Decatur native was pioneer Republican leader in Tarrant County becoming county chair in 1975; in 1988 elected to the state House of Representatives, saying she did not "come down here to pass bills. Began country music's radio program Louisiana Hayride in 1948 where artist such as Elvis Presley and Hank Williams got their breaks. Through our advanced obituary search, you may search our database of obituaries by name, location, date of death and keywords. Career in national defense and aerospace technology, became chief of LTV Corp., headed Dallas Transit Board. Co-founder in 1972 of Fiesta Mart supermarkets specializing in international foods, one store grew to chain of 49 across Texas. Jim Jones in the television drama Guyana Tragedy for which he won an Emmy Award in 1980, and in movies such as the 2005 Sin City; attended Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) and received a master's degree in drama from Southern Methodist University. Houstonian was among the Texas songwriters of the 1960s, first hit was "Funny, Familiar, Forgotten Feelings"; his "An American Trilogy" was a Elvis Presley standard. Midland businessman who ran for Texas governor against State Treasurer Ann Richards in 1990; initially led in polls by 20 points but made ill-advised comments on the campaign trail and ultimately lost the race; continued in business, taking Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. public in 1993 and diversifying into ranching and real estate. Southlake resident was star kicker for the New York Giants in the late 1950s, best-known as the calm voice of NFL broadcasts for some 40 years. Center of the 1984 Supreme Court case that gave rights to disabled students; the unanimous decision said the Irving school district should provide certain health care measures that did not require a doctor; died in Dallas from complications of infections resulting from her congenital spinal defect. Long time member of Congress from Fort Worth, elected majority leader in 1976 and Speaker in 1987, resigned in 1989, started political career in 1947 in the Legislature at the age of 23, then became mayor of Weatherford before he went to Congress in 1954. Was known as Lana Phillips in 1966 when she was hit in the UT Tower shootings, became music teacher and founded Austin Children's Repertoire Company. President of Southern Methodist University in Dallas since 1987. Dallas Cowboys quarterback whose charm and wit brought fame as commentator for Monday Night Football where he always acknowledged his parents, Jeff and Hazel, back in Mount Vernon. Austin civic leader, wife of Dell Computer executive, benefactor gave millions of dollars to social causes; complications from cancer. Arts patron, long-time regent for the University of North Texas, former co-owner of Dallas Cowboys. An electrician and mechanic who was lead plaintiff in a 1968 lawsuit which desegregated the Corpus Christi schools. Singer-songwriter and lead vocalist for Skid Row from 1999 to 2015; loved both rock and country music as a boy in the Dallas-Fort Worth area; released a solo country album in 2008. Fort Worth native, Arlington Heights graduate, received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for her role in the 1958 film Some Came Running opposite Frank Sinatra. Dean of San Antonio talk radio and one of founders of nationwide phenomenon in the 1950s. An engineer for eight years of the legendary Brackenridge Eagle miniature train that has been a tourist attraction in San Antonio for more than 50 years. Entertainment producer who in 1972 started the Kerrville Folk Festival as an offshoot of the Texas State Arts & Crafts Fair; moved to Houston as a teen in the late 1940s. Local obituaries for the Austin, Texas area 7,969 Results Saturday, January 14, 2023 Add Photos Add a Memory Vitalik Arctur Vitalik David Arctur, age 29, passed away January 10, 2023 at the. Skip to main content (800) 896-5587 . Former cop-beat reporter became president of the Dallas Times Herald in 1960 and publisher in 1967, retiring in 1980. Dallas civic leader was son of Russian immigrants, built the family name into a well-known brand of dairy products. Blues guitar legend from Beaumont, known for lightning-fast riffs and for collaborations with Jimi Hendrix and childhood hero Muddy Waters; died in Zurich while on a European tour. "Junction Boy" who survived a brutal and dangerous football camp in Bear Bryant's first year as coach at Texas A&M; enrolled from Lockhart to study mechanics and earned a walk-on spot on the football team as a sophomore in 1951; served in the Army after graduation, then became a teacher, advancing to area superintendent; continued to teach in retirement, this time as a college lecturer. 