Pedro V. Garcia

Pedro V. Garcia, Age 86 of Kenedy, TX passed away Monday, December 7, 2015 in Kenedy, TX. Pedro was born on April 29, 1929 in Choate, TX to the late Victor and Celsa Villarreal Garcia.  He was a retired farmer and of the Catholic Faith.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Celsa Villarreal Garcia and sisters, Virginia Garcia Medina and Remigia Garcia Bryand.

He is survived by his brother, Saragosa Garcia of Choate, TX and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Rosary will be recited Wed. Dec. 9, 2015 at 2PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. A Graveside Service with interment will follow Wed. Dec. 9, 2015 at 2:30PM in the Sacred Heart Cemetery with the Rev. Norbert Hermann officiating.

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Joe S. Luna, Jr.

Joe Luna PicJoe S. Luna, Jr., Age 66, of Kenedy, TX passed away December 1, 2015 in Kenedy, TX. Joe was born on July 13, 1949 in Kenedy, TX to the late Joe G. and Tanis Salais Luna. He was retired Cook and a Christian.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe G. and Tanis Salais Luna; brothers, Edward DeLaGarza and Luciano DeLaGarza.

He is survived by his wife, Abelinda Asevedo Luna of Kenedy, TX; daughter, Laura Lee Luna of Beeville, TX; sons, Joe Luna, III and wife Stacy of Kenedy, TX, Michael Luna and wife Gracie of Kenedy, TX; brothers, Paul Luna, Sr. of Chicago, Johnny DeLaGarza of Irving, TX, James DeLaGarza of San Antonio, TX and 8 Grandchildren and 2 Great-Grandchildren.

Family Visitation will begin Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 9AM to 2PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 2PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe Sanchez officiating. Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

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Juan A. Mendez

Mendez Obit PicJuan A. Mendez, Age 65 of Winters, TX formerly of Choate, TX passed away November 27, 2015 in Winters, TX. He was born on December 28, 1949 in Choate, TX to the late Reynaldo Mendez and Olivia Rodriguez. He was a loving husband, brother, uncle and was of the Catholic faith.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Reynaldo Mendez and Olivia Rodriguez and a brother Manuel Mendez.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Tamez Mendez of Winters, TX; sisters, Guadalupe Escobedo of Runge, TX, Victoria, Salinas of Beeville, TX, Yolanda Keith of Baird, TX; numerous Nieces, Nephews, Great-Nieces and Great-Nephews, and 1 Great-Great Niece and 2 Great-Great Nephews.

A Rosary will be recited Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held Friday, December 4, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Norbert Hermann Officiating.  Interment will follow in the Choate Cemetery, Choate, TX.

 

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Espidro “Speedy” Rodriguez, Jr.

Espidro Rodriguez, Jr. Obit PicEspidro “Speedy” Rodriguez, Jr., 53 of Weesatche, TX; passed away on November 12, 2015.

He is survived by his wife of 34 yrs. Naomi N. Rodriguez of Weesatche; daughter, Kimberly Rodriguez of Cuero; son, Jay Rodriguez of Osage Beach, Missouri; His mother, Anita Rodriguez of Victoria;  brother, Porfirio Rodriguez and wife Cathy of Victoria; sisters; Janice Hayes and husband Brad of Victoria, TX, and Sharon Reyes and husband John of Edna, TX.  He is also survived by 19 nieces and nephews and 6 great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Espidro Rodriguez, Sr.

Family Visitation will be held Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 11AM to 12PM with Memorial Services beginning at 12PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with the Brother Ray Parr officiating.  Interment will follow in the Loma Alta Cemetery.

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Pedro P. Villanueva, Sr.

Pedro Villarreal, Sr.Pedro P. Villarreal, Sr., Age 91 of Kenedy, TX passed away Monday, November 9, 2015 in Kenedy, TX.  Pedro was born on October 31, 1924 in Karnes County, TX to the late Seferino, Sr. and Hilaria Perez Villarreal. He was a retired MoVac truck driver and a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents Seferino, Sr. and Hilaria Perez Villarreal; son, Eduardo Villarreal; sisters, Jesusita Carabajal and Romana Villarreal; brothers, Seferino Villarreal and Luciano Villarreal, grandson Joey Salinas; and great-grandchildren, Andren and Paityn Skau.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Cantu Villarreal; daughter, Yolanda Salinas and husband Jesse; sons, Pedro Villarreal & Mary Ellen Vega, Jr. of San Antonio, TX, Henry Villarreal and wife Debbie and Daniel Villarreal of Kenedy, TX; sister, Ofelia Garcia of Kenedy, TX; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A Rosary was recited Friday, November 13, 2015 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 11AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Rev. Nobert Hermann officiating.  Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

