James Stanley “Jim” Little, 82, formerly of Uvalde, died on July 31, 2015, at the VITAS Inpatient Unit at Methodist Healthcare Systems in San Antonio. He was born on Nov. 11, 1932, in Bradshaw to Ruby (Bagwell) and Lee Little. He married Dorothy Springer on June 21, 1957. The couple had two children. Little was the son of a dry land cotton farmer. He worked in the fields until he joined the Air Force in 1951, where he was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth. During his time in the Air Force he served in the military police at Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, in Suffolk, United Kingdom. After being honorably discharged from the military in 1955, he began his 50-year career in the pipe business. He was employed at Gensco, Inc. in Uvalde for years. He rose from an office clerk to the owner of his own pipe company. He was a co-owner of Boerne Pipe, and later the Pipe Yard in Boerne.
Robert Clarence “Bob” Ryland, 72, formerly of Uvalde, died on July 31, 2015, in Elgin. Services are pending with Providence Jones Funeral Home of Elgin and Calvary Episcopal Church in Bastrop. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Juan Luis Del Toro, 62, of Uvalde died on Aug. 1, 2015, in San Antonio. He was born on Sept. 16, 1952, in Uvalde to Petra (Flores) and Luis F. Del Toro Jr. He was a 1971 graduate of La Pryor High School, and he attended Southwest Texas Junior College for two years. He married his high school sweetheart, Maria Luisa Ayala, on June 22, 1974. He worked at the Continental Tire test track in Uvalde as a driver for many years and as a teacher’s aide for the La Pryor Independent School District. He also worked for RKW Pipe in Uvalde. According to the family, he was always joking and ready for any social functions. He is survived by his mother; two sons, Greg Del Toro and Erik Del Toro and wife, Rosario, all of La Pryor; four sisters, Maggie Del Toro and Maria Del Toro, both of Uvalde; Marta Del Toro of Austin; and Blanca E. Saldivar and husband, Rogelio, of La Pryor; three granddaughters; ex-wife, Maria Luisa Del Toro of La Pryor; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Francisco J. Hita, 87, of Uvalde died on July 29, 2015, at his residence. A rosary was recited Friday and yesterday and will be recited again today at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. He was born on Jan. 8, 1928, in St.
Geneva Sue Beavers, 101, of Uvalde died on July 24, 2015, at the Uvalde Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. She was born on Feb. 16, 1914, in what was then known as the Leona Ditch community, located south of Uvalde on Old Pearsall Road, to Josie (Mayberry)
Eunyce T. Johnson, 100, of Uvalde died on July 27, 2015, at Amistad Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at Rushing-Estes- Knowles Mortuary, with interment following at Hillcrest Cemetery. The Rev.
Laura Matilda Oppelt died on July 23, 2015, in Castroville. She was born on July 25, 1926, about 10 miles south of Castroville on the Oppelt family farm to Maude (Newman) and William Joseph Oppelt.In 1945, she was salutatorian of her class at Devine High School. After high school she worked at the San Antonio branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She later transferred to the Federal Reserve Bank