William Hynson, 94, of Barksdale died on Dec. 29, 2014, in Houston. Funeral services willbe held today at 3 p.m. atFirst Baptist Church in Vance. He was born on March 4, 1920, in Comanche, Oklahoma to Ollie Hortman
and Pearl Hynson. Hynson served two tours of duty in the service.First in the Army, then later in the Air Force, where he participated in 53 flight missions as a B-17 tail-gunner with the 301st Bomb Group. Upon his second discharge in 1943, he married his bride of 69 years, Wanda Beatrice Cox, in Camp Wood. He worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad for 31 years and retired to Vance in 1984. He is survived by five children, Linda Simon of Houston, Virginia Hynson of Spring, Darrell Hynson of Houston, Lois Dewey of Houston and Dennis Hynson of Albuquerque, New Mexico; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife
Cayetano C. “Tano” Flores, 79, of Del Rio, formerly of Uvalde, died on Dec. 12, 2014, in Del Rio. He was born on May 24, 1935, in Uvalde to Francisca Cortinas Flores and Jose Maria Flores. He is survived by two daughters, Linda Molina and husband, Chris, of Del Rio and Gloria F. Martinez and husband, Joel, of San Antonio; two sons, Ruben G. Flores and wife, Pam, of Longview and Armando G. Flores and wife, Elizabeth Castillo, of Austin; three sisters, Maria Cisneros of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ester Villarreal of Wisconsin and Lupe Camacho of Houston; three brothers, Placido Flores of Uvalde, Manuel Flores and Jose Maria “Pepe” Flores, both of San Antonio; 16 grandchildren; 28 greatgrandchildren; one greatgreat-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Leonor Gomez Flores; one grandson, Conrad Flores; and two brothers, Jose Flores and Luis Flores. A memorial service was held yesterday at 10 a.m.
Maria S. Guerrero, 74, of Uvalde died on Dec. 19, 2014, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. She was born on May 17, 1940, in Sabinas Coahuila, Mexico to Mercedes Beltran Saucedo and Epifanio Saucedo. She married Manuel Diaz Guerrero in Mexico on Aug. 23, 1962. She is survived by two daughters, Mayela Moreno and husband, Martin, of Rocksprings and Ycela Benavides and husband, Jose Luis, of Uvalde; two sons, Jerry Guerrero and wife, Michelle, of New Braunfels and Manuel Guerrero Jr. of Uvalde; one sister, Victoria S. Retiz of Sabinas Coahulia, Mexico; one brother, Juan Saucedo of Uvalde; and six grandchildren, Lane, Logan, Bracken and Mason Guerrero, Jose Luis Benavides Jr. and Karli Jo Benavides; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. A rosary was recited on Dec. 20 and Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. A funeral Mass was held on Dec. 22 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Moraima R. “Dora” Esparza, 63, of Uvalde died on Dec. 22, 2014, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. She was born on May 28, 1951, in Allende, Coahuila, Mexico to Guadalupe Ibarra Rodriguez and German Rodriguez. She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Rodriguez and husband, Jesus Jr., of Uvalde; two sons, Fortunato Esparza III and wife, Maribel, of Winters and Jesus Esparza and wife, Claudia, of Uvalde; two sisters, Angelica Navarette of San Antonio and Elva Salais of Allende, Coahuila, Mexico; one brother, German Rodriguez Jr. of Allende, Coahuila, Mexico; 10 grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fortunato Esparza; and parents. A rosary was recited on Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Glenis Lonella Colwell Pannell, 85, of Barksdale died on Dec. 22, 2014, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. She was born on Nov. 30, 1929, in Hackberry to Hattie Pope Colwell and Robert Colwell. Pannell had many accomplishments in her life. She was an award-winning poet and short story author. The family said Pannell loved quilting, sewing, singing, gardening and cooking for her family or anyone who came hungry. She instilled her faith and love of the Lord in her children and grandchildren. She is survived by eight children, Meranda Bouvier, Rebecca Mentch and husband, Darrel, John Pannell and wife, Robbie, Debara Clayton and husband, Roy, Ida Pannell Luce and husband, Chad, Roberta Peters and husband, Nathan, Merna Pannell, and Joanne Adair and husband, Doug; two sisters, Clovis Colwell and Janice Edwards; 28 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Joyce Nell Sparks Burdett, 80, of San Angelo died on Dec. 20, 2014, in San Angelo. She was born on March 26, 1934, on a ranch east of Vance to Cora Minnie Sparks and John Allen Sparks. Burdett graduated from Uvalde High School. She married Albert Rush Burdett in Lovington, New Mexico, on June 6, 1951. Burdett worked for the telephone company in Midland; the San Angelo Medical and Surgical Clinic and the Women’s Clinic in San Angelo; and as a secretary at Fannin Elementary School in San Angelo, where she retired in 1996. She is survived by her husband of 63 years; one daughter, Wanda Burdett Stewart of San Angelo; one son, Sparks Burdett and wife, Beverly, of Abilene; three sisters, Josephine Lumsden, Patsy Hicks and Faye Allen; one brother, George Robert Sparks; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Royce Sparks and John T. Sparks. Visitation was held Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Cayetano C. “Tano” Flores, 79, of Del Rio, formerly of Uvalde, died on Dec. 12, 2014, in Del Rio. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. A revised version of the obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Velda Ree Ward, 96 of Pearsall died on Dec. 19, 2014, in Pearsall. She was born on April 26, 1918, in Palestine to Lou Ottie and Thomas Drummond. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, E.C. Ward. She is survived by one son, Lloyd Ward and wife, Deana, of Lake Jackson; one daughter, Carolyn Parsons and husband, Norman, of Pearsall; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Visitation was held Sunday from 2 to 8:30 p.m. at Hurley Funeral Home Chapel in Pearsall. Funeral services were held Monday at 11 a.m. at Hurley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Pearsall Cemetery. The family requests memorials be made to the charity of one’s choice.