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Demetrio Orlando Sosa, Jr.
SAN ANTONIO, TX — Demetrio Orlando Sosa, Jr., 37, entered into eternal rest on August 12, 2001.
Orlando is survived by his loving family, wife Lourdes "Lulu" G. Sosa of San Antonio, TX; daughter, Analyssa Isabel Sosa of San Antonio, TX; father, Demetrio Sosa of Rio Hondo, TX; mother, Mary Lou Gonzales of San Antonio, TX; brother, Armando (Monica) Sosa of San Antonio, TX. He is also survived by numerous other family members.
Visitation will be held today, August 15, 2001, from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Roses with a Rosary and Prayer service to be prayed at 7 p.m. Private family interment services will be held at a later date.

Raul Martinez, Jr.
SAN BENITO, TX — Raul Martinez, Jr., 50, entered into rest on Monday, August 13, 2001 in Brownsville, TX. He was born in La Paloma, TX to Raul Martinez, Sr., and Josefina Flores.
Mr. Martinez is survived by his wife, Elida Martinez; children, Lonnie Martinez, Jessica Martinez both of San Benito, Shannon Martinez of Houston; step children, Mary Martinez, Ruben Martinez and Angel Martinez; children, Raul Martinez III of Austin, Javier Martinez of San Antonio, Lynn Martinez Rosales, Rudy Martinez and Liza Martinez all of Brownsville; mother, Josefina Flores and a sister, Rosa Zuniga.
Mr. Martinez is preceded in death by his father, Raul Martinez, Sr., and a son, Gilbert Martinez.
Visitation will be held today, Wednesday, August 15, 2001 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Funeral service will be Thursday, August 16, 2001 at the San Benito Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. with interment to follow at El Calaboz Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home, San Benito, TX.

Robert Jeffrey Steuck
HARLINGEN, TX — Robert Jeffrey Steuck went home to Glory, and into the Arms of Our Loving Savior, "Jesus Christ", Sunday, August 12th, 2001.
Robert was in business with his father at Ken’s Paint and Body Shop.
His loving Memory will live on in the Hearts of his parents Ken and Adeline Steuck.
Robert will be laid to rest Friday, August 17th, 2001 at Sutherland, Iowa.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Gaudian-Eldridge Funeral Homes, 217 E. Logan Street, Paullina, Iowa 51046. (712) 448-3820. 

Margaret H. Deere
HARLINGEN, TX — Margaret H. Deere, 90, passed away August 11, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas. She was born March 1, 1911 in Lake Orion, Michigan.
She was preceded in death by her husband William John Deere on July 1956.
She is survived by one nephew, Robert Minkley of San Antonio, Texas; one niece, Sylvia Langh of Novi, Michigan. She was a life member of Order of the Eastern Star and a long-time resident of the Palms Retirement Center in Harlingen, Texas where she will be remembered for her many Artistic contributions to the activities of the residents.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Mont Meta/Restlawn/Cox Funeral Home, 2906 S. Expressway 77/83, Harlingen, Texas.

Rosalinda Acevedo
RAYMONDVILLE, TX — Rosalinda Acevedo went to be with the Lord on August 11, 2001. She will be remembered as a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Family and friends will remember her big heart and generosity. She will be missed tremendously.
She was born March 19, 1953 in Raymondville and was a lifelong resident of Willacy County and a longtime member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and Church Prayer Group. She was well known through Rodriguez Service Station and Wrecker Service where she was co-owner.
Rosalinda is survived by her loving husband, Mr. Salvador Acevedo; daughter, Melissa (Robert) Cervantes; son, Salvador Acevedo Jr., and one grandson, Robert Anthony Cervantes, all of Raymondville; her parents, Ramiro and Maria V. Rodriguez of Raymondville; three brothers, Rey (Yolanda) Rodriguez of Corpus Christi, Roy (Gloria) Rodriguez of Harlingen, and Ricky (Cheryl) Rodriguez of Houston, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Ramiro Rodriguez Jr., and Rudolfo Rodriguez of Raymondville, Texas.
A Holy Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2001 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with interment to follow at Raymondville Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Javier Gonzales, John Henry Rodriguez, Michael Rey Rodriguez, Roy Rodriguez Jr., Manuel Paredes Jr., and Greg Gonzales.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home. 

Policarpio Villarreal
SANTA ROSA, TX — Policarpio Villarreal, 85, of Santa Rosa entered into rest August 13, 2001 at a local hospital after a lengthy illness.
He survived by his sons, Alfonso Villarreal of Combes, Lencho (Terri) Villarreal of San Benito, Polo (Diana) Villarreal of Houston, Juan Villarreal of Houston; his daughters, Tere Hiracheta of Houston, Alicia (Nestor) Sosa of California, Connie Garcia of Santa Rosa, Imelda (Mike) Swetnam of Los Fresnos and Bertha (Lionel) Lopez of Brownsville; 34 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by his brother, Rafael Villarreal.
Mr. Villarreal is preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 years, Ernestina Villarreal, his son, Humberto Villarreal, daughters, Irene and Delia Villarreal and his brothers, Julian and Fernando Villarreal.
Visitation will be today (Tuesday) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and a rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday departing the chapel at 12:30 p.m. for a 1 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mr. Villarreal’s grandsons. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

Elena Martinez
SAN BENITO, TX — Elena Martinez, 45, was called home to be with her Savior the Lord Jesus Christ on August 12, 2001. She was a lifetime resident of San Benito born April 25, 1956.
Survivors include: 4 sons, Juan Antonio Macias, Jody Macias, Miguel Morales and Enrique Martinez all of San Benito; two brothers, Julian and Joe Martinez of IL; two sisters, Emma Rodriguez of Harlingen, Gloria Martinez of San Benito; 5 grandchildren and several nephews and nieces.
Pallbearers will be Enrique Martinez, Miguel Morales, Jody Macias, Carlos Del Bosque, Luis Cisneros and Ruben Villalon.
"Mom, you will always live in our hearts."
Chapel Services will be held today at 10 a.m. with Pastor Jaime Loya officiating. Interment will follow at Las Yescas Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Trinity Funeral Chapel.

