(1928 - 2011)
Francis Scott (Scotty) Baldwin died August 23, 2011, in Longboat Key, Florida. He died peacefully and was surrounded by his family. During his illness he remained upbeat, positive, and his sense of humor remained intact.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 26, 2011, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Marshall with Father John M. Himes, OSF, officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today, August 25, 2011, at Downs Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Baldwin Jr., Phillip Baldwin III, Sam Baldwin, Franklin Jones III, Jack Sanders Jr. and Doug McPhail. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Jack Sanders and James Ware.
Scotty, a lifelong resident of Marshall, Texas, was born December 3, 1928. He was one of four (4) children of Lucile Jones Baldwin and Dr. John Browning Baldwin.
He is predeceased by his brothers, John Browning "Jack" Baldwin Jr. and Phillip Benjamin Baldwin.
He is survived by his sister, Mary Jane Sanders. He is also survived by his wife of 58 years, Coralee (Cody) Fain Baldwin. They were married December 28, 1952, in Brownwood, Texas. They have three (3) children, Lucille Lee Baldwin, F. Scott Baldwin Jr. and John (Jack) Browning Baldwin. Scotty and Cody also have two grandchildren, Samuel (Sam) Paul Baldwin and Frances Lee Baldwin. They also have a stepgrandson, Trey Austin Haug.
Scotty went to undergraduate college at North Texas State University. He then attended law school at the University of Texas and received his J.D. degree in law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1953. His legal career spanned the next fifty (50) years and he was known throughout the legal profession as one of the best trial lawyers in America.
He began his legal career in Marshall, Texas, as a sole practitioner and later partnered with his brother, Phillip. He later joined the firm of Jones, Jones and Baldwin, which subsequently evolved into Jones, Jones, Baldwin, Curry and Roth. In 1986, he formed the firm of Baldwin & Baldwin, where he partnered with his two sons, Scott Jr. and Jack, until his retirement.
His accomplishments during his legal career are vast and include membership in the Inner Circle of Advocates, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers. He was President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and is a past President of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He was a sought-after speaker on the topic of trial advocacy. He lectured to both national and state trial lawyer organizations, and was a frequent lecturer at Harvard Law School. He was the author of four books about courtroom argument and procedure.
Scotty was a kind and generous man and will be missed by his family and friends.
Online condolences may be made at www.downsfuneralhome.com
Published in The Marshall News Messenger on August 25, 2011