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Ivins, Molly, 62; liberal newspaper columnist, commentator on Texas culture and politics, and former co-editor of the Texas Observer; in Austin, Jan. 31, 2007.
Jackson, Gordon Dealey, 85; next-to-last surviving grandson of G. B. Dealey, who was co-founder of The Dallas Morning News; worked in water resource management; Nov. 26, 2004.
Jackson, Grace “Pete,” 93; founder of Ranchman’s Cafe in Ponder whose down-home cooking brought visitors from around the world; in Denton, June 12, 1998.
Jackson, Maynard Jr., 65; Dallas native who became the first black mayor of Atlanta, Ga., in 1973; in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2003.
Jackson, Ruth, 91; first woman orthopedic surgeon in United States; in Dallas, Aug. 28, 1994.
Jacobsen, Jake, 83; legal assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson, former Department of Public Safety commissioner, accused John Connally of taking bribe as Treasury secretary; in Giddings, June 30, 2003.
Jaffee, Morris Douglas Sr., 78; businessman and political power broker in San Antonio; supported Henry B. Gonzalez, Frank Tejeda, Henry Cisneros; friend of Lyndon Johnson and Sam Rayburn; in San Antonio, April 24, 2001.
Jamail, Jeffrey G. "Jeff," 52; known as the face of Jamail's grocery, which was Houston's premier purveyor of fine food; his grandfather Najeeb "Jim" Jamail, a Lebanese immigrant, began the grocery business in 1907; May 23, 2004, from a heart attack.
Jamail, Lee Hage, 76; prominent Houston philanthropist; former member of state college coordinating board, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and other boards; wife of attorney Joseph D. Jamail; in Houston, Jan. 15. 2007.
Jameson, Betty, 89; child prodigy in golf, won first tournament at 13, grew up in Dallas and San Antonio, attended UT-Austin 1939 to 1940, founding member of women’s professional tour in 1950; in Boynton Beach, Fla., Feb. 7, 2009.
Jefferson, Mildred, 84; Pittsburg (Tx.) native, physician who was a national figure in the anti-abortion movement, the first African-American woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School; in Cambridge, Mass., Oct. 15, 2010.
Jenkins, M. T. “Pepper,” 77; pioneer anesthesiologist at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas; treated President Kennedy, Oswald and later Jack Ruby; in Dallas, Nov. 21, 1994.
Jennings, James, 71; stadium voice of the Dallas Cowboys for 22 years until 1989; also announced at the Mesquite rodeo; served three terms on the Dallas school board in the 1970s; Dec. 2, 2004.
Jennings, Waylon, 64; Littlefield native was part of country music’s outlaw movement, had 16 No. 1 hits, the songwriter and guitarist had played in Buddy Holly’s band; in Arizona, Feb. 13, 2002.
Jernigan, James, 81; educator, former president of Texas A&I University in Kingsville; in Richardson, Aug. 10, 1996.
Jimenez, Raul Sr., 66; built the Jimenez Food Products empire; another legacy is the Thanksgiving dinners he hosted each year for thousands poor people; in San Antonio, Oct. 26, 1998.
Johnson, Belton Kleberg, 71; businessman and King Ranch heir; known as “B,” his first language was Spanish; in 1959 he purchased his own ranch in Zavala County, the Chaparrosa, known for its annual sale of prized Santa Gertrudis cattle; in San Antonio, May 19, 2001.
Johnson, Bob, 66; parliamentarian of the Texas Senate since 1991 and House parliamentarian for 15 years; in Temple, March 27, 1995.
Johnson, E. J. “Jack,” 89; between 1931 and 1951 served Irving as mayor, councilman, policeman, school board member and fire fighter; in Irving, Nov. 16, 1996.
Johnson, George S., 83; former executive of the Dallas Times Herald where he worked from 1953 until his retirement in 1978; in Stuart, Fla., April 27, 1997.
Johnson, Jake, 75; colorful legislator 1960 to 1973 known as a prankster; instrumental in creation of UT–San Antonio; in Austin, Sept. 9, 2006.
Johnson, James L. "Rocky," 77; Vernon native was CEO of GTE Corp. in 1991 when he brought the domestic headquarters of the company (now Verizon) to North Texas; in Irving, Nov. 18, 2004.
