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Pace, Linda, 62; heiress was patron of arts in San Antonio where she established an international artists residency program; her father created Pace Picante Sauce in 1947; in San Antonio, July 2, 2007.

Page, Minnie Goodlow, 81; Dallas schoolteacher and community leader who served 13 years as president of Dallas Metro Section of the National Council of Negro Women; in Dallas, March 6, 1996.

Palmer, Lester E., 94; former Austin mayor and city council member who in the 1960s pushed construction of MoPac Boulevard, Loop 1, a major city thoroughfare; in Austin, Sept. 21, 2003.

Pappas, Pete H., 86; Dallas native was son of Greek immigrants who with his family built the chain of Pappas Restaurants; in Houston, Dec. 18, 2005.

Pardee, Jack, 76; football legend was one of Bear Bryant’s “Junction Boys,” played six-man football at Christoval, went on to NFL playing for Rams and Redskins, coached U of H Cougars and, in the pros, the Bears, Redskins and Oilers; in Houston, April 1, 2013.

Paredes, Américo, 83; writer, folklorist and one of the founders and first director of the University of Texas Mexican American Studies program; in Austin, May 5, 1999.

Parker, Fess, 85; TV’s Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, actor was born in Fort Worth and grew up in San Angelo; in California, March 18, 2010.

Parker, Walt, 92; was a five-term legislator who helped development of the University of North Texas, worked decades as NFL referee; in Denton, Jan. 22, 2010.

Parr, Archer; 75; last son of the South Texas political dynasty; served as Duval County judge from 1959 to 1975 and three years in federal prison; grandson of state Sen. Archie Parr and nephew of George Parr; in Alice, Nov. 2, 2000.

Pass, Fred R., 87; Rogers native was a writer with The Dallas Morning News and served as editor of the Texas Almanac from 1973 to 1981; in Dallas, Aug. 6, 2006.

Passe, Loel, 82; broadcasting voice of Houston baseball for 25 years, first with the Houston Buffs and finally with the Astros; in Houston, July 15, 1997.

Pate, James Leonard, 67; former CEO of Pennzoil-Quaker State Co., assistant secretary of Commerce and economic spokesman for President Gerald Ford; in Houston, Jan. 18, 2003.

Patman, Bill, 81; state senator for 20 years and U.S. congressman for two terms 1981 to 1985 representing the Coastal Bend, son of longtime U.S. Rep. Wright Patman; in Houston, Dec. 9, 2008.

Patterson, Earl, 99; the oldest former drum major at Texas A&M University, in the 1920s helped start the Elephant Walk tradition; in Tomball, Aug. 4, 2002.

Patterson, Lucy Phelps, 68; longtime civic leader and first black woman elected to the Dallas city council in 1973; in Dallas, June 15, 2000.

Payne, Calvin III “Boots,” 78; Fort Worth pitmaster of Cousin’s Pit Barbecue, receiving national attention serving President Bush (41) and international recognition with EuroDisney operations; in Fort Worth, May 29, 2013.

Peabody, Elizabeth, 75; art and drama patron, former State Fair of Texas creative arts director; in Dallas, Dec. 25, 1996.

Pearce, J. J., 88; former superintendent of Richardson schools from 1946 to 1970, guiding it from one rural campus to 44 schools; in Richardson, Sept. 10, 1995.

Pearle, Stanley, 92; optometrist who founded Pearle Vision in 1961, now with nearly 700 franchises; in Dallas, July 21, 2011.

Peña, Albert A. Jr., 88; four-term Bexar County commissioner, municipal court judge and pioneering civil rights leader; in San Antonio, July 3, 2006.

golfer Harvey Penick
Harvey Penick.

Penick, Harvey, 90; legendary golf instructor at the University of Texas and Austin Country Club; in Austin, April 2, 1995.

Pennington, Mel, 69; a fixture on Austin television and radio beginning in 1965 as sportscaster and talk show host; in Austin, Aug. 4, 2003.

Perez, Eloy N., 72; Tejano saxophonist and composer who formed the Latinaires in Rosenberg, a top band of the 1950s and ’60s; in Houston, March 19, 1996.

Perkins, Pinetop, 97; boogie-woogie piano player, one of the last surviving members of the first Delta bluesmen; in Austin, where he spent his last years, on March 21, 2011.

Perry, Malcolm O., 80; surgeon who attended President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald at Parkland Hospital in 1963; in Tyler, Dec. 5, 2009.

Peterson, Ray, 65; Denton-born singer was billed as "the Golden Voice of Rock 'n' Roll"; had hits "Tell Laura I Love Her"; and "The Wonder of You" in 1950s and '60s; Jan. 25, 2005.

Petty, Opal, 86; raised in Goldthwaite, she won landmark case against the state in 1989 for being wrongly confined in mental institutions for 51 years; lived out the last 19 years of her life with her nephew's family in Christoval, March 10, 2005.

Pequeno, Reymunda Trevino, 93; Dallas native, wife of Methodist minister, was mother of 16 sons and four daughters, left 700 descendants; in Abilene, April 21, 2003.

Perez, Johnny, 69; drummer in 1960s on Sir Douglas Quintet’s biggest hits including “She’s About a Mover,” later collaborated on songs with Joe “King Carrasco; in California, Sept. 11, 2012.

Perry, Bob, 80; Houston homebuilder who was important financial patron for Texas Republican politics; grew up in Bosque County; in Nassau Bay, near Houston, April 13, 2013.