Joe Frank Soliz
HARLINGEN, TX — Joe Frank Soliz, 57, of Harlingen entered into rest Sunday, August 12, 2001 at a local hospital.
He is survived by his loving wife, Elodia (Laurie) Soliz of Harlingen; daughters, Suzanne (Eric) Maynard and Angel Soliz and special friend (Orly Gutierrez) all of Harlingen; sons, Brian Soliz of San Benito, Eddie (Joanna) Soliz, and J.D. (Shanna) Soliz all of Harlingen and 9 grandchildren. Also surviving him is a sister, Herminia Quintero of San Antonio; brothers, Rudy (Carmen) Soliz of Brownsville, Homer (Dolores) Soliz of Victoria and Edward (Linda) Brown of San Antonio.
He is preceded in death by his parents Rudy and Angelica Soliz.
Mr. Soliz worked in the Gulf Coast Area as a police officer and narcotics agent for the past 12 years.
Visitation will be held today from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Angels and a prayer service will be at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Angels with a chapel service at 10 a.m. with Rev. Mike Sullivan of Spirit of Praise Church officiating and interment will follow at Ashland Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of the American Legion Post #205.
Pallbearers will be, Brian Soliz, Eddie Soliz, J.D. Soliz, Eric Maynard, Orly Gutierrez, and Ray Soliz.

Margaret H. Deere
HARLINGEN, TX — Margaret H. Deere, 90, passed away August 13, 2001 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas. She was born March 1, 1911 in Lake Orion, Michigan.
She was preceded in death by her husband William John Deere on July 1956.
She is survived by one nephew, Robert Minkley of San Antonio, Texas; one niece, Sylvia Langh of Novi, Michigan. She was a life member of order of the Eastern Star Long Time, resident of the Palms Retirement Center, Harlingen, Texas where she will be remembered for her many Artistic contributions to the activities of the residents.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Mont Meta/Restlawn/Cox Funeral Home, 2906 S. Expressway 77/83, Harlingen, Texas.

Thomas Howard Davis
LA FERIA — Thomas Howard Davis, 62, entered eternal rest, August 10, 2001 at a local hospital. Born February 26, 1939 in Wharton, Texas. 
He was enlisted with the U.S. Navy for 18 years, serving three terms in Vietnam.
Survivors are: Mother, Gladys Meyer of San Benito; 2 brothers, Robert Meyer of La Feria, Paul Meyer of Rio Hondo; 1 sister, Rita Noel of Houston and several nephews and nieces.
Memorial Services will be held August 24, 2001 at 7 p.m. at the Spirit of Praise Church with Pastor Mike Sullivan officiating. Interment will follow at a later date at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Corpus Christi, TX. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapels. 

W.H. (William Hughes) Thompson
HARLINGEN— W.H. (William Hughes) Thompson went to be with his Lord on Saturday, August 11, 2001. 
He was born in Waxahatchie, Texas on August 23, 1914 and grew up at Chapman Ranch and Port Lavaca, Texas. 
He briefly attended John Tarleton College in Stephenville, and began farming on his own in 1934 in Port Lavaca. He married Pauleen Turner from Tivoli, Texas in 1935, and moved to Harlingen with his wife and three children in 1948.
W.H. Thompson farmed in the Harlingen and Rio Hondo areas from 1948 to 1989. 
He was known as "the Watermelon King of Cameron County", famous for his sweet watermelons, cantaloupes and honeydew melons.
He was an outdoorsman, an avid hunter, and a man who enjoyed traveling, especially in the Rocky Mountains of the West.
W.H. Thompson served on the Board of Directors of the Rio Hondo Co-Op Gin for 30 years, serving as its President for 10 years. 
He also served on the Board of Directors of Valley Co-Op Mill in Harlingen for more than 15 years.
In 1962 he established Thompson Manufacturing Company, a steel fabrication plant in Harlingen, where he served as its President and major stockholder until his retirement in 1992.
Mr. Thompson was a member of First Methodist Church in Harlingen from 1948 to 1977 where he served on the Board of Trustees and the Administrative Board for many years. 
He had been a member of First Baptist Church, Harlingen from 1977 to the present.
His wife, Pauleen, died in 1982. Subsequently he married Dottie Hoel from Denver, Colorado, where he lived for many years. 
He was recognized with numerous awards for his magnificent gardens. In 1996 his garden was selected as the best garden in the State of Colorado. His wife, Dottie Hoel Thompson, died in 1992.
In January 2001, Mr. Thompson returned to Texas to live closer to his children. He loved his family and counted them as his greatest blessing and treasure. 
W.H. Thompson is survived by a sister, Clara B. Thompson of Harlingen; two brothers, Marvin (Jean) Thompson and Charles Thompson of Victoria, Texas; three children, Lou Ann (Marty) Swayze of Arlington, Texas, Donnie (Sharon) Thompson of Harlingen, and Kent (Pam) Thompson of Canyon Lake, Texas; eight grandchildren, Mar Lu (Lewis) Hiller, Carla (Lecile) Davis, Dub Swayze, Walter Thompson, Dawn (Eric) Ziehe, William H. Thompson, Tamatha (Steve) Johnson, and Travis Thompson; and eleven great grandchildren.
Visitation hours will be from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, August 13th at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home. 
Members of the family will be present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
Friends are encouraged to come by and share recollections of Mr. Thompson.
Funeral services will be at the First Baptist Church of Harlingen at 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 14th, with graveside services following at Mont Meta Cemetery. 
Pallbearers will be Monty Smith, David Newell, Ron Waters, Buddy Hawkins, David Longoria, and Joel Cortez. 
Memorial donations may be given to Friends of Jesus International in care of the First Baptist Church, Harlingen, or to the charity of choice.
Pallbearers will be Monty Smith, David Newell, Ron Waters, Buddy Hawkins, David Longoria, and Joel Cortez. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Forrest "Polly" Gound
WESLACO — Forrest "Polly" Gound, 79, passed away Thursday, August 9, 2001 at Retama Nursing Home in Weslaco.
"Polly" was born in Tokio, TX on December 10, 1921 and moved to the Valley in 1924 with his family. He attended Weslaco High School and graduated in 1940.
During WWII, he was employed by H.B. Zachary constructing military bases throughout South Texas. In 1953, he married the love of his life, Billy Ruth Johansen. Polly was a longtime owner/operator of the Mobil Filling Station in Weslaco until 1975 when he became associated with the Hidalgo and Cameron County Water District #9, where he was employed until 1988.
Visitation will be held today, Sunday, August 12, 2001 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco. 
Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 13, 2001 at 10 a.m. at McCaleb Funeral Home Chapel in Weslaco. 
The Rev. Howard Bloomquist, pastor of the First Christian Church in Weslaco, will be officiating. 
Interment will follow at the Weslaco City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jack Dyer; Ray Dyer; Norman Davidson, Jr. Bell; John Porter and Roy Parker. 
Honorary pallbearers will be Conley Bell, Rex Garrett and Jim Cook.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco.

