April 2019

Bryant Wesley "Wes" Ferrell, JD ’49

Bryant Wesley "Wes" Ferrell, died on March 21. Wes was born August 18, 1921, as the third son of Bryant Earl and Mary Lona Ferrell in Linden, Texas, where he went to school, and afterward attended the College of Marshall. After graduating in 1941, he attended Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1941. In 1942, he joined the Marine Corps on inactive status. He graduated from Sam Houston in 1943 and reported to Marine Corps. He attended officer's school, where he graduated in the spring of 1944 and was sent to the Pacific. He landed in Iwo Jima on D Day. He was wounded and evacuated February 22, 1945. After the war ended, Wes continued on active duty until March 5, 1946. He entered Baylor Law School in the fall of 1946, graduating with an LLB in 1949. Wes went into FBI training in 1950 in Washington, D.C. In the FBI, he met his wife of over 50 years, Martha Cole, and they were married on Christmas Day. They moved back to Texas where Wes joined his brother, Vincent, in the practice of law in Linden. Later, he joined Hunt Oil Company as an Oil and Gas lawyer. Wes and Martha had Joanna in October of that year. John made his appearance in 1954, followed 11 months later by Tom. Their final child, Pamela, was born in July, 1956. He retired in 1988 as Associate General Counsel. Wes was an active and loving member of the church body and embraced the Gospel as practice in his everyday life. He took joy in all of his children and was excited to see his grandchildren and to survive long enough to see his three great grandchildren. Wes is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, and his children, John and Pamela. Wes is survived and missed by his loving wife, Martha, and his two living children, Joanna and Tom. He leaves behind a legacy of love in his children, children in law, eight grandchildren, and three precious baby great grandchildren. He hopes all who remember him will continue to carry on his urge to love, to help those around them, and to seek to spread hope to the world.

Frank W. Mitchell, JD ’84

Frank W. Mitchell passed away March 16 of cancer. Frank was born in Anaconda, MT on June 28, 1957 to Fergus and Louise Mitchell. He spent ten years in Anaconda and later moved to Great Falls, MT in 1967. Frank graduated from C.M.R. High School in 1975 and went to University of Montana in Missoula for two years on a debate scholarship. Later, he moved on to University of Utah where he received his B.A. Degree in 1979. Frank received a grant to Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina, where he received his master's degree in 1981. Frank received his law degree from Baylor in Waco, TX in 1984. Frank practiced law in Austin and Houston for over twenty years and then moved to Las Vegas, NV where he had his law practice for ten years until his death. Frank married Melissa Matheny in 1984 and she passed away in 2007 in Houston. She was the love of his life and was so missed. Frank was a collector of many books and he enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and in Europe with Melissa and Delia. He enjoyed reading and baseball. Frank is survived by his daughter, Delia Maria; mother, Louise Mitchell; brother, John Mitchell (married to Carey Hughes); his sister, Margaret Mitchell (Louis Ippolito); sister-in-law, Melane (Mark) Ralston; nieces, Adreanna and Tesla; and nephews, Andrew and Evan. His father, Fergus, passed away Oct. 2016.

Marla Deanne Carter Jones, JD '86

Marla Deanne Carter Jones passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on April 19, 2019, following a courageous fight with cancer. She was born in Augusta, GA, on August 26, 1960, to Dwayn Carter and Merle Dunn. Marla graduated as valedictorian from Canton High School and received a basketball scholarship to Weatherford Community College. She completed her undergraduate degree at Texas A&M, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BBA in accounting. She then pursued a law degree from Baylor University, where she was on Law Review and graduated Cum Laude. Her distinguished legal career began at Jackson Walker in 1986 where she made partner in six years. In 1997, she started working at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation where she would finish out her legal career, in which she built a reputation characterized as honorable, trustworthy, and dependable. Her peerless work ethic allowed her to achieve success far beyond the norm, earning the respect of anyone that knew her.

Marla had a generous and loving nature, ceaselessly thinking of new ways to help her friends and family. She loved to travel, experience life, and plan adventures. She loved trying new wines and foods. Her happiest times were spent with her family. She was a kind soul; and more than anything, she will be remembered for her remarkable talent to make everyone around her feel special and loved.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dwayn Carter, and her brother, Kelly Carter. She is survived by her husband, Randle Jones of The Woodlands; her sons and daughter, Christopher Price of Dallas, Mitchell Price of Conroe, and Allie Jones of Austin; parents Merle and Howard Dunn of Canton, and stepmother Nell Carter of Wills Point; brothers Bret and Tammie Dunn of Canton, Matthew and Emily Dunn of Canton, and Scott Carter of Winston Salem, North Carolina; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.