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Thomas Claude Mehaffey
RIO HONDO— Thomas Claude Mehaffey, 67, passed away on Friday, October 8, 1999 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen.
He was born October 25, 1931 in Breckenridge, Texas to Howard Hughes Mehaffey and Eddith Robeson Mehaffey.
He graduated from Breckenridge High School. He was a Corporal in the U.S. Army and a Korean War Veteran. Claude was honorably discharged in 1954 and was a Lion Club member for many years.
Claude obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Abilene Christian College in 1959. He majored in Agricultural Science with Bible study as a minor.
He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Soil Conservation Service after 35 years of employment. Claude was presently employed at the El Sauz Ranch as an Agriculture Consultant.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 31 years, Dolores G. Mehaffey and his sister, Lorese Russell.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Antonia J. Mehaffey and their children, Gaye and William Woodall of Breckenridge, TX, Jolene and Glenn Pearrow of The Colony, TX, Mark and Donna Mehaffey of Harlingen, TX, Paul and Katherine Mehaffey of San Antonio, TX, Denise and Robert Huezo III of Wichita Falls, TX, Dalia and Bryan Honl of McAllen, TX, Oscar J. And Lorena Garcia of Harlingen, TX, and Dorelia J. Garcia of Harlingen, TX.
He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Howard, Aaron, Robert Joe and Maurice Mehaffey, Janie Bacon, and Sue Thompson of Breckenridge, TX, Estella Cooper of Ranger, TX, and Terry Mehaffey of New Mexico; grandchildren, Diane and Rick Moore, Randall Mehaffey, Christopher Pearrow, Jennifer Pearrow, Robert Huezo IV, Hanna Huezo, Ryan Mehaffey, Aaron Mehaffey, Oscar Ethan Garcia, Baby Natalie Mehaffey expected to be born December 1999, Baby Nathaniel T. Honl expected to be born January 2000; great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Moore and Baby great-grandchild Moore expected to be born on January 2000.
Visitation will be today, October 10, 1999 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary to begin at 7 p.m. at Mont Meta Funeral Home Chapel in Harlingen.
Funeral service will be Monday, October 11, 1999 at 10 a.m. at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Rio Hondo with Father Terrence Gorski officiating. Interment will be at Mont Meta Memorial Park in San Benito.
Military Honors will be preformed by V.F.W. Post 2410 and American Legion Post 205. Pallbearers will be Randall Mehaffey, Chris Pearrow, Robert Huezo IV, Omar Leal, William Woodall, Glen Pearrow, and Robert Huezo III.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Helen’s Catholic Church, 228 Huisache St. in Rio Hondo or a charity of your choice in memory of Thomas Claude Mehaffey.

Mildred Rowley Robertson
HARLINGEN— Mildred Rowley Robertson, born September 29, 1903, in Ross, Texas, passed away on October 7, 1999 in Harlingen, TX. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband Jake Robertson.
She is survived by her son, the Reverend Gregory Robertson, and his wife Donna, of San Antonio where he is pastor of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church. Greg and Donna have two children, Martha Dunn, and her husband Steve Dunn, of Dallas, their children, Hanford and Morgan, John Robertson and his wife Terri of San Antonio, and their children, Kyle, Trey and Cody. Mildred is also survived by her sister Clara Cline of La Porte, and a niece, Joan Connealy and her husband John of Baytown, and their children, Chris, Liz, Trey and Sharon. Mildred was a long time resident of Harlingen where she was active at the First United Methodist Church where she was secretary for seventeen years. Graveside services will be held Monday, October 11 at 9:30 a.m. at the Mont Meta Memorial Park, followed by a Memorial service at 11 a.m. in the Cliff Chapel of First United Methodist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Charles Graff and the Rev. Dr. William Harris. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Harlingen. 
Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 10, 1999 at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Robert Traugott
HOUSTON—Robert E. (Bob) Traugott, born in Austin, Texas, Nov. 3, 1911, to Henry Joseph and Bertha Traugott, passed away Oct. 3, 1999, at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.
He was a loving father and always dedicated to the betterment of his family.
Robert had resided in Uvalde, Texas for over thirty years where he farmed large tracts of land, mainly growing vegetable crops and operating a Pecan orchard. Robert started life in Austin and at an early age he and his family moved to the Rio Grande Valley.
His pioneer family’s struggle through the great depression had ingrained in him a
desire to build something better for his future family. In his late teens Robert joined the Merchant Marines in a time where jobs and money were short.
He had traveled the world several times before settling again in the Rio Grande Valley where he found that he had a special talent for growing and marketing cotton and vegetables. He was also a member of the
Texas Cotton Growers Co-op. Assoc.
Robert married Mable Parks in 1936 living and farming in Weslaco, Texas where they attended the Church of Christ.
Robert is survived by his brother, Elmer Traugott, resident of San Angelo, Texas; sister, Helen Hanscheck from Corpus Christi; niece, Hallie Vince and husband Ambrose; nephew, Henry Hanscheck; niece, Diane
Marshall; nephew, Russell Meyer; daughter, Marilyn Blackmon and husband
Jim; son, Robert W. Traugott and wife Sharon; grandchildren, Robert Blackmon, Greg Blackmon, Melody Bornefeld, Scott Blackmon, Michelle Vaughn, Adam Traugott, Wendy Brown, Kristy Traugott and Ashley Traugott; great-grandchildren, Michaela Blackmon, Avery Blackmon, Taylor Traugott,
Adam Traugott, II, Skyler Brown, Brittany Brown, Logan Brown, Ashlyn Vaughn; and his long time friend, Maria Mear.
Robert was laid to rest on
October 5 at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Houston, Texas. 

Maria Luisa Torres Ruiz
HARLINGEN— Maria Luisa Torres Ruiz, 74, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 09, 1999 at her residence after a brief illness. Mrs. Ruiz was born in Linares N.L., Mexico to Frumencio and Zenaida Torres. She lived all her life in Harlingen, TX and was a member at Queen of Peace Catholic Church.
She is survived by one son, Geraldo Ruiz of Harlingen and a sister, Teresa Castillo of San Antonio, TX. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephew.
Visitation will begin today, October 10, 1999 at Garza-Elizondo Chapel of Memories at 12 noon, with a rosary being resided at 7 p.m. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, October 11, 1999 at 10:30 a.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Rio Hondo Community Cemetery. Funeral services are under the direction of Garza Elizondo Funeral Home 209 W. Taylor Harlingen, TX.

Frank F. Spear
CLAY, KENTUCKY— Frank F. Spear, 73, entered into his eternal rest on Tuesday October 5, 1999 in Clay Kentucky, where he had resided for the past 17 months. He was born in Hugo, OK, and had lived in San Benito for 36 years.
He is survived by his 1 sister, 1 brother, 2 daughters, 2 sons and numerous grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Haddie and Sam Spear.
Services were held on October 8, 1999 in Clay, Kentucky. 