Elaine L. Bennett
LA FERIA — Elaine L. Bennett passed away on August 9, 2001 at Knapp Medical Hospital in Weslaco, Texas after losing a brave fight against cancer.
Elaine was born on March 6, 1937 on a farm near Niles, Michigan, where a lifelong love of trees, plants, animals and all natural wonders began. 
She also developed an enduring interest in all things mechanical. She could drive trucks, sports cars and boats or fly co-pilot in airplanes with as much joy as she nurtured family or strolled beaches and ranch land.
Drawn in part by the lure of the Confederate Air Force Ghost Squadron, Elaine and her first husband, Howard Bennett, moved to the Rio Grande Valley in 1980. From 1984 to 1991, she was on the CAF staff moving from secretary to assistant editor of the CAF DISPATCH magazine. 
Later, she held several management positions with various Valley businesses.
A woman of many talents, she was a loving mother, an artist, a singer and a pianist. Elaine had an abiding belief in God and in doing the right thing, whatever the consequences. 
She will be deeply missed by all her family, her many close friends and by Bobby Peroni, with whom she shared a portion of her life and an affection for horses.
Her sons, Dwaine Bennett of Mississippi and David Bennett of La Feria, Texas also grew up in Michigan, where Elaine’s mother, Mrs. Henriette Makowski and other family members still live. In addition to her sons, her mother and three brothers, she is also survived by four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home at 4 p.m., Monday, August 13, 2001. Visitation hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday as well.
The family requests that those desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to the charity of choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home. 

Julie Helen Parce Cox
HARLINGEN — In the early morning hours of July 31, 2001, Julie Parce Cox, 55, surrounded by her family at her mother’s residence, entered life eternal with her Savior after a courageous battle with cancer.
Julie was born in Harlingen, Texas on October 21, 1945 to Charles and Helen Parce. She graduated from Harlingen High School and studied nursing at Baylor University. In 1968, Julie married Wendell J. Cox of Tampico, Mexico. 
She quickly immersed herself in the language and culture of Tampico where she was loved by all that knew her.
Julie was a member of the board of the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc. as Chairperson of the International Affiliates Committee, was President of her club, Circulo Floral Tampiqueno and President of the Mexican Federation of Garden Clubs for the State of Tamaulipas.
For over twenty years, she held a weekly Bible Study in her home for all that were invited and welcomed.
Julie lived her life according to 1 Corinthians 13:1-8.
Julie was patient. She cared for her mother-in-law until she passed away four years ago. Julie was kind; she always had an encouraging word for everyone she knew. Julie was not jealous, did not brag and was not arrogant. She held everyone’s needs before her own. Even in her last days she made sure that the nurses that cared for her ate lunch and had time to get out of the house so they would not grow tired. Julie did not act unbecomingly. She was a true lady, gracious and dignified in every sense of the word.
In her last days, friends and family would ask her, "How are you doing?" She would respond, "Fine." When she was getting worse, she would respond, "Better."
She bore all things, hoped all things, believed all things and endured all things. Her work of love will live on.
Julie was preceded in death by her grandparents, Fred and Josephine Flynn and father, Charles Parce, all of Harlingen.
She is survived by her husband, Wendell (Jack) Cox; her sons, Wendell Cox and Charles (Kelly) Cox and grandson, William, all of Tampico; her mother, Helen Parce; her brothers, Fred (Maureen) Parce and Walter (Becky) Parce, all of Harlingen. Special nieces and nephew, Freddie Parce and Susanne Parce Heigel of Houston, Tiffany Parce of Ft. Worth and her aunt, Martha Fraser of Houston also survive her.
Funeral services were held in Tampico in English on August 1, 2001 at Christ Church and in Spanish at St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Catholic Church. 
No local services will be held.
Memorial contributions may be sent to The Gideon Memorial Bible Plan, P.O. Box 290, Harlingen, Texas 78550 or charity of choice.
Local arrangements were with Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home. 

