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journalist Molly Ivins
Molly Ivins.

 

Ivins, Molly, 62; liberal newspaper columnist, commentator on Texas culture and politics, and former co-editor of the Texas Observer; in Austin, Jan. 31, 2007.

Jackson, Gordon Dealey, 85; next-to-last surviving grandson of G. B. Dealey, who was co-founder of The Dallas Morning News; worked in water resource management; Nov. 26, 2004.

Jackson, Grace “Pete,” 93; founder of Ranchman’s Cafe in Ponder whose down-home cooking brought visitors from around the world; in Denton, June 12, 1998.

Jackson, Joaquin, 80; iconic 27-year Texas Ranger veteran who won fame after being featured on the cover of Texas Monthly in 1994 for a story on the law enforcement organization; Anton native pressed for the hiring in 1973 of the Ranger’s first Hispanic officer in more than half a century; in Alpine, June 15, 2016.

Jackson, Maynard Jr., 65; Dallas native who became the first black mayor of Atlanta, Ga., in 1973; in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2003.

Jackson, Ruth, 91; first woman orthopedic surgeon in United States; in Dallas, Aug. 28, 1994.

Jacobs, Mike, 89; born Mendel Jakubowicz in Poland, he survived five years in concentration camps, came to Dallas in 1951, recounted his story to generations of children, founded the Dallas Holocaust Museum; in Dallas, July 28, 2014.

Jacobsen, Jake, 83; legal assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson, former Department of Public Safety commissioner, accused John Connally of taking bribe as Treasury secretary; in Giddings, June 30, 2003.

Jaffee, Morris Douglas Sr., 78; businessman and political power broker in San Antonio; supported Henry B. Gonzalez, Frank Tejeda, Henry Cisneros; friend of Lyndon Johnson and Sam Rayburn; in San Antonio, April 24, 2001.

Jamail, Jeffrey G. "Jeff," 52; known as the face of Jamail's grocery, which was Houston's premier purveyor of fine food; his grandfather Najeeb "Jim" Jamail, a Lebanese immigrant, began the grocery business in 1907; May 23, 2004, from a heart attack.

Jamail, Joe, 90; famed tort attorney and benefactor who gave millions to the University of Texas, Rice University, and arts and medical institutions in the state; son of a Lebanese immigrant, he was born in Houston where he graduated from St. Thomas High School, he earned his law degree from UT in 1953; his theatrical courtroom style resulted in winning cases that brought him an estimated $1.5 billion; in Houston Dec. 23, 2015.

Jamail, Lee Hage, 76; prominent Houston philanthropist; former member of state college coordinating board, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and other boards; wife of attorney Joseph D. Jamail; in Houston, Jan. 15. 2007.

Jameson, Betty, 89; child prodigy in golf, won first tournament at 13, grew up in Dallas and San Antonio, attended UT-Austin 1939 to 1940, founding member of women’s professional tour in 1950; in Boynton Beach, Fla., Feb. 7, 2009.

Jefferson, Mildred, 84; Pittsburg (Tx.) native, physician who was a national figure in the anti-abortion movement, the first African-American woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School; in Cambridge, Mass., Oct. 15, 2010.

Jenkins, M. T. “Pepper,” 77; pioneer anesthesiologist at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas; treated President Kennedy, Oswald and later Jack Ruby; in Dallas, Nov. 21, 1994.

Jennings, James, 71; stadium voice of the Dallas Cowboys for 22 years until 1989; also announced at the Mesquite rodeo; served three terms on the Dallas school board in the 1970s; Dec. 2, 2004.

Jennings, Waylon, 64; Littlefield native was part of country music’s outlaw movement, had 16 No. 1 hits, the songwriter and guitarist had played in Buddy Holly’s band; in Arizona, Feb. 13, 2002.

Jernigan, James, 81; educator, former president of Texas A&I University in Kingsville; in Richardson, Aug. 10, 1996.

Jimenez, Raul Sr., 66; built the Jimenez Food Products empire; another legacy is the Thanksgiving dinners he hosted each year for thousands poor people; in San Antonio, Oct. 26, 1998.

Johnson, Belton Kleberg, 71; 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; in San Antonio, May 19, 2001.

Johnson, Bob, 66; parliamentarian of the Texas Senate since 1991 and House parliamentarian for 15 years; in Temple, March 27, 1995.

Johnson, E. J. “Jack,” 89; between 1931 and 1951 served Irving as mayor, councilman, policeman, school board member and fire fighter; in Irving, Nov. 16, 1996.

Johnson, George S., 83; former executive of the Dallas Times Herald where he worked from 1953 until his retirement in 1978; in Stuart, Fla., April 27, 1997.

Johnson, Jake, 75; colorful legislator 1960 to 1973 known as a prankster; instrumental in creation of UT–San Antonio; in Austin, Sept. 9, 2006.

