Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

October 05, 2002

W.W. "Foots" Clements,

88, who drove a delivery truck for Dr Pepper while in college and eventually became chairman of the soft drink company, died Thursday from complications of dementia.

Mr. Clements, an Alabama native, started working for the company in July 1935. He was chairman emeritus and maintained an office at the Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc. headquarters in suburban Plano, Texas, until he was hospitalized Sept. 25.

Tex Grimsley,

85, a three-time state fiddling champion, died Wednesday in Shreveport, La.

Mr. Grimsley began playing the fiddle when he was 7 and built his first fiddle at age 14. Despite his later acclaim, Mr. Grimsley kept a day job as a safety and claims officer until he retired.

Aileen Saunders Mellott,

76, a co-founder of the Flying Samaritans charity who was one of the nation's top female aviators, died Sept. 25 of pancreatic cancer in Escondido, Calif.

She was named pilot of the year by the National Pilots Association in 1961 and won the International Air Race for women in 1962. She established the Flying Samaritans, a group that brings volunteer doctors to Mexico.

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