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Highly-respected Dallas architect Phillip W. Shepherd Sr. died Thursday, July 11, 2019, a longtime family friend confirmed to CandysDirt. He was 77.

Reared in Graham, Shepherd graduated with a degree in architecture from Texas Tech University in the 1960s. He began his firm, PWS Architects, in 1963.

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When you look at the current landscape of Uptown Dallas, you’d be hard pressed to find a place Shepherd didn’t influence as an architect. His portfolio is long and varied, and includes such Dallas mainstays as The Crescent Hotel and the Mansion on Turtle Creek.

In Dallas, he collaborated with other architects and builders to craft buildings that would honor Texas history, but also put a distinctly contemporary stamp on places the city (and its visitors) would come to work and play. (more…)

YountI met Kelly Yount about six years ago, as I do so many people, in the course of publishing this blog-turned-website. She had reached out to me and we met for lunch as two total strangers, and it was a two-hour lunch with iced tea — no wine even. I mean, we clicked.

She was a beautiful blonde attorney, very much like my own daughter, and we had so much to talk about and share. I learned that she was from Knoxville, Tennessee, that she had three beautiful children, that she was a lawyer in real estate law.

I knew she loved ranches and animals.

We kept in touch through CandysDirt.com and of course, Facebook.

A few years ago, she reached out to me after a tragedy in my own family and graciously invited me and my daughter and grand-daughter to a beautiful meal at her home. That is where we met her pet pig, Daisy, a baby piglet at the time.

We have been in touch since, talked about grabbing lunch or a glass of wine, but our busy lives just got in the way.

Sometimes I wonder why we cannot just push pause on this world and everything in it. I’m not saying stop, but pause. A breather. A chance to reach out to people and just connect, then hit the start button again and get on with it.

Because the one time I did that with Kelly, I met a beautiful person who will be in my heart forever.

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We here at CandysDirt.com are still mourning the abrupt, shattering loss of renowned builder Tom Greico

Tom, a Dallas Builders Association Honored Life Director, a CandysDirt.com preferred builder and founding partner of this website, an eclectic Dallas figure, and a brilliant home builder who pioneered modern vision in many Dallas neighborhoods when most of us were just learning what transitional meant, died Jan. 13. 
 
As Phil Crone, Executive Officer of the Dallas Builder’s Association wrote, “Because Tom Greico brought light to every room he entered, his passing is especially difficult to convey.”
 
For those who wish to honor and celebrate the life of such a wonderful man and accomplished businessman, funeral services have been planned for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Restland Funeral Home.
 
“It is particularly difficult for us here at CandysDirt.com. I have personally known Tom Greico for years, meeting him early in my career as a real estate reporter,” said CandysDirt.com founder and publisher Candy Evans. “I toured his first homes in Midway Hollow and East Dallas, and heard him describe what he was creating with a passion few home builders possess, probably due to the fact that he was both an architect as well as a homebuilder. There was a methodology to every angle, and nothing was impossible.  Tom had a zest for living and for life, which was translated into his homes. He was also one of the most gracious men you could ever meet. He was naturally happy and brought out the best not just in, but for, everyone he was around.”
 

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It is with a heavy heart that I write of a huge loss to the Dallas Real Estate community and to all of us: our Jack Evans.

Rev. Eric Folkerth, pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church, where Evans, 86, and his spouse, George Harris, 83, are members, announced the death today. But earlier this morning, I had received a call alerting me to Jack’s death. Jack died Thursday evening. He most recently had worked with Worth Ross & Associates.

“I’m sorry to inform you that Jack Evans died last night at Baylor hospital. As many of you know, Jack had been fighting lung issues for some weeks and was never able to overcome them. George and I prayed with Jack before his death, and he was definitely at peace at the end,” Folkerth wrote on Facebook.

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Ebby Halliday with Ellen Terry after Ebby bought up Terry's brokerage in 1995. (Photo: Ebby Halliday Realtors)

Ebby Halliday with Ellen Terry after Ebby bought up Terry’s brokerage in 1995. (Photo: Ebby Halliday Realtors)

“Ebby Halliday has always been my hero both before and after I worked for her. She is a once-in-a-lifetime friend and an incredible human being and role model.  She was the grand dame of residential real estate not only in Dallas, Texas, but worldwide. She will be sorely missed and I consider her one of my dearest friends. She leaves a great legacy for all of us to emulate.

With my love and sympathy for the grand dame of Dallas real estate,

Ellen Terry”