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Cace, Gerard, 59; Longview civic leader and owner of famed East Texas restaurant, Johnny Cace’s, started by his father more than 60 years ago; from a heart attack, in Louisiana on a fishing trip, July 19, 2012.

Cade, J. Robert, 80; San Antonio native and graduate of UT-Austin and UT Southwestern Medical School who with other researchers developed Gatorade in 1965, became spokesman in TV commercial; in Florida, Nov. 27, 2007.

Cadena, Carlos C., 83; first Hispanic chief justice of a Texas appellate court when he was named in 1977; in San Antonio, Jan. 11, 2001.

Caldeiro, Fernando “Frank”, 51; astronaut since 1996, Argentina native; in League City after battling a brain tumor for two years, Oct. 3, 2009.

Caldwell, Neil, 88; state legislator from Brazoria County (1960-1977) was one of the “Dirty Thirty”, the bipartisan group that exposed corruption in the state government in the 1970s; a progressive described as an intellectual and humorist; former state artist; served as district judge; received law degree from the University of Texas in 1957; at his home near Angleton, Feb. 6, 2018.

Calvert, Robert W., 89; former chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court and former Texas House speaker; in Waco, Oct. 6, 1994.

Camacho, Daniel, 87; Hispanic political leader in East Austin; influenced the careers of many prominent Austin Democrats; in Austin, July 10, 2001.

Campbell, George H. Jr., 89; Fort Worth native, songwriter/arranger for big band music at New York’s Copacabana Club in 1940s, but best known as writer of 1957 country classic “Four Walls”; in Fort Worth, April 9, 2008.

Canales, Laura, 50; Kingsville native was once known as the Queen of Tejano music, paved the way for other female Tejano singers; in Corpus Christi, April 16, 2005, from complications from gall bladder surgery.

Cantrell, James C., 90; former president of the Baptist Foundation of Texas and county judge of Collin County; in Dallas, July 17, 2001.

Cantu, Camilo, 90; accordion legend inducted into the Conjunto Hall of Fame in 1987; in Austin, March 3, 1998.

Cantu, Margarita Contreras, 93; organized Mexican-American families in 1956 in Kenedy and Atascosa counties to oppose segregation in schools, later took up the same struggle in Kendall County; in Boerne, Dec. 22, 2007.

Cantu, Mario, 63; civil rights activist and namesake of Mario’s, a popular downtown San Antonio restaurant from the 1950s until it closed in 1989; born Mauro Jr., he once went into self-imposed exile in Europe and opened restaurant in Paris; in San Antonio, Nov. 9, 2000.

Carl, Wilminor Morris, 106; Galveston native was one of the state’s first female attorneys, 1925 graduate of Rice, in 1951 became first woman on board of directors of Houston Bar Assn.; in Houston, Nov. 30, 2011.

Carlen, Jim, 79; football coach of Texas Tech from 1970-74, led the Red Raiders to four bowl games; in Hilton Head, S.C., July 22, 2012.

Carothers, A J, 75; Houston native was screenwriter for The Secret of My Success and The Happiest Millionaire; associate producer of TV’s Playhouse 90 and GE Theater; in Los Angeles, April 9, 2007.

Carpenter, Liz, 89; author, women’s rights activist and humorist was aide to Lyndon Johnson and press secretary to Lady Bird during the White House years; in Austin, March 20, 2010.

Carpenter, Scott, 88; one of the original seven astronauts and the second to orbit the Earth, after his astronaut years he continued in administration at the NASA center in Houston until 1967; in Denver, Oct. 10, 2013.

Carr, Billie, 74; leading Democratic party figure and activist over four decades, nicknamed “godmother of liberal politics in Texas;” in Houston, Sept. 9, 2002.

Carr, Waggoner, 86; former Texas attorney general 1963 to 1967, House speaker and legislator from Lubbock; in Austin, Feb. 25, 2004.

Carrol, Lou, 83; the “man down in Texas” (in Belton) who gave Richard Nixon the dog that led to the famous Checkers speech; in a Chicago suburb, April 3, 2006.

Carroll, Rocky, 79; renowned Houston boot maker who fashioned boots for seven U.S. presidents, Pope John Paul II, and many world celebrities; former detective for the Harris County sheriff’s department; made his first pair of boots at age 6; on June 21, 2017, while working at his RJ’s Boot Company, which was founded by his father in 1938.

