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Safir, Nathan, 83; developed Spanish-language radio and television stations in the 1940s and ’50s; in San Antonio, Sept. 7, 1996.

Sahm, Doug, 58; Texas music icon evolved from 1960s rock and roll with Sir Douglas Quintet and “She’s About a Mover” to Texas Tornados of the 1990s and playing country and conjunto; of a heart attack while in Taos, N.M., Nov. 18, 1999.

Sakowitz, Ann, 96; matriarch of the Houston retail family, San Antonio native attended Rice University, patron of the arts; in Houston, Jan. 18, 2010.

Salling, Mark, 35; actor who played Puck on the television series Glee from 2008 to 2013; native of Dallas; 2001 graduate of Lake Highlands High School where he was a member of the wrestling team; in Los Angeles, Jan. 30, 2018, an apparent suicide.

Sample, Joe, 75; jazz great was one of the founders with Wayne Henderson of the Jazz Crusaders, pianist and keyboardist was Houston native attended Texas Southern University; in Houston, Sept. 12, 2014.

Samuels, Joseph, 95; a leader in the Jewish community in Houston where he was from 1973 publisher of the Jewish Herald-Voice; in Houston, Jan. 19, 2011.

Sanborn, Eunice G., 114; according to Gerontology Research Group, the world’s oldest person when she died; in Jacksonville, Jan. 31, 2011.

Sanchez, Henry Jr., 63; served in Legislature from South Texas 1967 to 1974; on South Padre Island, Feb. 25, 1995.

Sanchez, Ricardo, 54; Chicano poet and educator who grew up in El Paso’s El Barrio del Diablo; in El Paso, Sept. 3, 1995.

Barefoot Sanders
Barefoot Sanders.

Sanders, H. Barefoot, 83; federal judge who oversaw desegregation of Dallas schools, served in U.S. Justice Department in Johnson administration, former legislator lost race for U.S. Senate in 1972; in Dallas, Sept. 21, 2008.

Sandoval, Ruben, 55; civil rights lawyer and activist; in San Antonio, June 19, 1996.

Sankary, Abraham “Al”, 86; founded Al’s Formal Wear which outfitted men for weddings and proms starting in 1952, expanding to several states; in Fort Worth, Nov. 15, 2011.

San Pedro, Enrique, 68; bishop of Catholic Diocese of Brownsville since 1991; in Miami Beach, Fla., July 17, 1994.

Sauer, George Jr., 69; Waco high school football star, went on the play for UT Longhorns as part of 1963 national champions, played for New York Jets; in Ohio, May 7, 2013.

Savage, Wallace, 87; Dallas mayor (1949 to 1951) known for historic preservation and working for racial equality; in Dallas, June 19, 2000.

Sawtelle, G. Flint, 82; oilman who with others (see Josey obit) developed land around Lake Travis in 1962 into resort and retirement center known as Lakeway Inn and Marina; in Fort Worth, Aug. 24, 2001.

Scarlett, Harold Thomas, 70; pioneering environmental reporter for The Houston Post in the 1970s; in Houston, Oct. 21, 1996.

Schambach, R.W., 85; internationally known evangelist for more than 60 years, had headquarters in Tyler; in Tyler, Jan. 17, 2012.

Scharbauer, Clarence Jr., 88; rancher and philanthropist of prominent Permian Basin family, donor to hospital, sports complex, a horse-racing enthusiast; in Midland, Feb. 21, 2014.

Schepps, George, 98; sports enthusiast and member of prominent Dallas business family, founded Texas Baseball Hall of Fame; Jan. 14, 1998.

Schepps, Harmon, 93; Dallas civic leader was son of Russian immigrants, built the family name into a well-known brand of dairy products; in Dallas, Aug. 23, 2011.

Schirra, Walter M. “Wally”, 84; one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts working in Houston and the only one to fly in all three of NASA’s manned spacecraft programs; in La Jolla, Calif., May 3, 2006.

