In Memoriam | October 2018

Benjamin E. Jarvis, JD '50

Benjamin E. Jarvis passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in Tyler. He was born June 22, 1925 in Troup to Newell and Bennie Ruth Sharp Jarvis. He grew up surrounded by family including his sister Sara Jones, and cousins Eleanor Cameron, Annell Schoenvogel, and the late Julietta Jarvis.

He had deep roots in Smith County and was a long-time member of First Baptist Church. In his 93 years of life, he wore many hats. He served in World War II, graduated Baylor University and Baylor Law. He served 3 terms in the Texas State Legislature, practiced law in Tyler, was a land developer and a tree farmer. He was married to Mary Stephens for 57 years and was a dedicated father to his four children. Although he loved traveling the world, he was happiest walking through the piney woods of East Texas. He gave of himself to others and made no mention of it to the world.

Ben was preceded in death by his father, Newell H. Jarvis, and mother, Bennie Ruth Sharp Jarvis. He is survived by his loving family including his wife Mary Stephens Jarvis; sons, Newell Stephens Jarvis, John Robert Jarvis and wife Sheri Jarvis, daughters Jo Ellen Jarvis and husband Dave Watson, and Sara Ann Jarvis Thompson and husband Chris Thompson; grandsons: Matthew Thompson, Pace Thompson, CJ Thompson, and Jake Jarvis; sister, Sara Jarvis Jones, and nephews Sam Jones, David Jones, and Nathan Jones.

Jerry Myers Johnson, JD '66

Jerry Myers Johnson, 77, of San Angelo, Texas passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Jerry grew up in San Angelo and attended Santa Rita Elementary School, Robert E. Lee Jr. High School, and was in the last graduating class to graduate from the old San Angelo High School. Jerry received his business degree from Texas Tech University and obtained his law degree from Baylor Law. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Texas Tech. Jerry served several years in the military before returning to San Angelo to begin practicing law. Jerry enjoyed playing golf at the San Angelo Country Club and liked going fishing. Later in his life, he earned his private pilot license and bought his own plane. Jerry had many friends in his lifetime especially his Santa Rita buddies Richie Bean, Tommy Newman, Herschel Upton, James Peel, Sammy Grayson, and Ronnie Landy. His friend John Barnes was always there for him. Jerry also had a special friend, Mickey Englert with whom he shared lots of laughs and excitement.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Pat and Scottie Johnson and one son, Scott Jordan Johnson. He is survived by his sister, Judy Shook (Tommy) of Robert Lee, and her children Kevin (Stephanie) Johnson of Abilene; Amy Wheat of Robert Lee; and Rachel (Jeff) Immel of Canyon Lake, TX.

He is also survived by six great nephews and nine great nieces.

Jerry Doyle Miller, JD '73

Jerry Doyle Miller, 69, of Destin, Florida passed away September 20, 2018 after a short battle with cancer. He was born May 28, 1949 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, to Albert and Lydia (Doyle) Miller. He graduated from Fairfield Illinois High School, earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University and a juris doctor from Baylor Law. He was both a member of the Texas Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Association for over 40 years. He had an oil and gas law practice in Olney, Illinois, for over thirty years. He lived in Destin, Florida, for the last 21 years. After retirement, Jerry started Emerald Coast Homes, Inc a custom home building company in northwest Florida with his sons. Jerry enjoyed boating and traveling in his motorhome for many years. He also enjoyed playing tennis and golf. He was a member of the Village Baptist Church of Destin, Florida, the Benevolent Order of Elks, and the Loyal Order of Moose. Jerry had a winter home in Davenport, Florida, and spent time in the Florida Keys every year. Jerry is survived by his wife, Sherry, daughters Megan (Stacy) of Atlanta, Georgia and Kelsey (Mark) of Wildwood, Missouri and sons Jonathan (Neenah) of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Nick of Miramar Beach, Florida and Blake (Chelsy) of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, a brother Jim of Mason City, Illinois, 3 grandchildren Waylon and Winona of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Devan Phillips of Gainsville, Florida, and his faithful Golden Retriever/Border Collie of 15 years Layla and his Tuxedo Cat Sir James (Junior). Jerry was preceded in death by his parents.

Snow E. Bush Jr., JD '82

Snow E. Bush, Jr. passed away September 14, 2018, after a brief battle with cancer.

Snow was born December 7, 1955, to Snow E. Bush Sr., and Linda Jane Clark. He graduated from John Tyler High School in 1974, where he was a member of the 1973 State Championship football team and debate club. He began his college career at Henderson County Junior College on a debate scholarship, then attended Texas Christian University, also on a debate scholarship, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He spent his first year of graduate school at North Texas where he worked as a graduate assistant, then completed his studies at Baylor Law where he received the degree of juris doctor in May of 1982. He began his 36-year career in Longview as an Assistant District Attorney, and later went into private practice.

Snow was a member of First United Methodist Church of Longview where he taught Sunday School for many years and served on several committees. He helped to establish the contemporary worship service and played guitar in the praise band. He loved his church and the many friends he made while worshiping there.

Snow married Tina on August 17, 1984. He was the best husband and father any one could ask for. He put his family first in every way possible. He will be loved and missed by so many.

Snow is survived by his wife, Tina Bush; son and daughter-in-law, Garrett and Ashley Bush with granddaughters Emma Snow and Lillian James of Tyler, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Kaitlin and Cody Calhoun of Dallas, Texas; sister, Patti Bush of Longview, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Cristin Bush of Connecticut; nieces and nephews, Brian Bush, Brandi Harris, Hope Bush and Grace Bush; and many other relatives and friends.