DAY II, Samuel J. (1928 ~ 2005). The following is an obituary for Judge Sam Day. The obituary was published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on November 15, 2005.
Sam J. Day III, 77, a retired judge, died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005. in Fort Worth.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Christ Chapel Bible Church, 3740 Birchman Ave., Dr. Jim Boyd officiating. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: The family will receive friends 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home.
Pallbearers: Ronnie Byers, Harry Cabluck, Jerry Cabluck, John Cayce, Loren Hanson, Albon Head Jr., Bob McCoy, R.H. Wallace and Roger Williams. Honorary pallbearers: all present and former members of the Second Court of Appeals of the state of Texas; the Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff and Miller law firm; and all of Justice Day's former law clerks and briefing attorneys.
Memorials: His memory may be honored with a gift to the Salvation Army, 1855 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76103; March of Dimes, 200 Bailey Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76107; or a charity of choice.
Samuel James Day III was born Nov. 8, 1928, in Eastland to the late Inez Thomas and Samuel James Day Jr. A graduate of San Luis Obispo High School in California, he earned bachelor and law degrees from the University of Texas. Sam entered private practice after law school and served from 1954-1989. He was a senior partner for McDonald, Sanders, Maddox, Newkirk and Day as well as Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff and Miller. In 1989, he was appointed to the Second Court of Appeals by Gov. William P. Clements and served until his retirement in November 2003, never knowing an opponent to the seat. He continued to serve with distinction as a visiting judge following his retirement.
An avid Longhorn fan, he died while enjoying the Texas-Kansas game. He loved to play golf, read, and spend time at his ranch in Palo Pinto County. He will be remembered for his devotion to his family, always taking the time to coach his sons and their friends in their athletic activities. He will also be remembered for his kindly demeanor and his use of proper respectful language in the presence of peers and office associates. A truly dedicated mentor, it was often said that young attorneys, their secretaries and everyone at the court wanted to serve under his supervision. Throughout his professional career, his great sense of humor permeated the courtroom once he put on his judicial robes, bringing joy and laughter wherever he was. His greatest accomplishment was the undivided attention and love given to his wife, children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Beth Ann Dishman.
Survivors: His wife of 32 years, Paula Cabluck Day; sons, Randy Day and his wife, Sandy, John Day and Brian Day and his wife, Norma; grandchildren, Lindsey Samantha Day, Rachel and Sam Day and Gerard and Edward Mendoza; brother, Michael James Dickerson; sister, Leslie Wharton and her husband, Norman; and nieces and nephews.