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Lorenzo Olivares


Harlingen - Lorenzo Olivares, 83, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2002 at his residence in Harlingen.

His was born on March 12, 1918 in San Benito to Lorenzo Olivares Sr. and Refugia Espinoza.

Mr. Olivares is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Enriqueta Olivares. He is also survived by eight daughters, Josefina Castro, Concepcion Ramirez (Baldemar), Rosa Cortez (Bartolo), Juanita Contreras (Lorenzo), Mary Rodriguez (Evelio), Mary Lou Cisneros (Conrado), Mary Alice Villarreal (Manuel), Maria E. Olivares (Saul); and five sons, Lorenzo Olivares Jr. (Maria), Alfonso Olivares, Jesus Olivares (Olga), Juan Olivares (Diana), and Jose Olivares. He is also survived by 42 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.

God is with you although each day brings challenges and things that are unknown. You needn’t face them alone, for others care about you and will keep you close in prayer and, above all, God will guide you for His love is always there. – Emily Matthews

Visitation was held February 3, 2002 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Trinity Funeral Chapel with Oscar Rodriguez leading in prayer.

The funeral mass will be held today, February 4, 2002 at 1 p.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Father Alfie as the celebrant.

Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of American Legion Post 208, V.F.W. Post 2410.

Pallbearers will be Lorenzo Olivares’s grandsons.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapels, 1217 South F Street, Harlingen, TX 78550, 364-2444.

Eliseo "Cheo" Balli, Jr.


SAN BENITO - Eliseo "Cheo" Balli, Jr., 79, passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2002. Balli was born in San Benito, on December 4, 1922.

He worked as a policeman in Harlingen and San Benito, and later as a messenger for the San Benito Bank. He played baseball for the San Benito Merchants, best known as "La Garra" and later in the San Benito SoftBall League with Central Power & Light and the Western Auto Teams. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 1942, and served in the Pacific with the 483rd Bombardment Squadron as a radio operator/mechanic.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Eliseo Balli and Fidela L. Balli; four sisters, Brigida Balli, Rebecca B. Ybarra, Elisa B. Garza, and Fidela B. Gutierrez; and one brother, Roberto Balli.

He is survived by his brother, Alberto "Beto" Balli of San Antonio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at San Benito Funeral Home Chapel at 3:30 p.m. on Monday February 4, 2002. Interment will follow at San Benito City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Amadeo Valanzuela, Rene Montalvo, Cesar Gonzalez, Paco Villarreal, Enrique Ybarra, Jr., Daniel Balli, Michael Rodriguez, and Enrique Ybarra III.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home, San Benito, TX.

Thomas "Mac" McCall

HARLINGEN - Thomas Dawson "Mac" McCall passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, February 1, 2002. Mac was born in Hendersonville, North Carolina in 1922.

His wife, Mil and his son, Patrick preceded him in death. His daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Ray Simonsen, his five sons, Michael, Thomas, Daniel, Brian and Joseph and his fourteen loving grandchildren and two sisters survive him.

He was loved by many, including Rebeca Coronado Moreno, who lovingly cared for him during the past five years.

Mac joined the United States Marine Corps in 1940 and was the only member of his platoon to be selected for Sea School. He subsequently served on the U.S.S. New York and saw action during convoy duty to Murmansk, USSR and the invasion of North Africa.

He was decorated for action in World War II. Although he suffered many illnesses and injuries during his life, he never complained and was always pleasant and kind to all.

Mac will be interred with military honors in the Washington, D.C. area where he and Millie spent their married life together for over fifty years.

Funeral services will be held at the Francis J. Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring, Maryland 2090, on Wednesday, February 6, 2002.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Delfino C. Flores


HARLINGEN - Delfino C. Flores, 89, of Harlingen, entered into rest on February 2, 2002 at his residence.

He was born December 24, 1912 in El Paso Real, Texas to Evaristo and Isabel Flores and married Ramona T. Flores in 1947.

He was a farmer and enjoyed spending his time on his John Deere tractor in his fields.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Ramona T. Flores; 11 children, Evaristo (Delia) Flores, Odelia (Antonio) Rivera, George (Rosa) Flores, Lillie (Juan) Arredondo, all of Harlingen, Lidia (Daniel) De Leon of Dallas, Andrea (Carlos) Rodriguez of Harlingen, Enrique (Yolanda) Flores of Victoria, Elida (Mike) Vega, Delfino (Angie) Flores, Jr., Felix (Liz) Flores and Daniel Flores, all of Harlingen; 29 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sisters, Olivia Flores of Rio Hondo, Serafina Cruz and Juanita Flores, both of Harlingen, Isabel Sauceda, Eva Hernandez and Refugia Sauceda, all of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers, Domingo Flores, Reyes Flores and Eustaquio Flores; 2 sisters, Adelina Caballero, Olida Gonzales and his daughter, Yolanda Flores.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., Sunday, February 3, 2002 with a rosary at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. for an 11 a.m. mass of Christian burial, Monday, February 3, 2002 at St. Helen’s Catholic Church with Father Gorsky as Celebrant. Interment will follow at El Muerto Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ismael Flores, Alejandro Rivera, George Flores II, JJ Arredondo, Orlando Martinez and Edward Vega. Honorary pallbearers will be Eric J. Flores, Israel Flores, Evaristo (E.J.) Flores, Jr., Leroy Flores, Miguel (Mikie) Vega, Jr., Juan Antonio (Tony) Rivera, Jr., Joe Flores, Jason Flores and Rick Flores.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funerals, Inc. of Harlingen.

Lorenzo Olivarez


HARLINGEN - Lorenzo Olivarez, 83, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2002 at his residence in Harlingen.

His was born on March 12, 1918 in San Benito to Lorenzo Olivares Sr. and Rafaela Espinoza.

Mr. Olivares is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Enriqueta Olivares.

