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2008 Texas Press Obituaries

NOVEMBER 2008

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.

DECEMBER 2008

2009 Texas Press Obituaries

JANUARY 2009

Clarence Gentry
Clarence Henry "Scoop" Gentry, 93, died Jan. 3, 2009, of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Grand Prairie Healthcare Center.
Gentry was a pioneering black journalist. In 1948, he was one of the first black reporters in Jim Wells County.
He wrote for the Dallas Express, Dallas Post Tribune and Houston Informer and worked for 60 years in newspapers. He delivered The Dallas Morning News and Dallas Times Herald in his youth.

Chad Ferguson

George Chadwick (Chad) Ferguson
COLUMBUS – Veteran community journalist and sports writer Chad Ferguson, Texas Press Association’s 134th president, died Feb. 4 after a six-month battle with cancer. He was 65.
Ferguson was publisher of the Banner Press Newspaper in Columbus, covering Austin, Colorado and Fayette counties.
The funeral service on Sunday, Feb. 10, drew community members, coaches and athletes and friends from his high school days, as well a large crowd of newspaper publishers from across the state.

Obituaries

JOHN STEPHEN FAGAN
INDIANAPOLIS – Steve Fagan, a Navy veteran and journalist whose career started in 1970 and who spent 11 years as editor of The Monitor in McAllen, died June 2 after complications from a second battle with pneumonia and recovery from lung cancer while at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis. He was 74.
Fagan became editor of The Monitor in 2001 and retired there in 2013. Under his guidance, the newspaper was named 2011 Texas Newspaper of the Year in its circulation category by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.