E. EUGENE PALMER Palmer, 83, of Austin, died May 18, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1957. Palmer was board certified in administrative law and was an attorney with Osorio & Palmer from 1958 to 1968; Carr, Osorio, Palmer, Dickson, Long, and Coleman from 1969 to 1972; and Palmer & Steed from 1973 to 1976. He was a solo practitioner from 1976 to 2015. Palmer served in the U.S. Army. He was known for his great sense of humor and love of a good story, and he enjoyed playing dominoes and handicapping horse races. Palmer is survived by his wife of 34 years, Tommie Jean; daughters, attorney Jeffee L. Palmer, Alison Webre, and Tiffany Palmer; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. MICHAEL DEAN FERBER Ferber, 69, of Denver, died June 29, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1975. After practicing law in Dallas and Houston, Ferber sought the snow-covered mountains of Colorado, where he opened his own firm. He is remembered for his zest for outdoor adventure, love of acting and fiction writing, and devotion to family and friends. Ferber is survived by his daughter, Alicia; brothers, attorney Michael Peck and Herbert Peck; and sisters, Donna Kaplan and Vicki D’Hemecourt. ARLEN MELBOURNE DRISCOLL Driscoll, 68, of Houston, died December 31, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1977. Driscoll was an attorney with Bracewell and Patterson; Olpin, Maynard, Parsons, Pohl & Bennett; Driscoll & Lacy; and the Driscoll Law Firm. He was an alumnus of the Alpha Nu Chapter of Sigma Chi and a member of the Texas Exes and Longhorn Foundation. Driscoll is remembered for his love of gourmet cooking and spending afternoons with his custom-made grill, as well as his witty and wry use of language, having kept dictionaries in each room of the house. He is survived by his wife of two years, Judy; sons, Andrew and Alexander; and one grandchild. LEONARD E. “COWBOY” SCHILLING Schilling, 61, of Fort Worth, died October 1, 2014. He was a Fort Worth police officer for 23 years, having spent the last 16 years on mounted horse patrol in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Schilling then received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1990. He was a criminal defense attorney in private practice from 1990 to 2014. Schilling is remembered as having been a “real” cowboy all of his life, trading and selling horses and cattle at his Fort Worth Horse and Mule Barn Commission. He is survived by his sons, Leonard Jr. and Steven; daughters, Jennifer and Melissa; one brother; five sisters; and four grandchildren. WILLIAM RICHARD BROMLEY Bromley, 76, of Cypress, died June 4, 2015. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1971. Bromley was a partner in Dowell & Bromley from 1971 until his death. He obtained his real estate broker license in 2012 and had recently been practicing in the area of real estate law. Bromley enjoyed traveling with his wife and gardening. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Linda; son, William II; daughters, Lynne Ewing and Kim Romano; sister, Mary Cooper; and four grandchildren. LOUIS PHILLIP BICKEL Bickel, 85, of Ivanhoe, died April 21, 2015. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1956. Bickel practiced law in Dallas as an associate of Jackson Walker from 1956 to 1966; a partner in Johnson, Bromberg, Leeds & Riggs from 1966 to 1976; an owner and partner in Bickel & Case from 1976 to 1981; owner of Bickel & Associates from 1981 to 1986; and a partner in Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld from 1986 to 2000. Bickel served as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea from 1951 to 1953. He loved bird hunting, studying Civil War history, and mentoring young attorneys. Bickel is survived by his wife of 37 years, Huetta; sons, Louis Jr., Robert Wilson, and James Wilson; daughters, Sarah Kern and Rebecca Armentrout; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. JOHN LEWIS SWYERS Swyers, 80, of Tallahassee, Florida, died December 6, 2014. He received his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law, was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972, and also was a member of the Kansas, Nebraska, and Florida bars. From 1972 to 1990, Swyers was general counsel to the Kansas Insurance Department, then Central National Insurance Co. in Omaha, followed by USAA and USAA Life Insurance Co. in San Antonio. He then was assistant general counsel to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation in Tallahassee from 1992 to 2006. Swyers served in the U.S. Air Force as a captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1958 to 1961. He enjoyed reading voraciously, following baseball, and attending weekly Bible study. Swyers is survived by his wife of 24 years, Judy; sons, Curtis, Andrew, and Steven; stepsons, Thomas and Troy Atkinson; brothers, Charles and William; and six grandchildren. DONOVAN GLENN GARDNER Gardner, 83, of Round Rock, died May 31, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1961. Gardner had a private law practice and had been an assistant district attorney in El Paso from 1989 to 1997. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955. Gardner is remembered for his mechanical skills, love of computers, and compassionate nature. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, June; son, David; daughter, Susan Daniels; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. WILLIAM GERALD GAUDET SR. Gaudet, 78, of Lafayette, Louisiana, died November 18, 2014. Gaudet served in the U.S. Naval Reserve on active duty from 1957 to 1962, having done two six-month deployments to the Antarctic. He studied law at the University of Texas School of Law and received his law degree from Tulane University Law School. Gaudet was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1994 and also was a member of the Louisiana Bar. Gaudet focused on maritime law, practicing with Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles from 1962 to 1967 and with Voorhies & Labbé from 1967 to 2014. He retired from the Naval Reserve as a captain in 1981. Gaudet received an outstanding practice award from the Federal Bar Association’s Lafayette/Acadiana Chapter in 2006. He enjoyed traveling, duck hunting, and playing tennis. Gaudet is survived by his wife of 57 years, Susan; son, William Jr.; daughters, Ariane and Simone Snatic; and four grandchildren. JOSEPH J. REY JR. Rey, 75, of El Paso, died March 14, 2015. