In Memoriam | May 2017

May 2017

Hon. Thomas Paul Moore, Jr., JD '43

Hon. Thomas Paul Moore, Jr., JD ‘43, passed away April 16, 2017. Moore was born in Waco on May 16, 1918 and was a life-long Waco resident. He was a former McLennan County District Attorney and State Representative. He was a leader of the "Dirty Thirty," a bipartisan group of House members who publicly called for an investigation into what was later known as the Sharpstown Scandal. He was the father of Travis County District Attorney, Margaret Moore.

Moore is survived by his wife of almost 33 years, Robbie, and his children: Margaret Moore and husband Robert Oliver; Elizabeth Harris and husband John; Thomas Paul Moore, III (Tim), and wife Ann; and Grant Farek and wife Keri. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren: Hillary Hunter and husband Dan; Luke Moore Harris; Annie Meisel and husband Michael; Mark Moore Oliver and wife Katie; Thomas Eugene Oliver (Tom) and wife Jaime; Thomas Paul Moore, IV, and wife Carolyn; Jaclyn Abbott Moore (Abby); and Alize Gross and Gavyn Farek. He was also blessed with great-grandchildren: Jackson and Harrison Hunter; Sarah Nancy and Sadie Rose Meisel; and Mabel Celia Moore.

Donald Maurice Teer, JD '52

Donald Maurice Teer, JD '52, of Fredericksburg, Texas, passed away Feb. 20, 2017 at the age of 92. Born August 7, 1924, near Granger, Texas, Donald was the third of four sons.

Donald enlisted in the United States Navy following graduation from Granger High School in May 1943 and served until February 1946.

Donald received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the State Bar in 1952. Later that year, he wed fellow law student June Wilson, of Shreveport, Louisiana. The couple moved to Refugio, Texas in 1953.

Donald practiced law in Refugio from 1953 through 2004. He retired at the age of 80, and moved with June to Fredericksburg in 2005 to enjoy retirement in the Texas Hill Country.

Donald is survived by his daughter, Jane Teer, of Austin, Texas; his son, Jon Teer, of Paradise Valley, Arizona; sister-in-law Joan Teer, of Kingsland, Texas; sister-in-law Jane Wilson Randall, of San Antonio; brother-in-law Charles H. Randall, of San Antonio; three nephews and two nieces. He was preceded in death by his wife, June Wilson Teer; his parents, Thomas Lee Teer and Mary Ella Dohoney Teer; his brothers, Winston Teer, T. L. Teer, and James Teer.

Donald Gene "Buck" Horton, JD '69

Donald Gene "Buck" Horton, JD '69, was born Oct. 7, 1938 in Tyler, TX to Novie and O.Z. Horton. He passed away in Dallas, TX April 23, 2017 at the age of 78. Don received his bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of North Texas. He graduated from Baylor Law School where he was Associate Editor of the Baylor Law Review. Don started his career at John Nuveen and Co. as a municipal bond salesman and then pursued his goal of becoming an attorney. With his passion for law, he became Assistant District Attorney to Henry Wade in the early 1970's. He then entered private practice and was with Glast, Phillips and Murray until 2010. His hobbies included hunting, golfing, skiing, and traveling. Among many things, he was known for his quick wit as well as being a gracious, kind, and generous gentleman.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Horton; his daughter, Kristen; his grandchildren, Jack, Tyler, and Natalee; his sister, Olene Heasley; his nieces, Rouye and Holly; and his nephew, Brett. Don is preceded in death by his parents, Novie and O.Z. Horton.

Ed Walton, JD '76

Ed Walton, JD '76, passed away March 15, 2017 with his family by his side. He was born Aug. 5, 1953 in Teague, Texas to Edward Allen and Linnie Lorene (Knight) Walton, both of whom preceded him in death along with his niece, Amy Katherine York. Ed grew up in Teague and graduated from Teague High School in 1971 and then graduated from Baylor Law School in 1976.

On March 4, 1983, he married the love of his life, Debi Moody. Ed had a love of reading and he believed every day presented a new opportunity to learn by reading or listening to audio books. Any and all topics fascinated him and there was not a subject that Ed wouldn't take the time to learn more about. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Wills Point where his service to others mirrored his service to the Lord. He was also a devoted husband, father and grandfather and his love for his family was unparalleled. He enjoyed every activity that he was blessed to share with his family and treasured each of these moments as blessings that would develop into cherished memories and lasting legacies with the ones he loved most.

