James Oscar Santleben, 84, of Knippa died on Feb. 15, 2015, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. He was born July 28, 1930, in Sabinal to Mattie Gordia (Herring) Santleben and Oscar August Santleben. Santleben attended elementary schools in Knippa and Trio, and he graduated from Sabinal High School in 1949. He attended Kerrville Bible Training School and Schreiner College, earning degrees in biblical studies and Spanish. He continued his education at Abilene Christian University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in general agriculture, biblical studies and Spanish. While he was attending school , he met and married Alice Nell Spurgin on Aug. 27, 1955. They moved to Knippa in August of 1958, where they began their teaching careers. During the summer vacations, the couple returned to Abilene where he earned a Master of Education degree in administrative education with a teaching minor in social studies from McMurry College in 1962.
Reyes M. Ruiz, 81, of Van Buren, Arkansas died on Feb. 14, 2015, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held today at 10 a.m. at St Michael’s Catholic Church in Van Buren, Arkansas. Interment will follow at the Morrison Cemetery in Rudy, Arkansas. He was born on Dec. 19, 1933, in Uvalde to Maria (Mirelez) Ruiz and Antonio Ruiz. Ruiz was a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was highly decorated, receiving four Bronze Star medals and three Purple Heart medals. According to the family, Ruiz was selected to represent the U.S. Army in the Military Presidential Inauguration Honor Guard for President Richard Nixon. Ruiz was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Van Buren, the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, David Ruiz.
Mary Frances (Dole) Schawe, 93, of Uvalde died on Feb. 16, 2015, in Uvalde. A funeral Mass will be held today at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Uvalde Cemetery. She was born on Dec. 2, 1921, in Uvalde to Mae Frances Dole and Scott Dole. In 1949, she married Edgar Joseph “Happy” Schawe in Uvalde. He preceded her in death in 1998. She was also preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Jean Ann Angermiller; and two brothers, Richard Dole and Joe Dole. She is survived by one daughter, Mary Jo Carpenter and husband, Wayne, of Nashville, Tennessee; one son, Walter Scott “Happy” Schawe of Uvalde; and seven grandchildren, Wade Carpenter of Uvalde, Marty Angermiller of Houston, Monty Carpenter of Nashville, Tennessee, Kaci Schawe Mello of Batesville, Amanda Schawe of Overland Park, Kansas, Justin Schawe of Kerrville and Makayla Schawe of Uvalde; nine great-grandchildren; and two nephews.
Amalia D. Martinez, 90, of Sabinal died on Feb. 14, 2015, at Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on Sept. 15, 1924, in Bishop to Enocadia (Sandoval) Delgado and Alberto Delgado. She is survived by four daughters, Estella Ugarte and husband, Rafael, and Angelita Longoria and husband, Joe, all of Sabinal, Sylvia Barajas and husband, Jose, of Casa Grande, Arizona and Juanita Hill and husband, Jimmy, of Parker, Arizona; seven sons, Jose Luis Martinez and wife, Rosa, of Knippa, Juan Manuel Martinez and wife, Gloria, Alonzo Martinez and wife, Leonor, Francisco Martinez III and wife, Gloria, all of Sabinal, Jose Angel Martinez and wife, Elspeth, and Luis Marcos Fernandez and wife, Rebecca, all of Uvalde and Felipe Martinez and wife, Estella, of New Braunfels; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Francisco Martinez; and one daughter, Maria Elsa Martinez. A rosary was recited on Feb.
Mary Caroline Cooley, 82, of Camp Wood died on Jan. 31, 2015, at her residence. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Camp Wood. She was born on Feb. 19, 1932, in Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England to Elsie (Giles) Stubbs and William Stubbs. She is survived by four stepchildren, Beatrice Markiel of Union City, California, Elizabeth King of Oakland, California, William King of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Quentin King of Napa, California. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Richard Cooley.
