Ophilia Garza Guerra, 82, of Camp Wood died on Dec. 3, 2014, in San Antonio. She was born on Oct. 2, 1932, in Falfurrias to Amada Rodriguez Garza and Gorgonio Garza. She is survived by three sons, Fernando Guerra and wife, Margaret, of Smithville, Rene Guerra and wife, Mandy, of Uvalde and Robert Guerra and wife, Edna, of Falfurrias; two daughters, Diana Deleon and husband, Richard, of Houston and Veronica Valenzuela and husband, Gerald, of D’Hains; one stepson, Martin Guerra and wife, Fannie, of Sabastian; one daughterin- law, Teresa Guerra of New Caney; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Toribio Guerra; and one son, Frank Guerra. The recitation of the holy rosary was held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Nelson Funeral Chapel in Camp Wood. A Mass of Christian burial was held on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Camp Wood with the Rev. Sady Santana officiating.
Mae Rolls, 91, of La Pryor died on Dec. 10, 2014, at her residence. She was born on Nov. 10, 1923, in La Pryor to Mossie Parker Adams and Abner W. Adams. Rolls attended school in La Pryor. She married Carl Travis Rolls on Oct. 28, 1940, in Uvalde. According to the family, Rolls was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother and friend. She was always doing for others with great love and generosity. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three brothers, Frank Adams, Harvey Adams and Jesse Adams; and one great-grandson, Justin Lee Atkinson.
Paul Irvin “Red” Gass Sr., 88, of Uvalde died on Dec. 8, 2014, at his residence. Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery with the Rev. Lonnie Moore officiating. He was born on March 24, 1926, in Sabinal to Elsie Havens Gass and Randolph G. Gass. Gass was an experienced carpenter and contractor. He loved to fish and to hunt arrowheads and deer. His family was foremost in his life. He married Roberta Hobbs on March 24, 1946, in Uvalde. He is survived by his wife of 68 years; one daughter, Paula Gilleland and husband, Leslie, of Sabinal; two sons, Paul Gass Jr.
William “Bill” Howard Gardner Jr., 63, of Oaxaca, Mexico, formerly of Uvalde, died on Dec. 7, 2014, in Houston. He was born on May 28, 1951, in San Antonio to Zelma Thomas Gardner and W.H. “Bill” Gardner Sr. He was preceded in death by his parents. Both families go back to the founding of Carrizo Springs. Gardner maintained friends and contacts in both Carrizo Springs, where he spent his early childhood, and Uvalde, where the family moved and he graduated from high school. Gardner was a graduate of the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in business. He began his career in Houston where he was active in the business community until his entrepreneurial spirit became more than he could resist. As an entrepreneur he traveled extensively throughout Latin America with businesses in northern Mexico and Oaxaca.
Philip Lane Langford of Utopia and San Antonio departed this life on Dec. 5, 2014, at an in-patient hospice center in San Antonio. Lane was born on June 30, 1962, in Plainview, Texas, to Delbert and Beverly (Woodward) Langford. He graduated from Plainview High School in 1980 and from Abilene Christian University in 1986, with a BA in missions. He excelled in music and shared his exceptional soulful voice all of his life. Lane was a caring, kind, intelligent, compassionate, energetic, joyful individual whose greatest passion in life was loving and serving others. He was an adventurous, generous soul who traveled the world as a missionary, educator and caregiver. Lane worked in Africa with the Nigerian Christian Hospital, serving alongside physicians caring for patients and educating villagers about the importance of healthcare. He taught English in public schools for two years in Japan.
William Earl Elrod, 54, of Uvalde died on Dec. 3, 2014, in San Antonio. He was born in Uvalde on July 28, 1960, to Dayse Mangum Elrod and Dardus Elrod. He married Jody Harrison on May 20, 1995, in Charlotte. He is survived by his wife of 19 years; mother, a resident of Uvalde; one son, Trent Elrod of Lubbock; one sister, Lindy Elrod of La Pryor; three brothers, Ben Elrod and wife, Chris, and Cody Elrod, all of Uvalde and Jed Elrod and wife, Susan, of La Vernia; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Alberto R. Bernal Jr., 68, of Clarksville, Tennessee, died on Nov. 24, 2014, at his residence. He was born on Sept. 12, 1946, in Uvalde to Magdalena Varela and Alberto R.Bernal Sr. Bernal was a production supervisor at Josten’s. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army, where he served as an airborne ranger. He is survived by five sons, Gino Bernal and wife, Laura Haros, Mario Bernal and Ismael Bernal, all of Cincinnati, Ohio, Rico Bernal and fiancée, Desirae Pounds, of McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, and Rafael Bernal of Dover, Tennessee; one daughter, Annette Bernal of Del Rio; one brother, Elias Varela Jr. of San Antonio; and two sisters, Oralia Castillo and husband, Armando, and Rachel Varela, all of Uvalde. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Mario Bernal. Visitation was held Tuesday at 5 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m. at the Chapel of Neal-Tarpley- Parchman Funeral Home in Tennessee, where military honors were also conducted.
Connie M. Ortiz, 94, of Sabinal died on Nov. 30, 2014, in Kerrville. She was born on March 3, 1920, in Nava, Coahuila, Mexico, to Felice Martinez Mojica and Gregorio Mojica. She married Ernesto Ortiz in San Antonio on Dec. 22, 1945. She is survived by twodaughters, Martha Seidel and husband, Kurt, of Sabinal and Bertha Stafford and husband, Ken, of Kerrville; one sister, Jesusita Dominguez of San Antonio; one grandchild, Emily Kay Seidel; five step-grandchildren, Glen Stafford, Kim Seidel Holden, Paul Seidel, Mary Jane Seidel Hurless and Lea Coy Seidel; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Danny Ortiz; parents; two sisters, Julia Santos and Felice Santos; and one brother, Elias Mojica. Funeral services were held yesterday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Sabinal. A private burial was held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
Antonio F. Santos, 81, of Uvalde died on Nov. 30, 2014, at Amistad Nursing Home. He was born on Oct. 9, 1933, in Melchor Musquiz, Coahuila, Mexico to Concepcion Flores Santos and Juan M. Santos. In 1956, Santos married Vicenta Rodriguez in Melchor Musquiz, Coahuila, Mexico. He is survived by his wife of 58 years; three daughters, Maria L.