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William M. Cast

LA FERIA, TX - William M. Cast, 87, passed away on June 6, 2002 at his residence in La Feria. He was born on December 23, 1914 in Dale, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Audra Iris Cast, whom he married in April 1965; two sons, William M. Cast, Jr., of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Ronald Cast of Dale, Texas; seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; one brother, Grady Cast of Lockhart, Texas; two sisters, Opal Powell of Cedar Creek, Texas, and Lucille Barth of Lockhart, Texas; three step-sons, Charles Boyd Ferrell, and James L. Ferrell of Harlingen, and Crockett Ben Ferrell of Ellenton, Florida; eight step grandchildren, and step seven great grandchildren.

Mr. Cast was in the Oil Well Business since he was nineteen years old, and retired at the age of 71 years to Rio Grande Valley.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2002 at 10 a.m. at Rudy Garza Funeral Home Chapel of Roses.

In lieu of flowers all contributions are to be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Paul D. Archibald

RAYMONDVILLE, TX - Paul D. Archibald, 87, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at Retema Manor Nursing Home in Raymondville, Texas.

His body will be cremated and family will have a private memorial service at a later date.

He is survived by his three sisters, Mary Parham of Raymondville, Hazel Jernigan of Galveston and Mildred Harrison of Dallas and one brother, Warren Archibald of Kansas City.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Duddlesten Funeral Home.

Robert D. Chapman

WESLACO, TX - Robert D. Chapman, 88 years of age, born in Waynesville, Ohio, expired at John Knox Village on Sunday, June 2, 2002.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to The American Diabetes Association, 4242 Medical Drive, Suite 7200, San Antonio, TX 78229.

Mr. Chapman is survived by his wife, Margaret Anne, who will retain their apartment at John Knox Village, and their son, Bryon who lives in Athens, GA. Mr. Chapman served four years in the US Air Force during World War II and subsequently was employed as a civilian, as Chief of the Industrial Security program for the US Air Force. He and his wife spent eleven winters in the Valley before moving to Kerrville, TX where they spent six years before their permanent move to John Knox Village in 1986.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 7, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. at John Knox Village Chapel in Weslaco.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hawkins Funeral Home in Weslaco.

Betty Eileen Durst

LLANO, TX - Betty Eileen Durst, 81, of Llano, TX passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2002 in Llano, TX.

Betty was born July 5, 1920 in Orville, Ohio to Franklin B. and Gladys Frey. They preceded her in death. She married Luther Earl Durst in 1939. He preceded her in death in 1980.

She had been a resident of Llano since – April 15th, 2002 having moved here from Austin and was formerly of Harlingen. She was a Volunteer Librarian at R B J Retirement Center in Austin, TX for the passed 15 years. She was of Protestant faith.

Betty was also preceded in death by one brother, Frank Frey.

Survivors include her two sons, David Alan Durst of Orlando, FL, and Richard E. Durst and wife, Pam of Llano, TX; two daughters, Pat Lawler of Ottawa, KS and Libby Palmer and husband, Paul, Sr. of Zachary, LA; one brother, Jack Frey of Finlay, OH; one sister, Dorothy Marullo of Akron, OH; nine grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service will be held Thursday, June 6, 2002, 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Cundieff officiating. Burial will follow at the Llano City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Llano County Library or a Library of your Choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Waldrop-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc., P.O. Box 309 Llano, Texas 78643. (915) 247-4300.

Robert E. DeSpain

HARLINGEN, TX - Robert Emmit DeSpain, 57, of Harlingen passed away suddenly in his home on Monday, June 3, 2002. He was born March 6, 1945 in Laredo, Texas. In his early years he served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. He worked 23 years for IBM in Austin before becoming a business owner in the Rio Grande Valley. For the last 14 years he has worked for the University of Texas in various capacities.