Schmidt, Harvey, 88; co-creator of The Fantasticks, the romance that opened Off-Broadway in 1960 and became the world’s longest-running musical; he and collaborator Tom Jones were students at the University of Texas at Austin when Jones wrote the book and lyrics and Schmidt wrote the music, including “Try to Remember”; born in Dallas; in Tomball, Feb. 28, 2018.

Schmidt, Rick, 73; owner of the well-known Kreuz Market in Lockhart where he served barbecue without forks or sauce; in 2011 he sold the business to his son; Rick moved the market from downtown in 1999 to a new building down the road after a well-publicized dispute with his sister – the feud ended years later with a joint barbecue venture in Bee Cave; Feb. 11, 2019.

Schorre, Charles, 71; artist and important figure in Houston art community; in Houston, July 20, 1996.

Schramm, Texas E. “Tex”, 83; president and general manager for 29 years of the Dallas Cowboys, making them into “America’s Team”, University of Texas journalism graduate; in Dallas, July 15, 2003.

Schreiner, Charles III, 74; founder of the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association; grandson of legendary Texas Ranger who amassed 600,000 acres including YO Ranch near Kerrville; preceded in death by son Louis Albert II (age 41, from heart attack) by one week; in San Antonio, April 22, 2001.

Schwartz, A.R. “Babe”, 92; Democratic state senator from Galveston from 1960 until 1981, where he was leader of liberal causes; championed environmental protections and public access to Texas beaches; graduate of Galveston Ball High School, Texas A&M University, and UT law school; at his home in Houston, Aug. 10, 2018.

Schwartz, Maryln, 69; popular columnist beginning in 1980 for The Dallas Morning News, began as a reporter there in 1966; in Dallas, Sept. 29, 2011.

Schwartz, Walter, 81; mayor of Brenham, chancellor and former president of Blinn College when it grew from 3,500 in 1984 to 9,000, also served two terms as state legislator; in Houston, July 7, 2003.

Scoggins, Jerry, 93; Mount Pleasant native who sang the theme song “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” for The Beverly Hillbillies; got his start in Dallas radio in the 1930s; Dec. 7, 2004.

Scruggs, Charles G., 77; former editor with the Progressive Farmer magazine; Texas Tech regent; in Waco, July 24, 2001.

Scurlock, Elizabeth, 99; philanthropist who with her husband, oilman Eddy Scurlock, benefited the Texas Medical Center and the Institute of Religion in Houston; the Edna native died in Houston, June 9, 2003.

Seals, Dan, 61; McCamey native was pop/country singer “England Dan” who with John Ford Coley had 1976 hit “I’d Really Rather See You Tonight”, older brother Jimmy was in Seals & Crofts; in Nashville, Tenn., March 25, 2009.

Searcy, John Marvin, 90; raised in Fort Worth, started Interstate Battery in 1952, which grew to thousands of retail outlets nationwide; in Irving, June 2, 2007.

Sears, Barbra Pace, 71; secretary to Martin Luther King Jr. at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; later served as urban planner and community affairs manager for Fort Worth; March 5, 2005.

Seldin, Donald W., 97; Brooklyn native came to Dallas in 1951 to head the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center department of internal medicine; served 36 years guiding Southwestern into a national leader in biomedicine; faculty would include six Nobel laureates; in Dallas, April 25, 2018.

singer Selena

Selena (Selena Quintanilla Perez), 23; leading Tejano music performer; shot in Corpus Christi, March 31, 1995.

Semenova, Tatiana, 76; was first artistic director of the Houston Ballet in the 1950s; in Houston, Sept. 23, 1996.

Semos, Chris, 68; served 16 years in the Legislature and 12 years as a Dallas County commissioner; active in the Dallas Greek community; June 14, 2004.

