Ernesto A. Machado

Ernesto A. Machado age 84 of Kenedy died July 14, 2016. He was born in Atascosa County Oct. 26, 1931 to the late Ignacio & Celestina Alvarado Machado.  Ernesto married Elvira Casias Sept. 14, 1952 in San Antonio and was a retired Master Sargent in the US Air Force, after his retirement he owned and operated Modern Air A/C  company.

He is survived by his wife Elvira of Kenedy, Daughter Elia (Joe) Jimenez of Terrell, Sons Ernest (Lynne) of Azle, TX, Edward Machado of Arlington, Robert Machado of Austin , Daniel Machado of Florida, and Albert Machado of Austin, Sisters Eva Hernandez of Donna, Anna Maria Gallardo of La Soya, and Adrianna Tamez of San Antonio, grandchildren Joseph Jimenez, Christopher Jimenez, Holly Machado, Hannah Machado, great-grandchildren Ashton Jimenez, Ethan Jimenez, Samuel Jimenez, Mateo Machado, Nathaniel Machado, and Thomas Machado.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and grandchildren Marlise Machado and Karstin Machado.

A Rosary will be held Monday at 7:00 PM at the Eckols Chapel. Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.  Interment will be in the Kenedy Cemetery

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Debbie Ann Riley

Debbie Riley obit picOn July 15, Debbie Ann Riley, 57, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend, peacefully went to be with our Heavenly Father after a hard-fought battle against cancer. She was surrounded by her husband, children, and family at her home in McAllen, Texas, when the Lord called her home. Born to Kenneth and Mildred Norton of Pawnee, TX, July 10, 1959. Debbie graduated from Robstown High School in 1978 and married Larry C. Riley of Calallen, TX, in 1983. Debbie and Larry raised four wonderful children in McAllen. Debbie retired from the McAllen Independent School District in 2015 after 23 years of dedicated service. Debbie was a devoted and loving wife,mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, family, and friends. She could often be found playing hymns on her piano or gardening. Wherever she went, joy and love followed. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.  Debbie is survived by her husband, Larry Riley, of McAllen; daughter Cynder McAnear, son-in-law Don McAnear and grandson Houston McAnear of Waco, TX; daughter Nikki Barker, son-in-law Jason Barker, grandsons Logan and Landen Barker, and granddaughter Kendall Barker of McAllen; sons Blaine and Jake Riley of McAllen; parents Kenneth and Mildred Norton of Pawnee; sister Roxann Wheatley of Calallen; as well as numerous relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held Tuesday July 19, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Sawyer-George Funeral Home, 12497 Leopard St, Corpus Christi, TX. Funeral service will be held Wednesday July 20th, at 10:30 a.m. at  Pawnee United Methodist Church on FM 798 and Highway 72 in Pawnee with burial to follow at Pawnee Cemetery, 15241 Texas 72 in Kenedy, TX.

Don McAnear, Jason Barker, Robert Riley, Austin Riley, Brandon Wheatley, Robert George, and Roger Schultz will serve as pallbearers for Debbie’s services

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Ernesto Balderamos

Ernesto Balderamos Obit PicErnesto Balderamos, Age 64 of Hobson, TX passed away July 14, 2016. He was born on May 25, 1952 in Kenedy, TX to the late Domingo Balderamos and Manuela Garcia Reyes. He married Margaret Ann Whitfield on Sept. 3, 1977 in Kenedy. Ernest was a Warehouse Material & Fork Lift Specialist for Ashland in Kenedy, TX, a loving husband, father, grandfather and a devout member of First Baptist Church in Karnes City, TX.  He is preceded in death by his parents Domingo Balderamos and Manuela Garcia Reyes, a sister Graciela Balderamos and a brother Hilario Reyes.  He is survived by his loving wife Margaret Ann Balderamos of Hobson; son Erick Balderamos and wife Mylissa of Bastrop, sister Diana Balderamos of Houston; brothers, Delfino Reyes of Victorville, CA, Joe Reyes of Houston, Raul Reyes of Deer Park, Domingo Balderamos, Jr. of Kenedy, Luis Balderamos of Kenedy, Irene Hermis of Kenedy, Sandra Balderamos of Kenedy and grandchildren Gail Balderamos and Gage Balderamos of Bastrop.

Family Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 19, 2016 from 6PM to 8PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be held Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 10AM at the First Baptist Church in Karnes City, TX.  Interment will follow in the Loma Alta Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Texas Baptist Disaster Recovery Fund.

Serving as Pallbearers will be David Garcia, Sonny Diaz, Cecil Diaz, Albert Sauceda, Joseph Reyes, Anthony Reyes, and Travis Gundelach.

