Moraima R. “Dora” Esparza, 63, of Uvalde died on Dec. 22, 2014, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. She was born on May 28, 1951, in Allende, Coahuila, Mexico to Guadalupe Ibarra Rodriguez and German Rodriguez. She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Rodriguez and husband, Jesus Jr., of Uvalde; two sons, Fortunato Esparza III and wife, Maribel, of Winters and Jesus Esparza and wife, Claudia, of Uvalde; two sisters, Angelica Navarette of San Antonio and Elva Salais of Allende, Coahuila, Mexico; one brother, German Rodriguez Jr. of Allende, Coahuila, Mexico; 10 grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fortunato Esparza; and parents. A rosary was recited on Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Glenis Lonella Colwell Pannell, 85, of Barksdale died on Dec. 22, 2014, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. She was born on Nov. 30, 1929, in Hackberry to Hattie Pope Colwell and Robert Colwell. Pannell had many accomplishments in her life. She was an award-winning poet and short story author. The family said Pannell loved quilting, sewing, singing, gardening and cooking for her family or anyone who came hungry. She instilled her faith and love of the Lord in her children and grandchildren. She is survived by eight children, Meranda Bouvier, Rebecca Mentch and husband, Darrel, John Pannell and wife, Robbie, Debara Clayton and husband, Roy, Ida Pannell Luce and husband, Chad, Roberta Peters and husband, Nathan, Merna Pannell, and Joanne Adair and husband, Doug; two sisters, Clovis Colwell and Janice Edwards; 28 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Joyce Nell Sparks Burdett, 80, of San Angelo died on Dec. 20, 2014, in San Angelo. She was born on March 26, 1934, on a ranch east of Vance to Cora Minnie Sparks and John Allen Sparks. Burdett graduated from Uvalde High School. She married Albert Rush Burdett in Lovington, New Mexico, on June 6, 1951. Burdett worked for the telephone company in Midland; the San Angelo Medical and Surgical Clinic and the Women’s Clinic in San Angelo; and as a secretary at Fannin Elementary School in San Angelo, where she retired in 1996. She is survived by her husband of 63 years; one daughter, Wanda Burdett Stewart of San Angelo; one son, Sparks Burdett and wife, Beverly, of Abilene; three sisters, Josephine Lumsden, Patsy Hicks and Faye Allen; one brother, George Robert Sparks; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Royce Sparks and John T. Sparks. Visitation was held Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Cayetano C. “Tano” Flores, 79, of Del Rio, formerly of Uvalde, died on Dec. 12, 2014, in Del Rio. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. A revised version of the obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Velda Ree Ward, 96 of Pearsall died on Dec. 19, 2014, in Pearsall. She was born on April 26, 1918, in Palestine to Lou Ottie and Thomas Drummond. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, E.C. Ward. She is survived by one son, Lloyd Ward and wife, Deana, of Lake Jackson; one daughter, Carolyn Parsons and husband, Norman, of Pearsall; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Visitation was held Sunday from 2 to 8:30 p.m. at Hurley Funeral Home Chapel in Pearsall. Funeral services were held Monday at 11 a.m. at Hurley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Pearsall Cemetery. The family requests memorials be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Warren Glenn Fisher, age 96, former longtime resident of Uvalde, passed away Dec. 12, 2014, in Rockport, Texas, with his family at his side. On April 13, 1918, Glenn was born to Milton Theodore Fisher and Amelia Uzzell Fisher in Barksdale, Texas. The family moved to Uvalde when Glenn was 2. He graduated from Uvalde High School and worked as a bellhop at the Kincaid Hotel during his school years. Glenn met his beloved wife, Florence Reeves, in Uvalde when they were introduced by a mutual friend. After dating for a year, the two were married in San Antonio onDec. 7, 1940. Glenn served in the Army Air Corps 847th Navigation Training Squadron in Hondo, Texas, during World War II, and completed his military service at Chanute Field, Illinois. The Fishers then returned to Uvalde in 1945 and built a home on Bunting Lane the following year.
Cayetano C. “Tano” Flores, 79, of Del Rio, formerly of Uvalde, died on Dec. 12, 2014, in Del Rio. He was born on May 27, 1935, in Uvalde to Francisca Cortinas Flores and Jose Maria Flores. He is survived by two daughters, Linda Molina and husband, Chris, of Del Rio and Gloria F. Martinez and husband, Joel, of San Antonio; two sons, Ruben G. Flores and wife, Pam, of Longview and Armando G. Flores and wife, Elizabeth, Castillo, of Austin; three sisters, Maria Cisneros of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ester Villarreal of Wisconsin and Lupe Camacho of Houston; three brothers, Placido Flores of Uvalde, Manuel Flores and Jose Maria “Pepe” Flores, both of San Antonio; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Leonor Gomez Flores; and one grandson, Conrad Flores. A memorial service was held yesterday at 10 a.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel.
Margarita G. Rivas, 85, of Uvalde died on Dec. 16, 2014, in Uvalde. She was born on Feb. 3, 1929, in Nixon to Concepcion Martinez González and Aristeo González. She is survived by three daughters, Blanca Zapata, Margarita Rivas Flores and husband, Carlos, and Laurentina Rivas Obregon and husband, Refugio, all of Uvalde; one son, Victor Rivas and wife, Maria, of Uvalde; one sister, Juanita González of Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Maria Elena Rivas; one son, Fernando Rivas; parents; one sister, Rita Maldonado; and two brothers Juan González and Felix González. A rosary was recited on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. A vigil was held Thursday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services were held Friday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Clifton Frank Padgett, 65, of Utopia died on Dec. 10, 2014, at his residence. He was born on Nov. 28, 1949, in Hondo to Edna Umlang Padgett and Milton I. Padgett. He is survived by one daughter, Alyssa Culpepper of Utopia; one son, Colter Padgett of Utopia. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lindy Padgett; parents; and one brother, Carl Padgett. A memorial service was held yesterday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Utopia.