William Robert “Bill” Pakis, LLB ‘60, passed away April 23 in Waco at the age of 86. Bill attended the University of Arkansas and graduated in 1955 with a BS in Accounting. During their college years, Bill started dating Margaret Phillips, who he had known since they were in the first grade. Bill and Margaret married November 5, 1955, in Hot Springs, AR. Bill entered Baylor Law School in December 1957, was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1960, and started his career as an attorney in Waco. Bill formed a law firm in 1963 that exists in Waco today as Pakis, Giotes, Page & Burleson. He shared his legal expertise and his business wisdom with many clients, friends and family over the years, and was a mentor to many young lawyers, including his sons-in-law Dean Tetirick and Boyd Naylor. Bill was an entrepreneur at heart, and in addition to practicing law, he had investments in businesses ranging from custom T-shirts, construction equipment rentals, oil and gas, pawn shops and a nightclub. Bill and Margaret made lifelong friends in Waco and were active members of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. They raised their four children, Mary Katherine, Laura, Alison and David, in a home full of love, fun and inspiration. Family was of utmost importance to Bill, a concept he spoke of often throughout his life. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; wife Margaret; brother Jack Pakis; and sister Mary Frances Stonecipher. His survivors include daughters Mary Katherine Tetirick and husband Dean, and Laura O’Brien and husband Michael; son David Pakis and wife Kovianca, all of Fort Worth; and daughter Ali Naylor and husband Boyd of San Antonio; grandchildren Jessica Tetirick, Samantha McSween (Rett), Stephen Tetirick (Kendall), Mike O’Brien, Shannon Loftis (Reed), Kyle O’Brien, Brooks Naylor, Jared Naylor, Reagan Naylor, Nicholas Pakis, William Pakis, Zachary Pakis, and Anna Margaret Pakis; brother Dr. George Pakis Jr. of Jackson, TN; and best friend Nancy Callan.
Paul Lyle , 79, of Plainview was born August 12, 1940 to Ramer R. Lyle and Vonie Mae Echols Lyle in Magnolia, Arkansas. He went home to be with the Lord on November 22, 2019 following a brief bout with pneumonia. After growing up in Atlanta, Texas, Paul attended Baylor University where he obtained a B.A. in 1962 and went on to earn a law degree from Baylor University Law School in 1964. He met the love of his life, Linda Kay Rogers during his time at Baylor and they were married from 1962 until her death in 2003. Paul and Linda moved to Plainview where they reared their children, and he practiced law for over 40 years until his retirement. Paul served as a Director on the State Bar of Texas, and a trustee of the Mayer Foundation. He published the Lyle Digest and Superintendent’s Manual—Commissioner’s Decisions for many years and represented over 60 school districts across the state of Texas. He was recognized by the State Bar of Texas as a distinguished expert in school law and was a featured speaker annually at School Law legal conferences at the University of Texas Law School and also at many national legal conferences. He was a member of and chaired the School Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Paul was a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Plainview and a noted mentor to many through the years. He lived a life of service in his community and influenced countless people through his wise counsel, generosity and encouragement. Paul is survived by his daughter, Leah Kay Lyle Gabriel of Westlake, Texas and her husband Brent Gabriel; their children, Garrett Gabriel and Olivia Gabriel; his grandchildren, Dallas Lyle and London Lyle of Colorado Springs; his brother-in-law Jerry Rogers and sister-in-law Karolyn Rogers of Midland and cousins in Atlanta, Texas. In addition to his loving wife, Linda, and his parents, he was pre-deceased by his brother, Van Lyle in 1977, and his son, John Paul Lyle, in 2018.