He is preceded in death by both parents, father, Jaurd Irvin DeSpain and mother, Juanita Parker DeSpain and his brother, Alonzo Edward DeSpain.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years Robbie Lynn DeSpain of Harlingen; his brother, Jaurd Irvin DeSpain, Jr., of Oilton, Texas; sister, Norma Jean Haney of Fall Brook, CA, sister, Margaret Greene of Fall Brook, CA and sister, Wanda Kay Rawski of Austin, Texas; his three children, daughters, Dawn Monique Sparks of Harlingen, Mitzi Lynn Lopez of Los Fresnos and son, Robert Samuel DeSpain of Lytle and 8 grandchildren.

He was a beloved brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He loved helping others and will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2002 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Howard Williams Turcotte Chapel in Hebbronville.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 7, 2002 at the Howard Williams Turcotte Chapel in Hebbronville. Burial will follow at the Greenhill Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Howard Williams Turcotte Chapel of Hebbronville. (361) 325-2323.

M.G. "Barney" Miller

HARLINGEN, TX - M.G. "Barney" Miller, 85, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at Valley Baptist Medical Center. Barney was born December 25, 1916 in Dearborn, Michigan to Louie and Matilda Miller. He moved to Harlingen with his family in the early 1920’s. Barney married Christine Grant in November 1942 in Harlingen. He served in the Army Air Corps in W.W. II, and returned to Harlingen where he has resided. Barney was a member of the 8th & Harrison Church of Christ in Harlingen.

Barney is survived by his loving wife, Christine G. Miller; daughter, Kathie (Michael) Corbett; son, Mike (Janice) Miller; granddaughter, Katie Corbett. Barney was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, and a sister.

Visitation hours will be held Thursday, June 6, 2002 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the family present to receive friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Graveside services will be held Friday, June 7, 2002 at 10 a.m. in Combes Memorial Park in Combes, Texas with Mr. James McBride officiating.

For those desiring to do so memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the Ronald McDonald House in Harlingen. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Roy Nolan Milum

LOS FRESNOS, TX - Roy Nolan Milum, 68, a lifelong resident of Los Fresnos passed away at his home Tuesday, June 4, 2002.

Roy was preceded in death by a sister ILa Beth Dietz and a twin brother Coy Olan Milum.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years Ruby Moses Milum, sons Gary Milum and wife Joanna, Mark Milum and wife Shannon, daughters Melanie McCormick and husband Bill, Lupita Lopez and eight grandchildren Austin and Miranda Milum; Wesley, Travis and Kristin Milum; Macray, Connor, and Kayleigh Beth McCormick. He is also survived by his mother Kellon Carr, two sisters Helen Hicks and Darla Donahoe and husband Pete, sister-in-law Sandra Milum, brother-in-law Don Dietz, Sr. and many other family members.

Roy was a graduate of Los Fresnos High School and the University of Houston. He then served in the United States Navy. He was employed in the petroleum industry for much of his life working for Exxon Company, USA, Milum Petroleum Distributors, and Hicks Oil and Butane Company. Roy remained active in the community and the Los Fresnos Church of Christ until his illness.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by San Benito Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 6th from 9 AM to 9 PM with family being present from 6 PM to 9 PM and services will be Friday, June 7th at the Los Fresnos Church of Christ at 11:00 AM with burial at Mont Meta Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Roy’s memory to the Los Fresnos Church of Christ.

Pallbearers are the men of the Los Fresnos Church of Christ: Dwight Chaffiin, Gene Daniels, Robert Lindsay, Richard Lovell, Carl Macomb, and Mark Mullendore.

Frank Ramsey

SAN BENITO, TX - Frank R. Ramsey, 71, entered into rest on Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at Valley Baptist Medical Center. He was born in Arkansas on July 24, 1930 to William and Effie Ramsey. Mr. Ramsey was a Carpenter in the Chicago area for 43 years. He was a member of the Mason D.C. Cregier Lodge No. 81 and Elks Lodge #1661 in San Benito.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Palmer Ramsey of San Benito; 3 children, Sharon of CA, Susan of PA and Randy of Ark; 3 sisters and one brother, Doris, Lois, Thelma and Louie of Ark; 7 grandchildren, Billy, Nicohle, Stephanie, Jake, Jessica, Matthew and Kim.

