William Stradley
1939 - 2020
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William J Stradley
William ("Bill") Jackson Stradley passed away peacefully at home on April 9, 2020, surrounded by his family. Bill was born in Houston, Texas on October 27, 1939 to Samuel Hoge Stradley and Mary Elizabeth ("Libby") Mitchell Stradley. He was an only child raised in the Montrose area of Houston and attended Montrose Elementary, Lanier Jr. High School, and Lamar High School (from which he graduated in 1958). Bill began college at the University of Texas in Austin, where he met Emmalee, who would become his wife. Bill then transferred to the University of Houston, from which he earned his BS degree in 1965. He then earned his law degree from the University of Houston Bates College of Law in 1967.
Bill and Emmalee were married in 1960 and were soon to celebrate their sixtieth wedding anniversary. She survives him. Bill also is survived by their daughter Lisa Stradley Bergez (and her husband Craig) and their son William ("Bill") Mitchell Stradley (and his wife Stephanie), as well as their five grandchildren, Katherine (and fiancé Alex Cohn), Emmalee (and fiancé William Holt), and Barrett Bergez, and Jackson and Jessica Stradley. Bill's greatest pleasures in life were times spent with his family.
Bill practiced law for nearly fifty years and was known for his integrity, compassion, and humility. He spent his entire career as a personal injury trial lawyer, proudly seeking to help injured Texans obtain just compensation for their suffering. He started his career at the predecessor to the law firm Jamail & Gano, spent many rewarding years at his law firm, Stradley, Barnett & Stein, and then finished his career at the Mithoff Law Firm. Bill was Board Certified in both Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
He was a President and Director of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, a President of the Houston chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a Director and Director Emeritus of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He also served on many bar association committees, including the Houston Bar Association Committee on Professionalism and the State Bar of Texas Committee on Texas Federal Judiciary Appointments, as well as an appointment to the Supreme Court of Texas Professional Ethics Committee. He enjoyed mentoring other lawyers, and in the 1980s, he served on the advocacy faculty for both the University of Houston Law Center and the South Texas College of Law.
Bill's community involvement included serving for many years (including as President) on the City of Houston's Mayor's Police Advisory Committee during the administrations of Mayors Jim McConn and Kathy Whitmire, as a Director of the Houston Council on Human Relations, and on the Administrative Board of St. Luke's United Methodist Church (alongside his friend Rev. James H. Ellison).
Bill was a true gentleman and an all-around great guy. That was recognized early by his high school classmates when they voted him Most Popular Boy of his senior class, and often thereafter as he touched the lives of the people who came to know him throughout his life. His idol, if he ever could be said to have one, was the young Frank Sinatra, who he emulated reasonably well on a record that Bill cut when he was in high school. He was deeply interested in comparative religion and the history of World War II. He spent much of his free time reading and studying those topics and reflecting on the meaning and life lessons that they provided.
Bill had an almost spiritual way of making the people who had the pleasure of spending time with him feel better about themselves. The world would be a better place if the same could be said about more of us, particularly at this stressful time in our existence. Hopefully, that part of Bill's spirit has rubbed off on the people who will miss him. His family will certainly strive to honor that spirit, and will always remember him with a smile in doing so. We hope that you will do the same.
Bill would appreciate any contributions in his memory to the charity of your choice but would be particularly appreciative of any contributions made in his memory to the Houston Area Parkinson's Society. There are no services scheduled at this time in light of current circumstances. We encourage you to celebrate Bill's life safely in whatever manner you would like.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 16, 2020.
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May 6, 2020
Dear Emmalee and family, I so enjoyed our conversations regarding Bill's genealogy and will remember him fondly. So sweet and gentle, just like his cousin, my dear aunt-in-law, Wilma Dunn Jarrard. I feel very honored to have known Bill and know that he is at peace. My deepest condolences to you and yours.
Diane Ethridge
April 23, 2020
Bill, I'm so sorry for your loss. A good father can pass on, but his thoughts, hopes, and dreams will live on through a good man, and a good son like you.

An old friend,
George R. Lambright
April 16, 2020
Dear Ms. Stradley & Family

I am truly saddened by your loss. We lost one of our wisest and most thoughtful attorneys and counselors when Bill passed last Thursday. I only had the opportunity to try a couple of cases with Bill and a couple as adversaries, but his intelligence and counsel helped shape my outlook and commitment to the practice of law thereafter.

Your loss has created a void in our profession which will never be filled
My deepest condolences,

Karl C. Hoppess.
Karl Hoppess
April 16, 2020
Jack Rains
April 16, 2020
My condolences to emmalee and all of their family. Bill was a real gentleman and a pleasure to work with for more than 25 years. He was a man of integrity, intelligence and good humor. There are nothing but good memories. Warmest regards, Elliott Bossin
April 16, 2020
A true gentleman and a gentle man. Never too busy for a smile and warm greeting. Truly will be missed.
Barbara Canetti & Carlos Rios
Barbara Canetti
April 16, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I was a advocacy student of his in 1981. To say he was excellent and I learned at lot from him is an understatement.
April 16, 2020
Bill was my friend and a good person. The world needs more people like him.
I will miss him.
Don Barnett
Don Barnett
April 16, 2020
Don Barnett
April 16, 2020
II've known Bill both professsionally and as a friend since the '70's. HIs death is a very sad day to both his family and friends but to the legal profession. Bill was a true gentleman and an all-around great guy, but also a fine, scholarly lawyer who was known throughout the trial lawyers' world as advocating for his clients not only with great skill and passion, but also with the highest integrity.My sympathies to Emmalee and his family. Bill was a rare treasure who will be missed not only by his family, but by many others whose life he touched along the way.
Carl Roth
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