Senterfitt, Reuben, 96; native of San Saba County served as Texas House Speaker 1951-55, in 1941 co-sponsor of bill establishing M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, in 1949 sponsored veterans’ land legislation; in Buda, Nov. 20, 2013.

Sewell, James, 91; oilman and former Texas A&M alumni association president; in Dallas, Sept. 3, 1995.

Seybold, William D., 89; physician who with Dr. Marvin Kelsey founded in 1951 a Houston clinic as the first multi-specialty physician group; Kelsey-Seybold now has 21 clinics; in Dallas, July 19, 2004.

Shahan, James Tullis “Happy”, 80; rancher who built the movie set for John Wayne’s The Alamo and helped launch the Texas film industry; in Brackettville, Jan. 31, 1996.

Shankle, Perry, 93; a founder of the San Antonio Livestock Show and former San Antonio Chamber of Commerce president; in San Antonio, June 22, 1996.

Sharpe, Ernest A., 80; University of Texas journalism professor for 40 years until 1982, wrote biography of Dallas Morning News founder George B. Dealey; in Austin, May 1, 1996.

Shearer, Bill, 45; led one of Texas’ best-known publishing companies; the Shearer company printed the first in a series of state atlases, The Roads of Texas; in Fredericksburg, of cancer, March 13, 1996.

Shearer, William, 81; doctor to Houston’s famed “Bubble Boy” David Vetter who because of an immune disorder was isolated to a plastic bubble from 1978 to 1984 when he died; Shearer was one of the nation’s leading immunologists at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital for 40 years; in Houston, Oct. 9, 2018.

Shelby, Carroll, 89; renowned car builder (the Cobra) born in Leesburg, as driver was the second American to win Le Mans in 1959, lived near Pittsburg in retirement; in Dallas, May 10, 2012.

Shelton, A.B. “Stormy”, 82; publisher of Abilene Reporter-News from 1964, becoming board chairman in 1995; in Abilene, Jan. 16, 1997.

Shepard, Alan, 74; one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, he was the first American thrust into space on May 5, 1961; Houston-area business executive for many years; in Monterey, Calif., July 21, 1998. His wife, Louise, 76, died Aug. 25, 1998, in California.

Shepherd, Mark Jr., 86; engineer and Dallas native who as CEO of Texas Instruments led it to power as a maker of semiconductors and consumer electronics; in Quitman, Feb. 4, 2009.

Sherman, Cecil, 82; Fort Worth native, Baylor graduate became national leader of the theological moderates in the losing battle with conservatives of the Southern Baptist Convention; in Richmond, Va., April 17, 2010.

Sherrill, Robert, 89; journalist and author received master’s in English from UT-Austin in 1956, was associate editor of the Texas Observer beginning in 1960, wrote in 1967 The Accidental President, a critical portrait of Lyndon Johnson; in Florida, Aug. 19, 2014.

Sherrod, Blackie, 96; long-time sportswriter at the Fort Worth Press beginning in 1946, and the Dallas Times-Herald, and from 1985 the Dallas Morning News; cited for his dry wit, the Belton native used Texas vernacular to endear himself to his readers; he was described as the curmudgeon-mentor of many other sports reporters of the region; writer Larry L. King profiled him in Texas Monthly in the 1970s as “The Best Sportswriter in Texas”; in Dallas, April 28, 2016.

Shine, Billy Joe, 75; singer with the Dallas band Nightcaps, he wrote the 1959 rock and roll classic “Wine, Wine, Wine”, he said, while sitting in a study hall at Jesuit Prep; in Dallas, March 23, 2015.

Shipp, Bert, 85; 40-year career in Dallas broadcasting included interviewing the Beatles in 1964 in their dressing room, and the first televised accounts of the JFK assassination directly from the WFAA newsroom; in Dallas, April 20, 2015.

Shivers, Marialice Shary, 86; widow of former Gov. Allan Shivers; she served on the board of regents of Pan American University from 1965 to 1978; in Austin, Sept. 29, 1996.