Stephen Charles Peery
AUSTIN— Steve Peery, a long time Austin attorney, passed away on October 7, 1999.
Steve was born August 13, 1949, in Weslaco, Texas. After attending public schools in Weslaco through high school, he attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in 1971. He attended law school at the University of Texas and received his law degree, with honors in 1974.
Steve served as a reserve officer in the Transportation Corp. of the United States Army. From 1975 to 1983, he practiced civil trial law with the firm of Andrew and Kurth in Houston, TX. From 1983 to 1998, he practiced civil trial law with the Austin firm of Brown McCarroll & Oaks Hartline. In 1998, he joined Germer, Gertz, Beaman & Brown, in Austin.
During the past twenty-five years, Steve has tried many lawsuits, becoming known among his peers as an excellent trial attorney. Much of his practice involved the defense of medical malpractice cases.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Charles H. Peery and Josephine K. Peery of Weslaco. He is survived by his brothers, Joseph K. Peery of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX and his wife Carrol, and William H. Peery of Wichita, Kansas; his nieces Amy Peery Pruitt and her husband Byran of Dallas, Melanie Peery Scroggins and her husband Danny Scroggins of Tulsa, Joanna Lee Peery of Charlottesville, Virginia, Gretchen Elizabeth Peery of Richmond, Virginia and Bridget Kathleen Peery of Norfolk, Virginia; and his four grand nieces and two grand nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 11, 1999, at 2 p.m. at Hyde Park Baptist Church, 40th and Speedway, Austin. In lieu of flower, the family request contributions to one of Steve’s favorite charities, AmeriCares, 161 Cherry Street, New Canaan, Connecticut 06840.
Arrangements are under the direction of Weed-Corley Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar. 

Beulah Lea Strickland
BETHANY, Okla. — Beulah Lea (Yarrow) Strickland, born April 4, 1928, in San Benito, Texas, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Oct. 7, 1999.
Also known as the hugging lady, Mom was a giver in death as well as life. Her final gift was an anatomical gift to the OU Health Science Center.
Survivors include a daughter Shirley and husband John Edwards of Bethany, Okla., daughter, Laurie and husband Scott Talbert, Missionaries to S. Africa; daughter, Eddie Jo and husband Raymond Martindale, of Corpus Christi, Texas; and son, Wade Strickland of Harlingen, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be sent to the OKC Chapter of March of Dimes. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999 at 2 p.m. at Church on the Rock, 1780 W. Memorial Rd., OKC. 

Raquel Garcia
EL RANCHITO — Raquel Garcia, 74, passed away on Oct. 5, 1999, at Columbia Regional Hospital in Brownsville, Texas.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Benito L. Garcia. Other survivors are her children, Benito (Frances) Garcia, Jr., Victor (Olga) Garcia, Esmeralda (Pablo) Garcia, Sylvia Garcia, Carlos (Viola) Garcia, Dalia (Adan) Leal, Diana (Javier) Garcia, Elida (Jesus) Saucedo, Rachel (Ralph) Pena, George Garcia, Cecilia (Norberto) Sandoval and Santos Gomez, also surviving Mrs. Garcia are numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was placed on this earth to make a difference, and she succeeded. May God bless her and may she rest in peace.
A holy rosary was recited on Thursday. A funeral mass will be celebrated Friday at 2 p.m. at St. Ignacius Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Garcia Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Benito Garcia, Carlos Garcia, Jose Garcia, Leonel Yzaguirre and Guillermo Leal.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thomae-Garza Funeral Directors, 395 S. Sam Houston, San Benito, 399-1331. 

David Anez
HARLINGEN — Services for David Anez, 76, will be conducted Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 8, 1999, at Kreidler-Ashcraft Funeral Home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Burial will be at Mont Meta Memorial Park in San Benito.
Survivors of Mr. Anez include his wife, Victoria Anez, daughters, Connie (Joe) Frias, Carmen (Hector) Garcia, and Irma (Joe) Tobar, and 10 grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kreidler-Ashcraft Funeral Directors, 1002 E. Harrison, Harlingen, Texas 78550 (956) 423-4141.

Daniel Wilson Galloway
SAN ANTONIO — Daniel Wilson Galloway, 39, entered into his eternal rest Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, in San Antonio, Texas.
He was born in Kingsville, Texas. He had lived in San Antonio for the past two and a half years. He was a graduate of Harlingen High School in 1978. He worked as a sub-contractor and was formerly employed at Mac’s Insulation of Harlingen. He was also a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in San Benito.
He is survived by his mother, Mina Lee Galloway of Harlingen, three sisters, Brenda (Griff) Collins of Harlingen, Sandra (Chris) Heeley of Charlotte, N.C., Cindy (Craig) Weikel of San Marcos, Texas, two brothers, Jimmy (Rita) Galloway of Harlingen, Bryan (Rhonda) Galloway of Harlingen, his fiancee: Cyrstal Crim of San Antonio, numerous uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Hershell L. Galloway, his maternal grandparents, Leo and Leora Wilson, and his paternal grandparents, Jesse and Eva Galloway.
Visitation will be held at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home on Friday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. with the family being present to greet friends from 7 p.m. till 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Marcus Mueller officiating. Interment will be at Restlawn Memorial Park in La Feria.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Seay, Paul Kirkpatrick, Quentin Anderson, Kenny McCameron, Mike Weide, and Mario Flores.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in San Benito, or a charity of your choice.
Arrangments are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Jerald "Jed" Louks
HARLINGEN — Jerald "Jed" Louks, 78. Passed away Monday, Feb. 12, 2001 at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco, Texas.
Jerald is survived by his wife; Peggy Louks of Harlingen, three sons; Sterling of Cicero, Indiana, Joe Daivd of McIntosh, Minesota, and Gary Wayne of La Feria, Texas. Six grandchildren; Bonnie Adams, Dena Bjortmot, Craig, Joshua, Brent and David Louks, all from Indiana, and 10 great granchildren. He is survived by three brothers; Gene, Keith and Walter Louks from Indiana.
Jerald was born on August 31,1922, in Cicero, Indiana. He attended school and graduated from Cicero High School in 1940. He married Peggy Felton on Nov. 10,1950. Jerald served in the air force during World War II. He retired from American Standard in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was a life time member of the American Legion Post #0341 in Cicero, Indiana.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17,2001 at Park Place Estates in the Ball Room. The Rev. Ed. Greig will officiate.
In lieu of following, the family requested memorials be sent to the Kidney Foundation.
Arrangements are under the Direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home

Madelyn George Larson
LA FERIA, TEXAS — Madelyn George Larson, a lontime Valley resident of La Feria, passed away the 12th of Feb.,2001. at the Palmas Health Center in McAllen. Madelyn was preceded in death by her husband Paul W. Larson, her parents; John Oscar George and Ella Mae George all from La Feria, Texas, and her sister; Midred G. Branch from Elsa, Texas.
She is survived by two sons; Paul W. Larson Jr. from Corpus Christi, John S. Larson from Mission and three grandchildren; one great- grandchild; Madelyn was born Feb. 27,1911 in Sour Lake, Texas.
She moved to La Feria with her parents in 1922. She grauated from La Feria schools in 1927 and then attended business school in San Antonio. Her professional career started at Sears, Roebuck and company in 1933. Madelyn later worked at the first National Bank of La Feria, a law firm in Harlingen, Coneway & Forrester, Harlingen Air Base, and then retired from the International Boundary and Water commission in 1965. She was very active in the Methodist Church in La Feria and later at Valley Baptist Hospital as a volunteer.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 14,2001 in Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home from 1-5 pm. Graveside services will be held Thursday, Feb. 15,2001 at 11:00 am in Restlawn Memorial Park in La Feria.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in La Feria.
Arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Esequiel Pedraza, Jr.
HARLINGEN, TX — Esequiel Pedraza, Jr., 53, entered the gates of heaven on February 11, 2001. He was born on September 13, 1947. He was employed with the Harlingen Independent School District at Travis Elementary.
Mr. Pedraza is survived by his wonderful and loving wife, Estela Pedraza of Harlingen; three daughters, Elvira Solorzano of Harlingen, Norma Torres of Grand Perry, Texas and Crystal Marie Pedraza of Harlingen; one son, Esequiel Pedraza III of Harlingen. He is also survived by his mother, Maria Solorzano of Harlingen; brothers, John Joe Pedraza of California, Roberto Pedraza of Harlingen, and Jesus Solorzano of Harlingen; four sisters, Rosa Gonzalez of Dallas, Josefina Lara, Stefanie Solorzano and Estela Zapata all of Harlingen. He loved and adored numerous nieces and nephews.
Prayer services were held last night at Trinity Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, February 14, 2001 at 10 a.m. at the Templo Jerrusalem Pentecostes 317, Jefferson with burial to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Roberto Pedraza, Jesse Solrzano, Samuel Zapata, Juan Pedraza, George Silva, Tomas Diaz, Alex Silva and Miguel Diaz.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Trinity Funeral Home.

