Lawrence Brantley, 75, a gun dealer who...

Lawrence Brantley, 75, a gun dealer who sold Jack Ruby the .38-caliber Colt Cobra he used to kill Lee Harvey Oswald after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, died Tuesday in Dallas of complications from surgery.

In addition to Ruby, another customer was President Lyndon B. Johnson, who once sent a Secret Service agent from his ranch to pick up guns at Mr. Brantley's Dallas store.


Mr. Brantley operated Ray's Hardware and Sporting Goods from 1949 until ill health forced him to retire in 1992.

Texie Waterman, 64, the choreographer who helped craft the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders' glitzy, sexy image, died Monday in Dallas of lung cancer.


Cowboys president and general manager Tex Schramm hired Ms. Waterman in 1972 as the cheerleaders' first choreographer. She retired in 1983.

She played herself in the 1979 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders television movie and its sequel.

Stefan Knapp, 75, an artist credited with painting the world's largest mural, died of a heart attack Saturday in Guildford, England.

His 200- by-50-foot mural, made of sheets of steel, covered with porcelain and painted with a glass-like enamel, is mounted on the former Alexander's department store in Paramus, N.J.

Pub Date: 10/17/96