Shivers, R.A. “Bud”, 72; investor and son of Gov. Allan Shivers was an influential backer of George W. Bush in Texas politics and a philanthropist, assisting Austin’s Seton hospital by setting up a fund for financial support; served on the boards of St. Edward’s University in Austin and the University of St. Thomas in Houston; in Austin, Jan. 8, 2019.

Shivers, Robin, 53; launched a charity to provide health insurance for Austin musicians, daughter-in-law of former Gov. Allan Shivers; in Austin, unexpectedly of unknown causes, Oct. 26, 2009.

jockey Billy Shoemaker  
Bill Shoemaker.

Shoemaker, Bill, 72; Fabens native whose 41-year career as a jockey included winning four Kentucky Derbies; worked on his grandfather's ranch near Abilene before moving to Los Angeles; Oct. 12, 2003.

Shrake, Edwin “Bud”, 77; sportswriter for Sports Illustrated and novelist, Blessed McGill and other works, collaborated on best-selling sports title of all time, Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book, buried in the Texas State Cemetery next to his longtime companion, former Gov. Ann Richards: in Austin, May 8, 2009.

Shuford, Harry, 92; two-time All American and tri-captain of SMU’s 1936 Rose Bowl team; president of Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association; in Dallas, May 16, 2007.

Silber, John, 86; academic leader at UT-Austin from 1957 until 1970 when regent chairman Frank Erwin fired him for opposing changes in the College of Arts and Sciences; in Boston suburb, Sept. 27, 2012.

Simmons, Tom, 85; former executive editor and vice president of The Dallas Morning News; in Dallas, March 17, 2000.

Simmons, William F. “Bill”, 80; longtime keyboard player for the Light Crust Doughboys; veteran Western swing musician won a Grammy Award in 2003; in Irving, Jan 24, 2005.

Simpson, James P., 87; former FBI agent and lawyer who helped close down illegal gambling in Galveston in the late 1950s; in Austin, Nov. 27, 2010.

Sims, Bill, 84; state senator for a large part of West Central Texas from 1983 to 1997; a Democrat who was an advocate for agriculture in the state; received in 1996 the Texas A&M Distinguished Agriculture Award for his leadership as the executive secretary of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association; in Paint Rock, Aug. 29, 2016.

Singer, Edwin, 85; oilman and banker, a leader in promoting Corpus Christi arts and growth in the 20th century; in Corpus Christi, Feb. 12, 2000.

Skeen, Clyde, 83; career in national defense and aerospace technology, became chief of LTV Corp., headed Dallas Transit Board; in Dallas, Oct. 10, 2000.

Slater, Norvell, 87; radio broadcaster whose Sunday morning show of hymns aired for 41 years in Dallas; in Dallas, April 18, 1995.

Slater, O. Eugene, 90; retired Methodist bishop of San Antonio and bishop-in-residence-emeritus for Perkins School of Theology at SMU; in Dallas, March 11, 1997.

Smalley, Richard E., 62; Nobel Prize winner and Rice University chemistry professor, championed nanotechnology to address energy needs; in Houston, Oct. 28, 2005.

Smith, Anna Nicole, 39; born Vicki Lynn Hogan in Houston; former Playboy centerfold and wife of elderly oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II; in the Bahamas, Feb. 7, 2007, of a drug overdose; her 20-year-old son Daniel died the previous Sept. 10 of a drug overdose.

Smith, Carl S., 89; served 51 years as Harris County’s tax assessor and collector; in Houston, July 28, 1998.

Smith, Charles “Bubba”, 66; Beaumont high school star, went on to NFL with Colts, Raiders, Oilers, prolific career in movies and TV; in Los Angeles, Aug. 3, 2011.

Smith, Liz, 94; Fort Worth native whose gossip columns ran in various New York newspapers for 33 years; attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene before completing a degree in journalism at the University of Texas in Austin in 1949; besides her newspaper columns she also served as a commentator for the local Fox TV channel in New York and E! Entertainment Television; in New York, Nov. 12, 2017.

