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. ROGER WILLIAMS Williams, 50, of Austin, died July 21, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1996. Williams was an associate of Hearne & Eppright from 1996 to 2000, a senior associate of Wilson & Varner from 2001 to 2008, and owner of the Law Office of Roger Williams from 2008 to 2014. He enjoyed European history, science fiction, and Texas Longhorns football. Williams is survived by his father, Roger C. Williams; mother, Susan Mahoney; and brothers, Sean and Kevin. ANTHONY GENTRY RIDDLESPERGER Riddlesperger, 81, of Dallas, died Aug. 7, 2014. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1955. Riddlesperger served two years in the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps and then was a staff attorney with Gulf Oil Corp. in Houston from 1957 to 1964; chief domestic counsel to Superior Oil in Houston from 1964 to 1975; a partner in Jones, Stephens, Bell & Willey in Houston from 1975 to 1976; and vice president of and chief counsel to Grace Energy Corp. in Dallas from 1976 to 2010. He was appointed by Gov. Bill Clements to serve 10 years on the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission and he was a member of the board of directors of the Business Law Foundation. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jane, and sons, John and Dan. JAMES J. SENTNER JR. Sentner, 74, of Houston, died Aug. 27, 2014. He received his law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1965 and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1982. Sentner was a trial lawyer practicing aviation, maritime, and international law at Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens in New York City from 1966 to 1982 and in Houston from 1982 to 1995. He then was a partner in Gardere Wynne Sewell from 1995 to 2014. Sentner received a Distinguished Legal Writing Award from the Burton Foundation in 2004 for his article on arbitration in international contracts. He was an avid golfer and cyclist, and he participated in the BP MS 150 charity ride for 12 years. Sentner is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty Ann; son, John; daughter, Mary Jo; five grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren. GARY FORREST DESHAZO DeShazo, 66, of Austin, died June 15, 2011. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973. DeShazo was a solo practitioner with Gary F. DeShazo & Associates for most of his legal career. Prior to beginning private practice, he was executive director of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He loved to sail and coach his three children in sports. DeShazo is survived by his son, attorney Scott; daughters, Darcie and Libby; and three grandchildren. STARK O. SANDERS JR. Sanders, 76, of San Antonio and Garden Ridge, died Feb. 4, 2012. He received his law degree from Indiana University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1980. He also was a member of the Indiana Bar. Sanders was a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps for 30 years and then was chief appeals judge of the Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission in Austin from 1991 to 2000. He was a former chair of the Military Law Section of the State Bar and the Air Force Retired Judge Advocates Association. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Carolyn; daughters, Karen Heidrich and Charlotte Moreau; and four grandchildren. DAVID JEFFERSON INGRAM Ingram, 62, of Longview, died Aug. 2, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1977. Ingram was a solo practitioner with David Jefferson Ingram Attorney at Law for 36 years. He also was a state administrative law judge in Abilene from 1993 to 1997, a business law professor at various colleges in Abilene and Marshall, and a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Ingram was an avid reader and mastered the art of origami. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Gwendolyn; son, Steven; stepson, Michael Moody; stepdaughter, Melloney St. Clair; and five grandchildren. THOMAS PEARCE WILSON Wilson, 72, of Little Rock, Arkansas, died Dec. 19, 2013. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972. He also was a member of the Arkansas Bar. Wilson was an attorney with the Arkansas Legislative Council, legal counsel to First Pyramid Life Insurance Co., an attorney with American General Insurance Co. in Houston from 1971 to 1981, and a financial adviser with Wells Fargo in Little Rock from 1981 to 2013. Wilson enjoyed being a state recruiter for UT and participating in the Jewish Federation of Arkansas, and he will be remembered for his kind and gentle personality, practical joking, and sense of humor. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary, and son, Jason. JULIAN BERNAT Bernat, 97, of El Paso, died Sept. 23, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1941. Bernat was a partner in Potash and Cameron, later known as Potash and Bernat and then Bernat and Bernat. From 2001 to 2011, he was of counsel to Gordon Davis Johnson Shane. Bernat was a member and chairman of UT El Paso’s Development Board and President’s Association, and he was an original franchisee with Budget Rent A Car in West Texas and all of New Mexico. He enjoyed watching UTEP sports and golfing. Bernat served in the U.S. Army for two years. He is survived by his sons, retired attorney Marc and Andy; daughter, Juli Furgeson; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. NED MORRIS WELLS JR. Wells, 68, of San Antonio, died Sept. 7, 2014. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973. Wells practiced with his father until the elder’s death. