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    Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - March 9, 2005 Deceased Name: Ernest Ernie C. Makovy ARLINGTON -- Ernest Ernie C. Makovy, 55, a Star-Telegram editor, passed
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      Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - March 9, 2005

      Deceased Name: Ernest "Ernie" C. Makovy

      ARLINGTON -- Ernest "Ernie" C. Makovy, 55, a Star-Telegram editor, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2005, at home in his backyard.

      Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church, 5819 W. Pleasant Ridge Rd. Burial: Emerald Hills Memorial Park in Kennedale. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Moore Funeral Home-Bowen Chapel. Rosary: 10 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church.

      Memorials: National Multiple Sclerosis Society, North Texas Chapter.

      Ernest "Ernie" C. Makovy was born Nov. 8, 1949, in Waco. He grew up in West and graduated from West High School. Ernie then attended Baylor University, graduating in 1971 with a B.A. degree in journalism. On May 1, 1980, Ernie married Patricia Ann Todd. He had been a Star-Telegram editor since 1989, where he was known for his mastery of the fast-breaking news story and for his excellence and skill in being a rewrite man. Ernie enjoyed working in the yard with his wife, Pat, working crossword puzzles, watching re-runs of "SVU Law and Order," "Blue Collar TV" and "City Confidential," and watching sports with his son and son-in-law, Brad and Keith.

      Survivors: Wife of 24 years, Pat A. Makovy of Arlington; son, Bradley C. Makovy of Grand Prairie; daughter, Jaime L. Denton and husband, Keith, of Arlington; brother, Leo J. Makovy and wife, Becky, of Bruceville-Eddy; sisters, Jeanette Petter and husband, Tommy, of West, Barbara Moore and husband, Tommy Ray, of Waco, Bernice Dulock and husband, Doug, of West, and Nancy Castelin and husband, Nate, of Rowlett; granddaughters, who lovingly knew him as "Poppa," Micayla A. and Alexis A. Denton of Arlington; two godchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

      Moore Funeral Home-Bowen Chapel
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      Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - March 7, 2005

      Deceased Name: Longtime Star-Telegram editor dies ERNIE MAKOVY | 1949-2005

      Ernie Makovy, a Star-Telegram editor known for his mastery of the fast-breaking news story, collapsed and died Sunday while working in the yard at his Arlington home.

      The cause of death was not immediately known.

      Mr. Makovy, 55, had worked at the Dallas Times Herald for 18 years and at the Star-Telegram since 1989.

      Present and past colleagues reacted with shock and sadness. They recalled Mr. Makovy's coolheaded, hard-driving approach to directing reporters in covering of major breaking news stories. The deputy metro editor in the Fort Worth newsroom, Mr. Makovy was also a skilled rewrite man, taking information from a number of reporters in the field and crafting it into a readable article. "Ernie was a pleasure to work with and a tremendous human being," Star-Telegram Executive Editor Jim Witt said. "He and I worked very closely together when Ernie joined the Star-Telegram as city editor for the afternoon edition back in the late '80s. I can say with confidence that there is no other editor quite like him at the paper -- his enthusiasm, positive energy and ability to punch up a police story with colorful, descriptive language made him an irreplaceable asset. We're all very saddened by this."

      Mr. Makovy's skills were instrumental in behind-the-scenes work at the Star-Telegram during coverage of such events as the Oklahoma City bombing, the Tarrant County Courthouse shootings and the space shuttle Columbia disaster.

      "He was one of the best hard-news guys I ever worked with and also one of the best rewrite guys," said Gary Hardee, who is publisher of the Arlington edition of the Star-Telegram and also worked with Mr. Makovy at the Times Herald. "When the fur was flying, he was calm."

      Mr. Makovy grew up in West and worked as a reporter at the Waco News-Tribune while attending Baylor University. After graduating in 1971, he worked as a reporter and later editor and rewrite man at the Times Herald.

      David McHam, a University of Houston journalism professor, taught Mr. Makovy at Baylor and worked with him at the Waco and Dallas papers.

      "He was the best young reporter I ever knew. ... He would literally run out of the newsroom on a breaking story, he was so eager," McHam said.

      "He was the last great rewrite man in Dallas-Fort Worth."

      His son, Brad Makovy, said family, journalism and sports were most important to his father.

      "He and I made it a point to go to a lot of Rangers games and Baylor games," he said.

      "He loved spending time with his grandkids," Brad Makovy said.

      Mr. Makovy's journalistic interest in crime seemed to overlap with his TV habits, Brad Makovy said. "He watched CSI, Law & Order: SVU; he watched all those shows."

      Patricia Makovy said her husband was as dedicated to his family as to his work.

      "I was always so proud of him. He loved his job; he lived for his job, but he loved me and the kids with just as much passion," she said.

      Reporters who worked for Mr. Makovy said he was enthusiastic about his job and cared greatly about his co-workers.

      "In his signature boots and Wrangler jeans, Ernie looked more like a rancher than a journalist," said police reporter Deanna Boyd. "But behind his computer screen, he could turn cold facts into a great story."

      Roy Bode, editor of the Times Herald when it folded in 1991, said Mr. Makovy learned journalism when newspapers had multiple editions and writing was done on the fly.

      "There are fewer and fewer people like Ernie," Bode said.

      Mr. Makovy was also fun to be around and was known for direct and uninhibited self-expression, said Mike Cochran, a former Star-Telegram and Associated Press reporter.

      "Political correctness and pretension were not among his shortcomings," Cochran said. "And he was always quick to hoist a cool one with you."

      Services for Mr. Makovy are pending. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter Jamie Denton, grandchildren Micayla and Alexis Denton and son-in-law Keith Denton
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