committee Award, and a 2007 Rising Star recognition. He is survived by his daughter, attorney Bria Smith Hofland of Frisco; and sister, Sharon Boyd of Joplin, Mo. CECIL MANN GREGG Gregg, 88, of Texas City, died Sept. 7, 2012. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1952. Gregg was on the editorial board of the Texas Law Review in 1949 and 1950. He practiced at the Law Office of C. Mann Gregg in Texas City from 1952 to 2002. Gregg served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Asiatic Pacific and during the Philippine Liberation. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carmen Gregg; daughters, Cynthia Hoobler, Marsene Gregg, and Casey Gearing; four grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren. JOHN WILLIAM LEWIS Lewis, 87, of San Antonio, died May 12, 2013. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1950. Lewis worked for CommercialGen in Houston from 1950 to 1959 and Hartford in San Antonio from 1959 to 1961. From 1961 to 1986, he was senior executive claims attorney for USAA Insurance in San Antonio. Lewis served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Hill Lewis; sons, Danny Wayne Lewis and Jackie Ronald Lewis; daughter, Lucia Jo Melton; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one greatgreat- grandchild. WELDON STONE COPELAND Copeland, 85, of El Paso, died Oct. 29, 2012. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1957. Copeland practiced law in Fort Worth and Wichita Falls before becoming a solo practitioner in El Paso for 32 years. When his sons graduated from law school, Copeland welcomed them as equal partners in the firm of Copeland and Copeland. He also served as the first judge of El Paso County Court at Law No. 3. Copeland is survived by his wife, Bea; sons, Judge Weldon Copeland Jr., attorney William Copeland, Robert Copeland, and Patrick Copeland; daughter, Carolyn; sister, Wanda Anderson; 10 grandchildren (two of whom are attorneys); and three great-grandchildren. ROBERT NORVELL GRAHAM JR. Graham, 87, of San Antonio, died Feb. 22, 2013. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962. Graham practiced as an attorney in San Antonio with C. David Evans from 1968 to 1976, the Law Office of Robert Graham from 1980 to 1987, and the Law Office of Ralph Brown from 1987 to 2012. He also was an assistant district attorney in San Antonio from 1977 to 1980. Graham served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He is survived by his daughters, Ann and Lynn Graham, and two grandchildren. PAUL W. WOMMACK Wommack, 90, of the Woodlands, died Nov. 21, 2012. He received his law degree from the South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1950. He practiced at Stewart Title for a short period and then served as in-house counsel to George Mitchell and Associates. Wommack founded the legal department at Mitchell Energy and Development Corporation and retired as secretary of the board and general counsel in 1989. He then practiced as general counsel to GPM Inc. until 1996. Wommack served in the U.S. Army during World War II, having received the Legion of Merit Award for Meritorious Service in the invasion of Africa at Casablanca. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Clara Nell Wommack; sons, Chris K. Wommack of Waco and William H. Wommack of San Antonio; and three grandchildren. ROBERT A. GWINN Gwinn, 84, of Dallas, died Jan. 17, 2013. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1954. Gwinn practiced as a partner in the Dallas law firms of Seay, Gwinn, Crawford, Mebus & Blakeney from 1954 to 1983; Johnson, Bromberg & Leeds from 1983 to 1985; and Gwinn & Roby from 1985 to 2009. He was a member of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and the Texas Bar Foundation. Gwinn served in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marianne Gwinn; sons, Robert Allen Gwinn Jr., Daniel Lee Gwinn, and attorney Stephen Wesley Gwinn; and six grandchildren. HULON B. BROWN Brown, 92, of Jacksonville, died April 15, 2013. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1951. Brown practiced law in Midland from 1951 to 1957, during which time he served as county attorney and state representative in 1953. He then practiced law in Jacksonville, and from 1961 to 1968, he was district attorney for the 2nd Judicial District comprising Cherokee, Nacogdoches, and Angelina counties. Brown retired at age 89. During World War II, Brown served in the U.S. Navy as a gunnery officer aboard a destroyer escort in the Pacific and Atlantic. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elizabeth Sames Brown; sons, attorney Roland G. Brown of Wimberley, attorney Alan E. Brown of Tyler, and Marshall S. Brown of Jacksonville; eight grandchildren; and nine greatgrandchildren. COL. RALPH J. PEARSON Pearson, 94, of Austin, died May 9, 2013. He received his law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972. He also was a member of the Tennessee Bar. From 1945 to 1971, Pearson served in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He was an editor of legal publications for the State Bar of Texas from 1971 to 1976, practiced law in Austin until 1980, and was a staff attorney with the State Commission on Judicial Conduct until 1997. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and in the U.S. Air Force from 1942 to 1971 and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and Legion of Merit awards. He is survived by his son, attorney Ralph J. Pearson Jr. of Houston; daughter, Mary Pearson Pless of Atherton, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and five greatgrandchildren. GEOFFREY ALAN GERARD Gerard, 68, of Dallas, died March 6, 2013. He received his law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1977. He also was a member of the Indiana Bar. Gerard was general counsel to two small-sized oil and gas companies in Dallas from 1977 to 1978 and then operated his own private law practice in Dallas from 1978 to 1989. From 1989 to 2013, he was president and shareholder in the Dallas firm of Geoffrey A. Gerard & Associates. Gerard is survived by his wife of 35 years, Nellie J. Gerard; stepsons, Ron Gildersleeve Jr. of Leonard and Joe Gildersleeve of Fort Worth; and two grandchildren. MARTIN HARRIS SILVER Silver, 50, of Dallas, died Aug. 31, 2012. He received his law degree from George Washington University Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2001. He also was a member of the California Bar. From 1986 to 1988, Silver was an associate with Ingersoll and Block in Washington, D.C., and then was staff attorney with the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, also in Washington, D.C., from 1988 to 1992. From 1992 to 2012, he practiced as senior attorney with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Dallas. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, attorney Lisa Ginsberg Silver; daughters, Megan Leah and Amelia Reese Silver, both of Dallas; parents, attorney Herbert Silver and Temma Silver of Greenville, S.C.; and sisters, Beth Goldman of Charlotte, N.C., and Brett Watson of Los Angeles, Calif. JAMES L. GORSUCH Gorsuch, 59, of Lubbock, died May 30, 2013. He received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1978. Gorsuch practiced with the Lubbock firm of Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam, first as an associate from 1978 to 1984 and then as a partner from 1984 to 1991. He then was a partner in Gorsuch, Byrd & Kelley from 1991 to 1994 and a partner in Gorsuch & Byrd from 1994 to 2001. From 2001 to 2013, Gorsuch was a solo practitioner in Lubbock at James L. Gorsuch. He served as secretary of the Lubbock County Bar Association from 1993 to 1994. Gorsuch is survived by his wife of 29 years, Joy Gorsuch; son, David Gorsuch; and daughter, Lynn Gorsuch.
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