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DOLPH BRISCOE, JR., Class of 1939

Former Texas governor leaves legacy of integrity, honor and love of state
by Carol Kothmann - Managing editor, Uvalde Leader News

Texas lost a true gentleman and statesman when rancher, banker and former two-term Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr., 87, died Sunday at his home in Uvalde. Funeral services are scheduled today at 10 a.m. in St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Uvalde. The service will be broadcast at St. Philip's in Grace Hall and Briscoe Hall and in the main sanctuary of First Baptist Church. A reception will follow at Uvalde Country Club. Briscoe, who was born in Uvalde April 23, 1923, leaves a legacy of honor, integrity, generosity and an unmatched love of his home state. Among those whose lives were touched by the Uvalde native were Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Texas Gov. Mark White. "Dolph Briscoe was a friend, a mentor, and an inspiration to me as a leader who placed the needs of Texas first, " Perry said. "I always looked up to Governor Briscoe as another rural Texan who made a difference. I will miss his friendship and wise counsel." "A giant of our time is gone. The state of Texas has lost a great leader, and I have lost a great friend," said White, who was Briscoe's secretary of state from January 1973 through October 1977 and worked with Briscoe in numerous situations, some of which could be tense and challenging. "I have never seen him act any other way than a perfect gentleman," White said. He said Briscoe genuinely cared about people. "In my lifetime I have never known a finer man," White said.

Highlighting Briscoe's achievements in a political career that included serving in the Texas Legislature from 1949 to 1957 was shepherding to approval the Texas farm-to-market road system. As governor from January 1973 to January 1979, he led Texas with fiscal responsibility. His was the first and last administration to hold the line on taxes since World War II. He and former First Lady of Texas Janey Briscoe served the citizens of Texas with an easy grace and accessibility that purposefully sought to include and inspire people of all walks of life. As a result they had a wealth of friends and admirers throughout the state. "He was so kind and so humble, and the epitome of a statesman, and yet if anybody had reason to be proud of his legacy it was him," said Texas State Rep. Pete Gallego. "As a Democrat, he practiced democracy in every aspect of his life more than anyone else I've ever known," said Briscoe's longtime friend Harry McAdams, who served as director of the office of state federal relations in Washington, D.C., when Briscoe was governor. Gallego reiterated that statement. "He was the kind of person who could work with anybody and everybody." "He was truly a champion of the public, signing into law the 1973 Texas Open Records Act guaranteeing the public's right to information about state and local government," said U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, who, with U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, sponsored the naming of the Uvalde Post Office after Briscoe.

"Dolph Briscoe was many things - a rancher, a veteran, a benefactor, a governor - but above all, he was a Texan. Texas history was in his blood - his ancestors fought at San Jacinto and signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. His love of Texas was evident throughout his years in the legislature and in the Governor's Mansion," said Hutchison, who served in the Texas Legislature while Briscoe was governor. "He will be remembered fondly as our Gentleman Governor," she said. "Governor Briscoe was really one of the great Texans of his generation and one of the great governors of Texas," said Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, a native Uvaldean currently serving in the Texas Legislature. Hilderbran said Briscoe has been a hero and inspiration for generations of Uvaldeans and Texans, as was another Uvaldean, the late former U.S. Vice President John Nance Garner. "It was the memory of John Nance Garner and the living example of Dolph Briscoe that inspired me to enter politics," he said. "The state of Texas has lost its most devoted citizen," said state Rep. Tracy O. King. "On a personal note, I'm going to miss his wisdom, his unique insight and, most importantly, his friendship." "In my mind, Dolph Briscoe was a statesman. He was a gentleman. He treated people in a kind and gentle manner," said Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell. "He was a great neighbor and great friend and great leader and someone that this state and nation will really miss." "He was a visionary," Mitchell said. "He always said Uvalde is the best place to live and raise a family."

"I was able to visit with Gov. Briscoe the last couple of years and always relied on his wisdom," said Uvalde Mayor Cody Smith. Smith said Briscoe always ended their conversation by asking "How can I help." "I always appreciated his love of Uvalde," Smith said. Philanthropic work Briscoe's philanthropic work supported numerous things beneficial to Texas and its people, including the Kate Marmion Regional Cancer Center in Uvalde, the Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio, The University of Texas in Austin and the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. "He and his wife set the standard in philanthropic contributions to hospitals, universities, museums, the arts, Texas history and a multitude of youth-related activities. On many occasions their generosity to meet individual human needs was given quietly, without any public knowledge," said Bill Dillard, First State Bank of Uvalde senior vice president. "This week we lost a quintessential Texan, a true statesman, and a gentle man with grit and determination, who made The University of Texas System and all of education in Texas stand taller," said Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, chancellor of The University of Texas System.

"All of us at The University of Texas at San Antonio mourn the passing of a great leader, a true friend and passionate advocate for the entire State of Texas," said Ricardo Romo, president of UTSA. Cigarroa said Briscoe dedicated his life to public service based on respect, integrity, honesty and a grand vision that advanced Texas to new heights. "Governor Briscoe supported cardiology and women's programs at UT Health Science Center-San Antonio and so many other programs across the state and throughout the University of Texas System, including one of the premier history research centers in the world - the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin," Cigarroa said. In February of 2009, Briscoe became the 21st recipient of the Texas Board of Regents' prestigious Santa Rita award. Speaking during the ceremony, Briscoe's longtime friend Jess Hay, a former UT system regent, said naming Briscoe as a winner actually enhanced the significance of the UT System award. He said honor and integrity were far more than words to Briscoe. "They are the hallmarks of his character and the defining traits of his entire life." Younger years Briscoe was the only child of Dolph and Georgie Briscoe, who moved to Uvalde in 1910 to enter the cattle business. He was the Uvalde High School valedictorian in 1939. He married Janey Slaughter on Dec. 12, 1942, in University Baptist Church in Austin. Briscoe graduated from the University of Texas in March of 1943. That same spring he entered the U.S. Army and served as an officer in the China, Burma, India Theatre during World War II. Following the war, Briscoe and his wife returned to Uvalde to operate his Rio Frio Ranch, a 13,000-acre sheep and goat operation north of Uvalde.

Ranching milestones

In 1960, as president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers' Association, Briscoe led a group that raised $3 million in donations to encourage the federal and state governments to launch a Screwworm Eradication Program in Texas and the Southwest. The success of this program is considered by cattle raisers to be one of the most important and beneficial developments in the cattle industry and has saved cattle raisers millions of dollars each year. "The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is saddened by the loss of Gov. Dolph Briscoe. The cattle industry benefited from Gov. Briscoe's leadership and we will miss him greatly," said Dave Scott, rancher and TSCRA president. Upon his father's death, Briscoe became the operator of one of the foremost ranches in Texas. Through careful management and hard work he added substantially to his landholdings and by 1972 he was the state's largest individual landowner. Today, Briscoe Ranch operates on over 660,000 acres in nine counties.

Banking career

Briscoe's many business ventures included a successful banking career that spanned more than 50 years, beginning with his appointment to the board of directors of Alamo National Bank by Reagan Houston Sr. in 1954. In October of 1960, Briscoe purchased First State Bank of Uvalde from Tully Garner and Josh Ashby. Garner had previously received the controlling interest in the bank from his father John Nance Garner. Briscoe was later able to acquire the majority stock of Security State Bank in Pearsall and Zavala County Bank in Crystal City. Briscoe initiated the construction of the current First State Bank building, described by many as the "most beautiful bank in Texas." Briscoe's ranch office has been located in the bank since it opened in 1970. Under Briscoe's leadership, First State Bank's assets have grown from $9 million to more than $500 million and the bank, headquartered at 200 E. Nopal St. in Uvalde, has branches in Camp Wood, Carrizo Springs, Concan, Leakey, Sabinal and Utopia, and on Main Street in Uvalde. "On behalf of the directors, officers and staff of First State Bank of Uvalde, I want to express our profound sense of loss," said bank CEO Dickie G. Geries. "The contributions made by the governor to the success of this bank, our community and the state of Texas are beyond measure." "More than anyone in the past century and current decade, the governor generously contributed his time, financial resources and influence to promote the best interests of his hometown of Uvalde and the citizens of Texas." Geries said, "He represented the very best in a rare breed of Texans, and he will be greatly missed by all who ever had the pleasure of knowing him."

Family

While his banking, ranching and political commitments were many, Briscoe always made time for his family. You had only to be around him for a short time to know how much he loved his wife; he called her "My Janey" and gave her equal credit for all his accomplishments. He often said he never would have been elected to the Texas Legislature without her support and tireless work. And he spoke with pride of their three children and their precious grandchildren. Briscoe was preceded in death by his wife, Janey, on Oct. 12, 2000, and granddaughter Kate Marmion on Jan. 19, 2008. He is survived by one son, Dolph "Chip" Briscoe III and wife, Jill, of Carrizo Springs; two daughters, Janey Marmion and husband, Jim, of Asherton and Cele Carpenter and husband, John, of Dallas; and five grandchildren, Dolph "DB" Briscoe IV, James Leigh Briscoe, Benjamin H. Carpenter II and wife, MacKenzie, Austin Williams Carpenter, and Bonner Briscoe Carpenter. Pallbearers will be Benjamin Howard Carpenter II; Austin Williams Carpenter; Dolph Briscoe IV; James Leigh Briscoe; Dr. Steven R. Bailey; Kevin James Walsh; Dickie G. Geries; and John Michael Wilson.

The family suggests memorials to the Kate Marmion Regional Cancer Medical Center, 1025 Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX 78801; or the Dolph and Janey Briscoe Western Art Museum, 315 E. Commerce, San Antonio, TX 78205.


MAGGIE HEARD GIBBENS, Class of 1930

Maggie Heard Gibbens, 96, of Kerrville died Jan. 9, 2010, at 220 Harper Assisted Living in Kerrville.
Gibbens was born in Reagan Wells on Nov. 11, 1913, to Wyatt Hubbard and Mary Cummings Heard. 
She married William Pete Gibbens on Oct. 10, 1931, in Uvalde. He preceded her in death on Oct. 31, 1989.
Gibbens attended Heard School at Reagan Wells and graduated from Uvalde High School in 1930. She had been an active member of Baptist Temple Church since 1950, and was secretary of her Sunday school class most of those years.
She was a member of the Uvalde de las Encinas Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and the Southwest Texas Genealogical Society. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Sid Gibbens; one great-grandson, Casey Gibbens; six brothers; and three sisters. She is survived by two sons, John Gibbens and wife, Lou, of Mountain Home and Bobby Gibbens and wife, Laquita, of Karnes City; one daughter-in-law, Jo Gibbens of San Antonio; seven grandchildren, Rachel Kelley, Diana Backlund and Pete, Dan, Pat, David and Robert Gibbens; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Jack Nelson of Reagan Wells; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel.
Interment followed in Uvalde Cemetery with the Rev. Tony Gruben officiating.
Pallbearers were Pete, Dan, Pat, David and Robert Gibbens, Doug Kelley, Tim Backlund and Brad Gibbens.
Honorary pallbearers were John Harrell, Ira Sansom, Wyatt "Hub" Heard, Alvin Woods, Joel Goode III, Jim Turner, Jack Calk, Don Merritt, Walter Harrington and James Brewster.  The family suggests memorial donations to Baptist Temple Church, 620 E. Main St., Uvalde, TX 78801; or 220 Harper Assisted Living, 220 Harper Road, Kerrville, TX 78028.


SHIRLEY DAVIS FELLOWS - Class of 1951

Shirley Fellows, 75, of Uvalde died Sept. 11, 2009, at The Arbors assisted living center.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Montell United Methodist Church in Montell with the Rev. Scott Bradford officiating. She was born on Nov. 3, 1933, in San Angelo to Cecil E. and Catherine Cox Davis Sr.
She is survived by one son, Cecil Fellows and wife, Judy, of Midland; one stepdaughter, Virginia Bookout and husband, Afton "Butch," of Uvalde; one sister, Nancy Ham of Uvalde; one brother, C.E. "Coot" Davis and wife, Virginia, of Uvalde; four grandchildren, Dustin Fellows and wife, Lisa, Taylor Fellows, Tessa Dougherty and Brian Bookout; four great-granchildren, Jacee Fellows, Gunnar Fellows, Maddie Fellows and Sarah Siggelow; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials to El Progreso Memorial Library, 301 W. Main St., Uvalde, TX 78801; Regional Cancer Care Medical Center, Attn: Sheri Rutledge, Development Coordinator, 1025 Garner Field Rd., Uvalde, TX 78801; or the charity of one's choice.


Beatrice Canales Ries, Class of 1950
Beatrice Canales Ries, 76, went to be with the Lord, on January 3, 2009, at the Woodbridge Estates Assisted Living in San Antonio. Beatrice was born on August 11, 1932, in Uvalde to Jose Jacinto Canales and Juliana Delia Bowles Canales. Beatrice was a kind and gentle soul who loved everybody; she loved to enter sweepstakes and raffles, loved to read magazines, and loved to garden and loved God. She is sorely missed. She is survived by two daughters, Dawn McCode-Brooks of Corona, California and Debbie Ries of Reseda, California; two sisters, Lila Cotton of San Antonio and Thelma Weathers and husband, David, of Pasadena, Texas; one brother, Pilar Bob Canales and wife, Lydia of Mercedes; sister-in-law Ruth Canales of Cotulla, Tx. ; one grandchild, Dana L. McCode of California, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Joe Bowles Canales. A memorial service was held January 10, at 9 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Father Wieslaw Iwaniac officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery


Patricia Gardner, Class of 1951
Patricia Gardner Harvey of Omaha, Neb. and Austin, Texas passed away April 8, 2009, at the age of 74. Harvey was raised in Uvalde and graduated from Uvalde High School as the Valedictorian of the Class of 1951 and from The University of Texas at Austin, Class of 1955. She is survived by her husband, Addison James Harvey, Jr. of Austin; two daughters, Elaine Grant and husband, Jacques, and Ann Moltz and husband, Bill, all of Austin, one son, Glenn Harvey and wife Maria, of Austin; nine grandchildren, Laura Paquette, Christopher Grant, Paul Grant, Andrew Grant, Anthony Harvey, Carter Harvey, Will Moltz, Elise Moltz, John Moltz, all of Austin; and longtime friend Frances McCabe of Corpus Christi. She was preceded in death by her parents, Glenn and Ann Gardner, formerly of Uvalde. The family suggests memorials to the charity of one's choice or to St. Louis Catholic Church, 7601 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78757


Richard Scott Howard
Richard Scott Howard of Dripping Springs, formerly of Uvalde, died on March 17, 2009 in San Antonio at the age of 56. He was born on February 4, 1953 in Uvalde to Roland and Maxine (Spurgeon) Howard. He is survived by his parents, Roland and Maxine Howard of Uvalde; son, Justin Howard of Texas City; brothers, Dean Howard and wife Laurie of San Antonio, Doug Howard and wife Peggy of Austin; sister, Dayna Cunningham and husband Kent of Uvalde; nephews, Ashley Howard of D'Hanis, Thiess Cunningham of Wimberley, San Howard of Austin; nieces, Traci Schulte of Connecticut, Scout Howard of Austin; great-nephew, Daniel Schulte of Connecticut; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.


Henry Charles Casal, Class of 1947
Henry Charles Casal, lifelong resident of Uvalde, died on Aug. 18, 2009, in San Antonio at the age of 79. The family said that he died from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a rare disease often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's Disease. He was born on April 26, 1930, in Uvalde to Henry Joseph and Francis Matecek Casal. Henry Charles enjoyed spending time with his family, watching old movies, cooking, scuba diving, hunting, listening to classical music and was a dedicated early morning jogger. According to the family, he loved visiting with people and being a part of the Uvalde community with so many wonderful and interesting friends, old and new. As a young man he was an acolyte and often traveled over the old highway 55 with the rector from St. Philip's Episcopal Church to the Church of the Ascension in Montell to assist with services. Throughout the years, he rarely missed attending St. Philip's Episcopal Church on Sunday. While Henry Charles' father was away during World War II, he helped his mother run the family restaurant, Casal's Cave, located in the unique rock building at 510 W. Main. In 1946, his parents closed the restaurant and opened Casal's Package Store. He returned to Uvalde after serving in the Navy to work at Casal's, which is now located at 2026 E. Main. After he graduated from Uvalde High School, he attended the University of Texas where he met his wife, Diane Sanders. He joined the Navy while in college and was on the USS Gatling during the Korean War. Henry Charles was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, Rotary Club and served on the Uvalde City Council. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and one sister, Emma Jean Casal Jones. He is survived by two daughters, Beth Huddleston and husband, Bob, of San Antonio and Caren Myers and husband, John, of San Antonio; one son, Henry Tres Charles Casal Jr. and wife, Chris, of San Antonio; four grandchildren, Don Huddleston, Henry Huddleston, Madeline Maddy Myers and Alec Casal, all of San Antonio; two nephews, Donnie Jones of The Colony and Randy Jones of Mesquite; and one niece, Susan Jones Rice of White Oak. A memorial service was held at St. Philip's Episcopal Church. The family requests that memorial donations be sent to St. Philip's Episcopal Church or St. Philip's Day School, 343 N. Getty St., Uvalde, TX 78801; the Uvalde Memorial Hospital Cancer Treatment Center, 1025 Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX 78801; or to the charity of one's choice.


William Lee Huegele, Class of 1929
William Lee Huegele died on March 8, 2009. He was 99. He would have been 100 on May 20th. He graduated from Uvalde High School in 1929. He resided in Corpus Christi, Texas.Lee was retired from the Post Office in Corpus, and was the owner of several car washes on Padre Island. He was presided in death by his wife, Nancy Huegele. He had three children. One daughter, Mary Kennedy of Denver, Colorado, and two sons, William, and Robert of Corpus Christi. Lee often spoke of his dear UHS graduating class of 1929.


Ricardo Leopoldo Talavera, Class of 1958
Ricardo Leopoldo Talavera, 70, of Uvalde died on Aug. 19, 2009, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. He was born on Nov. 14, 1938, in San Antonio to Carlos and Felicitas Talavera. He married Martha Cardenas in Uvalde on Nov. 20, 1966. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Martha Talavera of Uvalde; one daughter, Patricia Elena Garcia and husband, Rafael, of Harlingen; two sons, Ricardo Leopoldo Talavera Jr. and wife, Judith, and Jorge Talavera and wife, Brenda, all of Pflugerville; two sisters, Elvira Montalva of Sanderson and Estella Sanchez of Uvalde; two brothers, Carlos Talavera of San Antonio and Manuel Talavera of Uvalde; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Ismael Talavera. A rosary was recited on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. Funeral services were held yesterday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers were Homer Talavera, Danny Montalvo, Chip Wood, Beto Chavez, Cruz Hernandez, Steve Rodriguez, Roy Martinez and Mike Salazar. Honorary pallbearers were Ervey Sanchez, Julian Talavera, John Cano, Reynaldo Silguero and Ralph Garcia. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Ismael Talavera Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Dr. Bobby Wood Jr., 7311 Stonewall Hill, San Antonio, TX 78256.


Melvin W. Glauberge, Jr., Class of 1959

(September 19, 1941 - April 19, 2009) Melvin Walter Glauberg Jr. 67 of Jacksonville passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2009 at Springhill Baptist Medical Center in North Little Rock. He was born on September 19, 1941 in San Antonio, Texas; he was the son of Mildred Bowles Glauberg and Melvin Walter Glauberg Sr. Melvin was a retired Cabinet Maker and United States Air Force Veteran. Survivors include his wife Sharon Glauberg, three sons Michael, Charles, and Robert, and grandchildren Angeleah, Lorelai, Hayden, Simon, and a step- granddaughter Elisa. Sign an online guest book at www.husonfuneralhome.com.


Gay Swint, Class of 1953

Jared LaGay Swint, 74, died on May 3, 2009, at his Georgetown home surround by his family. He was born on Dec. 2, 1934, to George Carl and Elsie Swint in Uvalde. Swint graduated from Uvalde High School, Southwest Texas Junior College and Sul Ross State University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and forever remained a Marine. He married Gloria Harms on Sept. 2, 1961, in Uvalde. He enjoyed teaching industrial arts in public schools and adult education classes in several colleges over his 34-year teaching career, which included teaching in Guam, New Mexico and several cities in Texas. Swint was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite Freemasonry and a Shriner. He was also a member of the Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang for many years while living in Odessa. After retiring from teaching, he and his wife moved to outside Seguin and enjoyed living in the country for 11 years. After he was diagnosed with cancer, they moved to Georgetown (Sun City) to be closer to their son and his wife. His wishes were to be cremated and to have a celebration of life memorial in the Odessa/Midland area and in Uvalde during the summer. He is survived by his wife of 48 years; one son, Leo Swint and his wife, Meredith, of Pflugerville; two sisters, Elaine Swint of Amarillo and Marie Mahan and husband, Joe, of Wylie; three brothers, Gene Moore and wife, Carolyn, of Seguin, Gerry Moore and wife, Sandy, of Reagan Wells and Larry Swint and wife, Barbara, of Austin; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, George Carl Swint and wife, Eunice, who resided in Baytown; mother, Elsie Moore and husband, William, who resided in Uvalde; and one brother, Billy Moore, who resided in Reagan Wells. The family suggests memorials to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, the United States Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, or the charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Jones Family Funeral Home of Elgin.


Mildred Evelyn Lester

Mildred Evelyn Lester, 89, of Uvalde died on March 17, 2009, at Amistad Nursing Home. She was born on July 11, 1919, in Runge to Emil and Gesine Marie Wessels Schendel. She married Grady P. Lester in Corpus Christi on Sept. 3, 1939. He preceded her in death in 2003. Lester taught school in Uvalde for over 30 years. She is survived by two daughters, Ruane Renninger and husband, Harold, of Granbury and Judy Lester and husband, Ted Witt, of Palmdale, Calif.; one son, Bob Lester and wife, Kathy, of Uvalde; one brother, Raymond Schendel of Runge; nine grandchildren, Diana Rice, Cheryl Vela, Harold W. Renninger, Courtney Kienow, Bryan Witt, Catherine Witt, Nathan Lester, Julia Galloway and Jill Hale; and nine great-grandchildren, Leo and Jay Morales, Matthew, Alex and Colton Vela, Cameron Kienow, Jake Hale and Gracelyn and Ellie Galloway. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one daughter, Jerilea Lester; four sisters; and four brothers. Funeral services were held yesterday at 10 a.m. at the Getty Street Church of Christ with King Burney officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers were Nathan Lester, Bryan Witt, Charlie Carter, Gus Neutze, Vann McElroy and Steve Cargil. An online registry may be accessed at rekfunerals.com. Arrangements by Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.


DELTON LEE BURELL, Class of  1961

Delton Lee Burell, 66, of South Houston died on March 4, 2009, at his residence following a courageous battle with cancer.
Graveside services were held at Uvalde Cemetery with Pastor Olson of Trinity Lutheran Church of Uvalde officiating.Following interment, a reception was held at Trinity Lutheran Church for family and friends.Burell was born on Jan. 26, 1943, in Uvalde to Hubert and Ella Ohlenbusch Burell. According to the family, Burell was an avid bass fisherman and his hobby was restoring antique automobiles with his sons. He loved taking long road trips with his wife and family,  He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.  Burell is survived by his wife, Laura Ridgway Burell; twin sons, Ted L. Burell of South Houston and Hubert L. Burell and wife, Melissa, and their two daughters, all of Willis; one sister, Joyce Burell Evans and husband, Ron, of New Braunfels; one brother, Marcus Burell and wife, Barbara, of Uvalde; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Bob Wendling, Kenny Baker, Ron Evans, Clay Everett, Gene Everett, Pete Smith, Cody Burell, Rick Aaron, Dale Burell and Carl Hyde.  Honorary pallbearers were Travis Cooper, Don Buehler, Lance Hancock and Ryan Hancock.


ROMAN A. CHACON JR, Class of 1959

Roman Acosta Chacon Jr., 68, died Feb. 19, 2009, at Texoma Medical Center in Denison. Chacon was born May 12, 1940, in Fredericksburg to Roman Sr. and Librada Acosta Chacon. Chacon grew up in Uvalde and attended Uvalde High School from 1955 to 1959. He also played varsity football his junior and senior year. He married Connie Alvarado. Chacon worked for Texas Instruments and retired after 28 years from Raytheon. According to the family, he loved the outdoors, especially fishing, but most of all he loved his family. His grandchildren were the joy of his life and they affectionately called him Grandpa. He is survived by his wife; two sons, David Chacon and wife, Theresa, of Garland and Benito Chacon and wife, Silvia, of Rockville, Md.; one daughter, Lily Lopez and husband, Leo, of Denison; nine grandchildren, Daniel Chacon and wife, Skye, of Rockville, Md., Hollye Chacon of Carrolton, Nicholas Chacon and wife, Rebekah, of Rockwall, Hannah Chacon of Garland, Jade Lopez, Silvia Adi Chacon  and Savannah Chacon, all of Denison, Nichole Holloway of Savoy and Seth Ybarra of Bonham; three great-grandchildren, Jordan, Zion and Isaac Chacon; two brothers, Carlos Chuck Chacon and Ramon Chacon; and one sister, Eulalia LaLa Samarripa of Uvalde. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Juan Chacon; and one sister, Angelia Lopez. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Fisher Funeral Chapel in Denison with Deacon Gary Vogel officiating. Following the service, Chacon was cremated according to his wishes. Family visitation was held Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fisher Funeral Home. Condolences may be left online at www. fisherfh.com.


THOMAS EARL "T.E." TAYLOR, Class of 1950

Memorial services for long-time Cortez resident Thomas Earl "T.E." Taylor, 76, were held (at 10 a.m.) Friday, Jan. 2, at the United Methodist Church in Cortez, CO.  The Rev. Suzanne Listemann officiated.  T.E. was born Aug. 14, 1932, in San Antonio. He passed away Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at his sister's home in North Carolina.  A cowboy, hunter and farmer, T.E. was enjoying retirement from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, after 30 years as a teacher in Fort Wingate and Shiprock, NM, and as a range conservationist on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation.  For many years, T.E. was actively involved with 4-H and raised market show lambs.  He was a caring husband, father and grandfather.  T.E. was also a friend to many, and could often be found at the local coffee shop "socializing." Surviving T.E. are his wife, Linda Taylor of Cortez; children, Dawn Taylor (Tony Mason) of Fort Collins and Tanya Amrine (Terry Amrine) of Cortez; grandchildren, Marcus Amrine, Bradley Amrine and Mikaella Mason; his sister, Jimmie Nell Owen of Boone, NC; and many nephews and nieces.  Memorial contributions can be made in T.E.'s memory at The Citizen's State Bank of Cortez, PO Box T, 77 West Main St., Cortez, CO 81321; 970/565-8421.  Because he was a huge supporter of 4-H, a portion of the contributions will be donated to Montezuma County 4-H.