Johnson, James L. "Rocky," 77; Vernon native was CEO of GTE Corp. in 1991 when he brought the domestic headquarters of the company (now Verizon) to North Texas; in Irving, Nov. 18, 2004.

Johnson, Ken, 74; former Dallas Times Herald executive editor in the 1970s and ’80s during a spirited fight against rival The Dallas Morning News; in Dallas, Nov. 8, 2008.

Johnson, J. Lee III, 84; business and civic leader was part of team in 1960s that negotiated agreement between Fort Worth and Dallas to build D/FW International Airport; in Fort Worth, Aug. 18, 2002.

Lady Bird Johnson
Lady Bird Johnson.

Johnson, Lady Bird, 94; born Claudia Taylor in Karnack, as first lady she championed wildflower conservation, and the policies of her husband President Lyndon Johnson, serving as his trusted adviser; in Austin, July 11, 2007.

Johnson, Lee Otis, 62; student leader in the 1960s at Texas Southern University, arrested on a marijuana charge; “Free Lee Otis” became chant across Texas; in Houston, June 12, 2002.

Johnson, Richard J. V., 75; during four decades at the Houston Chronicle he served as publisher, president and chairman; in Houston, Jan. 14, 2006.

Johnson, Robert H. “Bob,” 84; Colorado City native, Associated Press editor and executive for 42 years mostly in Dallas, wrote first bulletin on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; in Albuquerque, N. M., Aug. 25, 2007.

Jones, Charlie, 77; TV sports anchor at Dallas’ WFAA five years, announcer for AFL Dallas Texans beginning in 1960, called AFC games for NBC 1965 to 1997; in La Jolla, Calif., June 12, 2008.

Jones, Garth, 88; longtime newsman for the Associated Press who covered nine governors and 19 regular sessions of the Legislature; in Austin, Jan. 18, 2006.

Jones, George, 81; legendary country music singer was born in Saratoga and grew up in Beaumont, resided in Vidor, his songs on the charts since the 1950s included first hit “Why Baby Why,” and “She Thinks I Still Care,” “He Stopped Loving Her Today”; in Nashville, April 26, 2013.

Jones, Grace, 87; born Grace Rosanky in Waelder, fashion maven whose boutique in Salado sold mechandise to customers across the globe, entered Baylor University at age 15, ferried aircraft during World War II; in Gonzales, Feb. 16, 2008.

Jones, John T., 76; chief executive of the Houston Chronicle for 16 years; in Houston, April 21, 1994.

Jones, Luther, 85; 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; in Corpus Christi, March 3, 2002.

Crazy Ray Jones
'Crazy Ray' Jones.

Jones, Wilford “Crazy Ray,” 76; as a character at Dallas Cowboys games he became nationally recognizeable and an unofficial mascot; in Dallas, March 17, 2007.

Jones, Woodrow Jr., 58; political science professor who became the first black dean at Texas A&M University in 1994 as head of the College of Liberal Arts; in College Station, Nov. 22, 2005, after a long battle with heart disease.

Jonsson, J. Erik, 93; former mayor of Dallas 1964 to 1971, whose impact as civic leader preceded and followed those years; former chairman of Texas Instruments; in Dallas, Aug. 31, 1995.

Barbara Jordan
Barbara Jordan.

Jordan, Barbara, 59; elected to Congress from Houston in 1972, becoming first black woman member from a Southern state; first black woman in Texas Senate 1966 to 1972; professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT-Austin 1979 until her death; in Austin, Jan. 17, 1996.

Jordan, Esteban “Steve,” 71; conjunto accordionist credited with introducing elments of jazz, pop, rock and blues into the traditional polka genre; in San Antonio, Aug. 13, 2010.

Josey, Jack Symth, 86; Houston oilman who with others (see Sawtelle obit) developed Lakeway community on Lake Travis; on boards of University of Texas, Rice University and Hermann Hospital; in California, Feb. 27, 2003.

Junkins, Jerry R., 58; chairman and CEO of Texas Instruments Inc., the global electronic giant, Dallas civic leader; of a heart attack in Stuttgart, Germany, May 29, 1996.

Jurow, Martin, 92; a Dallas resident since 1971, he was a vital force on Broadway and in Hollywood; produced classics including Breakfast at Tiffany's; in Dallas, Feb. 12, 2004.

Justice, William Wayne, 89; East Texas federal judge who wrote the decisions integrating Texas schools, reforming state prisons and opening classrooms to children of illegal immigrants; in Austin, Oct. 13, 2009.

Justin, John Jr., 84; known worldwide for his cowboy boots and promoting Western heritage; while running the family business, he served on the Fort Worth city council and became mayor in 1961; in Fort Worth, Feb. 26, 2001.

 

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