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Manuel B. Martinez, Jr.

Manuel Martinez Obit PicManuel B. Martinez, Jr. Age 92 of Kenedy passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Manuel was born July 10, 1924 in Runge to Manuel, Sr. & Petra Benavides Martinez. He attended local schools unfortunately at a young age he could no longer attend due to hardships. He was a man of multi talents, an intelligent individual being fluent in Spanish and English both writing and speaking. He also had many life skills, mechanics, carpentry, plumbing, electrical you name it he would do it. In his early life he joined the US ARMY faithfully serving his country for four years. While serving he fought in World War II. After serving his country he married Francisca Villarreal on the Sept. 13, 1949 to this union 14 children were born.   He is survived by his daughters, Magdalena (Valentine) Lopez of Kenedy, Matrina Wright of Charleston, SC, Maria Martinez (Elias) Rosales of Austin, Matilda Martinez of Seguin, Margarita (Jesus) Garcia of York, PA, Mary Jane (Josue) De Jesus of San Antonio; Sons, Martin (Hope) Martinez of Port Lavaca, Elias (Nina) Martinez of Kenedy, Domingo (Mona Lisa) Martinez of San Antonio, Mark (Debra) Martinez of Kenedy; sister Petra Salas of Littlefield; 50 grandchildren 77 great-grandchildren, and 18 great-great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife Francisca Villarreal Martinez, parents Manuel, sr. and Petra Benavides Martinez, a infant daughter and daughters, Maria Guadalupe Martinez, Mary Ann Martinez, son Manuel “Hito” Martinez; grandsons, Ozzy Martinez, Larry D. Wright, Elias Martinez, Jr.; and brothers Lucas Martinez and Fidel Martinez.

A Rosary will be held Sunday, July 17, 2016 in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel at 7PM. Funeral Mass will be held Monday at 10AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.  Interment will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

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Charlotte Mae Braun Goss Walters

Charlotte Braun Walters Program PicCHARLOTTE MAE BRAUN GOSS WALTERS was born in Kenedy, Texas, on March 18, 1939, to Charlie and Haysel Parsons Braun. She was the third child in what was to become a family of five. Sadly, the eldest child, a son, had died as an infant leaving Richard, Charlotte and James (Jim).  Richard and Charlotte were less than a year apart in age and were as close as twin siblings, but they were also extremely competitive.  Jim was about three years younger and filled the role as the younger brother who was very much a rascal who took pride in keeping the older siblings on their toes. Charlotte was not immune to adversity, even at an early age.  The first of a number of life-changing events occurred when she was seventeen.  Her mother and brother, Richard, had gone to San Antonio to keep a doctor’s appointment and to shop in preparation for the upcoming high school graduation.  While driving back home to Kenedy, their vehicle was struck by a truck.  This accident left both mother and brother dead and left Charlie, Charlotte, and Jim devastated. While this changed their individual paths of life, they each exhibited the strength and determination that is inbred in the Braun family.  Even though, Charlotte was left adrift without her beloved mother and brother, she began to chart her course in life and took the giant step to leave home and moved to San Antonio, where she worked for the telephone company.  In a matter of a few short years, she met and married her first husband and the father of her three children.  He was in the Navy and she and the children moved from one side of the country to the other as he was moved to various naval stations.  They finally settled in Corpus Christi which gave Charlotte the opportunity to pursue and earn a college degree.  The family settled in San Antonio after her husband separated from the military and she taught Home Economics in Poth which required her to travel round-trip about 80 miles each day.  Once again, adversity reared its head and this time concluded in separation and divorce from her husband.  This left Charlotte with the lone responsibility of insuring that each of her three children was educated beyond high school so that they could successfully provide a comfortable, productive lifestyle for themselves and their future families. Again, that Braun determination kicked in and she continued her own education by earning a Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in vocational counseling. She applied to and was accepted into the doctoral program at Texas A&M, and even completed a number courses toward earning a doctorate degree, but her life took a different direction.  She continued teaching in Poth for a number of years, but the daily drive became such a detriment so she successfully applied for a teaching position in the San Antonio Independent School District.  As soon as a counseling position became available, she was promoted. Subsequently, this led to Charlotte meeting her future husband Colonel Robert O Walters, retired, who had recently concluded a long and illustrious career in the Air Force. He was a math teacher at the same campus.  And the rest is history, as the expression goes.  They married in March of 1980 and created their large blended family.  Robert contributed four children and Charlotte added her three.  All was well even though there were both Longhorns and Aggies in the mix.  All of the children have been successful and have wonderful families of their own.  This has resulted in 15 grandchildren and one great grandson.  Robert and Charlotte have led a good life and have developed a widespread group of friends with an interesting variety of backgrounds.  They have provided each other with abiding love and support and have faced and overcome numerous health scares and crises.  And Bob provided love and support to Charlotte a short few years after they married when another tragedy struck.  Charlotte was faced once again with a terrible loss.  Her brother Jim suffered a horrible hunting accident and died a premature death.  Charlotte had lost the only other sibling with whom she had grown up.  However, that did not leave her without a Braun family because her father Charlie had met and married his second wife, Lucy.  She came to the marriage with two children and then she and Charlie had Elizabeth, CIBO, and Burke. So, there were Brauns galore.  By this time, it should have become obvious that Charlotte is a Braun through and through.  She has survived horrendous obstacles time and again without becoming bitter and mean-spirited.  Instead, Charlotte developed into a strong, determined, loving, generous woman who chose to learn from mistakes and sad situations. She was truly as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. She loved life and lived it to the fullest.  And she gave her all to every life experience until she entered final rest on Friday, July 8, 2016.