AUDREY HORTON SHOCKLEY, Class of 1927

Audrey Horton Shockley of Uvalde passed away on February 9, 2009 in Uvalde Memorial Hospital at the age of 98. She was born on March 15, 1910 in Uvalde, Texas to Thomas Arthur and Effie Earl Horton. Audrey Horton Shockley taught for 24 years in Uvalde High School, retiring in 1975. Her career as a teacher in Texas public schools spanned 35 years. She first taught in Leakey then moved to Marathon and to Del Rio. After the Second World War she taught in Bishop before returning to Uvalde in 1951. Born in 1910, she graduated from Uvalde High School in 1927 and from Texas Women’s University in 1931. She married William Carl Shockley on July 29, 1934, while both were teaching in Leakey. They were members of the Church of Christ. After retiring in 1975, she and her husband moved north of Reagan Wells in the Dry Frio River Valley. Mrs. Shockley was preceded in death by her husband; her father, Thomas Arthur Horton, her mother, Effie Gilleland Horton, and three sisters; Lois Horton, Mildred Horton, and Irma Forest Chamberlin. Her survivors include two sons; William H. Shockley Jr. and wife Judy of College Station; and Thomas H. Shockley and wife Judy of Corpus Christi; four grandchildren Bill Shockley and wife Michelle; Diana Bird and husband, Michael; Leah Goff and husband, Che; and Suzanne Shockley; five great grandchildren; Stone Shockley, Brooke Goff, Arrie Shockley, Christian Bird, and Ethan Goff. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2009 at 10:00 AM at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel with burial to follow in Uvalde Cemetery. Dr. Terry Casey will be officiating. Pallbearers will be Barry Balzen, Bob Lester, Vann McElroy, Marvin Kolinek, Leonard Peohler, and Louie Beltran.


WILLIAM JOE "BILL" GRAVES

William Joe “Bill” Graves of Uvalde passed away on December 27, 2008 in S.W. Texas Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 75. He was born on April 26, 1933 in Uvalde, Texas to Lee and Clara Graves. He married Shirley Browder in Uvalde, Texas on August 6, 1955. He is survived by his wife of 53 years; Shirley Graves of Uvalde, Texas; two daughters; Kim Rock and husband, Tony of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Ginga Golson and husband, Dave of Katy, Texas; one son; Browder Graves and wife, Shanna of Uvalde, Texas; two sisters; Doris Reynolds of Uvalde, Texas; and Mary Hufstedler of Concan, Texas; two brothers; George Graves of Uvalde, Texas; and Jim Graves and wife, Peggy of Montgomery, Texas; eight grandchildren; Kyle Golson, Jamie Moore, Benjamin Golson, Parker Golson, A.J. Rock, Bennett Rock, Meggie Rock; and Aaron Graves; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services were on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 2:00 PM at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church with burial in Uvalde Cemetery. Rev. Mike Marsh officiated. Pallbearers were Kyle Golson, A.J. Rock, Bennett Rock, Benjamin Golson, Tony Rock, and Dave Golson. Honorary pallbearers were Wylie & The Coyotes Band which include: Wylie Walden, Dusty Huddleston, Tom DuBose, Carl Lee Hellums, Johnny Rambie, and  Don McLaughlin Sr. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Philip's Day School or St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 343 N. Getty St., Uvalde, Texas 78801; or to the charity of one's choice


LOUISE C DAVENPORT

Louise Coleman Davenport, 95, of Uvalde died Nov. 27, 2008, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. Davenport was born on Feb. 17, 1913, in Montell to O.D. and Georgia Coleman. She is survived by one daughter, Betty Lou Nicholson and husband, Bill, of Lafayette, La.; one daughter-in-law, Marilyn S. Davenport of Uvalde; two sons, Lew Davenport and wife, Betty, of Uvalde and Gregory Davenport and wife, Margi, of San Antonio; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Louie Davenport; one son, Coleman Davenport; eight brothers and sisters; one grandchild; and one daughter-in-law, Charlotte Davenport. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at Church of the Ascension in Montell. Interment followed in Montell Cemetery. Pallbearers were Schaefer Edwards, Bobby Perkins, Harold Skelton, Joe Jarosek, Joe Ben Acosta and Rodney Oden.


ARTHUR PIERCE ALLEN, Class of 1981

Arthur Pierce Allen, 45, of Huntsville died May 30, 2008, at his residence. A memorial service was held at the Sam Houston Memorial Funeral Home. .Allen was born Nov. 19, 1962, in Uvalde to Walter Leslie and Helen Alexander Haggerton Allen. He graduated from Uvalde High School in 1981 and ITT Technical Institute with an associate's degree in computer-aided drafting technology in March of 1999. He was an employee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Huntsville for 25 years   He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Ruth Dalene Edgington and Edna Louise Connor He is survived by his wife, Helen Ann Hopson Allen; three sons, John Wesley, Todd Franklin and Christopher Price of St. Louis, Mo., where they reside with their mother, Lucy Allen; two sisters, Johnnie Lois Nicholson and husband, Billy, of Washington and Dorothy Lee Zinsmeister and husband, George, of New Braunfels; one brother, Walter Price Allen and wife, Kristi, of San Antonio; father and mother-in-law, Gayle and LaRue Hopson of Huntsville; two sisters-in-law, Jean Drew of Bedias and Sue Roberts and husband, Jim, of Huntsville; and numerous nieces and nephews An online registry may be accessed at www.shmfh.com.


GLENN SARGENT THOMPSON, Class of 1972

Glenn Sargent Thompson of San Antonio, formerly of Uvalde (Class of 72)died on June 2, 2008 at the Nix Hospital in San Antonio, at the age of 54. Thompson was born on September 30, 1953 to Claude, Jr. and Frances Thompson in Rotan, Texas, in Fisher County. He married Ruth Ayala on February 16, 2008, in San Antonio, Texas. He served in the U. S. Air Force, and in law enforcement. Thompson served as a constable in Uvalde County, a deputy sheriff in Dimmit County and a city policeman in Colorado City. Thompson attended Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde and San Antonio College and the Alamo Police Academy in San Antonio. Thompson also attended Whites Ferry Road School of Preaching in West Monroe, La. Thompson later became a gospel minister, preaching in Louisiana, New York, Illinois, Colorado and Texas. According to the family he loved preaching. Thompson was also a Harley Davidson rider in heart and soul and believed that being a biker was the best way to see the world. Thompson was preceded in death by Mr. and Mrs. Claude Thompson, Sr. and Mr. and Mrs.W. C. Sargent. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Thompson of San Antonio; his parents, Claude and Frances Thompson of Uvalde; two daughters, Taadamexa Thompson and fiance, Travis Smith, and Tanya McGonagill and husband, J. P., of Florida; one son, Tulley Thompson and wife, Lori, of Bandera; one granddaughter, Alexis Thompson; one brother, Greg Thompson and wife, Linda, of Pflugervillle; one niece, Susan Thompson of Austin; three aunts, Vi Porterfield of Uvalde, Shirley Mohler and husband, Grosse, of Arlington and Nancy Baker and husband, Jerry, of Ballinger; one uncle, Robert Thompson and wife, Beverly, of Houston; and numerous cousins. Memorial services were held on June 7 at 10 a. m. in Von Ormy. The service was held in biker style, officiated by Rick Murphy of the Tribe of Judah Motorcycle Club. Interment was in Von Ormy at the Camero Cemetery.


JUAN LUIS (JOHNNY) BENAVIDES, Class of 1969

Juan Luis (Johnny) Benavides, 57, peacefully passed away from us at his home in Kerrville, Saturday, May 24, 2008.
Johnny was born Feb. 17, 1951, in Asherton, Texas. His family later moved to Uvalde where he grew up and graduated from Uvalde High School, Class of 1969. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carlos and Manuela Benavidez.He is survived by his two children, Ramona A. Gutierrez (husband Pierre) of San Antonio, and his son, John Keegan Douglas-Benavides of Kerrville; grandchildren, Pierre John Gutierrez Jr., Nicolas Rene Gutierrez and Evalin Nicole Gutierrez; siblings, Carlos Benavidez Jr. (wife Elida) of Corpus Christi, Nora Del Bodque of Edinburg and Lilia Cerda (husband Frito) of Rocksprings; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families, all of whom he loved. Family and friends truly meant the world to him, and he in return was loved by many. His life entailed many different paths. He had many memories of working with his dad, “Chale,” at his fruit stand in Uvalde. He was proud of his years in law enforcement for the Uvalde and Kerrville Police Departments. He enjoyed his years in the service station business and was proud of accomplishing self-employment by opening his own stations: Johnny’s Gulf and later Johnny’s Texaco. For a few years he enjoyed the hard work of being a ranch hand and later started a new business, Johnny’s Tire Service. He was last employed as a lab tech at Equitech-Bio Inc. Various other labors filled in the rest of his time, as he was always there to lend a hand or complete a job for anyone who needed it. He loved to hunt, dance, share jokes and was a great cook. Lastly, he enjoyed being a member of Kerr Co. EXPO (Ex-Peace Officers). He will be dearly missed by many. A memorial service to remember Johnny will be held Friday, May 30, 2008, at 10 a.m. at Grimes Funeral Chapels in Kerrville. His family is honoring his wishes for cremation, and will later take his ashes to Uvalde for interment. Arrangements for his burial in Uvalde are pending.
Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of your choice. The family invites you to send condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com by selecting the “Send Condolences” link.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Kerrville.


ROSE MOLLOY STUESSY, CLASS OF 1948

Rose Molloy Stuessy passed away peacefully on April 30 at the age of 77. She was preceded in death by her parents, J.P. and Mary Maddux Molloy, and her two sisters, Clara Ann Molloy and Yvonne Molloy Gardner. She is survived by her husband, Emil Stuessy of Uvalde; children Emily Stuessy of El Paso, John and Lu Stuessy of Monahans, and Rosemary and Pamela Stuessy of Oakland, California; grandchildren Brandon and Dawn Stuessy of Monahans and Amanda Stuessy of Jonesboro, Arkansas; great-grandchildren Caleb Stuessy and Madison Cahill of Monahans; her brother, Jack Molloy of Uvalde; and many nieces and nephews. Rose was born September 3, 1930. She graduated from Uvalde High School in 1948 and attained a business degree from Southwest Texas Junior College in 1950. After college, she lived briefly in Sioux City, Iowa before moving to Crystal City. There she worked for Zavala County in the Agriculture Department and County Clerk’s Office. While there, she met Emil. They married in San Antonio on August 7, 1954 and they made their home in Crystal for 22 years before moving to Uvalde in 1976. Rose was very active in her children’s school and her church and she supported many community organizations and local families in need. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, stamp and coin collecting, and crossword puzzles. Most central to Rose’s life was her husband and children. She devoted her life to raising Emily, John, and Rosemary and this was her proudest accomplishment. In addition to her family, those closest to her include many friends, some of more than 50 years. These life-long relationships exemplify how generous and loving Rose was and the impact she had on so many lives. Rose’s family and many of her friends attended graveside services in Uvalde on Saturday, May 3. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of Rose’s favorite charities: Medina Children’s Home in Medina, Texas; Uvalde Ministerial Alliance; and El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde.



STEPHEN "Stevie" JONATHON GARCES JR, CLASS OF 2004

Stephen Stevie Jonathon Garces Jr. died on April 13, 2008, in an automobile accident in San Antonio at the age of 22.
Visitation was held Tuesday at 5 p.m. and a rosary was said yesterday at 7 p.m. at the Mission Park Funeral Chapels-North in San Antonio.  Another visitation service was held  from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde, followed by a holy Mass at 3 p.m. Interment  followed at Uvalde Catholic Cemetery.  Garces was born on Nov. 2, 1985, in San Antonio.
His parents both affectionately called Stevie  "My Golden Ace".  Garces attended Uvalde High School and graduated at Clark High School in 2004. He was recently licensed as a realtor. He was preceded in death by one sister, Caralinda Trevino. He is survived by his parents, Jeannette Tafolla Trevino of Uvalde and Stephen John Garces Sr. of San Antonio; three brothers, Edward J. Trevino Jr. of Uvalde, Joshua T. Trevino of Uvalde and Brandon S. Garces of San Antonio; grandparents Nancy Zapata-Meandro of Uvalde, Jacob Leroy Tafolla Sr. of Atlanta, Ga., Barbara Radcliff of San Antonio and Juan Garces, Jr. of San Antonio; his great-grandmother, Connie V. Tafolla of San Antonio; three aunts, Joyce Aguero and husband, Roland, of San Antonio, Michelle Damico and husband, David, of Canton, Ga., and Tracy Profitt and husband, David, of San Antonio; one uncle, Jacob L. Tafolla Jr. and wife, Tina, of Yorktown; and numerous other relatives.


THOMAS T. MOORE III, CLASS OF 1951

Thomas T. Moore III, 75, of Lafayette, La., formerly of Uvalde, died April 18, 2008, at Lafayette General Medical Center.
Moore was born in room 302 of the Kincaid Hotel in Uvalde on July 28, 1932, to Tuffy and Clara Jane Moore. His mother died when he was 6 years old, after which he was sent to live with an aunt in San Antonio for a while. When his father remarried Mary Bethel Starke, a high school English teacher, Moore came back to live with them in Uvalde. He was a third-generation hotel man and practically grew up at the Kincaid Hotel in Uvalde. In high school, Moore was active in extracurricular activities. He was class treasurer in 1948, was a member of the Future Farmers of America from 1949-1951, Tennis Club in 1949, Junior Historians in 1950, English Club in 1951, played basketball from 1949-1951, and was a member of the track team in 1949. His senior year, for a creative-writing contest, he wrote an essay, Angel In Disguise, about his step-mother and the impact she had on his life. He won a scholarship for his essay to Southwest Texas Junior College, but didn't take it.  He graduated from Uvalde High School in 1951, and immediately after high school his father sent him out on a banana boat to make a man out of him. Following his seafaring experience, Moore studied geology at Tulane University in New Orleans from 1951 to 1954. In 1954 the United States Army drafted him as a combat medic for the Korean War. After an honorable discharge from the Army, he resided in Lafayette, La. Moore became owner of The Townhouse Motor Inn in Lafayette, which changed to Sheraton Townhouse in 1960. He served as the head of the Lafayette Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau as the first tourist commissioner, and he was also president of the Acadiana Hotel-Motel Association.  On April 6, 1966, he married Macel Domingue, who was the founder of the Acadiana Hotel-Motel Association. The Sheraton Townhouse was the first to be accepted to the AHA. Moore credited his wife with being the main reason for his success. In the late 1970s, he opened Beau's Place on Pinhook, now home to Syro's, which was a restaurant developed by Moore based on the concept of Ruby Red's in Texas. It remained there until the property and the office complexes there were sold in the 1980s. In 1980 the Moores opened the Plantation House Motor Inn in Lafayette, which Moore developed from start to finish.
He was an honorary sheriff's deputy under Sheriff Donald Breaux's administration. He worked for Bill Wilkerson, owner of Wilkerson Technologies, from 1991 to 1998, and remained active as a real estate broker and developer until 2002. He also continued to work as head of 7 Keys Outdoor Advertising until 2004. When the love of his life, Macel, died on June 29, 2004, he retired.
He stayed active with his daughter's family and grandchildren until being struck by a series of lengthy illnesses beginning in November of last year. According to the family, he was a very caring, loving and generous father and grandfather. He was a master storyteller, and would entertain for hours, recounting the good old days at the old Sheraton Townhouse Hotel, Restaurant and Bar, which was the place to be in its hey-day. The Paul Newman movie The Drowning Pool was filmed at the Sheraton, and a number of movie stars, singers, football players and politicians were guests at the establishment through the years. Moore was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother; two sisters; and wife. He is survived by one daughter, Myra Kay Moore Richoux and husband, Rodd C. Richoux, of Lafayette, La.; and four grandchildren. A rosary was said on April 20 at 7 p.m. and on April 21 at 2 p.m. in Martin and Castille Funeral Home in Lafayette. Visitation was held April 20 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and April 21 from 11 a.m. until time of services. Mass was celebrated April 21 at 3 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, La.
The Rev. Steve LeBlanc, pastor of St. Pius X Catholic Church, officiated. Interment at St. John Cemetery. Pallbearers were Terry Bills, Bill Wilkerson, Dr. Stephen Salopek, Rick Garland, Blake Paul Harson and Ashton Mouton. Honorary Pallbearers were Louis Lucky Armes and Mac Boulet. The family suggests memorials to El Progreso Memorial Library, 301 W. Main St., Uvalde, TX 78801.


Roberto D Silva, Class of 1958

Roberto D. Silva, born March 2, 1939, went on to be with his Lord Jesus on Tuesday, April 15, 2008. Born in Laredo, Texas, to parents Eluterio and Bibiana M. Silva, Robert graduated from Uvalde High School and moved to Alpine, Texas, to attend Sul Ross University, While at Sul Ross, Robert met the love of his life, Juanita Gonzales. They were married on August 11, 1967. Robert and Juanita moved to Odessa in 1968 where he began his career as an educator for ECISD. While sharing his love of industrial arts with students, Robert ventured into business for himself as a jeweler. Operating Casa De Silva Jewelers for many years, Robert went on to other business ventures in the Midland/Odessa area. Robert began volunteering with local boxing clubs and amateur boxing events throughout Odessa and West Texas. His volunteer work eventually took Robert to the state and national level as a judge, referee and corner coach for many local, regional and national boxing events. From 2002 until the present, Robert served as President of the West Texas Boxing Association as well as Chief of Officials. He was selected numerous times to accompany the USA Boxing Teams as Team Manager to such places as Thailand, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, England, Mexico, as well as other national camps throughout the United States for which he received numerous awards and recognitions. Robert's love for boxing was the milestone of his educator's career, he had a tremendous influence on many young boxers and Champions throughout the United States. He will be greatly missed by all. Visitation and rosary will be held at Frank W. Wilson Funeral Home in Odessa on Thursday, April 17, beginning at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Mass celebration will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Friday, April 18, at 11:30 a.m. Visitation will also be held at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Alpine on Saturday, April 19, beginning at 9 a.m. with burial Mass at 1 p.m. and interment following at Holy Angles Cemetery. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Juanita G. Silva of Odessa; mother, Bibiana M. Silva of Del Rio; son, Joe Richard Gonzales of Alpine, son, Frank Gonzales and wife, Dieanna of Odessa. Sisters-in-law, Elizabeth and husband, Steve Alvarado of Odessa; Mandy G. Galindo of Union City, Calif.; and Esther Silva of Del Rio. Five grandchildren; and three great-grandsons, who were his pride and joy and whom he loved dearly. Numerous nieces and nephews, many friends and his USA/West Texas boxing buddies. Robert was preceded in death by his father Eluterio Silva, and brother Joe G. Silva. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Central Catholic School and Home Hospice of Odessa. 


SAM ROGERS STOCKTON, Class of 1957

Sam Rogers Stockton, 69, of Menard died Feb. 25, 2008, in San Angelo. He was born Sept. 1, 1938, in Fort McKavett to Willie Alford and Mattie Marie Pullen Stockton. He married Margaret Richardson on Aug. 22, 1968. He was a member of the Episcopal Church in Fort McKavett. He is survived by one sister, Billie Marie Stockton of San Angelo; and one brother, John Burton Stockton and wife, Sue, of Uvalde. A memorial service was held yesterday at 11 a.m. in the Episcopal Church in Fort McKavett with the Rev. James Sproat officiating. Interment followed at Fort McKavett Cemetery.  Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home in Menard.


TOWNER LEON DISMUKE, Class of  1973

Towner Leon Dismuke of Fischer, formerly of Uvalde, died Feb. 23, 2008, at his residence at the age of 53.A memorial service will be held today at 6 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel with the Rev. Don Tumlinson and the Rev. Scott Bradford officiating  Interment will be held tomorrow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Merkel at 3 p.m. Dismuke was born in Merkel on Nov. 14, 1954, to Kennith and Johnie McDonald Dismuke He is survived by his parents, who reside in Uvalde; two adopted sons, Dimitri Braymen of San Antonio and Alex Dismuke of California; one sister, Debbie Horton and husband, Bob, of Victoria; one aunt, Juanita Shields and husband, Tommy, of Tulsa, Okla.; one niece, Lindi Horton of Austin; one nephew, Cody Horton and wife, Bianca, of San Antonio; and one cousin, Jackie McDonald of Seminole. The family suggests memorials to the charity of one's choice.


GERALD T. LANGFORD, Class of 1953

Gerald Talmadge Langford died Feb. 20, 2008, in Dallas. He was born on Jan. 13, 1935, in Kilgore to Dewitt and Lillian Langford.
According to the family, he was a man of high intellect with a thirst for knowledge and was drawn to the world of science at an early age. He was an avid aviator, earning his pilot license at the age of 16 and owned and operated multi-engine aircraft throughout his lifetime. Langford graduated from Uvalde High School in 1953. He attended The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geology in 1955. He became an independent oilman following graduation and was a pioneer in the atomic energy and exploration business. For over 50 years, Langford discovered and developed oil and gas projects in Texas, California, Mississippi, Kentucky and Louisiana. An avid gun collector, he enjoyed hunting with his sons and grandsons. He was known as Deddy to his children and as Paw Paw to his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Langford is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ora Kay Hess Langford; daughter, Cheryl McCurdy and grandson, Conor McCurdy; son, Randy Langford; daughter, Robin Middlebrooks and husband, Danny, and grandchildren, Rob Middlebrooks and Jennifer McBee and husband, Chad, and great-granddaughter, Emily; son, David Langford and granddaughter, Austin Allen, and great-grandson, Tayler; son, Matt Langford and his wife, Brooke; and two grandsons, Wyatt and Caleb; daughter, Camille Walker and husband, J.K., and grandchildren, Avery, Jake and Adelaide; and one brother-in-law, George Graves of Uvalde. Funeral services were held on Saturday at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas. Interment followed in Dallas.



WILLIAM CLAUDE ESTES, Class of 1939

Claude Estes, longtime resident of Uvalde, died Feb.12, 2008, at the age of 87. A memorial service will be held today at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church for his many friends. His family plans to have a service to dedicate his ashes with full military honors in the spring, which was Estes' very favorite time of year. The invitation will appear in The Uvalde Leader-News.
He is survived by his daughters, Carol Sanders of Poth, Texas, and Trisha Tidwell of Sulphur Springs, Texas; grandchildren Mike Dawson, Lisa Potts, Marty Whittington, J.C. Whittington, James Whittington, Tina McFatter, Houston McFatter and Jacob Schattel; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. He was born March 2, 1920, to Ed and Lucille Barner Estes in Yoakum, Texas. He was raised in Uvalde with six sisters and two brothers, Lola Kay, Mamie,� Joyce, Eddie Lee, June, Beason and Monte, who preceded him in death, and Lucille Patterson of Houston, the only surviving sibling. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews of whom he was quite fond. After graduating from Uvalde High School he proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1940 to 1946. He received numerous medals for his service and survived the attack that sank the USS Chicago in 1943.  On Jan. 17, 1945, he married Jeannette Fontaine. He was preceded in death by his wife and� three daughters, Claudia, Chris and Janice.
He went to work for Carl Vess Funeral Home in Uvalde after serving in the Navy. Estes went to Landig College of Mortuary Science on a scholarship in 1950 and graduated in 1951. He would spend the next 50 years providing good service to the people of Uvalde and the surrounding area, said Bryson Knowles, who was trained by Estes and became a partner of his in Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. Claude would hardly ever take a vacation. If he did, he didn't go very far. Maybe camping or fishing on the river or out all night with his hunting dogs. I know why he never got too far from the funeral home. He didn't want to be gone if a family needed him, Knowles said. According to his family, he was proud to serve his community as an owner and funeral director at Rushing- Estes-Knowles Mortuary. He retired at the age of 80 after a severe stroke. He was active in numerous civic groups, including Kiwanis, Rotary, American Legion, VFW, Lions Club, Roadrunners and Toastmasters. When his daughters were young every Sunday was spent corralling five little girls in church. Estes served as elder in the First Christian Church of Uvalde. According to his family, he believed the best place on earth to be was on the river, swimming, fishing and camping out. Though it came late in life he did finally retire to live on his ranch. According to his family, Estes enjoyed supporting many charities but his favorites were all types of conservation of Texas rivers. Estes' contribution to the community through his charity work and his work at the funeral home was immeasurable. He was never recognized as Citizen of the Year, he never got a plaque or gold watch, he never really got the recognition he deserved. He just simply devoted his life to this community, taking care of people and their families like the dedicated, caring professional that he was, Knowles said.



JOHN ROY CULBERTSON, Class of 1948 

 John Roy Culbertson passed away on January 9, 2008 in San Antonio at the age of 79, after a long battle with renal cancer. He was born October 13, 1928 in Bay City to Charles Paul and Mary Jane Culbertson. After serving in the US Navy, he returned home in 1950 and married Miss Katherine Boykin of Sabinal in 1955. For more than 45 years he was an independent businessman in the water well, irrigation system and pump business in Mexico and West Texas, living most of that time in Del Rio. He was preceded in death by both parents and 3 brothers: Pete, Charles, Jr. and Clayton. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Katherine; son Gay Roy Culbertson of College Station; daughter Erin Kay Seal of San Antonio; sister Oleta Strom of Missouri City and brother Thomas M Culbertson of Rolla, Missouri; 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. A memorial service was held at the First Baptist Church chapel in Del Rio on January 19, 2008.



