Kelly Lee Newman, born December 4, 1942 to Herbert and Mary Newman, made his way home to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 14. He passed away in Conroe, Texas where he had been a resident for over 30 years after a brief battle with cancer. Born in Brownwood, Texas he graduated from Kilgore High School in 1960. He attended Kilgore College and went on to attend Baylor University and Baylor School of Law. He became a member of the Texas State Bar and The American Bar Association in 1966. He continued at Baylor Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1969. He was selected as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America for 1970 by the National Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Who's Who in Young Lawyers. He began in practice with Lapin, Lapin and Newman in Kilgore Texas in 1970. Kelly opened his firm in Lufkin, Texas in 1973. He became the Lufkin Municipal Judge in 1977 where he proudly served the community for 10 years and was a member of the Kiwanis Club. Kelly was certified to practice in front of the United States Supreme Court in 1982. In 1987, he moved to Houston and opened a practice in The Woodlands where he practiced up till the day of his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Slade Newman, and his first wife, Carole Ann Laird. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Ray McDonald of Camp Wood, Texas. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Brent and Juanita Newman and his grandson, Trent Newman, of The Woodlands. He is also survived by his second wife, Peggy Stephens of Combs, Arkansas and her children, Greg Landry of Houston and Chris Landry of Grand Junction, Colorado, as well as his third wife, Penny Wilkerson of Conroe.
Hon. Patricia "Pat" B. Andrews, born March 11, 1930, in Hillsboro, Texas, to Earl and Thelma Bridges, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 3. Judge Pat began her career with Southwestern Bell, but never abandoned her dream of obtaining a college degree. While working and raising her son, Pat obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and began working for Arlington ISD. Still desiring more, Pat obtained her J.D. degree from Baylor University in 1974. Admitted to the Texas Bar Associate in 1974, Pat began her legal career as an attorney in private practice. Her love for the law and passion for women's equality made her a pioneer in the Tarrant County legal community. Not only was she the first woman admitted to the Arlington Bar Association, but she participated in countless marches in Austin, Texas, to further advance a woman's rights. In 1980, she joined the Public Defender's Office in Tarrant County as a Court Master until 1989, where she assumed the position of Court Master and Associate Judge for the 324th District court of Family Law. Although known for being a stern judge, her decisions were respected by her peers as they were fair and equitable. Upon her retirement in 2002, she remained active in the Arlington Bar Association, serving as Director from 2007 to 2010. She further volunteered the expertise she had garnered over the span of her career to help women in need through her service as a volunteer attorney with the Women's Center of Tarrant County. One of her proudest achievements was being honored with the prestigious Yellow Rose of Texas Award by Governor Rick Perry and the Senate of the State of Texas, 82nd Legislature, in 2011, for her vast contributions to the legal profession and the Tarrant County community.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dr. Charles J. Andrews, with whom she shared a passion of learning, travel and service. She is survived by her son, Lloyd "Rex" Crosswhite, granddaughter Alicia Crosswhite; grandson Sean Sweeney and wife Justine; great-granddaughter Emma Sweeney.
Clifford Nelson Humphrey III, of Amarillo, TX died February 26, 2020. Cliff was born in Amarillo, TX on October 21, 1942 to Ophelia and C.J. Humphrey. He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1961. Cliff received his doctorate from Baylor University. Cliff married Patsy at Washington Street Methodist Church in Alexandria, VA on October 27, 1979. He was an attorney and political consultant in Washington, D.C. for 34 years and returned to Amarillo to retire in 2013.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy Humphrey, of the home; children, Clifford Hatton Humphrey and wife Sarah, of Wilson, NY, Savannah Humphrey Long and husband Michael, of Denver, CO, Kelli Tucker Orford and husband Edward, of Charleston, SC, Holli Tucker, of Leesburg, VA, Tim Tucker and wife Carol, of Colorado Springs, CO; sister, Janice Humphrey and husband Gary Rowe, of Vancouver, WA; brother, Bryan Humphrey and wife Jane Ridley, of Haddon Township, NJ; and four grandchildren, Elizabeth, C.J., Grant, and Regan.