1939 graduate of Sweet Briar College; longtime civic volunteer from prominent Dallas family; widow of A. Earl Cullum Jr. Emmy-winning correspondent for NBC, opened the network's Southwest bureau in Dallas in 1989 and provided coverage of assault on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco in 1993. Showing 10 of 33119 obituaries SORTED BY MOST RECENT FIRST William Whitten 11/12/1949 - 01/02/2023 William Whitten, age 73, of San Antonio, Texas passed away on Monday, January 2, 2023. Austin lawyer was leader among liberal Democrats working under Sam Rayburn and Lyndon B. Johnson and with Ralph Yarborough, Bob Eckhardt and Frances "Sissy" Farenthold. Sportswriter for the Austin American-Statesman for 45 years, he was considered the authority on high school sports in Central Texas. Dallas native was author of self-help books including Notes to Myself, which has sold over 5 million copies. Founding member of the American Women in Radio and Television in Houston; credited with helping Tejano music onto the airwaves in 1980s. Outfielder and home run-hitter for the Colt .45s and Houston Astros over 11 seasons; nicknamed "The Toy Cannon" for his short stature and long home runs; three-time All-Star, native Ohioan became the first player to hit a homer into the upper deck of the Astrodome; after retirement, returned to the Astros as a community outreach executive. Her cosmetics company (known for its signature color pink) grew from 11 employees in 1963 to a multimillion-dollar global empire at her death. The first woman to be awarded the Silver Star for her heroics as a nurse in World War II; Tom Brokaw wrote a chapter on her in his book The Greatest Generation. Political strategist and adviser to Bob Bullock, Bill Clements, and Jake Pickle; Liberty Hill resident also worked on the Jimmy Carter presidential campaign in 1976. New Englander studied photography at UT-Austin, his photos of the Austin music scene in the 1970s, including the Armadillo World Headquarters and Vulcan Gas Company, became lasting historical documents. So it's no wonder that there are a bountiful number of local publications and other resources for information that now find themselves duplicated on the Internet. Member of prominent political family; former legislator appointed governor of Guam in 1961. Founding pastor of one of Houston's largest churches and a popular television evangelist. Houston homebuilder who was important financial patron for Texas Republican politics; grew up in Bosque County. Fort Worth native whose gossip columns ran in various New York newspapers for 33 years; attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene before completing a degree in journalism at the University of Texas in Austin in 1949; besides her newspaper columns she also served as a commentator for the local Fox TV channel in New York and E! Grandson of oilman Hugh Roy Cullen and a philanthropist who headed the Cullen Foundation which gave millions in grants to health and cultural institutions. Preston Smith in 1969. Widow of celebrated artist Tom Lea who served as a subject for his paintings, first woman to become a bank director in El Paso in 1974, headed many local civic and service groups including YWCA. Jazz tenor saxophonist and bandleader born to schoolteachers in Fort Worth; attended Prairie View A&M; taught school in Bastrop. San Antonio native was one of the first women to lead a big U.S. newspaper at the St. Paul Pioneer Press; died while vacationing in New Zealand. Developed Spanish-language radio and television stations in the 1940s and '50s. Democratic legislator 1951 to 1975 from Dallas who wrote several tax bills during the 1960s that drew opposition from business interests. First sang with Buddy Holly at Hutchinson Junior High in Lubbock in 1949 as "Buddy and Bob," co-wrote some Holly songs as well as "Misty Blue" and the Patsy Cline hit, "Back in Baby's Arms". Pioneer anesthesiologist at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas; treated President Kennedy, Oswald, and later Jack Ruby. Spent 41 years presiding over San Antonio municipal and state district courts. Dallas native was clarinetist and composer who infused jazz with blues and classical notes, graduated from University of North Texas. Bush. Jeffrey Scott Moody, 45 Nevada, Texas May 13, 1977 - November 18, 2022 Jeffrey Scott Moody of Nevada, TX passed away November 18, 2022. King, Eric