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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.

Paxton, Bill, 61; Fort Worth native was the Hollywood star of such movies as Apollo 13, Titanic, and Twister, and many television projects including the 2015 miniseries Texas Rising, where he played Sam Houston; attended Aledo and Arlington Heights high schools; was involved in the beginning of Fort Worth’s Lone Star Film Festival in 2006; in Los Angeles, Feb. 25, 2017.

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.

Pilgrim, Bo, 89; founder of one of the biggest chicken producers in the United States, Pilgrim’s Pride; born Lonnie Pilgrim in Pine, he and his brother Aubrey turned a feed-and-seed store in Pittsburg into a poultry company employing 35,000 and contracting with some 4,000 farms; Bo became the public face of the company in TV commercials; in Pittsburg, July 21, 2017.

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.

Pope, Jack, 103; served on the Texas Supreme Court from 1964 to 1985, was chief justice for the last three years of his tenure when he worked to extend legal assistance to the poor; born in Abilene; graduate of Abilene Christian University and the University of Texas law school; helped found in 1989 the Texas Center for Ethics and Professionalism; in Austin, Feb. 25, 2017.

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, Paul, 83; East Texas minister who was called “Mr. Texas Baptist”, born in Brookeland and raised in Port Arthur; dean for six years of Baylor University’s theological seminary; pastor for 17 years of Tyler’s Green Acres Baptist Church; also served as pastor in Belfalls, Troy, Taylor, and San Marcos; former president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas; Dec. 28, 2016, in Tyler.

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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