James William “Jim” Cameron, 67, of Rockwood, died Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at the VA Regional Hospital in Nashville. Cameron was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He served during the Vietnam War. He was also a member of VFW Post 6598 in Harriman. The family said Cameron loved to camp andfish. He was preceded in death by parents, Willard and Wilma Cameron; and one sister, Vicky. He is survived by one son, Justin William Cameron of Uvalde. Interment was Oct. 8 at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville. Full military honors were conducted by the U.S. Navy Honors and the Volunteer State Honor Guard.
Joy Lynne Smith, 63, of Kerrville, Texas, went home to her Lord on Feb. 7, 2015, at 5 a.m., at home surrounded by loves ones, winning her bravely fought battle against lung cancer. Joy was born in Uvalde, Texas, on Dec. 28, 1951, to William D. “Happy” Habluetzel and Ella Louise Oliphant. In early childhood, Joy, along with her two sisters, was lovingly adopted by Arnold L. Dube of La Pryor, Texas. She attended La Pryor schools and completed her schooling in Uvalde, Texas. Joy was never afraid of hard work. She operated a gasoline service station, even changing tires, and oil for her customers. She later became an apprentice in the printing business while living in College Station. This led to her successful ownership of Joy’s Printing and Office Supply in Uvalde for over 20 years. Most recently, Joy enjoyed her job as a Texas Hold’Em Poker dealer at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Joy moved back to Texas in 2011 to be closer to her family and friends.
Lee Roy Najera, 58, of Yoder, Wyoming died on Feb. 6, 2015, at his residence. He was born on June 14, 1956, in Raymondville to Eustolia (Nieto) Najera and Felipe Najera. Najera grew up and received his education in Uvalde, where he graduated high school. Upon graduation he joined the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy, the Naval Reserve, and Air Force Reserve for a total of 40 years. He moved to the Goshen County area in the late 1990s. He married Karlyn Juschka on June 20, 2003, in Uvalde. They bought a farm south of Yoder, Wyoming in 2005. According to the family, Najera enjoyed building and fixing things with his hands, and he liked helping family, friends, and neighbors. He also enjoyed horseback riding. In his civilian life he was a master electrician. He is survived by his wife, a resident of Yoder, Wyoming; three brothers, Richard Najera and wife, Patricia, of Springtown, Eddie Najera Sr.
Julia M. Garcia, 94, of Uvalde died on Feb. 6, 2015, at her residence in Seguin. She was born on April 12, 1920, in Eagle Pass to Antonia (Perez) Martinez and Teodoro Martinez. She married Jose Maria Garcia in La Pryor on Feb. 6, 1938. She is survived by sixdaughters, Mary Samarripa and husband, Gregorio, of Illinois, Martha Flores and husband, Jimmy, of Seguin, Nina Worster and husband, David, of Florida, Noemi Ruiz and husband, Arturo, of Illinois, Noela Esqueda and husband, Hector, of Lubbock and Linda Hock and husband, Bill, of Illinois; one son, Jose M. Garcia and wife, Mary, of Oklahoma; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one son, Jessie Garcia; five sisters, Victoria Valdez, Elvira Flores, Maria Vasquez, Anita Garcia and Felicitas Mosqueda; an
Fausto A. Flores, 81, of Uvalde died on Feb. 4, 2015, at University Hospital in San Antonio. He was born on Nov. 28, 1933, in Uvalde to Margarita (Aguero) Flores and Fausto Flores. He married Josefina Lira in Uvalde. For many years, Flores worked along with his father, Fausto A. Flores Sr., as a chef at Hanger 7 and the Uvalde Country Club. The family added that Flores was the only chef in Uvalde. He worked at the Kindcaid Restaurant for 33 years, and added 13 more years at the Holiday Inn Spanish Trail Restaurant. His oldest brother, the late Samuel Flores, was also a chef in the San Antonio area. They both taught culinary classes for many years in San Antonio. Interment was on Feb. 9, 2015. On behalf of the Flores family, we would like to thank the Uvalde Dialysis Clinic for their service, and a special thanks to the Alamo Area Ambulance for their service, care and support. Thank you for all the support and condolences from all. God Bless.