November 2020

Frank Steelman, JD '62

Frank Steelman, of Bryan, went to be with his Lord and Savior, on Sunday, November 8, 2020. Frank was born in Watsonville, California, to Blossom Juliet Daugherty Steelman and Frank Sitley Steelman Sr. He was their only child. He moved to Texas at age 15, after the passing of his parents. His stepmother raised him in Rosenberg and helped him attend Baylor University where he met Diana Duke. He graduated in 1958, and then graduated from Baylor Law in 1962. While in law school, he and Diana married. After graduation, the family moved to Houston where Frank worked as a special agent for the IRS. This training enabled him to work as a trust officer at First City National Bank. He then moved the family to Bryan to work at First Bank & Trust. He also worked for Goode, Skrivanek & Steelman, and finally, from 1974 to the present, was in private law practice. He was the lead counselor in a landmark appellate case concerning search and seizure that was argued before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. He was a municipal judge in the City of Bryan from 1986-88. He was recently honored at the Federal Courthouse for doing pro bono work in bankruptcy court. He was a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary, and he was a member of the Bryan Zoning Board 1992-1994, president of Brazos Valley Estate Planning Council, and the American Heart Association. He taught Sunday School for many years. He was a deacon at First Baptist Bryan, and later at Central. He attended Iola Missionary Baptist until the present. People from all walks of life knew Frank Steelman and appreciated his friendly open manner. His honesty and wisdom were often sought by family and clients, and he will be dearly missed.

Frank is preceded in his passing by his parents, and step-mother, Mary Steelman. He is survived by wife, Diana Steelman; and five children, daughter Susan and son-in-law Tell Butler, Robin and son-in-law Doug Watkins, Joan and son-in-law- Andrew Bentley, son David Steelman and daughter Carol, and son-in-law Darrell Pina. His grandchildren include: John Tell Butler and wife Jennifer, Andrew Butler, Matt Butler, Luke Butler, and Peter Butler, Margaret Ann Thurmond Boeker and husband Shane, Davis Thurmond and sister Sarah Thurmond, Rebekah Bentley Garcia and husband Joseph, Will Bentley and wife Shelbi, Abigail Bentley and Samuel Bentley, Lilly Steelman Macias and husband Adair, Zane Steelman, Grace Pina, Rachel Pina, and David Pina. Someone asked Frank how he remembered all of his grandchildren's names and he said, "When you pray for someone every day, you don't forget their name."

Jacqualine Renee Bottoms, JD ’78

Jacqualine Renee Bottoms, on September 22, 2020, entered the presence of her Savior and Lord, whom she loves with all her heart. She graduated from Baylor University School of Dental Hygiene, Texas A&M School of Journalism, and Baylor Law. She was an attorney in the oil business in Houston, TX, and started her own family practice. During that time, she battled successfully through cancer by God's grace. Having put her trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, she became a faithful member of Cypress Bible Church where she met her husband, Richard (Rick), who found that he could no longer tell Aggie or lawyer jokes. Leaving her law practice, Jacqualine and Rick moved to Chattanooga, TN, where Renee joined the staff of Leadership Ministries Worldwide, editing "The Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible" for seventeen years in various Bible translations. Her work has gone out throughout the world to assist those who cannot get Biblical training but are called to share God's word. Her joy was teaching ladies Bible studies at Grace Baptist Church and encouraging individual women in their everyday walk with the Lord Jesus. Retiring the end of January, she fought through her final battle with joy, knowing she would be with her Savior, with sadness, leaving all of those whom she loved. She is the godliest women I know. She was always praying specifically for others. She finished strong and left a fruitful legacy written in lives but her highest desire was that all praise, honor, thanks and glory be to her precious Lord Jesus who worked in and through her.

Jacqualine was preceded in death by her mother Martha J. Bates Haus and both grandparents. She is survived by her very much loved husband, Richard (Rick) A. Bottoms; father, Charles N. Haus; brother, Charles (Chuck) N.Haus II; sister, Deborah Haus Nelson; niece, Alissa L. Hudson; nephew, Mitchell J. Haus.

Thomas Largent Davis, JD '82

Thomas Largent Davis, was born June 11th, 1958 and passed away suddenly on the morning of October 22nd by natural causes. His legacy will be proudly remembered and joyfully celebrated by the love of his life, Liz, as well as his three children; Jenny, Jackie and Tommy; their respective spouses; Andrew, Trevor, Brooke; Bruce and Wendy Davis; Joe and Annette Davis; Ann Davis; grandchildren; Olivia, Hayes and August, as well as innumerable friends and family. An occupation in law suited the Baylor Graduate. As a natural protector and guardian, he skillfully aided friends, family, and even mere acquaintances with legal disputes. Many will remember Tom as their keeper at some of their most devastating hours. Clients will recall Tom as a brilliant lawyer who brought honor and fairness to his profession. Outside of his work, Tom was an avid marathoner and traveler. He traveled as far as Alaska and Scotland, but his favorite trips were those to the beach. He was a talented guitarist and taught those in his life the joy of music. He had been in various bands since high school, including the Fort Worth National Band, for which he served as lead guitarist alongside his brother, Bruce. He was a man of many great qualities; he was decent, strong, good, but above all else, he was kind. He will be fiercely missed and fondly remembered by anyone who knew him. Please make donations in his honor to the Erwin and Pat Elias Scholarship Fund at Baylor Law School.