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Ealey, Robert, 76; Fort Worth blues legend, musician and club owner, mentor of local talent; in Fort Worth, March 7, 2001.

Eakin, Ed, 74; Chilton native founded the state’s largest non-academic press in 1979; credited with preserving Texas lore through the Austin-based Eakin Press; in Austin, Feb. 20, 2002.

East, Alice Kleberg, 104; last surviving grandchild of Capt. Richard King, the founder of the King Ranch; in Hebbronville, Sept, 6, 1997.

East, Robert Claude, 87; great-grandson of Richard King and owner of San Antonio Viejo Ranch, one of the oldest ranching properties in South Texas; in Jim Hogg County, June 18, 2007.

Eckhardt, Bob, 88; liberal Democrat spent 1967 to 1981 in Congress representing Houston’s 8th District; previously in the Legislature from 1958; in Austin, Nov. 13, 2001.

Edington, Andrew, 84; president emeritus of Schreiner College who headed the institute from 1950 until his retirement in 1971; in Kerrville, April 9, 1998.

Edwards, Doris, 96; widow of highway patrolman E.B. Wheeler, who was gunned down by Clyde Barrow’s gang; later worked with Texas Rangers against illegal gambling; in Dallas, June 10, 2007.

Edwards, George, 60; began teaching music at Prairie View A&M University in 1978, five years later started the “Marching Storm,” the marching band and dance troupe he directed until his death; May, 20, 2009.

Ellis, George T., 70; son of Lebanese immigrants, earned law degree from University of Texas in 1959, served on the state 14th Court of Appeals 1989 to 1992; in Houston, Sept. 21, 2003.

Ellis, Herb, 88; Farmersville native was jazz guitar vitruoso who played with Ella Fitzgerald, was a member of the Oscar Peterson Trio in the 1950s, attended UNT-Denton; in Los Angeles, March 28, 2010.

Ellison, Ray Sr., 88; Greenville native was founder of San Antonio-based company than grew into one of the largest independent home builders in the nation; in San Antonio, Oct. 16, 2005.

Estep, William R. Jr., 80; Reformation scholar, professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; in Fort Worth, July 15, 2000.

Estes, Billie Sol, 88; 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; in Granbury, May 13, 2013.

Estes, Carroll Cox, 87; writer of mystery novels, business woman and teacher at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia and at East Texas State University; in Dallas, May 21, 1995.

Eure, Jim, 87; founder in 1969 of what would become Mr. Gatti’s pizza chain, which grew to more than 200 stores; in Austin, Sept. 18, 2005.

Dale Evans.

Evans, Dale, 88; 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, Texas; in Apple Valley, Calif., Feb. 7, 2001.

Evans, Jack W. Sr., 74; Tom Thumb grocery executive and banker who served as mayor of Dallas 1981 to 1983; June 5, 1997.

Evans, Sterling C., 101; Texas A&M University donor and chairman of governing board; in 1960s supported opening college to women and ending mandatory military training; in Del Rio, July 5, 2001. 

Ewell, Yvonne A., 71; educator and Dallas school trustee beginning in 1987; in Dallas, April 27, 1998.




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