2008 Texas Press Obituaries


Lillian Cannon
Lillian Cannon, 91, died Nov. 17, 2008, in Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas after complication from surgery.
She began writing a column for the Quinlan Tawakoni News when the publication first started in 1963. She also worked for the Quinlan Post for 30 years.


William Stein
William Mark Bill Stein, 53, died at his home outside Columbus on Dec. 9, 2008.
From 1987 until 1990, he was a columnist and sportswriter for the Colorado County Citizen.
He also wrote and co-edited historical journals for Colorado County and was a library archivist.

Abe J. Weiner
Abe J. Weiner, 82, a former managing editor of the Temple Daily Telegram, died Dec. 11, 2008.
He held a number of different jobs at Temple and worked at newspapers in Athens, Midland, San Antonio, Houston and Denver during his career.

Ray Marvin Hay
Ray Marvin Hay, 79, died in San Antonio on Dec. 18, 2008.
Hay purchased the Boerne Star and Boerne Printing in 1976, from the Davis family. A third-generation newspaperman, Hay also owned the Bandera Bulletin.
Hay published the Star until 1981, when a newspaper firm headed by William E. Dozier Jr., then publisher of the Kerrville Daily Times, bought the Star and the Bulletin.

Faye Castloo Pool
Faye Castloo Pool, 85, died Dec. 19, 2008, at Upshur Nursing Home.
Pool worked for the Gilmer Mirror in the 1940s and 1970s. She also wrote for newspapers in Angleton, Longview and the Kilgore News Herald, where she worked for 25 years.

Madge Bennett Bell
Madge Bennett Bell, 88, died Dec. 20, 2008, in Austin, from complications following a cerebral hemorrhage nine years ago.
In 1952, Joe and Madge Bell bought the Colorado City Record. Madge was an advertising representative. After their children were grown, the Bells sold the newspaper.

Charles Pickard
Charles Chuck Frances Pickard, 78, died Dec. 21, 2008, at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler.
He was a sportswriter for the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram from 1984 to 1994. He was also a sportswriter for Baseball Digest.

Waltrina Stovall
Waltrina Stovall, 71, died Dec. 23, 2008, in Dallas. She was a former food critic for the Dallas Morning News. She worked at newspapers in Wichita Falls, Texas City, Houston and New York before joining the News in 1979.
She retired from the newspaper in 1998 but continued working as a freelance writer until recently.

Martha Swain Reed
Martha Swain Reed, 78, died Dec. 29, 2008, in Beaumont.
She was a reporter in Louisiana before becoming an editor of the Baytown Sun in 1964. In 1972, she became an editor at the Beaumont Enterprise and Journal.
She was president of Texas Press Women and in 1979-81, president of the National Federation of Press Women.

Lois Graves
Lois Graves, 92, died Dec. 25, 2008, at the Golden Living Center in Jefferson City, Mo. From 1967 to 1988, she was a columnist and feature writer for the Gilmer Mirror and newspapers in Gladewater, Longview, Tyler and Texarkana.