Memorials are published at no cost as a tribute to deceased Texas attorneys. To submit a memorial, please go to texasbar.com/memorials or call (512) 427-1830. To learn more about closing a deceased attorney’s practice, go to texasbarcle.com/materials/closingapractice.html. ERNEST F. CADENHEAD JR. Cadenhead, 81, of Brownwood, died Jan. 26, 2014. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1967. Cadenhead was an attorney in private practice from 1967 to 1985, Brown County attorney from 1972 to 1980, Brown County judge from 1980 to 1985, and judge of the 35th District Court from 1985 to 1996. He served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and as a captain in the Air Force Reserve. Cadenhead is survived by his sons, Ernest III and Pete; daughter, Nancy Stephens; and one granddaughter. PEPOS SPIRO DOUNSON Dounson, 84, of San Antonio, died Feb. 16, 2014. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1951. Dounson served and practiced law at Brooks Air Force Base for two years and then was a solo practitioner for 52 years. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Elisa; sons, Derwin and Gerald; daughter, Jenise; and three grandchildren. MELODIE ELIZABETH KRANE Krane, 58, of Austin, died March 11, 2014. She received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1994. Krane—who previously had worked for the Texas Legislative Budget Board, state comptroller, and Texas Department of Agriculture—was an assistant attorney general in the tort litigation division of the Office of the Texas Attorney General from 1994 to 1998 and then was chief of the health law section in the Office of General Counsel at the University of Texas from 1998 to 2011. She is survived by her husband, attorney John B. Lay; stepson, Thomas Lay; stepdaughter, Elizabeth Lay; and sisters, Gene and Lori. WILLIAM R. SHAVER Shaver, 88, of Lubbock, died Dec. 12, 2013. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1951. Shaver was a partner in Shaver and Blanchard from 1951 to 1953 and then was an assistant district attorney for three years until becoming an attorney with Shaver, Hurley & Sowder from 1957 to 1967. He also was Lubbock County judge in 1964; judge of the 72nd District Court from 1967 to 1968; first resident counsel to and part-time government professor at Texas Tech University from 1968 to 1970; and judge of the 140th District Court for 28 years with seven years as senior judge. He also helped create the Lubbock Juvenile Detention Center. Shaver, who had served as a tail gunner in the U.S. Army Air Forces and flew in 17 missions during World War II, enjoyed spirited discussions with his weekly veterans group. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sunny; sons, William and Daniel; daughter, Shelley; sister, Evelyn Trimmier; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. HERBERT RANDOLPH “RANDY” TAYLOR Taylor, 72, of Paris, died May 13, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1967. Taylor practiced as a defense attorney with Taylor, Finstrom and Konradi in Dallas from 1970 to 2000. He served in the U.S. Army. Taylor is survived by his brother, John; half brothers, James and John Welch; and half sister, Libby Welch. ROBERT TAYLOR “SONNY” DAVIS Davis, 83, of Austin, died May 30, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1959. Davis practiced law briefly in Austin before being appointed an assistant attorney general of Texas in 1962. During his career he served as the state’s legal counsel to the Warren Commission, helped organize the Texas Youth Conference on Crime and the Students in Free Enterprise program (later named Enactus), and authored the text The Art of Leadership. He also was a member of the Centennial Planning Council of Prairie View A&M University and several additional organizations. Davis served in the U.S. Air Force, earning the rank of captain and helping organize the Royal Danish Air Force. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Linda; daughter, attorney Alison Frey; sister, Betty Willson; two grandchildren; and one stepgrandchild. LUTHER DANIEL PRESCOTT JR. Prescott, 69, of Fort Worth, died June 10, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1971. Prescott was an attorney with Butler & Binion in Houston, general counsel to Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association in the District of Columbia, vice president of government relations and public affairs at Champlin Petroleum Co. (which later became Union Pacific Resources Co.) in Fort Worth, and owner of his consulting firm, The Prescott Co. He is survived by his wife, Emmy Lou, and sister, Paula Cioffi. PATRICIA E. GRANT Grant, 92, of Cortez, Colorado, died Nov. 26, 2013. She received her law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966. Grant practiced for more than 30 years, first as a partner in Grant & Mullenax in San Antonio and then as a solo attorney focusing on family law. She served in the U.S. Army for 22 years. During World War II, Grant was a lieutenant colonel who assisted the chief legal counsel at the Nuremberg Trials and also was the personal escort to Eleanor Roosevelt when the first lady toured Germany in 1948. Grant had been an exceptional golfer during the 1930s and 1940s and was inducted into the Women’s Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame in 2010. She had been described as “the most extraordinary woman you will ever meet,” and she was recognized after her death in a tribute before the U.S. Congress. JOHN RICHARD FREELAND Freeland, 93, of Mc-Allen, died Jan. 31, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1947. Freeland was an attorney with Greer, Cox and Patterson in McAllen and later opened his own law practice, where his son and daughter eventually joined him. His last day at the office was the day before he died. Freeland served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Custer as an assistant beach master in the South Pacific during World War II and received a Bronze Star. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jayne; sons, attorney Mark, Scott, King, and Christopher; daughters, Kathy Archer and attorney Kelly Hoffman; 25 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. JACK EDWARD EARNEST Earnest, 84, of Houston, died Nov. 9, 2012. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1952. He also was a member of the New York Bar. Earnest was associate general counsel to Mobil Oil Corp. in New York from 1946 to 1979, president of Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. in New York and Houston from 1979 to 1981, general counsel to Texas Eastern in Houston from 1981 to 1983, and a solo practitioner in Houston from 1983 to 2012. Earnest served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a captain. He had been an avid tennis player for much of his life, as well as a proud golfer. He is survived by his son, Jack Jr.; daughter, Laura Prescott; brother, Bill; and three grandchildren. FRANK BATES SHEPPARD Sheppard, 91, of Cuero, died June 7, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1946. Sheppard was a librarian for Southern Methodist University School of Law and in 1947 began practicing in Cuero with the late Bert Kirk. He later became a partner in the law firm of Crain & Sheppard, from which he retired in 2013. He also was Cuero city attorney for 35 years, as well as DeWitt County attorney for two terms. Sheppard served in the U.S. Army as a private during World War II. He is survived by his children who are all attorneys, Constance Kirk, Michael Sheppard, and Jennifer Badger; and 10 grandchildren. WILLIAM ABNEY FAULK SR. Faulk, 89, of Brownsville, died Feb. 4, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1951. Faulk was an attorney with Sharpe, Cunningham & Garza from 1951 to 1956; owner of and attorney at Cameron County Title Co. from 1956 to 1998; attorney with Rentfro Faulk Attorneys at Law from 1998 to 2012; and attorney with William A. Faulk Sr. from 2012 to 2014. Faulk served in the U.S. Army during World War II and in the Air Force during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Bobbie; sons, John Faulk and David Wise; daughters, Judith, Rebecca Thompson, Linda Arteaga, and Molly; brother, Harry; sister, Patsy Horick; 17 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. JEFFREY V. COEN Coen, 62, of Dallas, died Jan. 14, 2014. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1976. Coen was an associate of the Law Firm of Robert M. Cady from 1976 to 1978; a shareholder and partner in the Law Firm of Rothermel and Coen from 1978 to 1982; a solo practitioner from 1982 to 1994; associate judge of the 302nd and 303rd Judicial District family law courts from 1994 to 2002; judge of the 254th District Court, appointed by Gov. Rick Perry, from 2002 to 2007; and a private practice mediator, arbitrator, and special judge from 2007 until his death. A dedicated pro bono volunteer, Coen received many awards during his career, including the 2004 Equal Access to Justice Award from Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, and he also had some of the highest approval ratings (95 to 98 percent) in the history of the Dallas Bar Judicial Evaluation Poll. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Janet; brother, Douglas; and extended family in Iowa and Dallas. HOWARD DEAN ARRINGTON Arrington, 79, of Austin, died May 9, 2014. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1959. Arrington practiced law for 33 years, first as Camp County attorney, then as an assistant attorney general of Texas for six administrations, and finally for the Texas Department of Transportation until his retirement. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Cynthia; sons, Jeff, Jim, and Jud; and nine grandchildren. HON. RICHARD STUART GEIGER Geiger, 77, of Dallas, died Oct. 16, 2013. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962. Geiger was a solo practitioner until being elected in 1972 to the Texas House, where he served two terms as representative of District 33-G in Dallas County. He was vice chairman of the State Affairs Committee and also served on the Transportation, Public Health, and Elections committees. Geiger practiced insurance law with the Dallas firm of Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons from 1975 (becoming a partner in 1978) until 2013. He is remembered as a loving family man and a gentle giant of the insurance industry. Geiger is survived by his son, Scott; daughters, Angela, Margaret, Claire Vale, and Amy McCarty; sisters, Theresa Ramsey, Emalee McRoberts, and Susan Wilbur; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. LUCIAN L. MORRISON Morrison, 76, of Houston, died Feb. 20, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1960. Morrison was a partner in Morrison, Dittmar, Dahlgren & Kaine in San Antonio from 1961 to 1969; senior vice president and trust officer of First City Bank in Corpus Christi from 1969 to 1974; senior vice president and trust officer of Texas Commerce Bank and Bancshares in Houston from 1974 to 1979; president, CEO, founder, and principal shareholder in Heritage Trust Company in Houston from 1979 to 1990; chief fiduciary officer and then chairman of the Trust Committee of Northern Trust Bank of Texas from 1990 to 1992; and an independent trustee and consultant in trust, estate, probate, and qualified plan matters from 1992 to 2014. Morrison served in the U.S. Army Reserve Quartermaster Corps as a second lieutenant from 1960 to 1961. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Nancy. EDGAR F. BARNETT Barnett, 82, of Houston, died July 27, 2014. He received his law degree from Louisiana State University School of Law in 1958 and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1990. He also was a member of the Louisiana Bar. Barnett practiced in Lake Charles, Louisiana, from 1958 to 1989, specializing in insurance defense and maritime law. He also was president of the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association and had been a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States since 1963. In 1989, Barnett moved to Houston and was a solo practitioner, continuing to practice maritime law and consulting Louisiana lawyers on maritime cases. Barnett served in the U.S. Army as an artillery lieutenant in the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Gerry; daughter, Jana Phelps; son, Lake; stepdaughter, Jennifer Hubbs; one grandson; and two great-grandchildren. HON. TOMMY W. WALLACE Wallace, 61, of Grand Saline, died April 3, 2014. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1978. Wallace was district attorney for Van Zandt County from 1983 to 1988 and was district judge from 1988 to 2004. RAY HUTCHISON Hutchison, 81, of Dallas, died March 30, 2014. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1959. Hutchison was managing partner in Hutchison, Price, Boyle & Brooks for approximately 40 years; senior counsel to Vinson & Elkins from 2000 to 2011; and senior counsel to Bracewell & Giuliani from 2011 to 2014. He also served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1973 to 1976 and was considered the state’s dean of bond lawyers. He received several awards throughout his career, including the Anti-Defamation League’s 2003 Jurisprudence Award and the 2000 Charles O. Galvin Award for Service to the SMU Dedman School of Law. Hutchison served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1954. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison; son, Houston; daughters, Kathryn, Brenda Maxon, and Julie Krebs; brother, O.B.; and five grandchildren. DAVID HOPPENSTEIN Hoppenstein, 97, of Waco, died May 30, 2013. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1939. Hoppenstein practiced law in Houston before World War II and then had a private practice in Waco from 1946 to 2003. He also had a real estate business and was active in his synagogue and community. Hoppenstein served in the U.S. Navy in New Orleans and Panama. He was survived by his wife of 65 years, Lorraine; son, attorney Norman Hoppenstein; daughter, Marsha; sister, Naomi Dunn; and four grandchildren. SAMUEL F. BIERY Biery, 97, of San Antonio, died June 22, 2014. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1949. From 1950 to 2005, Biery was a partner in Biery, Biery & Brown; Biery, Biery, Wood & Davis; and Biery, Biery, Myers & Armstrong. He served in the U.S. Navy. Biery’s wife of 71 years, C.B., died a few weeks after him. He is survived by his son, Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery; daughter, Anna Lisa Tamez; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. JERRY PAUL JONES Jones, 82, of Dallas, died March 4, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1959. Jones was a litigator practicing personal injury and business law and alternative dispute resolution for 40 years at Thompson, Knight, Simmons and Bullion, eventually named Thompson & Knight, before retiring in 1998. He helped found and was president of Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and was a sought-after speaker on the topics of sobriety and addiction. Jones is remembered as a man of character and wisdom who enjoyed spending time at his lake house with family, hunting, fishing, and golfing. He served in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve from 1953 to 1957 and was an active duty intelligence officer on the USS Rochester. He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Billye; son, Michael; daughter, Karen Epperson; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson. HON. MARK DAVID OWENS Owens, 52, of Odessa, died March 1, 2014. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1987. Owens was an attorney with Bailey & Williams in Dallas from 1987 to 1988 and then became an attorney with Mark Owens Attorney in Odessa. In 1994, he was elected judge of the County Court at Law No. 2 in Odessa and served in this position until 2014. Owens was a president of the Texas County Court at Law Judges Association and board member of the Texas Center for the Judiciary. He enjoyed fly-fishing, hunting, UT football, and politics. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Teresa; son, Mark; daughter, Merritt; parents, Mack and Dee; and brother, Lensey. HENRY ATKINSON Atkinson, 89, of Longview, died May 27, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1951. Atkinson was a partner in Atkinson and Strong from 1953 to 1960, a solo practitioner from 1960 to 1966, and judge of Gregg County from 1966 to 1991. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Gregg County Industrial Commission and the East Texas Council of Governments, as well as several other county facilities. He also enjoyed horses and golfing. Atkinson served as a captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946. He is survived by his sons, Drew and attorney Daryl; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
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