Gilberto Galvan, Jr.
HARLINGEN, TX — Gilberto Galvan, Jr., 55, entered into rest on Monday at Valley Medical Center. Mr. Galvan was a lifelong resident of the Rio Grande Valley and was preceded in death by his parents Gilberto and Maria Galvan.
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Celia H. Galvan of Harlingen, son; Arnoldo( Sonia) Galvan of Santa Rosa, grandchildren; Dee Dee Marie Galvan and Arnoldo Galvan, Jr., sister; Bertha Moreno of Mercedes, Tomasa Garza of Weslaco, and his brother; Amador Galvan of Harlingen.
Visitation will be held today, Feb. 14,.2001, from 10am until 9 pm at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace.Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15,2001, from 2pm until 3 pm at the First Baptist Church in Combes, Tx, with the funeral service to be held at 3pm with Rev. Bob Cole officiating.
Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in La Feria, Tx.
Pallbeares will be Billy Grissom, Cecil Sorrel, E.J. Billings, Max Jentsh, Edward Evan, and Cliff Brown.

Charles Karseno
DALLAS, TX — Karseno, Johnnie Charles, 85, born March 11, 1915 in Dallas, Texas to John and Mary DeAngels Karseno, went to be with the Lord on February 11, 2001 to join his wife, Helen Karseno, who preceded him death in 1985.
Johnnie received a Purple Heart serving in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of St. Monica Catholic Church. He was a talented tile contractor and craftsman who was always ready to lend a helping hand. His ingenuity and resourcefulness was often called upon by family and friends.
He is survived by his son, Johnnie Karseno, Jr., and his wife Gaynell of Raymondville, TX; daughters, Vicki Lewis and her husband, Don of Dallas and JoAnn Gruben and her husband, John of Bonham, TX; grandchildren, Craig Karseno and his wife, Celia, Amanda Karseno, Keith Karseno, Clayton Karseno, Jeffrey Lewis, Matthew Lewis and Lisa Gruben.
Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, February 14, at the funeral home. Recitation of the Rosary will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, February 15, 2001, at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home Chapel, Deacon Larry Lucido officiating. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., February 16, 2001 at St. Monica Catholic Church, 9933 Midway Road in Dallas. Rev. Jonathan Austin, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Calvary Hill Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made to St. Pual Hospice, 5701 Maple, Suite 200, Dallas, Texas 75235 or The American Lung Association, 8150 Brookriver Drive, Suite S-102, Dallas, Texas 75247 in memory of Johnnie Charles Karseno.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sparkman/Hillcrest 7405 West-Northwest Hwy., Dallas, Texas 75225. (214)363-5401. 

Sarah Bard
HARLINGEN, TX — Sarah Lee Bard, 80, passed away February 11, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center.
"Sally" Bard was born on February 28, 1920 and was preceded in death by her parents Sarah and James Saner.
She is survived by her husband, Oscar N. Bard whom she married on April 18, 1943; daughter, Robin Datry and son-in-law, Phil Datry and her two grandson, Ryan Datry and Evan Datry of Studio City, Calif.; sons, Steven Bard and Mark Brad of Harlingen; brother, James A. Saner and his wife, Doris, of Red Oak, Texas; nephew, Gregg Saner; nieces, Michelle Weisfeld, Lisa Parrish and Cindy Saner-McCann.
Sarah Lee Bard was born in Pharr, Texas, and grew up on the Wells Ranch in the Western end of the Valley and later in the Rio Hondo area. She graduated from Rio Hondo High School, attended junior college in Brownsville, then went on to nursing school in McAllen and at Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston and then graduated to become a registered nurse. She began her nursing career in 1943 and spent many of those years caring for patients at Valley Baptist Hospital in Harlingen until her retirement in 1972.
Sarah Lee loved children, animals, gardening, sewing, fixing all kinds of meals and goodies in the kitchen, fishing and many kinds of music.
She will be missed more and more as the years pass. Sarah Lee loved her family very much and was cherished by her friends and relatives.
Funeral services will be held at Davis-Morris Funeral Home in Brownwood, Texas, and burial will be at Mukewater Cemetery in Brown County.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the San Benito Funeral Home.

Armena Scheiner
HARLINGEN, TX — Armena "Sue" Scheiner, 82, passed away Sunday, February 11, 2001 in her residence. Sue was born on February 19, 1918 in Sayer, Oklahoma to Walter and Margie Adams. Sue was a member of the First Christian Church in Harlingen, and a member of the Does Drove #90. Sue married Fran J. Scheiner on October 17, 1941 in Brownsville, Texas. Sue was a retired bookkeeper, working for many years with the Harlingen Elks Lodge.
Sue survived by her husband, Fran J. Scheiner of Harlingen; daughter, Karren Scheiner of Harlingen; son, Randy Scheiner of Rio Hondo; grandsons, Derek Hill and Cass Hill both of Ft. Worth; granddaughter, Shara Scheiner of Arkansas; and great granddaughter, Kyler Hill of Ft. Worth; sisters, Juanita Barton and Frances Brooke both of Brownsville; brother, Thearl Adams of Brownsville.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 13, 2001 in Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 14, 2001 in Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mark Coppins officiating, also the Harlingen Does Drove #90 will be conducting a final ceremony. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Sandi Jo Funk Hospice program.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Alejandro "Bigfoot" Garza
RIO HONDO — Alejandro "Bigfoot" Garza, 44, entered into rest on Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, in Freemont, Ohio. Bigfoot was a lifelong resident of Rio Hondo and was preceded in death by his father, Esteban Garza and his brother Abraham Garza.
He is survived by his loving family, mother, Sarah Garza of Mercedes, brothers, Esteban Garza Jr. of Brownsville, Alonzo Garza of Rio Hondo, Pedro Garza of Rio Hondo, Andres Garza of Tucson, Ariz., Ismael Garza of San Benito, Daniel Garza of Corpus Christi, Ruben Garza of Tucson, Ariz., Alfredo Garza of Rio Hondo; sisters, Connie Aregon of Albuquerque, N.M., Yolanda Bengel of Tucson, Ariz., Dalilah Garza of El Paso, Ernestina Quiroz of Rio Hondo, Carolina Garcia of Brownsville, Sandra Heredia of El Paso and by numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Visitation will be held today, Feb. 12, 2001, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral procession will depart the Rudy Garza Funeral Home on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2001, at 1:30 p.m. for a 2 p.m. funeral service at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church with Pastor Joseph Plata officiating. Interment will follow at the Rio Hondo Community Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Abraham Garza, Joe Flores, Henry Garza III, Jerry Garza, Freddy Garza, Nathan Garza, Manuel Garza and Saul Sanchez. Bigfoot will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home of Harlingen.

