April 2021

Walter Hugh Harrell, JD ’50

Walter Hugh Harrell, of Lubbock, was born May 29, 1924, in Waco, Texas, to his parents Walter and Eula Harrell and passed away on March 30, 2021 in Longview, Texas.

Hugh was a World War II veteran where he served his country as a surgical tech in Paris, France. After the war, he graduated in 1950 with his law degree from Baylor Law. In 1951, Hugh moved to Lubbock, Texas to set up his law practice. He enjoyed his law practice there from 1951-2014. In 1969, Hugh earned his juris doctor degree. He participated in the community serving on the Board of Directors at GirlsTown located in Whiteface, Texas, and was active in the Lubbock Kiwanis Club. Later, he assisted young law students by holding Mock Court at Texas Tech University.

Mr. Harrell had two great loves in his life: his wife, Dorothy and all things BAYLOR BEARS! He met the love of his life, Dorothy Howell, whom he married in 1955 and led to 65 years of happy marriage. The couple raised their three children in Lubbock. They were long time members of the First Baptist Church of Lubbock. Hugh passed down his interest of hunting, fishing and playing tennis to his children. He enjoyed coaching Dixie Little League baseball and basketball. Hugh and Dorothy enjoyed being with their Lubbock friends playing bridge and dancing the night away in the Terpsichorean Dance Club. They enjoyed traveling the world taking cruises and tours. In 2014, Hugh semi-retired his law practice and moved with Dorothy to Longview, Texas.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Dorothy Marie Harrell of Longview, Texas; son Gary Harrell and wife Emily of Ft. Worth, Texas; daughter Deborah Wasson and husband Don of Longview, Texas; son Stephen Harrell and wife Jennifer of Flower Mound, Texas; grandson, Preston Harrell of Dallas; grandson, Josh Wasson and wife Katye of Gladewater; granddaughter, Shelby Bonn and husband Will of San Antonio. Hugh was blessed with two great grandsons Mason Larrington and Holden Wasson whom he enjoyed so very much.

Floyd Allen Landrey, JD ’61

Floyd Allen Landrey, of Kingwood, died Friday, February 12, 2021, at home surrounded by family. He was born on August 7, 1934 in Morris, Oklahoma, to Fred and Maude Harbison Landrey. When Floyd was 12 years old, he and his family moved to Okmulgee, Oklahoma, after his father was hired as foreman of the 10,000-acre Baker Ranch.

In high school, Floyd was chosen by Senator John Russell to serve as a page in the Oklahoma State Senate. After graduating from Okmulgee High School, the Baker Ranch was sold and the family moved to Groves, Texas. Floyd attended Lamar University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduation, he married Wanda Anita Cruse on September 27, 1957. Less than a month later, Floyd was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served for two years. After his discharge, he was accepted at Baylor Law where he received his juris doctor degree in November of 1961. After graduation, he and his wife moved to Beaumont where he worked for a short time for the Texas Highway Department in the Right-of-Way Acquisition Department. He then served as First Assistant Beaumont City Attorney. In 1968, he and Attorney Ray Moore formed the Moore, Landrey, Garth and Jones Law Firm. Floyd was a 32nd degree mason and a member of the Beaumont Lodge 286 for fifty years. When Floyd retired in 2012, he and his wife moved to Kingwood, Texas.

Floyd is survived by his wife Wanda of Kingwood; his daughter Leslie Landrey of Houston; his son Jed Landrey (Lori) of Kingwood and his daughter Ricca Richardson of Houston; grandchildren, Rowen Gregorcyk-Landrey, Jordan Gregorcyk-Landrey, Madison Rhodes, Dax Landrey, Dallen Landrey, Grant Richardson, Blaine Richardson, Julia Richardson and Reid Richardson. Floyd was preceded in death by his parents and his three sisters; Ricca Nelson, Anna Lee Weatherford and Dorothy Reyes.

George T. Bond, JD ’74

George T. Bond, of Spring, Texas, passed away January 3, 2021. He was born May 6, 1941, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to the late Paul W. Bond and Joyce Roberta Ramsey Bond. He is survived by his wife, Joan Ross Bond; son Paul W. Bond; grandson Wesley T. Bond; sister Eleanor Bond; step- sister Rexie Baca; step-brother Joe D. Bloodworth (Lucy). Brothers-in-law Gary Ross (Sherry) and Randal Ross; sister-in-laws Janet Bibler (Larry), Doris Courtright (Mike) and Elaine Householder (Brian). Including both his parents and step-mom (Margaret), he was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-laws James and Norma Ross; a brother-in-law, James Ross and Larry Bibler.

George’s family traveled the rodeo circles in his early years. They moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico, where his dad worked for a boot maker. His dad and mom decided to move to Nogales, Arizona and opened their own Custom Boot company, Paul Bond Boot Company. George worked with his father at Paul Bond Boots while attending college at the University of Arizona. He decided to pursue a career in law and attended Baylor Law in Waco. Upon graduation with high honors, George worked as a defense attorney in Arlington, Texas. While working at the Arlington law firm, George and then wife, Jennifer, adopted a son, Paul W. Bond, named after George’s dad. Shortly after Paul was born, George accepted a job with ExxonMobil as a Contractual Lawyer. George retired after 35 years with ExxonMobil and continued to work for them for another 10 years as a contractor.

