▶ Submit a memorial at texasbar.com/memorials or call (512) 427-1715. For information on closing a deceased attorney’s practice, go to www.texasbarcle.com/materials/closingapractice.html. MARGARET CLARK JEWELL Jewell, 79, of Paige, died November 29, 2015. She received her law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1987. Jewell was a research assistant for SMU Professor William V. Dorsaneo III from 1985 to 2010 and was self-employed in estate planning for dog owners from 1995 to 2010. She trained dogs in agility for competition and loved to read and be outdoors. Jewell is survived by her sons, Frank, Charlie and Michael; daughter, Laurie; and five grandchildren. JOSEPH REDWINE PATTERSON Patterson, 89, of Dallas, died January 6, 2017. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947 and in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1950 to 1953. Patterson received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1954. He was an assistant district attorney in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office from 1954 to 1957 and then entered into private practice. Patterson was the founding and senior partner in Patterson, Lamberty, Stanford, Walls & Dwyer until his retirement in 2002. He was a longtime member of the University Park United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir for more than 20 years. Patterson was an active competitor in running, biking, marathons, triathlons, and duathlons. He was a lifelong member and handball player at the T. Boone Pickens Downtown Dallas YMCA and was inducted into the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot Hall of Fame for over 30 years of volunteer service. Patterson is survived by his son, Joseph Redwine Patterson Jr.; daughter, Amy Patterson Corley; brother, Julian Culver Patterson; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. ALEXANDER W. BOLTON Bolton, 32, of Dallas, died October 21, 2017. He received his law degree from SMU Dedman School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2012. Bolton’s practice focused on family law, and he last worked for Duffee + Eitzen in Dallas. He cared deeply about being a great advocate for his clients. Bolton made innumerable contributions to the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Vivaldi Patron Circle, and the Dallas Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his partner, Gary Lee “J.R.” Gower Jr.; father, Tommy Bolton; stepfather, Bruce Kinder; mother, Carol Kinder; stepmother, Amie Bolton; brothers, Dan Ater, Thomas A. Bolton Jr., Ryan Kinder, and Marshall Jones; and sisters, Shannon Ater Landry, Jennifer Bolton-Loup, Stacey Kinder-Belle, and Emilie Amie’ Steinberg. LARRY H. SCHWARTZ Schwartz, 79, of El Paso, died September 25, 2017. He received his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1963. Schwartz was a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1964 to 1967. He was an associate and partner in Diamond, Thorne, Lesley & Schwartz from 1967 to 1975 and partner in Schwartz & Earp in El Paso from 1975 to 2017. Schwartz was certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1975. He received a Texas Academy of Family Lawyers Judge Sam Emison Memorial Award in 1989 and the Hall of Legends Award from the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section in August 2017. He is survived by his sons, attorney David Schwartz, Michael Schwartz, and Mark Schwartz; daughter, Jeanne Hauk; brother, attorney Barry Schwartz; and eight grandchildren BILLY BOB SHERLEY Sherley, 74, of Anna, died October 27, 2017. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps during the Vietnam War. Sherley received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1968. He practiced law in Fort Worth; was a cattleman, rancher, and farmer in Anna, and Lazbuddie; and was a partner in Sherley Anderson Grain Elevators. Sherley loved the land and constantly read and studied ways to improve the production of his crops and cattle. He was drawn to the outdoors and was not fond of crowds, traffic, or the city. Sherley is survived by his wife of 14 years, Kathryn; his son, Robert Thad Sherley; daughter, Tasha Elizabeth Escoto; and three grandchildren. MICHAEL GEORGE MAHAN Mahan, 49, of Dallas, died December 9, 2017. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1996. Mahan was also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Texas in 1997 and to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003. He was an associate of Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox in Dallas from 1996 to 2000; an associate of Godwin White & Gruber in Dallas from 2000 to 2001; general counsel to and senior vice president of Colemont Insurance Brokers in Dallas from 2004 to 2010; general counsel to and corporate secretary for Sun Holdings in Dallas from 2011 to 2016; and general counsel to and chief operating officer of Sudhoff Companies in Houston from 2016 until the time of his death. Mahan is survived by his wife of nine months, Lauren Glesby Mahan; daughter, Kathryn Mahan; father, George Mahan; and mother, Lois Mahan. MAURICE E. AMIDEI Amidei, 84, of Houston, died November 3, 2017. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1958. Amidei was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1976. He was an associate of the Firm of Ben Gilbert in Fort Worth from 1958 to 1960; an assistant attorney with the city of Fort Worth from 1960 to 1961; a partner in Bryan & Amidei in Fort Worth; a senior attorney with Mobil in Dallas and New York from 1967 to 1976; in private practice in Houston from 1976 to 1995; and a justice on the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston from 1995 to 2005 (he was elected to the court in 1994). Amidei received a “50- year Lawyer” award from the Houston Bar Association in 2008. He enjoyed golf and sailing. Amidei is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sara Bryan Amidei; son, Anthony “Tony” M. Amidei; daughters, April Amidei Dancer and Angela Amidei Dunn; sister, Sylvia Amidei Naslund; and nine grandchildren. JAMES LLOYD KENNEDY Kennedy, 89, of Granbury, died September 3, 2017. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947. Kennedy received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and his LL.M. from New York University School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1964. He was a tax attorney with Shell Oil Company’s Tax Department in Houston for 36 years. Kennedy graduated first in his class at South Texas College of Law. He liked to sing, play bridge, and perform church-related duties. Kennedy is survived by his wife of 68 years, Betsy Kindred Kennedy; son, James “Jim” Lloyd Kennedy Jr.; daughters, Kerry Kennedy Carlton and Sue Anne Kennedy Braddock; brother, Weldon Craig Kennedy; sisters, Janelle, Sandra Herod, Mary Eckert, and Martha Nored; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. STERLING JAMES ELZA Elza, 43, of Fort Worth, died November 25, 2017. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 2000. Elza was admitted to the Arkansas Bar in 2010. He was an attorney with Brown, Dean, Proctor & Howell in Fort Worth from 2000 to 2017, becoming a partner in 2009. Elza was named a Texas Rising Star and a Top Attorney in Tarrant County from 2013 to 2017. He loved to travel, attend concerts, including Austin City Limits every year, and to play music. Elza is survived by his father, James Elza; mother, Gay Chalfant; and brothers, attorney Slater C. Elza and Sam Elza. JAMES J. MULLEN Mullen, 81, of Victoria, died June 5, 2017. He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1962. Mullen was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1962 and the Missouri Bar in 1965. He worked as an examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C., from 1963 to 1964; as a patent attorney for Monsanto in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1964 to 1972; as a general and patent attorney in private practice in Houston from 1972 to 1973; as a patent attorney with Mostech in Dallas from 1973 to 1974; as a general attorney with Shell Oil Company in Houston from 1974 to 1991; as a patent attorney and head of the patent department of Celanese in Corpus Christi from 1991 to 2007; and as a patent consultant with DuPont in Corpus Christi from 2007 to 2015. Mullen was an avid reader and World War II buff. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Pauline S. Mullen; sons, Jimmy Mullen and Sean Mullen; daughter, Jennifer Matey; and seven grandchildren.
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