March 2019

L. Lloyd MacDonald, LLB '57

Leland Lloyd MacDonald, 87, of Midland, Texas passed away on Friday, December 14, 2018 in Midland, Texas.

Lloyd was born on July 19, 1931 in Marfa, Texas to John MacDonald and Myrtle Barnett MacDonald. In 1948 he graduated from Marfa High School. While in school, he won awards for storytelling, reciting poetry and participated in choir, band, football, basketball and track. He graduated from Baylor University where he received BBA and LLB degrees. He served two years in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-1954 as a reserve officer. He married Juanice Koen on November 22, 1958.

In 1957 he came to Midland to work for Shell Oil Company as a title analyst. Following a few years in private law practice, he joined the law firm of Kerr, Fitz-Gerald & Kerr. Later he became a partner in the Turpin, Smith, Dyer, Saxe & MacDonald Law Firm. He is a past president of the Midland Bar Association and in 2013 he was chosen to be the first recipient of the John Hyde Memorial Award.

His community service included serving as a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts, a member of the Westside Rotary Club and active in the Midland Jaycees. He was a member of the Midland Scottish Rite Association. He served two terms as chairman of the Salvation Army Board and was active in the First Baptist Church.

Lloyd was very proud of his Scottish heritage and to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, he and Juanice toured Scotland, where they saw Invergarry Castle, the seat of the chiefs of the Clan MacDonald of Glengarry.

Throughout his life, when he was not in the courtroom, he cultivated his love of poetry and pursued his interest in the history of Texas. In 2009 his book, Tejanos in the 1835 Texas Revolution, was published with original illustrations that he crafted in leather.

He is survived by his wife, Juanice; daughter, Kathy (Chris Trobridge); daughter-in-law, Kristy MacDonald; granddaughters, Julianne MacDonald, Jessica MacDonald, Caitlin Trobridge and step-granddaughter, Haylee Barksdale; nephew, John Cartwright and nieces, Joanne Berndt, and Brenda Knowles.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Doris Dodd; brother, John MacDonald; son, David MacDonald; and step-granddaughter Krystean Hall.

Leslie B. Vance, JD '65

Leslie B. Vance passed on January 18, 2019, at his home in Meadowlakes, Texas, surrounded by his friends and family. After proudly serving his country with the United States Marine Corps, Leslie went to Baylor Law and had a successful legal career that spanned more than 40 years. Among his accomplishments, Leslie served at various times as District Attorney for Bosque, Comanche, Hamilton, and Eastland Counties. He also proudly served as Assistant Attorney General in the Law Enforcement Division under Attorneys General Dan Morales and John Cornyn. At his retirement from public service, Leslie was Chief Counsel for the Inspector General, Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Leslie was more than just an attorney. Wherever he worked or wherever he went, he was a mentor, teacher, counselor, mediator, cheerleader, advisor, role model, and friend. He loved an audience to hear his ‘stories' and reveled in making each re-telling better than the one before. He spread his joy as he delivered his gifts of peaches, pecans, tomatoes and his mother's ‘famous' cinnamon rolls to so many of his friends. He is survived by his wife, Milta, daughter Kathryn Vance Ernemann (Bob Ferguson) of Burleson, son Leslie "Byron" Vance III (Miller) of Chicago, and son Josh Vance (Brandy) of Eastland. His eight grandchildren are Hope Lane, Michael Nicholas (Macayla), Zack Ernemann, Warner Vance, Tucker Vance, Mary Morris Vance, Riley Vance and Lourdes Vance, and two great-grandchildren; sisters, G'Ann Jones of Clifton, TX and Bobbie Baird of Floyd's Knob, Indiana. Special survivors include Rosie Franco and Capt. Kathy Wills who lovingly cared for Leslie in his last months.

Hon. Albert LeRue Dixon III, JD '70

Judge Albert LeRue Dixon III, passed away on March 3, 2019 after a lengthy illness. He was born December 14, 1943, in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was an Eagle Scout and a member of Phi Delta Kappa and a Mason. He was a graduate of Baylor Law and served as District Attorney and was a member of Who's Who in Texas. He served for eight years as County Court at Law Judge in Rusk, Texas. Albert LeRue Dixon was preceded in death by his parents, Albert L. Dixon, Jr. and Johnie Corrice Ergle Dixon and a stepdaughter, Tracey M. Murphy. He is survived by his wife, Jackie Stallings Dixon of Jacksonville; three sons, Albert L. Dixon, IV of San Antonio, Arthur Zac Dixon and John David and Shanna K. Dixon of Jacksonville; two stepsons, D. Chris Frazer of Jacksonville and Steve K. Frazer of Chandler; a stepdaughter, Sarah Frazer of Jacksonville; a brother, Craig Dixon of Merrit Island, FL and sister-in-law, Carol Dixon; a grandson, Carter Dixon of Tomball; and two granddaughters, Emily Dixon of Houston and Myla Grace Dixon of Jacksonville; as well as many extended family members and very good friends.

James E. Cummins, JD '80

James E. Cummins passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. He was born on June 5, 1928 in Rice to Marvin Ernest and Jimmie Leona Mahaley Cummins. Upon graduation from Rice High School in 1945, James served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the battleship U.S.S. Iowa. He then earned a Bachelor's degree with honors in agricultural education from Texas A&M University in 1949 and a Master's of Science from East Texas State University in 1954. After retiring from public education, he earned a JD from Baylor University in 1980. He remained active in his law practice in Corsicana for 39 years until his death. He was preceded in death by his parents and son James Randall Cummins. He is survived by his wife, Helga Cummins; his brother John Richard (Joan) Cummins; children, Cheryl Nan (Glen) Kitchens and Rodric Ernest (Connie) Cummins; daughter-in-law Kay Cummins; five grandchildren, Jill (Morgan) Ephlin, Shelley (Jordan) Golden, Meghan (Jared) Mazzola, Joni (Randall) Heye, and Taylor (Cayla) Cummins; and eight great grandchildren.