William “Bill” Howard Gardner Jr., 63, of Oaxaca, Mexico, formerly of Uvalde, died on December 7, 2014 in Houston. He was born on May 28, 1951 in San Antonio to Zelma Thomas Gardner and W.H. “Bill” Gardner Sr. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Rushing- Estes-Knowles Mortuary. The immediate family requests that relatives and friends gather to celebrate Bill’s life, reminiscence, and share stories.
Patricia Petty Pitts, 77, of Knippa died on June 13, 2015, at Amistad Nursing Home. She was born on April 2, 1938, in Crystal City to Josephine Heaner Petty and Elmer Louis Petty. She is survived by two sons, Steve Petty and wife, Penci, of Gonzales
Irma Koehler, 102, of La Pryor died on June 16, 2015, at Amistad Nursing Home in Uvalde. Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News
Vivian Yvonne Ogden, 74, of Sabinal died on June 9, 2015, in San Antonio. She was born on March 21, 1941, in Robstown to Vivian Wallace Thomas and T.Y. Thomas. She married Ralph Ogden in Sabinal on May 15, 1973. He preceded her in death in 2007. She is survived by five daughters, Tana Villasanaof Sabinal, Terry Goss of Houston, Tracy Havner of Thornton, Trudy Mahan of Sabinal and Tammy Brown of Houston; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Along with her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents. Graveside services were held Friday at 10 a.m. at Sabinal Cemetery with the Rev. Monty Benson officiating. The family requests memorials be made to the American Lung Association, 8207 Callaghan Rd., Suite 140, San Antonio, TX 78230
Nov. 30, 1935 – May 28, 2015 Roy F. Canales, dedicated family man, accomplished teacher, nativeTexan, sports enthusiast, voracious reader, artist, storyteller and humorist died at his home in Houston, Texas on Thursday, May 28, 2015, following a battle with cancer. Born and raised in Uvalde, Texas, he was 79 years old. Roy was a man with a big spirit and heart. To this day, he is revered in his hometown as one of the great lefthanders in Uvalde Coyote High School history. He continued his passion by playing baseball through college. Roy attended the University of Texas in Austin and graduated from Southwest Texas State in 1958. He continued his studies achieving a master’s degree in biology from Texas Tech University 1968. His love for coaching and teaching led him to complete a distinguished career as an educator spanning more than 30 years. He retired from the Pasadena, Texas school system in 1990.
Richard Gregg Edwards a loving husband, father and grandfather, age 68, of San Antonio peacefully passed away surrounded by his family on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. He was born July 9, 1946, in Uvalde to Jack and Rachel Aldine (Hodges) Edwards. ichard is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Bill Edwards and Jack Edwards. He is survived by his wife, Heather Procter Edwards; his children, Saundra Jane Edwards and her husband, Charles Crouch and two sons, Preston Edwards and Bryan Edwards and his wife, Jessie; grandchildren, Elijah, Hayden, Olivia, Caden and Owen Edwards; and future grandchild, “Baby Crouch;” his brothers’ children, including Patricia and Rachel; and Saundra’s mother, Barbara Edwards. Richard was the consummate professional, earning accolades from employers and colleagues. He was referred to as a dear friend, mentor and coach and was a successful account executive with Philips Healthcare for 29 years.
Rhoda Marie Ware, 87, of Kerrville died on June 8, 2015, in Kerrville. Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Waresville Cemetery in Utopia with Paul Stephens officiating. She was born on March 29, 1928, in Utopia to Lillie Mae Smallwood and J.B. Smallwood. She married Billy Ray Ware Sr. on Dec. 7, 1946, in Uvalde County. Ware graduated from Utopia High School and worked as a bookkeeper at Fidelity Title Company for 24 years. She was a member of the Eastern Star as well as various card and domino clubs around town. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Billy Ray Ware Sr.; one son, Beal Monroe Ware; and six siblings.