AUSTIN (AP) — William "Rooster" Andrews, a diminutive University of Texas football team manager and player who went on to become a state giant in athletic equipment retailing, has died. He was 84.
Lisa Ard, Andrews' daughter, told the Austin American-Statesman for a story on its Web site that her father died Monday of respiratory failure.
At just under 5 feet tall, Andrews arrived at Texas in 1941 and befriended some of the biggest names in Longhorns athletics, from Bobby Layne and Tom Landry to Darrell Royal and Mack Brown. He went on to letter in both football and baseball.
After graduating in 1946, he worked for 23 years as a salesman for C&S Sporting Goods. A self-described "jockstrap peddler," Andrews crisscrossed the state selling uniforms and equipment to school programs.
Mildred Callahan Jones
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Mildred Callahan Jones, a woman whose simple "It's a Boy" flag hanging outside her home drew national attention and helped launch the decorative flag industry, has died. She was 64.
Jones, the "flag lady" whose clients included President Reagan and actors James Garner and Jack Lemmon, died Thursday after a long illness. Bliley Funeral Home in Richmond confirmed the death.
It was in 1975 that Jones became known after hanging the banner in front of her home to herald the arrival of her son. The flag garnered national attention, and Jones' flag-making hobby soon turned into a business, Festival Flags Unlimited Inc., The Original Decorative Flag, and sparked a cottage industry.
The baby-arrival banners eventually were sold in stores, but Jones specialized in one-of-a-kind stitched nylon flags individualized to a customer's specifications.
Jones sold the business in 2003 after health problems.
BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) — William Stracener, a former managing editor of The Beaufort Gazette and Associated Press newsman, has died in a car accident, authorities said.
Stracener, 63, died Monday, shortly after his 2004 Honda was struck by another car, said Beaufort County deputy coroner Edward Allen.
Stracener worked for the Beaufort newspaper after serving as correspondent in charge of the AP's Springfield, Ill., office. He spent the past two years as a sales representative with health insurance company Humana.
Robert "Bob" Sullivan
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Robert "Bob" Sullivan, who helped found a bank that later merged with Bank of America, has died after a short battle with cancer. He was 70.
Friends and family confirmed that Sullivan died on Wednesday.
He was born in Salt Lake City and was educated at Notre Dame and the University of Utah, then began his career as an accountant.
He moved to Reno in 1963 and helped found Valley Bank, serving as its first president. That bank became Valley Bank of Nevada, which later joined with Bank of America.