Clapton. Oilman who helped establish the Texas Medical Center in Houston. Dean of the University of Texas School of Law from 1949 to 1974 credited with helping develop it into one of top such institutions. Restaurateur who helped make the puffy taco a staple of the San Antonio food scene; he put it on the menu after he acquired Ray's Drive Inn in the mid-1960s, the first to give the fried food its lasting name. Businessman, A&M Class of 1943, served as A&M regent 196875 and as president of former students, donated the landmark bell tower on campus in 1984. Liberal newspaper columnist, commentator on Texas culture and politics, and former co-editor of the Texas Observer. Clothier who as president launched to national prominence the family business, which was founded by his father, a Lebanese immigrant; credited with coining the term "slacks.". Painter who during her 44-year tenure at Texas Woman's University inspired generations of young artists. A leading voice for 1960s Dallas counterculture when he was editor of the alternative newspaper Dallas Notes. Author, women's rights activist and humorist was aide to Lyndon Johnson and press secretary to Lady Bird during the White House years. A funeral service for Mary will be held Monday, January 16, 2023 at 10:00 AM at Brookside Funeral Home, 13747. Astronaut who flew on three shuttle missions, including the first after the 1986 Challenger disaster. Renowned car builder (the Cobra) born in Leesburg, as driver was the second American to win Le Mans in 1959, lived near Pittsburg in retirement. Retired staff artist for The Dallas Morning News who drew in 1941 the first county maps used in the Texas Almanac. Known for pen-and-ink illustrations depicting the people and culture of the Southwest, awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2001. Flew on three space shuttles, commander of maiden mission of the Discovery, pilot of the final test flight of the Columbia. Second baseman and member of the Big Red Machine at Cincinnati Reds; played with the Houston Colt .45s/Houston Astros, from 1963 to 1971 and again in 1980; born in Bonham before moving with his family to California; two-time National League MVP, 10-time All Star, won the Golden Glove 5 times; voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990; after retirement he gained acclaim as a broadcaster. Harris County: Hill of Rest Cemetery Burials Baytown, Texas Harris County: Humble Area Obituary Index, 1993-21 Oct. 2020 from the Humble Area Genealogical Society Hopkins County Genealogical Society Indexes includes indexes for births, deaths, cemetery burials, and other items; from the Hopkins County Genealogical Society Soul singer born to family of sharecroppers in Simonton, known for 1973 hit "Drift Away.". Democratic governor of Texas, 1983-1987, when he championed education reform including the "no pass, no play" rule for high school athletes and limiting class size in elementary schools; Henderson native received his bachelor's and law degrees from Baylor University, he also served as Texas secretary of state and attorney general. Edinburg native joined the Border Patrol in 1970 in Eagle Pass, served as chief of the Border Patrol 19972004; died in the Balkans where he was serving as a private adviser. Oilman who was one of the founders of the American Football League in 1960 and owner of the Houston Oilers, he moved the franchise to Tennessee in 1997. Dallas native, SMU graduate, taught pathology and anatomy at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, president of UT-Arlington 196972, first president of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio 197285. One of the famed carhops in scanty shorts and towering hats at Prince's Hamburgers in the 1930s, later worked for decades as a travel agent. Carole's visitation will be held Friday, November 11 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Highway, San . Rockabilly singer and songwriter of the 1950s who wrote "Party Doll"; born in Happy. Investor, documentary filmmaker, and philanthropist; directed Dancing Across Borders (2010) about a girl from Cambodia attending the School of American Ballet and becoming a professional dancer; native Hoosier rescued the Texas Ballet Theater from bankruptcy and supported the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Van Cliburn Foundation, among others. Featured ball handler for the Harlem Globetrotters; played in more than 6,000 games in 97 countries over his 22-year career; became the fifth Globetrotter to have his jersey (22) retired in 2008; averaged 23.1 