Visitation will be held at the San Benito Funeral Home from 12 p.m. until service time on Friday, June 7, 2002.

Funeral services will be held at the San Benito Funeral Chapel at 1 p.m., Friday, June 7, 2002 with Rev. David Mann officiating.

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

Herman Schieber

HARLINGEN, TX - Herman Schieber passed away on Monday, June 3, 2002.

He was a Chief Warrant Officer of U.S. Army retired for 20 years, 101 St. Airborne Division FT. Campbell, Kentucky, F.A.A. for 10 years of La Feria, retired Construction for 20 years. He was born in Thunderhawk, South Dakota, Ex P.O.W. W W II, awarded Silver Star Medal for Bravery and the Purple Heart.

He is survived by wife, Pearl L. Schieber of La Feria, Texas; son, Donald A. Schieber of Taos, New Mexico; three brothers, Clifford of South Dakota, John of California, and Albert "Rusty" of South Dakota; step children, Betsy McBride of Amarillo, Texas and Steve L. Nesbitt of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Scotty Don Berry Cleveland, TN; and four other grandchildren; niece, Lorraine Hanson.

Visitation was held Wednesday, June 5, 2002 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Funeral service will be held today, Thursday, June 6, 2002 at 2 p.m. at Mont Meta Funeral Home, 2906 S. Expressway 77-83, Harlingen, Texas 78550. Interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park in La Feria, Texas.

Pallbearers will be James Lloyd, Fred Smith, Authur De Leon, Walt Saxon, Bob McAlister and Clarance Knustson.

Mont Meta/Restlawn/Cox Funeral Home, Cemeteries, Mausoleum and Crematory. Dignity Memorial Provider.

Manuela Gonzalez

HARLINGEN, TX - Manuela (Mela) Zuniga Gonzalez, 82, passed away on June 3, 2002 at Valley Baptist Medical Center. Mela was born in Burgos, Tamps.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 42 years of marriage, Leocadio Gonzalez.

Mela worked as a seamstress at Penny’s and Young Fashions for many years before retiring.

She is survived by her daughter, Graciela Alicia Garcia and husband, Gilberto of Harlingen; and her 4 sons, Carlos and wife, Nora of Harlingen, Manuel Hugo of McAllen; Jorge Luis "George" of Dallas; and Daniel Ciro and wife, Jill of Austin, Texas. She was the proud grandmother of 4 grandchildren, Liza-Michelle Garcia, Harlingen; Gilbert Erik Garcia, Austin, Kimiko Kay Gonzalez and Robert Anthony Gonzalez both of McAllen.

She is also survived by two sisters, Eustacia "Tacha" De La Rosa of Victoria, and Emilia Zuniga De Palacios of Valle Hermoso, Tamps.

The Funeral Mass will be held today on Wednesday, June 5, 2002 departing the Rudy Garza Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. for a 2 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial park cemetery.

Pallbearers will be her four sons, Carlos, Manuel, George, and Daniel; her grandson, Erik Garcia and nephew, Marcelo Quiroz.

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

Herman Schieber

HARLINGEN, TX - Herman Schieber passed away on Monday, June 3, 2002.

He was a Chief Warrant Officer of U.S. Army retired for 20 years, 101 St. Airborne Division FT. Campbell, Kentucky, F.A.A. for 10 years of La Feria, retired Construction for 20 years. He was born in Thunderhawk, South Dakota, Ex P.O.W. W W II, awarded Silver Star Medal for Bravery and the Purple Heart.