HERMAN CLINTON CARLISLE, Class of 1958

KERRVILLE — Herman Clinton Carlisle passed away at his residence in Kerrville on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008, at the age of 68. Herman was born on Oct. 21, 1939, in Uvalde, Texas, to Herman and Ruth Carlisle. At a very young age, he became known as “Bubba.” Bubba graduated from Uvalde High School in 1958 and married Karolyn Reagan of Knippa on Nov. 7, 1959. They had two children, Karolyn Irene “Renee” Stone (Steve) of Bandera and Herman Clinton Carlisle Jr. (Lynda Clement) of Missouri City. There are five grandchildren: Somer Reneé Stone, Matthew Ely Stone, Tyrel Rolin Stone, Christopher Wes Carlisle and Haylee Reagan Carlisle.  After Karolyn’s death in 1995, Bubba moved to Kerrville and married his high school sweetheart, Anita Godbold Cox. Through this marriage, Bubba acquired another daughter and son, Kelly Cox Anderson (Todd) of Houston and Bradley Earl Cox (Debbie) of Kerrville, plus a granddaughter, Caitlyn Nicole Anderson. At a very young age, Bubba worked with his father, Herman Ralph Carlisle, and uncle, Acree Carlisle, in the construction business. Upon their retirement, Bubba took over the business, and owned and operated Carlisle and Carlisle Construction Company in Uvalde and San Antonio. After his retirement, he worked for the Kerrville Home Depot and G.E. Reaves Engineering of San Antonio as their Kerr County representative.
Bubba is survived by his wife, four children and six grandchildren. He also is survived by two sisters, Tillie Sanderlin (Jimmy) of Leakey and Patsy Phillips (Dr. Jerry) of Athens; brothers- and sisters-in-law, W.C. and Anne Reagan of Uvalde, Bob and Carolyn Reagan of Knippa, Henry and Shirley Stevens of Sherman, Donnie and Pam Poitevent of Boerne, and Bobby and Connie Cates of Quinlan; plus numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, at First United Methodist Church, 321 Thompson Drive, Kerrville, Texas. The Rev. Dr. Warren Hornung will preside. Interment will be at 5 p.m. at the Sabinal Cemetery on Highway 90, Sabinal, Texas. Henry Stevens, brother-in-law, will preside at the graveside service. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Kerrville Funeral Home on Junction Highway. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the following: First United Methodist Church Children’s Ark Fund, VistaCare Hospice, Medina Children’s Home or a charity of one’s choice.The family invites you to leave a message or memory at www.kerrvillefuneralhome.com by selecting Obituaries. Select “Sign Guestbook” at the bottom of the individual Memorial. Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Kerrville Funeral Home.
Published February 8, 2008 Kerrville Daily Times



JANEY KATHERINE "KATE" MARMION , Class of 2006

Janey Katherine "Kate" Marmion of Uvalde passed away on January 19, 2008 at the Marmion Ranch in Dimmit County at the age of 20. She was born in Houston on October 6, 1987 to James R. and Janey Briscoe Marmion. She grew up in Uvalde and was a 2006 graduate of Uvalde High School. She was attending the University of Texas in Austin majoring in communications. She had worked at the university's radio and television stations and was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She is survived by her parents, James R. and Janey Briscoe Marmion,  maternal grandfather, Dolph Briscoe, Jr. of Uvalde; paternal grandmother, Jean T. Marmion of San Antonio; aunts, Cele Carpenter and husband John of Dallas, Sue Marmion of Rockport, and Ann Marmion of San Antonio; uncle, Chip Briscoe and wife Jill of Carrizo Springs; cousins, Benjamin Carpenter, Austin Carpenter, Bonner Carpenter, D.B. Briscoe and Leigh Briscoe. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Janey Briscoe and paternal grandfather, J.R. Marmion, Jr. Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 24, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Uvalde with burial  following at the Briscoe Ranch in Reagan Wells. Rev. Jerry Scott officiated. Pallbearers were John Carpenter, Benjamin Carpenter, Austin Carpenter, Chip Briscoe, D.B. Briscoe, and Leigh Briscoe. The family suggests memorials to the First Baptist Church, 220 N. High St., Uvalde, TX 78801.



ALICE ESTELLE EIBAND, Class of 1938

Graveside services for long-time area resident Alice Estelle Eiband of Concan will held today at 10 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery. Rev. Scott Bradford will officiate. Eiband died Jan. 21, 2008, at Amistad Nursing Home at the age of 89. She was born on October 14, 1918, in Utopia to Frank and Christine Haby Wentworth. She and her family moved to Uvalde to a home on West Nopal Street and she attended school here, graduating from Uvalde High School in 1936, where she was a cheerleader. She and her sister Margaret Behrens sang on the Uvalde radio station and at First United Methodist Church. She worked at Horner's store while in high school and before marrying. She married George Eugene Eiband on March 2, 1940, in Uvalde. They lived in Crystal City from 1948 until 1979 and they both worked at Del Monte. Following their retirement the couple moved to Concan. Eiband was preceded in death by her husband on Sept. 19, 1982. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Frank Wentworth; and one sister, Margaret Behrens. She is survived by one son, George Eiband and wife, Cecelia, of Houston; one sister, Marie Heard of Uvalde; two grandchildren, George Devin Eiband and wife, Michelle, of Austin and Dara Louise Lanman and husband, Will, of Louisville, Ky.; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to the 1st United Methodist Church Building Fund.




LONNIE IRVIN BAILEY
Lonnie Irvin Bailey of Ingleside, formerly of Uvalde, died Dec. 24, 2007. He was born on Jan. 25, 1922 in Call, Texas.
He grew up and graduated from high school in Uvalde. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and was part of the 3rd Marine Division during the campaigns on Guam and Iwo Jima during World War II. He went on to serve in Korea and twice in Vietnam and retired after 29 years. He then worked for 16 years at the DuPont Plant in Ingleside as a contractor, where he oversaw the fire and safety operations of the facility. Survivors include his wife, Mary Bailey, of Ingleside; four sons, Glynn Bailey of Houston, William Bailey of Oxnard, Calif., Robert Bailey of Gloucester of Va., and Thomas Bailey of Ingleside; one brother, Jesse Bailey of Uvalde; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation was held Dec. 27 from 2 to 8 p.m. at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home in Aransas Pass with family present to receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Graveside services were held Dec. 28 at 10 a.m. at Prairie View Cemetery in Aransas Pass. Arrangements by Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc. in Aransas Pass.



JOHN STAUSS BUCHANAN

Funeral services for longtime area resident John Stauss Buchanan were held yesterday at 1 p.m. at St. Philip's Episcopal Church with graveside services at the Concan Cemetery immediately afterward. The Rev. Michael Marsh officiated at the funeral. Buchanan died on Dec. 22, 2007, in Uvalde. He was born Feb. 15, 1917, in Dallas to William Fred Buchanan and Lydia Sophie Stauss Buchanan. He attended Weatherford College in Weatherford, Texas, and graduated from The University of Texas in 1938 with a degree in sociology and a minor in music. He married Mary Tom Neal on Sept. 26, 1945, at the Neal home in Concan. They lived in McCamey, Texas, before moving to Uvalde in 1949 and then moved to Concan in 1966. Buchanan, who served in the Army Air Corps in World War II, was called back to service for the Korean War and remained in the reserves until retirement in 1975. In World War II, he served as a navigator/bombardier on 63 sorties in a Havoc-A20 over North Africa, Sicily, and Italy with the 47th Bomb Group. In October 1943 in a bombing run over Cassino, Italy, Buchanan's face was severely lacerated by shrapnel and plexiglas and, as squadron navigator, he led the group back safely to base. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart for meritorious service and was back leading the group in combat four days later. At retirement from service, Major Buchanan had earned, in addition to the DFC and Purple Heart, the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the European Campaign Medal with four battle stars, American Defense Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, and the Commendation Ribbon by Direction of the Secretary of the Air Force. Buchanan was band director and choir director for the Uvalde High School from 1949 to 1966 and then taught music at the Southwest Texas Junior College before retiring from teaching and spending his fulltime managing Neal's Lodges with his wife, Mary Tom. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, William Fred Buchanan, Jr., who resided in Denver; and one sister, Dulce Bohn, who resided in Austin. He is survived by his wife; one sister, Anna Miller of Austin; three daughters, Mary Anna Roosa and husband, Rodger, Helen Burgin and husband, Larry, and Susan Stone and husband, B.J.; and one son, John Thomas Buchanan and wife, Noreen. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Chase Roosa and wife, Becky, Cathy Brock and husband, Mike, Jo Anna Walker and husband, Derek, Jeff Cook, Shannah Andersen and husband, Michael, Shane Burgin and wife, April, Brandon Stone, and wife Celeste, Jenny Dixon and husband, Michael, Sophie Buchanan, Sydney Buchanan, Sarah Buchanan, and Joe Bennett and wife, April. Also surviving him are nine great-grandchildren, Nathan Bennett, Jack and Mary Claire Brock, Cate and Westin Walker, Ellie Roosa, Addison Burgin, Landon Dixon and Anna Andersen; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Pallbearers were Chase Roosa, Shane Burgin, Joe Bennett, Brandon Stone, Brian Graves and Larry Burgin. Honorary pallbearers were Rodger Roosa, B.J. Stone, Chris Prickett, Johnny Graves, Bo Farr and Roberto Gonzales. The family suggests memorials to the Uvalde High School Band, 1 Coyote Trail, Uvalde, TX 78801; the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, 1841 Airport Dr., San Marcos, TX 78666; or any charitable organization of your choosing. An online registry can be accessed at www.rekfunerals.com.

 

To read more about John Buchanan, his life, his work, and how he imparted a love of music to decades of Uvalde Students, follow the link below.

John Buchanan's Biography as one of  Uvalde's Great Teachers



CORALYE ECHOLS RUTH, Class of 1940, formerly of Uvalde, died Dec. 14, 2007, in Tucson, Ariz. at the age of 84. She was born Feb. 16, 1923, in Coahoma, Texas, to Mr. and Mrs. Harve Echols. The family later moved to Uvalde where she attended Uvalde schools and graduated in 1940. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Shortly after graduation she moved to Prescott, Ariz., where she was employed for several years at the Valley National Bank. She was married on July 30, 1950, to Glenn L. Ruth at Skull Valley, Ariz. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband; and one brother, Alton Echols. She is survived by one son, Dr. John Rush and family of Tucson, Ariz.; and two sisters, Joan Willis of Uvalde and Mary Sue Higbie of Pearland.



Thelmarie Meyer Holbrook Class of 1961, 64, of Uvalde died on Dec. 10, 2007 at her residence. She was born on Aug. 27, 1943, in Uvalde to Kurt and Henrietta Meyer. She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer A. Holbrook of Austin; brother, James F. Meyer and wife, Diana, of Uvalde; and three nieces, Shannon Mortensen, Jamie Holt, and Ashley Meyer. She was preceded in death by her parents. A memorial service will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. The family suggests memorial donations to Uvalde Animal Shelter. An online registry may be accessed at www.rekfunerals.com. Arrangements by Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.



LEOCADIO ‘CHITO' MATA TORRES,  Class of 1942,  84, of Uvalde died Nov. 12, 2007, at 4 a.m. at his residence.  He was born in Uvalde on May 1, 1923, to Praxedis Mata and Telesforo Torres at their home at 313 S. Park St. He was their seventh child.  Torres began his schooling at the Getty Street School, known then as “La Escuela Ploma.” He then attended West Main School and was a student at Uvalde High School on Schwartz Street where he  played football  with the Uvalde Coyotes and also was in the UHS band playing trombone.  When World War II was declared in 1942 ,Torres responded to his country's call and enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. He reported to San Angelo, was given a battery of tests and qualified to skip basic training. He was assigned to a desk position. He received his General Education Diploma through the military. He graduated from radio school in Sioux Falls, S.D., received his USAF wings in Yuma, Ariz., and graduated from Operational Training in Walla Walla, Wash.  With his B-24 air crew, he was shipped to Wales and convoyed to Horsham, England, on an ocean liner that had been converted into a troop transport ship. From January through April 1945 he flew 23 combat missions over Germany with the Eighth Air Force out of Horsham St. Faith, England. He was a radio operator and waist gunner on a B-24 Liberator Bomber. For his service he received the European-African-Middle Eastern campaign medals; the Good Conduct Medal; three Bronze Battle Stars for the battles of the Ardennes, of the Rhineland and of Central Europe. He received the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters for his first 18 combat missions over Germany. His logbook is in the Air Force Museum in San Angelo,  After his discharge on October 22, 1945, Torres served in the Air Force Reserves until Dec. 16, 1952.  In 1978 he married Minerva Garcia.  After working at the Blewett Mines in Cline, he worked at sheep-shearing and migrant farm labor. He then worked at the Royal Cleaners in Uvalde. Torres was then hired at the Uvalde Independent School District Maintenance Department, where his major responsibility was plumbing and electrical work. He worked at UCISD until his retirement in 1988.  After retirement he and his wife did volunteer work in Mexico at Dos de Abril. According to his family members, it was his heart's desire to help his compadres, especially Francisco and Angelita Lopez, there to build a new home.  Torres and his wife visited Dos de Abril on an annual basis taking clothes, food and small tools and equipment along with other needed things. They also helped build water lines for personal use as well as for irrigation for the corn fields.  Family members said they very generously shared their time and resources to help their compadres in Dos de Abril.  Preceding Torres in death were his parents; one son, Ricardo Torres; three sisters, Carolina Torres, Zenona Ibarra and Margarita Moran; two brothers, Valeriano Torres and Telesforo Torres Jr.; and one grandson, Eleazar “Lee” Lugo Jr.  Survivors include his wife; one brother, Celso Torres of San Antonio; and three sisters, Apolonia “Polly” Rodriquez of San Antonio, Anita Smith of Brackettville and Carmen Sanchez of Uvalde.  He is also survived by one daughter, Guadalupe Purifoy; one stepdaughter, Maria Lugo and husband, Lee Sr.; one stepson, Abelardo Castillo of Austin; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held yesterday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Joe Gonzales, Federico Noe Castro, Henry Sanchez Jr., Celso C. Torres, Willie Garcia Jr. and Michael A. Hernandez.  A rosary was said Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel.  Leocadio was baptized, confirmed and married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he was a life long member. According to his family, he was a patient and kind Christian who served his country, his family, and his church.  An online registry can be accessed at www.rekfunerals.com



CELESTINO URIEGAS, Class of 1947,

age 81 of San Antonio, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 17, 2007. He was a World War II veteran, a member of several religious and civic organizations. He is survived by his wife, Josephine Uriegas; daughters, Melinda Dobbs and husband Bill, and Araceli Andrews and husband Donald Oscar, Jr.; 3 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and brother Genaro, numerous, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be on Sunday, November 25, 2007 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Porter Loring. Rosary Sunday, November 25, 2007 at  7:00 P.M. Porter  Loring Chapel.  Mass Monday November 26, 2007 at 9:00 A.M. St Ann Catholic Church,  210 St. Ann St. Pallbearers will be Roger Lopez, Wah Sid, Robert Uriegas, Ruben Juarez, Antonio Barrón and Tony Munoz. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Interment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. You are invited to sign The guestbook at www.porterloring.com Arrangements with Porter Loring Mortuary.
 


SGT. JOSE C. MARTINEZ JR.,  37, of Uvalde died Nov. 8, 2007, at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.  A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery.   Martinez was born in Uvalde on March 25, 1970, to Jose Sr. and Eusevia Martinez.  He married Melita Directo in Uvalde on March 5, 2000.  Martinez attended Uvalde public schools. He received an Associate of Applied Science degree in management from Southwest Texas Junior College and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and sociology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.  Martinez served four years in the U.S. Marines. He served in the invasion of Haiti and also participated in the Desert Storm as a Marine.  At the time of his death, Martinez was a logistics sergeant in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Hood. While in the Army he served in Desert Storm, and in Kuwait and Iraq.  He is survived by his wife of seven years; his father; his mother, Eusevia Hernandez and husband, Eduardo; one son, Jose C. Martinez III; three sisters, Cynthia Martinez, Josephina Lara and Marisol Martinez, all of Uvalde; one brother, Antonio Martinez of Uvalde; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.  A rosary was said Tuesday and yesterday at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel.  An online registry can be accessed at www.rekfunerals.com.



CHARLA ANN ROBINSON died Nov. 13, 2007, at her residence in Uvalde at the age of 45.  She was born Feb. 2, 1962, in Lubbock to Charles and Ann Robinson.  She graduated from Uvalde High School and earned a degree in range management from Sul Ross University in Alpine. Robinson was previously employed with Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District for approximately three and one-half years and had worked at the A&M Research Center in Uvalde.  She was enrolled in the Wildlife Management Program at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde.  Robinson is survived by her parents, who reside in Uvalde; one brother, Denney Robinson and wife, Teresa; one niece, Krista Robinson; one nephew, Chad Robinson; and one great-niece, Faith Robinson, all of Arlington.  Graveside services will be held tomorrow at 9 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery.  A memorial service will follow at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church.  The Rev. Jerry Scott will officiate.  Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Carnes, Jimmy Trees, Bob Zaiglin, Bill Robinson, Rick Ickert, David Ickert, Randy Ickert and David Garison.  The family suggests memorials to First Baptist Church Library, 220 N. High St., Uvalde, TX 78801.  An online registry can be accessed at www.rekfunerals.com.
Arrangements by Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.



CHARLES DALY 'PAT' 'PAPPY' COWSERT, Class of 1951,   died Oct. 19, 2007, in Houston at Memorial Hermann  hospital. He was born June 2, 1933, in San Antonio to Mary Lou Daly Cowsert and Charles Avery Cowsert, the only son of that union. He lived most of his young life and attended school in Uvalde, graduating from Uvalde High School in 1951. He attended Sul Ross University in Alpine and graduated with a degree in range management in 1954. He and his friend John Allen Davis, now  deceased, were cheerleaders at Sul Ross. He married Mozell Cosper Aug. 15, 1953. Cowsert's first and only employment was with the United States Department of Agriculture. He began work in Fredericksburg, then moving to Del Rio and finally Rocksprings, where he worked with the ranchers and residents of Rocksprings and Edwards County until he retired to pursue ranching, raising Spanish goats, cattle, and finally Boer goats. According to his family, he loved being out in the country and had every head of livestock eating out of his hand. He loved his dog, Bob, who was right at home in the back of the pickup, and his wife's cats, Sandy and Rascal. Cowsert's family said he was a positive and reinforcing influence in their lives, and was strong, kind and gentle, with a sweet spirit. His devotion to the Catholic faith was a tremendous force in their lives. They said he was a man whose boots no one can fill. Cowsert is survived by his wife of 54 years; four sons, Benjamin Daly Cowsert and fiance, Cindy, Timothy Lynn Cowsert and wife, Patti, Charles Allen Cowsert and wife, Michelle, and William Jeffery Cowsert; 11 grandchildren, Tiffany, Courtney, Blake, Brook, Courtney, Lindsey, Collin, Morgan, Cole, McKenna and Maura; and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by dear friends Lila and Roy Rosin; two goddaughters, Marty Fuller and husband, Shawn, and Megan Faulkner; one stepbrother, Charles Chuck Cowsert and daughter, Kenna; four first cousins, Bobby Perkins, his fishing partner, Anne Daly Herndon, Mary Sue Daly Laffere and Eddie Daly; and ranching partner Jim Little Glasscock and his family, Mary Jane Glasscock, Abby Gresch and Franklin and Susan. He was preceded in death by one son, baby Ronald Lynn Cowsert; his mother and stepfather, Dr. George H. Merritt; his father and stepmother, Blance Cowsert; his mother's dear friends Ruth and Clarence Gober, with whom he spent much of his childhood; and two stepbrothers, George H. Merritt II and Charles Edward Cowsert. Mass of the resurrection was celebrated Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Rocksprings with the Rev. John Fiala officiating. Interment followed at 2 p.m. in Vance Cemetery in Vance. Pallbearers were Ben Cowsert, C.A. Cowsert, Jeff Cowsert, Cole Cowsert, Blake Cowsert and Tim Cowsert. Honorary pallbearers were all of Cowsert's dear friends. Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home.



JOSEPH E. PUCCINI JR.  Retired United States Navy Captain Joseph E. Puccini Jr., 82, died Sept. 24, 2007. He was born on a ranch in Uvalde on Dec. 8, 1924, to Joseph E. and Margaret Ora Hoge Puccini. After graduating from Uvalde High School, he attended A&M College of Texas, now Texas A&M University, before joining the Navy. He continued his education earning a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., in 1958, and a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering and a master’s degree in computer management systems from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., in 1959 and 1969, respectively. During his 32-year career in the Navy he was a naval aviator. He served aboard 14 naval aircraft carriers, including the USS Saipan, USS Wright, USS Midway, USS Roosevelt and USS Coral Sea; most of the Essex class carriers, including the USS Bennington, USS Philippine Sea, USS Valley Forge, USS Boxer and USS Randolph; with his final tour aboard the USS Forrestal.  While aboard these carriers he flew the M2S “Yellow Peril,” SNJ “Texan” advanced trainer, SB2C “Hell Diver,” FBY, A-1 Skyraider, ANB Banshee F2H, F-9, TV and the A-4 Skyhawk. During his two tours of the Korean Conflict he flew the A-1 Skyraider and was the leader in his squadron for the highest number of strikes. He spent his final years in the Navy at Quonset Point, R.I., from 1964 to 1967 and the Naval Air Systems Command in Washington, D.C., until he retired from naval service in 1975. He had resided in Reston, Va., since 1969. “He was a loving and devoted father,” said his daughter, Nancy Ann Puccini, who survives him. A memorial service was held Monday in the Smith Center at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Va., at 7 p.m. His daughter suggests memorials in his name to Uvalde Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center, 1025 Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX 78801; or McLean Bible Church, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Reston, VA 22102.



ROSEMOND MASSEY  A graveside service for Rosemond Massey, 90, of Roswell, N.M., originally of Uvalde, was held yesterday at 2 p.m. at South Park Cemetery in Roswell with Pastor Danny Sons officiating.  Massey died Oct. 26, 2007, at Mission Arch Care Center in Roswell.  She was born in Del Rio on Jan. 17, 1917, to Bruni and Rosa Mamie Neuman Hutto.  She moved to Roswell in 1989 from Uvalde. Massey attended Midway Assembly of God Church.� According to her family, she will be missed by all who knew her.  Massey was preceded in death by her husband, Tommie Massey; her parents; three brothers; and six sisters.  She is survived by one son, T. Norman Massey and wife, Gail, of Roswell; one daughter, June Lindsay-Scott and�  husband, Bob, of Artesia, N.M.; two grandchildren, Randi Massey of New York and Ginger Lindsay Kelley of Artesia; two great-grandchildren, Rylee and Karrington Kelley; and numerous nieces and nephews.  A registry is available at the Web site andersonbethany.com. 
Arrangements by Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home & Crematory in Roswell, N.M.



WORD BELL SHERRILL Word Bell Sherrill, 92, of San Antonio, former longtime resident of Uvalde, died Oct. 21, 2007, in San Antonio. Sherrill was born April 4, 1915, in Rocksprings to a pioneer ranch family, Walter Word and Mary Bell Sherrill. He graduated from high school at the age of 16 and worked his way through Texas A&M, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree, and received a commission in the United States Army as lieutenant. His first job after the military was as county agent in Sonora, where he met and married Joyce McGilvray. They were married 68 years before she died in 2005. They moved to San Angelo, and then to Uvalde in 1938, where Sherrill continued his work as a county agent. He quit work as an agent to ranch full time. His third career, as a Ranch Broker Realtor, began in the 1970s. Sherrill kept an office and worked every day until age 90. Many of his civic activities were associated with agriculture. He was superintendent of the Uvalde County Livestock Show for over 30 years. He was a member and director of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association and a member of Texas Cattle Raisers. Sherrill was an ardent conservationist. His curiosity and love of the land and its resources were an important part of his ranching life. He is survived by one son, Word Sherrill and wife, Patty, of Boerne; two daughters, Martha Eakin and husband, Jimmy, of Hondo and Linda Sherrill Watts of San Antonio; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held yesterday at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Parker officiating. An online registry can be accessed at www.rekfunerals.com.



Elbert Benjamin Williams, Jr. ,Class of 1956, Elbert, who was a "some-time member of the Class of 1956", died on Sunday, September 30, 2007 in Fort Worth, Texas.  Elbert attended Uvalde schools whenever his father was stationed overseas with the U.S. Army.  He was a resident of Weatherford, Texas at the time of his death.  Ben had survived a massive heart attack in August of 2004, and had heart surgery which added three years to his life.



Rodney C. Ham, PhD, Class of 1977 , 48, of Bryan passed away Saturday, September 22, 2007 at St. Joseph Regional Health Center. Memorial services in College Station are set for 3 p.m. Tuesday, September 25 at All Faiths Chapel on the grounds of Texas A&M University. Memorial services in Uvalde are set for 3 p.m. Saturday, September 29 at First United Methodist Church of Uvalde. Rod was an avid bow hunter and craftsman who made exquisite handmade bows and arrows. He was a member of the Brazos County Archery Club. He enjoyed woodworking, cooking for friends, as well as reading a good book. Rod worked for Texas A&M University for the last 15 years and his last post was as the director of Health Informatics with the Department of Health and Kinesiology. Rod loved his family dearly and was always there for them. He was preceded in death by his father, Herby Ham. Survivors include his mother: Nancy Ham of Uvalde; brother, Randy Ham and wife, Dawn, of Rio Medina; sister, Lanette Henry and husband, Jerry, of Benchley; nieces and nephews, Jared Henry, Cassidy Henry, Cayla Henry, Riley Ham and Clara Ham; aunts, Shirley Fellows, Ann Ham Reagan and husband, W.C., all of Uvalde, and Betty Blair of Del Rio; uncles, Coot Davis and wife, Ginger, of Uvalde and Dr. Dudley Blair and wife, Margaret, of South Carolina; and numerous cousins and friends that will dearly miss Rod. Donations on behalf of Rod can be made to the First United Methodist Church Restoration Fund or to your charity of choice. Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle on 9/25/2007.



Arturo Rodriguez , Class of 1958 (September 8,2007)
Arturo Rodriguez, a former Drug Enforcement Administration special agent and Texas Ranger, died of renal failure Sept. 8 in San Jose, Costa Rica, where he had been living for about a year. A veteran of the Marine Corps, he served three years with the Sheriff's Department and Police Department in his hometown of Uvalde before joining the Department of Public Safety as a highway patrolman in 1967. Based in Crystal City with the DPS, Rodriguez was appointed to the Texas Rangers in 1969, the first Mexican American in more than half a century to be named to the elite force. The assignment with the Rangers had him working out of Crystal City and San Antonio. He left the force to enter the DEA. His 14 years with the federal agency took him to Aruba, Mexico City and Mississippi, where he helped bring down the Dixie Mafia. Rodriguez opened a sports bar, "The Rangers Outpost," in Kirby. He remarried after the death of his first wife, Lily, in 1996. His survivors include his wife Olga of San Jose, Costa Rica; a son, Robert Rodriguez of San Antonio; and two daughters, twins Angela Wheeler of Tennessee and Kristella McLeod, also of San Antonio. A graveside service will be Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. cdanini@express-news.net



Jimmy Sam Green,
Jimmy Green, Class of 1966, passed away in New York City.