He is also survived by eight daughters, Josefina Castro, Concepcion Ramirez (Baldemar), Rosa Cortez (Bartolo), Juanita Contreras (Lorenzo), Mary Rodriguez (Evelio), Mary Lou Cisneros (Conrado), Mary Alice Villarreal (Manuel), Maria E. Olivares (Saul); and five sons, Lorenzo Olivares Jr. (Maria), Alfonso Olivares, Jesus Olivares (Olga), Juan Olivares (Diana), and Jose Olivares.

He is also survived by 42 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.

God is with you although each day brings challenges and things that are unknown.

You needn’t face them alone, for others care about you and will keep you close in prayer and, above all, God will guide you for His love is always there. – Emily Matthews

Visitation will be held today, February 3, 2002 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Trinity Funeral Chapel with Oscar Rodriguez leading in prayer.

The funeral mass will be held Monday, February 4, 2002 at 1 p.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Father Alfie as the celebrant.

Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of American Legion Post 208, V.F.W. Post 2410.

Pallbearers will be Lorenzo Olivares’s grandsons.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapels, 1217 South F Street, Harlingen, TX 78550, 364-2444.

Maria T. Castellanos


SAN BENITO - Maria T. Castellanos, 69, passed away at a local hospital on January 31, 2002.

Mrs. Castellanos is survived by her husband, Rafael Castellanos of San Benito; son, Guadalupe (Josefina) Castellanos of Rio Hondo; daughter, Rosa Ramirez of Harlingen; brother, Merced Tomelloso; sister, Elida Quintero; grandchildren, Lupita (John) Garza, Rafael David (Emelda) Castellanos, Maria Patricia Castellanos, Christopher Castellanos and Claudia Ramirez; great-grandson, Ralph Anthony Castellanos and many other family members.

Mrs. Castellanos was preceded in death by parents, Merced and Rufina Tomelloso, sister, Aurora Juarez and brother, Juan Tomelloso.

Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2002. A rosary will be held tonight, Sunday, February 3, 2002 at 7 p.m. at Thomae Garza Funeral Chapel. Chapel service will be at 10 a.m., Monday, February 4, 2002 at Thomae Garza Funeral Chapel. Interment to follow in Mont Meta Memorial Park.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Thomae Garza Funeral Directors, San Benito, 399-1331.

Bernard James Pliner

ROBSTOWN, TX - Bernard James Pliner passed away January 14, 2002, at his home near Robstown, Texas.

He was 81 years old.

Survivors include his wife, Agnes; daughter, Sandra Rae Nelson of San Benito, Texas; two granddaughters; brother, Henry Pliner of Dubuque, Iowa, and several nieces and nephews.

He was a happy-go-lucky man and his life and laughter will be celebrated with the planting of a tree in the spring with his ashes to stimulate the roots and birds in the tree will echo his laughter and life.

His legacy will live on.

Information submitted to Thomae Funeral Home, 701 N. Bowie Street, San Benito, Texas. 399-9992.

Roberta Garcia

MERCEDES, TX - Roberta Garcia, 78, passed away Thursday at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco.

She is survived by her husband, Pedro Garcia of Mercedes; a daughter, Veronica Garcia of Houston; a brother, Wenceslado Hernandez of Mexico; a half-brother, Apolonio Gutierrez of Mexico; a niece Eustolia Hernandez of Mercedes; also surviving is a granddaughter, Damares Garcia.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Mercedes; interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Weslaco.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home of Mercedes.

Aurora Gonzalez

MERCEDES, TX - Aurora Gonzalez, 76, passed away Thursday night at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Severo Gonzalez and is survived by a brother, Sabas Alonzo of San Antonio; seven nieces, Gloria (Oswaldo) Castaneda, Cecilia Morales, Santos Elizabeth (Tomas) Gonzalez, Adriana T. (Jason) Castaneda, Cassandra (Jesse) Cavazos, Patricia Castaneda, and Oksana May Castaneda all of Mercedes; a nephew, Joaquin (Norma) Garcia of Mercedes. Chapel Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home, interment will follow at Catholic Cemetery also in Mercedes. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Garcia & Trevino Funeral Home of Mercedes.

Juanita P. Sanchez

SANTA ROSA, TX - Juanita P. Sanchez, 91, passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at Valley Baptist Medical Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 26 years of marriage, Apolonio Sanchez; and one granddaughter, Marisa Perez.

She is survived by one son, Evaristo (Juanita) Sanchez of Muleshoe, Texas; four daughters, Severa (Manuel) Badillo of Natchez, Mississippi, Petra Garza of South Bend, Indiana, Maria (Ricardo) Aguinaga of Santa Rosa, Texas, and Aurora (Rafael) Perez of Dallas, Texas; twenty-three grandchildren; forty-six great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 1, 2002 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a Holy Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2002 with a 9:30 departure for a 10 a.m. Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Santa Rosa. Interment to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park of La Feria.

Pallbearers will be Ariel Sanchez, Rene Badillo, Joaquin Garza, Javier Aguinaga, Rafael Perez, and Ismael Alaniz. Honorary pallbearers will be Apolonio Sanchez, Evaristo Sanchez, Omar Sanchez, Jorge Badillo, Manuel Badillo III, Guillermo Garza Jr., Ricardo Aguinaga, Juan Aguinaga, Sergio Aguinaga, and Edward Perez.

Funeral services are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home of Harlingen.

Leticia Galvan


SAN BENITO, TX - Leticia Galvan, 45, passed away at a hospital in Galveston, TX.

Mrs. Galvan is survived by husband, Jose Galvan, of San Benito; 2 sisters, Yolanda and Marisol; 1 brother, Rosendo, Jr.; La Familia Aguirre; several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Galvan is preceded in death by parents, Rosendo and Christle and brother, Rodrigo.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Friday, February 1, 2002 at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, with brother Al Prado officiating. Interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thomae Garza Funeral Directors, San Benito 399-1331.