He is survived by wife, Pearl L. Schieber of La Feria, Texas; son, Donald A. Schieber of Taos, New Mexico; three brothers, Clifford of South Dakota, John of California, and Albert "Rusty" of South Dakota; step children, Betsy McBride of Amarillo, Texas and Steve L. Nesbitt of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Scotty Don Berry Cleveland, TN; and four other grandchildren; niece, Lorraine Hanson.

Visitation on Wednesday, Monday 5, 2002 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Funeral service on Thursday, June 6, 2002 at 2 p.m. at Mont Meta Funeral Home, 2906 S. Expressway 77-83, Harlingen, Texas 78550.

Pallbearers will be James Lloyd, Fred Smith, Authur De Leon, Walt Saxon, Bob McAlister and Clarance Knustson.

Mont Meta/Restlawn/Cox Funeral Home, Cemeteries, Mausoleum and Crematory. Dignity Memorial Provider.

Wesley B. Wainwright, Jr.

HARLINGEN, TX - Wesley Bennie (Ben) Wainwright, Jr. was born on January 28, 1920 in Van, Texas, and passed away in Houston, Texas on May 31, 2002. Until recently he had been a long time (32 years) resident of Harlingen, Texas. He was the only child of Wesley Bennie Wainwright, Sr. and Helen Stanley Wainwright of Grand Prairie, Texas, who both preceded him in death. Ben was married to Marjorie Olsen Wainwright for 58 years, who also preceded him in death last October.

Ben is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, John Warren and Sheila Williams Wainwright of Seagoville, Texas, Dennis Gordon and Mary Peacock Wainwright of Houston, Texas, and Wesley Bennie Wainwright, III of Euless, Texas. He is also survived by two grandsons and their wives, Jeffery Dale and Vanna Warr Wainwright of Tooele, Utah, and Jason Alan and Amy DeVoe Wainwright of Arlington, Texas, and one great great granddaughter, Ava Wainwright of Arlington, Texas.

Ben joined the Navy the in 1940 and served on the USS Maryland and USS West Virginia in the South Pacific and numerous naval bases throughout the United States before retiring at the rank of Training Device Chief in 1960. He also worked for the U.S. Postal Service, General Service Administration, and the Small Business Administration, where he retired from in 1982. He loved to travel and see the country, especially with family and friends, and never met a stranger. His optimism perseverance and determination against recent extreme difficulties were an inspiration to all that met and knew him. He was a loving Christian, husband, father, and grandfather and will be deeply missed and remembered by family and friends throughout the world.

A memorial service will be held at University Baptist Church in Clear Lake/Houston on June 8, 2002 at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 1000 N. Crockett, San Benito, Texas 78586.

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

Manuela Gonzalez

HARLINGEN, TX - Manuela (Mela) Zuniga Gonzalez, 82, passed away on June 3, 2002 at Valley Baptist Medical Center. Mela was born in Burgos, Tamps.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 42 years of marriage, Leocadio Gonzalez.

Mela worked as a seamstress at Penny’s and Young Fashions for many years before retiring.

She is survived by her daughter, Graciela Alicia Garcia and husband, Gilberto of Harlingen; and her 4 sons, Carlos and wife, Nora of Harlingen, Manuel Hugo of McAllen; Jorge Luis "George" of Dallas; and Daniel Ciro and wife, Jill of Austin, Texas. She was the proud grandmother of 4 grandchildren, Liza-Michelle Garcia, Harlingen; Gilbert Erik Garcia, Austin, Kimiko Kay Gonzalez and Robert Anthony Gonzalez both of McAllen.

She is also survived by two sisters, Eustacia "Tacha" De La Rosa of Victoria, and Emilia Zuniga De Palacios of Valle Hermoso, Tamps.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 4, 2002 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. at the Rudy Garza Chapel of Peace in Harlingen.

The Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 2002 departing the Rudy Garza Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. for a 2 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial park cemetery.

Pallbearers will be her four sons, Carlos, Manuel, George, and Daniel; her grandson, Erik Garcia and nephew, Marcelo Quiroz.