Hortencia Rios Ruiz
MERCEDES — Hortencia Rios Ruiz, 94, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001 at Canterbury Villa in Kingsville, Texas. She was a former resident of Mercedes.
She is survived by one brother, Abel Rios of Kingsville; two sisters, Lydia Palacios of Houston and Isabel Rios of Mexico.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 12, 2001 at 1 p.m. at Garcia and Trevino Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at Highland Memorial Park of Weslaco.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home

William H. Tithof Sr.
HARLINGEN — Mr. Tithof was born on March 29, 1923, in Manistee, MI. His family moved to Bay City, Mich. in 1927. He lived in this area until he moved to Harlingen, in 1984. He graduated from St. Joseph High School and entered the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Bill graduated from Central Michigan University in 1950 and taught school in the Bay City Public School system for 29 years.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Joseph and Monica (Studer) Tithof; his first wife, Germaine (Wojciechowski); one brother, Gerald; and two sisters, Marian (Tithof) and Dorothy (Landskroener).
He leaves his wife, Ruth (Ryder), whom he married in 1977. He also leaves behind a daughter, Janice and her husband James Jaskiewiez of Bay City, MI; a daughter, Nara, and her husband Larry Ramseyer and their children, Keith, Eric, and Paul, also of Bay City, MI; a son, Dr. William Tithof Jr., and his wife Cindy and their sons, Travis and Aaron of Auburn, MI, one step son, Marc Ryder, his wife, Maryanne and their children, Donald, Olivia, and Lauren of Woodhaven, MI.
He is also survived by three sisters, Ursula Healy of Bay City, MI, Eulalia Ellis of Arcadia, FL, and Mary Brady of Unionville, MI; one brother, Joseph Tithof and his wife Dorothy of Essexville, MI; a sister-in-law, Margaret Tithof of Bay City, MI, and a special nephew, Gary Ellis of Clare, MI; several nieces and nephews; and his many close friends he walked with at the Valley Vista Mall.
He was a member of the Harlingen Elks Lodge #1889 in Harlingen, and the American Legion Post 439 of La Feria with Father Alfredo Garcia, SSCC, officiating.
Memorial services will be held on Monday, Feb. 12, 2001 at 10 a.m. at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Rev. J. Rufus Stewart
BROWNSVILLE — The Rev. J. Rufus Stewart, Rector Emeritus born May 14, 1917 in Milton, Fla., died on Feb. 9, 2001, at Valley Regional Medical Center.
Rufus Stewart was the Rector of the church of the Advent Episcopal in Brownsville for 23 years. He is also served as chaplain for the Episcopal Day School during that time. He served for six years as Chairman of the Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department. Diocesan positions held by him include chairman of Camps and conferences Committee, Chairman of the Diocesan Standing Committee, Dean of both Southern and Valley Convocations, dean of Diocesan examining chaplains, and twice an elected member of the Diocesan Executive Board. He had hosted four Diocesan Councils, the largest number ever hosted by a single clergyman in a single Parish.
Rev. Stewart, a native of Florida, was a graduate of the University of Florida and of St. Luke’s school of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a line officers during World War II and as a Chaplain during the Korean War. Prior to becoming rector of the church of the advent, he served as Rector of churches in Mandarin and Orange Park, Florida and Alice, Texas.
Survivors include his wife, Inez Stewart; his two children and their spouses, Margaret and Wesley Teague of Alexandria, Virginia and John M. and Cindy Stewart of Kernersville, North Carolina; three grandchildren, Carey Ellen and Jacqueline M. Stewart and Sam Teague; his sister Carey Jo Bair of Seneca, S.C. and brother Bill Stewart of Atlanta, GA., and several cousins, nephews and nieces.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lee Winans, Bill Reed, Bobby Duffey, Frank Parker, Bill McManus, Tommy Carruth, Ann Ray, Babs Clendenin, Ray Simmons, Fernando DeLeon, J.C. George, Herb Miller, Roger Hoffman, David Duffey, Chet Winans, Gaylord Rhodes, Jim Hester, Sam Pate, Chris Partridge, David Duncan and Wilf Anderson.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, at the church of the Advent, Episcopal, 104 W. Elizabeth Street, with the Rt. Rev. Robert Hibbs and the Rev. Art Bevins officiating. A reception will follow the service in the Parish Hall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to the Episcopal Day School Scholarship Fund’ the Episcopal Day School Endowment Fund; St. Alban’s Camp Capers Scholarship Fund, Harlingen; St. Andrew’s Camp Capers Scholarship Fund, Port Isabel; Church of the Advent Altar Guild, Brownsville or a charity of choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Guerra Funeral Home, 3955 Coffeeport Rd., Brownsville, 544-1171. 

Agustin Cervantes Sr.
LYFORD — Agustin Cervantes Sr., 75, of Sebastian passed away Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001. A loving father, husband, and grandfather. He was cherished and loved by all. Dedicating his life for over 35 years as a farmer for area businessmen in Willacy County.
He was a good and loyal man. His greatest joys were fishing, gardening, traveling, and watching the Dallas Cowboys. His laughter and wisdom will be missed by family and friends. He got a piece of America that no one could take away. He was born a Mexican, but died an American.
He is survived by his wife, Eulogia Cervantes; sons and daughters, Selso Cervantes of Sebastian, Tx., Reyna Fitch of Bridgeport, Mi., Juan Cervantes of Houston, Tx., Yolanda Cadena of McAllen, Tx., Elva Hernandez of Houston, Tx., Agustin Cervantes Jr. of Mission, Tx., and Ricardo Cervantes of Mission,Tx. He was preceded in death by parents; Celso Cervantes and Tecla Tapia and brother Ramon Cervantes. Also survived brothers and sister; Daniel Cervantes of Monterrey, N.L., Fortino Cervantes of Fresno, Ca., Bernardino Cervantes of San Cristobal, Huanimaro; GTO., Dolores Cervantes and Elena Cervantes both of La Piedad, Huanimaro; GTO., Catelina Cervantes of San Cristobal Huanimaro, GTO. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and one great - grandchild.
Visitation will be held Saturday, Feb.10, 2001, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a memorial service at 12 p.m. at Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Trinity Funeral Chapel.
Funeral arrangments are under the direction of. Trinity Funeral Chapel.

Robert Vuittonet
HARLINGEN — Robert Vuittonet, age 37 died in League City, Texas due to a traffic accident. He was a native of Harlingen but had lived in League City most of his life.
Survivors include his wife: Judy Vuittonet of League City, TX, two daughters: Lisa and Gabriella Vuittonet of League City, TX. His father: Francisco Vuittonet and mother: Gloria Rivera both of League City.
Brothers: Rolando, Francisco Jr., and Ernesto Vuittonet all of League City. Sisters: Aurora Gutierrez, Manuel Salazar, Valentina Cordova, Gloria Vidal, Rachel Witt and Modesta Hernandez all of League City. Paternal Grandmother: Leonor Alvarez of Combes, Maternal Grandmother: Manuela Rivera of Harlingen, 23 nephews and ten nieces.
Preceded in death by his brother Ruben Vuittonet and two nephews Rudy Vuittonet and Ramiro Salazar Jr.
Funeral services today at 10:00 a.m. at Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Trinity Funeral Home 1217 S. F. Street Harlingen, TX. Burial will follow at La Capilla Cemetery.

