Charles Allen Sweeten, 88, of Jacksboro died on Dec. 31, 2016, in Jacksboro. He was born on Dec. 10, 1928, in Barksdale to Norah (Wall) and Charles William Sweeten. He was a veteran, having served in the U. S. Air Force. The family says he taught school in locations across Texas, including Uvalde, as well as being a preacher in Texas and Colorado; he spent his life ministering to others. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Julienne Sweeten; one sister; and three brothers. He is survived by three sons, Jeff Sweeten, Robert Sweeten, and Rick Sweeten; and two daughters, Diana Haller and Robin Gamble, all of Texas; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A celebration of life was held on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Hill Country Church of Christ in Camp Wood.
Wanda B. “Nee Nee” McClure, 67, of Knippa died on Jan. 4, 2017, in Harper. She was born on May 21, 1949, in Crystal City to Ruby Alice (Dennis) and Steve Jefferson Stanley. She married John McClure on May 23, 1979, in Uvalde. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, of Knippa; one daughter, Deborah Lindley and husband, Lamar, of Fredericksburg; one son, Bryan Herman and wife, Michelle, of Murrieta, California; one stepson, Joe McClure; and one stepdaughter, Melissa Tucker, both of San Antonio; one brother, Steve “Bill” Stanley and wife, Joyce, of Charlotte; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. McClure was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Vivian Mae Ayers and Billie Joe Stanley. A funeral service was held yesterday at 2 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, followed by interment at Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lamar Lindley, Justin Lindley, Joe McClure, Jeremiah Perkins, Hunter Herman, and Larry Capuchin.
Gary Louis Ward, 66, of Knippa died on Jan. 2, 2017, at his residence. He was born on May 13, 1950, in Uvalde, to Doris (Standifer) and Frank Ward. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Chapel in Camp Wood. The Rev. Carroll Vernor will officiate. According to the family, Ward was a loving brother, husband, father, and grandfather who grew up on the river; he loved to fish and be outdoors. The family said he lived life to the fullest and will be deeply missed. He is survived by his wife, Johnnie Dunaway Ward of Knippa; three sons, Lance Ward of Kerrville, Chance Ward and wife, Amanda, of Blanco, Rance Ward and wife, Wendy, of Kerrville; six grandchildren, Kayla, Megan, and Mason Ward, Kyah and Audrey Ward, and Kiersten Ward; one sister, Marsha Olson and husband, Randy, of Kerrville; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family requests memorials be made to Uvalde Hospice, 1038 Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX 78801.
Gloria Urrutia, 59, of Uvalde died on Jan. 3, 2016, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. Funeral arrangements are pending with Rushing- Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Juan Francisco Salazar, 56, of Uvalde died on Jan. 3, 2017, at Northeast Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. A rosary was recited yesterday and will be recited again today at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes- Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. He was born on Aug. 25, 1960, in Libertyville, Illinois, to Consuelo (Valle) and Vicente Salazar. The family says he enjoyed barbecuing, fishing, and the Dallas Cowboys. He is survived by his mother, of Uvalde; one daughter, April Salazar and husband, Luis Enrique Robles III, of Gainesville; four sons, Rocky Salazar and wife, Allyson, Juan Francisco ‘’JJ’’ Salazar, and Elijah Salazar, all of Gainesville, and Juan Carlos ‘’Johnny’’ Jimenez and partner, Nicole Perez, of Uvalde; two sisters, Irma Velos and husband, Raymond, and Blanca Martinez and husband, Ezequiel, both of Uvalde; two brothers, Vincent Salazar Jr.
