Hon. Calvin Ashley passed away Jan. 13, 2018, in Wichita Falls at 92. The second of nine children, he was born on February 3, 1925, in Wichita Falls to Alvie Raymond and Zoda Pearl Ashley. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Kathryn and son, Roger.
A lifelong resident of Wichita Falls, he graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1942. While attending Hardin Junior College, he was drafted into the Army. He served in the Army Air Corp until 1945. Returning home, he graduated from Hardin Junior College in 1947 and enrolled in Baylor Law School. On December 29, 1947, Calvin married Mary Kathryn Morgan. They moved to Waco where he graduated from Baylor Law School in 1950.
Calvin started practicing law in Wichita Falls and was in private practice throughout his early career but spent most of his career in public service. He served as City Judge, Assistant District Attorney, and was elected County Judge in 1962. He served as County Judge until being appointed District Judge in 1977 and served there until retiring in 1989. After one year, he returned to work as a visiting judge until retiring for good in 1995.
He is survived by his son, Jack Brady Ashley and wife, Robbie, of Montague; son, Allan Ashley and wife, Becky, of Lewisville; sister, Dorothy Sternadel and husband, James, of Wichita Falls; sister, Betty Laroe, of Amarillo; brother, Alvie Ashley, of Austin; brother-in-law, Fred Morgan Jr., of Wichita Falls, Texas; grandchildren, Zachary Ashley and wife, Christen, of League City; Cy Ashley and wife, Kayce, of Henrietta; Mindy Ashley of Dallas; Monica Huchton and husband, Jason, of Muenster; Paige Martinez and husband, Roberto, of McKinney; Lucas Ashley and wife, Kristine, of Little Elm; Dustin Ashley of Snyder, OK; and Morgan Ashley of Stillwater, OK; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Carl Graham Quisenberry passed away Jan. 17, 2018 at the age of 78. A native of Seymour, Texas, Carl attended Texas Tech University where he earned his Bachelor's degree and Baylor Law School where he graduated with a juris doctor. He was an artillery captain and combat veteran in the United States Army where he received a Purple Heart during his service in Vietnam. He practiced law for over fifty years in Fort Worth and Wichita Falls. Upon retirement in 2010, he volunteered his time as an ombudsman and counseled many individuals through his involvement with Alcoholics Anonymous.
He was an avid outdoorsman and world traveler. He loved spending time at the family ranch and had a passion for hunting, fishing, gardening, art, photography and curating various collections.
He was preceded in death by his father John Carl, his mother Pauline Eggleston, and his brother John Bryan Quisenberry.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 17 years, Linda Quisenberry, his daughter Casey Quisenberry, his son Cody Quisenberry and daughter in law Dana Quisenberry. Carl will also be forever remembered by his grandchildren Cooper Elle Quisenberry and Gibson Callie Quisenberry.
James Thompson of Copperas Cove, Texas, passed away May 14, 2017, in Temple. He was born on August 12, 1939 in Robstown, Texas, to Dan and Hazel Thompson.
Thompson practiced law in Coryell, Bell and Lampasas Counties for over 40 years after being Assistant District Attorney in Nueces County for a number of years. He served in many capacities in Copperas Cove and Coryell County including City Attorney.
Thompson represented several generations of families during his time of practice. He genuinely enjoyed helping people in their time of need. Even though he was a great attorney his real passion was his family. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, swimming and most anything outdoors.
Thompson is survived by his wife, Donna Thompson; son, Scott and Belinda Thompson of Robstown; daughter, Jill Thompson of Rockport; daughter, Jana and Bill Richardson of Gatesville; son, Chad and Jessica Pechak of Lampasas; his two sisters, Sharon Berryman and Dina and Rich Sullivan; eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Claude Ray "Dogie" Giles passed away Jan. 11, 2018 at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Hillcrest in Waco, Texas. Giles was born January 21, 1942, in Abilene, Texas to Wylie Stell Ledger Giles and Lewis Elvin Giles. He attended Abilene High School, graduated from McMurry University in 1964, and Baylor Law School in 1968. Giles began his career at Edwards & Faulkner Law Firm. In 1972, he was elected into the membership of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. In 1977, Giles left the firm and opened Giles & Makowsky with his good friend, the late Dan Makowsky. They practiced together until 1993, when Dan retired. Giles continued his practice and his son, Lewis, joined the firm in 2008. In 2009, Lewis was made partner and the firm became Giles and Giles. During his career, Giles served on the local Grievance Committee, the Heart of Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and was a member of the McLennan County Bar Association and the McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He was repeatedly recognized as a member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas for contributions to the delivery of legal services to low-income Texans. Giles loved to help people and enjoyed the relationships he built with his clients, many times representing families for multiple generations.
