EDWIN S. NAIL Nail, 89, of Kerrville, died January 19, 2015. He received his law degree from George Washington University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1981. He also was a member of the District of Columbia Bar. Nail practiced teleco mmunications law before a federal court in Washington, and he was inducted into the Stockton Guard alumni society of George Washington University law school. Nail served in the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Dodie; daughter, Kimberly Little; one sister; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. MARK T. PRICE Price, 66, of Wichita Falls, died February 4, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1973. Price was a partner in Boswell, O’Toole, Davis & Pickering in Houston from 1973 to 1982; a partner in Hayes, McConn, Price & Pickering in Houston from 1982 to 1993; an attorney with Mark T. Price & Associates in Dallas and Houston from 1993 to 1998; an assistant city attorney of Wichita Falls from 1999 to 2005; and judge of the 89th District Court in Wichita Falls from 2005 to 2015. In his free time, Price enjoyed history, railroading, and University of Texas football. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Karen; daughter, Lauren Perego; mother, Mary Alice; brothers, Allan and Lowell; and two grandchildren. TERRY ALLEN DIVELEY Diveley, 69, of Dallas, died April 5, 2015. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1970. Diveley was an assistant city attorney in Odessa from 1971 to 1980 and an assistant city attorney in Fort Worth from 1982 to 1999. He served in the U.S. Army in 1971 and in the Army Reserve in 1972. Diveley, who also was an avid runner, is remembered as an honest person and devoted family man. He is survived by his daughter, Sharyl Diveley- Terhall; sister, Marsha Adams; and two grandchildren. ALFRED LOUIS RUEBEL II Ruebel, 82, of Dallas, died February 4, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1957. Ruebel was an assistant city attorney of Dallas; an attorney with John Erhard Law Firm; a partner in Erhard, Cox & Ruebel; and a partner in Erhard, Ruebel & Jennings. He appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court with Ralph Yarborough in 1964. Ruebel served in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserve as a judge advocate officer and developed and implemented a team to provide shortnotice legal support. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1992, having received the Reginald C. Harmon Award for Outstanding Reserve Judge Advocate in 1980. Ruebel enjoyed playing tennis, skiing, and traveling with family. He will be remembered for his dancing, laughter, and talents on trumpet and piano, having led the Les Elgart orchestra for a few years during retirement. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Madge; son, Darin; daughters, Sloane Cathcart and Lauren Landwehr; sister, Eileen Nash; and seven grandchildren. DAVID W. CREWS Crews, 81, of Conroe, died February 8, 2015. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1957. Crews was a solo practitioner with David W. Crews Attorney at Law from 1956 to 2007. He served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1960 to 1969. Crews is survived by his son, Matt; daughter, Kelly Kolodzey; brother, Pat; sisters, Nonie Kendrick and Doris Puryear; and three grandchildren. JOE N. JOHNSON SR. Johnson, 86, of Waco, died January 31, 2015. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964. Johnson was a solo practitioner from 1965 to 1987, a justice of the peace of McLennan County from 1964 to 1986, and judge of the 170th District Court from 1987 to 2003. Johnson served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He was an accomplished trumpeter who played professionally from the age of 15 until 2009, six years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and he also loved golfing. Johnson is survived by his wife of 63 years, Deane; sons, attorneys Joe Jr. and Barry; daughters, Melinda Wren and Dena Williams; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. WILLIAM H. BRIGHAM Brigham, 86, of Burleson, died February 2, 2015. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1958. Brigham was an FBI special agent in Indianapolis, Indiana, and New York City; a trial attorney in Waco; an attorney in the criminal and civil divisions of the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office; judge of the County Court at Law No. 1; judge of the 233rd District Court; a justice of the 2nd Court of Appeals in Fort Worth; and a visiting judge in a 16-county area for 15 years until 2014. Brigham also enjoyed success with his side careers raising Santa Gertrudis cattle and buying and reselling men’s neckties. Brigham served in the U.S. Navy. He is remembered as a courteous man of few words, faithful family man, steadfast friend, and master potter and artist whose pieces were sold and displayed throughout the Southwest. Brigham is survived by his wife of 25 years, Trudy; sons, John, Aaron, and Will; daughters, Mary Sue, Sharilynn, and Tabatha; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. MICHELE M. KAUFMAN Kaufman, 65, of East Boothbay, Maine, died September 12, 2014. She received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1982. She also was a member of the Georgia and Illinois bars. Kaufman was an associate with Troutman Sanders in Atlanta from 1977 to 1979; a private practitioner in Atlanta from 1979 to 1982; an assistant attorney general for the Texas Attorney General’s Office in Austin from 1983 to 1985; an associate with Coffee Goldston & Ponder in Austin from 1985 to 1987; a partner in Jenkins & Kaufman in Austin and Harlingen from 1987 to 1997; and an attorney with Prairie State Legal Services in Waukegan, Illinois, from 1999 to 2001. Kaufman was active in many civic endeavors, including chairing fundraising committees for local symphony orchestras, being an active member in local Junior Leagues, and volunteering with animal welfare organizations, including founding and serving as the first president of the Austin/Travis County Humane Society Auxiliary. Kaufman is survived by her husband of 39 years, attorney Andrew; son, attorney Peter; daughters, Melissa Kaufman and Caroline Jennings; and three grandchildren. DANIEL RAYMOND BECK Beck, 70, of La Grange, died April 12, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1969. Beck was an attorney in La Grange and Flatonia from 1969 to 1981, justice of the peace of Precinct 3 of Fayette County from 1970 to 1972, county attorney of Fayette County from 1973 to 1979, county judge of Fayette County from 1983 to 1990, and judge of the 155th Judicial District Court beginning in 1991. After retiring in 2010, he served as a visiting judge in the 2nd, 3rd, and 9th Administrative Judicial Districts. Beck had an illustrious career, having helped defend Sheriff Jim Flournoy during the Chicken Ranch saga and having established a program for defendants with mental health issues. He was a youth and amateur league baseball coach, lifelong Democrat, business owner, and newspaper publisher, and is remembered as having been passionate about family, baseball, fairness, and politics. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, attorney Angela; sons, Saxon and John; daughter, Amber Laake; brothers, John Jr. and Ronald; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. PATRICIA ANA GARCIA ESCOBEDO Escobedo, 66, of San Antonio, died January 8, 2015. She received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1988. Escobedo was director and senior counsel at CPS Energy. She was chair of the Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar from 2000 to 2001 and president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Austin from 1996 to 1997. Escobedo is remembered by her family for her devotion and fabulous cooking, particularly her cakes and cookies. She is survived by her husband, Felipe Jr.; children, Omar and Pilar Longoria; stepchildren, Alicia Racanelli, Diana Wilson, Felipe III, and Tanya Doster; and 10 grandchildren. KRISTI MICHELLE HUERTER HERRING Herring, 41, of the Woodlands, died April 17, 2015. She received her law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2002. Herring was an associate with Feldman & Rogers in Houston from 2002 to 2008 and was assistant general counsel with Insperity Services in Kingwood from 2009 to 2015. She received the Innes Mackillop Outstanding Service Award from the Garland R. Walker American Inn of Court in Houston in May 2014 for her professionalism and dedication to helping others. Herring is remembered for her love of running, dancing, and her undergraduate alma mater, Louisiana State University. She is survived by her husband of 14 years, Chris; son, Tristan; daughter, Skylar; father, Larry Huerter; and brothers, Scott and Michail Huerter. • Submit a memorial at texasbar.com/memorials or call (512) 427-1830. For information on closing a deceased attorney’s practice, go to texasbarcle.com/materials/closingapractice.html.
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