Charlotte is survived by her husband of 36 years Robert Oscar Walters; her children: Joseph Richard Goss, wife Leann and sons Benjamin and Harrison; Delana Lee Goss Smith, husband Kevin and sons Brock, Ian, and Grant; Charles Arthur Goss, wife Stephanie and sons Clayton and Dylan; the Walters children: Wendy Walters Davis, husband Bruce and son Josh and daughter Kelly; Robert Charles Walters, wife Carolyn and sons Cav and Chris; Karen Walters Hicks, husband Frank and sons Kirby, Kevin, and Shawn, and daughter Kelsey; and Diana Jo Walters. Her surviving Braun family includes her sister Elizabeth Braun and spouse Anne Hagelstein and family; brother Charlie I. Braun II (Cibo), wife LeAnn and family; and brother Burke Lee Braun, wife Julie and family. Additionally, she is survived by step sister Cindy Williams Burris and husband Michael; and step brother Jess Burkett Williams and wife Nancy.  Other survivors include sister-in-law Sandra Ward Braun, spouse of Jim Braun, and nephew Richard Ward Braun and wife Mary, and nephew Jason Allen Braun.  On the Walters’ side, Charlotte is survived by sister-in-law Jo Mary Rice, husband Frank and their three daughters and families.  And there are numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, and even grand nephews and nieces who were each very dear to her.

Charlotte is predeceased by her father Charlie Israel Braun, her mother Haysel Parsons Braun, infant brother Walter Silas Braun, brother Charles Richard Braun, and brother James Allen Braun.

I would like to leave you with this thought: Charlotte Braun Walters had such a zest for life.  She embraced each experience as it came to her and she always gave her best effort.  Failure was never acceptable to her.  Additionally, she loved family and friends unconditionally. So, it is with joy rather than sorrow that I say her life has been well spent.

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Juan Perez

Juan Perez, Age 89 of Kenedy, TX passed away on Sat. July 9, 2016 in Kenedy, TX. He was born on Dec. 12, 1926 in Mexico to the late Pedro and Candelaria Ortega Perez.  He married Maria Gardea on Oct. 13, 1949 and was a retired rancher.  He is preceded in death by his wife Maria Gardea Perez, parents, Pedro and Candelaria Ortega Perez, son Juan Perez, Jr., grandsons Juan Perez, III and Juan Perez Morales.  He is survived by his children Oscar (Esmeralda) Perez of Beeville, TX, Elisa (Isaias) Garza of Fort Worth, TX, Pedro (Adelfa) Perez of Kenedy, TX, Santiago (Estella) Perez, of Crystal City, TX, Alfredo (Yolanda) Perez of Fort Worth, TX, Maria (Enrique) Infante of Kenedy, TX, Bertha Perez of Fort Worth, TX, Sonia (Joaquin) Morales of Kenedy, TX, 34 Grandchildren, 49 Great-Grandchildren, and 8 Great-Great Grandchildren.  A Prayer Service will be held Mon., July 11, 2016 at 6:30 PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be Tues., July 12, 2016 at 10AM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the De Ntra Sra De Guadalupe Cemetery in Pawnee, TX.  Pallbearers will be Jesse Frank Villanueva, Carlos Garza, Pedro Perez, Jr., Enrique Infante, Jr., Mario Rangel, and Angel Morales.