Howard Elmo Rains
PORT ISABEL — Howard Elmo Rains, 80, Port Isabel, TX, passed away Wednesday,February 7,2001, at Valley Baptist Hospital, Harlingen, TX. Private memorial services will be held at Park Lawn Funeral Home, Kansas City, MO.
Mr. Rains was born June 6,1920, in St. Joseph, MO. He was a Navy veteran, and had worked for Southwestern Bell. He was a member of Holmeswood Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, L. Maxine Rains, of the home, two sons, Roger H. Rains, Kansas City, MO, and Dennis K. Rains, Leawood, KS, daughter, Sheryl Ruark, Kansas City, MO, two sisters , Zella J. Wright, Kansas City, MO, and Thelma N. Vetter, Hot Springs, AR, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements: Park Lawn Funeral Home (816) 523-1234

Jesse H. Garcia, Sr.
HARLINGEN — Jesse H. Garcia,Sr. age 77 died in Valley Baptist Medical Center, on Thursday, February 8,2001. He was born in Harlingen, lived all his life in the valley. He was a self employed, restaurant owner. He attended Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Harlingen.
Survivors include his wife; Elia Garcia of Harlingen, one son: Jesse H. Garcia, Jr. of Austin, daughter: Mary Louise Zapata of Harlingen, grandchildren:Christine, Crystal and Javier Zapata all of Halingen, sister: Josefina Zuniga of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Visitation will be Friday February 9,2001 from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with Holy Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. with Deacon Ignacio Gonzalez Officiating.
Military Honors will be provided by American Legion Post 205 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2410.
Services will be held at Queen of Peace Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Saturday Feb. 10,2001. Officiating will be Father Mathias Shanley SS.CC. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Luis L. Garcia, Ignacio Gonzalez, Juan Gonzalez, Danny Garcia, Luis Javier Garcia, Salvador Garcia.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Mont Meta Funeral Home

Eustacio Alonzo Galvan
AUSTIN — Eustacio Alonzo (E.A.) Galvan, 69 of Austin died Feruary 6, 2001. He was born to Francisco and Teresa Galvan on the March 29, 1931 in San Benito, TX.
He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Celia; daughter, Celina of Austin; sons, Eduardo (Melissa) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Edmundo, of Austin, Emilio (Kevin), of New York City, Eugenio, of Austin. He is also survived by three brothers; Faustino and Cipriano, of Harlingen; and Pedro of San Benito; five sisters, Juanita Guerra of San Benito, Victoria Cervantes, of Wheeling, Illinios, Trinidad Gil, Apolonia Rodriguez, and Benita Guerra, of San Benito, as well as countless other family members.
After graduating from San Benito High School. Mr. Galvan attended Texas Southmost College. He then proudly served his country in the Korean Confict. Upon his return, he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas and then received a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.
He embarked upon a distinguished legal career including positions as an Assistant County Attorney for Travis County, Assistant District Attorney for Travis County under Robert Smith and Hearings Examiner at the Texas Railroad Commission. After a brief retirement he assumed a position as a municipal judge for the City of Kyle, TX.
Visitation will be Friday, February 9th from 8 :00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Harrell Funreal Home, 4435 Frontier Trail (at South Lamar and Ben White Blvd). Rosary on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 10th at 11:00 a.m. at Queen Lady of Peace Chapel, St. Edward’s University with the Reverend Harold G. Zink C.S.C. officiating. Burial will follow at Assumption Cemetery, 3650 South IH 35.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made to the Eustacio A. Galvan Memorial Scholarship Fund by sending donations to Texas State Bank, P.O. Box 8008, Weslaco,TX 78956, Attention: Julie Ann Guerra- Ramirez. The fund will provide scholarships to graduates of San Benito High School attending the University of Texas.
The family warmly thanks the staff at South Austin Medical Center for the comforting care that they provided Mr. Galvan and his family.
Arrangements by Harrell Funeral Home (Austin), (512) 443-1366

Agustin Cervantes Sr.
LYFORD — Agustin Cervantes Sr, age 75 of Sebastian passed away Wednesday February 7, 2001. A loving Father, Husband, and Grandfather. He was cherished and loved by all. Dedicating his life for over 35 years as a farmer for area businessmen in Willacy County.
He was a good and loyal man. His greatest joys were fishing, gardening, traveling, and watching the Dallas cowboys. His laughter and wisdom will be missed by family and friends. He got a piece of America that no one could take away. He was born a Mexican, but died an American.
He is survived by his wife Eulogia Cervantes. Sons and daughters: Selso Cervantes of Sebastian, TX. Reyna Fitch of Bridgeport, MI, Juan Cervantes of Houston, TX, Yolanda Cadena of McAllen, TX, Elva Hernandez of Houston, TX, Agustin Cervantes Jr. of Mission, TX, and Ricardo Cervantes of Mission,TX.
Parents: Celso Cervantes and Tecla Tapia (deceased)
Brothers and sisters: Ramon Cervantes (deceased), Daniel Cervantes of Monterrey, NL, Fortino Cervantes of Fresno, CA. Bernardino Cervantes of San Cristobal, Huanimara GTO., Dolores Cervantes and Elena Cervantes both of La Piedad, Huanimaro GTO., Catelina Cervantes-San Cristobal, Huanimaro GTO. Thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be held Saturday February 10, 2001 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Chapel of the Holy Spirty at Trinity Funeral Chapel.
Funeral arrangments are under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapel.

John R. Wheeler
SAN BENITO, TX — Memorial services for John R. Wheeler, 70, a native of Dacatur, IL, will be at 11 a.m. Friday, February 9, 2001 at the First United Methodist Church in San Benito, TX. John was born January 12, 1931, son of William E. and Lola Eckel Wheeler. He married Margie Siburt on July 1, 1955.
John leaves a son, William E. Wheeler of Beeville, TX., and a daughter Cinda Wheeler of Hickory Hills, IL. As well as numerous well-loved sister and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. Special love between many Texas card playing, bingo friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Wayne Wheeler and sisters, Katherine (Ralph) Clipton and Myrtle (Louis) Jockisch.
John served four years in the United States Air Force. He retired from A.E. Staley Mfg. Co. in Decatur, IL and moved to Texas in 1990.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donation be given to the Youth Program of the First United Methodist Church, 400 North Sam Houston, San Benito, TX 78586.

Maria Espindolo Perez
HARLINGEN, TX — Maria E. Espindolo Perez a member of the Valley Pioneer Family entered into rest on February 5, 2001 in Harlingen at the age of 94. Maria was born to Cipriano Espindola and Cruz Loya on June 2, 1906 in Brownsville, Texas. She was married to Antonio Perez in 1924 and together raised 12 children.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Antonio Perez and one grandson, Johnny P. Hernandez.
She is survived by her 12 children, Alfonso E. Perez, Tony E. Perez of Harlingen, Ofelio E. Perez of Abereen, Idaho, Adan E. Perez of Richland, W. Virginia, Gilbert E. Perez of Houston, Texas, Jesse E. Perez of San Antonio, Sophia E. Perez, Mary Lou P. Landeros, Bertha P. Torres of Harlingen, Eva E. Perez, Celia P. Hernandez of Vallego, CA, and Petra P. Gonzalez of Gonzalez, Texas. She is also survived by 5 generations three times of grandchildren, and one brother, Jesus Loya Espindola.
Visitation was held yesterday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. The funeral procession will depart the Rudy Garza Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. for a 2 p.m. mass of Christian burial at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic church. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Alfonso E. Perez, Tony E. Perez, Ofelio E. Perez, Gilbert E. Perez, Jesse E. Perez, and Oscar Landeros. Honorary pallbearer will be Sylvestre Torres.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Harlingen.

