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A&M Twelve; Texas A&M students who died in collapse of campus bonfire; M. Adams, C. Breen, M. Ebanks, J. Frampton, J. Hand, C. Heard, T. Kerlee, L. Kimmel, B. McClain, C. Powell, J. Self and N. West; Nov. 18, 1999.

Abbott, “Dimebag” Darrell, 38; one of heavy-metal's top guitarists, gained fame in 1990s with group Pantera; Dalworthington Gardens resident was shot to death, along with four others, Dec. 8, 2004, while performing in Columbus, Ohio.

Abraham, Elias, 90; businessman who was the last of the 12 brothers and sisters who emigrated from Syria to start the Abraham dynasty in El Paso; July 17, 2004.

Acers, Ebby Halliday, 104; 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; in Dallas, Sept. 8, 2015.

Red Adair.

Adair, Paul N. “Red”, 89; oilfield firefighter for 50 years; immortalized by John Wayne in the movie, The Hellfighters, based on his life; in Houston, Aug. 7, 2004.

Adamcik, Charlie F., 81; longtime leader of Czech community in Dallas; state director of the Czech Catholic Union of Texas for more than 20 years and honorary state director until his death; in Dallas, Oct. 8, 1996.

Adams, Bud, 90; 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; in Houston, Oct. 21, 2013.

Adams, John G., 91; served as general counsel for the Army in the 1950s when he was nemesis to Sen. Joe McCarthy during televised hearings; in Dallas, June 26, 2003.

Adams, Randall Dale, 61; former death row inmate, one of the first from Dallas to be exonerated,  released from prison in 1989 following an outcry brought on by the documentary The Thin Blue Line; in Ohio, Oct. 30, 2010.

Adkisson, Doris, 82; matriarch of Dallas’ Von Erich wrestling family; Doris Juanita Smith married in 1950 her Dallas Crozier Tech high school sweetheart Jack, who became wrestling’s Fritz Von Erich, who died in 1997; tragically, five of their sons preceded her in death; in Hawaii, Oct. 23, 2015.

Adkisson, Jack (Fritz Von Erich), 68; patriarch of wrestling’s famous and tragic Von Erich family; in Lake Dallas, Sept. 10, 1997.

Agnich, Fred J., 91; 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; Oct. 28, 2004.

Ahn, Suzanne, 51; neurologist and Dallas community leader, Korean native raised in Tyler, served on the Texas Air Quality Control Board and the State Board of Medical Examiners; from cancer, in Dallas, June 22, 2003.

AlbrittonFord D. 93; businessman, A&M Class of 1943, served as A&M regent 1968-75 and as president of former students, donated the landmark bell tower on campus in 1984; in Dallas, Jan. 26, 2014.

Alden, Norm, 87; television and movie actor for 50 years, played owner of Lou’s Diner in Back to the Future, Fort Worth native, TCU graduate; in Los Angeles, July 27, 2012.

Alger, Bruce, 96; 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; in Florida, April 13, 2015.

Alkek, Albert B., 85; oilman who helped establish the Texas Medical Center in Houston; in San Antonio, March 1995.

Allbritton, Joe L., 87; 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; in Houston, Dec. 12, 2012.

Allen, Bob, 70; one of the nation’s longest-tenured sports archors serving for more than 40 years, beginning at Houston’s KTRK Channel 13 in 1974 and moving to KHOU Channel 11 in 2013; covered Oilers, Astros and Rockets; grew up in West University Place, attended Houston Westbury High School and Stephen F. Austin State University; in Houston, Oct. 19, 2016.

Allen, J. B., 67; one of the West’s best known cowboy poets who worked from his ranch in Whiteface, only starting to write poetry at age 50; in Lubbock, Dec. 13, 2005.

Allison, Joe, 77; McKinney native co-wrote Jim Reeves hit “He’ll Have to Go,” and other songs; helped form the Country Music Disc Jockey Assoc., which later became the Country Music Assoc.; in Nashville, Aug. 2, 2002.

Allred, Sammy, 84; nationally known as one of the Geezinslaw Brothers (with Dewayne Smith) from gigs starting on Arthur Godfrey’s radio program to later appearances on late-night television talk shows; Austin humorist, country singer, and a deejay for more than 30 years; Austin native; in Austin, May 10, 2018.

Ammerman, Dan, 76; television news anchor at Houston’s KTRK in 1960s and 1970s, actor with roles including doctor who dug the bullet out of J.R. on Dallas, in the film Local Hero and in several TV movies; in Houston, May 11, 2009.

Anderson, Brad, 91; creator of Marmaduke, the cartoon featuring the outsized Great Dane; the internationally-syndicated single-panel and strip cartoons first appeared in 1954; since 1994 the New York native had lived and worked in Texas; at a hospital in The Woodlands near his Montgomery home, Aug. 30, 2015.

