Tom W. Bullington (JD '50), 88, was born Feb. 18, 1925 in El Paso and passed away Nov. 27, 2013 in Austin. His parents were Clyde and Lula Bullington. Bullington graduated from Austin High School in El Paso. He was a past master councilor of the Order of DeMolay. Upon graduation from high school he worked for the T & NO Railroad, a branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad, and entered the U.S. Marine Corps on June 5, 1943. On Aug. 24, 1943, he married Martha Ann Espey at Mesilla Park, N.M. Bullington was discharged as a staff sergeant from the Marine Corps on June 16, 1946. In September 1946 he entered the pre-law program at Texas Western University, which later became the University of Texas at El Paso. After finishing his pre-law program, Bullington entered Baylor Law School in February 1948. He was elected vice-president of his mid-law class. He received his law license on May 5, 1950 and graduated from Baylor Law with an LLB degree on May 28, 1950. On May 30, 1969, Baylor Law elevated his degree to a Juris Doctor. Bullington was a member of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity. On May 5, 2006, he had been an attorney and a member of the State Bar of Texas for 56 years. Bullington began the practice of law in Munday, Knox County in June 1950, when he entered into a partnership with Judge Milton F. Billingsley. The law firm carried the partnership name of Billingsley and Bullington. He was a past president of the Munday Lions Club and a past commander of the American Legion, Lowery Post No. 44. He was elected county attorney of Knox County and took office on Jan. 1, 1953, where he continued to serve until he resigned on Dec. 1, 1968 to take a position with Texas Attorney General Crawford Martin as assistant attorney general, chief of crime prevention. He also served in that capacity under the administrations of Attorney General John Hill and Attorney General Mark White. Bullington was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, Fifth Circuit Court Appeals and the federal district courts of Texas, the Supreme Court of Texas, and all other state courts of Texas. He also held an instructor's certificate with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education. In 1971, Bullington created an in-watts service in the Attorney General's Office, for the target groups to get legal advice, and in the year 2006 it was still in operation. Bullington was also noted for producing the Selected New Legislation book and making it available to the target groups and had done so since 1971. On Jan. 18, 1983, Gov. Mark White appointed Bullington to the position of deputy director of the Criminal Justice Division of the Governor's Office and as Interstate Parole Compact Administrator, where he served until he resigned on Dec. 30, 1986. He was hired on Jan. 1, 1987 as general counsel for the Sheriffs' Association of Texas until her resigned on Oct. 31, 1998. On Nov. 1, 1998, Bullington became the legal/technical advisor for the Sheriffs' Association of Texas. He was a Life Member of the association. Bullington was a member of the Highland Park Baptist Church of Austin, and past president and one of the teachers of the O.T. Baker Sunday School Class. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, golfing, gardening, playing duplicate bridge, and looking after his dog, Ricky. Bullington is survived by his children, Jan Meyer of Cedar Park; and Tom Bullington Jr. and his wife, Tina, and stepdaughter, Jackie, of Wichita Falls. Bullington also is survived by three grandchildren, Emily Schmidt, and husband, Brad, of Frisco; Jonathan Meyer of Houston; and Kim Munoz and husband, Patrick, of College Station. Bullington was dearly loved by his six great grandchildren; Haley Grace, Lily Faith, and Kelsey Joy of Frisco; and Marina, Lexi, and Abby of College Station.
Robert Edward Hensley Jr. (JD '99), 53, was born in Bradenton on Feb. 5, l960 and passed away on Nov. 5, 2013. Hensley graduated from Manatee High School in 1978, the University of South Florida in 1998, and Baylor Law School in 1999. He practiced law in North Carolina before returning to Bradenton. His God-given talent was music and he was active in the New Village Church music department. Hensley was preceded in death by his father, Judge Robert E. Hensley Sr. He is survived by his mother, Mavis Hensley; sisters, Susan Jones of Moore Haven, Fla., Sarah Hornsby of Parrish, Carol Day of Penngrove, Calif.; and brother, Alan Hensley of Parrish. He also is survived by four nephews, three nieces, one great nephew, two great nieces, and special friend, Brenda Hunt.
Larry Don Woody (JD '75), 78, died Oct. 15, 2013 at Conroe Medical Center of a stroke following surgery. He was born in Gorman on Dec. 4, 1934, and was a native of Stamford, Texas. Woody retired as a major after 20 years of service with the Marine Corps. He was a pilot and spent three years as a gunnery flight instructor in Pensacola, Fla. During his years of service he received 21 decorations for combat duty in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Following his retirement, he went back to college and earned a bachelor's degree at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. He then pursued a law degree at Baylor Law School and graduated in the top 15 percent of his class. After graduating, he joined a law firm in Victoria. Later, he opened up his own firm in Victoria. During his 38 years as a lawyer, he was a trial lawyer and became board certified in consumer and business bankruptcy. Following retirement from his law practice, Woody became an avid programmer, selling many of his computer programs. He loved working with his hands and traveling abroad with his wife. Most of all, Woody loved animals and enjoyed his own pets for many years. Preceding him in death were his daughter, Joan Woody Schoening; his parents, Tommy and Ila Maye Woody; and his nephew, Robert Green. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sylvia Lassiter Woody; his son, Kelly; his son, Tom Woody, and his wife, Dannelle Goyen Woody; his grandchildren, Hannah, Tyler, and Brock Woody; his sister, Jayne Woody; and her daughters, Susan Green Scott and Julia Green Morrison.