Norma Alicia O’Brien


MCKINNEY, TX - Norma Alicia O’Brien entered into eternal rest on Friday, January 25, 2002 in Dallas, TX. She was born on April 16, 1962 in Laureles, TX and graduated Valedictorian of the Los Fresnos High School Class of 1980. She had a long list of achievements and will always be remembered for her caring heart and loving smile.

She is survived by her husband, Kevin and daughters, Kimberly, Sara, and Alicia. The Garcia family includes her parents, Jesus and Maria C. Garcia; three brothers, Samuel (Olga) Garcia, Raul (Eddy) Garcia, and Oscar (Myra) Garcia; five nieces and two nephews. The O’Brien family includes Mother, Vi; sisters, Pam and Terri (John) and a brother, Pat; six nieces and one nephew. Norma was a special person who touched so many lives. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend.

A prayer service will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Harlingen on Saturday, February 2, 2002, at 2 p.m.

Harold Edward Schwarz

HARLINGEN, TX - Harold Edward Schwarz, 76, passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2002.

He was born in Sheldon, Iowa and grew up in a farming community near Sibley, Iowa. In 1958 Harold moved his family to Zion, Illinois. He was a transportation executive for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad and the Milwaukee Road.

Mr. Schwarz was W.W. II Veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sibley, Iowa, and had been attending the First Baptist Church in Harlingen. He also was a member of the Gideons International Organization. Mr. Schwarz is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marguerite; his son, Russell of Visalia, CA; and his daughter, Cheryl of Byron, IL; four grandsons; two granddaughters; and six great grandchildren.

Mr. Schwarz passed on his faith in Jesus Christ to his son and daughter. They in turn have faithfully passed it to their children. "I have no grater joy than to know my children are walking in the truth."

Memorial services will be held at a later date under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Charley Benjamin Cape

AUSTIN, TX - Charley Benjamin Cape was born August 23, 1913 to Joe and Mary Cape near Sulphur, Oklahoma. He died January 30, 2002 in Austin, Texas. The youngest of six children, he was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

Charley was a very gifted athlete and singer. After high school, Charley attended Oklahoma A & M, or what is now Oklahoma State University. While there, Charley met Maxine Swint. They began their married life in Bartlett, Texas, where Charley was a supervisor for the CCC, and Maxine taught school in Cameron. They had one daughter, Kim. Charley worked in Knox City, Memphis, and San Benito, Texas for the Soil Conservation Service. After 30 years in the Soil Conservation Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, Charley retired from work outside the home. In his retirement he moved to an orchard outside Edinburg, and enjoyed working with the land and trees. Charley and Maxine were members of the First Christian Church of Harlingen and Edinburg, where Charley always sang bass. He was also a lifelong Mason.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church of Edinburg, the African Initiative of The Upper Room, or the Building Fund of First Methodist Church, Austin. Grateful thanks to the staff of Buckner Villas for their compassionate and professional care. A Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 2, 2002 at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Edinburg, Texas and a Memorial service will be held at First Methodist Church in Austin at 2 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2002.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Harrell Funeral Home (Austin) 512-443-1366.

Mildred Crouse Nelson

SAN BENITO, TX - Mildred Crouse Nelson, 92, of San Benito, Texas passed away at Retama Manor Nursing Center, Harlingen, Texas on Monday, January 28, 2002.

Mildred was born in Ponca, Nebraska to James and Ida Childs on September 14, 1909. She graduated from New Castle High School in 1928.

She married Mearl W. Crouse in 1931 in Sioux City, Iowa.

They lived in Iowa until retiring to San Benito in 1978. Mearl passed away in 1979.

Mildred continued to reside in San Benito devoting many volunteer hours to Dolly Vincent Hospital.

She married James Nelson in 1991.

Mrs. Nelson was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mearl; and nine brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her husband, James of San Benito; son, Roger Crouse and daughter-in-law, Jan of Lake Jackson, Texas; daughter, Maryln Schwarzenbach and son-in-law, Roger of Lucas, Texas; four grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2002 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at San Benito Funeral Home, 1400 West Hwy 77, San Benito, Texas.

Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, February 1, 2002, 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 501 E. Van Buren, Harlingen, Texas with the Reverned Don Higginbotham officiating.

Mrs. Nelson will be transported to Sioux City, Iowa. The family will receive friends on Monday, February 4, 2002 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel, 3220 Stone Park Blvd., Sioux City. Burial will follow at Logan Park Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home, San Benito, Texas.

Paula H. Zamora


HARLINGEN, TX - Paula H. Zamora, 87, longtime resident of Harlingen, entered into eternal rest on January 29, 2002.

Mrs. Zamora is survived by her children, Victoria Vega Zamora, Galdino Zamora, Bruno Zamora, Margarito Zamora, Rodrigo Zamora, Melva Cano Zamora, Lucia Zamora, Maribel Zamora, and Juan Manuel Zamora all of Harlingen.

Funeral services will depart at 3 p.m. from Garza-Elizondo Chapel of Memories Enroute to Restlawn Memorial Park.

Funeral services are under the direction of Garza-Elizondo Funeral Home.

Virginia Smith Parker


RAYMONDVILLE, TX - Virginia May Smith Parker passed away Sunday, January 27, 2002, in Houston after a long battle with cancer. Mrs. Parker was born Virginia May Smith on August 2, 1916, to Walter Frazier Smith and Elsie May Evans Smith in Nueces County, Texas, on a farm that is now site of Navy Cabaniss Field.

Mrs. Parker was a longtime resident of Raymondville, Texas, where she owned a public accounting practice and an office supply business. She moved to Raymondville in 1944 to join her parents who are also deceased. She worked as a bookkeeper until she began practicing accounting in 1947 with A.W. Olsen of San Antonio. She obtained her license as a Public Accountant in 1948, purchased the Raymondville office from Mr. Olsen in 1949 and operated it until her death. She was married to Kyle L. Parker, now deceased, in 1934 in San Patricio County and was divorced in 1944. She was also married to the late Charles Madison Gilliland of Raymondville from 1961 until 1975.