Victor Hasselbach
LINDSEY, OH — Victor "Vic" Hasselbach, age 80 years, of Lindsey, Ohio passed away at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco late Monday night. Mr. Hasselbach wintered in Texas.
He was born in Fremont, Ohio on February 27, 1920 and married Martha E. Hess in 1941. Mrs. Hasselbach passed away in Texas on February 1, 1999. Mr. Hasselbach was a farmer all his life and worked at the local sugar beet factory during the winter months for thirty years. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Lindsey and was active in the area Farm Bureau.
Surviving are sons, Dennis L. of Fremont, and Larry J. Hasselbach of Lindsey; daughters, Penny K. Schroeder of Gibsonburg, Ohio, Deborah L. Broehm of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Mary A. Cox of Nashville, Tennessee; ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be on Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church and visitation will be on Friday at Nopper-Karlovetz Mortuary in Fremont, Ohio. Memorials may be made to the church Building Fund, 231 S. Maple Street, Lindsey, Ohio 43442.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Nopper-Karlovetz Mortuary, 900 North Street, Fremont, Ohio 43420.

Juanita Atkinson Zepeda
HARLINGEN, TX — Mrs. Juanita A. Zepeda, 80, entered into eternal rest on February 6, 2001 at Retama Manor Nursing Center. She was native of Raymondville, Texas and a longtime resident of Harlingen, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Christoval epeda; two sons, and a grandson, Manuel, Alfredo and Henry, Jr.
She is survived by Ninfa (Adan) Atkinson, Luisa Atkinson, Lupita (Antonio) Rios, Enrique Zepeda; two daughters-in-law, Irma and Ana Zepeda; 27 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
A rosary was recited on Wednesday, February 7, 2001, 7 p.m. at Mont Meta Restlawn Cox Chapel.
A Mass will be held today, Thursday, February 8, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church with Fr. Bert Diaz officiating. Interment will follow at Harlingen City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Antonio Rios, Manuel Zepeda, Rolando Rios, Frank Rios, Jesus Atkinson, Jr., and Rogerio Atkinson.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Mont Meta Restlawn Funeral Home, Harlingen, Texas.

Bernice M. Bell
BAYVIEW, TX — Bernice M. Bell, 86, passed away February 6, 2001 at 3:58 p.m. at Valley Baptist Medical Center, Harlingen, TX. She was born August 4, 1914 and was a former resident of Evansville, IN. He retired from Ernge Realty in Evansville. She was also a long-time employee of Commercial Credit in Evansville. She was a 1934 graduate of Lockyear’s Business College.
She is survived by her sister, Chlorene Koob, Bayview, TX; nephew and niece who cared for her, Ricahrd and Sue Koob of Bayview, TX; and nephew, David Koob of Harlingen, TX.
Visitation will be Friday at 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Alexander East Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Alexander East Chapel, 2115 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, IN 47714 with Reverend Henry L. Kuykendall officiating. Burial will be at Park Lawn Mausoleum 1526 S. Greenriver Rd, Evansville, Indiana.
Donations may be made to the Nativity Catholic Church.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Mont Meta Restlawn Cox Funeral Home.

John Lee Thompson
DONNA, TX — John Lee Thompson, 41, a lifelong resident of Donna, passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2001. John was born November 13, 1959 to Delos and Vera Ruth (Spears) Thompson. He was grandson to A.M. Thompson founder of the Thompson Dairy Farm in Donna, TX. John also helped develop the Don-Wes Flea Market between Donna and Weslaco.
John is survived by his father and mother, Delos and Vera Ruth Thompson of Donna; his brother, Jim Thompson of Donna; nieces and nephews, Kimberly Ann Thompson, Jason Ray Thompson and Debra Lee Thompson. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Carol Thompson and an aunt Eunice Thompson of Donna.
John is preceded in death by his uncle, Roy L. Thompson (1988).
Visitation is today, Thursday, February 8, 2001 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, February 9, 2001 at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco with Reverend Jim McWilliams, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Donna as the officiant. Interment will be at Highland Memorial Park.
Those who wish may make donations to the charity of their choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home of Weslaco. (956) 968-7533.

Roberto Sandoval, Sr.
LA FERIA, TX — Roberto Sandoval, Sr., 68, entered into rest at his La Feria residence on Wednesday. Mr. Sandoval was a 28 year resident of La Feria and was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia Sandoval; brother, Mauro Sandoval and his parents Elias and Rita Sandoval. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years Rosa Emma Sandoval of La Feria, TX., daughters Rita (Orlando Flores) Sandoval of Adkins, TX., Laura (Ricardo) Sandoval-Hinojosa of Cypress, TX., sons, Robert (Maryann) Sandoval, Jr., of Brownsville, TX., Javier (Julissa) Sandoval of La Feria, TX, and Carlos Sandoval of La Feria, TX; grandchildren, Robert Sandoval, III, Michael Anthony Sandoval, Iliana Flores, Patricia Sandoval and Babyboy Hinojosa. He is also survived by his brothers, Emilio Sandoval of Houston, TX., Juan Sandoval of Houston, TX., Homero Sandoval of Eagle Pass, TX; sisters, Alma Martinez of Eagle Pass, TX., Arabela Fischer of Eagle Pass, TX., Genoveva Flores of Mexico, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held today, February 8, 2001 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rudy Garza Palms Funeral Home Chapel of Peace with the Holy Rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m. The funeral procession will depart the Rudy Garza Funeral Home on Friday, February 9, 2001 at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m., Mass of Christian burial at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with Fr. David Jackson as the celebrant. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in La Feria, TX.
Pallbearers will be Joel Rodriguez, Michael Anthony Sandoval, Roque Tolenino, Sr., Ruben Valdez, Dionicio Leija, and Cid Flores.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home, La Feria, Texas.

Roberto Rodriguez
MISSION, TX — Roberto "Beto" Rodriguez, age 74, passed away on Monday, February 5, 2001 in a local hospital.
Roberto was born on September 6, 1926 in Mission, Texas to Catarino and Benita Rodriguez. He was a member of the United States Merchant Marines World War II. He was also a member of Catholic War Veterans and Knights of Columbus. He was the owner of Thunderbird Drive In Theater and Flea market for 10 years.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years of marriage, Delia 
Rodriguez of Corpus Christi, Texas; five sons, Dr. Robert (Nuong) Rodriguez of Dallas, Texas (formerly of Amarillo, Texas), Ricahrd (Luisa) Rodriguez, Rolando (Lupita) Rodriguez all of Corpus Christi, Texas, Raymond (Debra) Rodriguez of Weslaco, Texas, Ronnie Rodriguez of Corpus Christi, Texas; a daughter, Capt. Rachel (Louis) Mesorana of Corpus Christi, Texas; three brothers, Ramon Rodriguez of Indio, CA., Raul Rodriguez of Perris, CA., Leobardo "Leo" Rodriguez of Weslaco, Texas; two sisters, Sara Rodriguez of Weslaco, Texas, Melida Rodriguez of Romoland, CA., 16 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Visitation was held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 2001 at the Seaside Funeral Home with the rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. that evening at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 5830 Williams Dr., Corpus Christi, Texas.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., today, Thursday, February 8, 2001 at Seaside Memorial Park, 4357 Ocean Dr., Corpus Christi, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Instituto de Cultura Hispanica Scholarship Fund.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Seaside Funeral Home, 4357 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78412. (361) 992-9411

Opal B. Sain
HARLINGEN,TEXAS — Opal B. Sain, 86, entered into eternal rest on February 6, 2001. She was a native of Baum, Oklahoma and a longtime resident of Harlingen.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. (Wes) Sain on September 1,1992.
She is survived by her two sons, John Sain, Jr. of Ruskin, Fl and Blake Sain of Harlingen,Tx; nine, grandchildren and several great grandchildren; one brother; and two sisters.
Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2001, at 10 a.m. at Combes Cemetery with Pastor Bob Cole, First Baptist Church of Combes, officiating.
In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church of Combes, Combes Hwy 107, Combes, Tx 78535
Funeral Services are under the direction of Mont Meta Restlawn Cox Funeral Home, Harlingen, Texas.

