A. W. Hodde, Jr., JD ’50, lifelong resident of Washington County, Texas, was born November 17, 1925 and died August 11, 2021. After graduation from high school, Hodde enlisted in the U.S. Navy and graduated as Valedictorian of his Gunner’s Mate School. He was assigned to the U.S. Hugh W. Hadley DD-774, a destroyer, and his ship received the Presidential Unit Citation for shooting down 23 Japanese planes in one day on May 11, 1945, off Okinawa, Japan. After his discharge from the Navy, Hodde attended Blinn College, the University of Texas, and graduated from Baylor Law School. He then entered the practice of law with his father. He was appointed County Attorney of Washington County, Texas, and served for 5 years. He then resigned and entered the practice of law as a sole practitioner until his nephew, L.J. Lacina, Jr., obtained his law license and practiced with him until Hodde’s retirement in 1994.
Hodde served as president of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Exalted Ruler of Brenham Lodge 979 BPO Elks, president of the Sons of Hermann, and was on the boards of directors of The First National Bank of Brenham and Blue Bell Creameries for over 25 years. Hodde believed in education, and in 2009, he and his wife Virginia partnered with Blinn College in Brenham, Texas to create the A.W. Hodde, Jr. Technical Education Center, which provides workforce training for Blinn students. In 2010, he was inducted into the college’s Hall of Honor, earning person of the year recognition.
He is survived by his wife, four children, four grandchildren, and six nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Abelardo Flores was born on December 13, 1934, in Granger, Texas. He died peacefully at home on May 28, 2020, in Duncanville, Texas, surrounded by prayers, hugs, and his family. Abelardo grew up on a farm in Granger picking cotton, milking cows, raising pigs, and attending school. A prolific reader, family and friends often affectionately referred to him as “El Profe” (The Professor). He graduated from Granger High School and moved to Austin, Texas for college. He earned his B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin School of Business Administration in 1961. He proudly served in the U.S. Army, as an MP. He was the right-hand man to his commanding officer who valued his foresight, guidance, and counsel. He was an instrument in the ground-breaking success of Tejano music’s Zarape Records, providing financial consultation and marketing ideas. The record label touted several artists such as Little Joe, Augustine Ramirez, Ruben Ramos, Joe Bravo, Shorty & the Corvettes, and several other artists. While consulting for Zarape records, he attended St. Mary’s University School of Law and ranked in the top 10% of his class. He received his law degree from Baylor Law School and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1971. He was in private practice as an attorney in Dallas, Texas from 1971 to 2020. In a time when there were few Spanish speaking attorneys in DFW, he blazed a trail serving primarily the Latino community while being an inspiration and mentor to countless professionals. He was a man of outstanding moral character who truly cared about his clients. Abelardo married his One True Love, Carmen Cancino, whom he had met in Austin at an Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Jamaica. Abelardo and Carmen celebrated 61 years of marriage in October 2019. They were always together and worked side by side in Abelardo’s law office for 49 years. He and Carmen also started ACAR Income Tax & Bookkeeping Service. The growing success of this business enabled Abelardo to support his wife and their six children. It also empowered him to complete law school and provide college educations for his wife and children. Abelardo was a loving husband, a loving caring encouraging, supportive father, and had close relationships with his children and grandchildren. He forged significant relationships with his friends and family.
Abelardo was predeceased by his parents, Leonardo and Aurora Flores, sisters, Ruby Garcia and Joaquina Crist, and brother Ralph Flores. He is survived by his wife, Carmen; two daughters, Arlene Gonzalez and husband, Benjamin Gonzalez, and Judy Rios; four sons, Paul Flores, and wife, Sonya Flores, Dr. John Flores and wife, Dr. Jill Wolf Flores, Steven Flores and wife Damaris Flores, and Abe Rene Flores and wife Delia Flores; twenty-two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brothers, Leonard Flores and his family, Louis Flores and his family, sister Aurora Flores and her family, Esau Flores, his wife Gladys and their family all of Texas, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Hon. Susan Stephens passed away at home in Gatesville, on Sunday, August 1. Susan was born on July 3, 1947, to the late Dr. Otis Carter and Hazel Meharg Ray in Gatesville, Texas. She was a member of the class of 1965 of Gatesville High School. Susan followed her father and attended Baylor University and graduated in 1970. Susan then completed her Juris Doctor at Baylor University in 1973. She practiced a couple of years in Post, Texas, before moving to Copperas Cove in 1976. Susan practiced in Copperas Cove from 1976 to 1993 before she served as the County Court of Law Judge for Coryell County. During her tenure, she proudly served the residents of Coryell County in a firm, fair, and just manner. She held this title, with honor, for 18 years before retiring in 2011. In 1978, Susan married Floyd Craig Wininger and they shared 12 years together until his untimely death. These 12 years were filled with some of Susan's best memories. Susan served her community in many ways to include being a former member of the Exchange Club in Gatesville. She will be remembered for her love of all things Baylor, her dry, witty sense of humor, love of family and friends, her beloved "Baylee", and of course, the Law.
Susan was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Otis Carter "Buck" Ray; sisters, Ann Combest Chamlee, and Kay Ray Healer Woodley. Susan is survived by her sister, Jean Morrison and her loving nieces and nephews including, Alisabeth "Betsi" Chamlee, Margaret Chamlee Pitrucha, Mike Healer, Mark Healer, Brittni Ray, and Brandt Carter Ray.
Andrew "Andy" Joseph Hix passed away on August 20. He was born on August 13, 1950, to Herschel Wayne Hix and Delores Deas Davis in McAllen, Texas. He grew up in Anchorage, Alaska; Lompoc, California; and Allendale, New Jersey, before settling in Richardson, Texas. He then attended North Texas University where he met his wife, Martha. After graduating he obtained his juris doctorate from Baylor University Law School. Martha and Andy were married 46 years during which time they built a family, a life and a law practice. They had two children and three grandchildren. Andy enjoyed being a father and “G-Daddy.” From building a balance beam for his young gymnast daughter to baking boards for his son’s karate competition to building a custom pink and purple swing for his first granddaughter, Andy always tried to make his family’s dreams come true. He also served in many civic organizations like Berges Fest, Rotary, Kendall County Bar Association and numerous school boards and nonprofits.
Andy was preceded in death by his parents, Herschel Wayne Hix and Delores Deas Davis; his brother, Herschel Wayne “Humphrey” Hix; and brother-in-law Steve Roberts. He is survived by his wife, Martha Elizabeth Hix; daughter Lindsey Elizabeth McEachern and husband Greg of Waco; his son, Jordan Andrew Hix and fiancé Lisa Alvarez of Dallas; and his grandchildren, Addyson, Caleb and Emma Grace of Waco. He is also survived by his brother, Randy Hix and wife Debbie of Tallahassee, Florida; sister Barbara Karen “Sweetie Pie” Roberts of Dallas, Texas; brother-in-law Ray Jordan and his wife, Pam; sister-in-law Marilyn Feinberg and husband Jerome; as well as many nieces and nephews.