Jimmie Darrell Oglesby, husband and father of four, passed away at age 85 on November 28, 2022. He was born on July 4,1937 in Waco, TX, to Ambrose and Emma Jane Oglesby (nee McAdams). His siblings were George Nita (Dibby) Rickerson - deceased sister, Minnie "Jean" Alphie - deceased sister, "Brose" J. Oglesby (Red) - deceased brother and Nevada "Joy" Nowlin, sister, living in Kennedy, TX. Jim’s family shortly moved to Lubbock, TX, where he graduated from Lubbock High School. Leaving a home of modest means, Jim worked as a lineman, plumber and eventually enlisted in the Army. After serving his country, Jim went to college at Texas Tech University earning a BA and a scholarship to Baylor Law where he would be distinguished on the Law Review and graduate in the top of his class. During his career, Jim worked for the firm of Lynch Chappell and Alsup in Midland, TX, started his own private practice and served as county attorney in both Midland and McCulloch counties. In addition to his legal practice, Jim was an avid mechanic and loved working on old cars and boat motors. He entertained himself catfishing on the Rio Grande in Big Bend national park and working on his small ranch in Placid, TX.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sallie L. Oglesby (nee Arp) (married 52 years); and four children in age order, Larry Keith Henny, Stephenie Ann Barker, Jimmie Darrell Oglesby Jr. and Jason Ambrose Oglesby; ten grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Hon. Charles “Kit” Cooke, III, was born on July 6, 1947, to Charles C. Cooke, Jr., and Betty Jean Cooke. He was born in the C. C. Cooke Hospital and delivered by his grandfather, Dr. C. C. Cooke. Judge Cooke graduated from Cleburne High School in 1965. He attended Baylor University and received his B.A. degree. He was accepted into Baylor Law School at the age of 19. While he was attending Baylor Law School, he married Barbara Langston of Dallas on August 22, 1969. She worked at the Veterans’ Administration and put him through his last year of law school. Judge Cooke received a Juris Doctor from Baylor Law School and was licensed to practice law in May 1970. Judge Cooke opened an office for the practice of law, and his wife Barbara was his first secretary. Judge Cooke’s first government job was Assistant City Attorney, City of Cleburne, handling the municipal court docket. In 1972, Judge Cooke was elected to the Texas House of Representatives, District 33. He was only 24 years old. In 1974, Judge Cooke began his first judicial office by being elected County Judge of Johnson County. He was 26 years old, and the youngest County Judge in Texas. In 1977, Governor Dolph Briscoe appointed Judge Cooke, at the age of 30, as the first judge of the newly created 249th District Court. He was the youngest District Judge in Texas. From 1984 to 1988, he served as visiting judge across the state of Texas and became a specialist in trying capital murder cases. In 1988, Judge Cooke was elected Judge of the 18th District Court, where he served until his retirement in 1998. After retirement, he was a Senior District Judge until his death. He served across the state, handling difficult cases that required complex decisions.
Judge Cooke was the first District Judge in Texas to become a Board Certified specialist in Criminal Law. Judge Cooke lectured extensively on Capital Murder trials for the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Judiciary. Judge Cooke was also called upon to lecture to all criminal judges in the state of New York on death penalty procedure. He spoke three different times to the New York Criminal Judiciary. Judge Cooke was also the author of the “Cookebook,” a trial manual for the trying of capital murder cases. Judge Cooke was past president of the Johnson County Bar Association and was a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He was the statewide chairman of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for the State Bar of Texas. At Judge Cooke’s retirement, the Johnson County Commissioners Court named FM 3048 “The C.C. Cooke Parkway” in Judge Cooke’s honor. In 2009, the Cleburne Independent School District named Judge Cooke the “Wall of Fame” recipient, given to outstanding Cleburne High School graduates.