Beverly Brook Estes
HOUSTON —Beverly Brook Estes, 66, of Houston, passed away on August 9, 2001. A devoted wife and mother, she was born on May 21, 1935 in Austin, Texas. She was preceded in death by her mother, Marie Snow; her father, Clovis Brook; a sister, Jerry Chasten and stepfather, Luther Snow. 
She is survived by her loving husband, C.R. "Bud" Estes, Jr.; daughters, Kaye Loudermilk and Diane Sims and their husbands, Chris Loudermilk and Tom Sims, all of Houston; a sister, Jackie Roberts and husband, Buck of Raymondville, TX; step-brother, Ray Snow and wife, Judy of Raymondville, TX; grandsons, Patrick, Connor and Harrison Loudermilk and Jackson Sims and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, August 12, 2001 at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home at 13001 Katy Freeway at Eldridge. 
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, August 13, 2001 in the Founders Chapel of Grace Presbyterian Church, 10221 Ella Lee, with the Rev. Dr. Robert M. (Bob) Poteet officiating. 
Interment will follow in Memorial Oaks Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Grace School, 10221 Ella Lee, Houston, Texas 77042.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway at Eldridge (281) 497-2210. 

Cora Marie Kohn
RANGER, TX — Graveside services for Cora Marie Kohn, 93, a retired schoolteacher, will be held Sunday at 5 p.m. at Mt. Marion Cemetery in Strawn, Texas. 
The Rev. Carter Croft will officiate and burial will follow under the direction of the McMillan-Satterwhite Funeral Home of Graham, Texas.
Miss Kohn died Friday in an Eastland, Texas hospital.
She was born March 21, 1908 in W. Virginia and came to Ranger, Texas as a child. She graduated from Ranger High School and Texas Women’s College. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from Texas A & I at Kingsville and taught school for 42 years with the last 32 years in the Harlingen school system. She retired in 1979 and moved to Breckenridge, Texas. 
Miss Kohn served in the Women’s Air Corps during World War II and was a member of the Eastern Star, Royal Neighbors Chapter, in Ranger for 74 years, where she had served as Worthy Matron. She was a Presbyterian.
Memorials may be made to the Ranger Volunteer Fire Department, 500 E. Loop 254, Ranger, Texas 76470.
She is survived by her niece, Gail Garner Pickrell of Ranger, Texas and great nephew, Brann Noble of Breckenridge, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alex and Della Kohn and a brother-in-law and sister, Brann and Burla Jane Garner. 

Francisca Cano Aldape
MERCEDES — Francisca Cano Aldape, 84, a lifelong resident of Mercedes, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2001 at her residence in Mercedes. 
She was born on March 1, 1917 in Mercedes, Texas to Rosalio Cano and Justa Reyes Cano.
She is survived by her loving family: husband, Ernesto Ramirez Aldape of Mercedes; 5 daughters, Lydia (David) Duenas of Mercedes, TX; Estefana Aldape Luna of Mission, TX; Delia (Jim) Brimager of Fresno, CA; Yolanda Aldape Carreon of Mercedes, TX and Juana (Andres) Montejano of Mercedes, TX; 6 sons, Ramiro (Amparo) Aldape of Mercedes, Andres (Connie) Aldape of Fresno, CA, Rodolfo (Rosalinda) Aldape of Grande Prairie, Jose Roel (Sonia) Aldape of San Antonio, TX, Romeo (Darlene) Aldape and Jerry (Gloria) Aldape of Mercedes, TX; 39 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren.
Viewing will be held today, Sunday, August 12, 2001 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a Holy Rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m. tonight. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, August 13, 2001. 
We will depart Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. mass at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church. 
Interment will then follow at Mercedes Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Mercedes. 
Pallbearers will be Francisca’s 6 sons, Ramiro Aldape; Andres Aldape; Rodolfo Aldape; Jose Roel Aldape; Romeo Aldape and Jerry Aldape. Francisca was a dedicated and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother and will be dearly missed and loved by all those who knew her.
Funeral services are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home of Mercedes, Texas.

Mary Emily Carlson
GEORGETOWN, TX — Mary Emily was born in Minneapolis to Eva and Elvin Wilson. Her older brother, Warren, and a big black Labrador, Bingo, were her dearest childhood companions. When she graduated from Roosevelt High School she set her aspirations on art school, but tough times dictated otherwise and instead she took a career as a bank teller. Mary and Carl J. Carlson were married in 1949 and were able to celebrate 49 years of marriage. They raised a daughter and two sons. All three children married and Mary became a loving grandma to two grandsons. Austin, Minnesota was home until Carl retired and they turned into snowbirds and golfed year around between Eagle River, Wisconsin and Rancho Viejo, Texas. Carl passed away in 1998 and Mary moved to Georgetown to be near family.
Mary relished every friendship along her life’s path: Minneapolis, MN; Fremont, NE; Austin, MN; Eagle River, WI; Rancho Viejo; Sun City, Georgetown, and the Summit at Lakeway, TX. She lovingly devoted herself to family and home; took her passion to the golf course: sought her artistic self in needle point and piano; took pride in her grandsons; and was a faithful servant committed to the work of God’s church.
Mary’s celebration of life service was held at Wellspring United Methodist Church, Georgetown, TX on Thursday, August 9, 2001. Her final resting-place is Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau, WI.
Mary is survived by her sons, Dan (Nancy) Carlson of London, England, David (Betsy) of Fort Worth, TX; daughter, Patricia (Stuart) of Lakeway, TX; two grandsons, Todd and Corey Rosemurgy of Lakeway, TX; sister-in-law, Margaret and brother-in-law, Richard of Rapid City, SD and sister-in-law, Marilyn of Tuscon, AR.
Memorials requested for Hospice Austin’s Christopher House 2820 East Martin Luther King Blvd, Austin, TX 78702 or Wellspring United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 5029, Georgetown, Texas 78627. 

