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Trevor Rees-Jones

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Rees-Jones, Trevor William A lawyer, was born in Chelsea, Oklahoma on January 17, 1923, the son of David Rees-Jones and Mary Edith Holmes. The Rev. Mr. David Rees-Jones was born in Trefor near Llangollen, Denbighshire, North Wales and served as a missionary to India, as a chaplain with the British Army in World War I in Mesopotamia and as a Presbyterian minister with pastorates in Oklahoma and Texas. Mary Edith Holmes was born in Bebington, Cheshire, England and served as a secretary on the staff of Lord Leverhulme in Port Sunlight, England. After their marriage in 1920 at Christ Church in Port Sunlight, they came to the United States. Trevor was reared in Weatherford, Texas, moved to Dallas in 1936, graduated from Forest Avenue High School in 1939, and received his BA from SMU in absentia in 1943. From 1943 to mid-1946, he served as a Pacific Fleet destroyer officer under Comdrs. Robert H. Holmes and Everett G. Sanderson, his most exhilarating duty being aboard the USS MONSSEN (DD 798). Upon his return he and Billye June Kay of Dallas married and moved to Austin, where he received his LLB from Texas Law School in 1948. Returning to Dallas, he served as an Assistant District Attorney under Will Wilson from February 1949 to June 1950 when he joined Turner, White, Atwood, McLane, and Francis. In 1954 he received his LLM in Oil and Gas Law from SMU. In 1963 he joined Locke, Purnell, Boren, Laney and Neely (now Locke Liddell & Sapp) and, having retired from active practice in 1990, was of counsel to such firm at the time of his death. Trevor was a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Dallas Bar Association, a Senior Life Fellow of the Dallas Bar foundation, and a former member of the Southwestern Legal Foundation (Chairman of the Oil and Gas division in 1965). He was a member, deacon, and elder of Highland Park Presbyterian Church, and a past president of the Westminster Couples Class. At various times he was a member of the Dervish Club, Idlewild, the Dallas Athletic Club, and the Chaparral Club. Trevor's civic endeavors included service as a member of the Highland Park ISD Board of Trustees from 1967 to 1980, participation in the Park Cities-North Dallas YMCA Indian Guides program, and 25 years with Boy Scout Troup 70 in various capacities - committeeman, Citizenship Merit badge counselor, and a co-chairman with his wife, Billy June, and secretary, Margie Cotton, of the Christmas greenery sales, which enabled the troop to attend all National Jamborees. Trevor is a life member of the SMU and Texas Alumni Associations and the US Naval Institute. In 1995-96 he was President of the Park Cities Historical Society. He also served on various committees of the City of University Park, including the Finance, Zoning Advisory, Legislative, and Employee Benefits committees and as a director and officer of the Texas Higher Education Authority and the Southwest Higher Education Authority. Aside from his family and law practice, Trevor enjoyed most of all deer and dove hunting with close friends and his sons, handball, genealogical studies, photography, travels with his wife, and just living. Trevor was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Billye June. Survivors are his son Trevor David, his wife Jan and their children, Trevor Richard and David Garrett, of Dallas; his son, Robert Winston, his wife Patricia and their children, Alexander, Ashley and Victoria of Parker, Colorado; and his daughter Valerie and her children, Stephanie, Christopher and Oliver of Dallas. Also surviving Trevor are his sister, Gwendolen, and her husband, the Rev. Mr. John Shell of Conway, Arkansas, their children and grandchildren, and numerous cousins in Aberystwyth, Oxford and North Wales. After a private burial service at Restland Memorial Park, a memorial service celebrating Trevor's life will be held at Highland Park Presbyterian Church at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, with Rev. L. Nelson Bell and Dr. Bill Edwards officiating. Trevor's family requests no flowers and suggests that contributions may be made to your favorite charity or one of his favorite charities, the East Dallas Community School, 924 Wayne Street, Dallas, Texas 75223, or Highland Park Presbyterian Church, 3821 University Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205.

Published in Dallas Morning News on Oct. 28, 2009
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