In Memoriam: Emmet Ross Harris

Longtime banker Emmet Ross Harris, affectionately known as “Big Daddy” by his grandchildren, passed away on October 10. He was 75. In 2010, Harris was diagnosed with liver cancer. After exhausting other treatment options, he received a liver transplant in 2012. He was fortunate to receive this gift of life from an unknown organ donor, … Read more

In Memoriam: Joe Winniford, American National Bank of Texas

Longtime Texas banker Joe Don Winniford passed away on September 15. As his obituary states, he was “renowned for his passion for people, charm and humility…an energetic and friendly soul [whose] life was filled with experiences and adventure.” Winniford served in the U.S. Navy for four years, then earned his BBA degree from East Texas … Read more

Bank of Brenham Founder Lee Gaskamp Passes Away

Longtime Texas banker Lee Roy Gaskamp Jr., 69, passed away on September 6 after an exhausting battle with COVID-19. During his lifetime, he served at several community banks and as a commissioned state bank examiner with the Texas Department of Banking before founding the Bank of Brenham in 2001. He served as the bank’s president … Read more

In Memoriam: Lowell ‘Stretch’ Smith Jr.

Lowell “Stretch” Smith Jr., longtime banker and avid civic supporter in Johnson County, passed away on August 29. He was 88. For decades, he helped lead the First State Bank of Rio Vista. Smith grew up on a family ranch near Rio Vista. Many people knew him as “Stretch,” a nickname acquired from his high … Read more

In Memoriam: William E. Howard, Former President, CEO and Director of TrustTexas Bank SSB

William Elery (Bill) Howard Jr., 79 of Victoria passed away peacefully on August 12 from complications of a rare form of Parkinsonism called progressive supranuclear palsy. Services were held on August 18 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Victoria. Howard served for many years as president and chief executive officer of Cuero-based TrustTexas Bank; after … Read more

Legendary Dallas Banker George Jones Passes Away

Dallas banking icon George Jones passed away on May 21 at age 77. For most of the past year, he endured challenges caused by an illness—the exceedingly rare Vexas Syndrome—that had developed over the past 20 years. But, according to his obituary, no one ever heard him complain. After earning his BBA degree from the … Read more

In Memoriam: Castroville State Bank’s Evangelina Cuellar Rangel

Evangelina Cuellar Rangel, a teller at Castroville State Bank, passed away on February 15 in San Antonio. She was 69. Known by family, friends and coworkers as Angie, Rangel served as a bank teller for more than 30 years. According to her obituary, “She enjoyed seeing and talking to her customers every day. She had … Read more

Longtime Dallas Banker Wayne Fogle Passes Away

Wayne Fogle, a longtime Dallas banker, passed away at his home on February 23. He was 85. Fogle began his banking career at Midland National Bank after serving in the Finance Corp of the U.S. Army. In 1965, he moved to Dallas where he continued his banking career at Hampton State Bank, Trinity National Bank, … Read more

In Memoriam: Wayne Frederick, Founder of The WFA Group

Wayne Henry Frederick, founder of the financial services company The WFA Group, passed away on December 31, 2020. He was 88. Upon graduating from high school, Frederick served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War, attached to the U.S. Mine Force Fleet in Charleston, South Carolina. While he was stationed … Read more

Thomas Wesley Herbst, Former President and CEO of First State Bank of Jasper, Passes Away

Thomas Wesley Herbst, former president and CEO of First State Bank of Jasper, passed away on January 8. He was 87. After earning a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas in 1956, he worked for the Ethyl Corp. in Houston before returning to Jasper to work for the First State Bank in … Read more