Alfred William Walker passed away on April 8, 2020. He was born December 14, 1925 in Childress Texas, and grew up in Spur, Texas. He attended NTAC before enlisting in the Army Air Corp during WWII. He graduated from Baylor University and Baylor Law. In 1948 he married Jane Richey, and practiced law in Spur for 18 years. In 1968 he moved the family to Austin where he served in the offices of the Attorney General, the Court of Criminal Appeals and the State Attorney. He was a charter member of Riverbend Church of Austin and authored four books which articulated the Christian faith that he always lived. He had four loves, God, family, friends and country. He is survived by the love of his life, Jane, his wife of 71 years, his brother George Walker, two daughters, Cynthia Estee (Charlie), and Betsy Willis (Dave), four grandchildren Cal Estee (Ellen), Rebecca Estee (Brydan), Ashley Willis, Neil Willis (Lilly), five great grandchildren, Adelynn, Abby, Asher, Hailey and Ava, and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Hon. Carlton B. Dodson, former Justice for the Seventh Court of Appeals of Texas, died on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, in Lubbock, Texas. Carlton Dodson was born on May 14, 1928, in Dickens, Texas, to William and Lura Dodson. He graduated from Dickens High School in 1946. He then attended Texas Technological College, from which he graduated in 1951. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in government, history, and education, and was a member of the Air Force R.O.T.C. After graduation he operated the family cattle and farming business in Dickens County and oversaw his own oil and gas leasing operation. During the Korean War he served his country in Korea as an officer in the United States Air Force. After returning from the war, he married Sue North on June 6, 1954, in Spur, Texas. In the fall of 1954 he entered Baylor University School of Law. He received his Juris Doctorate degree in December of 1956 and was licensed to practice law later that month. Upon graduation from law school he served as an assistant district attorney in Potter County, Texas. In 1959 he moved to Lubbock, Texas to join the law firm of Croslin and Pharr, later known as Evans, Pharr, Trout, and Jones. From 1970-1977, he served as general legal counsel for Texas Tech University. He was very proud to be part of helping to establish and develop the Texas Tech University School of Medicine. In 1977, he was appointed by the Governor to fill a vacancy on the Seventh Court of Appeals of Texas, in Amarillo, fulfilling a life-long dream of serving as a judge. He was subsequently elected and then re-elected numerous times until his retirement from the Court at the end of a term in December of 1998. In March of 1991, his beloved wife, Sue, died in Amarillo, Texas. On May 23, 1992, he married Jane Brannen in Kingsland, Texas. After his retirement from the Court, he continued to serve as a visiting judge for the appellate courts in Texas. He also served as a visiting trial court judge for the Ninth Administrative Judicial Region of Texas. In 2003, he moved back to Lubbock, Texas. In August of 2011, his beloved wife Jane died in Lubbock, Texas. In addition to his military service, family business, and legal career, he made numerous other significant contributions to his community, state, and country. He was an active member of numerous professional associations and civic organizations, including Rotary International. He was also an active church member, serving in many capacities, including as a Sunday School teacher and deacon at Southcrest Baptist Church, in Lubbock, for many years. Carlton Dodson will be most remembered by those who knew him, as a real people-person. He truly never met a stranger. He loved to tell stories. He genuinely cared about others, and had a profound and great influence on many, many people. He was passionate about politics and world affairs. He loved sports, and especially cheering on his beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders. For years, he enjoyed keeping statistics at Red Raider football games. And he loved to play the game of golf like few others. More than anything, he loved his family and close friends very, very much, was very loved in return, and will be very deeply missed. Judge Dodson is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Will and Denise Dodson, of Fredericksburg, VA; his daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and David Fry, of Lubbock, TX; four grandchildren, Erin Hornaday of Lubbock, TX, Rachel Fry of Seattle, WA, Allison Jones of Nashville, TN, and Andrew Dodson of Richmond, VA; and three great-grandchildren, Lily Jo Hornaday, Mae Dodson and Luke Dodson. He is also survived by four step-children, Cindy Hoffman of New Salem, ND, Richard Morgan of Deadwood, SD, Kirk Morgan of Graham, TX, and Michael Morgan of Nacogdoches, TX.
Holloway J. Martin, Jr., of Mexia passed away peacefully at his home on April 2, 2020. Holloway was born April 24, 1932 in Calvert to Holloway and Flois Boatler Martin. He grew up in Limestone County and graduated from Groesbeck High School. Texas A&M University was his next stop on his educational journey, earning a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1953, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he served as a Navigator until 1957. Returning home, he continued his education at the Baylor University School of Law, where he received his law degree. Back to his Limestone County home, he served as the County District Attorney and in 1964, married his best friend, Louise Carr. Holloway went into private practice in 1970 and retired in 2017, after a long successful career. A true southern gentleman with a disarming, affable and congenial personality, Holloway was a true asset to this area. There are so many things that endeared him to the people he came in contact with, a colorful storyteller, a wonderful sense of humor, great family man, fine Christian and churchman, lover of his land and cattle, highly esteemed legal professional who enjoyed Louise working by his side for many years. Holloway was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mexia, Mexia Lions Club, the Groesbeck Masonic Lodge #354 as well as being a Shriner and 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. He was preceded in death by his parents; and son, John Douglas Martin in 2012. Holloway is survived by his wife of 56 years, Louise; daughter, Ellen Martin Ford and husband, Barry of Coppell and their 13 year-old twins, Emma and Jake Ford; and brother-in-law, Robert Carr, III of Deming, New Mexico.