George married Joan Ross Bond in April 2003. They shared a lot of common interests: the theaters of downtown Houston, baseball games with grandsons’ teams, traveling as much as possible, visiting families in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Ohio. George was a life-long mentor for grandson, Wesley, beginning in his elementary years while Wesley’s dad was in the Marines. George was known by Wesley’s friends as PaPaPow, receiving that name from visits to the local shooting range. George served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years right out of high school and Wesley is now following in his footsteps stationed in Norfolk, VA. George made friends easily and loved to carry on discussions with topics of the day. His wonderful smile and easy laugh will be remembered by all.

Nick D. Woodall, JD ’80

Nick D. Woodall was a well-read man of big ideas who was dearly loved as a husband, father, son, brother, teacher, friend, and follower of Jesus Christ. Born in Ladonia, Texas, on April 22, 1956, Nick was the first of three sons born to Don Woodall and Toni Stancil Woodall. The family moved frequently, settling ultimately in Rockwall. Nick graduated from Mesquite High School and attended East Texas State College, now Texas A&M University Commerce.

Transferring first to Texas Tech, he had what he called a “Road to Damascus” experience on the way and changed his major from architecture to law. He then transferred to Baylor University, where he was awarded a Finance degree and entered law school. After graduating with his juris doctor degree, Nick took a job with Fanning & Harper, a Dallas insurance defense firm, and decided over coffee with local Rockwall officials to run for District Attorney of Rockwall County. It was at this time that two Southern Methodist University Law students clerking at Fanning & Harper arranged for him to meet their classmate, Nancy. Nick and Nancy were married in the midst of his campaign, a few short months before he became the youngest elected prosecutor in the State of Texas. After one very eventful term as District Attorney that included death threats to his growing family, Nick left politics for private practice. Several years later, he left law practice for financial planning, which he then left to pursue oil and gas services and development, real estate, and other investments with two of his good friends. Nick and Nancy chose a “road less traveled” and educated their four children at home. Surrounded by a small but strong community of other home school families at LakePointe Church, the family enjoyed the adventures of learning and serving together, often in church ministries and missions. Nick served as an elder at LakePointe, taught several classes, and led or participated in trips to China and Ghana, usually accompanied by at least one of his children. He and his family also were affiliated for a few years with the church alternately known as Emmaus and Reach.

Nick died on May 21, 2020 and was not afraid. Nick’s hope in life and death was not in his own education, works, or accomplishments, but in the finished work that his Jesus accomplished at the cross. His trust that his Heavenly Father accepted him fully and loved him deeply motivated his many pursuits in life and gave him courage in the uncertainty of the last few months. Nick is survived by his wife, Nancy, to whom he was married for 38 years; his daughter Katherine Woodall Simonitch and husband Lucas of Eau Claire, WI; his sons Thomas Woodall of Dallas, Stephen Woodall of New York City, and Jonathan Woodall of Poetry, TX; his grandchildren Owen, Lillian, and Evelyn Simonitch; his mother Toni Woodall; his brother Gregg Woodall and wife Amy of New Braunfels; his niece Emma Woodall; his nephew Caslin Woodall; and various relatives on his wife’s side of the family. His father Don Woodall and brother Ken Woodall predeceased him.

Bonnie Lindsey Johnson, JD ’84

Bonnie Lindsey Johnson passed away on October 17, 2020. Born April 19, 1958 in Buffalo, New York, Bonnie was always proud and passionate about her heritage as the daughter of English emigrants. A longtime member of Mensa, Bonnie graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She obtained her JD from Baylor Law on full scholarship and graduated with honors. Bonnie was an active member of the Texas and Nevada Bar Associations. Bonnie practiced Bankruptcy law in three cities and two states for over 30 years. She and her late husband, John Vernon Johnson, Jr., shared a total of three successful law practices. Bonnie continued to practice bankruptcy law until 2019, when she retired and planned a move to the UK. With her endless work ethic and philanthropic heart, Bonnie led a remarkable life. Bonnie will be deeply missed by her family and friends and will always be remembered for her strength, grit, caring heart, and fierce individualism.

Bonnie is preceded in death by her husband, John Vernon Johnson, Jr.; parents, Theodore Abraham Lindsey and Vivienne Booth. She is survived by her daughter, Chelsea Elizabeth Cahill and husband, Bryan; son, Theodore Lovett Johnson.

Marcus "Mark" Lee Dobbs, JD ’85

Marcus "Mark" Lee Dobbs, JD ’85, of Houston, passed away on February 17, 2021. Mark was born in Midland, Texas to James and Billy Dobbs. At a young age he moved with his family to Irving, Texas, and then later to Houston, where he attended high school at Spring Woods High School. He was active in Boy Scouts, debate and the high school marching band. Mark attended Baylor University, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1981 and his juris doctor degree in 1985. After graduation, Mark served as a congressional aid to U.S. Congressman Bill Archer.

Mark was an active member and deacon of Spring Woods Baptist Church. That is where he met his future wife, Janet Brown. They were married in June of 1999. He worked in the Houston City Attorney’s office for 26 years practicing labor law. Mark was a voracious reader, enjoyed spending time with family and was a fierce competitor in Trivial Pursuit. He was a leader in his neighborhood civic association and for the last few years enjoyed volunteering at the Alley Theater in downtown Houston. In his later years, Mark also became more active in his church with a passion for developing the church library and documenting the church’s history.

Mark is survived by his wife of 22 years, Janet Dobbs; his father, James Dobbs of Houston; and his brother, Steve Dobbs of Austin and his wife Deborah Dobbs.