points per game as a college player in his native North Carolina. El Paso native known as the wholesome actress of 1950s and 1960s films like Singin' in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown; her family moved to California in 1939 but she returned to her hometown occasionally where extended family remained; died in Los Angeles, one day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher. Waco businessman who was the important financial patron for Texas Democratic politics for decades, including helping to found the Texas Observer. Served four Republican presidents as director of U.S. Information Agency, chief Pentagon spokesman, ambassador to El Salvador and to the United Kingdom. Through our advanced obituary search, you may search our database of obituaries by name, location, date of death and keywords. Country singer out of Brownfield and Lamesa whose yodel earned him the label "Pavarotti of the Plains". Texas Supreme Court justice, Memphis (Tex.) Actor best-known for role as J.R. Ewing in the TV series Dallas; son of actress Mary Martin, he spent his teen years at Weatherford High School, graduating in 1949; began acting at Dallas' Margo Jones theater. Longtime Dallas conservative and business leader. Served 32 years as a member of Congress from west-central Texas. Texas Funeral Homes Community Memorial Funeral Home 1443 North 2nd Street, Abilene (325) 677-5246 Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home 5701 Highway 277 South, Abilene (325) 698-2200 Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery 6969 East Interstate 40, Amarillo (806) 374-3709 Moore Funeral Home 1219 North Davis Drive, Arlington (817) 275-2711 Former president of UT-Austin 1967 to 1970 and Rice University 1970 to 1985; respected chemist who worked on the Manhattan Project; member National Academy of the Sciences. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer joined Buddy Holly and the Crickets in 1957 as their bass player at the age of 16, went on to become a recording engineer. Baseball announcer for many major league teams beginning in 1953 with the St. Louis Browns and finally joining the Houston Astros in 1985 where he was the primary voice from 1987 to 2012. Founded Al's Formal Wear which outfitted men for weddings and proms starting in 1952, expanding to several states. Oil executive who headed the Harry Bass Foundation, established by his father, which supported Dallas museums and charities. Musician with Light Crust Doughboys and Texas Playboys. Nationally prominent patron of the arts and renowned art collector. Tell us about it! Fiddle legend played with country music stars from Bob Wills to George Strait, born on a farm near Tyler, grew up in Bascom, began playing with the Rose City Swingers when he was 12. . Bill Clements (19791983 and 19871991); active in Republican politics beginning in 1952 volunteering in the presidential campaign of Dwight Eisenhower; Kansas native, her family moved to Brady when she was 10; graduate of Hockaday School in Dallas 1949; University of Texas 1953; on the UT board of regents from 19962007. Businessman and King Ranch heir; known as "B," his first language was Spanish; in 1959 he purchased his own ranch in Zavala County, the Chaparrosa, known for its annual sale of prized Santa Gertrudis cattle. Flying Tigers fighter pilot who was youngest brigadier general in the history of the Texas Air National Guard. Coke Stevenson, after his wife died; lived with her daughters in the Governor's Mansion while her husband served in World War II. Texas Clear All Showing 10 of 12442 obituaries SORTED BY MOST RECENT FIRST Gwon Bor Chin 09/28/1927 - 01/13/2023 Gwon Bor Chin, age 95, of Arlington, Texas passed away on Friday, January 13, 2023. Put your name on the town or county of your choice. Co-host with Pat Robertson of the 700 Club on the Christian Broadcasting Network from 19751988 and 19921996; born in Uvalde where he went to Southwest Texas Junior College; served in the Air Force for 13 years; ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1971; conducted a youth ministry in Killeen before joining the television program. Famed Houston heart surgeon, founder of the Texas Heart Institute in 1962; Houston native and basketball player at the University of Texas; over four decades he performed an estimated 65,000 open-heart surgeries including some of the first implantations in 1968 and 1969. Spur native and Texas minister's son who led Heaven's Gate cult into suicides in California. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.funerariadelangelcupples.com for the Whitten. TV's Batgirl in the 1960s, dancer-turned-actress spent her teen years in Dallas' Oak Cliff area attending Adamson and Sunset high schools before going off to ballet school; television work also included appearances on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Six Million Dollar Man, and Star Trek. Descendant of a Castroville founder and noted San Antonio philanthropist. Galveston minister, city council member and NAACP president instrumental in bringing lawsuit to desegregate Galveston schools. Founded with his brother the Taco Cabana restaurants in San Antonio in 1978, now a chain 162 restaurants in several states. Olney native was powerful speaker of the Texas House 1975 to 1983; served on the board of the Texas A&M System. (with little George W.) moved to Odessa in 1949, then Midland, and to Houston in 1959. Leader in Corpus Christi over four decades, first as commander of the Army Depot and then as mayor for eight years, granted title of mayor emeritus. Through our advanced obituary search, you may search our database of obituaries by name, location, date of death and keywords. Internationally-known as pilot "Wrong Way Corrigan"; the Galveston native died in Orange, Calif. Former managing editor of McCall's and Good Housekeeping magazines, senior editor at Doubleday, writer of children's books. 2022 Jamie Karl Amon of Quinlan, Texas passed away November 10, 2022 at the age of 47. In 27 seasons as basketball coach at Texas A&M, 1963 to 1990, his teams won six Southwest Conference championships. A former state representative and longtime Texas newswoman; died in Barrington, Ill., while visiting her daughter. Rose from receptionist at CBS in 1941 to be a director in early television, helped establish the talk show, game show, and cooking show as TV staples, raised in Dallas. Songwriter born in El Paso, attended University of North Texas, graduated from UTEP, best known for 1965 hit "Game of Love" and Linda Ronstadt's hit "You're No Good.". First Mexican-American elected mayor of El Paso 1957-61, adviser to President Kennedy, served as ambassador to Costa Rica. Led the surgical team that performed the first heart catheterization in 1964 at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston. Chief chemist at Pearl Brewery where he worked from 1954 to 1981; distinguished Navy pilot in World War II. Son of Mexican immigrants was appointed a federal judge by President Kennedy in 1961; appointed to 5th U.S. Leading Democratic party figure and activist over four decades, nicknamed "godmother of liberal politics in Texas.". Democratic state senator from Galveston from 1960 until 1981, where he was leader of liberal causes; championed environmental protections and public access to Texas beaches; graduate of Galveston Ball High School, Texas A&M University, and UT law school. President of the University of Texas at Austin from 1979 to 1985 and briefly as interim president in 1997; known for declaring "war on mediocrity," boosting faculty endowments and graduate research; was president of the University of Texas at San Antonio from 1973 to 1977. (.pdf file). Started honey-packing operation in 1929 in Waxahachie where he later served as mayor. Liberal Democrat represented San Antonio in Congress from 1961 to 1998; chairman of the House Banking Committee 1989 to 1995; also served in the state senate; ran for governor in 1958. Trained soprano and leading researcher of African-American music; born in Hearne. Flamboyant Houston attorney who led the successful trial defense in some of Texas' most notorious murder cases including that of Houston plastic surgeon John Hill in 1971, and Fort Worth oilman T. Cullen Davis in 1977; Houston native acquired nickname when he was a Reagan High School football player. Legendary theatre figure in Texas, headed drama departments at Baylor and Trinity, founding artistic director of Dallas Theater Center. One of the foremost writers of the Southwest, Pulitzer Prize winner and honoree of the Texas Institute of Letters. Champion of state parks and education, represented Fort Worth in Texas House 19531962, state Senate 19621973. Fort Worth native, songwriter/arranger for big band music at New York's Copacabana Club in 1940s, but best known as writer of 1957 country classic "Four Walls.". Born Tula Finklea in Amarillo in 1922, left for the West Coast as a teenager to pursue dancing career, became star in Hollywood musicals including, Singin' in the Rain and Brigadoon. Philanthropist who with her late husband Bernard established in 1987 