Jack H. Gulley
12/2/1935 – 06/14/2018
Jack Haygood Gulley passed away unexpectedly on June 14, 2018, at the age of 82 years.
He is preceded in death by parents David and Elizabeth Gulley of Uvalde, Texas.
He is survived by his sister, Clarice Gulley Fisher of Leakey, Texas, and her children Clarisa Darby and husband Drew Darby, Dean Fisher and wife Jennifer Fisher, David Fisher, and Duane Fisher, and his brother retired District Judge Wesley Gulley of Hereford, Texas and his son, Cameron Gulley and wife Lexa, and close cousin Dr. Charlotte Gulley Brauchle.
Haygood was born on Dec. 29, 1935, in Uvalde, Texas. He attended high school in Uvalde, Texas, and was an excellent student. He took a great deal of pleasure in helping his father on the ranch and family farm, in Uvalde, Texas. After graduating from high school, Haygood attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He went on to attend the University of Texas Law School in Austin, Texas, where he graduated in the top ten percent of his class from law school and was a member of the international legal honor fraternity Phi Delta Phi.
After graduating from law school, Haygood practiced law in Houston, Texas, for several years before coming to Del Rio, Texas, in 1966 to form a law partnership with a local Del Rio attorney, Hilary B. Doran Jr. Haygood practiced law in Del Rio, Texas, with the law firm of Doran, Gulley and Etzel until his retirement. Haygood was admitted as an Attorney and Counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States. He was also named a Fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas. Among his many accolades, Haygood was honored by the Texas State Bar Association for valuable and meritorious service, and was also honored by former Texas Governors Smith and Clements for his service and contributions to Texas.
Haygood was an active member of the Del Rio community for over 50 years. He was an active member and President of the Val Verde County Bar Association, and attorney for the San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District and the Val Verde County Hospital District. He was also an active member of the Del Rio Lions Club, Del Rio Rotary Club and Del Rio Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he was a part of the Cigar Aficionado Club and always enjoyed good conversation and a vintage cigar.
After retiring from the law practice in Del Rio, Texas, Haygood moved back to his hometown of Uvalde, Texas, where he continued to participate in community activities in San Antonio, Uvalde, and Del Rio. These included the Uvalde Rotary Club, the Sons of the Texas Revolution, and the Sons of the American Revolution. He was also a Master Mason and a member of the Alzafar Shrine. Haygood participated in the Uvalde County and Real County Historical Societies. He continued various ranching activities on the family ranch in Uvalde, Texas. Haygood enjoyed playing blackjack in Las Vegas. He spent many hours trying to beat the house and probably came as close as anyone in doing so. He was a voracious reader, particularly of Texas history, and he appreciated the fine arts and had a great love of music. Over many years Haygood enjoyed activities of the Val Verde County Bar Association and was a member of the committee that petitioned for the formation of the Val Verde County Court at Law. Haygood served on the State Bar of Texas as a long time member and President of the State Bar Grievance Committee. He enjoyed monthly coffee and visits with his friends in both Del Rio and Uvalde, Texas.
Haygood came from a pioneer family in Uvalde, Texas. He was a direct descendant of Captain William Ware who fought in the Texas Revolution. Haygood was also descended from early American colonists, and soldiers of the War of 1812 and the War Between the States. This accounted for his interest in the preservation of The Alamo and his activities in the Sons of the Texas Revolution.
He was loyal to all those he called friends and he was truly what was thought of as a gentleman lawyer. Upon his death, the Uvalde County Commissioners Court issued a resolution to honor his memory and his countless contributions to Uvalde County. Haygood was loved, admired and greatly respected. His memory will live on in the hearts of all who knew him, and he will be greatly missed.
Honorary pallbearers are Hilary Doran, Quinton Etzel, Dickie Geries, Henry Mills, Dr. Joe Sanders, Dr. Chris Ticknor, E.D. Kincaid III, Buzz Kincaid and Fr. Casey Berkhouse.
A Memorial service will be held Saturday July 21st at 10:30 at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Uvalde followed by a Masonic ceremony at the Uvalde Cemetery and a reception celebrating his life for friends and family at the Uvalde Country Club.
The preceding is a paid obituary.