February 2022

Hon. William Fain Rutherford, JD ’51

The Hon. William Fain Rutherford passed away on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 in Norfolk, VA. Born in Honey Grove, Texas, he was the son of the late Ethelyn C. Fain and Merwyn B. Rutherford. Judge Rutherford, 93, graduated from Baylor University with a BBA in 1949 and with a JD in 1951. He retired in 1974 from the United States Air Force after 28 years of service and having served a tour at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Vietnam. During his tenure in the military, he was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in 1952 and promoted to Colonel in 1971. During his service he received the Bronze Star and various other awards. After his military career Judge Rutherford served the City of Norfolk for eight years as the Commonwealth's Attorney and then as a Judge in the Norfolk Circuit Court retiring in 2000. During his law career he served as Chairman of the criminal law section of the Virginia State Bar and President of the Commonwealth's Attorney Association.

Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 40 years, Pat Rutherford; a son, W. Fain Rutherford, Jr.; two daughters, Lisa Berndt and Susan Robinson (Randy); several grandchildren including Erin (Edward), Meghan (Brent), Will, Taylor (Emily), Henry, Bridget and Cameron; four great grandchildren; and many friends and colleagues who will miss him dearly.

Judge Rutherford , an avid Dallas Cowboys and Baylor Bears fan rarely missed a game and loved talking about sports with family and friends. He enjoyed his lunches and outings with fellow law enforcement colleagues and serving his community through volunteering.

James Roy Lindley, JD ’62

James Roy Lindley, JD ’62, passed away on January 22, 2022. When President Lyndon Baines Johnson opened Central Texas College, Jim Lindley became General Counsel to the board of directors and served 45 years as legal counsel and in other capacities at that institution. He highly regarded the opportunity to work for the college that served over 80,000 national and international staff and students, including the overseas campuses. From 1967 through present, Jim Lindley’s county-wide involvement has included: Mayor of Killeen, City Attorney - Copperas Cove, City Attorney - Nolanville, President and Director - Killeen Chamber of Commerce, President - AUSA, President - Lions Clubs, Killeen Economic Development Corporation, Killeen Industrial Foundation, Director - Union State Bank, President - Killeen Lions Foundation, Director - St. Francis Medical Missions, and numerous other foundations, church, and charitable involvements. Jim established the groundwork and laid the foundation for future generations by helping to evolve the area into what it is today. The Killeen Community Center, Long Branch Park, the Killeen Municipal Golf Course, Central Texas College, American Technological University Library, Metroplex Hospital, Lions Park and handicapped playground, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Building Complex and children’s playground, Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Temple, Our Lady of the Angels Maternity Shelter, Temple, Clements’s Boys and Girls Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Knights of Columbus, and the Vive les Arts society are a few of the many entities of which he was a founder, director, partner, or benefactor. His name is on local fire stations, museums, city parks, community centers, churches, chapels, schools, and senior centers honoring his civic and professional involvement. As a result of this long-standing history of service, he is held with highest regard for his reputation of professionalism, integrity, and charitable efforts. By and through these efforts he has touched immeasurable numbers of Central Texans

Jim was the recipient of many awards including the Lumen Gentium Award for service to the Catholic Diocese and the Exchange Club’s Golden Deeds Award for service to the community. He was honored as a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation in recognition of service and devotion to the highest standards of the Bar and was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow for dedicated Humanitarian services to Lions International. He was named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, was honored with the City of Killeen Roy J., Smith Award for service to the economic development of the Killeen area, and named Bell County Attorney of the year. As one of the early attorneys to establish a law practice in Killeen, Jim helped lay the foundation in Bell County by being an outstanding role model through his leadership efforts and providing a positive, ethical, face for the name “Attorney”. He was a humble “giant” that was greatly loved and will be dearly missed.

Jim was born February 5, 1931, in Oletha, Texas, to Lolene Archer and John Lindley. While he was still a toddler, his mother married Cecil G. Barnett, who raised him. After graduation from Groesbeck High School, he attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he received his bachelor’s degree then moved on to serve four years in the United States Navy. While stationed in California, he met Bernice Gloria Thibeau from East Amherst, New York. They married in 1956 and lived a short time in New York before moving to Waco, Texas, where in 1962 Jim earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Baylor Law. He is survived by his wife, Bernice; his daughter, Cecile Folkerson (husband, Doug Folkerson) and daughter Mary Wiley (husband, James Wiley) and his three grandchildren; Dr. Lindley Folkerson (husband, Dr. John Beauchamp), Donald Folkerson and James David Wiley.

Edwin Holt Balch, JD ’68

Edwin Holt Balch of Miami (Globe), Arizona, passed away on December 26, 2021. Born and raised in Texas, Ed loved Arizona and its Native American history. He was also a great flute player and captured their culture with his music. He was a soldier, a lawyer, a teacher, a musician, a father, a brother, a husband, a son, and a loving Christian. He had a fulfilling life and will be greatly missed.

Richard Oliver Rogers, JD ’72

Richard Oliver Rogers was born on March 17, 1946, in Waco, Texas, to Oliver King Rogers and Jewell (Judy) Dillard Rogers. He passed from this life on January 16, 2022.