Mrs. Parker was very active in Valley Civic and professional affairs. She was a former state officer of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority, a former member of the Zonta Club and was active in the March of Dimes in the 1950’s during the battle against polio. In 1957, she and several other business people organized W.C. Grain, a privately owned grain elevator in Raymondville, where she was the only woman board member and was Secretary-Treasurer until it was sold in 1970’s. She was also the first woman member of the South Texas Country Elevator Association, its first female officer and its first female president in 1973, after which she again became treasurer, a position she held until her death. She was honored at the Texas Grain and Feed Association’s 100-anniversary celebration with a biography in their history From Field to Fork. She was active in Wild in Willacy and was a former treasurer of the Arroyo City Property Owners Association. In 1998 Mrs. Parker was honored by the Texas Board of Public Accountancy for having held an accounting license for 50 years.

Mrs. Parker’s hobby was genealogy. She was able to prove her lineage to qualify for memberships in the Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy (she was the granddaughter of two confederate soldiers). She took the lead in restoring the Harris Family Cemetery in Caldwell County after it was destroyed by a developer and was president of the Harris Family Cemetery Association until her death. She also contributed material to the Caldwell County History published by the Caldwell County Historical Society.

Mrs. Parker is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, James A. and Bette Smith of San Antonio (formerly of Raymondville); one son and daughter-in-law, Gerald A. and Suzanne Parker of Houston; three grandchildren, Kaye Ailsa Rowan of San Jose, California, Karra Parker Guess of Dallas, and Kenneth G. Parker of Laguna Beach, California. She is also survived by 4 great grandchildren; Natalie Morgan Guess, 4, Sophie Parker Guess, 2, Emily Amanda Normandin-Parker, 2, and Nicholas Wyatt Normandin-Parker who was born on January 24, 2002. She is survived by nephews, David A. Smith, San Antonio, James P. Smith, Melbourne, Australia, and Scott E. Smith, Houston; niece, Shannon Smith Sims, San Antonio; and several great nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, February 1, 2002 at the First United Methodist Church, Raymondville.

Visitation will be on Thursday, January 31, 2002. The family has asked in lieu of flowers that contributions be made in her honor to the American Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements are by Duddlesten Funeral Home in Raymondville.

Anselmo Hernandez


RAYMONDVILLE, TX - Anselmo Hernandez, 54, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at his home in Raymondville, TX. He was born March 6, 1947 in Raymondville, Texas to Secundino and Eustolia (Bella) Hernandez. He lived in Willacy County all his life.

Funeral service will be held Friday 4:30 p.m., at Jesus name Pentecostal Church on 409 N. 7th St., with Jose Reyes officiating. Burial will follow at the Raymondville Memorial Park Cemtery. A prayer service will be held Thursday 7 p.m., at Jesus Name Pentecostal Church on 409 N. 7th, St.

He is survived by his six sisters, Carolina (Ramon) Mata Hernandez of San Fernando, Tamps., Mexico, Margarita Pena of Raymondville, Joaquina (Ismael) Silva of Kingsville, Agueda (Benito) Mendez of Raymondville, Carmen (Porfiro, Jr.) Quiroz of Corpus Christi and Emilia (Micheal) Sferra of Garland, TX; one brother, Ignacio (Ester) Hernandez of Raymondville. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Reynaldo Garcia, Bruce D. Pena, Gabriel Quiroz, Marcos Quiroz, Juanito Lopez, Jr. and Emmanuel Juarez.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home.

Ruth Eleanor King

HARLINGEN, TX - Ruth Eleanor Applegate Adams King, 85, passed away in Sun Valley Health Care Center, Tuesday, January 29, 2002; one day before her 86th birthday.

She was born on January 30, 1916 in Peoria, Illinois to Noel and Alta Applegate.

She was the sole surviving sibling of their six children.

Ruth moved to the Valley as a young bride in time for the Hurricane of 1933.

She was a farmer’s wife for 43 years and could tell many interesting stories of the early Harlingen area.

Ruth loved to dance and most said that she and her late partner looked just life Fred and Ginger.

She spent her later years traveling and dancing.

Ruth was a member of First Christian Church for many years.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Harriet (Aubrey) Grayson of Harlingen; sons, Harvey (Helen) Adams of Harlingen, and Earl (Dari Gale) Adams of Harlingen; ten grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren; and by her special friend, Earl La Valley of Alamo.

Ruth was preceded in death by her first husband, E.B. "Bert" Adams in July 1976 and her second husband, Elmer King in December 1985.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 31, 2002 at 10 a.m. in Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Mark Coppins officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Chrisitan Church, 421 South 13th Street, Harlingen, TX 78550; or the Alzheimer Association of Harlingen, 902 Morgan Blvd., Harlingen, Texas 78550; or the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children, P.O. Box 19567, Dallas, Texas 75219.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ascraft Funeral Home.

Mildred Crouse Nelson


SAN BENITO, TX - Mildred Crouse Nelson, 92, of San Benito, Texas passed away at Retama Manor Nursing Center, Harlingen, Texas on Monday, January 28, 2002.

Mildred was born in Ponca, Nebraska to James and Ida Childs on September 14, 1909. She graduated from New Castle High School in 1928.

She married Mearl W. Crouse in 1931 in Sioux City, Iowa.

They lived in Iowa until retiring to San Benito in 1978. Mearl passed away in 1979.

Mildred continued to reside in San Benito devoting many volunteer hours to Dolly Vincent Hospital.

She married James Nelson in 1991.

Mrs. Nelson was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mearl; and nine brothers and sisters. She is survived by her husband, James of San Benito; son, Roger Crouse and daughter-in-law, Jan of Lake Jackson, Texas; daughter, Marylin Schwarzenbach and son-in-law, Roger of Lucas, Texas; four grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2002 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at San Benito Funeral Home, 1400 West Hwy 77, San Benito, Texas.

Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, February 1, 2002, 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 501 E. Van Buren, Harlingen, Texas with the Reverned Don Higginbotham officiating.

Mrs. Nelson will be transported to Sioux City, Iowa. The family will receive friends on Monday, February 4, 2002 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel, 3220 Stone Park Blvd., Sioux City. Burial will follow at Logan Park Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home, San Benito, Texas.

Felipe Falcon


LOS FRESNOS, TX - Felipe Falcon, 74, passed away at a local nursing home on January 28, 2002.

Mr. Falcon is survived by his wife, Rosario B. Falcon; son, Frank (Andrea) Falcon; 5 grandchildren; sisters, Guadalupe Betancourt and Antonia Carmona.

Mr. Falcon is preceded in death by his parents, Domingo and Paula (Cortez) Falcon; daughter, Ageda Falcon; brothers, Faustino and Pablo Falcon; sisters, Anita Campos, Angelica Rodriguez, and Aurora Garza.

A prayer service will be held 7 p.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at Thomae Garza Funeral Chapel.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m., Thursday, January 31, 2002 at the First Baptist Church in Los Fresnos. Interment will follow in Las Yescas Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thomae Garza Funeral Home.

Eunice M. Tamblyn


SAN BENITO, TX - Eunice M. Tamblyn, 80, entered into rest on Sunday, January 27, 2002. She was born in Niagana, Wisconsin on August 16, 1921 to Barney and Mary McAllister.

Mrs. Tamblyn is survived by her husband, George Tamblyn; children, Terry (Kathleen) Tamblyn and Robert Tamblyn; grandchildren, M. Susan, Wendy, Ryan and Craig.

A memorial service will be held at San Benito Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 31, 2002.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1532 Harlingen, TX 78551-1532.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home, San Benito, TX.

Barbara Glynn Waldorf

LA FERIA, TX - Barbara Glynn Waldorf, a lifetime resident of La Feria, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2002. She was born on May 2, 1945, in Weslaco, Texas.

She is survived by her twin sister, Mary Lynn (Dillard) Fitch; nieces and nephew, Rhonda (Dennis) Amstutz, Nanette Fitch, Deborah Fitch, and Bradly Fitch; and great nieces and nephews, Sandra Mitchell, and Holly Amstutz, and Joshua and Kayla Fitch.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Louise Waldorf.

Barbara worked as a beautician for many years. She was also a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in La Feria.

A memorial service will be held at the Methodist Church on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 4 p.m.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

"Well done good and faithful servant." Matthew 25:21

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Harlingen, Texas.

Gloria Gonzales

RIO HONDO, TX - Gloria Gonzales, 78, was called to the presence of the Lord on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at Valley Baptist Medical Center.

Gloria was born on June 23, 1923, and was a lifetime resident of Rio Hondo, Texas.

She was a volunteer with the Senior Citizen Program, and was a member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Rio Hondo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernesto Gonzales in 1984.

She is survived by her loving children; one stepson, Vicente Gonzales of San Antonio; two stepdaughters, Maria Cantu and Guadalupe Rodriguez both of Corpus Christi.

is also survived by seven grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God.

Visitation will be held today, January 30, 2002 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Trinity Funeral Chapels.

The funeral mass will be held Thursday, January 31, 2002, at 11 a.m. at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Rio Hondo. Interment will follow at Rio Hondo Community Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Sun Valley Nursing Center for their love and kindness.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapels, 1217 South F Street, Harlingen, Texas 78550.

Alan Lofton

LYFORD, TX - Alan Lofton, beloved son of Dale Lofton and Audys Lucille Lofton (deceased), passed away January 28, 2002 in Houston, Texas, where he was residing.

Memorial services will be held in Houston.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesen Funeral Home.

Martin Castillo Compean

SAN BENITO, TX - Martin Castillo Compean, 55, entered into rest on Sunday, January 27, 2002.

Mr. Compean was born in Valle Hermoso, Tamps on January 28, 1947 to Ireneo Compean and Edubijes Castillo Compean. He was a family man who loved his family and a hardworking man who loved his job at Cornett Construction Company.

When time would permit he enjoyed going deer hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Ruiz Compean; sons, Martin (Carmen) Compean, Jr., and Fernando (Ana Maria) Compean; daughter, Gloria Elizabeth (Fiancée Rogelio Lopez) Compean; grandchildren, Ana Lizabeth Compean, Fabiola Alejandra Compean, and Fernando Compean, Jr; brothers and sisters, Ireneo Compean, Arcadia Compean, Santos Eliza Reyes, Sandra Elena Reyes Castillo and Gerardo Reyes; and uncle, Rodolfo Castillo Islas.

Visitation will be held at the San Benito Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at the San Benito Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 30, 2002.

Interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of San Benito Funeral Home, San Benito, TX.

Archie Newman Baker

LIBERTY HILL, TX - Archie Newman Baker, born February 21, 1917 at Liberty Hill, Texas, went unto the Lord on January 27, 2002. He is Survived by his wife Dena of sixty-four years; his children, Archie Wayne Baker and wife Gail, J. D. Baker and wife Linda, Dolores McClanahan and husband Mac, and Donald K. and wife Jan; sixteen grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren; one sister, Ovie Rhodes; two sisters-in-law, Edith Ray Holliday and Dathine Baker.

He resided in Olmito, Texas for forty-seven years, and lived in Spring Branch, Texas for the last ten years. He was a member of the Olmito First Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be held at Fischer Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2002, Fischer, Texas.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Zoellar Funeral Home, New Braunfels, TX. (830) 625-2349.