Gov. Preston Smith
Preston Smith.

Smith, Preston, 91; Texas governor 1969 to 1973 known for his focus on higher education and work for Texas Tech University; plain-spoken son of poor tenant farmer who went on to own movie theaters in West Texas; created the Texas Film Commission; was in the Legislature beginning in 1944; served three terms as lieutenant governor 1962 to 1968; in Lubbock, Oct. 18, 2003.

Smothers, Clay, 69; black conservative legislator who switched parties twice in the 1970s; ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a Republican in 1980; in Fort Worth, June 11, 2004.

Snelson, W.E. “Pete”, 91; conservative Democratic state senator from Midland 1964-1983, raised in a ranching family in Grandfalls; in Georgetown, April 26, 2014.

Snow, Clyde, 86; world-renowned forensic anthropologist who worked on cases from JFK to mass graves in Argentina to King Tut, Texas Tech graduate was raised in Ralls where his father was a physician and his mother a nurse; in Norman, Okla., May 16, 2014.

Southern, Terry, 71; Dallas-reared author and screenwriter, including Dr. Strangelove and The Loved One; in New York, Oct. 25, 1995.

Spears, Billie Jo, 73; country singer whose 1975 “Blanket on the Ground” went No. 1 in 1975, she first performed as a teenager on the Louisiana Hayride; in Vidor, Dec. 14, 2011.

Spears, Dan “Bee”, 62; bassist for Willie Nelson for more than four decades, grew up in Helotes; in Nashville, Dec. 8, 2011. 

Spears, Franklin Scott, 64; former Texas Supreme Court justice and state legislator; in San Antonio, April 10, 1996.

Speir, Col. Wilson E. “Pat”, 84; director of the Texas Department of Public Safety from 1968 to 1980; began 36-year service in the department as a highway patrolman; in Austin, April 22, 2002.

Spence, Ralph, 76; leading East Texas oilman; in Houston, June 24, 1995.

Stark, Nelda C., 90; publicity-shy philanthropist in Orange who with her husband organized the Stark Foundation in 1961; in Houston, Dec. 13, 1999.

Steinbeck, Elaine, 88; Austin native and former actress was widow of author John Steinbeck and supporter of his legacy; in New York, April 27, 2003.

Spelce, Fannie Lou, 89; called “the Grandma Moses of Texas”, former nurse who after retiring at 64 gained notoriety as a folk artist; in Austin, April 11, 1998.

Spelling, Aaron, 83; noted Hollywood producer of Dynasty, Love Boat, and other TV hit shows; former SMU cheerleader grew up in South Dallas; in Los Angeles, June 23, 2006.

Sprague, Charles, 88; longtime head of the UT Southwestern Medical Center bringing it to international prominence; in Dallas, Sept. 17, 2005.

Steger, William M., 85; federal judge in East Texas for 35 years; in Tyler, June 4, 2006.

Stehling, Felix, 87; founded with his brother the Taco Cabana restaurants in San Antonio in 1978, now a chain 162 restaurants in several states; in San Antonio, Dec. 10, 2012.

Stemmons, John M., 92; Dallas civic leader credited with moving a section of the Trinity River and making way for the freeway that bears his family’s name; in Dallas, July 20, 2001.

Stennis, Hampton, 76; assistant makeup editor at the Dallas Times Herald for 19 years, in Dallas, March 24, 1995.

Sternberg, Daniel A., 87; dean of the school of music at Baylor University for nearly 40 years; in Waco, Aug. 26, 2000.

Stevenson, Edith W. “Scottie”, 93; served as Texas’ first lady for her father-in-law, Gov. Coke Stevenson, after his wife died; lived with her daughters in the Governor’s Mansion while her husband served in World War II; in Austin, Dec. 24, 2006.