Rick was born into an Air Force family, living in Germany and North Africa, and on many military bases in the United States. Upon retirement from the Air Force in 1963, the Rogers family moved to Texarkana. Rick attended Texas High School, where he participated in many sports, most notably the school’s golf team. After graduation, he attended Baylor University where he played on the Bear’s golf team as a scholarship athlete. He attended Baylor Law, receiving his law degree in 1972. He then practiced law in Texarkana, as a prosecuting attorney and in private practice, while also serving his country in the National Guard. After many years of practicing law, he decided to pursue his real passion in life – golf – first as head golf professional at Northridge Country Club and then as golf coach at Texarkana College and Pleasant Grove High School.

Rick is survived by his wife, Linda, of Texarkana; his son, Richard Brooks Rogers and wife Jessica of Little Rock; step-son Steven Leonard of Texarkana; step-daughter Stacy Leonard Carter and husband David of Texarkana; six grandchildren; two brothers, Dex Rogers and wife Annick of Panama City, Florida, and Bill Rogers and wife Beth of San Antonio, Texas; and by his first wife and enduring friend Wally Rogers of Atlanta, Georgia.

The family wishes to acknowledge the Alzheimer’s Alliance, whose loving care for many months made it possible for Rick to remain at home, and to Hospice of Texarkana for their kind and loving support in the last weeks of his life.

John Compton Webb, Jr., JD ’80

John Compton Webb, Jr., passed away on February 15, 2022 after a relentless fight against cancer. He was born on December 28, 1956 to Dr. John and Aminuan Webb in Navasota, Texas. He attended Navasota ISD where his father was superintendent of schools. He loved and played all sports in Jr. High and High School. Sports remained a passion his whole life. His faith in Christ has served as the foundation for his life and he was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Navasota.

John studied Finance at Baylor University and finished his degree in just three years. But before beginning law school the following year, John married his lifelong love, Sue Vivian Pool. They were only twenty-one at the time but seeing as they’d been together for so many years, it seemed overdue. They were married on August 5, 1978. John graduated from Baylor Law in 1980. He began working as a young attorney for Davis, Stacy, Lohmeyer and Davis in Bryan, Texas. Then, at age 25, he opened his law firm with Gaines West and Kelvin Adams. The firm grew quickly, adding partners Steve Allbritton and Mike Gentry who have remained faithful law partners and dear friends.

John was a man of impeccable style and was always the best dressed in the room. He never missed a workout or a game or a day at work. John loved people well and was well-loved in return. He was an optimist. He always showed up. He sought out the needs of people and did what he could to meet them. He always looked for the best in people. And despite his chosen profession – he did not like conflict. He was an encourager and a peacemaker. And no matter the circumstances, John always tried to do the right thing.

He was always a family man, leaving behind his adoring wife of 43 years and very best friend, Sue. They grew up together and stayed together. In times of trial and times of joy, they were together – always. He is also survived by his three daughters – Sue Ellen von Merz and husband Carl, Hallie Mancuso and husband Cory, Ashlyn Hand and husband Mark. He also leaves behind eight precious grandchildren: Carl, Johnny, Luke, Thomas and Susanna von Merz, Claire, Blake, and Reid Mancuso. He is survived by his sister Cindy Winton and husband Jim as well as so many dear family members and friends. John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Aminuan Webb.

John was a man of deep faith in Jesus. The foundation laid in his early years carried him throughout his life, shaping how he built his law firm, engaged his community, and cared for his family. As we remember John, we remember a consequential life well lived.

Andy Lucas, JD ’99

Andy Lucas, JD ’99, was born to Weldon "Buddy" Lucas and Valerie Forrester Lucas on May 15, 1972 in Dallas, Texas, and passed away on January 28, 2022 at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, as the result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Andy was a standout athlete at Richardson High School, excelling in football and baseball. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Southwest Texas State University and his law degree from Baylor Law. He and his bride, Teri Shannan Lucas, were married on April 13, 2013, at their home in Glen Rose, Texas. Andy loved his little piece of the country in Somervell County and spent much of his free time outdoors.

Andy was elected and sworn in as the Somervell County Attorney in 2013. He was a steward of justice and proud public servant, taking his role of prosecutor to heart and striving to uphold the law and veracity in the courtroom. Prior to his service to the County, he served the City of Glen Rose as defense attorney. He was an advocate for children and sought to help everyone who walked in his office. In addition to his professional service, Andy was a member of the Glen Rose Lions Club since 2004, serving as its President in 2016-2017.

Andy was a wordsmith, witty, loved history and trivia. Road trips with Andy included quizzes on city populations, famous persons birthplaces, and many other interesting tidbits that he carried at the ready. He was an excellent writer and took any opportunity to pen letters and cards to friends and family. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, supportive brother, loyal son, and a good and faithful servant of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give" – Winston Churchill

Andrew will be greatly missed and is survived by his mother, Valerie Forrester Lucas of Fort Worth, Texas; wife, Teri Shannan Lucas of Glen Rose, Texas; children, Hailee Medwedeff and husband Michael and grandson Michael Andrew of Friendswood, Texas and Emily Herring of Glen Rose, Texas; brother, Jeff Lucas and wife, Anya, of Gun Barrel City, Texas and their children Lauren Amos and husband Karter, and Grace Lucas; sister Jill Giddens and husband Brady of Dallas and their children Tate, Grey and Reese Giddens. Andy was preceded in death by his father.