Brick Council members have fond memories of Jim Calcote and all that he did to promote brick in his lifetime. Jim passed away on March 25, 2013. He enjoyed a long career in the brick industry that began when Jim moved his family to Mangum, Okla., where Jim served as general manager and president of Mangum Brick Co. until 1981. He joined U.S. Brick as general manager of the Mineral Wells plant in 1981. In 1984, Jim and Helen formed Tascosa Brick in Amarillo as brick distributors, where he served as owner and CEO, representing the products of several brick companies.
On January 19, 2013, the brick industry tragically lost Stephen Scott, the youngest son of the Jewett Scott family of Mangum Brick Company. Stephen perished doing what he loved most–flying airplanes. He was piloting one of two planes owned by Mangum Brick when suspected engine trouble brought down the plane, killing Stephen and two passengers. Stephen learned to fly while in college at Oklahoma State University. He logged thousands of hours of flight time in several different types of aircraft. He was a commercial pilot, was IFR and Multi Engine rated. He had received additional flight safety training throughout the years and was always known for his safety. Upon graduating from OSU, Stephen went to work for Jewett Scott Truck Lines where he served as Secretary Treasurer for the corporation and was a stockholder in the company. He was active in many areas of the company starting as a driver, working in the shop, and spending many years working with the dispatching of the trucks. After the truck line sold in late 2002 Stephen worked for Mangum Brick and served in several areas heading up the maintenance of the trucks and heavy equipment, concrete batch plant, mining clay, and hauling brick. Stephen was a vice president of the company and Stockholder until it sold in 2010 to MB Holdings, LLC. Stephen was the pilot for the company at his death. His family, friends and business colleagues remembers Stephen as a very special man who was always willing and ready to do whatever was needed to make the company better, and to help someone in need.
The Brick Council lost a long-time member with the passing of James Wilson Thomas on November 12, 2012. Wilson was among the partners that opened Snyder Brick & Tile in the early 1990s. Soonafter, Snyder Brick & Tile became the first brick manufacturer to make and introduce Claystone, a uniquely formulated stone product made from clay. The fully functioning brick plant located the West Texas town of Snyder recently ceased operations, however, Claystone(R) by Everlast Systems, Inc. continues to be sold today by brick distributors across Texas and in several other states.
On October 25, 2011, we lost a founding member, Charles Chambers. Chambers Brick Sales started when Charles purchased the Fort Worth office of Reliance Clay Products in 1981. He had been working there since 1967 and had become the sales manger. Other family members have joined the staff along with other experienced employees. Charles’ son Mark is now the primary owner and an active member of the DFW Brick Council.