Judge Cooke was active in civic affairs. He was Outstanding Young Man of Cleburne; Chairman, United Way of Johnson County; Chairman, Cancer Crusade; District Committeeman of the Boy Scouts of America; Outstanding Professional Man-Soil Conservation District, Johnson County; Cleburne Pee Wee Football President; Cleburne Little League Baseball Commissioner, and Cleburne Little Dribblers Commissioner. He was a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason, Moslah Shriner, and a member of Cleburne Lodge 315 AF&AM. Judge Cooke was a member of Field Street Baptist Church since 1953, having served as Chairman of the Personnel Committee, Interim Youth Minister, and Sunday School teacher. Judge Cooke is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dr. Barbara Cooke of Cleburne; his son, Christopher Chandler Cooke and wife, Patricia, of Burleson; two grandsons, Carter Christopher and Hunter Kincaid; three granddaughters, Vivienne Rose, Genevieve Elle, and Adelaide Eloise, all of Burleson; one brother, Judge Bill Cooke and wife Tammy of Killeen; one sister, Lisa Cooke Dobbins and husband Marine Lt. Col. Richard E. Dobbins of Burleson; one nephew, Doug Dobbins and wife Laura of Visalia, California, and one niece, Vicky Cooke Johnson and husband Brian and their two daughters Annabelle and Ruby, all of Belton.
John “Richard” Wilson, died in his home of natural causes on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at the age of 75. He was born on September 29, 1947, in Dallas, Texas to John and Dixie Wilson. He grew up in Jacksboro, Texas, where his father was a dentist. He was the first born of three children. During his high school years, Richard was the president of the student body, salutatorian of his graduating class, and president of the Future Business Leaders of America. He excelled in debate and won the U.I.L. Class AA State Debate Championship in 1966. He was active in scouting and achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Richard went on to Baylor University where he was an active member and President of Circle K International, the collegiate community services organization of Kiwanis. Richard graduated in 1972 with a Juris Doctor in law and B.A. Degree, cum laude. After graduation, he began practicing law at Griffis and Griffis in San Angelo, TX, before moving and joining a firm in Ennis, TX. Richard enjoyed practicing law in Ennis for over 40 years, served as the District Attorney in several area communities, was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, and continued his community service in Kiwanis and the Boy Scouts of America. Richard met his college sweetheart, Valli Katherine “Kathi” Nutt, during his time at Baylor. They married on June 6, 1970. Richard and Kathi raised 3 children in Ennis, all of whom are now married: Patrick Wilson and wife Michelle of Rolla, MO, Lori Garcia and husband Bryan of Edmond, OK, and Eric Wilson and wife Tammy of Van Alstyne, Texas.
In addition to his wife and children, Richard is survived by his three grandsons: Jackson Garcia, Nicholas Garcia, and Joel Wilson, his sister, Nancy Sena of San Luis Obispo, California, and many other relatives and lifelong friends. Richard is preceded in death by his parents, John and Dixie Wilson of Jacksboro, TX, and his brother, Jimmy Wilson of Houston, TX.
John Ernest Smith, of Friendswood, TX, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday morning, February 5, 2023 after a short but hard fought battle with kidney cancer. John was born May 15, 1956, in Houston, TX to Leslie Clyde Smith and Helen Esther Smith. He grew up in Denver Harbor, TX where he graduated from Furr High School in 1974. John graduated from Baylor University in 1978 and from Baylor University School of Law in 1980. He became Board Certified in Consumer Bankruptcy in 1989 and opened his own practice, John E. Smith & Associates, the same year. John was a member and three-term past president of the Houston Association of Debtor Attorneys. He was also a Master and previous co-chair of the Membership Committee of the Moeller/Foltz Inns of Court, an educational and social organization for top attorneys in the field of bankruptcy law.
If ever an obituary wasn't possible to adequately capture a person's life, it would be for John E. Smith. The great irony was always his name was John Smith but he was truly one of a kind. If you met him, you never forgot him and he never forgot you. He was a man of God with utmost integrity, and was kind, giving, wise, faithful beyond measure, witty, hard working, patient when it counted, dependable, always on time until he married his wife, loved people, and he remembered everything. Most people knew him for his sense of humor, his loyalty to his alma mater, Baylor University, his undying love, pride, and adoration for his family, and for his gifted heart for the Lord. If John liked you, he teased you. It was his love language. Oh how he loved being around people, laughing and talking and telling his stories. People brought him great joy. We truly couldn't go anywhere without John running into someone he knew and it always meant a conversation would ensue.