Louis Dowling Francis, beloved husband, father, grandfather, family man and friend passed away on March 15, 2020. Louis was born on February 17, 1935 to Lillian Isaacks Francis and Judson Charles Francis in University Park where he grew up with brother, Judson, and sister, Nancy. These family members are predeceased. Louis attended grade school and high school in University Park. After graduating high school, he attended SMU and joined the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. During these years he forged friendships that became lifelong. In 1962, Louis obtained his law degree from Baylor University School of Law. He began his legal career working for District Attorney Henry Wade in Dallas and later joined his brother in a private civil litigation practice. Louis married Patricia Patterson and together raised their son, Timothy Ward Francis, now of Tampa, Florida. After the end of this marriage, Louis dated, and in 1969, married June Moore Bowden and became stepfather to her sons, Edwin Bowden and Robert Bowden. Robert predeceased Louis. Edwin Bowden is a resident of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Louis loved his sons and his four grandchildren; Lane and Donald Francis of Tampa, Florida, Emily Gilbard of New Orleans, Louisiana and Peter Bowden of Charlotte, North Carolina. Louis enjoyed many interests throughout his life, including hunting, fishing, playing Bridge, Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys football, and the companionship of dogs. He shared his deep appreciation of nature with his family and always promoted enjoyment of the outdoors, most notably at their second home and cattle ranch in Texas' Limestone County where he and wife June spent most of their time in retirement. Louis took pleasure in raising cattle and remained an active rancher until the end of his life.
David Benjamin McCall III, passed away on the morning of March 28, 2020 at the age of 73. David was born in Dallas to Nellie and David McCall on January 24th, 1947. He attended public schools in Plano and went on to earn a bachelor and law degree from Baylor University, where he later served on the Board of Regents. Upon graduation, he returned to his beloved hometown to set up a law firm. He practiced law in Collin County for 48 years. His love of the community is evidenced by his active involvement at all levels of city, county and state government. Early on, he was elected Chair of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board and was named Plano's Citizen of the Year. He served on the Baylor Hospital Board of Directors—and, many more, too numerous to list. Most important, Dave loved people, and people loved Dave. He befriended all whose path he crossed: waitresses, window washers, Governors, and court reporters— treating each as important and special. His easy laugh was constant and those who found themselves around him would soon smile or laugh. Dave was a kind, generous, loving man. An exceedingly good man whose advise was sought by the wise, and whose company was enjoyed by all. He was an ideal son, and a good husband, father, brother and friend. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Sharon; his mother, Nellie; his son Cameron, daughter-in-law Carly and grandson Hunter; his daughter, Meredith; step-daughter Keshia, her husband Alex, and daughter Brynn; step-daughter Arianna and partner, Michael, first wife, Jenny; and, brother, Brian.
Glen John Ivan Kramer was born on April 30, 1945 in Hastings, Nebraska to Ivan and Lavinia Kramer. He passed March 17, 2020 at his home in Alpine, Texas. During his nearly 75 year journey, his quest for knowledge and learning was a constant theme. After graduating from St. Cecilia Catholic School in Hastings, NE in 1963, glen attended University of Nebraska Lincoln for one year. He then joined the United States Navy and was stationed in Alameda, CA. Glen served as a petty officer with duties as an aviation maintenance administrator. Upon his discharge, Glen returned to Hasting where he obtained a Bachelor's Degree in pre-law from Hastings College in 1972. In 1975 he received his law degree from Baylor University in Waco, TX. Glen practiced law for many years in both Texas and Nebraska in private practice, as a prosecutor, a county judge, and a public defender. He also taught business law at the college level. In 1988 Glen moved to Alpine, TX where he continued to practice law, and during this time, he received an MBA from Sul Ross State University in 1989. After spending many years back in Nebraska, Glen returned to Alpine in 2008 where he lived his remaining years.
Throughout his life, Glen was a passionate birder and continued to do so in Alpine where he was often seen bird watching in the neighborhood, and each year letting his neighbors know when the vultures, hummingbirds and barn swallows arrived, signaling spring. Glen's interest spanned the gamut of natural history as well as mechanics and history. In Alpine, Glen was an often-seen figure whether that be during Saturday Mass at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church where he was always in shined shoes and suit, volunteering at the Alpine Public Library, spending time at the Sunshine House with friends, or chatting with neighbors. Glen had eight siblings, Bob Kramer, deceased, and is survived by Bonnie and husband Breck Alberts of Arizona, Carol Kramer of Nebraska, Clair and wife Sandy Kramer of Nebraska, Gale Kramer of Nebraska, Ken and wife Beth Kramer of Arizona, Mitch Kramer of Arizona, and Mary and husband Randy Lawson of Wisconsin, numerous nieces and nephews.
Alan Michael "Mike" Ferrill passed away on April 1, 2020.