James Rezia Meyers passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 88 on February 25th 2017 in Austin Texas.
James Meyers was born on August 6th 1928 in Abilene, Texas to Percy Avery and Katherine Jarvis Meyers. He graduated from Rice University where he was student body president and the University of Texas Law School where he achieved the Order of the Coif and was a member of the Chancellors. Following graduation from law school he joined the army as an officer in the Advocate General Corps based at Fort Hood. After a time in private practice, he became Judge of the 126th District Court in Travis County in 1966. As a retired District Judge, he was well known and respected as a mediator and arbitrator.
Judge Meyers was a founding lawyer for and board member of the Lola B Wright foundation from May 1980 until April 2012. He also served on the Rice University Board of Governors. Early in his career he was recognized as a Distinguished Young Attorney and later in his career he was recognized as a Distinguished Senior Attorney by the Austin Bar Association.
He loved sailing, opera, and spending time with his family but his true passion was the law. He will be remembered for his quick and impish wit, his legal intellect and rigor, his support of young attorneys (except when subjecting them to the 'Judge Meyers treatment' in court) and promoting access to the judicial system.
Judge Meyers was preceded in death by his parents, his oldest son Charles Jordan Meyers and his only sibling Charles Jarvis Meyers. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Auler Meyers and his first wife Barbara Jordan Meyers. Also his daughter, Anna Katherine Meyers and her children Jordan Shelby Smith and James Spencer Smith; his son, James Stephen Meyers; his daughter Martha Eddings Meyers and her children Caroline Anna Hamilton and Amie Katherine Hamilton; and his son Charlie's children, Carter Avery Meyers, Sterling Hardin Meyers, and Miller Jarvis Meyers. He is also survived by his stepdaughter, Anne Greenwood Wooten; his stepson, Joseph Goodall Wooten and his children Sol Xuan Wooten and Savannah Jade Wooten; and his brothers' children, Katherine Meyers Garon and George Meyers.
He will be put to rest Saturday March 4th 2017 in a private graveside service after which there will be a public celebration of life at Tarry House, 3006 Bowman Ave., at 2pm. The family invites all who wish to come and share stories and commemorate his life.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (www.vlsoct.org) or The Judge James R. Meyers Scholarship c/o The University of Texas Law School Foundation, 727 East Dean Keeton, Austin, Texas 78705.
As stated in the Austin American-Statesman when Judge Meyers retired from the bench, he was "A lawyer's lawyer and a judge's judge."