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Emma Garza Villanueva

Emma VillanuevaEmma Villanueva Obit Pic 2Emma Garza Villanueva, Age 72 of Kenedy, TX went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, November 2, 2015. Emma was born on April 4, 1943 in Kenedy, TX to the late Felipe and Baldomera Garza.  She married Reymundo “Rey” Villanueva on April 9, 1967 in Runge, TX.  She was retired from the Texas Workforce Commission, an active volunteer for the Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital Pink Ladies, a devout member of the First Baptist Church in Kenedy, and a loving Wife, Mother, and Grandmother.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Felipe and Baldomera Garza; brothers, Jesus Maria Garza, Isaias Garza, and Bernabe Garza.

She is survived by her loving husband, Reymundo “Rey” Villanueva of Kenedy, TX; daughters, Rae Anne Springer of Austin, TX, Rayleen Villanueva-Rumpf and husband Jerry of San Antonio, TX; granddaughter, Jane Elizabeth Rumpf of San Antonio, TX.sisters, Rebecca Ocanas of Brenham, TX, MaryAnn Garcez of Kenedy, TX; brothers, Daniel Garza of Kenedy, TX, and Rev. Elijio Garza of Clovis, NM.

Family Visitation was held Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 6PM to 9PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 11AM at the First Baptist Church in Kenedy, TX with the Rev. Elijio Garza officiating.  Interment will follow in the Choate Cemetery in Choate, TX.

Serving as pallbearers will be her nephews.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Benevolence Fund in Kenedy, TX.

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Raul Guerra DeLaGarza, Jr.

Raul Guerra DeLaGarza, Jr.Raul Guerra DeLaGarza, Jr., Age 65 of Del Valle, TX formerly of Kenedy, TX passed away Friday, October 9, 2015 in Del Valle, TX. Raul was born on March 7, 1950 in Kenedy, TX to the late Raul, Sr. and Esperanza Guerra DeLaGarza. He was a Master Mason and worked for D&M Masonry before retiring, he served his country honorably in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, and was a member of San Barbara Catholic Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents Raul, Sr. and Espernanza Guerra DeLaGarza; sister Florinda Apolinar; brothers, Benjamin DeLaGarza and Robert Mack DeLaGarza.

He is survived by his loving wife Olivia Madrigal DeLaGarza of Del Valle; daughters, Irma DeLaGarza-Adnane and husband Abdellatif of Houston, Veronica Navarro and husband Jeffrey Alan of Austin, Christine Pack and Husband Demetrius Deshawn, Sr. of Austin; sisters, Judy Browning of Austin, Herminia Longoria of Austin; brother, Abel DeLaGarza of Kenedy and grandchildren, Ziryab Milud Adnane, Alan Bryce Navarro, Claire Janelle Navarro, Allison Eleanor Navarro, Dekel Deshawn Pack, Talia Renae Pack, and Demetrius Deshawn Pack, Jr. .

A Holy Rosary will be recited Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 11AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with the Rev. Norbert Hermann Officiating. Interment will follow in the Loma Alta Cemetery in Kenedy, TX.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Navarro, Abdellatif Adnane, Demetrius Deshawn Pack, Sr., David Wayne Browning, Bebe Sanchez, and Dan Messina

Honorary Pallbearers will be Alan Bryce Navarro, Dekel Deshawn Pack, Ziryab Milud Adnane, and Demetrius Deshawn Pack, Jr.

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CS1 Lewis Gyles Collins, USN, Retired

Lewis Collins Obit PhotoCS1 Lewis Gyles Collins, USN, retired, age 82 of Kenedy, TX., passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2015, in New Braunfels, TX. Lewis was born on July 13, 1933, in Bowman South Carolina to the late Alfred Leroy and Lillie Mae Stroman Collins. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a CS1-Culinary Specialist, after 21 years of proudly serving his country. During his enlistment, Lewis served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, received numerous medals, awards, and honors, along with traveling to over 25 countries and living in over 20 states. Lewis also retired as Chief Dietician from Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital in Kenedy, TX. after 23 years of employment.  On July 23, 1974, he married the love of his life, Maria Trinidad Alvear, in Kenedy, TX. Lewis was a faithful and devout member of First Baptist Church, Kenedy for many years. He was a caring, gentle, and honest man who was loved by many and he cherished his family above all, preceded only by God.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Leroy and Lillie Mae Stroman Collins; sister, Mrs. Donald Greene (Norine); brothers, Shelby and Maxcie Collins and grandsons, Guadalupe Rodriguez and Thomas Ray (Tray) Vickery III.

