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.


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Published in Dallas Morning News on Oct. 28, 2009.
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November 7, 2009
I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your father, Mr. Rees-Jones. I worked with him for over 15 years at Locke, Purnell, Boren, Laney & Neely. He was such a kind, considerate man. I will cherish those memories.
Janice Donawho Smith
November 3, 2009
Dear Rees-Jones Family . I saw Mr Rees-Jones many times on Sundays . I did not know him well but I always enjoyed the conversations we had together when I would teach his SS class . My condolences to family and friends .
Michael Crutcher
October 29, 2009
Trevor and the Rees-Jones family:

I worked closely with your dad when he represented WFAA-TV as the Channel 8 newscast rose to prominence in the 70s. Trevor and I conferred over several controversial stories -- alleged corruption in the Sheriff's Dept and inside Southwestern Bell; the Ku Klux Klan; the reinstitution of the death penalty, and more. That experience spanned several years and I learned that Trevor was a man of great integrity, humor, courage and intellect. I shall never forget him and shall always think of him with great fondness and deep respect.
Tracy Rowlett
October 28, 2009
Ms. Val., Stephanie, and family:
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I can remember him dropping Stephane and I off at Northpark Mall to go ice skating just like it was yesterday. He will certainly be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are will all of you.
Kelly Pellegrin
October 28, 2009
I am very sad to hear the news about Trevor. I worked for him for about 28 yrs and he was the "best boss" I ever had, such a warm, caring person, a great friend, someone to talk with who always made time to listen. He will be missed. My condolences to the family.
Margie Cotton
October 28, 2009
Trevor and Jan,

I was sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Rees-Jones. He was a wonderful man who always brightened my days as I worked with you at Chief. He would call and say, "Erica, This is Trevor Rees-Jones, the old one!" I'm sure he brightened the lives of countless people and he will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sincerely,
Erica Logan Hilton
October 28, 2009
I offer the Rees-Jones family my most sincere condolences on your loss and pray that the "God of all comfort" will be with you in your time of distress.

Deepest Sympathy,
J.Murray
October 28, 2009
I am heartbroken to hear the news about Trevor. He was always so upbeat and happy, and he was such a caring man. I will never forget the sound of his voice, whether he was telling me good morning, or telling me a silly joke he heard on the radio. Trevor had so many stories and was so full of life. The love he had for Billye June was one in a million, and he was so very proud of his children and grandchildren. I can't think of another person in this world that I adore more than Trevor. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Linda Baker
October 28, 2009
What a WONDERFUL man. I had the pleasure of working with Trevor for almost two years at Locke Lord. Because my last name being "Friend" he opted to refer to me as "His Acquaintance" to EVERYONE. He never passed my desk without saying "Good Morning" or "See ya tomorrow" and giving me a WONDERFUL compliment of some kind or the other. Heaven has another angel to look down upon us. He will be truly missed.
D Friend
October 28, 2009
Rees-Jones family--Your parents were friends and clients of ours for many years. I always enjoyed seeing the love and respect they had for each other. They were a beautiful example for all. I'm so sad to hear of your current loss, but I can't help thinking your dad's pretty happy right about now.
With our thoughts and prayers during this time of sadness--Steffanie, Hector, Caesar and Paul/Gallery Central
Steffanie Smith
October 28, 2009
I retired from the City of University Park as City Secretary in 2007. In that capacity I worked very closely with Trevor during city elections and was always glad to see him when he dropped by the office. Trevor was a gentleman, very warm and with a wonderful sense of humor. I am a better person for having known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Nina Wilson
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