The Rev. Dr. Joseph Hastings Schley, Jr., a/k/a Buddy, 81, of Amarillo, TX passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2021.
Private services will be held for the family.
Dr. Schley was born on April 13, 1939, in Dallas, Texas to Joseph Hastings Schley and Jane Bryan Schley. He held degrees from Southern Methodist University, SMU School of Law, and Virginia Theological Seminary with additional studies in Sewanee Tennessee, England, and Israel. He married Carolyn Gene Higginbotham on May 15, 1964. He practiced law in Dallas, the United State Air Force as an officer with the Judge Advocate General during the Vietnam War, and in Amarillo where he served as a city judge. Before retirement, he served several Episcopal churches in Virginia, Florida, and Texas as well the Episcopal church at the Diocesan, Regional, and National levels. He was past president and director of various civic and charitable organizations. Most recently, he served as priest to St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Amarillo and as a certified court appointed mediator with the Dispute Resolution Center in Amarillo.
He was preceded in death by his wife on June 10, 2016; and three grandchildren, Jordan, Christopher, and Christy.
Survivors include two sons, Bryan Taylor Schley and wife Teresa of Amarillo, and Scott Hastings Schley and wife Shannon of Arlington; four grandchildren, Taylor, Matthew and wife Angela, Joseph, and Tanna; a sister, Sally Hill and husband Richard B. Hill Jr. of Dallas; and his special friend, Almalinda Barrera Lawrence of Canyon.