Robert W. Pierce
Laguna Vista, TX — Robert W. Pierce of Laguna Vista, TX passed away at his home on February 3, 2001. He was 88. Mr. Pierce was a retired executive with Conoco Petrochemicals Division.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Robbie Q. Pierce and an infant son.
He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Jame P. Davidson of Reno, NV; two brothers, Lewis Pierce and Wesley Pierce of St. Louis, MO; a sister, Mabel Cole of Liberty, MO and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Pierce was born January 12, 1913 in Belgrade MO to James W. and Bertha A. Pierce. He was employed by Conoco for thirty-eight years in the company’s refining and petrochemical divisions. Prior to that he had been a teacher in Missouri and Wyoming. He was a decorated veteran of World War II. Mr. Pierce served with the U.S. First Army Third Armored Division. He was part of the second wave of the Normandy invasion. He fought with distinction in France, Belgium and Germany. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, his outfit helped to liberate the concentration camp at Nordhausen, Germany and was halted fifty miles outside Berlin at the end of the war. Mr. Pierce was awarded five of the six battle stars given for service in Europe in World War II. He also received the Purple Heart.
Mr. Pierce was a longtime member of All Saints Episcopal Church in San Benito, TX. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the church.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, February 8, 2001 at 10 a.m. in Mont Meta Memorial Park with Father Eulalio Luna officiating. Full military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post #205 & V.F.W. Post 2410.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral

Opal B. Sain
HARLINGEN,TEXAS — Opal B. Sain, 86, entered into eternal rest on February 6, 2001. She was a native of Baum, Oklahoma and a longtime resident of Harlingen.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. (Wes) Sain on September 1,1992.
She is survived by her two sons, John Sain, Jr. of Ruskin, Fl and Blake Sain of Harlingen,Tx; nine, grandchildren and several great grandchildren; one brother; and two sisters.
Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2001, at 10 a.m. at Combes Cemetery with Pastor Bob Cole, First Baptist Church of Combes, officiating.
In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church of Combes, Combes Hwy 107, Combes, Tx 78535
Funeral Services are under the direction of Mont Meta Restlawn Cox Funeral Home, Harlingen, Texas.

Ima Leola Pace
WESLACO,TEXAS — Mrs. Ima Leola "Imogene" Pace, age 97, formerly of Weslaco, Texas passed away Friday, February 2, 2001, at her residence in Corpus Christi.
She was born in the rural community of Roscoe, Nolan County, Texas, on October 5, 1903, and was the daughter of William H. and Edna Reed McBurnett of Roscoe. She was a graduate of the Sweetwater on August 18, 1923. Shortly thereaftershe and her husband moved to Weslaco where she resided until 1985.
Survivors include three daughters, Patsy Keir Thompson (Baldwin), McAllen, Texas; Jo Ann Logan (George) of Billings, Montana and Helen Francis Marcum of Corpus Christi, Texas and one sister, Mrs. Almarine McDonald of Harlem, Montana; other survivors also include, 10 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Asa Clyde who passed away on January 4, 1967; a son, J.W. Pace, who was killed in a motorcycle accident on January 20, 1950, and two grandsons, David Marcum and Vincent Logan.
Garveside services will be held at the Weslaco City Cemetery, Weslaco, Texas, at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, 2001.
Honorary pallbearers are, Ray Dyer, Charles Miller, Bruce Lackey, George Logan, Baldwin Thompson and Roy Davis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Seaside Funeral Home, 4357 Ocean Dr., Corpus Christi, Texas 78412. (361)-992-9411. 

Gilberto N. Gomez
RAYMONDVILLE, TX — Gilberto N. Gomez, 78, passed away Monday, January 5, 2001 at Retama Manor Nursing Home in Raymondville, TX. He was born April 2, 1922 in Bishop, Texas to Angel and Maria (Niero) Gomez. He lived in Raymondville all his life.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10 a.m., February 8, 2001 at Our Lady of Guadalupe. Interment will follow at the Raymondville Memorial, Park Cemetery. A rosary will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Duddlesten Chapel.
He is survived by his son, Cliberto Gomez, Jr. of Raymondville; four daughters, Rosa Becerra of Munroe, LA, Maria Olvera of Raymondville, Chelda Garza of Harlingen and Gricelda Petty of Indiana; two sisters, Guadalupe Martinez of Donna and Lala Gomez of California. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Natalia Gomez in 1991 and grandson, Baby Roberto Olvera, Jr., in 1988.
Pallbearers will be Miguel Chapa, III, Gilberto Becerra, Andy Cantu, Gilberto Gomez, III, Andy Martinez, Mauel Martinez, Jr., Tony Rosas, and Ricardo Garza.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home. 

Maria Espindolo Perez
HARLINGEN, TX — Maria E. Espindolo Perez a member of the Valley Pioneer Family entered into rest on February 2, 2001 in Harlingen at the age of 94. Maria was born to Cipriano Espindola and Cruz Loya on June 5, 1906 in Brownsville, Texas. She was married to Antonio Perez in 1924 and together raised 12 children.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Antonio Perez and one grandson, Johnny P. Hernandez.
She is survived by her 12 children, Alfonso E. Perez, Tony E. Perez of Harlingen, Ofelio E. Perez of Abereen, Idaho, Adan E. Perez of Richland, W. Virginia, Gilbert E. Perez of Houston, Texas, Jesse E. Perez of San Antonio, Sophia E. Perez, Mary Lou P. Landeros, Bertha P. Torres of Harlingen, Eva E. Perez, Celia P. Hernandez of Vallego, CA, and Petra P. Gonzalez of Gonzalez, Texas. She is also survived by 5 generations three times of grandchildren, and one brother, Jesus Loya Espindola.
Visitation was held yesterday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. The funeral procession will depart the Rudy Garza Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. for a 2 p.m. mass of Christian burial at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic church. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Alfonso E. Perez, Tony E. Perez, Ofelio E. Perez, Gilbert E. Perez, Jesse E. Perez, and Oscar Landeros. Honorary pallbearer will be Sylvestre Torres.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Harlingen.

Doris Pauline Faggard
HARLINGEN, TX — Doris Pauline Faggard, 80, passed away Saturday, February 3, 2001 in Valley Baptist Medical Center. Doris was born on April 28, 1920 in Deming New Mexico. 
Doris was a member of the B.P.O. Does, and attended the 8th & Harrison Church of Christ Church in Harlingen. Doris was a longtime resident of Harlingen.
Doris was preceded in death by her husband, D.J. Faggard and is survived by her daughter, Karen Babington of Springfield, Virginia; son, Dan Faggard of Kansas City, Missouri; sister, Norma Lawrence of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; brother, Coy Cutright of Oklahoma City, OK; and Cat, Sissy.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, February 7, 2001 in Sunshine Country Club Estates Lounge at 1 p.m. with Jake Vinsant officiating. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to the American Heart Association.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Inez Brulay White
BROWNSVILLE ,TX — Inez (Tita) Brulay White, born on August 7, 1918 in Brownsville, passed away February 4, 2001 at Valley Regional Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Milton J. (Mike) White. Her parents, Louis and Inez Brulay, her sister, Lucie B. Scroggins, and her nephew, Richard L. Scroggins.
She was a life time member of Church of the Advent. She served as president of the Women of the Church several times, and painted casscarones for the church. She was instrumental in forming many social organizations in Brownsville for adults as well as teenagers. She started the Gay Nighters Dance Club and the Seraka Club. She was a member of the Brownsville Junior Service League.
Survivors include her four children and their spouses, Mickey and Janet White, Bob and Charlotte White, Ginger and Walter Pawkett, and Marilyn and Steve Labuda all of Brownsville; seven grandchildren, several cousins and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Brittian, Rufus Stewart, David Duncan, Lester Buck, Barry Putegnat, Roy Winans, Henry Havre.
Pallbearers will be John Williamson, Norberto Perez, Robert Swantner, Buddy Fischer, Sherman Lee, Jerry Adams, and Larry Jokl.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 6, 2001 at the Church of the Advent, Episcopal, 104 W. Elizabeth Street, with Rt. Rev. James E. Folts and Rev. Art Bevins officiating. Burial will be at Buena Vista Burial Park.
Contributions can be made in her name to the Church of The Advent, 104 W Elizabeth St., or the Episcopal Day School, 34 Coria Street, Brownsville, Texas 78520.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Darling-Mouser Funeral Home. 