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964. That same year, Rey joined his father as a criminal defense attorney with Rey and Rey. He then opened his own firm, where he practiced for five decades until his death, finding true passion and purpose in his commitment to justice. Rey loved spending time at the Del Mar racetrack, playing tennis, and telling a good story with conviction. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Lori; sons, Joseph III, attorney Thomas, Richard, Michael, attorney James, Cisco, and Diego; and daughters, Acacia and Alexia. WARREN K. WILLIAMS Williams, 91, of Splendora, died February 3, 2015. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1952. Williams was a regional claims manager with Aetna Insurance in Houston from 1956 to 1983; a partner in Stafford, Williams & Weitinger in Houston from 1964 to 1968; and an attorney with Gustafson & Venzke in Houston from 1984 to 1991. Williams served in World War II as a paratrooper from 1943 to 1945 and was awarded a Purple Heart. He enjoyed golf and hunting. Williams is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sue; son, Joel; daughter, Karen Hawkins; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. JAMES R. SPRADLIN Spradlin, 79, of Spring, died June 6, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966. Spradlin was a trial attorney with Spradlin, Mulloy, Rose, and Best in Houston; Spradlin, Mulloy, and Rose in Houston; and Spradlin, Rose, Spradlin, and Riley in Spring. He also was a member of a State Bar of Texas grievance committee, a visiting judge for civil and criminal cases, and a mediator. Spradlin loved to play golf, spend time with his family, and play poker with friends. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1960. Spradlin is survived by his wife of 53 years, Pat; sons, James and attorney David; daughter, Kathy Spradlin-Jovien; brother, George; sister, Linda Ellis; and seven grandchildren. PAUL JAMES BROYLES Broyles, 73, of Spring, died January 2, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966. Broyles was legal counsel to Texaco Inc. in Midland from 1966 to 1971; in Tripoli, Libya, from 1971 to 1974; in New York, New York, from 1974 to 1975; in London, England, from 1975 to 1978; and in Houston from 1978 to 1980. He then was president of and legal counsel to the International Broadcasting Network in Houston from 1980 to 2014. Broyles was a member of the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Paulette; sons, Paul III and John; daughters, Catherine Nance and Bethany Richardson; and six grandchildren. ROGER T. POWELL Powell, 79, of Taft, died May 30, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1963. Powell was a trust officer for Ameritrust Bank in Corpus Christi beginning in 1963, and he became a senior trust officer in 1995. He then was a solo practitioner in Taft from 1997 to 2013. Powell also taught at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi and traveled to Beijing for mission work and to teach business law. In 2011, he was elected justice of the peace of San Patricio County Precinct 8. Powell served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1958. He is remembered for his green thumb in the garden and for being an active church and community member and helpful friend. Powell is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley; sons, Michael, Ted, and Randall; sister, Gay Mayo; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. MARY BETH LIBERTO Liberto, 65, of San Antonio, died March 25, 2015. She received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1984, and also was a member of the Florida Bar. Liberto was an associate of Wood, Lucksinger & Epstein in Houston from 1984 to 1987; a solo practitioner in Houston from 1987 to 1991; a senior associate of legal affairs with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston from 1991 to 1994; general counsel to the University of Central Florida in Orlando from 1994 to 2001; an associate of Grower Ketcham in Orlando from 2001 to 2004; and a volunteer certified mediator for the Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center in San Antonio from 2007 to 2009. Liberto was a nurse before going to law school and was certified in health services administration. She enjoyed gardening and golf and is remembered as a wonderful person and friend and a credit to her profession. Liberto is survived by her sister, Carol, and brother, John. LAURA LEE LANCASTER Lancaster, 44, of Lometa, died September 7, 2014. She received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1995. Lancaster was an attorney with Baker Botts in Houston from 1995 until she became permanently disabled. She enjoyed cross-stitching, reading, and genealogy. Lancaster is survived by her mother, Lana Sullenger. RONALD L. WILKINSON Wilkinson, 72, of Waxahachie, died April 7, 2015. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1966. Wilkinson served in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps in Kansas from 1966 to 1970. He then had a solo law practice from 1970 to 1973. He was a partner in Johannes, Robertson & Wilkinson from 1973 to 1976; a partner in Robertson & Wilkinson from 1976 to 1989; and a partner in Wilkinson, Alvoid & Peyton from 1989 to 2000. Wilkinson was a solo practitioner in Dallas and Waxahachie from 2000 to 2015. He received an award for excellence in historic preservation for restoring the old Dallas city jail in 1981. Wilkinson was elected mayor of Waxahachie in 2008 and was an advisory board member of the Wilkinson Center of Dallas from 1989 to 1993. He loved the symphony and opera, antique cars and houses, and fine art. Wilkinson is survived by his wife, Sandra; son, Robert; and one grandson. CHARLES CURRY WRIGHT JR. Wright, 77, of Luling, died March 10, 2015. He received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1969. Wright was a solo practitioner in San Antonio from 1969 to 1990 and in Luling from 1990 to 2014. In law school, he received the American Jurisprudence prize in four subjects. Wright served four years in the Army ROTC. He enjoyed genealogy, fishing, and traveling. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Linda; daughters, Cindy, Sharon, and Dana; stepdaughter, Gena; stepson, Charles; and five grandchildren. Submit a memorial at texasbar.com/memorials or call (512) 427-1830. 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