Hal Jessee, 91, of La Pryor died on April 26, 2016, at the University Hospital in San Antonio. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. Internment will follow at La Pryor Cemetery. Jesse was born on July 7, 1924, in La Pryor to Marie (Abele) and Paul Jessee. He graduated from La Pryor High School in 1941. He attended college at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He joined the military and served as a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II. He was stationed overseas in Okinawa, Japan, and Pavuvu Island, Central Province of Solomon Islands, for three years. He was appointed as a driving instructor for amphibious tractors. Following his military service, he moved to San Antonio to attend the Draughon’s Business College of San Antonio, where he met his future wife, Vada Waite. The couple married in her hometown of Comfort on June 17, 1950. They had two children, Vernon and Holly.
Ruth Paula Spoon Harris Jennings, 68, of Uvalde died on April 20, 2016, in San Antonio. She was born on Dec. 30, 1947, in Mebane, North Carolina to Christine (Barneycastle) and James Spoon. She attended Mebane High School and graduated from Burlington Business College. She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1992. A teacher by vocation, she taught in San Antonio and for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District. After retiring, she continued to work as a substitute teacher at Uvalde High School. She is survived by her husband, Frank M. Jennings of Uvalde; one son, Edward Harris Jr. of Uvalde; one daughter, Denise Cheryl Harris Jennings of San Diego, California; two grandchildren, Dylan and Sklyar Posey of San Diego, California; two brothers, Jeffry Spoon of Conroe, and David Mangum of San Antonio; and one sister, Sarah Webster of Bassett, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Richard Cardenas, 66, of Hondo, formerly of Uvalde, died on April 23, 2016, at the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. Funeral services are pending with Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Florentina Perez, 73, of Uvalde died on April 26, 2016, at the Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Uvalde. Funeral services are pending with Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Julia Vera, 72, of Uvalde died on April 21, 2016, at Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. A viewing will be held tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Uvalde Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Frederick McIntosh, 87, of Sabinal died on April 22, 2016, at Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Services are currently pending with Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Mary Fisher Willis, 81, of Utopia died on April 18, 2016, in Boerne. A family interment will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Jones Cemetery in Utopia, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. at the Utopia United Methodist Church. She was born on Feb. 21, 1935, in Sabinal to June (Tucker) and Henry Fisher. She was the third child in the family. The family says that although she was a child of the Depression, Willis had a happy childhood and once described herself as an “ordinary girl born into the best family in the world.” She attended school in Utopia. She went to Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) for college. After graduation in 1958, she began teaching school in Corpus Christi. She married James E. Willis Jr. on June 10, 1961, in Corpus Christi. The couple eventually moved to San Antonio, where they raised their daughters. They were married for almost 55 years.