William Paul Spillman, Sr

William Paul Spillman, Sr

Coyville, Wilson County, Kansas, USA
Death 12 Apr 1980 (aged 55)
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Wellington, Collingsworth County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 93744882 · View Source
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The Wellington Leader April 17, 1980

Paul Spillman, 55, a Wellington attorney for 30
years and senior member of the law firm of Spillman and Spillman, died in Granville C. Morton Hospital, Dallas at 4:45 a.m. on Saturday. He had been in ill health for much of the last year. He came to Wellington in 1950 shortly after he graduated from Baylor University Law School, and this was the only town in which he ever opened his law offices. He first practiced in the office of the late Judge R.H. Cocke. For several years, Gerald Summerford, now of Ft. Worth, was an associate. He was joined by his son, Bill Spillman, also a graduate of Baylor Law School, in 1971. For many years, much of his civil practice had extended outside of Collingsworth County. An achievement in which he took pride was his part in the sale of that part of the Matador Ranch in the western Panhandle.

Spillman became involved in Democratic Party politics early in his career and was a former county democratic chairman. He served as county and city attorney, but on a broader scope he knew many who were major shapers of the county's policy, including presidents, congressmen and senators. Within the last few years, he had served as legal counsel in fighting utility rate increases, first
representing the city, then with a coalition in which he joined other attorneys for a large number of Texas towns. He continued to accept and work on cases until less than two weeks before his death. A World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, Spillman was active in Veterans affairs. He was the American Legion post and 18th District commander and State Vice-commander,chairman of the Veterans Land Board Committee for the American Legion and an American Legion National Security Committee member. He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

A member of First United Methodist Church, he served on the official board and was a past member of the Committee for Boy Scouts. Spillman was president of the Collingsworth County and 100th District Bar associations and served on the State Bar Committee for Continuing Court Records. He was commander of the Texas State Guard unit at the time of his death. Deeply interested in water development, he was a driving force in efforts to secure dams and lakes, projects he foresaw on area-wide rather than county scope. This was not to be realized in his lifetime, although the groundwork he laid remains.

William Paul Spillman was born Januarly 19, 1925 near Coyville, Kansas, the son of the late William Plumb and Emma Jane Smith Spillman. He graduated from Coyville High School and attended Iowa State Diesel Engineering School in Ames, Iowa before entering Baylor Uriiversity to study law. He was married to Miss Erma Lou Blinker at
Fredonia, Kansas June 29, 1946. She was associated with him in his office and in tax work during much of the time he was here.

Survivors are his wife; his son, Bill Spillman; and two daughters, Mrs. Maxie(Cheryl Ann) Tarver and Lynette Spillman, all of Wellington; and one brother, John Spillman of Parsons, Kansas; and two granddaughters, Ashley and Marnie Spillman.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 93744882
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Paul Spillman, Sr (19 Jan 1925–12 Apr 1980), Find a Grave Memorial no. 93744882, citing Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Wellington, Collingsworth County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Dodson Cemetery Association (contributor 47740398) .