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Former Dallas Councilman Dies After Long Illness


By BJ Austin, KERA News

Dallas, TX – Services for a former Dallas city councilman are expected this weekend. KERA's BJ Austin reports that 71-year-old James Fantroy died yesterday after a long battle with cancer.

James Fantroy attended his last meetings at City Hall last year in a wheel chair. He often took dialysis treatment in his office while he returned phone calls and did paperwork. Mayor Pro Tem Elba Garcia says she admired that tenacity.

Garcia: I always respect when someone so ill, and Mr. Fantroy was ill for a long time, showed up on time, did all his items, took care of his district.

James Fantroy was among those named in the FBI investigation of corruption at Dallas City Hall. He was convicted of stealing money from Paul Quinn College in a peripheral case and was serving six months home confinement at the time of his death.