Charles B. McGregor, JD '48, passed away March 11, 2017, in Katy. Charles was born on August 30, 1924 in Houston, the youngest of three sons to Joel and Martha (Bobbitt) McGregor. He graduated from Sam Houston High School where he was a state debating champion with his partner, Joe Albritton. He attended Baylor University on a scholarship before suspending his education to join the United States Army Air Corps in 1943, where he served three years as an instructor pilot. Charles returned to Baylor to finish his education and graduated first in his class from Baylor Law School.
Charles was introduced to a beautiful widow, Peggy Adams and married her six months later on June 25, 1954. He was a Baylor Law School professor, president of Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston, president of Security Tires, and a partner with law firms Beard and Kultgen, and McGregor and White. He served on numerous boards including Hillcrest Hospital and Baylor University. Charles was a member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church where he taught an adult Sunday School for over 30 years. He was a charter member of Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston. Charles was known for his incredible intellect and humor and was never at a loss for words; it was impossible to win an argument with him. He enjoyed flying his private plane, working on his property, traveling in his motor home, and hunting on his deer lease in the Texas Hill Country.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Frank McGregor. Survivors include his beloved wife of 62 years, Peggy McGregor; his children, Mike McGregor and wife Deborah, Becky Adkins and husband Lynn Williford, Jeannie Thurmond and husband Al, and Ellen White and husband Greg; brother, Joel McGregor Jr.; grandchildren, Morgan McGregor, Lindsay McGregor, Kyrbie White and husband Will, Victoria Brown and husband Nick, Gracie McGregor, Jessica Bandstra and husband Steve, Hunter Adkins, Jeff Willford and wife Abby, Samantha Adams and husband Ryan, Bonnie Greene and husband Ryan, Shelly Landry and husband Seth, Tracy DeBoer and husband Kirk, Cara Clark and husband Justin, and Shelby Sheridan and husband Patrick; 17 great-grandchildren including two named after him; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Judge Clyde Emerson Whiteside, JD '53, passed away March 2, 2017. Judge Whiteside was born May 2, 1927 in Seymour, Texas to Roy Kerr Whiteside and Georgia Lucille Glasgow Whiteside. He graduated from Seymour High School. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1945 as a member of the Medical Corp, and was honorably discharged in 1947. After the Navy, he entered Baylor University.
At age 21, he ran for State Legislature, 113th district (Baylor, Haskell, and Throckmorton), was elected and served two terms. He then continued his education at Baylor, and graduated from Baylor Law School. Judge Whiteside returned to Seymour and established a law office with retired District Judge I.O. Newton. He was elected and served as County Attorney for Baylor County for six years, and then was the district attorney for the 50th Judicial District for eight years.
Afterward, Judge Whiteside moved to Austin with his wife, Clarice Benton Whiteside, and their two children, Joe and Cecilia, and served as a member and later chairman of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole for 10 years. He then moved to the family ranch at Nocona, where after the death of District Judge Marvin London of the 97th District Court, Clyde was appointed by the governor to fill the unexpired term as the District Judge of Montague, Clay, and Archer Counties. He served the remainder of that term as district judge, after which he continued as a visiting district judge for North Texas. He presided in more than 40 District Courts as an assigned district judge, and continued this judicial work for more than 23 years.
In 2013, he purchased the Chevrolet Building from Gene and Martha Robinson, and in 18 months completely remodeled the building into the Whiteside Museum of Natural History. He furnished exhibits, furniture, and fixtures for the greatest museum in North Texas, and perhaps the greatest of all prehistoric museums in Texas and the great Southwest. He raised and sold Registered Black Angus cattle at the ranches in Nocona and Stoneburg for 40 years. Registered Angus cattle were sold at auctions at the Nocona Ranch Auction Facilities at the Nocona Ranch, just east of Nocona. He invested in oil properties for several years and when the "Big Oil Boom" hit North Texas, his investments showed good profits, which he shared generously on projects in his hometown of Seymour. He was fundamental in the compete rebuilding of the Seymour Municipal Auditorium; replaced all the playground equipment at the Seymour City Park; and provided for the building of a new splash pad at the city pool.
Judge Whiteside is survived by one son, Joe Whiteside and his wife, Ana Maria of Austin, Texas; his daughter, Cecilia Prine and husband, Dean of St. Augustine, Florida; six grandchildren, Maria Fernanda Whiteside, Sherry Emerson Whiteside, Katherine Drew Whiteside, Brian Allen Waldrip, Casey Prine, and Brooke Norton; and by six great-grandchildren, Hayden and Madison Wardel, Peyton Norton, Autumn, Olivia and Owen Pine. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Roy Kerr Whiteside, Jr. and his sister, Geraldine Janeway.
Phil Harris passed away March 11, 2017. He was born March 29, 1936 in Waco, Texas to Hoyt and Robbie Harris. He graduated from McAllen High School and went on to Baylor University. He received his undergraduate and law degree in five years. During his time at Baylor, he joined ROTC and after Baylor went to basic training and served in the army.
He became a successful attorney and eventually graced Weslaco with his presence and what a blessing he was to the community. He married a Weslaco native, Mary Ann Zieser, in 1973. Phil was very active in the community, serving in the Lion's Club for many years and at one point was president. He was also a Weslaco city commissioner, but was only able to serve one term because he caused so much havoc.
