Billy Joe Nance, 84, formerly of Uvalde, died on Aug. 4, 2015, at his residence in New Braunfels. He was born in Sonora, to the late Grace (Greenwood) and R.G. Nance. He attended school in Juno and Sonora, graduating from Sonora High School in 1948. He spent four years in the Army, serving in Okinawa, Japan, during the Korean War. He married Maxine Beall in 1953. He owned Sonora Gas Company until the couple moved to Uvalde in 1965. He worked for Gensco in Uvalde and Amarillo, and then for Uvalco until his retirement in 2003. After retirement, the couple moved to New Braunfels. He was a member and deacon at First Baptist Church of Uvalde. He was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star for 58 years, with memberships in Sonora, Uvalde, Amarillo, and New Braunfels, and a member of the Masonic Lodge in the aforementioned towns and Canyon Lake for 61 years.
Johnnie Mae Proctor passed into eternity on Aug. 4, 2015, in Uvalde at the age of 91. A memorial service will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Uvalde. Johnnie Mae was born in Uvalde to Margaret Edmonds Anthon and John J. Anthon on Aug. 1, 1924. She grew up in Uvalde on her parents’ dairy farm. She graduated from Uvalde High School in 1942 and from Mary Hardin Baylor University in 1946 with a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics. She later received her Master of Education degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. Johnnie Mae was a Home Economics teacher and pep squad sponsor in Dilley from 1946-1969. After this time she moved to Uvalde and was an elementary school teacher for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District until her retirement. Following retirement she remained an active member of the community. She spent a great deal of time teaching volunteer courses such as drivers education through AARP.
Wilson Ryland, 97, of Uvalde died on Aug. 7, 2015, at Amistad Nursing Home. Funeral services are pending with Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Hector C. Garcia, 59, of Uvalde died on Aug. 3, 2015, at his residence. A rosary was recited on Tuesday, yesterday, and will be recited again today at 7 p.m. at Rushing- Estes-Knowles Mortuary. 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 Sept. 9, 1955, in Uvalde to Bernice (Chapoy) and Willie Garcia Sr. He is survived by his parents; wife, Josefina Garcia; four sons, Hector Garcia Jr. of San Antonio; Benito Garcia and wife, Brandy, of Odessa, Eliseo Garcia and David Garcia and wife, Selina Camacho, all of Uvalde; three sisters, Sylvia Garcia of San Antonio, Cynthia Perez and husband, Elias, and Lisa Hernandez and husband, Manuel, all of Uvalde; one brother, Willie Garcia Jr. and wife, Peggy; 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
James Stanley “Jim” Little, 82, formerly of Uvalde, died on July 31, 2015, at the VITAS Inpatient Unit at Methodist Healthcare Systems in San Antonio. He was born on Nov. 11, 1932, in Bradshaw to Ruby (Bagwell) and Lee Little. He married Dorothy Springer on June 21, 1957. The couple had two children. Little was the son of a dry land cotton farmer. He worked in the fields until he joined the Air Force in 1951, where he was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth. During his time in the Air Force he served in the military police at Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, in Suffolk, United Kingdom. After being honorably discharged from the military in 1955, he began his 50-year career in the pipe business. He was employed at Gensco, Inc. in Uvalde for years. He rose from an office clerk to the owner of his own pipe company. He was a co-owner of Boerne Pipe, and later the Pipe Yard in Boerne.
Robert Clarence “Bob” Ryland, 72, formerly of Uvalde, died on July 31, 2015, in Elgin. Services are pending with Providence Jones Funeral Home of Elgin and Calvary Episcopal Church in Bastrop. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Juan Luis Del Toro, 62, of Uvalde died on Aug. 1, 2015, in San Antonio. He was born on Sept. 16, 1952, in Uvalde to Petra (Flores) and Luis F. Del Toro Jr. He was a 1971 graduate of La Pryor High School, and he attended Southwest Texas Junior College for two years. He married his high school sweetheart, Maria Luisa Ayala, on June 22, 1974. He worked at the Continental Tire test track in Uvalde as a driver for many years and as a teacher’s aide for the La Pryor Independent School District. He also worked for RKW Pipe in Uvalde. According to the family, he was always joking and ready for any social functions. He is survived by his mother; two sons, Greg Del Toro and Erik Del Toro and wife, Rosario, all of La Pryor; four sisters, Maggie Del Toro and Maria Del Toro, both of Uvalde; Marta Del Toro of Austin; and Blanca E. Saldivar and husband, Rogelio, of La Pryor; three granddaughters; ex-wife, Maria Luisa Del Toro of La Pryor; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.