Isabel Rodriguez “Chavelita” Castillo, 90, of Uvalde died on Monday, March 30, 2015, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held today at 10 a.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. She was born on Nov. 19 1924, in Uvalde to Nabora (Montoya) Rodriguez and Esteban Rodriguez. In 1943, she married Alejandro “Role” Castillo in Uvalde. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, a resident of Uvalde; three daughters, Gloria Ortiz of San Antonio, Olivia Butman and husband, Bill, of Hutto and Berta Stratton and husband, Ben, of Houston; one son, Alex Castillo of Uvalde; one brother, Ernesto Rodriguez of Chicago, Illinois; nine grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; special niece, Ester Rodriguez Gomez; and other additional nieces and nephews.
Finis “Hooter” Clayton, 84, of Utopia died on March 25, 2015, at his residence. Memorials may be given to the Utopia EMS, 462 Sycamore St., Utopia, TX 78884; or Utopia Volunteer Fire Department, 485 Main St., Utopia, TX 78884.
Roberto F. Garza, 74, of San Antonio died on March 25, 2015, in San Antonio. A funeral procession will depart after a church service at 9 a.m. today at the Cathedral of Faith Church in San Antonio. Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. He was born on Jan. 4, 1941, in San Antonio to Lucia Garza and Josue Garza. Garza was a graduate of Uvalde High School, class of 1959, and served in the United States Air Force. He also was the owner of Garza’s Food Mart for over 40 years. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Susana R. Garza of San Antonio; two daughters, Brenda Torres and husband, James, and Kathy Garza, all of San Antonio; one son, Robert “Tinker” Garza Jr.
Inez Mata Jr., 45, of Uvalde died on March 27, 2015, at his residence. He was born on Oct. 11, 1969, to Josephine (Hernandez) Mata and Inez Mata Sr. He is survived by his father, Inez Mata Sr. and companion, Irene Martinez, of Uvalde; one daughter, Josephine Mata of Uvalde; four sons, Marcus Ray Inez, Alex Garza, Inez Mata III, all of Uvalde and Joseph Mata of San Antonio; one sister, Menda Mata of Uvalde; two grandchildren; one niece; and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother; maternal grandparents, Victor and Paula Luna; paternal grandparents, Hilario and Concepcion Mata; and one uncle, Victor “Chico” Luna. A rosary was recited on Sunday and Monday at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Porforio “Pilo” Rodriguez, 88, of San Antonio, formerly of Uvalde, died on March 27, 2015, surrounded by his family at Silver Creek Manor in San Antonio. Visitation will be held today from 2 to 9 p.m. with the recitation of the Holy rosary at 6 p.m. at Castillo Funeral Home in San Antonio. Burial will be held at a later date at Fort Sam Houston with full military honors. He was born on Sept. 15, 1926, in Knippa to Elena Rodriguez and Antonio Rodriguez. The family said Rodriguez served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Anna Maria “Anita” Rodriguez of San Antonio; two daughters, Leticia Rodriguez and ReAnna Martinez and husband, Tito, all of San Antonio; three sons, Ruben Rodriguez and wife, Polly, Robert Rodriguez and wife, Linda, and Richard Rodriguez and wife, Adriana, all of San Antonio; one brother, Eduardo Rodriguez of San Antonio; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Elizabeth Tovar Solis, 59, of Brackettville died on March 25, 2015, at Cedar Hills Nursing Home in Camp Wood. She was born on July 16, 1955, in Mexico to Martha Aguirre Tovar and Porifiro Tovar. She is survived by her mother, a resident of Brackettville; one son, Javier Solis of Brackettville; one daughter, Sandra Solis Rivas and husband, Rolando, of Brackettville; three grandchildren; three brothers, Ben Tovar and Jesus Tovar, both of Brackettville and Alvin Tovar of Del Rio; one sister, Martha T. Lopez of Del Rio; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father; husband, Edward C. Solis Sr.; one son, Edward T. Solis Jr.; and one brother, Eloy Tovar. Visitation was held on March 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Slator Hall in Brackettville. Graveside services followed at 3:30 p.m. at the Brackettville County Cemetery with the Rev. Bernie Cervantes officiating.
David Arthur Swift went to be with the Lord surrounded by his family on March 27, 2015, at the age of 73. He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Aaron Swift, who perished at sea during World War II in 1944. He was also preceded by his sister, JoAnna Swift Gleim; and stepfather, Jack Welch. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda. He is also survived by his son, Michael Swift and wife, Christina; daughter, Allison and husband, Paul Kimble. He leaves behind five grandchildren, Mario, Andrew and William Swift, Bethany and Brian Kimble. He is also survived by his mother, Mary Piper Welch; and brother, Jackie Welch. David was a Uvalde native, born in Uvalde on Dec. 24, 1941. David graduated from Uvalde High School and later became a barber for 15 years at Plaza Barber Shop with his lifelong friend, Herbert Harrison. For almost 30 years, he served the community of Uvalde with his local business, Swift’s Lawnmower Repair.
Miguel G. Arredondo, 35, of Uvalde died on March 19, 2015, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. He was born on Sept. 19, 1979, in Uvalde to Maria (Gutierrez) Arredondo and Arnulfo Arredondo. He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Dannitra Reyna of Uvalde; parents, who are residents of Uvalde; one daughter, Sierra Arredondo; three sons, Miguel Xavier Arredondo, Alexander Arredondo and Angel Reyna, all of Uvalde; maternal grandparents, Aurora and Joselin Gutierrez of Uvalde; paternal grandfather, Arnulfo Arredondo Sr. of Uvalde; four sisters, Cristina Arredondo, Stephanie Arredondo, Julissa Arredondo and Patricia Arredondo, all of Uvalde; three brothers, Jose Arnulfo Arredondo, Emmanuel Arredondo, and Gabriel Arredondo, all of Uvalde; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Juanita Arredondo. A rosary was recited on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Rushing- Estes-Knowles Chapel. A vigil was held Monday at 7 p.m. at the Rushing- Estes-Knowles Chapel.
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.