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Highland Park Department of Public Safety Sgt. Lance Koppa said the town has set up a tent and that hot cocoa will be served. If that’s not enough to keep people cozy, there will also be plenty of “warm personalities” on hand, he said.
This year, Highland Park Mayor Joel Williams will be doing the honors of setting the over 5,000 red, blue, orange, and green Christmas lights ablaze. Last year the honor went to Margaret McDermott.
The Lads and Lassies will also be performing Christmas carols, and Santa should be arriving on a big red fire truck.
If you’re not too intimidated by the weather, swing on by. It’s usually the perfect start to the holiday season.
Charles Carlton Gray died in Dallas on Nov. 20 after a lengthy illness. He was 84. The son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Grady Gray of Minden, La., he attended Virginia Military Institute and LSU, was a graduate of LSU Law School, and was a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to law school, he served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army stationed in Japan during the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife, Tracy, and two children: Carmen Felice Gray and her husband, Wade Stallings, of Durango, Colo.; Charles C. Gray Jr., and his wife, Fell, of New York City; and his grandchildren Clara, Alden, and Charlie. He is also survived by his sister, Sandra Gray Hunt (Mrs. Davis) of Ruston, La.
He practiced oil and gas law in Shreveport, La., for a number of years before moving to Dallas and joining Mobil Oil Corporation. He retired as a private practitioner in Dallas.
The burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Institute for Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease at the UNT Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX, 76107, 817-735-2445.
Ron Hall and the late Denver Moore captured audiences with their New York Times best-selling memoir Same Kind of Different as Me, in 2006. Before Moore died in March of 2012, the friends collaborated on the children’s book Everybody Can Help Somebody, which is illustrated with some of Moore’s paintings.
Hall will be signing copies of Everybody Can Help Somebody at Stanley Korshak tomorrow from noon to 3 p.m. Artist Anne Neilson will also be autographing copies of her book, Angels In Our Midst.
So swing by to meet these delightful authors, and take care of a few things on your Christmas shopping list.
Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Beth Gardner of University Park; his three children: Lisa Gardner Powers and her husband, Adam, of University Park; Leigh Gardner McCartin and her husband, Michael, of University Park; and Mary Mansfield and her husband, Matt, of Rochester, N.Y.; four grandchildren: Mary Grace McCartin, Maxwell McCartin, Caroline Powers, and Chad Felton; and two great-grandchildren.
Jim was born in Corsicana, Texas, to James Forrest and Mary Sue Gardner on June 10, 1934. He earned his B.B.A. in finance from SMU in 1955. As a college freshman, Jim began his studies with aspirations of engineering, but after enrolling in an introductory finance course, he followed his bliss in business, which led to a fulfilling career in the world of banking and ultimately being widely recognized as a leading expert in complex credit deals. In 1955, Jim joined MBank (formerly Mercantile Bank), where he progressed through increasing levels of responsibility before being elected vice chairman of the board and director in 1979 and then president in 1981. He retired from Bank One as vice chairman of the board in 1990 and later served as president and chief executive officer of Pacific Southwest Bank.
After Pacific Southwest Bank, Jim became an investment banker. He served as senior managing director of Samco Capital Markets for 13 years. He then co-founded Commerce Street Holdings, where he served as chairman for six years until his retirement in 2012. He was a past president of the Dallas Bankers Association, and a longtime director of two NYSE listed companies, Century Link Inc. and Ennis Inc.
Jim’s community service spanned areas from international affairs to the arts. His leadership positions included chairman of the international committee of the North Texas Commission, board member of the Dallas Opera, and director of the United Way of Greater Dallas. He served as chairman of the board of visitors of the School for Officer Training of the Salvation Army in Atlanta. In recognition of this service, he received the Order of Distinguished Service from the Salvation Army. Jim was also a dedicated and longtime member of First United Methodist, where he served as trustee for many years. He served as a member of SMU’s Executive Board of Perkins School of Theology and convener of the Dean’s Roundtable at Perkins. He was awarded with SMU’s Distinguished Alumni award.
He was a world traveler with a weakness for the majestic beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Jim also appreciated fine dining and enjoyed sharing that experience with his family and close friends. In addition to gourmet food, he was a voracious consumer of knowledge; books were his constant companions, and one was often found cradled in his hands as he slumbered serenely on Sunday afternoons. Jim absolutely adored his grandchildren and loved spending time with them.
Visitation was held at Sparkman Hillcrest on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. A memorial service was held at First United Methodist Church of Dallas on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army, DFW Metroplex, P.O. Box 36006, Dallas, TX 75235 or First United Methodist Church, 1928 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201, or make a contribution for scholarships in his name (James B. Gardner) to the SW Graduate School of Banking (SWGSB) at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. Information on how to make additional contributions will be posted on Commerce Street’s website (www.commercestreetcapital.com), or you may contact SWGSB directly at 214-768-2991.