Lynn Spurgeon.(August 23, 2007)
Lynn is survived by two sons, Jerry Lynn Spurgeon and wife Gail of Victoria  and Cary Gene Spurgeon and wife, Anita, of Uvalde; a daughter, Patricia Lynn Spurgeon of San Antonio; four sisters, Wanda Stein and husband Clarence, of La Coste, Maxine Howard and husband, Rowland, of Uvalde, Faye Henry and husband Jimmy of Sabinal and Margie Cochran Rambo of Boerne; a brother, Samuel and wife Marcella of Hot Springs, Arkansas, five grandchildren, Lori Elrod Johnson and husband, Kurt, of Hudson, Colorado, Kimberly Reed and husband, Robby, Shelly Beasley and husband, Terry, all of odessa, Patricia Ann McIntosh and husband, Justin, of Springtown and Cody Lynn of Yokosuka, Japan; five great-trandchildren, Blake Elrod of Hudson, Colorado, Kimberlin Hughs, Carly Reed, Chelsea and Chisholm Beasley all of Odessa, and Harper McIntosh of Springtown, and numerous nieces and nephews.



Charlene Gray Moore..(August 23, 2007)
Charlene Gray Moore, a '57 graduate of Uvalde High School, passed away at her home in New Braunfles, Texas, on August 18, 2007. Charlene was born on December 20, 1938, to Calvin and Evangeline Gray, in San Antonio, Texas. Following her graduation at Abiline Christian College she married Ted Moore and they became the parents of one son, Tom, of Baltimore, Maryland. Charlene was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Charlene was employed for over thirty years as administrative assistant to the dean(s)of the University of West Virginia Medical School. Following her retirement in 2005 she moved to New Braunfels. Charlene is survived by her son, cousins Bill Carman of Garland, Texas and Bonnie Sheppard of Abilene, Texas; her beloved mother-in-law, Jimmie Moore also of Abilene. Interment will be next to Charlene's husband at the Voss Cemetery near Coleman, Texas.



Jesus Y. "YuYo" Garcia, Jr...(July 30, 2007)
Jesus Y. “YuYo” Garcia Jr., 72, of Uvalde died July 30, 2007, in his home. He was born Oct. 27, 1934, in Uvalde. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosa V. Estrada; stepfather, Carlos Estrada; and father, Jesus Garcia Sr. The eldest of eight children, Garcia took over the role of “big brother” and disciplinarian. He was an avid athlete while attending Uvalde High School, lettering in football for three consecutive years before graduating in 1953. He then served two years overseas with the U.S. Armed Forces. Afterwards, he attended Southwest Texas Junior College, and received his bachelor's degree in business from St. Mary's University in May of 1960. A well-known businessman in the Uvalde community, he owned and operated rental property and built various houses and apartment complexes in Uvalde County. He was a self-taught homebuilder. Garcia was an active member of American Legion #479 and served in several positions. He was the finance officer for 22 years. His passion was hunting and he enjoyed making yearly treks to Colorado during elk hunting season. He served on the Uvalde City Planning and Zoning Commission for 22 years. Garcia was a lifelong, active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and attended Sacred Heart Catholic School up until the eighth grade. He was a true believer in education and encouraged his children to pursue higher education. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Gloria M. Garcia of Uvalde; three sons, Jesse Garcia III and wife, Sandra; Marco Garcia and his wife, Pauline, Chris Garcia and his wife, Amy; two daughters, Monica Gutierrez and Ralph and Vanessa Escamilla and her husband, Joel; four brothers, Armando Rodriguez, Raul Estrada and wife, Luz Maria, Juan Estrada of Uvalde and Anthony Estrada and wife, Gloria, of Austin; three sisters, Henrietta Estrada, Margie Castellon and husband, Cruz, of San Antonio, and Frances Soliz and husband, Juan, of Dallas; nine grandchildren, Aimee Myers, Tres Maldonado, Clarissa Escamilla, Jesse and James Gomez, Mark Gutierrez, Marina Escamilla, Christin Garcia and Christopher Garcia; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, family and friends, and neighbors. Rosaries were held on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. Funeral services will be held today at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Juan Martinez, George Garza, Cruz Castellon, Tony Vela, Tres Maldonado and Raul Estrada Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Claudio Valenzuela, John Harrell, Rodrigo Martinez; John Evetts, Sylvestre Orona; Alejandro Uriegas, Jose Uriegas and Hector V. Garcia. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic School at 401 W. Leona Street, Uvalde, Texas 78801.



Hassel Irvin Clark  (July 30, 2007)
Lake Village, AR - Hassel Irvin Clark, age 83, of Lake Village, died Thursday, August 24, 2006, at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, MS. He was a retired farmer and businessman, a World War II Army Veteran and a memeber of Lakeside United Methodist Church. Mr. Clark was born July 16, 1923 in El Campo, TX, the son of the late Irvin Clark and Helen Wilson Clark. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Clark. Survivors are a son, Reagan Clark and wife, Mickey, of Lake Village; a daughter Jana Clark Putman and husband, John, of Harrison, AR; two grandchildren, Stan Clark and wife, Debra and Mary Beth Clark, all of Lake Villge; and two sisters.



Burke Clement, Jr. (Class of 1965)  (July 30, 2007)
Burke Clement, Jr. Burke Clement, Jr., 60, of Mont Belvieu was born May 11, 1947 in Lorena, Texas to parents Burke Sr. and Corinne Clement. He passed unexpectedly Thursday morning, July 26, 2007. He was a U. S. Navy veteran and had a passion for hunting, fishing, and mule rides with his grandkids. He was a loving husband and father who had an unbelievable bond with his puppy dogs. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Benjamin Clement. He is survived by his wife of 39 years Ada Frances, daughter, Marcy Kay and husband Kris Cowan, son, Zachery Burke, grandson, Parker Brant Cowan and granddaughter, Chandlar Brooke Cowan. Per his wishes, his organs were donated and his body will be cremated. A memorial visitation will be held in his memory Saturday, July 28, 2007 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Navarre Funeral Home in Baytown, Texas. There will be no funeral service. In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be made to the Baytown Humane Society, P.O. Box 2772, Baytown, TX 77522, www.baytownhumanesociety.org or the charity of ones choice.



Susie Canales Nevarez   (July 29, 2007)
Susie C. Nevarez, 80, of Uvalde died May 3, 2007, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. She was born June 19, 1926, in Uvalde, to Severo E. and Dorothy Nevarez. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Severo C. Nevarez and Lorenzo Nevarez; and one sister, Ann Nevarez. Nevarez is survived by one sister, Matilde N. Diaz of Uvalde; three brothers, Luis C. Nevarez and wife, Elvira, of Detroit, Mich., Henry C. Nevarez and wife, Dolores, of Oceanside, Calif., and Jose “Paco” Nevarez of Uvalde; one sister-in-law, Enriquetta Nevarez of Tucson, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews. The rosary was said Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. Funeral services were held Monday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Wieslaw Iwaniec officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. An online registry can be accessed at www.rekfunerals.com.



James H Wells   (July 29, 2007)
James H. “Jim” Wells, born “at the head of Montell Creek” on the family ranch in Uvalde County died at his home in Northcliffe, Guadalupe County, on July 8, 2007. His parents were James H. Wells Sr. and Eve Scrogum Wells. He was born in 1931. Wells was known to his family and classmates at Uvalde High School as Jim. He eventually settled in San Antonio and met his wife, raised a family and established a business. He achieved success first in the truck stop business, operating and then building truck stops branded “Fuel Stop” in Bexar County. In recent years he began developing commercial properties with his partner, David Moody. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Samuel Lewis Wells and Charles Neiman Wells and one sister Geneva Owens Pendley. He is survived by his wife, Joanne Gallaway Wells; three children, James Henry Wells III and former wife, Lorri, John Andrew Wells and wife, Kim and Jennifer Wells Hinojosa and husband, Carlos; seven grandchildren, Duane Lee Sherman, James Henry Wells IV, John Louis Wells, Joshua Daniel Wells, William “Willie” Carlos Hinojosa, Maia Ann Wells, and Sean Andrew Wells; one sister, Carolyn Costner and husband, John and his mother and father-in-law, Olive and Allan Gallaway. Services were held at Guinn-Horger Funeral Home in Hondo. Burial was beside his mother and brothers in Oakwood Cemetery, Hondo, on Quihi Road.



Hattie Wilma Russell  (July 29, 2007)
Hattie Wilma Russell of Uvalde died July 18, 2007, in Amistad Nursing Home at the age of 91. She was born in Uvalde on Jan. 26, 1916, to Mark Fuller and Willie Cranford Russell. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Gwen Russell; one sister, Paula Russell Newell Ackley; and one niece, Patricia Newell Stacher. She is survived by one niece, Sandra Stewart and husband, John, of Chiloquin, Ore.; two nephews, retired Col. Thomas Newell and wife, Edie, of Jefferson, N.C., and Cranford Newell and wife, Marilyn, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. Russell graduated from Uvalde High School in 1934. In 1936, she became Uvalde's first Honey Queen. She worked for 41 years, starting in Uvalde and then onto San Antonio; Washington, D.C.; Rome, Italy; Heidelberg, Germany; Paris, France; and Midland. She eventually returned to San Antonio, where she spent the last 16 years of her career working at Kelly Air Force Base where she was involved in the procurement of parts for aircraft. She retired and returned to Uvalde in 1979, where she took up residence. She immediately became involved in many civic activities. Because of her love for animals, her first and most gratifying project was to prevail upon the city to build its first humane society kennels. She also became a member of the beautification committee, whose members worked to preserve and care for the trees of Uvalde. She was past president of the Cancer Society; was president of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas; was a member of the 17th Century Colonial Dames of America and of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She served on the boards of the Opera House and the Garner Museum and became the first chairman of the Uvalde Tree Committee, where she served until 1995. She was baptized into the South Getty Church of Christ in 1933. A memorial service was held on Friday at 1 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. Ted McElroy officiated.



MARGARET STONER McLEAN  (July 18, 2007)
Margaret Stoner McLean, 92, researcher, was born in Victoria, Texas, June 5, 1915, died in Georgetown, Texas, July 12, 2007. She was the daughter of Thomas Royal Stoner and Mamie Victoria (Stoner) Stoner. Education included Associate of Arts, Victoria Junior College, 1936; Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, The University of Texas at Austin, 1939. Married to Malcolm Dallas McLean February 11, 1939; 1 child, John Robertson McLean; 2 grandchildren, Malcolm Hugh, McLean and Douglas Duncan McLean. Always a tireless and prodigious worker with unflagging interests in Texas history, research and family genealogy, her jobs included: Receptionist and Postmaster, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas, 1939-1941; Microfilm operator, Library of Congress, Washington, D. C., 1942. Bibliographical researcher, 1947-1953, for Thomas W. Streeter, BIBLIOGRAPHY OF TEXAS, 1795-1845 (5 vols., Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1955-1960). Teacher, elementary school, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1954-1955. Elementary teacher, American School, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 1957-1958. Teacher of English, U. S. Binational Center and in the American High School, Guayaquil, Ecuador, 1959-1961. Newspaper microfilm archivist, Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, Texas, 1963-1973. Microfilm research specialist, Spanish Texas Microfilm Center, Presidio La Bahía, Goliad, Texas, 1973-1974. Researcher, editorial assistant, PAPERS CONCERNING ROBERTSON’S COLONY IN TEXAS (19 VOLS.), Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas, 1975-1991. Bibliographical consultant, 1981-1982, for THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR OF 1846-1848, A Bibliography of the Holdings of the Libraries, The University of Texas at Arlington, By Jenkins Garrett, Prepared and Edited by Katherine R. Goodwin, Special Collections Publication No. 2. Published for The University of Texas at Arlington by the Texas A&M Press, College Station, 1995. Member, Chancellor's Council of The University of Texas System, 1984-2007. Clubs: Faculty Women's Clubs at both Texas Christian University and at The University of Texas at Arlington. Contributor of articles to professional journals, and to the NEW HANDBOOK OF TEXAS. Retired 1991. 206 Golden Oaks Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628- 3320. (512) 869-0166. mdmclean@texas.net, mcleandc@texasmclean.com.


Wave S. Thompson (July 2, 2007)

Longtime Uvalde educator Wave Swearingen Thompson died July 2, 2007, at Amistad Nursing Home at the age of 101. Born Aug. 5, 1905, in Artesia, N.M., to W.R. and Mamie Rush Swearingen, she had lived in Uvalde since the age of 18. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.O. “Shorty” Thompson; a brother, Bill Swearingen; and two sisters, Bernice Pfeiffer and Wyline Dezelle. Wave received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in education from Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos. She taught music and first grade, beginning in the old Getty Street School in 1927 and then moving on to Benson and Dalton schools, before retiring in 1970. “This beautiful lady of 93 years taught hundreds of children in addition to enriching the lives of many adults,” Bea Davenport said during the February 1999 Chamber of Commerce banquet when Thompson was named Uvaldean of the Year. “Many students are now gray and wrinkled, but in her eyes they are still her children. “She has been active in community affairs, conducting herself in a manner admired by all. Details of her charitable, professional and performance of civic responsibilities are legendary,” Davenport said. "Miss Wave" was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. She loved music and dancing, but reading was her passion. She was the oldest living member of El Progreso Club and a past president of the Uvalde Country Club. She is survived by many of her beloved first-graders and four generations of nieces and nephews. Services were held at First United Methodist Church in Uvalde with the Rev. Scott Bradford officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. Arrangements by Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. An online registry can be accessed at www.rekfunerals.com.


Allan Earl Welch (Class of '59)  (June 24, 2007)
Allan Earl Welch, 66, of Boerne died June 24, 2007 at the Vitas Hospice Facility in San Antonio, Texas, after a year-long battle with cancer. He was born February 27, 1941, in Uvalde to Everett Daniel and Loyce Mae Welch. On February 1, 1963, he married Sharron Kay Batts. They celebrated their 44th anniversary this year. He was preceded in death by his father, Everett Daniel Welch; his daughter, Laura Devon Welch; and his sister, Beverly Loyce Welch. Allan is survived by his wife, Sharron; his son, Rod Allan Welch and wife, Kim, of Boerne, and their children, Taylor, Kirby, Rhett, and Riley; his daughter, Audra Louise Ochsner and husband, Stephen, of San Antonio, and their children, Rachel, and Rebekah; his mother, Loyce of Uvalde; his five brothers, Gordon Welch of Bandera, Larry Welch of Uvalde, Ivan Welch of Wharton, Terry Welch of Boerne, and Dwayne Welch of San Angelo; his four sisters, Karen Dicke of Luling, Linda Davis of Devine, Marsha Heaton of Uvalde, and Jana Copeland of Boling; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Allan's three loves in life were family, friends, and the endless pursuit of the 15 pound lunker bass. Memorial services will be held at St. Helena's Episcopal Church of Boerne at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care at the Texas Central Office, 4848 Loop Central Drive, Building 3, Suite 890, Houston, Texas, 77081. The telephone number is 713-663-7777. Expressions of Sympathy may be sent at www.schaetter.com.


UHSAA   (June 13, 2007)
Please provide any other information about CALVIN MONROE MITCHELL III you have to coyotes@uhsalumni.com. The only Mitchell I found was Connie Mitchell who was in the class of '59. If you do a search on Mitchell you may see others as well. Click on search in the menu and the type in Mitchell in the input field.


TONIEGREEN   (June 13, 2007)
LOOKING FOR A OBITUARIES FOR A CALVIN MONROE MITCHELL III


Claude McGill Allen   (May 4, 2007)

Claude McGill Allen Jr., 67, of Uvalde, died May 23, 2007, at North Central Baptist Hospital in San Antonio. He was born Nov. 15, 1939, in Uvalde to Courtenay and Claude Allen Sr. He married Carole Buckoviny on Aug. 18, 1959, in Odessa. Allen was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, Julia and W.A. Allen; and one granddaughter, Christy Yeager. He is survived by his wife of 47 years; three daughters, Rhonda Ross and husband, Mark, of Hondo, Carla Allen of San Antonio and Claudia Lacy and husband, Steve, of Melborne, Fla.; two sisters, Judy Berry of Concan and Courtenay Schwander and husband, Carl, of Alpine, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Dena Yeager and husband, Chris Kraft, Megan McCaleb, Brenna McCaleb and Jenna Lacy; two great-grandchildren, Dylan Kraft and Joey Kraft; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel with the Rev. Tony Gruben, pastor of Baptist Temple Church, officiating. Interment followed in Uvalde Cemetery. Pallbearers were Carl Schwander, W.D. Sutherland, Bobby Perkins, Lee Schermerhorn, Richard Conroy, Jerrid Garcia, Frank Juarez, Claudie Berry and Bobby Buckoviny. Honorary pallbearers were Lewis B. Allen, Billy Allen, Hollis Landon, Dan Haby, Kenneth Haby, Lee Roy Muecke, Chip Berry, William Risinger, Casey Allen, Robert Allen, Joel Allen, Johnny Stockley, Joe Bill Carper and all employees from Kwik Car Oil Change. An online registry can be accessed at www.rekfunerals.com.


Ella Blanche Meyer Doyle   (May 3, 2007)


Ella Blanche Meyer Doyle (UHS Class of 1927) entered rest on May 3, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Joseph F. Doyle Jr. and brothers Carlos and R.W. Meyer. She was born in Concan, TX. To John Edward and Mary Louise Wheeler Meyer on April 15, 1910. She is survived by sisters, Iris Sawyer, Mary Louise Condel; children, Joseph F. Doyle III and wife Sandra, Joella Kidder, John Michael Doyle and wife Kristine, all of San Antonio. Other survivors are grandchildren, Byron P. Doyle and wife Melissa, Craig R. Doyle and wife Maria Socorro, Brett L. Doyle, Alan J. Doyle, Joseph L. Doyle, John C. Doyle, Stephen M. Doyle and Katherine E. Doyle, Dennis L. Meyer, Lori A. Marcum, Samuel K. Kidder, eight great-grandchildren Alan J. Doyle Jr., Brandon P. Doyle, Joseph R. Doyle, Jeremy M. Doyle, Travis E. Doyle and Joshua J. Doyle, Leigh-Anne Wixon and Bryan E. Weaver. She was a member of the Inner Wheel, Auxiliary of the Texas Optometric Association, Delphian Round Table, San Antonio Audubon Society and Leon Valley Historical Society. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 7, 2007, 10 A.M.-12 noon at Guinn – Horger Funeral Home, Hondo, TX with Graveside Service to follow at Hondo Cemetery, Hondo, TX. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your favorite charity or Christian Senior Services, 4306 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78229.


WILLIAM GENE VICKERS   (March 20, 2007)
William Gene Vickers, 67, of Dickinson died March 9, 2007, in Webster. He was born Feb. 13, 1940, in Uvalde to Fred Eason and Melba Jane Davis Vickers. Vickers served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. He is survived by his beloved wife of 21 years, Melissa Quimby-Vickers; daughter, Peggy “Elaine” Smith and husband, Butch; two sons, Gregory Allen Vickers and wife, Kim, and Jeffrey Scott Vickers; three brothers, Fred Ray Vickers, Robert Joseph “Joe” Vickers, and Roy Vickers; five grandchildren; and one great grandchild. Though living in Dickinson, family members said Vickers never forgot his Uvalde roots. He returned often to visit his uncle, William Niggli and wife, Catherine, and his close friends Fred and Virginia Woodrow of Sabinal and Benny and Susan Ewing of Montell. A memorial service was held last Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson. The family suggests memorials to the Salvation Army.


Irene Haggerton White   (February 5, 2007)
Irene Haggerton White, 70, of Picayune, Miss., formerly of Uvalde, died Jan. 27, 2007, at Covenant Health and Rehab in Picayune following a lengthy illness. She was born in Medina Aug. 29, 1936, to Ruth Dale Dalton and Earl Haggerton. She graduated from high school in Uvalde in 1954 where she played basketball. On April 19, 1960, she married Alvie F. “Pete” White in San Antonio. Following his return from military service in August of 1962 they moved to Oxford, Miss., and she was employed by the University of Mississippi in the registrar's office. The Whites moved to Picayune in 1968. She worked as a compositor at the NASA Test Facility, the John C. Stennis Space Center until 2001, when she retired after 29 years of employment. According to family members, she was a loving and faithful wife, loyal friend, and devoted Christian. White was an active member of the Goodyear Baptist Church for 30 years. During that time she was the teacher of the Golden Circle Sunday School Class. Family members said her favorite scripture verse was Philippians 4:13. White was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 46 years; two brothers, Wesley Haggerton and wife, Jolyn, of Camp Wood, Hugh Dalton and wife, Peggy, of Uvalde; many loving nieces and nephews; and countless friends. The funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday at Picayune Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Killern officiating. The family welcomed friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Picayune Funeral Home. Interment followed at Memorial Garden Cemetery in Picayune. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons of Goodyear Baptist Church.


Ismael Talavera   (January 29, 2007)
Ismael Talavera, Class of 1962, passed away Friday evening at 7:40 p.m. at the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio after a lengthy illness. A Rosary will be held at the Rushing Estes Funeral Home on Monday night (January 29, 2007) and Tuesday night (January 30, 2007)at 7:00 p.m. The services for Tal will be held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Wednesday, January 31 at 11:00 a.m.


Sandra Gilmour Nokes   (January 25, 2007)
A memorial service for Sandra JoAnn Gilmour Nokes, 59, of Grapevine will be held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Chapel in Colleyville. visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the funeral home. Nokes died Jan. 18, 2007, in a motor vehicle accident. She was born Dec. 8, 1947, in St. Louis, Mo., to Christine and Bill Gilmour. She graduated Uvalde High School, Class of 1966. Nokes was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her mother. Survivors include her husband, Lester Nokes; her father, Bill Gilmour of Uvalde; and four children, Bryson Nokes, Lesli Nokes, Brad Nokes and Staci Reichert. The guest book may be viewed and signed at the Web site www.star-telegram.com/obituaries.


Marvin Buttler   (January 20, 2007)
I have been advised that Wallace Ball (Class of 1947) passed away on April 26,2006 from complications of Alzheimer's. His identical twin, Wayne, resides in San Antonio.


Jessica C. Hernandez   (December 21, 2006)
Jessica C. Hernandez, 27, of Uvalde died Dec. 14, 2006, at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital in San Antonio as a result of a lengthy battle with pulmonary fibrosis. She was born Dec. 18, 1978, in Uvalde to Nolberto and Albesa Carbajal Hernandez. She was a 1997 graduate of Uvalde High School and earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Sul Ross State University-Rio Grande College. She taught first grade in the La Pryor School District from 2003-2005, and according to family members she loved teaching. According to family members, Hernandez was a thoughtful, caring and loving person who loved being an aunt, sister and daughter. She loved life and made every moment count. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Juan and Euladia Hernandez, and Bernardo and Maria Carbajal; one daughter, Jenika A. Polanco; one uncle; and two aunts. She is survived by her parents, who reside in Uvalde; her fiancé, Jarod Heintzelman; one sister, Mariciela A. Hernandez and husband, Charles Martinez; one niece, Emily Grace Martinez; one nephew, Charles Martinez II; five aunts and uncles Lolie Ortiz and husband, Fred, Otila Trevino and husband, Gilbert, Linda Robles and husband, Mario, Tere Castillo and husband, Hector, Esperanza Trevino and husband, Michael, Vicky Gallegos and husband, Gonzalo, Esmeralda Hernandez and husband, Antonio Uribe, Marcus Hernandez and wife, Aurora, and Valdomero Hernandez. Funeral services were held Monday at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Wieslaw Iwaniec officiating. interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. Arrangements by Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.


Minerva Elvira Hernandez  (December 8, 2006)

Minerva Elvira Hernandez, 55, of Uvalde, died Dec. 2, 2006, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. She was born May 27, 1951, to Emiteria and Salvador Hernandez. Hernandez was preceded in death by her mother; and one sister, Yolanda Garcia. She is survived by her father, who resides in Uvalde; one daughter, Sonya Tebbs of San Antonio; one sister, Olivia Garcia of San Angelo; three brothers, Jose Hernandez of Uvalde, and Rafael Hernandez and Antonio Hernandez, both of San Antonio; three grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mass of the resurrection was celebrated in Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Wieslaw Iwaniec officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery.



Edward Lesesne Sutherland  (December1, 2006)

Funeral services for Edward Lesesne Sutherland will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Montell Methodist Church with interment following in Montell Cemetery. Sutherland, a long-time resident of Uvalde County, died Nov. 26, 2006, at the age of 93 while residing at the Pampa Nursing Center in Pampa. Known to most of his friends and family as Lesesne (pronounced La-Sane), according to family members he was a quiet man who took great pride in his family and had a love for working with his hands. He was born the youngest of 11 children on Jan. 17, 1913, in northern Uvalde County to William Depriest Sutherland II and Emma Rogers Sutherland. He was also the youngest of 34 double-first cousins, the progeny of three Sutherland brothers married to three Rogers sisters. He was the last surviving double-first cousin. According to family members he loved the annual Sutherland-Rogers Reunions and the visits with his brothers and two sisters as well as the many double-first cousins that he viewed as another set of siblings. Many of his cousins and nieces were closer to his own age than his immediate family, making this extended family a part of his life that he treasured deeply. Sutherland grew up in the Nueces River canyon in Uvalde County on a 2,100-acre ranch owned by his parents who moved there from Jackson County in 1893. He attended elementary school at Montell and high school in Uvalde. He married Melitta Emma Goeth on October 3, 1936, at Cypress Mill in Blanco County at the Goeth family home. From the mid 1930s to the early 1940s Sutherland was employed by Leigh Oil Company in Austin as a service station manager. During World War II he and his wife moved to her family home in Blanco County where he helped her father operate his ranch. Following the war, Sutherland worked on other ranches in the area. In 1949 the Sutherlands moved from Central Texas to Uvalde County, their permanent home for the next 53 years. Sutherland owned and operated service stations on South Getty Street in Uvalde under the name E.L. Sutherland from 1949 until 1962. For a short period in the mid 1960s he worked as a construction foreman building service stations around the state. He then returned to Uvalde where he worked as a carpenter and cabinetmaker, retiring from Blevins Cabinet Builders in 1975. Following his retirement, Sutherland worked on home remodeling projects in the Nueces Canyon. In 1970 the Sutherlands built a new home on family land on the Nueces River on SH 55 a few miles south of Camp Wood. After the house was dried in, Sutherland did most of the completion work himself. He and his wife called this home until 2002 when they moved to Pampa. According to family members, Sutherland cherished the Nueces River and the beautiful pecan bottom where he and his wife lived for so long, a place he loved to share with others. They regularly invited family and friends to come and camp in the pecan bottom and fish and swim in the Nueces River. He was an avid deer hunter most of his life and enjoyed being outdoors and observing the wildlife. The Sutherlands were active members of the community and members of the Montell Methodist Church, which they continue to support. Sutherland helped to maintain the church building and opened the church every Sunday morning when services were held. According to family members, his faith was an important part of his life, exhibited by his actions and his strong commitment and love for his church and family. Sutherland is survived by his wife of 70 years; two sons, Gary Sutherland and wife, Karin, of Pampa and Eddie Sutherland and wife, Rose, of Austin; two grandsons Jason Sutherland and wife, Serina, and Noah Sutherland and wife, Amy, all of Pampa; and five great-grandchildren, Kenadie Sutherland, Lauren Sutherland, Colin Sutherland, Zane Sutherland and Sierra Sutherland. The family suggests memorials to Montell Methodist Church. Donations can be mailed in Lesesne's name care of Dick Whipple, 614 Dorothy Jo Circle, Uvalde, TX 78801.