Anderson, Carl, 83: Taylor native, A&M professor of agricultural economics, considered one of state’s leading cotton analysts, provided the Texas Almanac with agriculture analysis from 1978-2010; in College Station, Aug. 30, 2014.

Anderson, M. J. “Andy”, 96; one of Austin's first black real estate agents, political science professor at Huston-Tillotson College and political power broker; was national director for minority affairs for Lyndon Johnson's presidential campaign; Oct. 10, 2004.

Anderson, Pat, 63; co-founder of Half Price Books, one of the largest used-book chains in the United States; in Dallas, Oct. 6, 1995.

Andrews, William “Rooster”, 84; diminutive UT Longhorn booster, team manager, player in 1940s, became giant in sporting goods retailing; in Austin, Jan. 21, 2008.

Andujar, Elizabeth R. “Betty”, 84; former state senator from Fort Worth and matriarch of the Tarrant County Republican Party; in Fort Worth, June 8, 1997.

Applewhite, Marshall H., 65; Spur native and Texas minister’s son who led Heaven’s Gate cult into suicides in California; March 26, 1997, buried in San Antonio.

Ardoin, John, 66; spent 32 years as music critic with The Dallas Morning News, becoming internationally known; in Costa Rica, where he moved after retiring in 1998, March 19, 2001.

Anne Armstrong.

Arhos, Bill, 80; founder of Austin City Limits in 1974, Teague native raised in Bryan, Rice University graduate, began working with Austin’s public TV station in 1961; in Austin, April 11, 2015.

Armstrong, Anne, 80; Texas Republican stalwart, born Anne Legendre in New Orleans, married into South Texas ranch family, adviser to four presidents, served as U.S. ambassador to Great Britain, was Kenedy County commissioner at time of her death; in Houston, July 30, 2008.

Armstrong, Garner Ted, 73; evangelist known for radio program World Tomorrow; founded Church of God International in 1978 after his father, Herbert W. Armstrong, excommunicated him from the Worldwide Church of God; in Tyler, Sept. 15, 2003.

Armstrong, John B., 83; former King Ranch CEO and third generation rancher; ran unsuccessfully for agriculture commissioner in 1964 and served on the Texas Animal Commission; in San Antonio, Feb. 20, 2003.

Armstrong, Neil, 82; the astronaut who was the first man to walk on the moon in 1969, lived most of the 1960s at El Lago while working at NASA; in Cincinnati, Aug. 25, 2012.

Armstrong, Tobin, 82; descendant of pioneer South Texas ranching family; director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raising Association for 48 years; in Houston, Oct. 7, 2005.

Arrambide, Lilia Natalia De-Cory, 93; founder of Pancho’s Mexican Buffet, which grew into a chain of restaurants throughout the Southwest; in El Paso, May 10, 2001.

Artis, Orsten, 74; the 6-foot-1 co-captain of the Texas Western (now the University of Texas at El Paso) basketball team; in 1966 they were the first team of African-American starters to win the NCAA national championship, defeating the University of Kentucky; the story was portrayed in the 2006 film Glory Road; born in Gary, Ind., where he had a long career as a police detective; in Merrillville, Ind., Dec. 26, 2017.

Mary Kay Ash.

Ash, Mary Kay, 83; her cosmetics company (known for its signature color pink) grew from 11 employees in 1963 to a multimillion-dollar global empire at her death; in Dallas, November 22, 2001.

Aston, James W., 83; Dallas business leader pivotal in building Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and UT Southwestern Medical Center; in Dallas, Oct. 2, 1995.

Astronauts of Columbia; all had spent training in Texas and were seen as Texas’ own; two had strong Texas ties, Rick Husband to Amarillo and William McCool to Lubbock; others where Michael Anderson, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark and Ilan Ramon; shuttle broke apart over Texas, Feb. 1, 2003.

Attlesey, Sam, 56; 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; in Sulphur Springs, April 2, 2003. 

Atwell, Ben “Jumbo”, 82; Democratic legislator 1951 to 1975 from Dallas who wrote several tax bills during the 1960s that drew opposition from business interests; in Austin, June 29, 1998.

Autry, Gene, 91; the singing cowboy born in Tioga; besides his movie and television work, he was a sports team owner, broadcast tycoon and philanthropist; in Los Angeles, Oct. 2, 1998.

Avery, James, 96; creator of the jewelry empire that began as a one-man operation in Kerrville in 1954; at his death the company had 80 stores across the South; Wisconsin native’s service at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio during World War II brought him to settle in the Hill Country a few years later; in Boerne, April 30, 2018.

Avezzano, Joe, 68; colorful special-teams coach who helped the Dallas Cowboys win three Super Bowls in the 1990s; in Italy where he was coaching a Milan football team, April 5, 2012.

Azpiazu, José, 100; priest who founded the popular San Juan del Valle shrine in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in 1954; in San Antonio, July 29, 2004.