Norma Lisa Arratia


HARLINGEN - Norma Lisa Arratia, 22, of Harlingen, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2002. She is survived by her husband, Carlos Arratia of Harlingen; daughter, Amber Lee Arratia of Harlingen; mother, Sonia Kaniger of Harlingen; sister, Sabrina Villanueva of Harlingen; four aunts, Janie Amaya of San Antonio, TX, Norma Garcia of Baytown, TX, Mirelia De Leon of Harlingen, TX, and Sylvia Perrill of Harlingen, TX; four uncles, Porfirio Diaz, Jr. of Harlingen, TX., Aaron Diaz of Harlingen, TX, Fabian Diaz of Harlingen, TX, and Adrian Diaz of Harlingen, TX; maternal grandparents, Porfirio and Maria Diaz of Harlingen; and numerous cousins. Funeral services will be conducted today, Tuesday, January 29, 2002. We will depart Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. mass at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church.

Interment will then follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in La Feria, TX.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home, Harlingen, Texas.

Jose Riojas

Jose Riojas, 78, passed away at his residence on Saturday, January 26, 2002.

Riojas was a resident of Indianapolis, Indiana, and an assembler for BDP Corp. in Indianapolis for 20 years. Mr. Riojas also a US Army Veteran having served in WWII. He was a member of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church.

Riojas was preceded in death by his loving wife, Refugia "Cookie" (Andaverde) Riojas. He is survived by his five sons, Francisco of Indianapolis, Reynaldo of Indianapolis, Martin of Indianapolis, Jose, Jr. of Sandusky, OH, and Arturo Riojas of Weslaco, TX.; three daughters, Lydia Ott of Indianapolis, Gloria Riojas of Lubbock, TX, Irma Riojas of Edinburg, TX; four brothers, Trinidad of Mercedes, TX, Victor, Juaquin, and Sotero Riojas, all of Weslaco, TX; one sister, Guadalupe Alvizo of Weslaco; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 9:30 a.m. at the G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, Indianapolis, and 10:30 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church. Calling will take place Tuesday, January 29, 2002 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, Indianapolis. Burial will take place at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Greenwood, Indiana.

Please send all memorial contributions to The Little Red Door, Marion County Cancer Society, Inc., 1801 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Maria Tita Saldana


ELSA - Maria Tita Saldana, 88, passed away to be with the Lord on January 26, 2002 at Knapp Medical Center. A native of Mercedes, she was a longtime resident of Elsa and previous owner of Hiway Inn Restaurant in Elsa.

She is survived by her loving husband, Heriberto Saldana of Elsa; two sons, Heriberto Saldana, Jr. (Mary) of Grand Prairie, TX., and Jaime Javier Saldana (Thelma) of McAllen; three daughters, Livia Elia Lopez (Humberto) of Harlingen, Nellie Edelia Calderia (Anthony) of Pasadena, TX., and Rosalinda Salinas (Rene) of Elsa; four brothers, Axel Garcia of Redland, CA., Gilberto Garcia of Donna, Raul Garcia of La Sara, and Jaime Garcia of Corpus Christi; two sisters, Anita Galvan of Mercedes and Lydia Villareal of Edcouch; also surviving are five half brothers and sisters; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Visitation will be held today, January 28, 2002, from 12 noon til 9 p.m. at Guerra Funeral Home of Weslaco, Chapel of Angels, with a holy rosary to be held at 7 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elsa. Celebrant will be Rev. Emanuel Bialoncik. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Caldeira, Humberto Lopez, Rene Salinas, Ernesto Saldana, Alex Solis, and Reggie Villareal. Arrangements are under the direction of Guerra Funeral Home of Weslaco, Inc., 2602 N. Texas, Weslaco, TX. (956)-969-1462.

Norma Lia Arratia


HARLINGEN - Norma Lisa Arratia, 22, of Harlingen, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2002.

She is survived by her husband, Carlos Arratia of Harlingen; daughter, Amber Lee Arratia of Harlingen; mother, Sonia Kaniger of Harlingen; sister, Sabrina Villanueva of Harlingen; four aunts, Janie Amaya of San Antonio, TX, Norma Garcia of Baytown, TX, Mirelia De Leon of Harlingen, TX, and Sylvia Perrill of Harlingen, TX; four uncles, Porfirio Diaz, Jr. of Harlingen, TX., Aaron Diaz of Harlingen, TX, Fabian Diaz of Harlingen, TX, and Adrian Diaz of Harlingen, TX; maternal grandparents, Porfirio and Maria Diaz of Harlingen; and numerous cousins.

Visitation will be held on Monday, January 28, 2002, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a holy rosary prayed at 7 p.m. tonight. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, January 29, 2002. We will depart Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. mass at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church. Interment will then follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in La Feria, TX.

James Theron Morgan

HARLINGEN - James Theron Morgan, 87, died on Thursday, January 24, 2002 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen.

He was born July 17, 1914 in Traverse City, Michigan to Theron Birney Morgan and Della Gillette Morgan.

After high school, he attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, graduating in 1947 with the degree of Master of Forestry. His four years of military service during World War II included three years overseas in Australia and the Philippines.

He married Mary Jeannette Prater on April 9, 1948 in Columbus, Ohio, where both were employed by the U.S. Forest Service.

Mrs. Morgan survives, as do the couple’s two children, Mrs. Hebe Jane Shipp (Jim) of Fargo, ND and Mrs. Rebecca Morgan-Berg (Steve) of Trabuco Canyon, CA, as well as three grandchildren, Ashley, Julia and Jacob. Also surviving is his sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Joslin of Encinitas, CA.

Mr. and Mrs. Morgan lived for twenty years in St. Paul, MN, where he was Assistant Director of the North Central Forest Experiment Station.

In 1978, they moved to Harlingen, where both have been active in many volunteer organizations.

The family will receive friends on Monday, January 28, 2002 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Kreidler-Ashcraft Funeral Home, 1002 E. Harrison, Harlingen, TX.

Mr. Morgan had requested that no flowers or memorial gifts be given.

