Charles Thurmond Cole (JD '73), 63, passed away at his home in Dallas on March 29. He received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University in 1971 and JD from Baylor Law School in 1973. After practicing civil and criminal law in Texas, Cole became a hearing judge for the Workman's Compensation Division of the Texas Department of Insurance. He was a member in good standing of the Texas Bar and spoke frequently at the State Bar Annual Advanced Workers Compensation Course. Cole was a retired member of Washington, D.C., based American Red Cross (ARC) Advisory Council on First Aid, Aquatics, Safety, and Preparedness (ACFASP), where he was the first non-medical member and served on the Sub-Council on Resuscitation. An active member at White Rock Community Church, Cole worked with the youth and recently enjoyed sponsoring a trip to see the Dead Sea Scrolls at SWBS in Ft. Worth. He is predeceased by his father, James W. Cole Jr., and grandparents. He is survived by his mother, Mary A. Cole, of Dallas; sister, Marilyn (Chris) Jones, of Creve Coeur, Mo.; nephew, Benjamin Cole Jones. of Kansas City, Mo.; niece, Katelyn Jones, of Munich, Germany; aunt, Emma Jean (Harrell) Dumas, of Port O'Connor; and cousins, Jerry Chevallier, of Tennessee; Cecil (Mary Ann) Lowry, of Rowlett; Susan Dumas, of Fair Oaks; and John Dumas of Port O'Connor. He is also survived by many dear friends and colleagues throughout the state and nation, and maintained a very close friendship with his ex-wife, Lynda Conner, of Florida.
S. Frank Jones (LLB '50) died in Tulsa, Okla., Easter Sunday, March 31. He was born in Shreveport, La., on Feb. 12, 1922. The son of Chesna and E. Lee Jones, and younger brother of Robert Lee, he grew up in a home rich in Christian values. He made lifelong friends studying history and economics at Texas A&M University. Upon graduation, he went into active duty in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant tank group commander and served in the European Theatre of World War II in the 20th Armored Division, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and participated in the liberation of German concentration camps. Upon his return from Europe, he earned a JD from Baylor Law School and began the practice of law. Jones married Helen Jane Pearman, and they enjoyed a relationship that grew stronger as they moved with career changes to various Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Georgia cities. His legal career spanned more than 30 years as house counsel in the petroleum industry. He retired as general counsel for Occidental Petroleum Co. He and Helen served as directors of the Pastors Class at Tulsa First Baptist Church. Jones is survived by a family that cherishes many wonderful memories: a daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Robert Elms; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Pam Jones; three grandchildren and their spouses, Camden and Amanda Jones, Megan and Michael Doss, Kathryn Jane and Dr. Joe David Glenn; and a great-grandson, Nash Humphrey Jones.
Jim T. Lindsey Sr. (JD '50) died on April 2 at his home in Redwood Valley, Calif. He was born on Feb. 1, 1926 at Sandhill, Bowie County. Lindsey graduated from Baylor Law School in 1950. He was speaker of the House of Texas in 1955, and chair of the Democratic Party of Texas in 1957. He married to Moja Yvonne Birdwell in 1945. Lindsey is survived by his wife and five children, Janis Lindsey Huggins, Jim T. Lindsey Jr., Daniel Andrew Lindsey, Leigh Anne Lindsey, and Moja Lynn Lindsey. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Lyndon Earl Simpson (JD '74) of Garland passed away June 10, 2012. Simpson was a former longtime resident of Fort Worth, where he practiced law after graduating from Baylor Law School in 1974. From 1974 to 1980 he was a partner with Godbey & Simpson. From 1980 to 2003 he was a sole practitioner in Fort Worth, and from 2003 to 2012 he was a sole practitioner in Garland. Simpson was an avid outdoors man,loved to cook and had a passion for life. He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Lawrence, and father, Robert Earl. Survivors include his mother, Corky; son, Christian and wife, Kitty; daughter, Molly and husband, Zach; brother, Kimbal and wife, Janie; and grandchildren, Lucas, Leila, and Stella.
Robert Eskridge Williams (JD '74), beloved husband, father, son, brother, friend, and Austin attorney, passed away April 3 in Austin. Williams was born in Chicago on Oct. 27, 1948 to Robert Pierce and Elizabeth Ann Williams and grew up in Bellaire. He received a BA and JD from Baylor University and Baylor Law School, followed by an MBA from the University of Texas. He practiced real estate law in Austin for the past 35 years and was a fixture in the title industry. Williams married Tommie Jean Smith in 1973 and together they were blessed with three terrific children, Maggie, Sam, and Whitney. Williams was a hard working man, but always made time for his family and staying fit. His early life involved swimming, baseball, exploring the mountains of central Colorado, snow skiing, golf, scouts-earning his Eagle Scout award, cycling, and eventually becoming an Austin triathlete. His dedication to staying active was imparted to all of his children. They all looked up to and adored him. They will miss him terribly. Williams also loved music, art, fine wine, his dog, a stiff martini, delivering handmade Easter and Halloween baskets to his clients, his loyal and dedicated employees, Stacy and Stella, steak night, and perfecting his favorite cookie recipe. He was blessed to have loved his life, his family, and his work. Williams was preceded in death by his father, Robert. He is survived by his wife, Tommie; daughter, Maggie, and her husband, Bruce Baum; son, Sam; daughter, Whitney; mother, Betty; and brother, Scott, and his wife, Jill, and their children, Jason, Jennifer, and Victoria.