Alicia R. Ybarra
HARLINGEN, TX — Alicia R. Ybarra, 68, passed away August 2, 2001 at her residence. She was a lifelong resident of Harlingen and a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church.
Ms. Ybarra is survived by her son Alberto B. Ybarra of Harlingen; grandchildren, Ernesto Ybarra of Laredo, TX, Joseph Ybarra of Laredo, TX, Connie M. Ybarra of Austin, TX, Monica Ann Ybarra of Austin, TX, and Alberto B. Ybarra Jr., of Austin, TX; brothers, Juan De Dios Rosales of Durango, Mexico and Julio Rosales of Durango, Mexico; sisters, Urania Rosales of Durango, Mexico, Estela Rosales of Durango, Mexico, Maxima Juarez of Houston, Texas, Ninfa Vela of Houston, Texas, and Jovita Rosales of Brownsville, TX.
Ms. Ybarra is preceded in death by her husband Guadalupe Ybarra on June 19, 2001.
Visitation was held yesterday, August 9, 2001 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held today, August 11, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park in La Feria.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garza-Elizondo Funeral Home.

Carmen San Pedro Ponce
HARLINGEN, TX — After a lengthy illness, Carmen San Pedro Ponce passed away in Austin, Texas on August 7, 2001. A devoted mother and follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, she joins her husband, Demetrio Ponce De Cura, and a granddaughter, Rebecca Dominguez, in our Lord’s Home.
She is survived by her five children, Agustin (Alma) Ponce of Harlingen, Texas, Juan (Kadie) Ponce of Van Couver, Washington, Elena (Rene) Ponce Dominguez of Mesquite, Texas, Lucia Ponce of Austin, Texas and Luis (Joan) Ponce of Mt. Vernon, Washington.
She leaves a blessing of 10 grandchildren, and a great granddaughter. Born on January 13, 1925 , she was raised in San Benito, TX. Our mom came from humble beginnings, making a life for her husband, and children. She cherished the love, and friendship from those that knew her.
She was always ready to help and hear from those around her. Our family feels our Lord in Heaven has blessed us by letting us see a piece of Heaven in her.
Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, August 10, 2001 in Chapel A, with a Rosary scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
The funeral service is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2001 at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church located at 1313 W. Buchanan, Harlingen, Texas. Interment will follow at Rest Lawn Memorial Park in La Feria, Texas.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Mont Meta Restlawn Cox Funeral Home.

Mary Lee (McMillan) Spilman
HARLINGEN, TX — Mary Lee (McMillan) Spilman, 93, passed away to eternal rest on Thursday, August 9, 2001. Mary Lee was born on September 10, 1907 on a farm 3 miles from the town of Thorndale, Texas in Milam County.
She graduated from Thorndale High School and attended Mary Hardin Baylor College and received a certificate in Business Administration. Her first job was with F.K. Austin Groren Co., Belton, Texas, as a bookkeeper. She moved to Raymondville, Texas and was the bookkeeper for Raymondville Bonded Warehouse where she was in charge of Retail Merchants Credit Reports. In 1938 Mary Lee moved to Harlingen and took a job with the First National Bank. She worked in the proof department and as a teller before she became assistant cashier. In 1944 Mary Lee was given the cotton accounts to handle. Soon she was made assistant vice-president and was known as the Valley’s "First Lady" in cotton banking. Her picture was featured on the cover of "The Cotton Digest" magazine. The article pointed out that she was "pioneering a new field for women in cotton banking", and described her as the No. 2 "man" in the important cotton department. Mary Lee was well known to cotton firms in the U.S., Mexico, and other foreign countries. Her knowledge of cotton was not confined to what she learned at the bank. She was a cotton grower herself with her husband. After 31 years in banking she retired as a vice president. She continued to work with Starke Taylor and Son Cotton Company for 12 summers.
You would think the cotton job and the home farm would have kept Mary Lee busy, but somehow she found time to be active in church and civic work. She was a charter member of the Zonta Club of Harlingen, Texas in 1949. She served as president and treasurer of the local club and as treasurer of district 10. She was a member of the Valley Nile Club and served as treasurer, vice president, and president. Mary Lee was a member of the City Federation Women’s Club and served as vice president. She was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church of Harlingen. She served as treasurer and president of the Wesleyan Service Guild.
Mary Lee is survived by her brother, James Louis McMillan (Frances) of Harlingen, Texas; nieces, Karen Frazier of Brownsville, Texas and Susan (Jon) Teichamann of Amarillo, Texas and two special companions, Esmeralda Gonzales and Josephina Salazar.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Douglas McMillan; mother, Lula Lee McMillan; brother, Hugh Lee McMillan; nephews, John David McMillan and Hugh Lee McMillan, Jr.
Memorial services will be held at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home, at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 11, 2001 with the Rev. Charles Graff officiating.
Those desiring to do so may make memorial donations to the First United Methodist Church in Harlingen or to the charity of choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home of Harlingen.

