September 3, 1927 - October 25, 2016
Ralph W. Pulley, Jr., 89, passed away on October 25, 2016, in Dallas, Texas where he had resided and practiced law for over 66 years. He was a servant of God, deeply loved by his family and friends and respected professional constituents. “The righteous man leads a blameless life, blessed are his children after him.” Proverbs 20:7
Ralph was born in Ft. Worth, Texas, on September 3, 1927, proud to be a fourth generation Texan. His parents were Ralph Pulley Sr. and Virginia Helm Pulley of Ft. Worth. He spoke often of his school years at Lily B. Clayton Elementary, McLean Jr. High and Paschal High School, where he graduated in 1945. He and his friend since 3rd grade, Jack Robinson, had played sandlot baseball and basketball since early years and started playing organized basketball in McLean Jr. High. In Paschal High School, under Coach Charlie Turner, the team won Bi-District and won the state championship in 1945. Ralph also served as Senior Class President.
Scholarship in hand, he selected Baylor University with Paschal teammates Jack Robinson and Bill Johnson, where the Baylor teams won the Southwest Conference 3 out of 4 years, 1946, 1948 and 1949. Ralph was co-captain of the 1948 team that won the S.W. Conference, Region 6 Playoff, and the Western NCAA in Kansas City, sending the team to the Final Four national championship in New York’s Madison Square Garden where they lost to Kentucky. They remained in NYC to play in the Olympic elimination tournament. He graduated from Baylor School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 1950. While at Baylor he served as President of the Sophomore class, President of the Baylor Chamber of Commerce, and was selected to Who’s Who in American Colleges. He spent his summers working at his uncle’s private airport earning his private pilot’s license.
He married fellow Baylorite and Dallasite, Rubye Drumwright, in Dallas at First Baptist Church in August 1950 and they have enjoyed over 66 years of marriage. They were blessed with three children, Claudia, Ralph William, and Tom. First Baptist Church was the center of their lives and they were blest with many life-long friends and Bible teachings from Dr. W. A. Criswell, Dr. O.S. Hawkins, Dr. Mac Brunson, and Dr. Robert Jeffress. Ralph was ordained a deacon in the Fellowship of Deacons in 1960 and served as chairman in 1975 and 1976. He taught or worked in almost every division of Sunday School.
His association and great respect for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth began when his best friend, hunting buddy, and brother-in-law, Dr. Huber Drumwright, was Professor of New Testament and Dean of the School of Theology. Ralph served as a trustee of SWBTS for 22 years. He considers this service as one of the high points in his Christian life. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Baptist Convention Foundation, served on the Board of Directors of the Southern Baptist of Texas Foundation, and was a member of the administrative committee of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He worked closely with Dr. Criswell and Jack Pogue in the formative years of Criswell College and served as a Trustee for 12 years. He also served as Trustee of the W. A. Criswell Foundation.
He considered it a privilege to be a Life Member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, president of the All-Sports Association in early years, and President of the Dallas Baylor Club.
He spent 13 years in the J.A.G. section of the 36th National Guard, and proud to be a “T. Patcher.”
Ralph loved the practice of law. He started in 1950 with the law firm of Phinney-Hallman and after 30 years opened his private practice in Preston Center where he remained the following years. He was a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association and was authorized to practice before the Supreme Court and the Customs Court of the United States.
He was a family man and Christian gentleman, sharing family vacations, Baylor football and basketball games, and visits to the Augusta National Masters Golf Tournament. He cherished his Saturday morning golf games and various hunting trips, which were memorable in humorous ways, making for great stories.
He is survived by his wife, of 66 years, Rubye; daughter, Claudia; son, Tom and wife, Stephanie; very special grandsons, Thomas and William; brother, Stan; sister-in-law, Minette D. Pratt and husband, Dr. Bill Pratt; Drs. Meme and H.W. Perry, Debbie and Max Underwood, and many special nieces and nephews; and dear family friends, Mrs. Tom Anderson and Charles Anderson. Ralph is preceded in death by his son, Ralph; sister, Sissy; parents; and brother-in-law, Dr. Huber Drumwright.
“How can we thank God enough for you and for the joy and delight you have given us?” I Thessalonians 3:9. If so desired, memorials may be sent to his beloved First Baptist Church of Dallas or Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 28, 2016 in the historic sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Dallas. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 7405 West Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225.
“Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Revelation 2:10
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