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

Sotera Flores

HARLINGEN, TX - Sotera Flores, 85, was called to the presence of the Lord on Sunday, June 2, 2002, at Valley Baptist Medical Center. Sotera was born in Kyle, Texas on April 22, 1917 to Pricillano Lozano and Candelaria de la Rosa Lozano. She was a lifetime resident of Harlingen, and

a resident at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home.

She is preceded in death by her husband Marcos Flores, two sons, Magdaleno Padilla, and Ignacio Padilla.

She is survived by her loving children, one son, Marciano Gonzalez of Corpus Christi, two daughters, Micaela Solis, Alicia G. Pizano, and on sister, Leonor Hernandez all of Harlingen. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, and several great great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held today, June 4, 2002 from 8 A.M. to 9:45 A.M. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Trinity Funeral Chapels.

The funeral mass will follow, June 4, 2002 at 10 A.M. at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church with Deacon Jean Olivier officiating. Interment will follow at Harlingen City Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Freddy Espinosa Sr., Freddy Espinosa Jr., Noe Pizano, Reynaldo Pizano, Manuel Pizano Jr., and Marco Rodriguez. Honorary pallbearers will be Matthew Romero and Roland Aguirre.

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

Yolanda Torres

SAN BENITO, TX - Yolanda Torres, 51, entered into rest on Sunday, June 2, 2002.

She was born in San Benito, Texas on August 19, 1950 to Juan and Dolores Sauceda. Mrs. Torres was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church, worked for the State of Texas Department of Human Services as an Eligibility worker.

She is survived by her husband, Alex Torres of San Benito; son, Rene Torres of San Benito; daughters, Belinda Torres and Eliza Torres of San Benito; mother, Dolores Sauceda of San Benito; brother, Juan Sauceda, Jr. of San Benito; 3 sisters, Irma Herrera of San Benito, Araceli Saenz of Harlingen, and Mary Jane Castillo of Harlingen.

Visitation will be held at the San Benito Funeral Home from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2002.

Services will be held at St. Theresa Catholic Church at 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2002 with interment to follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.

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

Col. Harold R. Cothran

HARLINGEN, TX - Col. Harold R. (Hal) Cothran (USAF Retired) passed away at his home on June 2, 2002. He was born April 7, 1921 in Cherokee County, Alabama to J. G. and Lola (Phillips) Cothran.

Col. Cothran served 30 years with the U.S. Air Force and saw action during W W II, Korea and Vietnam. He was holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross, five Air Medals and numerous other military awards. He was a Command Pilot with over 19, 000 flying hours, in everything from the Stearman and AT-6, to B-29Superfortress and B-47Stratojet. He retired from the military in 1971.

A true Southern gentleman in every sense of the word, he was sometimes known as "Happy Hal the Airman’s Pal", and to his many friends in the Rio Grande Valley as " Our Pal Hal". He flew charters in the Valley during the 1970’s and 1980’s, was a member of the Harlingen Elks Lodge, and of the Confederate Air Force for time.

Col. Cothran was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Doyle; his sons; and Jean, his wife and companion of 22 years.

He is survived by daughters, Michelle Cothran, Jacksonville, FL, and Erin (Robert) Young, Battle Ground, WA, and grandsons, Austin and Tyler Young.

Hal requested that the following be part of his obituary in lieu of a memorial service:

"High Flight" by John Glllespie Magee, Jr. "Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds—and done a hundred things. You have not dreamed of—wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace. Where never lark, or even eagle flew. And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God." "Adios Mothas."

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

Della Vilas Tallen

HARLINGEN, TX - Della Vilas Tallen, 102, passed away Monday, June 3, 2002 at a local nursing home.

Della was born on February 24, 1900 in Byrne, Illinois. She was a former resident of Houston and had been a resident of Harlingen for a short time due to her failing health.