William Alexander Kincaid (Class of 1939)   (November 24, 2006)

William Alexander Kincaid, 85, of Uvalde, died Nov. 17, 2006, at his residence. Kincaid was born Nov. 12, 1921, at 224 W. Leona in Uvalde to E.D. Kincaid and Adaline Vanham Kincaid. He was a member of a pioneer Uvalde family. His grandfather W.D. “Billy” Kincaid went up the cattle trails in the late 19th century and founded the Kincaid Ranch southeast of Uvalde. His grandmother was the granddaughter of Captain William Ware, the first settler of Uvalde County in 1852 and a veteran of the battle of San Jacinto. Kincaid graduated from Uvalde High School before earning his Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University in 1943. He entered the Army Air Corps that same year. After serving in India he was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned to Texas to resume ranching in Uvalde and Fort Stockton. Kincaid was a member of First Baptist Church of Uvalde and a 32nd-degree Scottish Rite Mason. He was past master of Uvalde Lodge 472 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. He had served as president of the Border Shrine Club, Alzafar Temple ambassador, member of the Garner Museum board of directors, chairman of the Uvalde County Historical Commission and member of the Uvalde County Veterans land board. He was also a member of the Border Amateur Radio Club in Del Rio and in the 1980s he appeared in several comedies on the Grand Opera House stage. At the time of his death Kincaid was chairman of the board of AVK Ranch Co. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joan Miller Kincaid; one son, William Alex Kincaid Jr. of Uvalde; one daughter, Kathie Kincaid Vinson and husband, Robert, of San Antonio; three grandchildren, Robert Alexander Vinson, Stephen Burrell Vinson and Joan Kincaid Vinson, all of San Antonio; one nephew, E.D. Kincaid III of Uvalde; and two nieces, Lochie Virginia Kincaid and Cordelia Kincaid Light, both of Uvalde. Final Masonic graveside rites were held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to Uvalde Hospice, 1038 B Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX 78801; or the charity of one's choice.



Eloise Sansom Callaway (Class of 1959)   (October 30, 2006)

Eloise Callaway, age 65, of New Braunfels, formerly of Seguin, passed away at her home Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006. She was born Dec. 24, 1940 in Del Rio, Texas. She was the widow of Richard Lee Callaway. She was a member of Hillcrest Assembly of God in Seguin. Survivors include her son, George Baeten and wife, Katherine of New Braunfels; a daughter, Rhonda Rudy and husband, David of New Cumberland, Pa.; her mother, Doris Wesson of New Braunfels; two sisters, Sylvia Mueller of Geronimo, Texas and Ida Jo Harries of Bishop, Calif.; a brother, Donald Sansom of Honolulu, Hawaii; four grandchildren, Scott Rudy, Sarah Rudy, Ryan Baeten and Haylee Baeten and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, George W. Sansom and a sister, Frances Shields. Eloise graduated from Uvalde High School in 1959. She is former President of the Resident Council and Resident Board Member of Terra-Genesis Housing for Seguin Manor Apartments and served on the Board of Directors of Bavarian Manor Apartments and Housing & Community Services, Inc. She was a volunteer with Hospice of Guadalupe Valley Hospital. A memorial service will be conducted at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006 with the Rev. Lee Zillman officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 1:30 p.m. until service time. Memorial donations may be given to Hope Hospice, the Multiple Sclerosis Society or to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements by Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home, 189 N. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels, Texas, (830) 625-3434.



Clint Staffoerd   (October 29, 2006)

Clint Staffoerd has pass away last week due to a heart attack. He will be missed by his love one. He died at the age of 34. Date of Birth May 5th 1972- Oct. 18 2006



Sue Virginia Finley 1959   (October 9, 2006)
Funeral services for Sue Virginia Finley of Uvalde were held Sunday, October 8th at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Scott officiating. Interment followed at Uvalde Cemetery. Finley, a graduate of Uvalde High School, Class of 1959, died Oct. 5, 2006, at her residence at the age of 65. She was born Aug. 24, 1941, in Uvalde, to Albert R. Jr. and Sue J. Finley. Finley was preceded in death by her father; and one nephew, Lee Weir. She is survived by her mother, who resides in Uvalde; one sister, Sarah Decker of Rockwall; one niece, Dawn Fulton and husband, Don, of Royse City; one great-niece, Elizabeth Fulton of Royse City; and one great-great-niece, Cameron Fulton of Royse City; and numerous aunts and cousins. The family suggests memorials to El Progreso Memorial Library, 301 W. Main St., Uvalde, TX 78801; or Uvalde High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 757, Uvalde TX 78802.


James Oliver "J.O." Nance 1936   (October 2, 2006)
James Oliver "J.O." Nance was born to Chester and Nora Ann Nance on September 6, 1918, and passed away September 30, 2006. He graduated from Uvalde High School with the class of 1936 and was one of the very first Lifetime Members of the Uvalde High School Alumni Association. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines. Upon returning to Austin, he began the Bank of Austin in l957 on Oltorf. When the bank outgrew that building, it was moved to the building, which is now held by Bank of America on South Congress. He was Executive VP and Director of the Bank until he retired. J.O. loved golf and UT baseball and the Houston Astros. He was a long-time deacon of Ford Village Church of Christ, which became Southwest Church of Christ in l974. He received countless awards and recognitions in Del Valle Lion's Club and South Austin Lion's Club. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sybil Sweeten Nance, cherished granddaughter Melody Claire Hall; sisters, Ruby Hutchinson, Faye Bridges, Lois Clary and brother, Alvin Nance. Survivors are daughter, Janey Nance Hall of Atlanta, GA; granddaughter, Erin Hall of Ann Arbor, MI; much loved caretaker, Yolanda Lopez and husband Roman; brother- in-law, Robin Sweeten and wife Norma; sister-in-law, Nell Vernor and husband Kelso; many nieces and nephews and treasured friends. The family will receive friends on Monday from 6:00 till 8:00 p.m. at Harrell Funeral Home. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, 10:00 a.m., at Southwest Church of Christ. Burial will be at Barksdale Cemetery, Barksdale, Texas. Guest book and obituary available online at http://harrellfuneralhomes.com


Bob Muellar (1948)   (September 8, 2006)
Bill Carman (49) received an email from Fred Wells (48) that Bob Mueller (48) passed away Wednesday September 6. Bob had a recurrence of Lukemia and developed pneumonia and his immune system had weakened. Bob and Bill were in the UHS band at the same time and were in the trombone section. Bob was a great friend. A late addendum: Bob's funeral will be at 3 PM on Saturday the 9th at the Immanual Lutheran Church in Seguin.


Faber Franklin Spires Jr.  (July 22, 2006)

Faber Franklin Spires Jr.,83, class of 1940: died July 5, 2006, in Georgetown.He was born July 19, 1922, in Morrilton, Ark., to Lillian Catherine and Faber Franklin Spires Sr. He moved to Uvalde in January 1929 and graduated from Uvalde High School in 1940. In December 1941, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He served until September 1948 with the rank of staff sergeant. Spires remained in the active reserves until 1971 when he was discharged with the rank of master sergeant. He married Marie Baker Morse on Jan. 19, 1951. He worked for the cable company in Uvalde from 1953 until his retirement in 1984. While in Uvalde, he was an active member of the South Getty Street Church of Christ and the Rotary Club for many years. He was an accomplished wood worker and carver, often making furniture and decorations for family and friends, and participating in wood working activities with Uvalde Adult Activity Center. He and his wife moved to Georgetown in December 2002 after living in Uvalde for 73 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Dr. D. M. Massie, DDS; one brother, Robert Massie; and one sister, Jean Beth Gardner. He is survived by his wife of 55 years; two sons, Norman Randolph Morse of Austin and Marshall Robert Spires of Fredericksburg; one daughter, Linda Marie Williams and husband, Mike, of Mesquite; six grandchildren, Valerie Morse, Jamie Cawthron, Dr. Tara Leigh Spires-Jones, Brook Marie Thompson, Morgan Michelle Williams and Whitney Susan Williams; and four great-grandchildren, Garet Buttry, Matthew Buttry, Ally Cawthron and Mikayla Thompson. Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. in Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel with Ted McElroy and J. R. Baker officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ron Baker, Don Baker, Mike Baker, Button Robertson, Kenny Baker, Ryan Baker and Blake Baker. Honorary pallbearers were Glenn Fisher, Troy Baker, Ray Baker and J. R. Baker.



Joseph Silva   (July 18, 2006)
Joe G. Silva, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and former music educator joined the Lord October 18, 2005 at the age of 67. Mr. Silva was born February 27, 1938 in Asherton, Texas. He spent his entire adult life as an educator, most of them as a band director for Eagle Pass ISD, Southwest Texas Jr. College and SFDRCISD. He was a Uvalde High graduate of the class of 1955 and lettered in varsity football and also played tenor saxophone in the Coyote Band. He went on to get his Master's in Music Education at Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Esther Z. Silva, his 94-year-old mother, Bibiana M. Silva of Del Rio, TX and his three adult children, Joseph Silva of Del Rio, TX, Janice Aranda and husband Manuel Aranda of Del Rio, TX, Jim Anthony Silva and wife Elva Silva of Uvalde, TX, and two grandchildren, Erika Silva and Emanuel Aranda. He is also survived by his only brother, Roberto D. Silva and wife Juanita Silva of Odessa, TX. A Mass of Christian burial was held Friday, October 21, 2005 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde, Texas. Interment was held at Hillcrest Cemetery in Uvalde, Texas.



Jerry McKinney   (June 29, 2006)
JERRY McKINNEY Jerry McKinney died in a rafting accident on the Animas River near Farmington, N.M., May 26, 2006, at the age of 68. A high Mass was celebrated in Albuquerque at San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church on May 29. A memorial service and burial were held in Farmington on May 31. He was born on Sept. 17, 1937, in Esperanza in West Texas and grew up in Uvalde. His fascination with politics was nurtured early on when, as a child and as a young man, he visited with and soaked up stories from Uvalde neighbor John Nance Garner, who served two terms as vice president under Franklin Roosevelt. McKinney served in the Navy and attended Southwest Junior College in Uvalde and Texas A&I in Kingsville. He broke into media on Uvalde radio, using his deep, rich voice to broadcast live coverage of high school sports. McKinney was preceded in death by his father, L. P. McKinney, who had resided in Uvalde; his mother, Margaret McKinney Friday, who had resided in Uvalde and San Antonio; and his grandparents, C.F. and Essie Haass of Hondo. Besides his wife, survivors include two daughters, Kathy Low of Palo Alto, Calif., and Ellen McKinney of Menio Park, Calif.; three grandchildren, Jeremy Low of Fresno, Calif., Candace Low of Palo Alto, Calif., and Stephanie Keith of Menlo Park; and a great-grandson, J. J. Low of Fresno. Also surviving are one sister, Margie Jordan and husband, Tom, of Hondo; mother-in-law, Val Cooper; one brother-in-law, Cy Cooper and wife, Mannalynn of Farmington; one aunt, Lorine Mussman of Brady; one uncle, Walter Haass of Hondo; and numerous nieces and nephews


Seth Rogers Davenport   (June 26, 2006)
Seth Rogers Davenport, 89, of Uvalde, died May 26, 2006, at his residence. He was born Sept. 21, 1916, in Rocksprings. He married Phyllis Beatrice Nichols in 1940 in Sanderson. A fifth-generation Texan, he graduated from Texas A&M University in 1938. He joined the United States Army serving as an infantry captain with the 90th Division and taking part in the D-Day invasion and the Battle of Normandy. Davenport was a local rancher and cattle feeder and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church for approximately 60 years. He is survived by his wife; one daughter and son-in-law, Col. and Mrs. Edgar Habeck of Georgetown, Texas; two grandsons, Seth Cody Davenport and wife, Yvonne, of Uvalde, and Michael Brett Witte and wife, Lindsey, of Houston; one granddaughter, Thea Elizabeth Manuel and husband, Shawn, of Keller; five great-grandchildren, Seth Davenport, Terrell Davenport, Dryden Frank, Gage Frank and Carley Manuel; one sister-in-law, Bernice Peace of Uvalde; one nephew, W.J. Vaughan and wife, Kitty, of Brackettville; two nieces, Bobbie Jean Worth and husband, John, and Pam Richmond and husband, Rick, all of Austin; and two great-nephews, Jeff Vaughan of Uvalde and Jed Vaughan of Weatherford. Funeral services were held yesterday at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Rick Carroll officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ed Habeck, Shawn Manuel, W.J. Vaughan, Cody Davenport, Brett Witte and Cody Smith.


Alma May Brown Willingham   (June 23, 2006)
ALMA MAY BROWN WILLINGHAMA memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Whitehouse for Alma May Brown Willingham, 85, who died June 2, 2006, at Hospice of East Texas in Tyler.She was born June 8, 1920, in Uvalde to George Henry and Lena May Luce Brown. She was their fourth child and first daughter of 12 children.The Browns' parents and grandparents were early settlers of Texas. The family was featured on Page 320 of the Uvalde County history “A Proud Heritage.” From 1925 through 1950 there were always several of the Brown children attending Uvalde public schools. She was a 1938 graduate of Uvalde High School.She married Charlie Willingham March 17, 1966, in Whitehouse, Texas. She met Charlie while nursing his mother.According to her husband, early on as the eldest daughter she became the refuge and surrogate mother of her siblings, nieces and nephews, and sisters- and brothers-in law. Her husband said their 40-year marriage was one of mutual respect and consideration of one another. He said that they each cherished and took care of each other, and over the years, they were able to enjoy travels throughout the nation.For the first time in her difficult life she didn't just care for others, she had someone caring for her, family members said. Her husband said they had no children of their own but were richly endowed with the numerous children of her family.She was preceded in death by her parents; and five brothers. Willingham's survivors include her husband, three sisters and three brothers. The family suggests donations to Hospice of East Texas, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, Texas 75701.


Mary Jane Smith Heyen   (May 23, 2006)
Mary Jane Smith Heyen, 86, of Uvalde, died May 11, 2006, in Uvalde.She was born March 11, 1920, in Houston, to Garvey and Genevieve Smith.She married John G. “Jack” Heyen on Aug. 31, 1940, in Houston. She lived in Uvalde for about 60 years and had a long career as a nurse for Dr. John Shudde. She was an active member of both St. Philip's Episcopal Church and First Presbyterian Church. According to family members, she was known for her beautiful crafts and enjoyed reading and playing bridge with her many friends in Uvalde. Her family said she would also be remembered for her giving spirit and the support and help she gave many people throughout her life. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her parents-in-law, Marie Stevenson Heyen and John George Heyen; two sisters; and two brothers. She is survived by one son, Gary Heyen and wife, Beverly, of Austin; three daughters, Marie Johnson and husband, Sam, of Colorado Springs, Cathy Heyen of Uvalde, and Martha Kothmann and husband, Riley, of Austin; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held May 13 at 4:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Rick Carroll officiating.The family suggests memorials to El Progreso Memorial Library, 301 W. Main St., Uvalde, TX 78801; First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Getty St., Uvalde, TX 78801; Uvalde Memorial Hospital Hospice, 1038-B Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX 78801; or the American Cancer Society, 8115 Data Point Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229-9949.


Sid Gibbens  (May 8, 2006)
William Sidney Gibbens (Class of '54) went to his heavenly home on May 5, 2006 after a two year battle with cancer, he was 70 years old. He was born in Uvalde County on February 11, 1936 to Margaret Heard and Peter Gibbens. He lived around Uvalde on ranches and graduated from Uvalde High School in 1954. He graduated from Southwest Texas Teachers College in 1959 with a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Arts. While in college he had a distinguished football career which included playing football with his brothers, John and Bobby, second team All Conference and All Texas College Team honors. He later earned his Masters degree from Our Lady of the Lake in Administration. He joined the SAISD in 1959 where he spent 35 years as a teacher and school administrator, retiring as the Principal of Edison High School. He loved kids and tried to be an example to them in everything he did. Sid loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren. Paw Paw was loved dearly by his children and especially his grandchildren. Sid was an active member of Coker United Methodist Church, Methodist Men, Questers Sunday School Class and the Emmaus Community. Preceding him in death were his father, William Peter Gibbens and his infant grandson, Aaron Casey Gibbens. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 48 years, Jo; mother, Maggie; sons, Pat and his wife, Lisa, David and his wife, Rebecca; 5 grandchildren, Sarah, Adam, Courtney, Daniel and Benjamin; brothers, John and his wife, Lou and Bobby and his wife, Laquita, as well as many nephews and nieces. Visitation will be Sunday, May 07, 2006 from 6-8:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorial Services Monday, May 8, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. in Coker United Methodist Church. Interment will be at 9:30 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Park for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Coker United Methodist Church, Christus VNA Hospice of the American Cancer Society. Sunset Funeral Home.



Caroline Ureigas McClellan   (April 27, 2006)
Caroline Ureigas McClellan (Class of '54) - Caroline McClellan, 69, entered into heavenly rest on Friday, March 3, 2006 at her residence. She was born November 30, 1936 in Uvalde, Tx to Sinforiano (JoJo) M. and Sara Ciprian Ureigas. A lifelong educator, Caroline was a devoted teacher in our state and community. She received her BA degree from the University of North Texas in Denton and her MA degree from Texas A & I University in Kingsville. Thereafter, she taught in the Independent School Districts of Corpus Christi, McKinney, Denton, Weslaco, Mercedes and Harlingen. Caroline was also an instructor at the Marine Military Academy and at the time of her death, at Texas State Technical College. She was a member of Texas Gamma Psi Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa International honor society for women educators. She was initiated in 1982 and served in many offices includeing President from 1994-1996 and was currently serving as Vice-President. She represented Gamma Psi Chapter at various districk, state, and international conferences and conventions. Caroline was an early recipient of a liver transplant through The Baylor University Hospital Transplant Program in Dallas in 1988. Thereafter she was forever grateful for the 'gift of life' that organ donors provide to others. She is survived by her three Goddaughters, Laura Lee SooToo, J. Lynn Jones, Lana Suzanne Lane and their mother, Suzie Jones. Also by her dear friends Patty Stark, Henry Millenborg, Joyce Kendall, Barbara Lamberth and Merle Frost. Caroline was a faithful member of St. Alban's Expiscopal Church. A memorial celebration of her life was held in Harlingen Tuesday March 14, 2006. She will be interned in the Uvalde Catholic Cemetery, Uvalde, Texas. In lieu of flowers, contributiions may be offered to the American Diabetes Association or the St. Alban's Memorial Fund.


India Louise Davenport Newton   (April 11, 2006)
India Louise Davenport Newton, 93, of Uvalde died April 5, 2006, in Austin.She was born June 14, 1912, in Uvalde to Roy and India Davenport.She married Calvin A. Newton on Nov. 28, 1935, in Uvalde.Newton was a schoolteacher for approximately half a century, teaching in the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District until she was 79 years old.According to family members, it was difficult to go anywhere with her without encountering former students, who greeted her with the same joy that she showed to them. Her family said she had the uncommon knack of knowing when to be firm and when to be gentle and supportive, and that she saw the potential in each student, which she consistently strove to foster.During her tenure in the Uvalde school system she established the Junior Classical League, a group dedicated to the love of language and for competition. She chaperoned this group to many national competitions, where they routinely excelled as well as had fun.According to family members, through this organization she was able to expose her students to a much broader social and cultural world while promoting an appreciation and love of learning, which profoundly affected the lives of a multitude over the decades of her commitment and gentle guidance.To this day, the group endures with the honorific name, The India Newton Junior Classical League.Newton was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on Jan. 6, 1999; one daughter, Lynn Stover; one granddaughter, Lita Tepper; and one sister, Martha Willingham.She is survived by three daughters, India Shackelford and husband, Bill, of San Antonio, Jeanne Langston and husband, Bob, of Austin, and Mary Kinard and husband, Brent, of Leakey; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Clint and Buffy Shackelford, David and duVergne Shackelford, Lori and Scott Eichhorn, Michael and Meredith O'Reilly, Chris and Tamara O'Reilly, Doug and Natalie Reed and Sam Kinard; 12 great-grandchildren, Matthew McDonnell, Michael McDonnell, Will Shackelford, Lexi Eichhorn, Logan O'Reilly, Henry Shackelford, Nolan O'Reilly, Keegan O'Reilly, Cade O'Reilly, Garrett Reed, Kendall Reed and Kai O'Reilly.Funeral services were held yesterday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Uvalde with the Rev. Jerry Scott officiating.Interment followed in Uvalde Cemetery.Pallbearers were Clint Shackelford, David Shackelford, Michael O'Reilly, Chris O'Reilly, Doug Reed, Sam Kinard and Scott Eichhorn.The family suggests memorials to El Progreso Memorial Library, 301 W. Main St., Uvalde, TX 78801; First Baptist Church, 220 N. High St., Uvalde, TX 78801; Uvalde Memorial Hospital Hospice, 1038-B Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX 78801; or the American Cancer Society, 8115 Data Point Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229-9949.



Helen Bryce Redding   (April 6, 2006)
Helen Bryce Redding, 61, UHS Class of 1963, of Port Lavaca, died April 1, 2006, at her residence surrounded by family and close friends, following a long, courageous battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 25, 1945, in Uvalde, to James and Iva Bryce. They preceded her in death. Redding is survived by her husband of 42 years, Thomas Redding Sr.; one daughter, Michele Bronstad and husband, Jerry, of Jourdanton; two sons, Rodney Redding and Thomas Redding Jr. and wife, Amy, all of George West; two brothers, James Bryce and wife, Mary, of Kyle and Tommy Bryce of Uvalde; five sisters, Jean Hale and husband, Homer, of Uvalde, Georgie Mae Maddox and husband, Gene, of Cisco, Pat Sweeten and husband, Chink, of Camp Wood, Joyce Hale and husband, Ace, of San Antonio, and Margaret Oatman and husband, Milton, of Great Falls, Mont,; seven grandchildren, Britany Henicke, Clayton Henicke, Blade Bronstad, Kendall Bronstad, Wesley Browning, Ryan Redding and Megan Redding; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation was held Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Roberson Funeral Home Chapel in Three Rivers. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 5th at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in George West. Interment followed in George West Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lance Durdin, Allen Calloway, Tim Smith, Charlie Bryce, Brent Redding, Mike Redding, Aubrey Schultz and Randall Harred. Honorary pallbearers were Clayton Henicke, Blade Bronstad, Wesley Browning, Ryan Redding, Johnny Sweeten, Lonnie Hale, Wayne Hale, Ronnie Hale, Matt Lansford, Brittany Henicke, Kendall Bronstad and Megan Redding.


Savia Ruiz Rodriquez   (March 13, 2006)
Savia Ruiz Rodriquez ('49) lost her husband of 52 years. Nicholas Rodriquez passed away on March 2 with services on March 6 in Uvalde after a long term illness at the age of 80. Please send Savina a word of encouragement and sympathy. She was at his beside daily for over two years and will miss him dearly. Read the Leader News Obituary in the March 9 newspaper.


Roy Francis Ewing, Jr.   (February 13, 2006)
Roy Francis Ewing, Jr., Class of 1956 passed away Feb. 10, 2006, at North Central Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, at the age of 68.He was born Dec. 4, 1937, in Uvalde, to Joruth and Roy Francis Ewing. They preceded him in death.He was also preceded in death by his wife, Glyndell Burleson Ewing; and grandparents Harold and Bess Mills, and William and Callie Ewing.He was a lifelong rancher in Montell. According to family members, he enjoyed the company of many beloved friends in the Uvalde and Camp Wood areas, with whom he shared a strong and loving camaraderie.He is survived by one son, Roy Francis Ewing III; one daughter, Courtney Lee Amsler and husband, Eric; one brother, Benny H. Ewing and wife, Susan, of Uvalde; three grandchildren, Reilly Mae Amsler, Roy Francis Ewing IV and Christopher Ewing; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.Interment will be at Montell Cemetery.


Donald G. Gass   (January 8, 2006)

DONALD G GASS, SR., 68, of Camp Wood, died December 26, 2005, at his residence in Camp Wood Hills. He was born December 3, 1937, in Uvalde, to Randolph and Elsie Gass. He married Joy Flowers Petty on April 25, 1969, in Toyah. Gass worked for Pennzoil Company for 25 years. After retiring he served as constable of Reeves County for 22 years. He and his family moved to Rocksprings in 1993 and to Camp Wood in 1995. He was an active director with the Nueces Canyon Junior Horse Club. According to family members he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother and will be missed by all..."



Donald A. Neill, Sr.   (November 25, 2005)

DONALD A. NEILL SR., Uvalde native, 72, of Abilene, died Nov. 18, 2005, at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. He was born Nov. 18, 1933, in Uvalde, to Dora Mae Kennedy Neill and Andrew Lee Neill and graduated Uvalde High School, Class of 1951. He married Mary Jo Bell on Dec. 28, 1952, in Uvalde.Neill was a veteran of the United States Navy. After 25 years with Vulcan Material Company and White's Mine, he retired as sales manager. He then worked for Associated General Contractors. For the past two years he ranched fulltime. He moved to Abilene from Odessa in 1965. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Abilene.He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Melvin Neill; and one sister, Margie Mae Misthos. Neill is survived by his wife of 52 years; two sons, Donald Andrew Neill Jr. and wife, LaNelle, of Brownwood, and Robby Wood Neill and wife, Kim, of Wylie; one brother, Warren Neill of Uvalde; one sister, Joyce Weir of Kerrville; three grandchildren, Heather Taylor and husband, Bryan, Matthew Britt and Weston Britt; one great-grandson, Bryson Taylor; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation was held Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home in Abilene. Funeral services were held Monday at 11 a.m. at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home Chapel of Faith in Abilene with Dr. Jeff Reid officiating. Interment followed in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories. The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association, 149 N. Willis Street, Abilene, TX 79603.