the Rapoport Foundation which gave millions of dollars for education, health care and social justice causes; raised in Waco, met her husband at the University of Texas at Austin. Federal judge in the Eastern District of Texas; raised in Diboll; served in Legislature where he was member of the Dirty Thirty. Manager of three major league teams, nicknamed "Mr. Tyler Eggleston and Bro. Hillsboro native, editor of the Houston Chronicle 1986-2002, which in the early years included adding news bureaus across Texas and in Latin America. Felix Longoria whose reburial in 1949 became a national incident when a South Texas funeral home refused use of its chapel because the Longorias were Mexican-American. Military historian who served as president of Texas A&M University 1981 to 1988; also was president of the University of North Texas 1979 to 1981 and acting president of Rice University 1968 to 1970. Acquitted in the 1964 stabbing and clubbing death of the husband of Candace Mossler, his aunt who he allegedly was having an affair with. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and former Army Air Force top aide. Texas Obituaries | TX Almanac Obituaries In every Texas Almanac since 1996, we include short obituaries for people who had passed away in the previous two years that had made an impact in the state. Founder of the western wear store; opened his first clothing store in Pittsburg in East Texas in 1965; the Tyler-based company grew to 80 stores in 12 states. Abilene native was noted historian, author and newspaper columnist; director emeritus of the University of North Texas' Center for Texas Studies. ; after college he taught and coached basketball in El Paso until he moved to California in 1972. Soft-drink delivery-truck driver starting in 1935 who eventually became CEO of Dr Pepper Co., chairman emeritus at his death. Professor of English at Texas Christian University for 30 years; community leader in Fort Worth's Ryan Place neighborhood. Fredericksburg rancher who was one of the organizers of the first rodeo performers association in 1936, named to the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2000. Director of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth 198098, a specialist in Italian Renaissance art. Staunch conservative member of Congress for 10 years from Dallas, the lone Republican in the Texas delegation when elected in 1954, led a group of demonstrators that in 1960 accosted Lyndon Johnson and Lady Bird at a campaign appearance in Dallas. Lower Valley native was Tejano songwriter of the 1940s and 1950s; his songs included "La Tracalera" covered by Selena. Corporate dropout became business icon after co-founding Half Price Books in Dallas in 1972, grew to 73 stores located in 11 states. Princeton native rode presidential name to 33 years as Dallas County treasurer and state treasurer, retiring in 1983. Leader of the Republican Party in Bexar County. To share a memory or express condolences: beckchapels.com Business executive and legislator who in 1970 was the first Republican elected countywide in Dallas since Reconstruction; served in Legislature until 1988 where he was a member of the Dirty Thirty, a reform-minded coalition. 1 hit "Yakety Yak" in 1958, also "Charlie Brown.". Authority on Spanish colonial archaeology, spent decades in finding the location of the French explorer La Salle's fort on Garcitas Creek. Internationally known evangelist for more than 60 years, had headquarters in Tyler. Ruth V. Sparren, 82, of Dover, passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2020 in Hennis Care Centre at Dover. Hall of fame basketball coach who led the University of Houston team for 30 years including the Phi Slama Jama teams of the early 1980s; his teams were in 14 NCAA tournaments; among the players he coached were Clyde Drexler, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Elvin Hayes; native of Arp, attended Rice University and U. of H. where he played on the inaugural team in 1946. The first lady of Metroplex real estate, her 70-year-old company began with just her alone but grew to 1,700 sales associates and became the tenth largest real estate firm in the nation; born Vera Lucille Koch in Leslie, Ark., she adopted Ebby Halliday as her professional name in the 1930s when she was in retail sales; moved to Dallas in 1938; married for 27 years to ex-FBI agent and businessman Maurice Acers, who died in 1993; died in Dallas. Littlefield native was part of country music's outlaw movement, had 16 No. Country music pioneer known for "Honky Tonk Heroes" and "Live Forever"; born in Corsicana where he lived with his mother and grandmother; worked as a songwriter in Nashville where he earned $50 a week; released debut album, Old Five and Dimers Like Me, in 1973; Willie Nelson called him the greatest living songwriter. Communications baron from Houston, after success in banking he bought the Washington Star and its TV station in 1974 becoming an important figure in D.C. social hierarchy, Baylor graduate. Fort Worth native who was the voice of television's The Price is Right, where he invited contestants to "Come on down! San Antonio civic leader; worked to bring HemisFair '68 to completion; 13th-generation descendant of Canary Islanders. Founder of the Bakersfield Sound, his country hits included "Act Naturally" and "Waitin' in Your Welfare Line"; co-host of TV's Hee Haw; was born on a farm outside Sherman. Oilman who with others (see Josey obit) developed land around Lake Travis in 1962 into resort and retirement center known as Lakeway Inn and Marina. Corsicana native was former co-owner and president of Wolf Brand Chili and son of the founder. Was a five-term legislator who helped development of the University of North Texas, worked decades as NFL referee. Amarillo contractor and philanthropist, pushed for creation of Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Central Texas lawyer who with friend Lyndon B. Johnson worked to bring electricity to the region; served in Texas House from 1948 to 1952. Benefactor of Southern Methodist University including $10 million in 1985. East Texas businessman for whom a Dallas freeway is named; served on State Highway Commission in 1950s and '60s. Businessman who was the last of the 12 brothers and sisters who emigrated from Syria to start the Abraham dynasty in El Paso. Nobel Prize-winning plant scientist and father of the "green revolution" that increased crop yields worldwide, distinguished professor at Texas A&M. Would you like to submit an article, provide feedback, or just get in touch? In television and movies she reigned as "Queen of the West" alongside husband Roy Rogers, "King of the Cowboys"; wrote their theme song "Happy Trails"; born in Uvalde, raised in Italy, Tx. Chicano poet and educator who grew up in El Paso's El Barrio del Diablo. Called the "king of Texas wheeler-dealers," he went to prison for agricultural scams hatched while living in Pecos in the early 1960s, grew up on a farm near Clyde. Surgeon who attended President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald at Parkland Hospital in 1963. El Campo native, country songwriter ("It Wasn't God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels"). Patron of charities, noted conservationist, daughter of Oveta Culp Hobby and former Gov. Texas State Historical Association. As a character at Dallas Cowboys games he became nationally recognizable and an unofficial mascot. Considered "Mr. Fix-It" at NASA where he worked for decades as chief of technical services, credited with saving the Skylab space station when the thermal shield failed in 1973. Only female member of the 1930 Wiley College team that took part in the first interracial collegiate debate; Houston native later taught in public schools and served as dean of women at Dillard University. Dallas philanthropist and civic leader who for decades held top positions at the Southland Corp., now 7-Eleven Inc.; former chairman of the chancellor's council at the University of Texas. Movie star and dancer was native of Houston, his mother started the city's Jazz Ballet Company, track and field star at Waltrip High School. The world poker champion whose showmanship broadened the appeal of the game. Austin-born artist raised in El Paso known for shaping the Texas Cosmic Cowboy counterculture in the 1970s; created outsized sculptures including the Lone Star Caf Iguana, now displayed in the Fort Worth Zoo, and the World's Largest Cowboy Boots, which can be seen at the North Star Mall in San Antonio; also created hand-tinted photographs he published in two books. International philanthropist; one of the founders in 1941 of what became Texas Instruments, which helped make Dallas, Houston and Austin technology centers. Brought an issue-driven approach to Dallas City Council 1980 to 1984. Conjunto superstar, singer and accordionist known for his slow, danceable style; died of heart failure. Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville 1971 to 1991; noted for pastoral ministry to migrants and immigrants. Actress discovered by a Hollywood talent agent in a 1943 production at Southern Methodist University; won an Academy Award for the 1956 film Written on the Wind; best known as a star in the 1960s television series Peyton Place; Dallas resident since 1971. Texas Obituaries - Obituaries-Memorials-Resources - funeral.com Jazz great born in Sealy, played guitar with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker and as part of the famed Ink Spots vocal group. Dean of the school of music at Baylor University for nearly 40 years. A leader in the Jewish community in Houston where he was from 1973 publisher of the Jewish Herald-Voice. With husband, John, created the famed Beer Can House which has become a Houston folk art landmark. Adopt the TX Town or County of your choice and share your message with the world. Spent 32 years as music critic with The Dallas Morning News, becoming internationally known; died in Costa Rica, where he moved after retiring in 1998. Waxahachie native joined Halliburton Co. in 1948 and eventually became chairman and CEO in the 1970s80s; philanthropist gave millions to medical research and UT-Austin. native served in the Legislature and for six terms as a Democrat in Congress beginning in 1975. Former Austin mayor and city council member who in the 1960s pushed construction of MoPac Boulevard, Loop 1, a major city thoroughfare. Populist in the Legislature from 1945 to 1959 and later mentor to some of the state's leading politicians; played key role in exposing 1950s veterans land scandal. Prominent Houston philanthropist; former member of state college coordinating board, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and other boards; wife of attorney Joseph D. Jamail. Oldest child of oil tycoon H.L. Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety from 1968 to 1980; began 36-year service in the department as a highway patrolman. The founder of Ninfa's restaurants, popularized fajitas, tacos al carbon; grew up in Lower Rio Grande Valley; widowed in 1969, she converted tortilla company in 1973 to first restaurant, which grew to the chain. Democrat from the Houston area who served 25 years in the Legislature, in Congress, and on the Texas Supreme Court, ran for governor in 2006. Clarksville native wrote best-selling Home from the Hill and twelve other books. Democratic legislator served for 35 years representing Brazoria, Matagorda, and Wharton counties; focused on education issues, also authored bill to allow direct access to MD Anderson cancer center without doctor referral; law degree from the University of Texas in 1962. Kingsville native was once known as the Queen of Tejano music, paved the way for other female Tejano singers; died in Corpus Christi from complications from gall bladder surgery. A Dallas resident since 1971, he was a vital force on Broadway and in Hollywood; produced classics including Breakfast at Tiffany's. World-renowned illustrator and artist who, with his twin brother Greg, created posters for Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings. Editor of the Texas Polka News, director of the Texas Polka Music Assoc., called Houston's polka king. San Angelo native became singing cowboy in Hollywood Westerns in the 1940s, played Bale Clinch in Giant. Eastland native represented Austin in the Legislature for 16 years beginning in 1957, raised in Edinburg, student body president at UT-Austin. Hispanic rights leader born in San Antonio, earned law degree at St. Mary's University, co-founded the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998. Innovator in conjunto music, taught accordion to children of San Antonio for many years. Longtime Austin political leader who became the city's first elected Hispanic mayor in 2001; also served on the city council, and the first Hispanic elected to the Austin school board in 1972, where he later served as president; born in Zapata, raised in Laredo; Army veteran, graduate of the University of Texas 1959. Co-founded with his wife Carmen in 1948 the popular Austin restaurant La Tapatia which operated until 1993. Distinguished reporter of Texas politics for 28 years for The Dallas Morning News, serving as deputy director of the Austin bureau at his death from cancer. Civil rights activist and namesake of Mario's, a popular downtown San Antonio restaurant from the 1950s until it closed in 1989; born Mauro Jr., he once went into self-imposed exile in Europe and opened restaurant in Paris. Former chairman of the history department at the University of Dallas who was widely known for his Texas history radio shows. 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