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Ealey, Robert, 76; Fort Worth blues legend, musician and club owner, mentor of local talent; in Fort Worth, March 7, 2001.

Eakin, Ed, 74; Chilton native founded the state’s largest non-academic press in 1979; credited with preserving Texas lore through the Austin-based Eakin Press; in Austin, Feb. 20, 2002.

East, Alice Kleberg, 104; last surviving grandchild of Capt. Richard King, the founder of the King Ranch; in Hebbronville, Sept, 6, 1997.

East, Robert Claude, 87; great-grandson of Richard King and owner of San Antonio Viejo Ranch, one of the oldest ranching properties in South Texas; in Jim Hogg County, June 18, 2007.

Eckhardt, Bob, 88; liberal Democrat spent 1967 to 1981 in Congress representing Houston’s 8th District; previously in the Legislature from 1958; in Austin, Nov. 13, 2001.

Edington, Andrew, 84; president emeritus of Schreiner College who headed the institute from 1950 until his retirement in 1971; in Kerrville, April 9, 1998.

Edwards, Doris, 96; widow of highway patrolman E.B. Wheeler, who was gunned down by Clyde Barrow’s gang; later worked with Texas Rangers against illegal gambling; in Dallas, June 10, 2007.

Edwards, George, 60; began teaching music at Prairie View A&M University in 1978, five years later started the “Marching Storm”, the marching band and dance troupe he directed until his death; May, 20, 2009.

Ellis, George T., 70; son of Lebanese immigrants, earned law degree from University of Texas in 1959, served on the state 14th Court of Appeals 1989 to 1992; in Houston, Sept. 21, 2003.

Ellis, Herb, 88; Farmersville native was jazz guitar vitruoso who played with Ella Fitzgerald, was a member of the Oscar Peterson Trio in the 1950s, attended UNT-Denton; in Los Angeles, March 28, 2010.

Ellison, Ray Sr., 88; Greenville native was founder of San Antonio-based company than grew into one of the largest independent home builders in the nation; in San Antonio, Oct. 16, 2005.

Elston, Gene, 93: sports broadcaster who was the original voice of the Houston Colt .45’s baseball team and stayed with the renamed Astros until 1986, where his partners included Loel Passe, Harry Kalas, and Larry Dierker; Elston continued as a sports announcer for CBS Game of the Week until 1997; in Houston, Sept. 5, 2015.

Enrico, Roger, 71; PepsiCo chief during the 1980s Cola Wars which were marked by competing taste tests; civic leader in Dallas where he was a member of Dallas Together Forum, which was committed to improving economic opportunity for women and minorities; retired to Dallas; in the Cayman Islands while vacationing, June 1, 2016.

Estep, William R. Jr., 80; Reformation scholar, professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; in Fort Worth, July 15, 2000.

Estes, Billie Sol, 88; called the “king of Texas wheeler-dealers”, he went to prison for agricultural scams hatched while living in Pecos in the early 1960s, grew up on a farm near Clyde; in Granbury, May 13, 2013.

Estes, Carroll Cox, 87; writer of mystery novels, business woman and teacher at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia and at East Texas State University; in Dallas, May 21, 1995.

Eure, Jim, 87; founder in 1969 of what would become Mr. Gatti’s pizza chain, which grew to more than 200 stores; in Austin, Sept. 18, 2005.

Dale Evans.

Evans, Dale, 88; in television and movies she reigned as “Queen of the West” alongside husband Roy Rogers, “King of the Cowboys”; wrote their theme song “Happy Trails”; born in Uvalde, raised in Italy, Tx.; in Apple Valley, Calif., Feb. 7, 2001.

Evans, Jack W. Sr., 74; Tom Thumb grocery executive and banker who served as mayor of Dallas 1981 to 1983; June 5, 1997.

Evans, Sterling C., 101; Texas A&M University donor and chairman of governing board; in 1960s supported opening college to women and ending mandatory military training; in Del Rio, July 5, 2001. 

Ewell, Yvonne A., 71; educator and Dallas school trustee beginning in 1987; in Dallas, April 27, 1998.