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John Stanley Boles
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Birth: Mar. 12, 1918
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Dec. 22, 2010
Harris County
Texas, USA

John Stanley Boles, age 92, of Houston, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, the 22nd of December 2010. John was born on the 12th of March 1918 in Lexington, Kentucky, to Stanley Atwood and Claire Petty Boles. His father was the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach for the University of Kentucky, and his mother was a teacher at a local school. While an undergraduate, John played football and basketball, and he spent his summers working as a fishing guide on lakes in northern Kentucky and Canada. John later joined Phi Kappa Tau fraternity before graduating from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce in 1940. He then graduated with a Law Degree from the University of Kentucky in 1942. With the outbreak of World War II, John enlisted in the Army and was commissioned as a Captain. He was sent to officer training school at Kelly AFB in San Antonio. It was here that he met his future wife, Dorothy Pearl Gayle, at a military social. John was stationed in India and later China. On the 13th of November 1943, John flew to Florida where he and Dorothy were married. John returned home from the war to San Antonio in 1946 to start a family. John and Dorothy moved to Houston later that year and became lifelong members of St. Martin's Episcopal Church. The family enjoyed numerous road trips to America's national parks and fishing trips to Rockport. As a young attorney in the late 1940s, John served as counsel to the land department at the Houston office of Gulf Oil Corporation. In the early 1950s, John went to work for Butler & Binion, L.L.P. where he would become a managing partner and later a senior partner emeritus. During his 40 year tenure with Butler & Binion, John served as a trustee on the boards of many civic foundations in Houston. John was a lifelong member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the Houston Bar Association. At the time of his retirement at age 75, Butler & Binion, L.L.P. was Houston's fifth largest law firm. John and Dorothy enjoyed spending time at their weekend home on the beach in Galveston where they were members of the Yacht Club and the Pelican Club. There were numerous summer fishing vacations to Toledo Bend, as well as trips to Europe and Asia. They also enjoyed frequent visits to New York City where they loved to attend Broadway shows, art museums, and their favorite restaurants. John is survived by his three sons and their wives, Stanley Boles and Wendy Kahle of Portland, Oregon, Glenn and Kathleen Boles of Houston, and Wayne and Louann Boles of Frisco. He is also survived by his grandsons, Brett Boles and wife Annette of Lubbock, and Jeffrey Boles of Frisco. John is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Brian, Erin, and Brady Boles, all of Lubbock. He is also survived by his brother, William Oscar Boles and wife Claire; as well as his cousin, Dr. Ewing Thomas Boles, Jr. He was predeceased in 2007 by his wife of 63 years, the late Dorothy Pearl Gayle; and in 1998 by his grandson, Brian Patrick Boles. The family desires to express their sincere and heartfelt appreciation to John's caregivers, Beverly Adler and Florence Hicks, and the dedicated staff at The Forum at Memorial Woods. A private interment service was conducted on Tuesday, the 28th of December, at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston. For those desiring, the family suggests contributions in memory of John be directed to the St. Martin's Endowment Fund, 717 Sage Rd., Houston, TX, 77056.

Published in Houston Chronicle on January 2, 2011 
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  Stanley A Boles (1887 - 1961)
  Lydia Clare Petty Boles (1889 - 1967)
Memorial Oaks Cemetery
Harris County
Texas, USA
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