Letha Hofer
ODEM, TX — Letha Hofer, 87, a devout Baptist, of Odem, Texas, passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2001, in a Corpus Christi, Texas hospital. She was born January 22, 1914, in Chattanooga, Oklahoma to Ellis and Fannie Hunt Lee. She married Fred Hofer in 1931 and they were married for 60 years when he passed away in 1991. They lived in La Feria, Texas for many years where she was very active in the First Baptist Church. She had taught Sunday School in the Junior Department through the Adult Department for over 40 years. She and her husband moved to Willis, Texas where they lived for several years and were active in First Baptist Church of Willis. Several years after her husband’s death she moved to Odem and became an active member of First Baptist Church in Odem. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and gardening.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Joe Paul Hofer in 1994 and a granddaughter, June Debra Hofer in 1979. She lived for her grandchildren and great grandchildren which bought one of the greatest joys in her life.
She is survived by a son, J.D. (Joan) Hofer of Odem; three grandchildren, J.D. Jr.(Janel) Hofer and Jennifer (Doug) Crumly all of Odem and Janet (Chad) Coburn of Corpus Christi; five great grandchildren, Kelsey, Keeley and Korey Coburn, and Camden and Connor Crumly; a brother, Ross Alvin Lee of Edcouch, Texas.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Sawyer-George Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 9, 2001 in First Baptist Church in Odem with Pastor Steve Winters officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Thursday in Ebony Grove Cemetery in Mercedes, Texas.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sawyer-George Funeral Home, 12497 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410 (361) 242-3205. 

George Franklin Ibaugh, Jr.
LA FERIA, TX — George Franklin Ibaugh, Jr. born October 14, 1917 in Columbia, PA passed away August 6, 2001 at his residence in La Feria.
He is survived by his daughter, Virginia Ibaugh Scarth and her husband, Ed of La Feria; son, George Ralph Ibaugh and his wife, Rosemary of Lancaster, PA, his wife, Evelyn Virginia Ibaugh of Pooler, GA and Jova Herrera of Abilene, TX and sisters, Mary Elizabeth Powell of Coatsville, PA and Margaret Julia Ibaugh.
He was preceded in death by his father, George F. Ibaugh, Sr., his mother, Erna Mae Smith Ibaugh, brother, Lewis Baldwin Ibaugh, Sr., Elva Catherine Donnelly. He had four grandchildren and four great grandchildren and cousins still living in the Pennsylvania area.
He served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, Strategic Air Command, where he was a MSgt. And participated in the opening of Hunter Air Force Base, Savannah GA where he was stationed until his retirement. He served in World War II as part of the Desert Air Force. Upon retirement from the Air Force he worked with the U.S. Postal Service in Savannah GA for 15 years before retiring a second time. He moved to Texas permanently in 1983 where he resided until his death. He was a loving and loved father and grandfather.
Memorial Services will be held at Green Bay South Club House on Monday, August 13th at 10 a.m. where Rev. George Bradley of First United Methodist Church will be officiating.
Thomae Funeral Home of 701 N. Bowie San Benito has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

Estella M. Gonzalez
HARLINGEN, TX — Estella M. Gonzalez age 59, passed away Monday, August 6, 2001 at her residence in Harlingen. A native of San Benito she had lived in San Benito for most of her life but had resided in Harlingen for the past 15 years.
Survivors include her sister, Elida G. Robles of San Benito; 2 brothers, Jose Gonzalez of Houston and Reynaldo Mendoza of San Benito and her caregivers, Cristobal and Ida Benavides of Harlingen. She is also survived by several nephews and nieces.
Psalms 91:2 I Will Say Of The Lord "He Is My Refuge And My Fortress: My God In Him I Will Trust".
Funeral services today at 10 a.m. at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit with Rev. Steven Benavides of Trinity Christian Center officiating. Burial will follow at San Benito City Cemetery.
Trinity Funeral Chapels 1217 S. F. are in charge of arrangements.

Mildred Marion Bagwell
WESLACO, TX — Mildred Marion Bagwell, 82, passed away Monday, August 6, 2001 at the Comfort House in McAllen.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 8, 2001 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. with family receiving friends from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco. Graveside services will be held Thursday, August 9, 2001 at 10 a.m. at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home in Weslaco. 

Francis E. Branch
HARLINGEN, TX — Francis "Bud" E. Branch, 86, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2001 in his residence, after a lengthy illness. Bud was born in New Haven, Connecticut on August 19, 1914 to Lester Leroy and Lydia Mae Ward Branch. Bud and Beverly were married in 1936 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Bud was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge, a past district Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Maine; a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. Moving to West Texas 1957; Bud retired from the Veteran’s Administration in Big Spring, Texas in 1974, where he served as supply officer; moved to the Rio Grande Valley in 1975 and later moved to Harlingen in 1993.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister.
Bud is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Beverly E. Fitch Branch; sister, Macy Sparks; four children, Gwendolyn (Les) Clements, Nancy (Gerald) Swanson, Carolyn (Joe) Welch, and James E. Branch; 13 grandchildren; 26-great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. The family requests no flowers.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Letha Hofer
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — Letha Hofer, 87, a devout Baptist, of Odem, Texas, passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2001, in a Corpus Christi, Texas hospital. She was born January 22, 1914, in Chattanooga, Oklahoma to Ellis and Fannie Hunt Lee. She married Fred Hofer in 1931 and they were married for 60 years when he passed away in 1991. They lived in La Feria, Texas for many years where she was very active in the First Baptist Church. She had taught Sunday School in the Junior Department through the Adult Department for over 40 years. She and her husband moved to Willis, Texas where they lived for several years and were active in First Baptist Church of Willis. Several years after her husband’s death she moved to Odem and became an active member of First Baptist Church in Odem. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and gardening.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Joe Paul Hofer in 1994 and a granddaughter, June Debra Hofer in 1979. She lived for her grandchildren and great grandchildren which bought one of the greatest joys in her life.
She is survived by a son, J.D. (Joan) Hofer of Odem; three grandchildren, J.D. Jr.(Janel) Hofer and Jennifer (Doug) Crumly all of Odem and Janet (Chad) Coburn of Corpus Christi; five great grandchildren, Kelsey, Keeley and Korey Coburn, and Camden and Connor Crumly; a brother, Ross Alvin Lee of Edcouch, Texas.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Sawyer-George Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 9, 2001 in First Baptist Church in Odem with Pastor Steve Winters officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Thursday in Ebony Grove Cemetery in Mercedes, Texas.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sawyer-George Funeral Home, 12497 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410 (361) 242-3205. 