Ed is survived by his beloved wife Debi Walton of Terrell; children: Jeremy Ledbetter and wife Deanna of Terrell, Jennifer Harrell and husband, Wes, of Rockwall, and Glenn Walton of Los Angeles, California; grandchildren: Matthew Ledbetter, Greyson Harrell, Griffen Harrell, Sloane Katherine Harrell, Liliana Walton and Julian Walton; sisters: Iva York of Fairfield, Dee Mann and husband, Clyde, of Terrell, Genny Stone and husband, Thomas, of Port Lavaca, TX; nieces and nephews: Mitch York, Jeff Boyd, Dana Boyd, Todd Worley and Tim Worley as well as other extended family and a host of friends.

Terry Lynn Simmons, JD '78,

Terry Lynn Simmons, JD '78, passed away April 3, 2017. He leaves behind his wife, Karen, of 41 years, son Jordan, and his wife Lauren, son Adam, daughter Shannon, and two brothers Don and Pete, and their wives Betty and Linda.

Terry was a giant in the legal community, both in his contributions and in his heart. Terry was an ardent defender of nonprofit organizations and tireless champion for the underdog, because he was one himself. Terry hailed from Lampasas, Texas, the youngest child of Bud (M.R.) Simmons and LaVerne Simmons. He worked tirelessly to graduate from Baylor undergraduate and Baylor Law School in a total of five years.

His career led him to work for the Baptist Foundation of Texas where he was able to indulge his passion for nonprofit work which then catapulted him to his work on the national stage. Terry's work there led him to Thompson & Knight, LLP. Terry's excellence in his field drew clients from near and far. Terry took tremendous pride in utilizing his talents equally for diverse organizations and individuals. Terry's passion extended equally to everyone. Terry founded Charitable Accord and worked as the lead lobbyist and strategist in an effort to protect the interests of charities and nonprofits. In defense of the American Council on Gift Annuities, his efforts in organizing charities led to passage of federal legislation that included The Charitable Giving Protection Act of 1995 (which amended the Sherman Antitrust Act), The Philanthropy Protection Act of 1995, and The Charitable Donations Antitrust Act of 1997. Terry was a prolific writer and speaker, was gifted in breaking down complex matters and translating legalese into understandable layman's language. His dedication to social justice and giving voice to those who had no advocate was his driving passion. His strong leadership style and quick sense of humor will be sorely missed. Terry was a member of the Texas, Colorado, and New York state bars as well as the United States Supreme Court in 1996.

He was honored with being named one of The Best Lawyers in America from 2004 – 2017, the Top 100 Attorneys in America by Worth Magazine from 2005-2006, and Texas Super Lawyers from 2003 – 2011. Terry became senior partner at Thompson & Knight, LLP and relished with pride the status of working for a world-class law firm. The firm became more than a cadre of business associates and evolved into a family for Terry who offered aid and friendship long after his accident. Terry has been an active member of Royal Lane Baptist Church since 1988— deacon, deacon chair, and Sunday School teacher. He was a proud card carrying member of Mensa and the NAACP, whose commitment to inclusion would never be in question. Terry loved ice cream and sports; literature and music; to love and to laugh. He thought politics was a contact sport, and closely followed current events. He told stories and jokes and always relished the opportunity to display his wit. Terry kept his sense of humor to the very end, stating that “I have so many things wrong with me that when I die, they'll have to use the long form death certificate;” a tax lawyer to the end. He was a modern renaissance man. With all of his professional accomplishments, Terry's greatest pride and joy resided in the delight of his three children. They came up in every conversation he ever had, and he was quite proud of who each of them has become. Terry always said he “wanted to do well so that his kids could do good,” and that he did.

Glenn Talmadge Nix III, JD '97

Glenn Talmadge Nix III, JD '97, of McKinney, Texas, passed away April 24, 2017. Nix was born in Shreveport, Louisiana January 4, 1973. He graduated from Sherman High School, received a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a law degree from Baylor Law School.

He happily married Stephanie Nix September 8, 2013 barefoot on the beach in Maine. He worked as an attorney in Sherman and McKinney for more than 18 years. He enjoyed the courtroom, debate, and shredding the arguments of others. He was known for his quick wit, creative humor, and intellectual superiority.

He is survived by his father Glenn Talmadge Jr., his mother Barbara, his wife Stephanie and a truckload of adopted street animals: Kennedy, Ophelia, Pig, Mila, Honey Bunny, and Stella.