Perry, Oma Bell, 90; Bay City native was a descendant of the sister of Stephen F. Austin, gave 7,500-acre ranch in Real County for an orphans’ home and retirement village; May 29, 2003.

Phelps, John C., 96; longtime Dallas civil rights leader; insurance man who fought for parks and recreation centers; in Dallas, May 16, 1999.

Phinney, Louise Snow, 91; early female lawyer in Texas who was first woman to serve as chief clerk for a state legislature; in Dallas, Aug. 24, 1994.

Phillips, Jimmy, 88; 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; at Bailey’s Prairie, Jan. 14, 2002.

Pickle, J. J. "Jake," 91; represented Central Texas in Congress for 31 years, retiring in 1995; Roscoe native grew up in Big Spring; was young protégé of Lyndon Johnson; in Austin, June 18, 2005.

Pierce, Robert J., 66; physician who served Irving as mayor, school board president and city council member; in Irving, May 31, 1997.

Pillsbury, Edmund P., 66; director of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth 1980-98, a specialist in Italian Renaissance art; in rural Kaufman County, March 25, 2010.

Pinkston, David "Pappy Dave Stone," 90; Post native launched KDAV in 1953 in Lubbock, one of the first full-time country music stations; employed Waylon Jennings as a disc jockey; Feb. 18, 2004.

Pitzer, Kenneth S., 83; renowned chemist who served as president of Rice University (1961 to 1969); in Berkeley, Calif., Dec. 26, 1997.

Platte, Claude Jr., 92; Denison native was instructor for the Tuskegee airmen in World War II, after the war he became the first black commissioned an officer at Randolph AFB in San Antonio; in Fort Worth, Sept. 27, 2013.

Plummer, Matthew W. Sr., 87; born in San Antonio to a former slave, practiced law in Houston for nearly 50 years, fought to integrate the Harris County Courthouse cafeteria — when a cross was burned in his yard; he was also a flight instructor to the famous Tuskegee Airmen in World War II; in Houston, Oct. 22, 2007.

Poor, Victor, 79; computer engineer working in San Antonio 1969-1984 when he helped create Intel’s first microprocessor chips; in Florida, Aug. 17, 2012.

Porter, G. Robert “Bob,” 85; long-time entertainment writer for the Dallas Times Herald, co-founded the video oral history collection at the Sixth Floor Museum; in Dallas, Nov. 14, 2013.

Powell, Boone Sr., 84; chief executive officer of Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, 1948 to 1974; in Dallas, Sept. 15, 1996.

Powell, Maxine, 98; was Motown’s “Maven of Style” heading the label’s in-house finishing school; born in Texarkana; outside Detroit, Oct. 14, 2013.

Powell, Robert, 45; paraplegic and vice president of the National Right to Life Committee; in Galveston, June 14, 1995.

Powers, Melvin Lane, 68; acquitted in the 1964 stabbing and clubbing death of the husband of Candace Mossler, his aunt who he allegedly was having an affair with; in Houston, Oct. 8, 2010.

Prather, Hugh, 72; Dallas native was author of self-help books including Notes to Myself, which has sold over 5 million copies; in Tuscon, Nov. 15, 2010.

musician Billy Preston
Billy Preston.

Preston, Billy, 59; Houston native whose keyboards and vocals can be heard on songs of the Beatles and Rolling Stones; co-wrote Joe Cocker hit “You Are So Beautiful”; in Scottsdale, Ariz., June 6, 2006.

Preston, Thomas A. “Amarillo Slim,” 83; the world poker champion whose showmanship broadened the appeal of the game; in Amarillo; April 29, 2012.

Price, Ray, 87: ballad singer who reshaped country music adding lush strings, hits included “Make the World Go Away” and “Crazy Arms;” Perryville native died in Mount Pleasant, Dec. 16, 2013.

Price, Robert D. "Bob," 76; Pampa rancher was former state senator; represented part of the Panhandle in Congress from 1966 to 1974; Aug. 24, 2004.

Prigogine, Ilya, 86; winner of the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1977 and for 35 years a professor at the University of Texas at Austin; in Brussels, Belgium, May 28, 2003.

Prince, William I. “Bill” Sr., 93; Buffalo Soldier in the 10th Cavalry, which he joined as a teenager in 1928, first serving at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; worked to preserve history of this and other black units of U.S. Army; in Houston, June 1, 2007.

Proffitt, Tony, 61; 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; Oct. 17, 2004.

Prude, John G., 95; West Texas pioneer whose family operates Prude Ranch; in Fort Davis, Feb. 24, 2000.

Pryor, Cactus, 88; folksy humorist and Austin media personality for decades starting in radio in 1941 and at KTBC-TV in 1951; in Austin, Aug. 30, 2011.

Pugh, Jethro, 70; pillar of the Dallas Cowboys Doomsday Defense 1965-78 including the Ice Bowl game with Green Bay in 1967, played in four Super Bowls; in Dallas, Jan. 7, 2015.

Pulido, Dionicia, 92; founded with her husband their first restaurant in 1966 which grew into a chain of 13 across North Texas; in Benbrook, June 23, 2003.

Purcell, Graham, 92; Archer City native was congressman from Northwest Texas 1961–73; in Wichita Falls, June 11, 2011.

Pye, A. Kenneth, 62; president of Southern Methodist University in Dallas since 1987; in Lake City, Colo., July 11, 1994.

 

 

 


 

 

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