John took great pride in being a Baylor Bear and if Aggies bleed maroon and white, he definitely bled green and gold. He had season tickets through the ugly years of Baylor football and loved watching his Baylor sports teams rise to the top. He knew every player by name and number and loved discussing them with his two sons. He also loved to spar with friends who supported other universities - always getting the last word in. He was honored to know his oldest son would follow in his footsteps by also attending Baylor University next year. John loved his family fiercely and protectively. He was a loving son, grandson, brother, uncle, husband and dad. He was the family historian and keeper of all the old memories which he cherished and enjoyed sharing. He waited a long time to become a father himself, and he put a lifetime of love into the 18 years he had. His boys brought pride and joy to his life every day and if you talked to him long enough you knew it. A more proud and dedicated father could not be found here on this side of Heaven. John was just as devoted to his wife. He told her constantly she was the love of his life and he enjoyed proving it to her every day. He truly was the example for a loving husband and father. He *always* put their needs above his own. John was a master at showing them in all the little ways and big ways how much each of one of us meant to him. All of the love John showed to those around him would not have been possible without his love for the Lord. John's faith was unfailing. He was a rock to those all around him because he held on mightily to The Rock. Even in his darkest hour he trusted his Lord and Savior. John spent a lifetime serving the Church. He began teaching in the children's department when he was just a teenager and was known for always carrying his bible to school, earning him the nickname "Preacher". John taught many Sunday school classes over the years, each one becoming a family of believers. He truly had a gift of explaining the Word of God and was known and often teased for taking an extraordinarily long time to go over just a few verses. The more his class discussed the Scripture and asked questions, the better he knew the class went. He also took great joy in being a small group leader with the youth. Each one of those boys meant just as much to him as he did to them. He taught us well especially in his last days to Trust, no matter the circumstances. John loved to cook, especially fried chicken and especially for the boys and their friends and only while listening to his music - a little bit of country, a lot of original Christian rock, and always Frank Sinatra. He loved the Houston Astros. He was an avid reader and enjoyed watching the black and white classic movies, googling what became of that actor during and after the movie every time. He never grew tired of John Wayne, Cary Grant, Jane Austen, Tolkien, or C. S. Lewis. But nothing compared to the joy of his favorite activity - watching his boys play baseball. He loved watching them do what they loved and he took great pride in seeing them out on the field, especially when they were on the mound. John never missed a practice, not just the games, when they were growing up. He moved his office closer to home so he could be there for every moment. And he was.
John is preceded in death by his father, Leslie Clyde Smith; his mother, Helen Esther Smith-Skinner; his brothers, Leslie Curtis Smith and Richard Smith; and his sister, Ruby Belle Smith Hodson. He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Melissa Smith and their sons Jacob Smith and Michael Smith; his brother, Tim Smith, and wife, Christa; his sister, Janis and husband Bob Robbins; sister-in-law, Judy Smith; father-in-law, Lee Sackett; mother-in-law, Tricia and husband, Larry Hyek; brother-in-law, Russell Sackett and wife, Pam; brother-in-law Derek Hook and wife, Meagan; brother-in-law Kyle Sackett; sister-in-law Kara Sackett; sister-in-law Karly and husband, Troy Graham; his nephews, Les Smith, and wife Lisa; Brian Smith, and wife Dahnya; Josh Rogers, and wife Mindee; Derrick Robbins, and wife Grisel; Hayden Hallsted; Tatum Hook; and nieces, Mandi Smith; Angela, and husband, Thomas Connaughton; Morgan Sackett; Peyton Graham; many great nephews and nieces; his career long assistant, Estella Lopez and paralegal, Patricia Ford; and countless friends, extended family members, church family, Sunday school classes, colleagues, small group boys, and baseball fans. “There are some who bring a light so bright to the world that even after they have gone the light remains". - Unknown
Brenda Evelyn Brockner was born in Columbia, Louisiana, on March 30, 1950. Her parents were Daniel William Brockner and Evelyn Camille (Mayes) Brockner. She passed from this life on February 13, 2023, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Louisiana, after a brief illness. She was a resident of Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Brenda grew up in Olla, Louisiana, where she attended Olla-Standard Elementary school, and was a graduate of LaSalle High School. She later recieved a B.S. degree at Louisiana Tech University, an M.S. degree at Florida State University, and a law degree from Baylor University, where she ranked 1st in her graduating class. She spent much of her working life in Austin, Texas, and was a former Assistant Attorney General, State of Texas.
She is survived by a brother, Daniel Clay Brockner (Alice), a niece, Megan Ann (Brockner) Maxwell (Eric), and numerous cousins. Brenda was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Natchitoches, Louisiana. She was a registered organ donor and will be buried next to her parents with a graveside service in the Olla Cemetery, with the date and time yet to be determined.