Phyllis M. Graff, 87, of Uvalde died on Sept. 6, 2015, in San Antonio. Visitation will be held today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Guadalupe C. “Tres” De Leon III, 32, of Uvalde died on Sept. 5, 2015, in Big Lake. A rosary was recited yesterday and will be recited again today and tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A burial mass will be held Saturday at 9 a.m.
George Henry Brigman II, 88, formerly of Uvalde, died on Aug. 16, 2015, at his residence in Houston. He was born on July 20, 1927, in Uvalde to Beatrice and Fred Brigman, and grew up on the 111 Ranch alongside his two brothers, Fred and John. His tasks on the ranch included breaking young horses. The family says he loved ranching, he didn’t mind a wild ride, and his classmates remember his studious nature and kindness.
The Rev. Pedro Molina, 63, of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, died on Aug. 26, 2015, at his residence. He was born on April 22, 1952, in Mexico to Catalina (Martinez Garcia) and Nazaro Molina. He worked as carpenter, electrician, and truck driver before being called to his vocation as a Catholic priest, where he served for over 20 years. Molina presided over the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Sabinal from 2003 to 2007. According to parishioners, he was particularly known for the healing masses he held, which were attended by people from many corners of the globe. He had a brief stint in the spotlight when several media outlets reported in 2007 that the church’s statue of the baby Jesus was said to have cried. He is survived by one brother, Jesus Molina of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and two sisters. The funeral service was held on Aug. 29, 2015, and was followed by interment at the Los Angeles Cemetery in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
Dabney Jean Montgomery, 65, of Uvalde died on Aug. 29, 2015, at the Amistad Nursing Home. A graveside service will be held on Sept. 12, 2015, at 10 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery. She was born in Uvalde on Sept. 8, 1949, to Margaret (Griesenbeck) and David Habermacher. She married Padgett W. Montgomery in Uvalde on Jan. 1, 1980. She is survived by her husband of 35 years; two sons, Lef Bales of Arkansas and Tim Bales and wife, Chrissa, of Rowlett; one stepson, Wayne Montgomery and wife, Heather, of Floresville; one stepdaughter, Sherri Lane and husband, Leo, of Wichita Falls; one sister, Sean Johnston and husband, Richard, of Sabinal; one brother, David Habermacher and wife, Carolyn, of Sabinal; brother-in-law, Don Ekvall of Madisonville; five grandchildren, KennethBales and Kevin Bales, both of Sabinal, and Britney Bales, Ian Bales, and Piper Bales, all of Rowlett; and one uncle, Tim Griesenbeck and wife, Rosie, of Helotes.
Mario Albert Rodriguez, 66, of Texas City died on Aug. 29, 2015, in Galveston. He was born Nov. 6, 1948, in La Pryor to Sara F (Flores) and Jose B. Rodriguez. He was a long time employee with Albertsons Food Store, and the family says he was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Alicia Gonzales and Sylvia Magdaleno; one brother, Arnold Rodriguez; and one brother-in-law, Lupe Salazar. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Rodriguez; three sons, Mario A. Rodriguez Jr., Charles Rodriguez, and Jason Reynelds Rodriguez; five sisters, Nelia Salazar, Rosa Rodriguez, Betty Flores, Zinna Aghilere, and Cynthia Martinez; four brothers, Joe Rodriguez, Alejandro Rodriguez, Artemio Rodriguez, and Armando Rodriguez; six grandchildren; and his dog and friend, Rocks. Visitation will be held Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., and a memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. at the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque.
Reitha Sutherland Smith, 94, formerly of Uvalde, died on Aug. 25, 2015, in New Braunfels. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Uvalde. The Rev. Tim Fahrenthold will officiate. She was born on July 29, 1921, in Uvalde to Thelma (Lewis) and Robert Lee Sutherland. She was a realtor in Uvalde for many years, and she was the first female president of the Uvalde Board of Realtors. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Uvalde. She married three times and was preceded in death by her husbands, Elbert Lee Black, Thomas V. Askew, and Wilvie Smith; her parents; and one sister, Thelma Lee Morrison. She is survived by one son, Michael Black of Uvalde; one daughter, Barbara Williamson and husband, Jerry, of San Marcos, one step-daughter, Shirley Wentz of Uvalde; three brothers, Dolph Sutherland of Carrollton, Tommy Sutherland and wife, Alethea, of Plano, and R. L.
Carolyn’s body and spirit separated on Aug. 27, 2015, at age 82. The first of four girls, she was born on Nov. 24, 1932, to Callie and Fritz Kral, who lived on a farm in La Pryor. After high school, Carolyn worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. She married Jack Talbot, a teacher from Uvalde, in 1957. In 1976, Carolyn transferred to San Antonio and continued to work until her retirement in 1989. Carolyn enjoyed cooking, sewing, and being with her grandsons. She made clothing, embroidery, curtains, crafts, quilts, and other creative items. Her delicious cooking was enjoyed by many – especially her cakes, cookies, pies, and desserts. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Marilyn Harbert. She is survived by her husband, Jack; one daughter, Deborah, and husband Bill Wedeman; two grandsons, Craig and wife Courtni, and Mark Wedeman.
Billington Taylor Winters Jr., 49, of Uvalde died on Aug. 19, 2015, in Uvalde. He was preceded in death by his father, Billington Taylor Winters Sr. He is survived by his mother, Margaret Frances Winters; three sisters, Mary Frances Henson and husband, Bart, of Uvalde, Margaret Elizabeth Navarrette and husband, Larry, of Odessa, Mollie Jean Gray and husband, Brady, of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the Hurley Funeral Home, 303 W. College Ave, Devine, Texas, 78016. (830) 663-4445.
Patricia Ruth Tenney, 74 passed away August 28, 2015. She was born June 9, 1941 in Oklahoma City OK. She graduated Putnam City High School in 1959 and attended Oklahoma Junior College and Oklahoma City Community College. Pat worked 20 years at the Hertz Corporation and 10 at H& R Block. She was an avid bowler and a rabid race fan.