Thomas Loyd Mitchell Jr., 91, of Rocksprings died on March 20, 2015, at his residence. He was born Oct. 10, 1923, in Marfa to Francis Ruth Onderdonk and Thomas Loyd Mitchell. Mitchell moved to Rocksprings with his family when he was a sophomore in high school. He married Dorothy Faye Phillips on Aug. 29, 1942, in Junction. They were married for 72 years and raised their three girls in Rocksprings. Mitchell served in World War II in the U.S. Army, First Calvary, Remount Division for three years in Burma, India. His battalion took 500 head of horses to the Chinese through the Burma Pass. He was the World Champion Calf Roper in 1951, and served as the president of the Southwestern Rodeo Association. He would rope during the rodeo performance and then play with the Rocksprings Playboys for the dances afterwards. He lost his ring finger during a shipping accident and could still play every chord on his guitar.
Lola Vivian Tampke Patton, 96, of Camp Wood died on March 19, 2015, at a nursing home in Uvalde. She was born on July 28, 1918, in Utopia to Nancy Caroline Tampke and Wilhelm Fritz Tampke. She married Robert Bounds Patton on Dec. 22, 1939. Patton and her husband began their life in the Nueces Canyon area in 1955, along with their five children. They raised their children on the ranch in Vance. According to the family, Patton loved her church and community, and cooking was one of her favorite ways to show it. She proudly fed school children, Girl Scouts and hunters for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one daughter, Bobbie Sue Hatley; one son-in-law, Bobby Wayne Hatley; one grandson, Jason Patton; two brothers, Roy Dean Tampke and W.A. Tampke; one sister-inlaw, Velma Tampke; one sister, Lois Storms; and one brother-in-law, Gerald Storms.
Dimas A. Tenorio, 57, of La Pryor died on March 20, 2015, at his residence. A funeral Mass will be held today at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in La Pryor. Interment will follow in La Pryor Cemetery. He was born on Jan. 15, 1958, in Uvalde to Herlinda (Aguilera) Tenorio and Lazaro Tenorio. He married Maria Sylvia Trevino on Nov. 21, 1976, in La Pryor. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, a resident of La Pryor; three daughters, Chriselda Gonzales of Dilley, Anna Maria Tenorio Rios and Lisa Michelle Tenorio, both of La Pryor; four sons, Dimas Trevino of Uvalde, Dimas Tenorio of La Pryor, Adrian Martinez and Adam Martinez, both of Dilley; three sisters, Gloria Esquivel, Yolanda Granados and Belia Flores, all of La Pryor; two brothers, Rey Tenorio of Houston and Ted Tenorio of San Antonio; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Jesus Tenorio and Jose Tenorio.
John Robert Russel, 71, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born in Portland, Maine, and educated at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, earning his M.D. at McGill University in Montreal. He did his pathology residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. After serving nine years in the U.S. Army, he received an honorable discharge and worked in private practice in San Antonio, Texas through 2012, passionately serving many rural south Texas communities for more than 40 years. That encompassed many communities, but his favorite one was Uvalde Memorial Hospital. He was fond of many of the techs in the laboratory, as well as the doctors on staff and the administration. Russel’s barbershop quartet would often times drive all the way out there to sing in the laboratory and around the hospital.
Cecil A. Hutson Sr., 77, of Montell died on March 18, 2015, at his residence. A funeral service will be held today at 3 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. Interment will follow in Montell Cemetery. He was born on June 11, 1937, in Houston to Lucille (Sweeten) Hutson and Ben Hutson. He married Joyce Thomas on July 23, 1960, in Houston. Hutson was a lifelong evangelist of the Church of Christ and served as an elder in the church. According to the family, his passion for the word of God was contagious and he influenced countless souls. He loved God’s word and teaching it to others and brought others to Christ by his faithful example and dedication to sharing God’s love. Hutson had a love and dedication to young people. He served on the Child Welfare Board in Brazoria County, and he and his wife cared for many foster children in their home. Hutson directed a session at Bandina Christian Youth Camp for over 50 years and accompanied teens on mission trips into Mexico.
Chance Joesph Gugliotti, 30, of Highlands died on Jan. 14, 2015, in Madisonville. He was born on Nov. 18, 1984, in Houston to Arlene René Gugliotti. Funeral services will be held on March 28 at 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Knippa. Interment will follow in Knippa Cemetery. Gugliotti graduated from Uvalde High School in 2003. From 2004-2008, he served in the U.S. Army as a gunner in Iraq. He is survived by two aunts and two uncles. He was preceded in death by his mother; grandparents, Lucille and Louis Gugliotti; and one aunt, Susan Brown.
Saul Eduardo Rodriguez, 27, of Uvalde died on March 16, 2015, in Junction. A rosary was read yesterday and will be recited again today at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Luis Ochoa Jr., 43, of San Antonio, formerly of Uvalde, died on March 12, 2015, in San Antonio. He was born on April 17, 1971, in Arlington Heights, Illinois to Maria Ramirez Ochoa and Luis Ochoa Sr. He married Kenia Rivas in Uvalde on Sept.