In Memory
  John Hamshire Williams
         WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas honors and
  commemorates the life of John Hamshire Williams, who died on
  October 20, 2023, at the age of 90; and
         WHEREAS, John Williams was born on October 17, 1933, in El
  Paso, and in 1941, he moved with his family to Pecos; he
  experienced the joys of rural living while growing up on his
  family's farm before attending Saint Edward's High School, and he
  went on to study at The University of Texas; and
         WHEREAS, A gifted student and athlete, he played on the
  university's 1952 football team and participated in the Reserve
  Officers' Training Corps program; John graduated in 1957 with a
  degree in mechanical engineering, and he was commissioned as a
  second lieutenant in the United States Air Force and was later
  accepted into Harvard Business School; and
         WHEREAS, John worked for several years for the Western
  Company before beginning a long and successful career of more
  than three decades in the securities industry; over the course of
  his career, he gained valuable experience working for a number of
  different firms in places like San Antonio and Dallas, and he
  came to be regarded as a trusted expert and a respected leader in
  his field; and
         WHEREAS, John served in multiple executive and leadership
  roles at firms in the industry and in professional organizations,
  and he retired from his career in the securities industry in
  1999; guided by his natural talent for business and his
  entrepreneurial spirit, John was instrumental in underwriting
  Clear Channel Communications, CCU; he served with distinction as
  director of the successful, multimillion-dollar company until
  2008, when it was sold to an investment group; and
         WHEREAS, In addition to his rewarding professional
  endeavors, John delighted in traveling with his family to visit
  Pecos and on skiing and quail-hunting trips; among his favorite
  pastimes, he enjoyed golfing and congregating with his closest
  friends at Rivercrest Country Club in Fort Worth, and he was a
  founding member of the Arlington Heights Cribbage Club; during
  the holiday season, John took great care in preparing his
  specialty pecans, which he delivered and shipped to his many
  friends around the globe; and
         WHEREAS, John was an adoring father to his three children,
  whom he shared with Suzanne Smith, his first wife and a cherished
  friend and companion in his later years; he was blessed to enjoy 27
  years of marriage with his beloved second wife, the late Anne
  McLean, until the time of her passing in 2012, and he treasured his
  grandchildren and his many loving extended family members; and
         WHEREAS, John's wisdom, warmth, and determined spirit were
  a source of strength and comfort to his family and countless
  friends, and he leaves behind an inspiring legacy and many
  precious memories that will be forever treasured by his loved
  ones and by all who were privileged to know him and to share in
  his life; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 88th
  Legislature, 4th Called Session, hereby extend sincere
  condolences to the bereaved family of John Hamshire Williams;
  and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
  his family as an expression of deepest sympathy from the Texas
  Senate and that when the Senate adjourns this day, it do so in
  memory of John Williams.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on November 27, 2023,
    by a rising vote.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate