William Ward “Billy” Sansom of Uvalde was born on Dec. 28, 1955, to Ira T. and Grace (Ward) Sansom. On March 23, 2016, Billy lost his battle with Hepatitis C and joined his daddy in heaven. He is survived by his mother Grace; brothers Ira Jr.
Nancy Lucille Garison, 86, of Zapata, formerly of La Pryor, died on April 5, 2016, at Falcon Lake Nursing Home in Zapata. She was born on March 12, 1930, in Franklin to Willie Lee (Parker) Robinson and John Raymond Robinson. She married David S. Garison Jr.
April Byars, 81, of Uvalde died on April 4, 2016, at her residence. A memorial graveside service will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery. She was born on Jan. 23, 1935, in San Antonio to Evelyn Lillian (Fisher) and William Rueben Herrington. She married Glen Edward Byars in Bandera on May 23, 1990. She is survived by her husband of 25 years; two daughters, Dawn Haller Jacobi of Uvalde, and Kelly Haller Sweeten of Jacksboro; one son, Michael L. Haller of Whitewright; one step-daughter, Debra Jean Love of New Braunfels; one brother, W. Whit Herrington of Richmond; and five grandchildren. Cremation was under the direction of Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
Teodoro De Leon, 71, of Uvalde died on April 5, 2016, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are pending with Rushing- Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Nancy L. Garison, 86, of La Pryor died on April 5, 2016, at Falcon Lake Nursing Home in Zapata. Funeral services are pending with Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Ricardo “Richie” Lopez, 78, of Fort Hall, Idaho died on April 3, 2016, in Fort Hall, Idaho. He was born on March 3, 1938, in San Angelo to Guadalupe (Encina) and Marcelino Lopez. The family says while growing up, Lopez traveled to different states with his late brother, Marcelino Lopez, until he met the love of his life. He and Clarice Faulkner were married on April 13, 1961, in Fort Hall, Idaho. After their marriage, the couple moved to Fort Hall, Idaho, where Lopez built their family home. He resided there until his death. According to the family, he worked for Loveland Farms until five years ago when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The family says he loved to read Louis L’Amour books and put together jigsaw puzzles. He also loved the outdoors, spending time camping, fishing, farming, and gardening. According to the family, he especially enjoyed holding the reins as the family horseshoe champ, and more than anything, he loved his family.
Yolanda Martinez of Uvalde, 78, died on April 4, 2016, at the Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Uvalde. Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with interment to follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery. She was born on Aug. 4, 1937, in Crystal City to Herminia (Diaz) and Cecilio Martinez. She married Juan Armando Martinez in Uvalde on Nov. 9, 1957. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, of Uvalde; four daughters, Norma Sharp and partner, Victor Fuller, Bertha Ortiz and husband, Gabriel, Lydia Delgado and husband, John, all of Angleton, and Cynthia Garza of Uvalde; four sons, Juan A. Martinez Jr.
Wanda Lee Rankin of Uvalde went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on April 4, 2016, at Uvalde Healthcare and Rehab at the age of 76. She was born on Aug. 12, 1939, in San Antonio to Juanita Sirena (Jones) Smith and Elmer Lee Smith. She is survived by three daughters, Nita Hutchison and husband, Sam, of Uvalde, Cyndi Alderson and husband, James, of Canyon Lake, and Brenda Barnett and husband, Billy, of Mertzon; one son, Steve Rankin and wife, Elisa, of Uvalde; one brother, Billy Joe Honea of San Antonio; six grandchildren, Sammy Hutchison, Jeff Hutchison, Clay Rankin, Guy Dean Barnett, Garrett Barnett, and Lindsey Hicks; and two great-grandchildren, McKenzie Torrez and Tristan Torrez. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, David “Bunky” Rankin. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Uvalde. Cremation was under the direction of Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
Barbara Ann Sams, 72, of Sabinal died on April 3, 2016, at her residence. A memorial service will be held on April 11 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Sabinal. The Rev. Monty Benson will officiate. She was born on Nov. 1, 1943, in Philippi, West Virginia to Eva (Nixon) and Eldredge Sigley. She is survived by her husband, Merrold Sams of Sabinal; two daughters, Annette Horton and husband, Carl, of Utopia and Kim Barnett and husband, Donald, of Adkins; three sons, Donald Kelly and wife, Mary, of Mission, David Sams and wife, Kimi, of London, England, and Richard Sams and wife, Bonnie, of St. Cloud, Minnesota; two half-sisters, Linda Mitchell and Carol White, both of West Virginia; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. Cremation was under the direction of Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
Olga Cardona Zamora, 71, of Uvalde died on April 4, 2016, at the Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Uvalde. A rosary was recited on Wednesday and will be recited again today at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery. She was born on Dec. 31, 1944, in Uvalde to Manuela (Alvarez) and Armando Cardona. She married Hilberto F. Zamora in Uvalde on Oct. 3, 1965. She is survived by three sons, Hilberto Zamora Jr. and partner, Gricelda Salinas, of Uvalde, Javier Zamora and partner, Casey Tully, of San Antonio and Jaime Zamora and wife, Marissa, of Las Cruces, New Mexico; one sister, Cleo Hernandez of Uvalde; two brothers, Rojelio Cardona and Armando Cardona, both of Uvalde; and seven grandchildren, Jaime D. Zamora, Breanna Zamora, Alyssanda Zamora, Adan Zamora, Gilbert Zamora III, Olga Salinas, and Jay Salinas.