Paul Alfred “Freddy” Edwards  (October 23, 2005)

Paul Alfred “Freddy” Edwards, 64, of Uvalde died Oct. 20, 2005, at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Edwards was born Aug. 7, 1941, in Del Rio, the first son of the late Paul and Millie Edwards of Uvalde. A 1959 graduate of Uvalde High School, Edwards earned his bachelor's degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin and his master's degree, also in government, from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. Edwards also earned a master's degree in public administration from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at UT. His career in public service spanned more than 40 years beginning with his employment by the San Antonio Neighborhood Youth Organization, or SANYO, in 1964. Edwards also served as the first executive director of the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Association and was executive director and deputy director with the Middle Rio Grande Development Council. He also held positions with the city of San Antonio and with the state of Texas under governors Dolph Briscoe Jr. and Bill Clements. Currently, Edwards served on the board of directors of the Community Council of Southwest Texas and as an at-large member of the Middle Rio Grande Development Council's board of directors. Edwards was also a charter board member of the Uvalde County Underground Water Conservation District. Edwards was an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montell where he served on the bishop's committee and as a lay reader and lay eucharistic minister. He was married to the former Barbara Harney on Dec. 28, 1991. Edwards is survived by his wife; two sons, Preston Edwards and wife, Melissa, of Chicago and Bryan Edwards and wife, Mia, of Austin; one brother, Willie Edwards and wife, Diane, of Uvalde; and one step-daughter, Timara Harney and husband, Joe Otte, of St. Paul, Minn. Other survivors include two grandsons, Elijah Edwards of Chicago and Hayden Edwards of Austin; one granddaughter, Olivia Edwards of Chicago; and one nephew, Schaefer Edwards of Uvalde. Services will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Church of the Ascension in Montell with interment following in Montell Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joe Jarosek, Gary Heyen, Bill Barnes, Vic Hilderbran, Lew Davenport and Tom Taylor. Honorary pallbearer will be Joe Hook. The family suggests memorials to Church of the Ascension, P.O. Box 808, Uvalde, TX 78802; or The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486.



Esequiel Torres   (October 6, 2005)

Esequiel Torres 17, past away Sunday, September 25, 2005 in Crystal City. He was a loving, careing brother to his family. He loved and Cared alot about his little boy Esequiel Torres Jr. He was a good father to his son. He will always be remembered. He stuggled alot through out his life, but he was determined to make it through no matter what. We miss him alot. He was always laughing and joking around about something. He always put a smile on our face. He attended Uvalde High School. Our Uncle Juan Ybarra, works in the High School. He loved Esequiel alot. He helped the whole family out when we had a need. Alejandro Torres Jr, Esequiel's Big brother helped him out alot. I, Jessica Torres, Esequiel's little Sister loved him alot. Esequiel and our big brother Alex helped me out alot. Our dad, Alejandro F. Torres loved and cared about him alot.Our grandparents Gilberto and Maria Torres loved him alot and remember all the good time they ahd with him. Our brother Esequiel Torres is resting in peace now with our Father in Heaven. We will always carry him in our hearts. In Loving Memory: Esequiel Torres "Joker" 6/24/88 - 9/25/05 By: His Sister Jessica Torres, Family, and His Uncle Juan Ybarra



K. Erney Anderson   (August 31, 2005)

Erney Anderson died Friday, August 26, 2005 at 3:00 a.m. Texas time. Erney had been ill with multiple types of cancer for 2 years. Erney was born in Three Rivers, Texas to Cuthbert and Mary Opal Anderson on September 14, 1942. Erney married Kay Anderson on December 3, 1966. Erney was a resident of Belmont, North Carolina when he died. Erney is survived by his wife, Kay, beloved daughter Rebecca, son-in-law Jim Bryson and wonderful grandson Noah K. Bryson. Erney is also survived by one aunt, many cousins and friends, and his loyal dog "Bear", who also grieves the loss. Erney's ashes will be scattered on Sunday, Sept. 4 just 10 days short of what would have been his 63rd birthday. Erney remembered his growing up years in Uvalde fondly. We were able to fly back to Texas on August 5, 2005 for one last "cruise" through town as he liked to call it. Thank you for all the cards, emails, visits and calls during his last days. The family of K. Erney Anderson.



GARLAND HUGH MIDGETT  (August 4, 2005)

Lt. Col. Garland Hugh Midgett, U.S. Army Ret., 86, of San Antonio died Aug. 6, 2005, at Northeast Methodist Hospital in San Antonio.He was born May 26, 1919, in Fordtran, Texas, to Carl and Beulah Midgett. He played on the 1935 Uvalde High School football team that won the Regional Championship, the highest level possible to achieve at that time. He worked at First State Bank of Uvalde prior to entering the armed forces. He entered the United States Army during World War II and remained in the service until retirement, having served through the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict. He was a graduate of the Infantry School at Ft. Benning, Ga., the Advanced Finance School at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind., and the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. His service was performed at all levels of the army's command structure - Post, Division, Corps, Field Army, overseas theater and eight years at the Dept. of Army Headquarters in Washington, D.C. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, United States and Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Army General Staff medallion and numerous other medals and citations. He was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church of Uvalde and served on its Board of Stewards in the early 1940s. He was a 50-plus year member of the Uvalde Masonic Lodge No. 472, AF & AM, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and the Alzafar Temple AAONMS of San Antonio. He was also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley Birch Midgett; one brother, Horace Midgett; one sister, Alberta Haby; one daughter, Dawn Marie Midgett; and one granddaughter, Sheila Kappler. He is survived by one son, Garland Midgett Jr., and wife, Estella, of La Grange; one daughter, Cynthia Thornton and husband, Eduardo, of San Antonio; one sister, Juanita Parks of San Antonio; one brother-in-law, Ed Haby of Uvalde; two grandchildren; and three great-grand-children. Funeral services were held Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. in the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel with the Rev. Richard Young officiating. Interment followed in the Uvalde Cemetery. Pallbearers were Clint Midgett, Wayne Kappler, Richard Hatley, Brad Parks, Jimmy Parks and Eduardo Roa. The family suggests memorials to the Sheila Midgett Kappler Endowment Fund at LOMT, P.O. Box 457, La Grange, TX 78945; First United Methodist Church, 301 N. High Street, Uvalde, TX 78801; or to the charity of one's choice.



CLIFFORD PAIGE HICKS  (August 4, 2005)

Last remaining sibling of '57 graduate, Lamar Hicks of Uvalde, died August 1 at his residence. Clifford was born January 2, 1930, in Camp Wood, to James Melvin and Lela Mae Welch Hicks. He married Myrtle Maxine Howland November 2, 1962. He was preceded in death by both parents; two sisters, Hazel Hartman and Oma Bolting; and five brothers: Snooks, Kenneth, Tommy, Johnny, and Edsel. He is survived by his wife of 42 years; two daughters Jan Jennings and husband, Marshal,of Comfort, and Lynette Hawkes and husband Dean of Knippa; two sons, Robert Hicks and wife, Nelda of Medina, Terry Huggins and wife Tammy, of Midland, one brother, Lamar, and wife Alice of Uvalde; 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He will be interred at Montell Cemetery after a graveside service.



CHARLES LEE DWYER  (July 24, 2005)

CHARLES LEE DWYER, aged 80 years and 3 days, died July 8, 2005, at his residence in Volente, Texas. "Charlee," as family and friends knew him, had struggled with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) for many years and had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer.Dwyer was born July 5, 1925, in Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., the oldest child of U.S. Army Air Service Sgt. Charles Luke and Bettie Mae Shane Dwyer.After his mother's untimely death, Charlee and his sister, Pattie, were raised by their maternal grandparents, H.C. "Chunky" and Julia Elizabeth Shane, and uncle Lee Shane, on the family farm outside Sabinal. According to family members, Dwyer fondly recalled his uncles Lee and Johnnie teaching him to hunt, running foot races and playing baseball with his twin cousins Maxine and Maurine from across the road, and visiting with other cousins. He attended public school in Sabinal, lettered in band and baseball in high school and played the sousaphone in a brass ensemble. He graduated as valedictorian from Sabinal High School in 1942, after finally passing typing class-he'd be a lifelong technophobe. At the age of 16, he entered Texas A&M University in June 1942, as a member of the Class of 1946. His education was interrupted by service in World War II. He volunteered for the Navy in August 1943 and spent most of the next three years, according to his version, his family noted, "floating around the South Pacific learning to play pinochle" while in the Sea-Bees (Naval Construction Battalion). They said other favorite stories of his wartime experiences dealt with being a censor, ship's librarian, and going through ice cream school three times while awaiting discharge. After the war he returned to Texas A&M University, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in June 1949, and thanks to the G.I. Bill, was able to immediately enroll in graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin, earning his master of arts degree in June 1951. He then taught English and Spanish, first at Uvalde High School and later at San Angelo College, now Angelo State University. During this period, he furthered his knowledge of Spanish by attending summer sessions at Monterrey Institute of Technology in Monterrey, Mexico, and traveling throughout Mexico. He was the recipient of a fellowship to a Kellough Summer Institute, focused on identifying teachers with potential to become school administrators. After 11 years of classroom teaching, however, he was ready for a change, and his love of books and reading led him back to Austin for a master of library science degree at The University of Texas, which he completed in June 1963. While in library school, he also worked as reference assistant in humanities and after receiving his degree became interlibrary loan and reference librarian under the redoubtable and formidable Kathleen Blow. He left UT in 1967 to become humanities reference librarian at Sam Houston State University. He spent the remainder of his professional life at SHSU, serving from 1969 to 1976 as director of the library, and from 1976 until his retirement in 1986 as Thomason Room/Special Collections librarian. His family said that being Thomason Room librarian was undoubtedly Dwyer's favorite professional position, allowing him to work with rare Texana and delve into local history in order to help scholars with their research on local author John W. Thomason, T.J. Goree, the Gibbs family and the prison system. He was a life member of the Texas Library Association and held various elected and appointed positions in that organization. Family members noted that anyone who met Charlee soon learned of his interests: his family, the "Cedar Patch," books, cats, flower gardening, "rolling rocks," music and talking, more or less in that order, but that talking may have come first. They said he was interested in almost every person and every subject he encountered and would share that new information with friends, family and the cats. His family said he always enjoyed attending the Family Feasts - reunions - hosted by his sister, catching up on all the latest family doings and meeting the newest family members. A self-styled curmudgeonly scrooge, Dwyer could be extraordinarily generous, both materially and with that most precious of commodities, time, his family said. He took his Uncle Lee on several summer vacations, touring most of the western United States and he delighted in taking grandnieces and grandnephews on fossil-hunting expeditions on the Cedar Patch. Family members explained that Dwyer acquired the treasured Cedar Patch, a few acres of rocky land overgrown with cedars, while working at U.T., and spent any spare time clearing brush and "rolling rocks" to create retaining walls, flower beds, and a half-dozen dams, which he often named for friends, such as "Main Loan Dam" along the arroyo crossing the Cedar Patch. All of the rock walls and dams were handcrafted by Dwyer with each rock and stone carefully selected for aesthetic value as well as utilitarian purpose. His family said he must have had flower gardens in every place he'd ever lived. In Huntsville he discovered lilies, especially daylilies, and shared bulbs with friends. Alas, the depredating deer on the Cedar Patch considered all lilies their dessert, frequently yanking bulbs entirely out of the ground, so Dwyer encouraged native wildflowers and shrubs that the deer might be less apt to munch. He discovered, though, that deer would crop bluebonnets and paintbrush buds just as quickly as they would eat domesticated flowers. His family said he adopted stray cats, thinking cats would be less destructive to his flowerbeds, until he was feeding over 40 felines and learned how much damage they could do. Every mendicant cat in the neighborhood knew where to cadge a handout and every cat was named. Unfortunately, local dogs and coyotes decimated the cats and Charlee turned to bird watching for his last few years. He enjoyed listening to music, preferably Mozart, Bach, or Beethoven, but also performers as diverse as Joan Baez and the Beatles. As a young teacher in Uvalde, Charlee developed the habit of grading papers to music to the dismay of his neighbors, because he'd stack recordings of Beethoven's works on the phonograph and turn the volume up to the max. If there were lots of essays to be graded, the neighbors' ears might be assaulted for hours. Two things people invariably mention about Charlee are his love of books that bordered on bibliomania and his penchant for talking. Even as a boy he loved to read and people would save magazine issues for him. He read a variety of topics but was fond of "two-bit" westerns, preferring Elmer Kelton to Louis L'Amour; mystery and detective fiction, especially Dick Francis and Tony Hillerman, but retained a partiality for brash wise-cracking private investigators, such as Archie Goodwin, Spenser and Fletch. He liked fantasy more than science fiction, beginning with the Hobbits and along with all the other kids, enjoyed Harry Potter. He liked the historical novels of Bernard Cornwall and Patrick O'Brien but preferred C.S. Forester's "Hornblower" series. And all of these are just some of his light reading. He also devoured serious tomes on history and biography, particularly on Texas subjects. He was a book collector as well as a reader, until he realized he was out of shelf space to house any more volumes. From his background as a teacher he believed that he should share the knowledge he gleaned from books, and that led to his need to talk. In his last few years, as hearing and eyesight failed, Charlee still read a prodigious number of books, magazines, and newspapers, and still turned the volume up to the max for his music listening. Dwyer was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry C. "Chunky" and Julia Elizabeth Shane; parents, Charles Luke "Blackie" and Bettie Mae Shane Dwyer; his much admired and loved uncle, Lee Evans Shane; and beloved sister, Bettie Mae Patricia "Pattie" Dwyer Driskill. He is survived by his wife, Jo; five nieces and nephews, Sandra Pollan and husband, Johnney, of Lake Jackson; Robert Driskill of San Antonio; Suellen Grim and husband, Ray, of San Antonio; Charles Driskill and wife, Alice, of Harlingen; Patricia Owen and husband, Dan, of Pearland; 10 grand-nieces and grand-nephews whom he called the "Silver Dollar Gang"; nine great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews; and a host of Shane cousins scattered across central and south Texas and Arizona. An informal gathering to celebrate Dwyer's life will be held Aug. 13, 2005, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Library of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, Texas. A brief graveside service will be conducted Aug. 14, 2005, at 9 a.m., at the family plot in the Sabinal Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers are W. T. "Bill" Walker Jr. of Carrizo Springs; Maurine Shane of San Antonio; William P. Davenport of Karnes City; Johnney T. Pollan Jr. of Lake Jackson; Ray Grim of San Antonio; Dan Owen of Pearland; Mary Gutermuth of Huntsville; and George Wise and Kay Wise of Volente. The family suggests memorials to Sabinal ISD Library, Attn: Librarian, P.O. Box 338, Sabinal, TX 78881; Uvalde High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 509, Uvalde, TX 78802, or on the Web at, www.uhsalumni.com; American Lung Association of Texas, P.O. Box 26460, Austin, TX 78755; or to one's favorite local library. Friends may share their memories of Dwyer with the family at www.mem.com. Arrangements by Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home in Austin.



  (July 12, 2005)

CHARLES DOUGLAS 'BO' LAFFERE, 53, of Uvalde died July 2, 2005, at Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital in San Antonio.He was born Aug. 7, 1951, in Uvalde to Les and Mattie Lee Laffere.He was a 1969 graduate of Uvalde High School and attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.He married Sherilyn Langner on Feb. 3, 1973.He embraced the family tradition of farming in the Batesville area. He served on the Texas Onion Committee, the Spinach Producers Board and the Texas Vegetable Association Board. He was the current president of the Batesville Co-op Gin.Laffere served on the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District board for 15 years, the last seven as president, guiding the district through a capital improvements project of more than $40 million.He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he served with both the Emmaus and Chrysalis groups and taught basic Christianity classes for several years.According to a eulogy given by his lifelong friend, Willie Edwards, Laffere's love of family was central to his life and he was held in highest esteem by his peers for his honesty and integrity. Edwards noted that Laffere was "always thinking of others and turning those thoughts to action."He was preceded in death by his mother and one brother, Mark Laffere. Laffere is survived by his wife and his father, both residents of Uvalde; four sons, Sean Laffere and wife, Whitney, of Houston, Shea Laffere and Brent Laffere, both of Addison, and Brandon Laffere of College Station; one sister, Delanie Wilson of Lufkin; one brother, Don Laffere and wife, Mary Sue, of Uvalde; one grandson, Charles Laffere of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held July 5 at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Richard Young officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery.Pallbearers were Blaine Bennett, Willie Edwards, Jimmy Crawford, Alan Mize, Richard Collier and Aaron Phillips.Honorary pallbearers were John Harrell, Fritz Coleman, Ray Dabney and Bill McBryde.Arrangements by Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.



  (June 19, 2005)

JULIAN D. CONTRERAS JR, 58, of Uvalde, died June 8, 2005, at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio. Julian was born Spetember 9, 1946, in Uvalde to Josefa D. and Julian R. Contreras Sr. He was a longtime employee of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District and had served as an assistant principal at Robb Elementary School. Contreras was preceded in death by his father: and one brother, Eduardo Contreras, and wife, Bonnie.



  (June 2, 2005)

JOYCE McGILVRAY SHERRILL, 85, of Uvalde, died May 28, 2005, at her residence. She was born Oct. 30, 1919, in Sonora. She married Word Sherrill in Sonora on Aug. 6, 1937. She was preceded in death by one grandson, James Jeffrey Sherrill. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Linda Watts of San Antonio and Martha Eakin of Hondo; one son, Word B. Sherrill Jr. of Boerne; nine grandchildren, Word B. Sherrill III and Sterling Scott Sherrill, both of Boerne, Kristi Kay Sherrill Hoyle and Mellissa Sherrill, both of Dallas, Jill Sherrill of Greenville, Texas, Cindy Watts Clayton of San Francisco, Johna Watts Lowe of Houston, James Brent Eakin of Kingsville and Stacy Sherrill Eakin Williams of Fort Worth; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday at 11 a.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Scott officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers were James Brent Eakin, Word B. Sherrill III, Sterling Scott Sherrill, Daniel Sherrill, Judd Lowe and John Williams. The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, 8115 Data Point Dr., San Antonio, TX 78229-9949; Uvalde Memorial Hospice, 1038-B Garner Field Rd., Uvalde, TX 78801; or the charity of one's choice.



  (May 4, 2005)

Winston (Bill) L. Cave , age 82, of Austin, died May 4, 2005. Winston was born on April 15, 1923, in Bishop, Texas, to Vernie Vista and Jessie Gautier Cave. Winston joined the U.S. Army in June 1943, deploying with the 100th Infantry Division, Company K., to France in October 1944. During the fighting in Eastern France he was wounded twice and was hospitalized in France and England for several months. He eventually returned to France and was stationed near Paris until returning home in January 1946. He received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his service in World War II. He reentered Texas A&I University in September 1946, where he met his future wife, Barbara Cummins. After their marriage in August 1947, they were blessed with two sons and two daughters, all four of whom graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. A grandson joined the group in 2002. Orange blood truly runs in their family! Winston received his bachelor's degree from A&I and his master's degree from UT-Austin, but the "degree" he was probably most proud of was an Honorary Doctorate of Friendship which he received upon his retirement from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, where he spent the last twenty-four years of his work career. He taught and coached in schools in Ingleside, Uvalde, and Austin High and Johnston. Church life was always important to Winston. He was an ordained deacon, and served in many different capacities at University Baptist, Highland Park Baptist and First Baptist Austin. He loved greeting members and visitors, but his favorite jobs usually involved the church kitchen. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carol Diane Cave, as well as his brother, Vernie Vista Cave, Jr. Winston is survived by his loving wife of fifty-seven years, Barbara; his children Mike and Ginger Cave of San Antonio, Cathy and Jack Cartwright of Austin, and Tom and Cindy Cave of Richardson; his grandchildren Chris Cave of San Antonio, Drew, Will and Sam Cave of Richardson, and Allison Cave of Tulsa, Oklahoma; his great-grandson Drayden Dickmann of Tulsa. Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, May 8, 2005, at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home. Burial services will be held at 9:30 a.m., Monday, May 9, at Austin Memorial Park. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Austin, 9th and Trinity. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Carol Cave Nursing Scholarship at the UT School of Nursing, 1700 Red River, Austin, TX 78701; the Cave Scholarship for UT Women's Athletics, The Longhorn Foundation - UT Women's Athletics, P.O. Box 7399, Austin, TX 78713; Hospice Austin - Christopher House; or the charity of your choice. Memorials and guestbook online at wcfish.com.



  (April 29, 2005)

Donald Bruce McNelly Sr., 63, of Fort Worth, died April 29, 2005, in Fort Worth. He was born April 21, 1942, in Uvalde, to Bertram and Hazel McNelly. He married Wanda Barter Sept. 8, 1965. He was a retired electrical sales representative. According to family members, he enjoyed traveling and golfing. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 39 years; one son, Donald Bruce McNelly Jr. of Fort Worth; one daughter, Sue Lynn Radford and husband, Greg, of Fort Worth; one brother, Bertram J. McNelly Jr. and wife, Phyllis, of Burnet, formerly of Uvalde; two sisters, Barbara Ann House and husband, Bob, of Abilene and Patricia Kay Sturdivant and husband, Jim Ed, of Uvalde; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation was held May 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst.Graveside services were held May 2 at 2 p.m. in Bear Creek Cemetery. Condolences may be left on-line at www.star-telegram.com/obituaries.



  (November 22, 2004)

Travis Allen Babbitt, 24, of Sabinal died Nov. 9, 2004, while serving in the United States Army in Iraq. He was born March 4, 1980, in Lebanon, Mo. A 1998 graduate of Uvalde High School, Babbitt enlisted in the Army and served 4 years before recently re-enlisting for 6 more years. He intended to make the Army his career. He married Anita Ortiz in Uvalde on Oct. 15, 1999. Babbitt was deployed to Iraq in March 2004 and came home on leave in September. He had returned to Iraq on Oct. 11 and was scheduled to return home in March 2005. He is survived by his wife, who resides in Sabinal; two daughters, Unique Babbitt and Serenity Babbitt, both of Sabinal; one son, Diego Babbitt of Sabinal; his mother, Kathy Hernandez, and husband, Barney, of Uvalde; one sister, Crystal Lambert of Texas City; and two nieces. A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel in Sabinal. Visitation was held in the Chapel Nov. 19 beginning at 9 a.m., after which the procession left at 10:45 a.m. for the Mass of the resurrection at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sabinal. Father Pedro Molina officiated.



  (November 15, 2004)

HAROLD D. FARRIS A memorial service will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Air Force Village II High Flight Chapel, 5100 John D. Ryan Blvd., in San Antonio for United States Air Force retired Col. Harold Daws Farris of Uvalde, who died Nov. 10, 2004, in San Antonio. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors. The Rev. Bill Jacobs, chaplain, will officiate. Farris was born Jan. 20, 1925, in Uvalde to Charles L. Farris and Anna Jane Knibbe Farris. He graduated from Uvalde High School in 1941. He earned a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering and a master's degree in engineering from Texas A&M University, and did work toward a doctoral degree in Aerospace Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He served in the United States Army Air Corps as a B-17 pilot, flying 35 missions during World War II. He served as squadron operations officer and instructor pilot, flying 88 missions in South Vietnam. After retiring from the Air Force in 1974, Farris returned to Uvalde where he became chairman of the science and mathematics department of Southwest Texas Junior College, teaching mathematics, physics, and aviation. He retired from the college in 1986. He was a 60-year member of American Legion Post No. 26 in Uvalde. Farris had been scheduled to be the featured speaker at Veteran's Day ceremonies Thursday at Uvalde Adult Activity Center. His family said that he would be sorely missed by family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Oliver D. Farris and Jack D. Farris; and first wife, Anna Mae Gaskins Farris. He is survived by his wife, Edith K. Farris; one son, Richard H. Farris of Georgia; three daughters, Peggy Porter and husband, Ken, of Ohio, Robin Eanes and husband, Richard, of Austin, and Kris Brown and husband, Kyle, of Luling; one sister, JoAnn Farris Goodell of Austin; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 p.m. at Porter Loring North Mortuary in San Antonio. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.porterloring.com.



  (November 2, 2004)

John Studer "Jack" Graves, a UHS graduate and a pillar of the Uvalde for decades, died on October 25, 2004, after a brief bout with cancer. (For a detailed description of Jack's illustrous years, see the October 28, 2004 issue of the Uvalde Leader-News' online publication.) Mr. Graves was born in Uvalde on August 17, 1918. Following graduation from high school as valedictorian in 1936, he enrolled at The University of Texas' School of Architure where he graduated with honors with a bachelor of arts in architecture. He is survived by three daughters: Janeal Prickett and husband, Chris, of Odessa; Gayle Korbell of Concan; and Jody Farr and husband, Bo, of Uvalde. Also surviving are two sons: John S. Graves and wife, Carol, of Concan; and Brian Graves and wife, Terri, of Santa Fe, New Mexico; two sisters, Doris Reynolds of Uvalde and Mary Hufstedler and husband, Joe, of Concan; three brothers, George "Hoot" and Bill Graves and wife, Shirley, all of Uvalde and Jim Graves and wife, Peggy, of Montgomery, Texas. Jack also left behind nine grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren. Both previous wives preceded him in death.



 August 27, 2004

Joe Leonard Templer passed away on August 23, 2004 at Heartland Nursing Home in San Antonio. Mr. Templer was born on October 13, 1915 in Carrizo Springs. Having retired from Richeter's Butter Krust Bakery after more than 31 years, he and his wife, Dorothy Elizabeth McCarson Templer, now deceased, settled in Campwood. In Campwood Mr. Templer was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and served on the city council. In 1983 he was named Camp Wood Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year. In 1986 He was elected mayor of Camp Wood and president of the Chamber of Commerce. He also served as Real County's representative to the Middle Rio Grande Development Corporation. He is survived by one daughter, Nancy R. Stockton of Uvalde; four sons, Joe Leonard Templer Jr. and wife, Sandra; Terrell S. Templer and wife, Sharon, all of San Antonio; James R. Templer and wife, Renee, of Galveston; Jeffrey S. Templer and wife, Lori, of Rossville, Kansas; stepson, Dennis DeVille, Katy; two sisters: Cora Belle LaBlanc of Pleasanton, and Rosetta Anthony of Houston; 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Interment was at Barksdale Cemetery.