Carruth, Allen H. “Buddy”, 77; Houston business and civic leader, former president of the Wortham Foundation, one of the city’s largest philanthropic organizations; in Houston, Sept. 12, 1996.

Carruthers, Jacob H. Jr., 73; raised in Houston, one of six blacks to break the color barrier at the University of Texas School of Law in 1950; went on to teach at Northeastern Illinois University, considered at expert in African history; Jan. 11, 2004.

Carson, L.M. Kit, 73; actor, writer, film director and producer, well-known in the independent film world, David Holzman’s Diary was his first film in 1967, raised in Irving, co-founded in 1970 the USA Film Festival; in Dallas, Oct. 20, 2014.

Carter, Minnie Meacham, 93; wife of former Fort Worth Star-Telegram publisher Amon Carter Sr.; active in opera and garden associations; father was mayor of Fort Worth; in Fort Worth, Jan. 27, 1996.

Cartwright, Gary, 82; renowned Texas writer of long-form journalism, much of his storytelling was for Texas Monthly from 1973 to 2010; Dallas native grew up in the West Texas town of Royalty; attended Arlington State College and the University of Texas at Austin before getting his bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University; worked at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Dallas Morning News; in Austin, Feb. 22, 2017.

Caruth, Mabel Morrow Peters, 86; philanthropist; matriarch of prominent Dallas family; in Dallas, Dec. 25, 2000.

Casey, Albert V., 84; former CEO of American Airlines who decided to move the company headquarters to Fort Worth in 1979, bringing thousands of jobs to the area; in Dallas, July 10, 2004.

Casillas, Richard, 77; first Hispanic district director of U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1969; in San Antonio, April 26, 2000.

Castillo, Ed, 80; columnist who worked at the San Antonio Light for more than 25 years, helped open way for younger Hispanic journalists; in San Ramon, Calif., Sept. 28, 1996.

Cates, Jean, 77; National Cowgirl Hall of Fame inductee who with her sister became the first two women to win the Western Heritage chuckwagon cook-off in 1992; in Amarillo, April 28, 2015.

Catto, Henry E. Jr., 81; served four Republican presidents as director of U.S. Information Agency, chief Pentagon spokesman, ambassador to El Salvador and to the United Kingdom; in San Antonio, Dec. 18, 2011.

Catto, Jessica Hobby, 72; patron of charities, noted conservationist, daughter of Oveta Culp Hobby and former Gov. William P. Hobby; in Aspen, Colo., Oct, 1, 2009.

Cauthorn, Julia, 80; known as “Duchess of King William,” worked to restore and preserve the 19th-century area of San Antonio; in San Antonio, Dec. 6, 2000.

Cavazos, Bobby, 82; son of a King Ranch foreman, star running back for Texas Tech in the 1950s, achieved a winning record that helped the school get into the Southwest Conference; in San Antonio, Nov. 16, 2013.

Cavazos, Richard, 88; the first Hispanic four-star general in the U.S. Army; completed the ROTC program at Texas Tech University in 1951; awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in both Korea and Vietnam; born in Kingsville the son of a King Ranch cowhand; in San Antonio, Oct. 29, 2017.

Cavender, James, 87; founder of the western wear store; opened his first clothing store in Pittsburg in East Texas in 1965; the Tyler-based company grew to 80 stores in 12 states; in Tyler, May 29, 2018.

Cecil, Andrew R., 85; ethicist, distinguished scholar in residence at UT-Dallas, former president of the Southwestern Legal Foundation; in Dallas, Sept. 16, 1996.

Cernan, Eugene, 82; the last human to walk on the moon as commander of the Apollo 17 mission in 1972; in 1981 he began his own aerospace consulting firm; also worked as a television analyst during shuttle flights in the 1980s; the Chicago native came to love Texas and spent much time at his Kerrville ranch; in Houston, where he lived since 1964, Jan. 16, 2017.

Chadwell, Edna Milton, 84; the last madam of the Chicken Ranch in La Grange, which was the basis for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; in Phoenix, Feb. 25, 2012.