Gordon George Asbury, III, passed away on February 26, at his home, which was the center of life with his family. Gordon was born in Abilene, Texas, to Gordon and Janice Jennings Asbury on April 1, 1962. As a small child, Gordon's sister, Elizabeth, called him "Bubba" in her effort to say "brother", and it became his name to family and close friends. Gordon's life was characterized by faith and love for his family and country. He was known for his personal and professional integrity. When Gordon was seven years old, the Asbury family moved to Quail Hollow Farm, where every day was a new outdoor adventure. Gordon worked alongside his dad building barns and fences, hauling hay, and planting and harvesting. He became accomplished in woodworking and mechanics, to the extent of rebuilding a '55 Chevy as a teenager. Gordon's love of animals was enriched with dogs, horses, cattle, and pigs. Wherever he was on the farm, his faithful dogs/companions were wagging tails as they walked or ran by his side. For fifteen years of his adult life, Bubba and his black lab, Sam, were inseparable partners in hunting, fishing, and other outdoor adventures. Gordon became an expert horseman, riding in Playdays and 4H activities in his younger years. Sonny, his most loved horse, brought in many blue ribbons and trophies. Along with horse shows, Gordon showed Durocs in 4H stock shows, taking his pigs beyond the Taylor County shows and traveling greater distances. Wylie Bulldogs saw Gordon on the playing field. He loved the camaraderie and competition of team sports, with football being his favorite. He played the position of running back in high school and, for a short time, for the Baylor Bears. Gordon had numerous academic accomplishments. He graduated from Wylie High School in 1980 and immediately enrolled in Baylor University, where he received a BBA in 1983. Following in his father's footsteps, he continued his education at Baylor University School of Law, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1986 receiving a Juris Doctor. Upon graduation from law school, he started his first professional job with Strasburger & Price, LLP working with this firm until 1990. After an 8-year courtship, Gordon married his high school sweetheart, Aloma Mokry, on December 29, 1987, and they began their life together in Dallas. They started their family with the birth of their first son, Andrew, in 1989, followed by Bryan in 1991 and Caleb in 2002, making the family "My Three Sons." Valuing family and country life, Gordon made the professional decision to return to his roots in Abilene to practice law. He joined with his dad to form Asbury and Asbury, LLP. They were partners until his dad's death in 2009, when the firm name returned to Asbury Law Firm, LLP.
So their boys could be blessed by all the joys of farm life that Gordon had cherished as a child, he and Aloma built their existing home on land they purchased, which adjoined the family farm where he was raised. Gordon shared his love of nature and God with his three sons, passing along his knowledge and skills of hunting, camping, fishing, golfing, whittling on wood, water sports, horseback riding, and countless other outdoor activities that come along with country life. Their family camping excursions ranged from a tree house in the back yard to the mountains of Colorado. Gordon was a man of few words, but his interests were unlimited. He was a great storyteller and writer. He shared his father's love of World War II history and passed that along to his wife and boys. He had a passion for aviation, which led to his getting a private pilot's license and building and flying remote controlled airplanes. Being an outstanding mechanic, he guided his son Andrew in rebuilding a 1970 Mustang Mach 1, one bolt one at a time.
Gordon was preceded in death by his 21-year-old son, Andrew, and his father, Gordon, Jr. Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Aloma, son Bryan and wife, Mykala, and son Caleb, all of Abilene. He is also survived by his mother, Janice Jennings Asbury of Abilene, and sister, Elizabeth Sims and husband, Dean, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and their children, Jacob Sims and wife, Rachel, and Sarah Sims. Also, he is survived by other extended family members including his aunt, Barbara Jennings of Belton, his uncle, Larry Asbury of Dallas, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Mark Skelton passed away on March 11. Mark started life different than most, and he decided to come two months early, much to the surprise of all. Such was not an easy task in 1970. Starting life a little early did not deter Mark—it only made him stronger and maybe somewhat of an independent soul. In high school, Mark was an excellent athlete, an all-district center as a matter of fact, and a fantastic student who was a National Merit Scholar finalist. Mark attended Abilene Christian University, where he met the love of his life and wife, Margaret. After graduating from ACU in 1992 and getting married to Margaret, he attended Baylor Law School. Mark's greatest joy came in October of 2006 when his son, Lincoln, was born. More than anything else, Mark was made to be a father, and he enjoyed it immensely. Mark and Lincoln had many adventures and many science experiments and always excelled at having a great time. Mark loved the outdoors, upland bird hunting, four-wheelers, Colorado, all things technological, and football. The passion for the former came from his father, but he got his love of football from his mother. Mark would like to let you know that his work here is done. He received a summons, a Motion of sorts that could not be denied, for an engagement from which he will not be returning. This assignment comes with many rights and privileges, a reunion with family and friends he has not seen in a long time, perfect health and wonderful weather, and a Heavenly Father who will watch over him. His new undertaking takes him to a glorious place where he will be riding four-wheelers through majestic mountains and picnicking by crystal streams. He will take long hikes with many, many Labrador Retrievers who will always come when he calls. Mark left specific directives, the lawyer in him might call them "rulings," for his family and friends including, but certainly not limited to, showing kindness towards all and to love your neighbor as yourself. These should be followed explicitly.
Mark is survived by his beloved wife, Margaret, his adored son, Lincoln, his parents, Don and Kay Skelton, and his brother and sister in law Scott and Sheila Skelton, and their daughters Lauren Ford, her husband Russell, and Allison.