Julian F. Lopez, 89, of Uvalde died on April 13, 2015 at Amistad Nursing Home. He was born on June 5, 1925 in Uvalde to Anita (Flores) Lopez and Julian H. Lopez. He is survived by two sisters, Modesta L. Valenzuela and Santos L. Villarreal of Uvalde; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son,
Amelia Jacques Gonzales, 82, of Sabinal died on April 8, 2015, at Vitas Hospice in San Antonio. She was born on April 18, 1932, in Ballinger to Maria de la Luz (Gomez) Jacques and Saturdino Jacques. She married Ramon Gonzales on Nov. 15, 1955, in Plainview. She is survived by six daughters, Rosalinda Gonzales of Uvalde, Mary Lou Valdez and husband, Paul, of Newbury Park, California, Gloria Urrita and husband, Carlos, of Del Rio, Sonia Arteaga and husband, Leo, of Odessa, Angie Gonzales and companion, Raymond Williams, of San Antonio and Marisa Gonzales and fiancé, Krist Alaniz, of Uvalde; five sons, Manuel Jacques of Petersburg, Freddie Gonzales and wife, Rosie, of Uvalde, Ramon Gonzales Jr.
Rosalie Joy (Ketchum) Sutherland, age 89, died April 1, 2015. She was a member of our country’s Greatest Generation – and pretty great on her own, too. The eldest child of Eugene and Winifred (Lewis) Ketchum, Rosalie was born Sept. 25, 1925, in Sioux City, Iowa, and grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Kansas City, Missouri, before moving with her family to Freeport, Texas, in 1944. There she met her husband-to-be, Sam Sutherland Jr. They married in 1948 after his return from the Navy and her graduation with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. She continued working at Dow Chemical until the irth of Sam III in 1951 – followed by Laura in 1953 and Dan in 1960 – led to a new career as mother and artist in residence. As a den mother, troop leader, and active supporter of Boy Scout and Girl Scout activities she helped her hildren and many others grow while having fun.
Ruth Silva, 79, of Uvalde died on April 6, 2015, at her residence. A prayer service will be held today at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Templo Cristiano Church. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. She was born on July 6, 1935, in Charlotte to Victoriana (Rodriguez) Ramirez and Filomeno Ramirez. She is survived by two daughters, Juventina Silva of Uvalde and Josefina Silva of Beaumont; seven sons, John A. Silva Jr. and wife, Diana, Javier Silva and wife,Ernestina, Joel Silva and wife, Vee, Jaime Silva and wife, Dora, and Jeff Silva and wife, Irma, all of Sabinal, Julian Silva and wife, Tanya, of Chicago and Jacob Silva and wife, Dixie, of Uvalde; three sisters, Hortencia Villeda of Charlotte, Julia Alaniz of Houston and Maria Ochoa of Uvalde; two brothers, Manuel Ramirez and Juan Ramirez of Uvalde; 31 grandchildren; 26 greatgrandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ernestina D. Garcia, 70, of Uvalde died on April 1, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospital in San Antonio.She was born on May 31, 1944, in Durango, Mexico to Antonia (Reza) De Leon and Bernardo De Leon. She married Antonio Garcia in Edinburg on March 7, 1963. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Antonio Garcia of Uvalde; three daughters, Blanca Mendez and husband, Leopoldo, of Amarillo, Sandra Villarreal of eslaco and Angie Solis of Uvalde; seven sons, Tomas Garcia and wife, Janie, of Amarillo, Antonio Garcia Jr. and wife, Elizabeth, Jose Luis Garcia and wife, Enereida,Ricardo Garcia and wife, Maria, Jacinto Garcia and wife, Deborah, all of Uvalde, Rudy Garcia and wife,Christy, of Minnesota and Cecilio Garcia and wife, Angie, of San Antonio; two sisters, Maria Del Refugio De Leon of Tennessee and Delia Del Refugio De Leon of Monterrey, Mexico; 35 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Dec. 2, 1949 – March 25, 2015 In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make… Greg passed away after a valiant battle with cancer, perhaps hastened by the Spurs blowing their 14-point lead to the Mavs on Tuesday night (3/24). While the Spurs were able to rally on Wednesday night (3/25), Greg was not. What he was able to do, however, was to leave his family with enough memories to ensure that he will be long remembered. Greg, or Grego as his grandchildren called him, was born in Uvalde, Texas, to Louise and Louie Davenport, where he learned that the life of a rancher was not for him – instead, his was to be the life of a journalist, public servant, economic development leader, job creator, traveler and an international man of mystery. In the 1980s, he led the City of Uvalde’s and the Middle Rio Grande Development Council’s efforts to stimulate the nine-county regional economy.
Art was a country boy who got to fly. He held an airline transport pilot (ATP) license and was rated in many types of aircraft including Hawker Siddeley 125m, Lear 24a, Falcon DA-20, Mitsubishi U2, Grumman Albatross, L-18, B-17, B-24, B-25, B-26, DC3, F4F Wildcat, Corsair, Sea Fury, T-28, A-26, and all makes of LOA. He was the corporate pilot for Dolph Briscoe before he became governor and King Ranch co-owner, B.K. Johnson. He was also the fixed-base operator for Uvalde Municipal Airport and the Piper aircraft dealer. He was an early member of The Confederate Air Force. He proudly passed the flying bug on to many students and family members. Art, the baby of four boys, was born to Lora and Clyde McKinley in Frio County, Texas, on Aug. 10, 1929. He loved his big brothers, Pat, Bob, and Donny, and enjoyed annoying and tagging after them.
Richard Harold Farris (born in Uvalde, Texas Nov. 29, 1947) passed away in Atlanta, Georgia on Jan. 26, 2015, at the age of 67. Rick served his country in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1972. He was a helicopter pilot during his tour of duty in Vietnam and was honored as a hero by rescuing fellow wounded soldiers despite his helicopter being heavily hit by enemy fire. He received a Battle Field Commission and Bronze Star Medal and his father, Col. Harold Farris, from Uvalde and serving with the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam at the time, pinned the medals on his son. After his Army service, Rick attended Southwest Texas Junior College, Uvalde, and then completed his degree in business management, specializing in aviation management, from the University of Texas Permian Basin in 1978. He was known for his computer skills as well as being an avid musician playing drums in bands with wellknown names such as: Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Ray Charles, Brenda Lee and others.
Ernestina D. Garcia, 70, of Uvalde died on April 1, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospital in San Antonio. A prayer service will be held today at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Templo Cristiano Church. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of he Uvalde Leader-News.