Chagra, Jamiel A. “Jimmy”, 63; drug kingpin accused of conspiracy to kill U.S. District Judge John Wood Jr. in 1979 in San Antonio, paroled in 2003 after serving prison term on lesser charges; in Mesa, Ariz., July 25, 2008.

Chambers, James F. Jr., 93; former cop-beat reporter became president of the Dallas Times Herald in 1960 and publisher in 1967, retiring in 1980; in Dallas, Sept. 21, 2006.

Chandler, Mable, 81; spent 39 years as teacher and guidance counselor in Dallas schools; in Dallas, Jan. 13, 1997.

Chapa, Alfonso, 68; retired 4th Court of Appeals chief justice; in San Antonio, Aug. 28, 1998.

Chapman, Gary, 58; UT-Austin professor who was a visionary thinker on the influence of technology and computers on society and public policy; from a heart attack Dec. 14, 2010, while kayaking in Guatemala.

Cyd Charisse.

Charisse, Cyd, 86; born Tula Finklea in Amarillo in 1922, left for the West Coast as a teenager to pursue dancing career, became star in Hollywood musicals including, Singin’ in the Rain and Brigadoon; in Los Angeles, June 17, 2008.

Cheever, Elizabeth Daley, 100; matriarch of San Antonio banking family and benefactor of the University of the Incarnate Word; in San Antonio, April 22, 1997.

Choate, William R., 82; served as president of DePelchin Children’s Center, trustee of Baylor College of Medicine, law partner of Baker & Botts; in Houston, June 14, 2001.

Christian, George, 75; former press secretary to President Lyndon B. Johnson and adviser to many other Texas political leaders; in Austin, Nov. 27, 2002.

Cisneros, Elvira Munguia, 90; San Antonio community leader, including Alamo Area Council of Governments, mother of city’s mayor Henry Cisneros (1981-89); in San Antonio, Nov. 22, 2014.

Cisneros, Jose, 65; an electrician and mechanic who was lead plaintiff in a 1968 lawsuit which desegregated the Corpus Christi schools; in Corpus Christi, Aug. 4, 1996.

Cisneros, Jose, 99; known for pen-and-ink illustrations depicting the people and culture of the Southwest, awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2001; in El Paso, Nov. 14, 2009.

Clark, Harvey, 78; as a UT cheerleader introduced the “Hook ’em Horns” hand sign in 1955, as a state district judge issued the 1987 landmark decision that declared the state’s public school finance system unconstitutional; in Dripping Springs, Oct. 9, 2014.

Clark, R. Lee, 87; longtime chief administrator of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston; in Houston, May 3, 1994.

Clayton, Billy, 78; Olney native was powerful speaker of the Texas House 1975 to 1983; served on the board of the Texas A&M System; in Lubbock, Jan. 6, 2007.

Bill Clements.  

Bill Clements.


Clement, Jack, 82; music producer was Tennessee native and Sun Records veteran who moved to Beaumont in 1961 where he supported George Jones, Charlie Pride, and other country singers in their early years, added mariachi horns to Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” in 1963; in Nashville, Aug. 8, 2013.

Clements, Bill, 94; Dallas oilman who in 1978 became the first Republican elected governor since Reconstruction, elected to another four-year term in 1986; in Dallas, May 29, 2011.

Clements, Rita, 86; former Texas First Lady, wife of Gov. Bill Clements (1979-1983 and 1987-1991); active in Republican politics beginning in 1952 volunteering in the presidential campaign of Dwight Eisenhower; Kansas native, her family moved to Brady when she was 10; graduate of Hockaday School in Dallas 1949; University of Texas 1953; on the UT board of regents from 1996-2007; in Dallas, Jan. 6, 2018.

Clements, W. W. “Foots”, 88; soft-drink delivery-truck driver starting in 1935 who eventually became CEO of Dr Pepper Co., chairman emeritus at his death; in Dallas, Oct. 3, 2002.

Cliburn, Rildia Bee, 97; mother of classical pianist Van Cliburn; in Fort Worth, Aug. 3, 1994.

Cliburn, Van, 78; a 1958 Time magazine cover proclaimed him “the Texan Who Conquered Russia” when he won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, he was raised in Kilgore, lived in Fort Worth where a piano competition there honors him; in Fort Worth, Feb. 25, 2013.