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Wells was a lifetime member of the American Philatelic Society, an ardent fan of all types of music, and an avid reader with an extensive book collection housed in cases that had been purchased by his father for 50 cents during the Great Depression. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Harriett; sons, Ned III and Ryan; and three grandchildren. STAN HARRELL Harrell, 88, of Fort Worth, died Oct. 11, 2013. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1949. Harrell was a district attorney for Ouachita County, Arkansas, and was an assistant DA for Tarrant County. He then entered private practice, specializing in litigation, real estate, and oil and gas law with McDonald Sanders and later with Pope, Hardwicke, Christie, Harrell, Schell, and Kelly in Fort Worth. He also was a member of the board of education trustees of the Fort Worth Independent School District from 1971 to 1981. Harrell served in the U.S. Air Corps and U.S. Army ground forces in the Southwest Pacific and the Philippines from 1944 to 1945. He is survived by his son, attorney Robert; daughters, Janet Hornberger and Mary Ann Harrell; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. FRANK S. MANITZAS Manitzas, 80, of Comfort, died July 18, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1959. Manitzas was an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board; a partner in Clemens, Knight, Weiss & Spencer; a solo practitioner; a partner in Manitzas & Foster; a partner in Manitzas, Harris & Padgett; a partner in Manitzas & Benton; of counsel to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; and again was a solo practitioner. He was chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar from 1972 to 1973, served in the pilot program that established the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and was a member of the board’s Labor Law Advisory Commission from 1972 to 1986. Manitzas is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Ellen; sons, Steve and Thomas; daughters, Pam Uhr and paralegal Debra Trueman; sister, Frances; and six grandchildren. EDWARD LAFAYETTE ATKINSON Atkinson, 83, of Yantis, died Oct. 14, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1957. Atkinson practiced law in Texas for approximately 45 years, including 27 years as a partner in the Perryton firm of Lemon, Close, Atkinson, and Shearer. After retiring, he raised Angus cattle on pastureland in Wood County. Atkinson is survived by his daughters, Emily Behrens and Diane Atkinson; son, David; five grandchildren; and partner of 30 years, Georgia McLain. JOHN CHRISTIAN ARCHER Archer, 74, of Liberty, died Sept. 25, 2014. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968. Archer worked in the U.S. Office of Emergency Preparedness, the American Gas Association Office of Congressional Affairs, and with Brown & Root as vice president of congressional affairs. He then became a partner in Parmer, Archer, Young & Steem in Austin and later established his own office in Liberty. Archer also was chair of the Liberty County Democratic Party for five terms. He enjoyed art, cooking, reading, and Civil War history. Archer served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Nancy; daughters, Mallory Samson and Carolyn Scott; son, John II; and six grandchildren. ROBERT FELTON FREEMAN Freeman, 79, of Midland, died July 20, 2014. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1965. Freeman was an attorney with Kerr, Fitzgerald & Kerr Law Firm from 1965 to 1966; an assistant district attorney for Midland County from 1966 to 1969; a solo practitioner from 1969 to 1975; an attorney with Freeman & Hyde Law Firm and then Freeman, Hyde & Martin from 1975 to 1990; and a solo practitioner from 1990 to 2012. Freeman served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1964. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Doris “Suzy”; stepdaughters, Melissa King and LizBeth Frazier; brother, Jimmy; four grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild. THOMAS PATRICK SULLIVAN JR. Sullivan, 84, of Houston, died July 26, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Bates College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1956. Sullivan was an attorney with Sullivan, Haynes, Crouch, Pacetti, and Green from 1956 to 1965 and was in private practice from 1965 to 1974. He then was justice of the peace for Harris County Precinct 5 from 1974 to 1978 and was judge of the Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 2 from 1980 to 1998. Sullivan is remembered as a loyal Republican, for his elephant collection that decorated his chambers, and for his interest in history and genealogy. Sullivan served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and earned five Battle Stars. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lorelei; son, Michael; daughter, Julie Howard; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. ROBERT F. WATSON Watson, 71, of Weatherford, died Aug. 27, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Bates College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968. Watson was an attorney with Mickey Shienfeld in Houston from 1968 to 1969; an assistant district attorney for Harris County from 1969 to 1970; and an attorney with Robert F. Watson Attorney at Law in Houston from 1970 to 1973 and then in Mineral Wells from 1973 to 2014. He also was municipal judge of the city of Mineral Wells from 1975 to 2014. Watson was a book collector, an avid reader, and a sports trivia enthusiast. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol; daughters, Shelley Juliao and Nikki Erb; brother, Bill; and four grandchildren. SAM WALKUP DAVIS JR. Davis, 92, of Houston, died May 1, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1950. Davis was an attorney with Vinson & Elkins from approximately 1950 to 1990. He also was a member of the Harris County Democratic Party Executive Committee and the boards of St. Luke’s and Memorial Drive United Methodist churches, the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, Heights State Bank, and the Texas Law Review. He was an original co-founder of the Rotary Lombardi Award and in 1974 was president of the Rotary Club of Houston. He is remembered as a loving person, champion of social and environmental consciousness, and the second-best dancer at UT. Davis served as a Marine aviator during World War II. He is survived by his son, Jeffrey; daughter, Jan; and seven grandchildren. C. MICHAEL WARD Ward, 63, of Ralls, died July 30, 2014. He received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1977. Ward was a prosecutor in the Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office from 1977 to 1978; an attorney with Jackson, Ward & Kessie in Canadian from 1978 to 1985; an attorney with Key, Carr, Evans & Fouts in Lubbock from 1985 to 1987; an attorney with Curry & Curry in Lubbock from 1987 to 1990; an attorney with Brian & Ward in Crosbyton from 1990 to 1996; and a felony prosecutor with the Crosby County Attorney’s Office from 1996 to 2014. Ward also was a former member of the board of directors for the Texas District & County Attorneys Association. He is remembered for his love of family, horses, and hunting, as well as for being active in the First United Methodist Church. Ward is survived by his wife of 42 years, Cathy; son, Andrew; daughter, Amanda; father, Clovis; brother, Randy; sister, Debbie; and one grandchild. MERLIN REMMENGA Remmenga, 69, of Kingwood, died Dec. 13, 2013. He received his law degree from the Nebraska College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1989. He also had been a member of the Nebraska Bar. Remmenga was an attorney with the Metropolitan Utilities District of Omaha, Nebraska, from 1970 to 1979; senior counsel to Northern Natural Gas Co. in Omaha from 1979 to 1988; chief litigation counsel to Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co. in Houston from 1988 to 1992 and then general counsel from 1992 to 2003; and general counsel to Rigid Global Buildings in Houston from 2004 to 2013. Remmenga served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Darlene; son, Jason; daughters, Michelle Remmenga and Lisa Hodges; brothers, Alvin and Clifford; sister, Margaret; and two grandchildren. DAROLD MAXWELL Maxwell, 67, of Houston, died Oct. 7, 2014. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1982. He also had been a member of the California Bar. Maxwell was an attorney with the tax group of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco, California; a name partner in a Palo Alto, California, spinoff of the firm; a full-time professor of tax law at the University of Houston Law Center from 1979 to 1981; a tax partner in Foreman, Dyess, Prewett, Rosenberg & Henderson; an attorney and eventually managing partner in Bonham, Carrington & Fox; managing partner in Maxwell, Baker & McFatridge in Clear Lake; a director of Coats, Rose, Yale, Ryman & Lee; and a founder of Maxwell & Parker, which later became Maxwell & Maxwell when he was joined by his wife. Maxwell was an avid sailor who had traveled widely, including throughout the Caribbean, off the coast of Spain, and from Nova Scotia to Red Bay, Labrador. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, attorney Joyce, and stepson, Austin Welsh. JAMES EDWIN BOCK Bock, 79, of Sugar Land, died July 9, 2014. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1958. Bock was in private practice in Waco from 1958 to 1960; an assistant district attorney in Odessa from 1960 to 1962; a general practitioner in Waco from 1962 to 1964; an assistant DA in Waco from 1964 to 1967; and an assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, first in Waco from 1967 to 1970 and then in San Antonio from 1970 to 1997. He also spent time training federal law enforcement agents. Bock loved the Dallas Cowboys and animals—particularly his many rescue dogs—and was a skilled poker and gin rummy player. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Margaret; sons, James and Joseph; daughters, Margaret Gustafson and Jamie Menne; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. W. FRED CAMERON Cameron, 76, of Houston, died Aug. 23, 2014. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962. Cameron was an attorney adviser with the U.S. Tax Court in Washington from 1962 to 1964 and then was an attorney and eventually senior partner and co-chair of the trusts and estates section of Fulbright, Crooker, Freeman, Bates, and Jaworski (later Fulbright & Jaworski) from 1964 to 2000; He was active with Baylor University as a chairman of its board of regents, president of its development board, president of the Baylor Law Alumni Association, and a board trustee of the Baylor College of Medicine. In 2002, Cameron received Baylor’s James Huckins Medallion, and in 2009, he and his wife received the Founders Medallion. He was a former chair of the Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Section of the State Bar and president of the Houston Estate and Financial Forum. Cameron is remembered for his love of singing and playing piano. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Princess; sons, Kirk and attorney Keith; and five grandchildren. CHRISTOPHER RAY THOMPSON Thompson, 43, of Dallas, died Feb. 22, 2013. He received his law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1997. Thompson was a narcotics task force prosecutor for Cass County and in 2000 became a solo criminal defense attorney in Dallas. He was a calvary scout in the U.S. Army from 1987 to 1989. He is survived by his parents, Roy and Eva; sister, Monica; and brother, Shane.
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