During his life Giles was known as a generous, friendly, witty man with a heart of gold who never met a stranger. He enjoyed poker with his friends, driving his Model A, listening to music, watching movies, traveling, and attending his grandchildren's activities. He was active in the AA community and a frequent speaker at meetings around town. He helped many people with their sobriety and celebrated his own AA forty-year birthday last April.
Giles was preceded in death by his parents, Stell and Lewis Giles; and sister, Patsy Giles. Survivors include his brother, Lewis Giles and wife, Barbara, of Garland; his sister, Gwyn Kozma and husband, Dick, of Newnan, Georgia; and his children, Elizabeth Green of Belton, Catherine Cook and husband, Jack, of Crawford, Lewis Giles and wife, Cindy, of Waco, Shelley Giles of Waco, Michael Giles and wife, Angi, of Crawford, Greg Giles of Waco, Lori Evans of Birmingham, Alabama, Toby Scott of Helena, Alabama, and Jennifer Scott of Arlington. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, Tara Frymark, Cooper Green, Cori Burkett, Curtis Cook, Edgar Giles, Brittany Jimenez, Macie Barber, Hollie Kent, Cierra Barber, Kristen Ratliff, Kori Giles, Korbin Giles, Ashton Giles, Kate Reid, Derek DeBandi ; and five great-grandchildren, Carson, Kenley, and Grayson Engelhardt and Isaiah and Cha'Leigh Jimenez.
Jack Kelly Dillard passed away Dec. 16, 2017 in Austin. Born April 19, 1948 in Waco, Texas, he grew up in Austin, graduating from McCallum High School in 1966. He received his BBA and his JD from Baylor University.
After graduation from Baylor Law School in 1973, he first worked for the Texas Secretary of State's Office, then in the Governmental Affairs Division of Tenneco in Houston, Texas. In 1989, he began work for Altria Client Services (formerly Phillip Morris) as district director of State Governmental Affairs. He initially worked in Overland Park, Kansas, but transferred to Austin in 1991, where he remained until he retired.
From an early age, he loved politics, the governmental process and history. He was an avid reader and was always up to date on current affairs. A former debater, he was also an excellent and persuasive public speaker. He had a keen mind and a virtually unfailing memory. He was a studied observer of legislation and elections and had a highly accurate ability to predict their outcomes. Since his jobs at both Tenneco and Altria involved legislation and politics, he was one of the rare lucky individuals whose work focused on his favorite interests.
When you think of Jack Dillard, you think of his love for Baylor University. He was a long-time football and basketball season ticket holder and member of the Baylor Bear Foundation. In 1988, he was proud to serve as the President of the Baylor Alumni Association. He received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 1988, and the W. R. White Meritorious Service Award in1997. More recently, when the Baylor Alumni Association became the Baylor Line Foundation, he served on its Board of Directors. His support of Baylor and its traditions were a major part of his life. He was also very involved in DeMolay and Freemasonry. In 2005, he received the Scottish rite's honorary Thirty-third Degree for his outstanding service to Masonry and the community. One of his passions was serving on the Board of Directors and financially supporting the Houston Scottish Rite Learning Center for Children.
He was a leader in many professional, charitable and political organizations. Of all his endeavors, he was particularly proud of being a co-founder of the Texas Lyceum, the state's preeminent, non-profit, non-partisan leadership organization. Dillard served as a member of the Texas Lyceum's Advisory Council at the time of his death. Jack Dillard was a true Texas gentleman.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Jack H. Dillard and Dorothy Kelly Dillard, both long time Austin residents. He is survived by his siblings, D. Diane Dillard (and her husband Judge Andrew S. Hanen), and Donald S. Dillard (and his wife Rebecca Patterson Dillard), his niece Kelly E. Hanen and nephews Philip C. Prasek (and his wife Kayla Hart Prasek, and their sons Silas and Declan), and Derek W. Dillard, as well as a large extended family and many dear friends.