Arrangements are under the direction of Kreidler-Ashcraft Funeral Directors.

Donald Lloyd Horton


HARLINGEN - Donald Lloyd Horton passed away on January 25, 2002 at Valley Baptist Medical Center.

Don Horton was born on January 15, 1927 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

As a young man, he served in the Navy from ‘44 to ‘46 and then enlisted in the Air Force, serving his country as a C-47 crewmember during the Korean War.

Upon his return to the United States, Don served as a USAF cartographer and a tech training wing radio instructor.

His stories from those early days in the service were always colorful and entertaining.

During his 22-year in the Air Force, Don entered the data processing field and received training as a computer programmer in the early ‘60’s.

He was one of the early pioneers in the field, writing programs for huge mainframe computers that filled entire rooms.

One of his most interesting assignments was that of a war plan programmer at Strategic Air Command Headquarters, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska until his retirement in December 1966.

When he retired, he decided to bring his family back to Harlingen, having served at the air base in the early ‘50’s.

In Harlingen, he worked as a programmer for Tabulating Systems and Service (TABS) and for Lester Topp, CPA.

He worked for the Harlingen Waterworks System, retiring in 1999 after 12 years of service. Mr. Horton was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion Post 205 and V.F.W. 2410.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Cecilia Horton and his five children, John and Roberta Horton, Tom Horton, Kathleen and Steve Wolf, Joe and Lupe Horton and Mary and Rob Sesler.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Christopher, Gregory, Emily and Trevor Horton and Kelly, Kate and Hannah Wolf and Matthew Sesler.

Don was a kind and generous person, loved by family and friends.

He never hesitated to help a person in need, and he will be missed so much.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, January 28, 2002 at Rio Grande Valley Memorial Park on White Ranch Road.

Military honors will be performed by the American Legion Post 205 and the V.F.W. Post 2410.

A visitation will be held today from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Kreidler-Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Kreidler-Ashcraft Funeral Directors, 1002 E. Harrison, Harlingen, TX (956) 423-4141.

Maclovia A. Reyna


MERCEDES - Maclovia A. Reyna, 84, a lifetime resident of Mercedes, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2002 at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco.

She was born on August 20, 1917 to Catarino and Hilaria A. Quintanilla Abrego in Mercedes, Texas.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Guadalupe C. Reyna of Mercedes; 7 sons, Guadalupe (Elena) Reyna, Jr. of Planada, CA, Ramon (Emilia) Reyna of Dallas, TX, Abel (Maryann) Reyna of Dallas, TX, Pedro (Bertha) Reyna of Ennis, TX, Raul R. (Elma) Reyna of Mercedes, TX, Rene (Ruby) Reyna Presas of Mercedes, TX and Steven Perez of Mercedes, TX; 7 daughters, Bertha (Guadalupe) Garcia of Bakersville, CA, Micaela Fonseca of Dallas, TX, Elizabeth (Tibaldo) Alvarez of Onarga, IL, Mercedes (Rudy) Castillo of Grand Prairie, TX, Dalia R. (Raul) Vela of Mercedes, TX, Emma (Ricardo) Badillo of West Fargo, N.D. and Christy Presas of Mercedes, TX; 59 grandchildren, 135 great-grandchildren and 21 great-great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Felix (Mary) Quintanilla of Indiana and Santiago (Alicia) Quintanilla of Mercedes, TX; 4 sisters, Catarino Abrego Garcia of Mercedes, TX, Monica Q. (Henry) Howell of Mercedes, TX, Teresa Q. (Ascencion) Caballero of Weslaco, TX and Juanita (Abelardo) Reyes of Mercedes, TX.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Catarino Abrego and Hilaria A. Quintanilla, brother, Hilario Quintanilla, and step-father, Felix Quintanilla, Sr.

Mrs. Reyna was a very dedicated and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother.

She will be dearly loved and missed by all those who knew her.

Para Nuestra Madre

Acariciame viento y llevame leyos, como hoja suelta, a donde tu estes, hacme que brote en colores, brillantes como flores de ayer, acariciame sol, con tu calorcito toca mi pecho, has que mi amor brote de adentro, acariciame lluvia, moja mi rosario has que mi lagrimas no sevean.

A viewing for Mrs. Reyna will be held today, Sunday, January 27, 2002 from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Monday, January 28, 2002 from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. A holy rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m., Monday night.

Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, January 29, 2002. We will depart Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace at 9:30 a.m. for a 10a.m. mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Interment will follow at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery in Mercedes.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Mercedes, TX.

Eloisa Garcia


HARLINGEN - Lifetime pioneer resident, Eloisa Garcia, 89, was called by our Lord on Friday evening, January 25, 2002 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Eloisa was born December 1, 1912 on Chatonas Ranch, Cameron County to Encarnacion and Maria Chapa Garcia.

A lifetime resident of Harlingen, she owned and operated "La Malinche Tortilla Factory."

She was preceded in death by her husband, Librado Garcia and several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by two sons, Juan M. (Guadalupe) Garcia of Harlingen and Jesus (Janie) Garcia of Abilene; grandsons, Alvaro (Gloria) Garcia and Aaron (Maribel) Garcia, both of Harlingen, Orlando Jesus (Jo) Garcia and Andy Garcia, both of Abilene; granddaughters, Laura (Jeff) Holmes of Fort Worth and Rosaura Garcia of Harlingen and 4 great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held last night, January 26, 2002 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and will be held today, Sunday, January 27, 2002 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m.

A funeral mass will be held on Monday, January 28, 2002, departing at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. mass of Christian burial at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Fr. Craig Carolan as the celebrant.

Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Alvaro Garcia, Aaron Garcia, Orlando Jesus Garcia, Andy Garcia, Robert Muniz and Edwardo Muniz.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Trinity Funeral Chapel, 1217 South F. Street, Harlingen, 364-2444.