Edward Herbenar
HARLINGEN, TX — Edward Herbenar, 82, of Harlingen, TX passed away Monday, August 6, 2001 in Golden Palms Health Center.
Edward Herbenar was born December 31, 1918 in Ironwood, MI to Martin and Mary (Kraynak) Herbenar. Edward served in the army in 1941 to 1945. Edward was a retired Chief Engineer of TRW in Detroit, Michigan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Frank, Joseph, Antone, Rudolph "Al" and Molly.
Edward is survived by his sister, Agnes Williams of El Paso, TX; one brother, James Michael Herbenar and his wife, Nora, and nieces and nephews.
Special thanks go to Golden Palms Health Center Nurses and Staff. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Kreidler-Ashcraft Funeral Directors, 1002 E. Harrison, Harlingen, Texas 78550 (956) 423-4141.

Saturnina Segovia
MERCEDES, TX — Saturnina Segovia, 91, passed away on Sunday afternoon at her residence. She was a long time resident of Mercedes and was preceded in death by two daughters, Macaria Posadas and Margarita Gaytan.
Mrs. Segovia is survived by three sons, Alfonso Posadas of Muleshoe, TX, David Aguero of Houston and Ruben Aguero of Mercedes; three daughters, Gregoria Sanchez of Milwaukee, WI, Brigida Aguilar and Beda Becerra both of Mercedes; 36 grandchildren, 72 great-grandchildren and 30 great great grandchildren.
A Rosary will be prayed Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Mercedes entombment will follow at Highland Memorial Park of Weslaco.
Funeral arrangments have been entrusted to Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home of Mercedes. 

Manuela L. Garza
MERCEDES, TX — Manuela L. Garza, 79, passed away August 5, 2001 at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco. Mrs. Garza was a Mercedes native and longtime owner of the Bar B-Que House (El Pollito) in Mercedes.
She was preceded in death by her father, Isidro Longoria; her mother, Petra Monroy; a brother, Alfonso Garza and a son, Baldemar Garza.
She is survived by her husband, Raul P. Garza; two sons, Miguel (Yolanda) Garza and Rolando (Olga) Garza; three daughters, Irma (Frank) Sanchez, Isabel Garza, and Norma Garza all of Mercedes. Also surviving are her daughter-in-law, Sylvia A. Garza of McAllen; one sister, Teresa Rodriguez of Mercedes; her sister-in-law, Carmen Garza of San Antonio, TX; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
A rosary will be recited Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church of Mercedes with burial following at Highland Memorial Park of Weslaco.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home of Mercedes. 

Aliyah Perez
ELSA, TX — Baby Girl Aliyah Perez, 2 months old, passed away on Monday, August 6, 2001 at her residence.
She is survived by her parents, Israel and Ybethe Perez of Elsa; paternal grandparents, Augustin and Margarita Perez of Mercedes; maternal grandparents, Cutberto and Martha Barbosa of Pharr, TX; paternal great grandmother, Elmira Capetillo of Harlingen; uncle, Augustin (Irma) Perez of Mercedes; aunts, Anna (Mark) Islas of Mercedes, and Noemi (Joseph) Winkler of Mercedes; uncle, Cutberto Barbosa Jr., and aunt, Anelle Barbosa both of Pharr. She is also survived by many cousins.
Viewing will be held today, Tuesday, August 7, 2001 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. tonight.
A 9 a.m. Prayer Service will be prayed on Wednesday, August 8, 2001 at Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace. Interment Service will then follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in La Feria.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home of Mercedes

Guadalupe (Lupe) Rodriguez
HARLINGEN, TX — Guadalupe (Lupe) Rodriguez, 66, of Harlingen entered into rest Sunday, August 5, 2001.
He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Alicia Rodriguez of Harlingen; a daughter, Rosalinda R. (Jaime) Cantu of Brownsville; 4 sons, Ruben (Everline) Rodriguez of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Rick (Sonia) Rodriguez of Harlingen, Rudy (Anita) Rodriguez of Harlingen, Michael Pete Rodriguez of Austin; 11 grandchildren, Fernanda, Vanessa and Alicia Victoria Rodriguez, Jacob and Amelia Cantu, Daniella, Adriana and Gabriella Rodriguez, Xavier, Sarah and Vincent Rodriguez. Also surviving him are his sisters, Carolina Castillo and Aurora Delgado both of Harlingen.
His parents, Pedro and Petra Rodriguez and his brothers-in-law, Abel Castillo and Godfrey Delgado precede him in death.
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all those who knew him and loved him.
Mr. Rodriguez had a distinguished 20-year career in the United States Air Force having served during the Vietnam Conflict and the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the American Legion and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. He was an avid golfer and earlier this year scored a hole in one.
Funeral services will be held today, August 7, 2001 departing the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace at 1:30 p.m. for a 2 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Father Martin De La Cruz as Celebrant and interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park Cemetery with Military Honors under the auspices of the American Legion Post #205.
Pallbearers will be Ray Botello, Abel Tamez, Jose Cantu, Al Alvarez, Cecil Zamerron and Humberto Saldivar, Sr. Honorary pallbearers will be Margarito Ledesma, Daniel Rocha, Joe Mora, Godfrey Delgado, Jr., Abel Castillo, Jr., David Villarreal, Benny Canas, Alberto Almanza and Celto Botello.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funerals, Inc. of Harlingen.

