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Samuel F. Biery, J.D.

Samuel F. Biery, Doctor of Jurisprudence, long-time San Antonio resident and practicing lawyer until retirement, died Sunday, June 22, 2014. Born in 1917 in Streetman, Texas, Sam attended the first three grades in public school in Corsicana; from age ten until high school graduation, he attended the Masonic Home and School of Texas. In his early years, he served in the U.S. Immigration (Naturalization Division), U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Navy in WWII; followed by St. Mary's School of Law, J.D. Degree and 1949 license by Supreme Court of Texas. In 1941, he met Clara Belle Martin, who came to be known as "C.B."; they married in 1943 and recently completed 71 years together. Sam was made a Freemason more than 70 years prior to his death, in Triune Lodge No. 15, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and Alzafar Shriner; member of University United Methodist Church and the American Civil Liberties Union. Early in his legal career, he held offices in the San Antonio Bar Association, which in 1997 awarded him, The Joe Frazier Brown Sr. Award of Excellence in lifetime achievements. He also served for many years as a precinct chair of the Bexar County Democratic Party. Sam and his brother, Charles E. Biery, founded the law firm that ultimately became Biery, Biery, Myers and Armstrong, P. C.; it or the Biery firm in various stages served the region for more than half a century. Sam vehemently opposed the death penalty in the United States and strongly supported separation of church and state. As to the death penalty, he contended it is not justice, is evil and therefore should be abolished. Sam is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years, Clara Belle ("C.B.") Biery; son, Chief United States District Judge Fred Biery; daughter, Anna Lisa Tamez and husband, Daniel D. Tamez, Jr., M.D.; four grandchildren: Samuel P. Bluntzer and wife, Ann; Nolan Thomas Bluntzer and wife, Katherine; Anna Lisa Raymond and husband, Colin; and Molly Em Biery; four great-grandchildren, Thomas Bluntzer; Eliza Dean Bluntzer, Nora Jane Bluntzer and Harlow Mackenzie Raymond; our dear friend, Marcia Mattingly; numerous nephews and nieces and a multitude of friends.

Sam sends this message to the love of his life, C.B.:
"I shall never forget you and I shall see you again
'in the swirling centuries to come'"

A celebration of life will be held at a later date
so out of town family and friends may attend.

Memorial contributions may be made in Sam's name to Shriners Hospital for Children, c/o Alzafar Shrine Center, 901 North Loop 1604 West, San Antonio, TX 78216; or the San Antonio Bar Foundation, Bexar County Courthouse, 100 Dolorosa Street, San Antonio, TX 78205; or University United Methodist Church (Mel Hughes Scholarship Foundation), 5084 DeZavala Road, San Antonio, TX 78249 or the charity of donor's choice.

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Published in Express-News from June 27 to June 29, 2014
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