Winaford "Hank" Richardson

HARLINGEN - Winaford "Hank" Richardson, 88, entered into rest on January 23, 2002 in Harlingen, Texas. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Combes and was self-employed as a master plumber.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Gladys Richardson, in 1996.

He is survived by three sons, Jim Richardson (Nancy) of El Paso, Texas, Bill Richardson (Regina) of Denver, Colorado and Winaford Richardson, Jr. (Mona) of Mabank, Texas; 8 grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are one sister, Fay Buck of Robstown, Texas; one brother, Bob Richardson (Joyce) of Fort Worth, Texas; sister-in-law, Ruth Richardson of Combes, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, January 28, 2002 at Combes Cemetery with Rev. Cliff Brown officiating.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home in Harlingen.

John Dwayne Samples

McALLEN, TX - John Dwayne Samples, 47, of McAllen entered into rest January 23, 2002.

He was a former resident of Harlingen.

He is survived by his loving wife, Edna Samples; daughters, Shelly Francine and Savannah Demi all of McAllen and Stacey Jean of Fort Worth; his sons, John Dwayne Samples, Jr., of Fort Worth and John Dwayne Samples, Jr., of Houston and two granddaughters.

He is also survived by his mother, Olivia Samples of Harlingen; six sisters, Maria G. Hernandez of Houston, Gwendolyn Kennedy of Missouri, Ninfa Garza of San Benito, Linda Martinez of Corpus Christi, Maria Valencia of Harlingen and Johanna Samples of Houston; two brothers, Arturo Samples of Spokane, Washington and Charles Samples of Fort Worth.

He is preceded in death by his father, Dwayne Samples.

Funeral services will be held today, (Saturday) departing the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace at 9:30 a.m. for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Father Tom as celebrant and interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery under the Auspices of the American Legion Post 205.

Pallbearers will be Richard Trevino, Richard Santos, Joe Martinez, Cruz Hernandez, Dathan Diaz and Jerry Cabrera.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Funeral Home of Harlingen.

Domingo I. Cantu


EDCOUCH, TX - Domingo I. Cantu, 78, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2002, at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco.

He was preceded in death by his loving parents; his loving wife, Isidra (Rita) Cantu; four brothers; and two sisters.

He is survived by his loving family of seven daughters, Noemi (Jose) Trevino and Irene Cantu both of Edcouch, Elida (Glen) Guy of McAllen, Beatrice (Gus) Molina of Elsa, Elizabeth (Eddie) Aguilar of Edinburg, Yolanda (Bobby) De La Fuente of Santa Rosa and Aminta (Juan) De La Fuente of La Villa; his six sons, Josue (Noelia) Rivas of Monte Alto, Leonel (Angie) Cantu, Everardo Cantu both of Edcouch, Tomas (Mary Lou) Cantu of Weslaco, Reynaldo (Rosanna) Cantu of Elsa, and Rogelio (Oneida) Cantu of Edinburg; two sisters, Rita Garcia and Juana Garcia both of General Bravo, N.L., Mexico; 32 grandchildren ; 17 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be his sons, Josue Rivas, Leonel, Everado, Tomas, Reynaldo and Rogelio Cantu.

John Turner Frazier

HARLINGEN, TX - John Turner Frazier, 97, of Harlingen, died Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at Valley Baptist Hospital.

Mr. Frazier was born on June 26, 1904 in Ray County, MO, a son of Mallie Forrest and Callie Etta Turner Frazier.

He was a retired salesman for the Ralston-Purina Company. He was a member of the Treasure Hills Presbyterian Church in Harlingen, and a former member of Central Presbyterian Church of Paris.

He married Alma Maxine Capers on January 29, 1938 in Paris.

She preceded him in death on December 12, 1999.

He is survived by a son, Steve Frazier, of Harlingen; 2 daughters, Jeannette Walton, of Brookhaven, PA and Kay Earnest, of Abilene; grandchildren, Sharon Keene, Jeff Walton, Randy Walton, Tom Earnest, Amy Harris, Brian Frazier, and Stephanie Frazier; 7 great grandchildren; a brother, Harold Frazier, of Urbana, OH; and a sister, Rae Paarfus, of Richmond, VA.

Graveside Rites will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at Evergreen Cemetery, Paris, Texas, with Reverend Timothy Davenport-Herbst officiating.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, January 28, 2002 at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at the Treasure Hills Presbyterian Church in Harlingen, with Reverend Charles Palmer officiating.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Treasure Hills Presbyterian Church, 2120 Ed Carey Drive, Harlingen, Texas 78550.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home,730 Clarksville Street, Paris, Texas 75460. (903) 784-3366.

Emma Louise Todd

SAN PERLITA, TX - Emma Louise Todd, 82, entered into rest Wednesday, January 23, 2002 in Ft. Worth. She was a homemaker and resident of San Perlita, TX from 1934 until 1994 and was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was born on August 27, 1919 in Maydell, TX to Ollie R. and Beulah M. (Clark) Acker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Howard Todd in 1971.

Mrs. Todd is survived by her sons, Billy Bob Todd and wife, Sherry, Johnny Mac Todd and wife, Alice Ann; grandsons, William Royce Todd and wife, Michelle, John Heath Todd, James Matthew Todd and wife, Alisha, Galen Walker Todd; granddaughters, Kelsi Elizabeth Todd and Jenny Rebecca Todd; great grandson, Dean Everett Todd and many other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 28, 2002 at Raymondville Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Duddlesten Funeral Home prior to Graveside services Monday at 8 a.m. till 10 a.m.

Funeral services are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home.

J.B. Johnson

DONNA, TX - J.B. Johnson, 85, passed away Friday, January 25, 2002 at Comfort House-Casa Del Consuelo in McAllen. He was born on September 1, 1916 in Dallas, Texas.

He is survived by his brother, Elvis Johnson of Arizona and two nieces and a nephew.

Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of McCaleb Funeral Home of Weslaco.


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