Lou Bullington Tower
DALLAS, TX — Lou Bullington Tower, 81, passed away Monday, August 6, 2001, with her daughters at her side at St. Paul Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Born June 4, 1920, in San Diego, California, and nicknamed "Honey", she grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas. She graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1937 and attended Hardin Junior College prior to attending Texas State Teachers College for Women (now Texas Women’s University). She graduated in 1941 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, majoring in Piano, then spent the next 10 years in Wichita Falls, teaching piano and organ and working with the Red Cross and Canteen Corps. "Honey" played for weddings and funerals, taught at Midwestern State College (now Midwestern University), became the organist at First Methodist Church and married the pastor’s son, John Goodwin Tower, in March 1952. Later that year, John took a leave from his political science teaching position at Midwestern, and they moved to England where he studied at the London School of Economics. They returned to Wichita Falls in 1953, and he resumed teaching at Midwestern while she would care for three daughters born soon thereafter. In 1961, Lou helped John win a special election to the United States Senate. That victory as the first Republican elected state-wide since Reconstruction began building a two-party Texas. The couple moved to Washington, D.C., where he served 24 years in the Senate. During their time in Washington, she tended to their daughters and served in the Senate Ladies’ Red Cross, the Texas Congressional Delegation Club, the International Club, and as a charming hostess in the nation’s capital. One of the first wives to campaign actively in a "grassroots" manner for her husband. Lou traveled tirelessly by car, bus, airplane, and on foot across Texas and is credited as pivotal to his first reelection in 1966.
Lou was preceded in death by parents Marian and Grover Bullington; sister, Marian Bullington Webb; brother, Grover Bullington, Jr.; daughter, Marian Tower, and Senator John Tower.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Penny and David Cook and Jeanne and Berry Cox and grandsons, Tower Cook and Justin and John Cox, all of Dallas. Lou had disarming warmth and wit, never met a stranger, and was loved by all who knew her.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2001 at Highland Park United Methodist Church, Main Sanctuary, Rev. Mark Craig officiating. Private family interment at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be sent to Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75205, The Hockaday School, 11600 Welch Road, Dallas, Texas 75229 or the St. Paul Foundation, 5909 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75235.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 West Nortwest Highway, Dallas, TX 75225 (214) 363-5401. 

Joe Bailey "J.B." Hicks, Jr.
HARLINGEN— Lifetime valley resident, longtime businessman and community leader Joe Bailey "J.B." Hicks, Jr., 67, went to be with his lord and savior Friday, August 3, 2001 after a long illness. 
J.B. was born July 4, 1934 to the late Joe Bailey Hicks, Sr. and Marie Musel Hicks in Brownsville, Texas. 
He was a lifelong citizen and business leader of Harlingen and graduated from Harlingen High School in 1952. 
J.B. earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas in 1957. 
He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served until his father’s passing in 1962 whereupon, he resumed civilian life and assumed the role of President of the family business: Hicks Oil & Butane Co.
J.B. is survived by his wife, Helen Carr Hicks; four children, Kellie Marie Hicks of College Station, Becky Miller (James) of Harlingen, Julie Stacey Love of Corpus Christi, and Mark M. Stacey (Sheila) of Austin. 
His nine grandchildren include, Korie & Cody Love, Justin, Bailey and Caroline Miller, Kaitlyn Faith, Tiffany, Brandi and Elisha of the Stacey family. 
His sister, Juanita Hough (Travers) of Austin along with numerous nieces and nephews also survive him. 
Preceding him in death are his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Joe Bailey Hicks, Sr. and his brother, Joe Neal Hicks.
In addition to his many decades as the owner and operator of Hicks Oil & Butane Company and subsidiaries in South Texas for more than 42 years, J.B. was also an avid community volunteer, civic leader and supporter. 
Some of the many organizations he donated his time, energy, expertise and financial resources to include: vestry of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, St. Alban’s Day School Board member Harlingen, Texas A&I Alumni Club, Rotary International, Lions Clubs International, Elks Club of Harlingen, Harlingen Jaycees, Life Begins at 40 (Director), Boy Scouts of America Regional Council (Director), National Oil Jobbers Council, Texas Petroleum and Convenience Association (Director), and was the recent recipient of a 40 year service award from the Conoco Oil Company and a 60 year service award from Chevron Oil Company.
J.B. will always be remembered as a loving husband, father and loyal friend. 
His sense of humor, generosity and his love of others are legendary and will be greatly missed.
Visitation will be held today, Monday, August 6, 2001 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home. 
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2001 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church with Fr. David Reed officiating. 
Burial will follow in Mont Meta Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Karl Mac Gibbon, Marvin Sondock, Ramiro Garcia, Ruben Ortiz, Travis Finch, John Weitzel, Don Lee and Willis Reed. 
Honorary pallbearers will be all of Hick’s Oil & Butane Company Employees, Ron Harms, Roy Milum and Peter Donahoe. 
Memorial donations can be sent to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church & Day School or Texas A&M University, Kingsville Scholarship Fund. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.


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