Albert Franklin Bentley III, 93, died on Dec. 25, 2006.
Bentley had a long career as a newspaper artist and cartoonist with The Houston Post with the byline Bud Bentley for almost 40 years. Bentley started his career in 1940 with The Houston Press. He retired as art director in 1983. From 1942-46 he served in the Army Air Corps.
Clara Jean “Pokey” Combs, 66, died Jan. 31, 2007, in Whitewright.
She was the owner and publisher of the Whitewright Sun. She bought the Sun in 1991.
Robert Weir Finklea III, 62, died Jan. 15, 2007, of heart disease at his Dallas home.
He joined The Dallas Morning News as a copy boy in June 1964 and that November he became a rewrite clerk on the Metropolitan desk. Later he was a general assignments reporter. He resigned in December 1974.
Finklea was a contributing editor at D magazineand sold freelance articles to publications including The New York Times.
Molly Ivins, 62, died Jan. 31, 2007, after a long battle with breast cancer.
Ivins started her career with summer stints as a reporter at the Houston Chronicle and went on to become one of the nation’s most recognized political commentators.
Ivins joined the Minneapolis Tribune as the city’s first female police reporter.
In 1970, she returned to Texas as co-editor of the liberal Texas Observer. In 1976, Ivins became a reporter for The New York Times until 1982 when she became a columnist for the Dallas Times-Herald.
She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1985 and 1988. She joined the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1991 after the Times-Herald folded, and in 2001 became a nationally syndicated columnist. Ivins authored and co-authored 10 books.
James E. Laney Jr.
James E. Laney Jr., 89, died Jan. 3, 2007, at Grace Healthcare in Little Rock, Ark.
Laney was an owner/editor of The Bowie County News in New Boston. After serving in WWII, he returned home to follow in his father’s footsteps editing and publishing numerous newspapers in Texas and Tennessee, including The Naples Monitor, Arp Press, McKenzie Banner and Frost Enterprise.
Walt McAlexander, 62, died Jan. 3, 2007, in Killeen, after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer ’s disease.
In late May 1966, he joined the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal as a sports writer and won a national baseball writing award while there. He worked there until August 1978 when he started a career in directing sports information for two Texas colleges.
Sheila “McBain” Sinyard, 35, died Dec. 26, 2006, in Atlanta.
Sinyard was found dead in the Atlanta office of Cass County Life,a publication of the Texarkana Gazette. She struggled with diabetes but the cause of death was unknown.
Sinyard also worked for the Atlanta Citizens-Journal two years before editing the Bowie County Citizens Tribune/DeKalb News in 1998 and 1999.
Vivian Victoria Smith, 95, died Dec. 29, 2006, at the Jubilee House in Brady after a lengthy illness.
She was the co-owner of the Brady Standard-Herald for 45 years with husband L.B. Smith. The couple worked together for many years at the newspaper. She was a bookkeeper, sold advertising and wrote a personal column titled “Notes from Vivian.”
Jim Terrell, 68, died Dec. 27, 2006, at his Lago Vista home after a battle with leukemia.
He had a 40-year career in journalism. His last assignment was editor of the North Lake Travis LOG from 1999 to 2002.