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Manuel Caballero Garza

Manuel C Garza obit picManuel Caballero Garza passed away on June 8, 2016 at age 77 after a short illness. He was born on March 29, 1939 in Runge, TX to Diego L. Garza and Aurora B. Caballero.  He attended public school in Runge.  On October 9, 1959, at age 20, he enlisted in the U.S. ARMY and served as a PFC; specialist 4.  He served his country in Greenland where he was stationed after basic training at Fort Benning Georgia.  He ended his time in the Army in 1965.  Mr. Garza married Evangeline “Angie” Salais, in October 1960 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church and was married for over 52 years.  Mr. Garza was owner and proprietor Of Garza’s Body Shop where he worked at his life passion of fixing and painting cars.  Mr. Garza is preceded in death by his wife, Angie Garza, daughter Diane, and his brother Raul. He leaves to cherish his memory, his brothers and sisters, Fidencio, Lydia, Patricia, Bert, Elvira, Diego, Alicia, Leroy, James and Cynthia, 8 grandchildren, plus a host of friends.  He will fondly be remembered because “the shop” was the place where all his friends would go to hang out after a long day of work.  He always enjoyed visiting with anyone who would stop by to just to have a drink, smoke a cigarette and talk.  If anyone needed to borrow something or do some mechanical work he was always willing to help.  He was a very giving person.  One thing he truly enjoyed was reading the daily newspaper from cover to cover.  He was always well informed.  Services are under the direction of Eckols Funeral Home, Inc. A Rosary will take place at 7:00PM on Sunday, June 12, followed by Mass of Resurrection at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Pallbearers will be his brothers and friends.  Interment will take place at a later date.  Special Thanks to the staff at Bluebonnet Rehabilitation and Nursing Home for the special care that they gave to him in his last days.

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Ruby E. Reiley

Ruby Reiley obit picRuby Elizabeth Reiley was born in Yoakum, Texas, on August 4, 1918 to Arthur William and Emily Jane Pettit.  She had 4 brothers and 1 sister.
Ruby and Marvin A. Reiley were married on November 29, 1935.  They raised nine children Marvin G. Reiley (deceased), JoAnn Briggs, David L. Reiley (deceased), Leonard R. Reiley, Shirley Jeanes, Dennis D. Reiley, Ron W. Reiley, Sharon Bary and Stanley G. Reiley.  There are 25 Grandchildren and 29 Great Grandchildren.  Ruby and Marvin lived in Kenedy many years.   Marvin Reiley died April 29, 1982.  Ruby was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Kenedy. She enjoyed her Sunday School Class and the Reteens over the years.  Ruby worked at the CreeMee in Kenedy and in the KISD cafeteria for many years. Ruby lived the last five years in the care of her daughter and son in law, Sharon and Mike Bary, in Liberty Hill, Texas. Thank you Sharon and Mike. Ruby was the essence of love, family, and hard work. Ruby loved her children and super loved her Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren and until recent years always sent birthday and Christmas cards with special dollars inside. Ruby enjoyed her friends in Kenedy very much and spoke of them often. Funeral Services will be held, Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4PM  at The First Baptist Church in Kenedy, TX with the Rev. Tim  Williams officiaing.  Interment will follow in the Fashing Cemetery.

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Anna L. Copeland

Ann L. Copeland age 84 of Choate died June 3, 2016. She was born April 13, 1932 in Houston to Ralph and Eva Faulk Hagerman.  She married Arthur B. Copeland Oct. 29, 1976 and he preceded her in death Feb. 14, 1998.  She was a member of the Choate Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son Tony O’Brien of Choate, step daughters Julie Curtis & Janae Cavenaugh and numerous grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Monday from 6 to 8 PM at the Eckols Chapel. Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Eckols Chapel.  Interment will be in the Choate Cemetery.

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Jesus Gonzales

Jesus Gonzales age 95 of Pawnee died June 4, 2016. Jesus was born March 21, 1921 to Jose & Martha Saenz Gonzales.  He married Guadalupe Gonzales and she preceded him in death.  Jesus was a farmer and rancher, and a member of the catholic church.

He is survived by his daughter Agerita (Florentino) Cortez-Pawnee, Sons Matias (Aurora) Gonzales of Kenedy. Felix Gonzales of Three Rivers, Juan (Modesta) Gonzales of Coy City, Mike (Janie) Gonzales, Sr. of Coy City . He is preceded  by a daughter Martha Hernandez, sons Benito & Antonio Gonzales.    27 grandchildren, 60 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren.

Rosary will be held Wednesday, June 9th. At 7 PM at the Eckols Chapel.  Mass will be held at 10 AM Thursday, at St Cornelius Catholic Church.  Interment will be in the Nell Cemetery.

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