Johnson, Ken, 74; former Dallas Times Herald executive editor in the 1970s and ’80s during a spirited fight against rival The Dallas Morning News; in Dallas, Nov. 8, 2008.
Johnson, J. Lee III, 84; business and civic leader was part of team in 1960s that negotiated agreement between Fort Worth and Dallas to build D/FW International Airport; in Fort Worth, Aug. 18, 2002.
|Lady Bird Johnson.|
Johnson, Lady Bird, 94; born Claudia Taylor in Karnack, as first lady she championed wildflower conservation, and the policies of her husband President Lyndon Johnson, serving as his trusted adviser; in Austin, July 11, 2007.
Johnson, Lee Otis, 62; student leader in the 1960s at Texas Southern University, arrested on a marijuana charge; “Free Lee Otis” became chant across Texas; in Houston, June 12, 2002.
Johnson, Richard J. V., 75; during four decades at the Houston Chronicle he served as publisher, president and chairman; in Houston, Jan. 14, 2006.
Johnson, Robert H. “Bob,” 84; Colorado City native, Associated Press editor and executive for 42 years mostly in Dallas, wrote first bulletin on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; in Albuquerque, N. M., Aug. 25, 2007.
Jones, Charlie, 77; TV sports anchor at Dallas’ WFAA five years, announcer for AFL Dallas Texans beginning in 1960, called AFC games for NBC 1965 to 1997; in La Jolla, Calif., June 12, 2008.
Jones, Garth, 88; longtime newsman for the Associated Press who covered nine governors and 19 regular sessions of the Legislature; in Austin, Jan. 18, 2006.
Jones, Grace, 87; born Grace Rosanky in Waelder, fashion maven whose boutique in Salado sold mechandise to customers across the globe, entered Baylor University at age 15, ferried aircraft during World War II; in Gonzales, Feb. 16, 2008.
Jones, John T., 76; chief executive of the Houston Chronicle for 16 years; in Houston, April 21, 1994.
Jones, Luther, 85; leader in Corpus Christi over four decades, first as commander of the Army Depot and then as mayor for eight years, granted title of mayor emeritus; in Corpus Christi, March 3, 2002.
|'Crazy Ray' Jones.|
Jones, Wilford “Crazy Ray,” 76; as a character at Dallas Cowboys games he became nationally recognizeable and an unofficial mascot; in Dallas, March 17, 2007.
Jones, Woodrow Jr., 58; political science professor who became the first black dean at Texas A&M University in 1994 as head of the College of Liberal Arts; in College Station, Nov. 22, 2005, after a long battle with heart disease.
Jonsson, J. Erik, 93; former mayor of Dallas 1964 to 1971, whose impact as civic leader preceded and followed those years; former chairman of Texas Instruments; in Dallas, Aug. 31, 1995.
Jordan, Barbara, 59; elected to Congress from Houston in 1972, becoming first black woman member from a Southern state; first black woman in Texas Senate 1966 to 1972; professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT-Austin 1979 until her death; in Austin, Jan. 17, 1996.
Jordan, Esteban “Steve,” 71; conjunto accordionist credited with introducing elments of jazz, pop, rock and blues into the traditional polka genre; in San Antonio, Aug. 13, 2010.
Josey, Jack Symth, 86; Houston oilman who with others (see Sawtelle obit) developed Lakeway community on Lake Travis; on boards of University of Texas, Rice University and Hermann Hospital; in California, Feb. 27, 2003.
Junkins, Jerry R., 58; chairman and CEO of Texas Instruments Inc., the global electronic giant, Dallas civic leader; of a heart attack in Stuttgart, Germany, May 29, 1996.
Jurow, Martin, 92; a Dallas resident since 1971, he was a vital force on Broadway and in Hollywood; produced classics including Breakfast at Tiffany's; in Dallas, Feb. 12, 2004.
Justice, William Wayne, 89; East Texas federal judge who wrote the decisions integrating Texas schools, reforming state prisons and opening classrooms to children of illegal immigrants; in Austin, Oct. 13, 2009.
Justin, John Jr., 84; known worldwide for his cowboy boots and promoting Western heritage; while running the family business, he served on the Fort Worth City Council and became mayor in 1961; in Fort Worth, Feb. 26, 2001.