Phil had a great sense of humor and may be most remembered by his weekly newsletter about Weslaco politics featuring "Sam Schnauzer," Mary Ann and Phil's politically savvy dog. Many people would subscribe and eagerly await this faxed newsletter that was full of "secret" but significant information about city and school government, with a bit of a comic nature. Phil's "Sam" was fun to read and had a sense of humor like no other.
He loved being an attorney and worked until his last days, appearing in court a week before his passing. Phil will always be remembered as a fun loving enjoyable person who could make anyone laugh and as one of the hardest working attorneys in the valley.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Mary Ann, his daughter Cathleen McLean and husband Jeff, his two granddaughters Kelley and Jaclyn, his sister Daisy Stone and nephews, Lloyd and Ron Jr. Stone. He is also survived by the countless others he touched during his life.
George Martin Newman, Sr., JD '58, passed away and went to be with our Lord peacefully at 83 years old with his family by his side on February 21, 2017 in Marietta, Georgia. George was born November 24, 1933 in Waco and graduated from Waco High School, the University of Texas and Baylor Law School. After graduating from Baylor Law School, he returned to Waco to practice law and to oversee the family business, Texas Steel Building Company.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Marguerite Newman of Waco. George was a devout Christian and his greatest joy was the love of his family. George leaves behind many family and friends to cherish his memory, including his wife of 38 years, Patricia "Patty" Newman; his seven children, Mark E. Newman and wife Robin Ann Newman, John W. Newman and wife Deborah Dean Newman, of Corpus Christi, George M. Newman, Jr., and wife Stephanie Sabo Newman, of Greer, South Carolina, Marguerite E. "Libby" Newman and husband Rusty Meyer, of Blanco, Texas, Stewart D. Newman and fiancée Cindy Lay, of Palmer, Colorado, Joshua L. Newman and wife Sabrina, of Marietta, Georgia, and Julie Lynne Newman of Marietta; twelve grandchildren, Michael Edward and Samuel Scott Newman, Benjamin Joseph, Matthew Jacob and John Patrick Newman, Joseph Edward and Jennifer Nicole Newman, Amanda Ann and Brandon Davis Newman, and Ryder Makai, Grace Madison and Ava Madelyn Newman; and three great grandchildren, Ryder Weston, and Joshua and Zoë Alexis Newman.
Jeff W. Mays, JD '75, passed away March 10, 2017. Born in Atlanta, Mays graduated from Atlanta High School. He then attended Southern Methodist University and received a bachelor of business administration degree. While there, he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, a business students' honor society. He continued his education at Baylor Law School, attaining his juris doctor degree. At Baylor Law, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta, a social-service fraternity for law students. He then returned to his hometown, where he practiced law for 42 years, specializing in real estate and probate law.
Mays was a life-long member of First United Methodist Church in Atlanta, but spent many years worshiping at his wife's home church First Baptist, Atlanta. Recently, he greatly enjoyed the fellowship of Laws Chapel United Methodist Church.
In his youth, Mays played drums for a number of area rock and roll bands. Later, he enjoyed boating, water-skiing, camping, travelling to tropical destinations, and following Baylor University sporting events.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Lee Thompson Mays; one daughter and son-in-law, Dana Mays Septien, JD '12, and Dr. Spencer Septien of Dallas; one sister and brother-in-law, Marsha and Craig Innes of Dallas; one brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Julia Mays of Atlanta, and a host of nieces, nephews and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Beth Mays of Atlanta, as well as a number of close friends with whom he is now reunited in Heaven.
Virginia Daugherty, of Olton, passed away February 19, 2017. She was born July 19, 1957 in Lubbock, to J. Frank and Barbara Cornelius Daugherty. She graduated from Olton High School in 1975 and from Baylor Law School in 1981. Virginia owned and operated Daugherty & Associates Law Firm in Amarillo and was a talented artist. She was preceded in death by her father, J. Frank Daugherty and a nephew, Shane Barnett. Survivors include her mother, Barbara Daugherty of Olton, her daughter, Ellen Daugherty of Amarillo, her brother, Ted Daugherty and wife Jennifer of Silverton, and her sister, Patricia Barnett and husband Bart of Olton.
Thomas "Tom" Blankenship, of Chalk Bluff, passed away March 6, 2017. He was born July 22, 1939, in Temple, to Thomas J. and Winnie Mae (Bishop) Blankenship. He graduated from Temple High School in 1957 as class Valedictorian. He received his degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, in 1962, and went to work for Humble Pipeline, which later became Exxon Oil. He worked as an Electrical Engineering instructor at TSTI for over 20 years. Tom then graduated from Baylor Law School and began practicing law in 1986. Tom loved playing football, basketball, baseball, and running track in high school. He liked to fish and hunt. He was an avid fan of the Baylor Men and Women's Basketball programs. His favorite pastime was gardening.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Charlotte Tucker Blankenship; and son, Randy Blankenship. Survivors include his companion, Gail Williams of Chalk Bluff; daughters, Debbie Hooten of Edmond, OK, and Diana Gamboa of Waco; five grandchildren, Joshua and wife Erin, Josiah, Jacob, Kayle, and Justice; sister, June Summers of Crawford; beloved pets, OK, Bouquet, Tabitha, and Missy; and numerous other relatives.