Petra Garza Martinez
MERCEDES, TX — Petra Garza Martinez, 67, passed away Sunday at her residence.
She was preceded in death by her husband Alfredo Martinez, Sr., four children, Concepcion Garza, Maria Luisa Martinez, Domingo Martinez, Nora Islas, her mother, Maria Trinidad Garcia, her father, Alfonso Garza, and a sister, Dora G. Garza.
Mrs. Martinez is survived by nine sons, Alfredo Martinez, Jr., Roberto Martinez, Jose Cermenio, Erasmo Garza, Lino Martinez, Francisco Martinez, Jose Angel Martinez all of Mercedes, Adolfo Garza of Fort Worth, Juan Navor Garza of North Carolina; four daughters, Oralia Cantu, Mary Alamar Garza, Irene Garza all of Mercedes, Maria Guadalupe Vela of Brownsville; a brother, Salvador Garza of Mercedes; two sisters, Martina Delia Rodriguez and Julia G. Garza both of Mercedes; also surviving are thirty-six grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mercedes, interment will follow at Mercedes Memorial Restlawn also in Mercedes.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home of Mercedes.

Matilde Alfaro Betancourt
RIO HONDO — Matilde Alfaro Betancourt, 91, most beloved "Ama" and "Wuela" as she was known by all, went to be with the Lord at Valley Baptist Medical Center on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001.
"Ama" was born on June 8, 1909 in Sinton, Texas to Fidela Alfaro and Tomas Betancourt. She is preceded in death by her parents, Fidela and Tomas. Also by one daughter, Guadalupe Rodriguez.
She is survived by three sons, Ignacio (Raquel) Rodriguez of Abilene, Texas, Francisco (Rosie) Garcia Jr. of Rio Hondo and Jesus Garcia of Harlingen; four daughters, Maria Carmona, Santos Guajardo, Fidela Rodriguez and Alicia (Gary) Scarborough all of Rio Hondo. Also surviving are 28 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. She is also survived by her extended family and many many good friends. "Ama" will be greatly missed by all those who surrounded her with so much love and attention.
Visitation will be held on Monday, Feb. 5, 2001 at San Benito Funeral Home from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001 at First Baptist Church in Rio Hondo at 2 p.m. with burial to follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home.

Irene C. Gonzalez
SANTA ROSA — Irene C. Gonzalez, 48, entered into rest on Feb. 2, 2001 at her residence in Santa Rosa.
She is survived by her husband, George Gonzalez of Santa Rosa; three sons, Alejandro Olivarez Jr. of Santa Rosa, Sammy (Hilda) Olivarez of Harlingen, and Noel Olivarez of Santa Rosa; two daughters, Maria Guadalupe Martinez of Missouri and Monica Martinez of Santa Rosa. She is also survived by one granddaughter, Amanda Olivarez of Harlingen; two brothers, Arturo Canales of Harlingen and Ruben Canales of Santa Rosa and one sister Esmeralda Jimenez of Santa Rosa.
The funeral procession will depart the Rudy Garza Funeral Home today, Monday, Feb. 5, 2001 at 1:30 for a 2 p.m. mass of Christian burial at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Santa Rosa with Deacon Genaro Ibarra officiating. Interment will follow at Santo Nombre Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home of Harlingen.

Professor Bruce Underwood
BROWNSVILLE — Professor Bruce Underwood, 86, a native of Brownsville and one of the most distinguished educators in Texas, died Thursday, February 1, 2001, at Valley Regional Medical Center.
Born in Tulia, Texas, in 1914, he was the son of Alta Bruce Underwood, a piano teacher, and Walter West Underwood, a banker and the owner of the Underwood Cafeteria in Brownsville. The Underwood family came to Brownsville from Madisonville, Texas, in 1927.
After being graduated in 1930 as Salutatorian of Brownsville’s El Jardin High School, Underwood earned a B.S. in Journalism from Southern Methodist University in 1934, a master’s in Education Administration from Stanford University in 1954, and a Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1965. A Lyndon B. Johnson Research Fellow in Mexico between 1962 and 1964, he was awarded one of the first Fulbright-Hays Lectureships, which brought him to the Universidad de Navarra, Spain. Over three decades, he held appointments at numerous universities, including the University of Houston, Cornell, Temple, Pan American, Pace, and Iona. From 1993 until 2000, he was an adjunct professor at the University of Texas-Brownsville. He also served in the United States Air Force, receiving his commission in 1944 and retiring from the reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1974.
Underwood’s professional contributions to the Rio Grande Valley were varied. In the mid 1930s, he served as a reporter for the Dallas Daily Dispatch and as publisher of the Mercedes News-Tribune. Upon returning from Stanford, he became principal of the Lyford, Texas, elementary schools and then the Sam Houston Elementary School in Harlingen. In 1938, he was appointed Superintendent of the El Jardin Independent School District in Brownsville. Returning to Brownsville in 1983 with his wife, Carol, who died in 1996, Underwood, who received awards from the Rio Grande Valley Press Club and the Rio Grande Valley Writers’ Guild, wrote and edited for numerous Valley publications, including the Brownsville Weekly Times and the Rio Grande Valley Business Journal. Bilingual, Underwood also taught E.S.L. at Pace High School.
He is survived by three children: Elizabeth, a graduate of Stanford University; Dr. Thomas A. Underwood, a tutor in the Department of History at Harvard University, and Walter, a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February fifth, at the Church of the Advent, Episcopal, 104 W. Elizabeth Street, with the Rev. Art Bevins officiating. Burial will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park.
Pallbearers will include Jack Yonge, Rev. George W. Graydon, Carolyn Kizer, and Linda Forse.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be mailed to the Bruce Underwood Communications Scholarship, c/o Dr. Tony Zavaleta, University of Texas-Brownsville, Brownsville, Texas. 

Emilia F. Salinas
SAN BENITO — Emilia F. Salinas, 75, entered into rest on Sunday, February 04, 2001. She was born in Villanueva, Texas on March 4, 1925 to Manuel Flores and Teodora Herrera.
Ms. Salinas is survived by three daughters, Esmeralda Rodriguez of Dallas, Eustolia Trevino of Grande Prairie, Texas and Guillermina (Minnie) Salinas of San Benito; son, Hernan Salinas of Arlington, Texas; two brothers, three sisters, nine grandchildren and 17 grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Manuel Flores and Teodora Herrera, husband, Pedro Salinas and son, Pedro Salinas Jr.
Visitation will be on Monday, Feb. 05, 2001, from noon to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m.
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 06, 2001, 10 a.m. at St. Theresa Catholic Church. Burial will then follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home.


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