 August 24, 2004

James O. Knox (class of 1956), 66, of San Antonio, died Aug. 14, 2004, at a San Antonio hospital.He was born July 28, 1938. He married Barbara J. Galle on March 12, 1971, in San Antonio. Knox retired from Lance, Inc., after 27 years. He was a member of the Bexar County Sheriff's Reserves and worked security for Century South Theater and Sears. According to family members, he was a loving husband, son, father and grandfather.He is survived by his wife of 33 years who resides in San Antonio; his mother, Lois I. Knox of Uvalde; one daughter, Kimberly Ann LaQue and husband, Jerome; four sons, Stephen Edward Knox and wife, Stephanie, Nicholas James Knox, Jimmy Ray Knox and wife, Kathy, and Dwayne Allen Knox and wife, Karen; and grandchildren, Megan Lee Knox, Katelyn Marie Knox, Noah James Knox, Cassidy Rae Knox, Michelle Knox, Shelby Knox, Justin Knox and Julie Knox.Visitation was held Aug. 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Mission Park Funeral Chapels South.Funeral services were conducted Aug. 18 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.Interment followed at Mission Burial Park South.The family suggests memorials be made to Harlandale Christian Church, 302 E. Gerald Ave., San Antonio, TX 78214, or the charity of one's choice.Condolences may be sent to www.missionparks.com.



 August 20, 2004

James Knox,class of 1956. It is with much regret that I (Joe Templer)advise you that our classmate, James Knox, passed away on August 14, 2004. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at Mission Park Funeral Chapels South in San Antonio, Texas. Internment to follow at Mission Burial Park South. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice or Harlandale Christian Church. For personal acknowledgement you may sign the guest book at www.missionparks.com in the obituary section, Mission Park Funeral Chapels South.



 July 4, 2004

David Saldana, a 1983 graduate of UHS, died unexpectedly on June 28, 2004 after suffering a cerebral aneurysm. David was born in Brownsville on December 7, 1964. His parents are Noe and Teresa Saldana. Following his graduation from UHS he attended The University of Texas at Austin, majoring in radio and television and minoring in marketing. While in Austin he worked as a disc jockey at a local radio station, hosting the 4:00 - 10:00 slot. He got his start in Uvalde at KVOU radio while still attending school. Leaving Austin he moved to Dallas and worked at Triple T Marketing until two years later he established his own business, Multimark which specialized in Website design, advertising and marketing. He is survived by Melissa Norton Saldana, his wife of nine years.



June 28, 2004

MARTHA WILLINGHAM- A memorial service was held Friday, June 25th at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Uvalde for Martha Willingham, 80, of San Antonio, formerly of Uvalde. Willingham died June 18, 2004, in San Antonio. She was born Oct. 11, 1923, in Sabinal to Roy and India Davenport. They preceded her in death. She married J.E. Willingham Jr. on June 27, 1947. She was a graduate of Uvalde High School and Baylor University. She taught music in Uvalde and Houston. According to family members, she was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. They said she loved being at the ranch at Montel, feeding birds, taking pictures and treasuring the times with her friends and family. She is suvived by her husband of 57 years; one son, Jim Willingham and wife, Elaine, of Uvalde; one daughter, Kay Chandler and husband, Jim, of Taichung, Taiwan; four grandsons, Jimmie Willingham and Gary Willingham, both of Leander, and Kevin Chandler and Daniel Chandler, both of Taichung, Taiwan; one sister, India Newton of uvalde; one sister-in-law, Jane Willingham of Maryland; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family suggests memorials made to First Baptist Church, 220 N. High St., Uvalde, TX 78801, or International Mission Board, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230-0767. Condolences may also be made at www.porterloring.com by selecting Visitation and Services and Sign Guestbook at the end of the individual memorial.



June 16, 2004

Don E. Harp,class of 1959: Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Alamo Funeral Home in San Antonio for Don E. Harp, 62, of San Antonio, formerly of Uvalde. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in San Antonio. Harp died June 11, 2004, in Orange, Calif., of cardiac arrest. He was born in San Antonio July 29, 1941, to Ben and Patsy Harp. He was preceded in death by his mother. A 1959 graduate of Uvalde High School, Harp worked closely with the Uvalde Alumni Association to help raise money for scholarships. He was retired from the San Antonio Police Department. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Kay Harp of San Antonio; his father and stepmother, Ben C. and Mary Harp of Uvalde; one daughter, Kimberly Feneley and husband, Sean, of Quihi; four sons, Gary Harp and wife, Tracey, of La Vernia, James Harp and wife, Brenda, of El Campo, Michael Harp and wife, Shari, of Wisconsin, and Scott Thorman and wife, Becky, of New Braunfels; nine grandchildren, Tre Newman, Dillon Newman, Clayton Harp, Kaylyn Harp, Leah Feneley, Nicole Harp, Rachel Harp, Logan Thormann, and Lucas Thormann; and numerous nieces and nephews.



May 29, 2004

Robert Emmett Hutchison Jr., 82, of Uvalde died March 28, 2004, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. He was born on a ranch near Brackettville May 27, 1921, to Emmett and Nancy Hutchison. He married Evelyn Rae Trahan in Uvalde July 14,1941. Involved in ranching for several years, he retired from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department after 25 years. He enjoyed working with young people, especially those involved in youth rodeos. His family said he never met a stranger and had many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, William Philip “Bill” Hutchison who died in 2002. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Nancy Johnson and husband, Robert, of Abilene; two sons, Sam Hutchison and wife, Nita, and Bob Hutchison, all of Uvalde; one brother, Jimmy Hutchison and wife, Dubba, of Gonzales; seven grandchildren, Leslie Hutchison, Deanne Von Falkenberg, Cathy Balke, James Johnson, Philip Johnson, Sammy Hutchison and Jeff Hutchison; one niece, Sharon Perkle and husband, Ashley; and seven great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Young officiating. Arrangements by Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.



May 27, 2004

Geneva Eads Brown, 71, of Austin died May 25, 2004. Born in Uvalde on August 28, 1932, she was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ray Eads. She graduated from Uvalde High School then obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at The University of Texas at Austin where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She married Dr. G. Wootten Brown in Uvalde. Following a move to Austin in 1961 she was active in the community and church. She is survived by her husband and her five children: Dr. Jimmy Brown, Charles E. Brown, and Nancy Johnson, all of Austin; Larry Brown of Lone Tree, Colorado and Sally Box of Carrollton, Texas. She is also survived by fourteen grandchildren, one great grandchild and her sister, Mrs. John Shudde of Uvalde.



May 23, 2004

Marion Ward Spangler Hubble, a 1947 graduate of UHS, died on June 15, 2003, at the age of 72. She was born on February 12, 1930, in Uvalde. She married Thomas L. Hubble on February 16, 1949, in Bandera. They moved to Laredo in 1952 and lived there for 28 years before returning to Uvalde in 1980. They later moved to Bandera in 1999. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, C.P. Spangler, Jr. of La Pryor. She was survived by her husband, three daughters, Sharon Gass and husband, Paul, of Montell; Ann Wade of Mission and Denise McClendon and husband, Mark, of Boerne; two sons, Gary Hubble and wife, Glenda, of Uvalde, and Tommy Hubble, Jr. and wife, Kathy of Corpus Christi; a sister, Elizabeth Roberson of Falfurria; 13 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren. Interment was at Montell Cemetery.



May 19, 2004

Vera Lee Harrington, 84, of Uvalde died May 13, 2004 at Amistad Nursing Home. She was born July 31, 1919, in Rocksprings. She married Walter Harrington on June 4, 1954 in Uvalde. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lee G. Ross, and one son, Louis. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, who risides in Uvalde, one daughter and her husband, Bill, of Uvalde, daughter, Louise Colvin of Uvalde, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Pall bearers were Bill Colvin, Ken Dillard, Preston Dillard, John L. Reavis, Dusty Earwood, Joe Piekos, Mike Lefteau and Brandon Leister. The family requested that memorials be made to a charity of one's choice.



May 7, 2004

Antonio J. Briseno, Jr. A funeral service was held on May 6, 2004, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Antonio J. Briseno, Jr. Antonio, age 17, died at Uvalde Memorial Hospital from injuries in an automobile accident. Antonio, who was born on September 1, 1986, was a senior at Uvalde High School where he had been a member of the football team. He had attended the Uvalde High School Senior Dinner and Dance on Saturday and had been awarded the Teddy Bear Award , an award presented for the person with the best hugs. "At graduation we will call his name and there will be a chair for him with a cap and gown and picture," said Hal Harrell, UHS Principal. Antonio worked part-time at the local H.E.B. where he took a job after his father became ill. Interment was at Hillcrest Cemetery in Uvaldehr>


May 18, 2004

Betty Spurgeon Butler Muecke, Class of '47, died of a stroke on May 22, 2003. She married Carroll Butler in 1947. She is survived by her husband of six years, Carl Muecke. Betty had two daughters, Brenda Martin of Uvalde and Nancy Marshall of Midland. Also surviving Betty are three granddaughters, Megan Martin of Uvalde and Lacey and Leshaun Sieckenius of Midland She was preceded in death by her parents, Leona and Harvey Spurgeon and one brother, Herman. Surviving brothers and sisters are Wanda Stein of LaCoste, Lynn Spurgeon, Uvalde, Sam Spurgeon, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, Maxine Howard, Uvalde, Faye Henry, Sabinal,and Marjorie Cochran of Boerne. Interment was at Uvalde.



May 5, 2004

Mrs. Mary Chapman, mother of UHS '57 graduate Beverly Yarbrough Pettijohn, passed away in her sleep on Monday, May 3. 2004, at West Lake, Louisiana. Mrs. Chapman was a former resident of Uvalde. A service will be held in West Lake, La. on Friday, May 7 at Hixson & Son Funeral Home. For those wishing to send flowers or a potted plant for Beverly, the florst is The Flower Barrel there. Burial will take place in Victoria, Texas at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 8.



April 28, 2004

HINES R. PERRY, 93, of Uvalde, died April 21, 2004, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. He was born April 10, 1911, in Uvalde to Ellis and Juanita Rodriguez Perry. He married Juanita Rodriguez in Uvalde March 23, 1939. Perry was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Hines Perry Jr.; six sisters; and two brothers. He is survived by his wife of 65 years; one daughter, Olga McCaslin and husband, Dennis, of McMinnville, Ore.; two sons, Victor Perry and wife, Guadalupe, of Eagle Pass and Ellis Perry and wife, Chris, of Boise, Idaho; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mass of the resurrection was celebrated yesterday at 11 a.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Ken Dakin officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery.



April 19, 2004

Carmen Rodriguez Parsley, 78, of Helena, Mont., a former resident of Uvalde, died March 19, 2004, at a Helena nursing care home from complications of diabetes. She was born in Blewett May 19, 1925, to Guadalupe and Soledad Trevino Rodriguez. She graduated from Uvalde High School and moved to Montana in 1954. She worked at the switchboard and in the mailroom of Lewis and Clark County and the Social Security Administration. She also worked in the mailrooms at Fort Harrison, the Montana Club, Peter Pan Restaurant and Minute Maid Restaurant. She married James Parsley July 15, 1978, in Helena. She was a member of the Women of the Moose, serving as senior regent, and was voted Mother of the Year in 1990. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10010 Women’s Auxiliary. According to family members, she loved to dance, listen to jazz and Spanish music, bowl, play keno and poker machines and watch horse races. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband who resides in Helena; one son, Rogelio “Roy” Moreno and wife, Patti, of Helena; one daughter, Rachel Ybarra of Moorhead, Minn.; three step-sons, Donald Kirklin of Avon, Mont., Stephen Parsley and wife, Carol, of Lacey, Wash., and Timothy Parsley of Helena; two step-daughters, Cindy Jardine of Missoula, Mont., and Barbara Dolan of Whitefish, Mont.; one brother, Ernesto Rodriguez of Corpus Christi; seven sisters, Alicia R. Gonzales, Susana Garza, Consuelo Luna, Mary Fernandez, all of San Antonio, Henrietta Murphy of Corrigan, Texas, Edna Cerrantes and Hortencia Pena, both of Uvalde; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Visitation was held March 21 from 1 to 8 p.m. in Retz Funeral Home in Helena. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 22 at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral of St. Helena. Interment followed at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Ft. Harrison, Mont. The family suggests memorials made to the Cooney Convalescent Home, 2555 East Broadway St., Helena, MT 59602; the Loyal Oder of the Moose, 4750 North Montana Ave., Helena, MT 59602; or to the American Diabetes Association Montana Office, 3203 Third Ave. N., #203, Billings, MT 59101-1945.



April 19, 2004

Oliver Eugene Robinson, 75, of Uvalde, died Jan. 19, 2004, at his residence. He was born Jan. 19, 1929, in Uvalde to Benjamin Franklin Robinson and Sally Ara Gregory Robinson. He married Fay Gulley in Uvalde County July 16, 1955. He was a member of Concan Church of Christ. Robinson was employed with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as a design engineer and retired after 42 years of service. He held memberships in the Telephone Pioneers of America and the Texas Society of Telephone Engineers. He was a member of many civic organizations, including the Uvalde Youth Rodeo Club, which he served as director, vice-president and president. He was a member of the Laredo Lions and Elks clubs, and Kingsville Kiwanis Club. He served as a Scout master for Boy Scout Troop 83 in Uvalde and was a master Mason in Uvalde Lodge No. 472. He officiated at high school football games in Uvalde, Laredo and Kingsville. Robinson was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Frank Robinson, Bostick Robinson and Bill Robinson; and two sisters, Mary Nell Smyth and Ann Rippy. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Amanda Phillips and husband, Ronnie, of Uvalde; one son, Greg Robinson and wife, Michelle, of Uvalde; one brother, Joe Robinson and wife, Elaine, of Pearsall; and four grandchildren, Maggie Phillips, Kade Robinson, Kelsi Robinson and Kendal Robinson. Funeral services were held yesterday at 10:30 a.m. in Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel with Ray Melton officiating. Interment followed in Concan Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dewey Carlisle, Val Sobieski, Taylor Cummings and Walter Harrington, and nephews Mike Robinson and Tommy Robinson. Honorary pallbearers were Ed O’Neal, Wayne Hightower, Alvin Haag, Ed Gray, Charlie Davenport and Bobby McIntosh. The family suggests memorials made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Lone Star Chapter, 8620 North New Braunfels, Ste. 110, San Antonio, TX 78217. Arrangements by Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.



April 19, 2004

Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Rhodes, 80, of Uvalde, died March 26, 2004, at Uvalde Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. She was born May 15, 1923, in Uvalde, to W. T. and Martha McBride Vivion. She married Elza Ray Rhodes May 23, 1942, in Corpus Christi. Rhodes was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on June 26, 2000; and one brother, Wesley Vivion. She is survived by one son, Ray Rhodes and wife, Virginia, of Uvalde; two daughters, Elizabeth Biediger and husband, Jim, of Uvalde, and Joanne Allred and husband, Joe, of Arlington; and three grandchildren. Graveside services were held Monday at 10 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Young officiating. Arrangements by Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.



April 19, 2004

Mary Cleo Simecek, 83, of Canyon Lake, died March 26, 2004, at Stonebrook Manor in San Antonio. She was born Nov. 6, 1920, in Coughran to Vernon and Iva Field McCaleb. She married Alvin J. Simecek Dec. 9, 1952, in San Angelo. She was a member of Cranes Mill Baptist Church at Canyon Lake, and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Vivian Adams and one brother, Herbert McCaleb. She is survived by her husband, who resides in Canyon Lake; one daughter, Deborah Horton and husband, Robert, of San Antonio; two sons, Dennis Simecek and wife, Linda, of Long Beach, Calif., and Roger Simecek and wife, Helen, of Lawton, Okla.; one sister, Genevieve Trees of Leakey; two brothers, Leo McCaleb of Leakey and Carroll McCaleb of Uvalde; nine grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. Visitation was held Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake. Graveside services were held the same day at 1:30 p.m. at Cranes Mill Cemetery at Canyon Lake. The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.



April 17, 2004

Joe Gulley, 73, of Uvalde, died Nov. 28, 2003, at University Hospital in San Antonio. He was born April 22, 1930, in Uvalde. He married Betty Ayo Nov. 7, 1953, in Del Rio. He was a longtime member of the Fifth Street Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by one sister, Glyn Gulley. He is survived by his wife of 50 years; two daughters, Charlene Barnes and husband, Monte, of Boerne, and Charlotte Ann Brauchle and husband, Scott, of Uvalde; one sister, Fay Robinson of Uvalde; five grandchildren, Jennifer Jo Barnes, Shanna Lee Barnes, Tyler Madison Barnes, Linsay Fay Brauchle and Rylan Chance Brauchle; and one great-grandchild, McKaia Jo Barnes. Funeral services were held Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel with Ray Melton officiating. Interment followed in Uvalde Cemetery. Pallbearers were Haygood Gulley, Dick Geries, Terry Owens, Ben Cowsert, Dennis Nickel and George Franklin. Honorary pallbearers were Wesley Gulley, Jose Torres, Homer Mansfield and Ken Haby.



April 8, 2004

Betty Sue Offner, 52, of Uvalde, died April 3, 2004, at her residence. She was born Dec. 28, 1951, in Potomac, Wash. She married Donald Offner on June 1, 1974, in Sinton. She is survived by her husband of 29 years; one daughter, Deanda Offner of San Marcos; one sister, Mary Riha of Carrizo Springs; and one brother, Bob Price of Uvalde. Funeral services were held yesterday at 3 p.m. in the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel with the Rev. Bucky Ritchie officiating. The family suggests memorials to Uvalde Animal Shelter, 2893 N. Highway 83, Uvalde, TX 78801.



April 8, 2004

WILLIAM ‘BILL’ BALLARD, class of 1964: William “Bill” Ballard, 57, of Waco, formerly of Uvalde, died April 1, 2004, in Waco. He was born Oct. 14, 1946, to Eleanor and Bill Ballard Sr. They preceded him in death. Ballard grew up in Uvalde with lifelong friends Richard Edwards and Don Smith. He graduated from Texas Christian University where he met his wife of 33 years, Deborah King of Waco. He served as president of Able Irrigation for over 30 years in Uvalde, where he and his wife raised their family. He retired in 1998 and moved with his wife back to her childhood home of Waco. Shortly thereafter, at the age of 53, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. According to family members, he and his wife both championed Alzheimer’s research until he was unable to participate due to the ravages of the disease. They said he will not be forgotten by the many who loved him. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Leah Ballard of Dallas; two sons, Jeff Ballard of Dallas and Ray Ballard and wife, Stacy, of Waco; one brother, Barry Ballard and wife, Hildegarde, of Houston; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Joanne and Bert King of Waco. Memorial services were held Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel with the Rev. Curtis Holland officiating. The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, Heart of Texas Region, 3708 W. Waco Dr., Waco, TX 76710 or Crawford Cemetery Association, 3682 Prairie Chapel Rd., Crawford, TX 76638. Memorial messages may be left at www.wilkirsonhatchbailey.com



March 11, 2004

ARMANDO MURILLO, class of 1959: A Mass of the resurrection will be celebrated Monday at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde for Armando Murillo, 64, of Dallas, formerly of Uvalde. Murillo died March 8, 2004, at his residence. He was born Aug. 17, 1939, in Uvalde. He received a bachelor of science degree in music education from Southwest Texas State University, now Texas State University, and a doctorate in education from East Texas State University, now Texas A & M University at Commerce. He was a lifelong educator, having been a band director in Uvalde, superintendent in Crystal City and an administrator with Dallas Independent School District and the Catholic Archdiocese. He also served as a deacon at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church and was a former choir director at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Dallas. He is survived by his mother, Rosa Herring of Uvalde; his wife, Sulema Quiroga Murillo of Dallas; one daughter, Cynthia Murillo Campbell and husband, Scott, of Dallas; three sons, Armando Murillo Jr., Joaquin Murillo and Joey Murillo, all of Dallas; one brother, Jose Losoya Jr. of Dallas; one sister, Elisa Murillo Quiroga of Uvalde; several grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. A rosary will be recited tonight at 7 p.m. at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church in Dallas and Mass of the resurrection will be celebrated tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., also in the church. The Rev. August A. Melito will preside. In Uvalde, a rosary will be recited Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. Following Monday’s Mass, which will be officiated by Father Ken Dakin, interment will be in Uvalde Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Armando Murillo Jr., Joaquin Murillo, Jose Murillo, Carlos Lara, Basilio Quiroga Jr. and Enrique Quiroga.



March 10, 2004

Ray M. Arredondo, 34, of Holtville, Calif., formerly of Uvalde, who died Feb. 18, 2004, in California. A seven-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol, Arredondo was killed in an off-duty, solo-vehicle traffic collision. He was born Nov. 7, 1969, in Uvalde to Gilberto and Micaela Arredondo of Uvalde. He married Stephanie Barr on April 18, 1992, in Bullhead City, Ariz. Arredondo attended Uvalde High School with the class of 1988 and played football for the Coyotes. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Brandy Rain Arredondo and Nicole Lorraine Arredondo, all of Holtville, Calif.; his parents, who reside in Uvalde; three brothers, Gilbert Arredondo Jr. and wife, Soraya, of Sacramento, Calif., Lee Arredondo and wife, Dorothy, and Pedro “Pete” Arredondo, all of Uvalde; one sister, Rachel Gonzales-Hanson, and husband, Jimmy, of Uvalde; mother-in-law, Jan Barr of Holtville, Calif.; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.



March 8, 2004

Angie Rodriguez Castro, 32, of Uvalde, died Feb. 15, 2004, at Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. She was born July 12, 1971, in Uvalde. She was preceded in death by one son, Dustin Rodriguez; paternal grandfather Camilo Rodriguez Sr.; and maternal grandparents, Reymundo and Maria Jesus Perez. She is survived by her mother, Olinda Capuchin of Uvalde; her father and step-mother, Johnny and Esther Rodriguez of Uvalde; maternal grandmother, Esther Rodriguez of Uvalde; two daughters, Jennifer Rodriguez and Destiny Rodriguez, both of Uvalde; one sister, Joana Rodriguez Davila of Uvalde; four brothers, John G. Rodriguez Jr. of D’Hanis; Johnny Perez, Eric Musquiz and Julian C. Rodriguez, all of Uvalde; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Mass of the resurrection was celebrated yesterday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Ken Dakin officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers were John Rodriguez Jr., Julian Rodriguez, Eric Cuellar and Roy Contreras. Arrangements by Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.



February 28, 2004

Lois Willie Hale, class of 1947:Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. in Hillcrest Cemetery for Lois Hale, 74, of Uvalde, who died Feb. 24, 2004, at her residence. She was born in Blewett Jan. 12, 1930. She married Andrew Roy Hale Jr. April 24, 1948, in Uvalde. He preceded her in death Nov. 12, 1996. She was also preceded in death by one son, Kenneth Hale. She is survived by one daughter, Deborah Jones and husband, Brownie, of Moultonboro, N. H.; two sons, Terry Hale of Houston, and Jake Hale and wife, Judy, of Uvalde; one sister, Lee Smyth of Uvalde; a niece, Marsha Smyth of Uvalde; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The Rev. James Ham will officiate at the services. The family suggests memorials to Gideon Memorial Bible Representative, P.O. Box 3444, Missoula, MT 59806. Arrangements by Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.



February 26, 2004

JUSTIN LEE ATKINSON Funeral services will be held today at 10 a.m. for Justin Lee Atkinson, 18, of Uvalde. He died Feb. 23, 2004, as a result of an automobile accident four miles north of La Pryor on Highway 83. Atkinson was born in Uvalde May 3, 1985, to Dean and Cindy Atkinson. He was a 2003 graduate of Uvalde High School. He is survived by his parents, who reside in Uvalde; one brother, Jeremy Atkinson of Hondo; his maternal grandparents, Robert and Barbara Cathcart of La Pryor; his paternal grandparents, Edwin and Jewel Atkinson of Uvalde; his great-grandmother, Mae Rolls of La Pryor; aunts and uncles Bobby and Denette Cathcart, and Tray and Regina Cathcart, all of La Pryor, Dennis and Linda Atkinson, and Bob and Veronsett Atkinson, all of Uvalde; a special friend, Elizabeth Young of Crystal City; and numerous cousins and friends. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. The Rev. Tony Gruben will officiate. Pallbearers will be Rayce Davidson, Tanner Honaker, Brandon Hale, Jason Jacobs, Kason Haby and D. D. Young. Honorary pallbearers will be Amanda Cathcart, Travis Cathcart and Heath Young. The family suggests memorials to Uvalde Animal Shelter, 120 E. Nopal St., Uvalde, TX 78801.



February 20, 2004

EDITH DOBIE YOUNG Graveside services will be held tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery for Edith Dobie Young, 89, of Uvalde. Young died Feb. 17, 2004, at Amistad Nursing Home. She was born in Wimberley Aug. 11, 1914, to James and Daisy Hogan Dobie. She married Melvin R. “Dutch” Young in New Braunfels Feb. 10, 1936. She had lived in Uvalde since 1936 and was a charter member of the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, serving as president in 1965. Her hobbies included playing bridge, sewing and traveling in her motor home. Family members said she would be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 52 years on Jan. 15, 1989; two brothers, two sisters; and a granddaughter, Mitzie Young. She is survived by two sons, Melvin Roy Young and wife, Sandra, of Dallas, and Jay B Young and wife, Cindy, of San Antonio; one daughter, Linda Roosa and husband, Eddie, of Houston; 10 grandchildren, Laurie Vulgamor and husband, Larry, Alan Roy Young and Patti Ann Young, all of Dallas, Linda Lee D’Antonio and husband, Anthony, of Decatur, Ala., Stefan Roosa and wife, Anna Catherine, of Missouri City, Texas, Rodney Young and Robin Watson, both of Houston, Christi Carlson and husband, Grady, of Mission, and Tiffani Games and husband, Aaron, of Cedar Park. Also surviving are eight great-grandchildren, Justin Young of Dallas, Nicole D’Antonio and A.J. D’Antonio, both of Decatur, Ala., Tristan Watson and Tyler Watson, both of Houston, Carter Roosa and Kyle Roosa, both of Missouri City, Texas, and Mason Games of Cedar Park. Family visitation will be held tomorrow from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. The Rev. Roy Joe Ham will officiate at the services. The family suggests memorials to Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department, 123 S. Getty St., Uvalde, TX 78801; the American Cancer Society, c/o Dabney Montgomery, P.O. Box 1388, Uvalde, TX 78801; or the charity of one’s choice.