Sharon ‘’Susie’’ Hammel, 70, of Utopia, formerly of Baytown, died on Jan. 1, 2017, at her residence. She was born on Sept. 25, 1946, in Walters, Oklahoma, to Daisy (Covey) and Euel Clift. She married Leonard ‘’Mike’’ Hammel on Sept. 7, 1990, in Anahuac. She is survived by her husband of 26 years, of Utopia; one daughter, Rhonda Kay Garofano and husband, John, of Utopia; four sons, Jason Edward Brewer and wife, Emily, of Harker Heights, Justin Wayne Brewer of Baytown, Michael Anthony Hammel and wife, Devon, of Spring, and Robert Christopher Hammel and wife, Heather, of Kingwood; one sister, Sandy Pope and husband, Richard, of Norman, Oklahoma; three brothers, Ron Clift and wife, Terry, of Temple, Mickey Clift and wife, Susie, of Portland, Oregon, and Damon Bethke of Dayton; one brother-in-law, Chris Hammel and wife, Karen, of Temple; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jose Alfonso Gonzalez, 69, of La Pryor died on Dec. 30, 2016, at Lost Pines Nursing and Rehab Center in Bastrop. He was born on Oct. 26, 1947, in La Pryor to Regina (Martinez) and Antonio P. Gonzalez. He was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother; two sisters, Maria N. Rodriguez of Austin and Alma Isabel Bonnet and husband, David, of La Pryor; one brother, Antonio Luis Gonzalez and wife, Denise, of La Pryor; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. A funeral mass was held Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he was an usher for many years. Interment followed in La Pryor Cemetery. Pallbearers were Antonio D. Gonzalez IV, Nestor Rodriguez III, Berardo Rodriguez, David Bonnet, Ricky Najera and Antonio L. Gonzalez III. Honorary pallbearers were David Hall, Ryan Rodriguez and Jonathon Rodriguez.
Linda Mae Pickens Clark, 69, of San Antonio, formerly a lifelong resident of Uvalde, died Dec. 30, 2016, in San Antonio. Services will be held Saturday at noon at Sunset North Funeral Home, 910 N. Loop 1604 East in San Antonio. She was born Sept. 17, 1947, in Uvalde to Feliz (Vasquez) and Paul H. Pickens. She graduated from Uvalde High School in 1965. After graduating from Southwest Texas Junior College, she studied music at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. According to the family, she loved playing piano and spending time with family and friends. Clark was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Ralph Pickens; one sister, Katherine Pickens, who died in infancy; one grandson, Ian Clark; and numerous aunts, uncles and extended family members.
Angelita R. Hernandez, 78, of Uvalde died on Dec. 27, 2016, in San Antonio. She was born on April 10, 1938, in Sabinal to Ester (Munoz) and Aureliano C. Rodriguez. She married Alberto P. Hernandez on April 23, 1961, in Sabinal. Hernandez is survived by three daughters, Diana Pesina and Elizabeth Hernandez, both of Uvalde, and Cynthia Espinoza and husband, Joe, of Kerrville; one son, Alberto P. Hernandez Jr. and wife, Maritza, of San Antonio; one sister, Maria M. Rodriguez of Sabinal; three brothers, Moses M. Rodriguez and Alfredo M. Rodriguez, both of Sabinal, and Francisco M. Rodriguez of Waukesha, Wisconsin; eight grandchildren, Herman Pesina II, Joshua Pesina, Isaac Pesina, Roxanne Torres, Atticus Villescaz, Sabrina Hernandez, Samuel Hernandez, and Nickolas Hernandez; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Hernandez was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and one sister, Florencia Rodriguez. A rosary was recited on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Enrique F. “Nene” Garcia, 77, of Uvalde died on Dec. 26, 2016, at his residence. He was born on Dec. 30, 1938, in Uvalde to Fransisca (Fuentes) and Guadalupe Garcia. The family says he was a passionate man who enjoyed sheep shearing and working in his yard; he assisted his son in a carpentry business; and he was very proud of his children He also enjoyed watching western movies, football, and boxing. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Concepcion V. Garcia of Uvalde; two sons, Enrique V. Garcia Jr. and wife, Sharon, of Greenville, and Ernesto V. Garcia of Uvalde; one daughter, Norma V. Garcia of Uvalde; two brothers, Ruben F. Garcia, of Moorhead, Minnesota, and Guadalupe F. Garcia of Uvalde; one sister, Martina Moreno of Austin; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Mary Lou V.