He is survived by his loving wife Maria Trinidad Collins of Kenedy; daughters, Sally Dovalina of Gonzales, Rosemary Vickery and husband Tommy of Kenedy, Sarah Booker and husband Michael of Floresville; sons, Roger Dovalina and wife Belinda of Helotes, John Dovalina and wife Rachel of Austin; sister, Mrs. Farris Brill (Faye) of South Carolina; brothers, A.L. Collins of South Carolina, Woodrow Collins of South Carolina; 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Family Visitation will be Tuesday, October 13, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Kenedy, with Pastor Matt Singleton officiating. Interment will follow at the Kenedy Cemetery, Kenedy, TX.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Roger Dovalina, John Dovalina, Tommy Vickery, Michael Booker, Travis Vickery, and Edward Dovalina.

Honorary Pallbearers are Nicholas Dovalina, Collin Booker, Deacon Booker, Elijah Booker, Giovanni Reyna, and Vicente Reyna.

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Harry Alexander Reid, Jr.

Harry Reid Obit PicHarry Alexander Reid, Jr. was born on September 4, 1922 in Magnolia, Arkansas to Harry A. Reid Sr. and Madge Davies Reid. His mother died in childbirth and he was raised with the help of his grandparents, Andrew Alexander Reid I and Mary Bird Reid and his aunt and uncle, Ruth and John Warnock and his cousin Mary Ann. Mary Ann was like a sister and Harry remained close to her and her family, husband Billy Morgan and son’s John and Steve Morgan. Harry’s dad remarried in time and he became very close to his stepmother Hazel.

Harry served in the United States Army, 138th Ordinance Heavy Maintenance Company, enlisting October 24, 1945. Harry married Manda B Foster on January 15, 1949. He was well known and respected throughout South Texas having owned and operated the Kenedy Feed Store.

Harry is survived by his wife, Manda B. Reid, a daughter Stephanie Hazel and husband Dale Luke Sr. of Spring, TX and son, Andrew Alexander Reid II and wife Shirley of San Antonio, TX. His grandchildren are Amanda Luke, Alexander Reid and Harrison Reid. His step grandchildren are Amy Moreno and Dale Luke Jr. and step great grandchild Jackson Moreno.

Harry became a Christian at an early age and was baptized in the First Baptist Church in Magnolia, Arkansas. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kenedy, Texas.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 10 at Eckols Funeral Home at 10 am. A viewing will be held at Eckols on Friday, October 9 from 6 – 8 pm.

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Rev. George DeLosSantos

Rev. Geroge DeLosSantosRev. George DeLosSantos, age 59 of San Antonio, TX formerly of Kenedy, TX passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2015 in San Antonio, TX. He was born on August 17, 1956 in Karnes County, TX to the late Ruben and Olivia Rodriquez DeLosSantos. He was the Pastor at Gethsemane Ministries Church in San Antonio, TX, a loving Father, Grandfather and friend to many.

He is preceded in death by his wife Lydia DeLosSantos, parents, Ruben and Olivia DeLosSantos and a brother Ruben DeLosSantos, Jr.

He is survived by his sons, Pastor Anthony DeLosSantos and wife Lisa of Kenedy, Josh DeLosSantos and wife Nelda of Kenedy, Pastor Isaac DeLosSantos of Beeville; sister Olivia Almeida of San Antonio; brothers, Rev. Manuel (Sylvia) DeLosSantos of Karnes City, Escillas (JoAnn) DeLosSantos of Choate, Sammy DeLosSantos of Karnes City, Danny DeLosSantos of San Antonio, Arturo (Lucy) DeLosSantos of San Antonio, Lee (Lorena) De Los Santos of San Antonio, Alex (Lucia) DeLosSantos of San Antonio and 6 Grandchildren.

Family Visitation will be Tues. Oct. 6, 2015 from 1PM to 5PM with a Prayer Service beginning at 7PM at Kingsway Church in Beeville, TX. Funeral Services will be held Wed. Oct 7, 2015 at 10AM at Kingsway Church in Beeville, TX. Interment will follow at the Kenedy Cemetery in Kenedy, TX.

Serving as pallbearers will be Matthew Hernandez, Nathaniel DeLosSantos, Lee DeLosSantos, Michael Escamilla, Gabriel DeLosSantos, and Bobby Charles.

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