February 13, 2004

Robert E. Workman 1941-2004 Robert Everett Workman of Hobson, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, at the age of 62 years, 7 months, and 6 days.He was born on May 31, 1941, in San Antonio, to Robin Theodore and Anna Gene (Butsch) Workman.He was married to Lydia Valdez on June 30, 1990, in Austin. Mr. Workman graduated from Uvalde High School in Uvalde. He proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard from August 1959 through August 1965. He was a resident of Hobson for the past 13 years and a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Hobson. He joined the Lions Club on April 5, 1983, and was presented a life membership to Lions International by the Del Rio Host Lions Club in 2003.He held various positions from club president in three chapters to membership chairman during his time with the Lions. In 1990, he moved to Hobson and founded the Falls City Lions Club with 40 members who were signed up by Workman and his wife, Lydia. This club, through the help of then Lions Gov. Kevin Dinnin, became the first club outside of District 2A2 to become a club outside of its district.In 2003, Workman was honored for his work for the Lions Club through several awards including the “International Presidential Certificate of Appreciation” award, and he was the first recipient of the annual “Bob Workman Excellence in Lionism Award” by the Floresville Lions ClubSurvivors include his wife, Lydia Workman of Hobson; children David Workman of Mandeville, La., Sharon Pender of Slidell, La., Sandy Trevino of Hobson, and Gracie Ybarra, Frankie Trevino, and Riley Trevino, all of Weslaco; sisters Francis Hoffman of San Antonio and Catherine Niggli of Concan; and grandchildren Jessica, Josh, and Jaccob Pender, all of Slidell, La., Emily and Spencer Workman, both of Mandeville, La., and Fabian, Roxy, and Brianna Ybarra, all of Weslaco.Visitation was held on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 4 p.m. in the Vinyard Funeral Home Chapel in Floresville.A rosary was held on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Vinyard Funeral Home Chapel.A Mass was held on Friday at 10 a.m. in the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Hobson with Father Mike Mushalla officiating. Music was provided by Peter Kane and accompaniment.Interment followed in the St. Boniface Cemetery.Pallbearers were Fidencio Ybarra, Harry Boykin, Mike Butler, Fred Barber, Frankie Trevino, and Eddie



February 7, 2004

Elizabeth Amanda Crisp(Class of 1939), 81, a retired Washington, D.C., physician who specialized in obstetrics and gynecology, died of a heart attack Jan. 7, 2004, at her residence in Deale on the Chesapeake Bay. She was born Dec. 17, 1922, in Uvalde to David Hardee Crisp Jr. and Mary Poynor Crisp. A rosary at 7 p.m. at Alamo Funeral Home in San Antonio. Mass of the resurrection was celebrated Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Father Stuart Juleen officiating. Interment followed at Mission Park South in San Antonio. Pallbearers were Salvador Alvarado Jr., Greg Haley, Ricky Ruiz, Ralph Salinas Jr., Amos Treviño III and Ken Whiteside. Honorary pallbearer was Valdomero Carrizales.



January 3, 2004

Archie Zane Brown, 90, (Class of 1933), of Bandera, died Dec. 28, 2003, in a San Antonio Hospice house. He was born in Uvalde Oct. 7, 1913, the oldest of 12 children of George H. and Lena Mae Luce Brown. He graduated from Uvalde High School in 1933. He retired in 1975 from Central Power and Light Company after 30 years of service. He was a member and past Master of the Uvalde Masonic Lodge and a member of the Uvalde Eastern Star. He married Ima Jean Louise March 27, 1936. Survivors of this union include one daughter, Norma Jean Caffall and husband, Jack, of Metcalf; one grandson; and one great-grandson. On May 1, 1971, in Uvalde, he married Eva Mae Padgett, who survives him. He is also survived by one son, Robert M. Padgett and wife, Nita, of Tarpley; one grandson; one granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; four sisters, Theda Crump, Alma May Willingham, Eloise Schreiver and Inell Burk; and three brothers, Benjamin Brown, Jessie Brown and Theodore Brown. He was preceded in death by four brothers. Funeral services were held yesterday at 10 a.m. in Grimes Funeral Chapel in Bandera with the Rev. Everett Boyce officiating. Interment followed in Tarpley Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent by selecting Send Condolences at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com.



December 30, 2003

Sherry Gay Black, 57, of Uvalde, died Dec. 23, 2003, in San Antonio at Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital. She was born Sept. 9, 1946, in Brownwood to Neland and Wanda Hill Black. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother. She is survived by one sister, Jan Hesse of Midland; two nephews, Harper Hesse and wife, Kim, and Neland Hesse and wife, Rachel, all of Uvalde; one niece, Lori Wood and husband, Lance, of Midland; three great-nieces and nephews, Blair Hesse of Uvalde, and Konner Wood and Carter Wood, both of Midland; and numerous aunts and cousins. Graveside services were held Friday at 4 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery with Ray Melton officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Ralph Hesse, Tom Winkle, Harper Hesse, Neland Hesse and Willie Vela. The family suggests memorials made to the Cherokee Home for Children, P.O. Box 295, Cherokee, TX 76832 or to the West Main Project, El Progreso Memorial Library, 129 W. Nopal St., Uvalde, TX 78801.



December 12, 2003

Samuel Burnett Raney, 64, of Kerrville, passed from this life on Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, at a Kerrville care center. Sam was born July 11, 1939, in San Antonio to Robert and Dorcas (Wilson) Raney. He worked at Auld Center as a teacher for years.He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Dorcas Raney; and one sister, Virginia Hazelrigg.He is survived by his son Dwayne Raney and wife Margaret of Riverton, Wyo.; three daughters, Windy McFee of Bluegrass, Iowa, Cindy McDonald of Gustine, Texas, and Teri Brown of Ingram; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at Unity Church of the Hill Country of Kerrville with the Rev. Pattie Edwards officiating.The family invites you to send condolences at www.timefor memory.com/wrights by selecting obituaries.



November 30, 2003

Rachel Augusta Plowman, 22, of Austin was born on October 2, 1981, and passed away unexpectedly on November 28, 2003. She was preceded in death by her brother, Paul; whom she loved very much, and her grandmother, Mimi Scadden of Luling. She is survived by her parents, Mark and Janice Plowman of Austin; her brother, Matthew; her grandparents, Willard and Ella Mae; her aunt Jean Ann and uncle David; her aunt Pam and uncle James; her Texas cousins, Jennifer, Rhonda, Erika, Bailey and Taylor; her Oklahoma cousins, Lori, Lisa, Leslie, Denise, Kathy and Jana; her uncle Paul, aunt Diane, and uncle Jimmy; her great-grandmother, Helen; other relatives, and her boyfriend of three years, Jason Franks. When you met Rachel you knew instantly she was beautiful inside and out. There was a sweetness in her soul that was irresistible to all she met. Her beautiful smile and infectious laugh brought joy to everyone around her. She was always compassionate about the pain and suffering of others, which made you examine your own heart closely. Yet it was her ability to laugh at herself that was her greatest charm. Someone once said you are measured not by how much you love, but how much you are loved by others - she was greatly loved. She is part of God's family now. Donations are requested in Rachel's honor to the Crohns Organization, the Austin Humane Society or Chuy's Children Giving To Children Parade. The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Sunday, November 30, 2003, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home . Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 1, 2003, in the Colonial Chapel of Cook-Walden Funeral Home, with burial following at Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville. Acting as pallbearers will be Jay Harpole, Donald Laffere, Mike McConaughey, Glen Jaegli, Uly Suchil, Ted Zapp. Honorary pallbearers are William Kincaid, Ron Bayles and Tom Sansing.



November 22, 2003

Fay Sears, 91, of Georgetown, formerly of Uvalde, died Nov. 12, 2003, in Georgetown Hospital.She was born Oct. 31, 1912, in Rusk County. She married Owen Thomas Sears May 28, 1931, in Nacogdoches. He preceded her in death May 16, 1993. She was also preceded in death by a son, Owen Henry Sears, in 1980. She is survived by three daughers, Jacqueline Lindsey, Barbara Nell Elrod, both of Georgetown, and Deborah Fay Lindsey of Tarpley; one sister-in-law; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Visitation was held Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. Funeral services were held yesterday at 2 p.m. in the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel with the Rev. Alton Patton officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers were her grandsons and honorary pallbearers were members of the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department and the Honeybee Square Dance Club. The family suggests memorials to the Sears Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of First State Bank of Uvalde, 200 E. Nopal St., Uvalde, TX 78801.



September 3, 2003

Joyce Nadine Davis Hook Lasiter, 83, of Uvalde, died Aug. 26, 2003, in San Antonio. Her life, described by family members as vibrant and colorful, ended following recent surgery. She was born Sept. 13, 1919, to John Noble Davis and Nora Davis in Leakey. After graduating from Leakey High School in 1936, she attended Draughn’s Business College in San Antonio. She married Dallas D. Hook on Dec. 26, 1939, and moved to Uvalde, where she lived intermittently for the remainder of her life. She married Hubert Lasiter Aug. 4, 1973, and the couple shared 29 years together living on ranches in south Texas and New Mexico. A retired civil service worker, Lasiter had numerous passionate interests and accomplishments. She was a charter member and past president of the Caddel-Smith Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and was a past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. She held memberships in the Federated Women’s Club of Pleasanton and the Texas Genealogical Society. In Uvalde, she was a member of the Chili Peppers, the Uvalde Red Hat Society and a longtime member of Green Thumb Garden Club. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Uvalde for over 50 years. According to family members and friends, she brought joy and a unique perspective to all of those whose paths crossed hers throughout her life. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hubert Arthur Lasiter; three brothers, Blanton Davis, Leonard Davis and Charlie Davis, who died in infancy; one sister-in-law, Corene Davis; a son-in-law, Col. William V. Hussey; and many relatives and friends. She is survived by one son, Joe Dalton Hook and wife, Louise Belanger, of Albuquerque, N.M.; one daughter, Bettye Joyce Hook Hussey of Chesapeake, Va.; one step-daughter, Sharon Butler and husband, Jim, of Boerne; one sister-in-law, Mary Davis of Leakey; and numerous nieces and nephews, including nephews Travis Davis of Grand Prairie and Leslie Davis of California. Her grandchildren include Jason Hook and wife, Erika, and Heath Hook, all of Austin, 1st Lt. John Hussey of Honolulu, Alisabeth Hussey of Harrisonburg, Va., Robin Simpson of Fairfield, Texas, Blake Cunningham of Denver, Kyle and Jennifer Cunningham of Pleasanton, Katherine and SSGT Rafael Pena of San Antonio, and Cody and Julie Cunningham of Tyler. Her great-grandchildren include Sarah Simpson, Brittany Simpson, Victoria Simpson, Brooke Cunningham, Maya Hook, Colton Cunningham and Liliana Pena. She is also survived by numerous cousins and extended family, as well as by a multitude of special and life-long friends. Visitation was held Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. Private graveside services were held at the Leakey Cemetery with the Order of the Eastern Star service. Lasiter’s six grandsons served as pallbearers. A memorial service was held Friday at 2 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church of Uvalde with the Rev. Ken Waddell officiating. The family suggests memorials to the Caddel-Smith Chapter of Daughters of the Republic of Texas Scholarship Fund, c/o Earnestine Carson, P.O. Box 9, Barksdale, TX 78828; First Presbyterian Church of Uvalde, 300 North Getty Street, Uvalde, TX 78801; the American Cancer Society, Memorials c/o Dabney Montgomery, P.O. Box 1388, Uvalde, TX 78802; or a charity of your choice.



August 23, 2003

EDITH MAY HARRED Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. in the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel for Edith May Harred, 93, who died Aug. 18, 2003, at Amistad Nursing Home in Uvalde. The Rev. Jerry Scott will officiate. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. Harred was born to William Enos Harred and Arminta Belle Harred on Sept. 13, 1909, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. A retired teacher, Harred taught first grade in Uvalde for 37 years. Harred and her two sisters, Hallie and Hazel, taught over 5,000 Uvalde first-graders. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and in her younger days worked with the youth of the church. According to family members, Harred always recalled the times that she had camped at Alto Frio with the young people from her chu rch and cooked over the campfire for the group. The Harred sisters traveled extensively and visited the five largest cities of the world, along with many countries. Preceded in death by her parents and sister, Hazel, Harred is survived by one sister, Hallie, and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, great-grand nieces and great-grand nephews. Pallbearers will be Paul Kimble, Harold Eaker, Ed O’Neal, David La Mascus, Ira Sansom and Mark Gramling.



August 8, 2003

LINDA FOLEY MCNAMARA Services for Linda Foley McNamara of Waco, who passed away July 25, 2003, at Methodist Transplant Hospital at the age of 57, will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Lake Wood Christian Church in Waco. McNamara was born in Corpus Christi in 1946 to Mr. and Mrs. Norment Foley. She was preceded in d eath by her father, Mr. Norment Foley. She is survived by her husband, Parnell McNamara of Waco; two daughters, Marissa McNamara of Waco and Amanda Hefner and husband, Scott, of Austin; her mother, Mrs. Norment Foley of Uvalde and one sister, Mary Biesemeier and husband, Chip, of Fort Worth.



June 30, 2003

CLEO COOK “COOKIE” BROXTON of Pontotoc died Dec. 31, 2002, at the age of 85. Broxton was born in Lake Victor on March 15, 1917, and was married to M.I. Broxton. She lived and taught in Uvalde for several years. Broxton was a former director of the Women’s Athletic Program at Southwest Texas State in San Marcos for over 20 years. She coached many sports at SWT throughout her career. She was also a rancher for many years. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She is survived by one stepson, M.I. Broxton Jr.; one niece, Ruth C. Miller of Lone Grove; two nephews, Robert Ned Cook of Pontotoc and David Cook of Austin; numerous great nieces and nephews and friends. Services were held yesterday at 10 a.m. at Waldrope-Harfield-Hawthorne in Llano with Ned Cook officiating. Interment followed at Dobyville Cemetery in Burnet County. Memorials may be made to Lone Grove Community Center or any Southwest Texas State Alumni Fund



June 24, 2003

RICHARD “DICK” L. SMITH (Class of 1957) of Lake Kiowa died June 14, 2003, at the age of 63. Smith was born and raised in Uvalde and was a graduate of Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Sharon, were Plano residents for 27 years before retiring to Lake Kiowa. He is survived by his wife of 38 years; two daughters, Alison Smith of Plano and Andrea Herrod and husband, Ted, of Frisco; one son, Rick Smith and wife, Jackie, of Allen; one brother, James Smith and wife, Tucker, of Bryan; one sister, Dot Brookshire of Lufkin; two sisters-in-law, Cyndy Kristinck and husband, Jerome, of Lubbock and Renee Kidd and husband, Jackie, of Andrews; four grandchildren, Julia Herrod, Christopher Herrod, Cade Smith and Luke Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family received friends at Sparkman/Dickey from 7 to 9 p.m. A Celebration of Life was then held at Christ United Methodist Church in Plano on Tuesday at noon. Interment followed at Ridgeview Cemetery in McKinney. Memorials may be made to the National Neurofibromatosis Foundation, at 95 Pine St., 16th Floor, New York, NY, 10005; the Kidney Cancer Association, 1234 Sherman Ave., Ste. 203, Evanston, IL, 60202 or Angel Flight, at 4310 Wiley Post Rd., Ste. 206, Addison, TX, 75001-4292.



June 24, 2003

FELIX G. HERNANDEZ (Class of 1959) of Uvalde died June 15, 2003, at the age of 63 at his residence. Hernandez was born July 29, 1939, in Sabinal. He married Elia Edna Garcia in Uvalde on Dec. 5, 1959. He was preceded in death by his parents, Guillermo and Lorenza Guzman Hernandez; one sister, Maria Dominga Abalos; and two brothers, Juan Hernandez and Norberto Hernandez. He is survived by his wife of 43 years; one daughter, Velma Hernandez and special friend, Rick Henry, of Austin; two sons, Leroy Hernandez and wife, Marilyn, of Dallas and Michael Hernandez and wife, Azannette, of San Antonio; four brothers, Marcelo Hernandez, Antonio Hernandez and Cruz Hernandez, all of Uvalde, and Jose Hernandez of Fort Worth; four grandchildren, Alyssa Hernandez, Sarah Hernandez, Ashley Hernandez and Kathryn Hernandez; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held yesterday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Ken Dakin officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gus Hernandez, Moses Hernandez, Bernabe Hernandez, Richard Hernandez, Gina Abalos, Ruben Hernandez, Orlando Castillo and Willie Garcia.



June 9, 2003

HULDA HABY CAMPBELL (Class of 1921) Hulda Virginia Haby Campbell, 99, of Uvalde died June 1, 2003, at the Amistad Nursing Home. Campbell was born Sept. 4, 1903, at Haby Settlement and was raised in Uvalde where she graduated from high school in 1921. She married J.C. Campbell and worked for L. Schwartz Co. before the couple moved to Jewett. She was widowed at a young age. She was a Roman Catholic and loved to sing in the church choir, both in Uvalde and Jewett. She was as a dressmaker before working for many years in Buffalo as a waitress. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, A.C. and Helen Halbardier Haby; three brothers, Alvin Haby, Gene Haby and James Haby; one sister, Cora Smith; and one nephew, A.A. McClintoch. She is survived by one sister, Myrtle Howard of Mertzon; one brother, Ed Haby of Uvalde; three nephews, Larry Haby of Dallas, Kenneth Haby of Uvalde and Gene Haby of San Antonio; four nieces, Jeanette Sharshel of Spring, Judy Houston of Tualatin, Ore., Gwen McGonagill of Del Rio and Carol Roberts of Columbia, Tenn.; and several grandnieces and grandnephews. Graveside services were held at the Uvalde Cemetery on Tuesday at 10 a.m. with Father Ken Dakin officiating.



May 29, 2003

ALBERT R. FINLEY -- Services will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church for Albert R. Finley of Uvalde who died May 27, 2003. The Rev. Jerry Scott will officiate. Interment will follow at Uvalde Cemetery. Finley died at Amistad Nursing Home at the age of 86. He was born in Uvalde on Sept. 22, 1916 and married Sue Johnson in San Antonio on Aug. 23, 1938. He was preceded in death by one brother, Nick Finley and one grandson, Lee Weir. Finley is survived by his wife of 64 years; two daughters, Sue V. Finley of Uvalde and Sarah E. Decker of Rockwall; one granddaughter, Dawn Fulton of Royse City; and one great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Fulton of Royse City. The family suggests memorials to the El Progresso Library, 129 W. Nopal Street, Uvalde, Texas, 78801.



May 23, 2003

Jack Sandlin,60, (Class of 1960), died May 14, 2003, in Seguin. He was born Oct. 26, 1942, in Harlingen to Floyd “Friday” and Mabel Sandlin. Sandlin attended school in Uvalde and lived here for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Kay Sandlin; children Trea Schmidt and husband, Brian, Shawn Foley and husband, Bob, Chris Ticer, Baronne Barth and husband, Barry, and Denise Wood and husband, Brent; two sisters, Sylvia Timberlake and Marilyn Davenport; two brothers, Bill Sandlin and wife, Ava, and Bob Sandlin and wife, Bonnie; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held Friday at 2 p.m. in San Geronimo Cemetery with the Rev. Jeremy Roy officiating. Visitation was held Thursday from 3 to 9 p.m. at Goetz Funeral Home in Seguin with family visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Guadalupe Valley Hospital, 1215 East Court St., Seguin, TX 78155. Memorial tributes can be made online at www.mem.com.



May 22, 2003)

 Mary Gay Burton born Sep. 6, 1940, in San Angelo, Texas, died Monday, Jan. 31, in Houston, Texas. She was a graduate of Austin High School, Austin, Texas, and the University of Texas and was a longtime personal secretary to Senator Lloyd Bentsen.

She was preceded in death by her father, Pete J. Burton. Survivors include mother, Lou Ellen Burton and sister, Linnie M. Burton Donnelly and husband, Art, all of Midland; nieces, Magan Catney and husband, Kenny, and their children, Blake Arthur and Katy, all of Wichita Falls, and Degen Fricker and husband, William, and their children, Claudia Ruth and Keaton Marie, all of Midland;nephew, Arthur and wife, Victoria Donnelly of Dallas;cousins, Alan and wife, Ann Park Burton of Houston and Peggy Eades of Arlington.

Funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at St.John the Divine Episcopal Church in Houston, with the Rev. Laurens A. Hall officiating. Graveside service was in Live Oak Cemetery in Brady. Memorial contributions may be given to the Laura Fund at St.John the Divine Episcopal Church, 2450 River Oaks Blvd., Houston, TX 77019.



May 1, 2003

EMMA HEARD NELSON, 91, a lifelong resident of the Reagan Wells area, died April 23, 2003, at her residence near Reagan Wells. She was born Sept. 25, 1911, in Reagan Wells to Hub and Mary Lizzie Heard. Emma was a graduate of Uvalde High School.She married Jack Nelson June 20, 1941, in Reagan Wells. A descendant of an early pioneer family, Nelson was a member of Reagan Wells Baptist Church for nearly 80 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, and eight brothers and sisters. Nelson is survived by her husband of 61 years; two daughters, Glynis Peterson and husband, Dick, of Katy and Reagan Wells, and Ann Nelson of Brookshire; one son, George Nelson of Reagan Wells; one sister, Maggie Heard Gibbens of Uvalde; two sisters-in-law, Opal Heard of Orange and Lucille Heard of Rusk; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held April 26th at 2 p.m. in Reagan Wells Baptist Church with the Rev. Willis Adair, the Rev. Wes Alspaugh and the Rev. C.B. Baker officiating. Interment followed in the Heard Cemetery at Reagan Wells. Pallbearers were James Monroe, Jimmy Simons, Ken Miller, Ray Langford, Beto Aguilar and Dick Peterson. Honorary pallbearers were Todd Monroe, Todd Miller, Frank Miller, and Nelson’s nephews and great-nephews. The family suggests memorials to Uvalde Memorial Hospital Hospice, care of Uvalde Memorial Hospital, 1038B Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX 78801; or Concan Baptist Mission Building Fund, care of Reagan Wells Baptist Church, 473 CR 421, Uvalde, TX 78801. Arrangements by Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.



May 1, 2003

ORA MAYE CADDEL, 94, of Uvalde, died April 28, 2003, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. She was born June 23, 1908, in Hale Center to James and Ruby Scott. She was baptized in Sabinal in 1926. On May 28, 1934, she married Nollie Caddel in Uvalde. She received her teaching degree from Our Lady of the Lake College. She had been a public school teacher for 37 years at the time of her retirement. Many of those years teaching in the Uvalde Schools. According to her family, she may have retired but her teaching never stopped. She was an active member of the Retired Teachers organization, Delta Kappa Gamma and American Cancer Society’s Reach for Recovery Program, in which she counseled with breast cancer patients and taught them hand and arm exercises after their surgery. Caddel was a life member, since 1948, of the former First Christian Church of Uvalde, as well as the First Christian Church Tuesday Morning Prayer Group. Her last years were spent as a member of First United Methodist Church of Uvalde. Caddel was preceded in death by her husband Oct. 10, 1995. At the time of his death they had been married for 61 years. She was also preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two daughters, both Alumni of Uvalde High School, Geraldine Stutte and husband, Norman, and Kathleen Klein, all of Concan; three grandchildren, Jeff Rucker and wife, Tess, Jan Wright and husband, Pat, and Marcy Boales and husband, Kipp; seven great-grandchildren, Trenton Boales, Trevor Boales, Adam Wright, Garrett Wright, Connor Wright, Hunter Wright and Danielle Rucker; and best friend and college roommate Jonnie Brock Fifer. Funeral services were held April 30th at 2 p.m. in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Grady Roe officiating. Interment followed in Concan Cemetery. Pallbearers were Norman Stutte, Jeff Rucker, Kipp Boales, Trenton Boales, Pat Wright and Adam Wright. Honorary pallbearers were Hubert Felts, Hugh Bradley, Ray Langford, Bill Mitchell, George Franklin, Ben Bennett, Blaine Bennett, Farris Bennett, Richard Williams, Wilson Ryland, Don Laffere, Kenneth Scott, Gerry Scott, Curtis Scott, Jeb Scott, Allen Hogg and all of Caddel’s former students. The family suggests memorials to Joshua Evangelistic Ministries Inc., 400 Ewing St., Ferris, TX 75125; or the American Cancer Society, care of Dabney Montgomery, P.O. Box 1388, Uvalde, TX 78802. Arrangements by Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.



March 11, 2003

Lewis Gilbert Ross, 62, (Class of 1958) of Austin, formerly of Uvalde, died Feb. 23, 2003, at Christopher House hospice in Austin. He was born at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio Sept. 25, 1940, to Lee Garth Ross of Rocksprings and Vera Lowrance Ross of Uvalde. Ross graduated from Uvalde High School in 1958. He married Pam Byars of Hondo in August of 1960 in Baptist Temple Church of Uvalde. They later divorced. Ross earned a degree in accounting from The University of Texas in 1962. He was employed with Benson Investments in Austin. He was preceded in death by his father; maternal grandparents, John and Emma Lowrance, who resided in Uvalde; and paternal grandparents, Vol and Deanie Ross, who resided in Rocksprings. Ross is survived by his special friend, Elizabeth Ballard of McAllen; his mother, Vera Harrington and husband, Walter, of Uvalde; one sister, Louise Colvin and husband, Bill, of Uvalde; two daughters, Rhonda Lefteau and husband, Mike, of Austin and Jessica Leister and husband, Brandon, of New Braunfels; two sons, Lance Ross and wife, Sydney, of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Michael Ross of Austin; five grandchildren, Danielle Lefteau and Nicole Lefteau, both of Austin, Chelsea Ross of Canyon Lake, Derek Ross of Medina and Cooper Leister of New Braunfels; one niece, Cindy Dillard of College Station; one nephew, John Lewis Reavis of Austin; one great-niece, Allie Dillard of College Station; and two great-nephews, Adam Dillard of Dallas and Preston Dillard of College Station. At Ross’ request a short memorial service will be held Saturday in the Pflugerville United Church of God, and his ashes will be spread on his father’s grave in Rocksprings. The family suggests memorials to Christopher House, 4107 Spicewood Spring Road, Austin, TX 78759; or American Cancer Society care of Dabney Montgomery, P.O. Box 1388, Uvalde, TX 78802.