Stevenson, Ruth Carter, 89; nationally known arts patron, daughter of oilman Amon Carter Sr., she essentially founded Fort Worth’s Museum of American Art; in Fort Worth, Jan. 6, 2013.

Steves, Marshall Terrell, 77; San Antonio civic leader; worked to bring HemisFair ’68 to completion; 13th-generation descendant of Canary Islanders; while in Rome, Italy, Oct. 30, 2000.

Stewart, Payne, 42; professional golfer, graduate of Southern Methodist University; won U.S. Open twice and medals in the Southwest Conference in the late 1970s; in plane crash in South Dakota that also killed five others; Oct. 25, 1999.

Stillwell, Hallie Crawford, 99; Big Bend pioneer who became one of the region’s most prominent and notable figures; in Alpine; Aug. 18, 1997.

Stone, Ron, 72; television newsman over four decades at Houston’s KHOU and KPRC, began hosting The Eyes of Texas TV program in 1970s; in Houston, May 13, 2008.

Storm, Gale, 87; 1950s TV star of My Little Margie and Oh! Susanna, born Josephine Cottle in Bloomington, raised in Houston where she performed in the drama club at San Jacinto High School; in California, June 27, 2009.

Stovall, R. M. “Sharkey”, 79; former Fort Worth mayor who played major role in creation of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; in Fort Worth, March 22, 1996.

Stram, Hank, 82; Pro Football Hall-of-Famer, first coach of the AFL Dallas Texans in 1960 to 1962, moving with the team to Kansas City where he coached the Chiefs to two Super Bowls; in Covington, La., July 4, 2005.

Strauss, Annette, 74; the first woman to be elected mayor of Dallas, serving 1987 to 1991; arts patron and advertising executive; in Dallas, Dec. 14, 1998.

Strauss, Robert S., 95; political deal maker and advisor to presidents; Dallas attorney, Lockhart native, grew up in Stamford; led national Democratic Party in the 1970s; in Washington, March 19, 2014.

Strauss, Ted, 89; Hamlin native, businessman, banker, and philanthropist, younger brother of Robert Strauss, husband of Annette Strauss who was Dallas mayor 1987-91; in Dallas, Sept. 5, 2014.

Street, James, 65: as quarterback he led the UT Longhorns over Arkansas win the college national title in 1969, Longview native went on to a career in finance; in Austin, Sept. 30, 2013.

Strickland, Phil, 64; lobbied for Baptist Convention of Texas causes for 38 years in Austin, fighting gambling and advocating for children’s care and for church-state separation; in Dallas, Feb. 11, 2006.

Stumberg, Louis, 87; San Antonio businessman who in 1946 launched with this father and brother Patio brand frozen Mexican dinners; in San Antonio, May 3, 2011.

Sullivan, Niki, 66; raised in Lubbock; played guitar with Buddy Holly and the Crickets during their climb to stardom in 1957; April 6, 2004.

Summerall, Pat, 82; Southlake resident was star kicker for the New York Giants in the late 1950s, best-known as the calm voice of NFL broadcasts for some 40 years; in Dallas, April 16, 2013.

Supple, Jerome, 67; president of Texas State University–San Marcos from 1989 to 2002, where he increased admission standards, research funding, and the university endowment; Jan. 16, 2004.

Sutton, A. C. Sr., 83; godchild of George Washington Carver and former president of the Texas NAACP; former member of the Texas Youth Commission; in San Antonio, March 30, 2002.

Swayze, Patrick, 57; movie star and dancer was native of Houston, his mother started the city’s Jazz Ballet Company, track and field star at Waltrip High School; from pancreatic cancer, in Los Angeles, Sept. 14, 2009.

Swayze, Patsy, 86; Houston dance instructor for her son Patrick, as well as for Tommy Tune, Debbie Allen, Randy Quaid, and Jaclyn Smith; choreographed the 1980 film Urban Cowboy; in California, Sept. 16, 2013.