She is survived by a nephew, Edward (Phyllis) Johnson and their children, Pat, Kathy, Tina, Michael, Tim and Connie; niece, Susan Johnson; beloved nephew-in-law, Gordon E. Gathright; great nephews, Gerald (Hilda) Gathright, whom gave her special care and comfort, Gregory Gathright, and Gordon Gathright. She was preceded indeath by her husband, Marion Tallen in 1980 and beloved niece, Marjorie Gathright.

No local services will be held.

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

Leola MC Clure

LA FERIA, TX - Leola MC Clure, 81, of La Feria who passed away Saturday, June 1, 2002 at her La Feria residence will have no memorial services. Memorial donations may be made to the Sandie Jo Hospice Memorial Fund, PO Drawer #2588 Harlingen, Texas 78551.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thomae Funeral Home of San Benito.

Archie Rosales

MISSION, TX - Archie Rosales, 86, entered eternal rest on Sunday, May 26, 2002 at Mission Hospital. Mr. Rosales was the first President of the then Texas State Technical Institute. He leaves behind a wife of 55 years, Baudelia B. Rosales; two children, Marie Rosales and Dr. Fernando (Fred) A. Rosales, PhD.; five grandchildren, Francis Rosales, Ferne, Marc, Gabriel and Rachel Sustaita; three great grandchildren, March Jr., Eros and Mathew Sustaita; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cremation services were entrusted to the care of Flores Funeral Home of Mission.

James E. Thurston

HARLINGEN, TX - James E. (Jim) Thurston, went to meet his maker on the 1st day of June 2002.

He was born on August 28, 1928 in Spostsylvania County, VA. He served in the U.S. Army for 23 years from July 6, 1948 to February 29, 1972. He retired Honorable CW04.

He was a 100% totally disabled service connected veteran, where he served his country proudly and without reservation.

He was a member of Scottish Rite Bodies (1966), 32 degree Mason of Southern Jurisdiction of Baltimore, Md. Associated member of Centennial Lodge #17 Chitose Hokido, Japan. Member of Boumi Temple Shrine, Baltimore, Md. Life member and past Commander (92-93) of American Legion Post 439 La Feria, TX, Life member of VFW Harlingen, San Benito #2410, Disabled American Veterans, Blinded Veterans Association, 40 & 8 Elite Group of American Legion, Retired Officers Association. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge #1197 in La Feria, TX and BPOA Elks Lodge #2057 in Weslaco, TX. He was preceded in death by his father, Roy E. Thurston; sister, Patsy Ann Thurston and brothers, Jack and Stuart Thurston.

He was survived by his four children, James E. Thurston, Jr., of Glen Burnie, MD, Larry G. Thurston of Naples, FL, Carolyn (Debbie) Nicholson of Glen Burnie, MD and Joyce A. (Edward) Miller of Severn, MD; mother, Alice Thurston of Baltimore, MD; five grandchildren, Jamie, Nichole, Monica, Morgan, and Jared James; sisters, Peggy Campbell of Baltimore, MD, Ida Gray Evans of Mineral, VA; brothers, Gerald and Ray Thurston of Baltimore, MD; and two ex-wives, Carolyn and Susan. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at 2 p.m. at Mont Meta Funeral Chapel, with Pastor David Reed officating.

Mont Meta/Restlawn/Cox Funeral Home, Cemeteries, Mausoleum and Crematory. Dignity Memorial Provider.

Floyd Charles King

WESLACO - Floyd Charles King, 81, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2002 at Knapp Medical Center.

He was a resident of Weslaco, Texas for 13 years.

He is survived by wife Jessie King of Weslaco, Texas; two sons, Larry Charles King and Jack Raymond King from Colorado; two granddaughters, Cristy Marie King and Kathleen Ann King from Colorado.

Arrangements are under the direction of Mont Meta/Restlawn/Cox Funeral Home, Cemeteries, Mausoleum and Crematory. Dignity Memorial Provider.


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