Clinton, Sam Houston, 81; Waco native was former Texas Court of Criminal Appeals judge; among his clients when he was a defense attorney were Madalyn Murray O’Hair and Jack Ruby; Oct. 5, 2004.

Coburn, Herbert D., 74; inventor whose discoveries led to nine Texas Instruments patents; in Dallas, Aug. 29, 1994.

Coffey, Lucy, 108; left her job at a Dallas A&P after Pearl Harbor was bombed in 1941 to join the WACs, was the nation’s oldest woman veteran when she died; in San Antonio, March 19, 2015.

Coleman, George, 76; known as “Bongo Joe” on the River Walk where he played for more than 20 years; in San Antonio, Dec. 19, 1999.

Coleman, Ornette, 85; alto saxophonist and composer was master of “free jazz”, introducing those innovations in the 1950s and 1960s; Fort Worth native attended I.M. Terrell High School; in New York, June 11, 2015.

Collings, Bill, 68; maker of sought-after guitars, which were played by Keith Richards, Lyle Lovett, Pete Townshend, and many more artists; Michigan native moved to Houston in 1975; his company, Collings Guitars, became a leader in mass-produced musical instruments; in Austin, July 14, 2017.

Condon, Richard, 81; author of The Manchurian Candidate and Prizzi’s Honor;  in Dallas, April 10, 1996.

Conn, Fred, 89; former publisher of the San Angelo Standard-Times; in San Angelo, June 18, 1997.

Connor, Namoi, 114; raised on a farm, she was the oldest living Texan when she died; in McGregor, Oct. 18, 2013.

Connally, Merrill L. Sr., 80; younger brother of Gov. John Connally; rancher, Wilson County judge, and movie and television actor; in Floresville, Sept. 4, 2001.

Connally, Nellie, 87; former Texas first lady who was riding in John F. Kennedy’s open car when he was shot along with her husband Gov. John Connally; in Austin, Sept. 1, 2006.

Conrad, Barbara Smith, 79; the center of an integration dispute at the University of Texas in 1957 when the mezzo-soprano, an African-American, was cast in a campus opera in a white role; her removal from the cast was followed by protests on campus and in the national press; partly raised in Center Point in Camp County, among the first black undergraduates admitted to the Austin campus in 1956; went on to a professional career which included several years with the New York Metropolitan Opera; in New Jersey, May 22, 2017.

Cook, Ben H., 70; Longview business and industrial leader; in Longview, Dec. 29, 1996.

Cooley, Denton A., 96; famed Houston heart surgeon, founder of the Texas Heart Institute in 1962; Houston native and basketball player at the University of Texas; over four decades he performed an estimated 65,000 open-heart surgeries including some of the first implantations in 1968 and 1969; in Houston, Nov. 18, 2016.

Cooper, Gordon Jr., 77; one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts working at NASA in Houston and the last American to fly solo in space; Oct. 4, 2004.

Copeland, Johnny, 60; Grammy-winning blues guitarist known as the “Texas Twister”, formed his first band in Houston in 1954; in New York, July 3, 1997.

Corbett, Brad, 75; oilfield-supply businessman was owner of MLB Texas Rangers 1974-1980 with four winning seasons, had four managers in one year 1977; in Fort Worth, Dec. 24, 2012.

  Pat Corley.

Corley, Pat, 76; Dallas native and a character actor for five decades; served advice along with drinks as the bartender on TV’s Murphy Brown; in Los Angeles, Sept. 11, 2006.

Corrigan, Douglas, 88; internationally-known as pilot “Wrong Way Corrigan”; the Galveston native died in Orange, Calif., Dec. 9, 1995.

Cousins, Margaret, 91; former managing editor of McCall’s and Good Housekeeping magazines, senior editor at Doubleday, writer of children’s books; in San Antonio, July 30, 1996.

Cox, John L., 78; Burkburnett native was oilman known as “King of the Spraberry” for making the Permian Basin field productive, served as trustee for Rice University; in Midland, July 11, 2003.

Cox, Murray, 86; farm reporter whose programs were broadcast from Dallas for more than 30 years; in Houston, March 28, 1999.

Craig, Yvonne, 78; TV’s Batgirl in the 1960s, dancer-turned-actress spent her teen years in Dallas’ Oak Cliff area attending Adamson and Sunset high schools before going off to ballet school; television work also included appearances on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Six Million Dollar Man, and Star Trek; in Los Angeles, Aug. 17, 2015.

Cravotta, Charles D., 84; a 1930s national and international boxing titlist, longtime member of the U.S. Olympic boxing committee; in Dallas, July 21, 1995.

Creighton, Tom, 70; former state senator from North Texas, served in Legislature for 19 years; in Mineral Wells, April 28, 1997.

Crenshaw, Roberta, 90; Austin philanthropist and civic activist who was the catalyst for the Town Lake greenbelt and the founding of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department; Feb. 8, 2005.

Criswell, W. A., 92; national evangelical leader who was pastor of Dallas’ First Baptist Church from 1944, becoming pastor emeritus in 1994; headed the Southern Baptist Convention for two terms; in Dallas, Jan. 10, 2002.

Cronkite, Walter, 92; famed CBS anchorman grew up in Houston from age 10, attended San Jacinto High School and UT-Austin where he worked on the campus newspaper The Daily Texan in the 1930s, worked for The Houston Post and Houston Press; in New York, July 17, 2009.

Crouch, Doug, 72; Tarrant County district attorney in 1950s and 1960s, hired first black and female prosecutors, former legislator; in Granbury, July 4, 1995.

Crow, John David, 79; Heisman Trophy-winning running back (1957) for A&M where he played for Bear Bryant, after playing for the NFL Cardinals he was A&M athletic director and served in other positions until 2001; in College Station, June 17, 2015.

Crow, Trammell, 94; legendary Dallas real estate magnate, developed city’s Apparel Mart, World Trade Mart and others, also Atlanta’s Peachtree Center, Brussels’ Trade Mart, co-founded National Tree Trust; in Tyler, Jan. 14, 2009.

Cryer, Sherwood, 81; started in 1971 the honky-tonk Gilley’s in Pasadena made famous by the movie Urban Cowboy, his partnership with Mickey Gilley broke up later; in Pasadena, Aug. 13, 2009.  

Cuellar, Claude “Poppy”, 83; Dallas icon of Tex-Mex founded Tejano Restaurant in 1981 after working for El Chico chain; in Arlington, Oct. 16, 2005.

Cuellar, Frank Jr., 84; civic leader born in Terrell, served in a variety of management positions in the family’s El Chico Mexican restaurant business; in Dallas, Jan. 4, 2014.

Cuellar, Frank X. Sr., 91; a founder of the El Chico restaurant chain; in Dallas, April 2, 1995.

Cuellar, Kathleen, 87; Troup native who helped establish the Cuellar family’s El Chico Restaurants; in Dallas, Jan. 1, 1996.

Cuellar, Mack Jr., 91; last survivor of the five brothers who popularized Tex-Mex foods through their El Chico restaurants starting in 1940; born in Rosebud; in Dallas, Dec. 20, 1999.

Cuellar, Yolanda Montañes, 95; last of the El Chico chain’s founding family members, Mexico City native married Mack Jr. there, although the chain was known for its Tex-Mex she taught cooking classes on the cuisine of Mexico City; in Dallas, Nov. 5, 2014. 

Cullen, Roy H., 84; grandson of oilman Hugh Roy Cullen and a philanthropist who headed the Cullen Foundation which gave millions in grants to health and cultural institutions; in Houston, April 4, 2014.

Cullum, Charles, 89; Dallas civic leader founded in 1948 with his brother the Tom Thumb food stores; served on Dallas city council; in Dallas, May 16, 2006.

 Jim Cummins.

Cullum, Margaret Bennett “Bobbie”; 1939 graduate of Sweet Briar College; longtime civic volunteer from prominent Dallas family; widow of A. Earl Cullum Jr.; in Dallas, June 17, 2000.

Cullum, George P. Jr., 94; Dallas civic leader who led his family’s construction business over decades as it grew with the city; in Dallas, Jan. 4, 2013.

Cummins, Jim, 62; Emmy-winning correspondent for NBC, opened the network’s Southwest bureau in Dallas in 1989 and provided coverage of assault on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco in 1993; in Plano, Oct. 27, 2007.