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John R. Halliburton Obituary

by Front Porch Rockwall



On February 2, 2019 John R. Halliburton, loving husband, father of three children and grandfather of three grandchildren, passed away at the age of 84.  John was born on July 31, 1934 in Shreveport, LA to Ralph Eloe and Mary Katherine (Smith). He married Julia Ella Bateman, on December 17, 1955.  Married for 63 years, John and Julia raised three children, Cherie Ann (Ralph Meyer), John Robert Halliburton II (Leigh Anne) and Rhonda Marie.

John earned a BS degree in Math at Centenary College, 1955 and his law degree LLB/JD from Southern Methodist University in 1964 in addition LLM/JD in International Law at George Washington University in 1974.  John was a member of the Texas State Bar (1964) for 55 years and admitted to the D.C. Bar in 1972, U.S. SupremeCourt in 1967.  Halliburton was appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney to the Western District of Louisiana in 1981 to retirement in 2003.  During his professional career, John was employed with Collins Radio in Richardson, Texas and with the merge of Collins Radio Limitada/Rockwell International in Arlington, Virginia and then relocating to Brazil as V. P./ General Manager for Rockwell International in 1974.

After returning to the United States, Halliburton chose Rockwall, Texas as home for his family and he contributed greatly locally in many civic affairs.  John R. Halliburton was an author of many legal reports, composer, lyricist, member PAC good government committee, member master planning committee for Rockwall County, Texas 2011, 1st Lt. US Army, 1955-59.  Recipient Academic Affairs achievement award as a faculty member of The University of Phoenix, Dallas, 2012.  Fellow of The State Bar of Texas, Rockwall County Bar Assn. (charter member, CLE  lecturer. 1981-87) and so many other numerous awards and committee appointments, and Pro Bono work to list.  John had a passion for music, especially being a professional trombonist with The Tommy Dorsey Band and Stan Kenton as a young man.  He was a gifted published composer, and known for writing many poems and personal sentiments for his family’s birthday celebrations and anniversaries to his wife.  John’s spiritual life and faith in God began as a young alter boy at St. Johns in Shreveport, Louisiana and continued on as a 4th degree Knight of Columbus.  Most important to John was his devotion and love for his family and often delighting in attending grandchildren’s athletic events, piano recitals, swim meets and caring for their safety.  At the end of every phone call “Pap” would say “and with all of that, I love you and  I am signing off”.




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