Reyes Valdez Sr., 70, of Gonzales died on Dec. 16, 2014. He was born Jan. 30, 1944, in Sabinal to Maria Ybarra Valdez and Rodolpho Valdez. Valdez grew up traveling with his parents and siblings to work picking cotton in New Mexico, cherries in Colorado and Wyoming and weeding sugar beet fields in Wyoming. He learned early in life how to work hard and the value of the wages he earned. The family said it wasn’t all work in the early days, Valdez attended school, enjoyed swimming in the Sabinal river with family and friends on hot summer days and peacefully communing with nature as he fished the rivers, lakes and streams of the Sabinal area, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. He married Tina Sosa on April 23, 1973, in Brownsville. Valdez raised his family in Gonzales and he worked in maintenance for the Gonzales High School for many years. Working for Gonzales Independent School District was a good fit for him; he enjoyed the work and loved young people.
Mario “Mayo” Bustamante, 66, of Uvalde died on Dec. 12, 2014, at his residence. He was born on July 6, 1948, in Uvalde to Ramona Robles Bustamante and Domingo Bustamante. Bustamante served in the U.S. Army from April 1968 thru May 1970 in Ft. Bragg, South Carolina. He was an airborne ranger and training instructor with special forces. He married Mary Elsie Padilla on Nov. 24, 1976, in Uvalde.
Raul Maldonado Sanchez, 91, of Uvalde died on Dec. 14, 2014, in San Antonio. Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. He was born on April 20, 1923, in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico to Maria De La Luz Maldonado Sanchez and Andres Sanchez. He married Bertha Rodriguez on May 25, 1952, in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. He is survived by his wife of 62 years; three daughters, Luz Maria Sanchez Cruz and husband, Agustin, of Clute, Elizabeth Rueda and husband, Angel, of El Paso and Francisca Pargas and husband, Mariano, of Uvalde; two sons, Roberto Raul Sanchez and wife, Adelina, of Sierra Vista, Arizona and Andres Sanchez and wife, Roselle, of Lake Jackson; one sister, Maria De La Luz Marin of Eagle Pass; one brother, Juan M. Sanchez of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico; 16 grandchildren, Ricardo Raul Sanchez, Carlos Antonio Sanchez, Claudia Ysela S. C. López, Rocio Ana Alicia S. C.
Warren Glenn Fisher, 96, of Rockport, formerly of Uvalde, died on Dec. 12, 2014, in Rockport. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel in Uvalde with Cecil Hutson officiating. Graveside services, officiated by J.R. Baker, will follow at Uvalde Cemetery. A reception at the Church of Christ, 200 S. Getty St., will follow interment. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
William Earl Elrod, 54, died on Dec. 3, 2014, at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Uvalde. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Lewis Kelly Robinson, 74, of Sherwood, Arkansas, and who lived in Fort Smith from 1965-2006, died Thursday, Dec. 11, after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Mr. Robinson was born in Gastonia, North Carolina, on Feb. 16, 1940, to Marvin and Johnsie Robinson. Lewis was the chief designer for Cagle Iron Works and owner of Robinson Iron Works in Fort Smith. Lewis is survived by his wife, Carolyn Cagle Robinson; his sons, Michael Robinson of Knippa, and Gregory Robinson of Little Rock, Arkansas; and two granddaughters, Madeleine and Beatrice Robinson. Service was held on Monday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. at Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church, 9921 Highway 107, Sherwood. Interment followed at Woodlawn Memorial Park, 4211 State Line Road, Fort Smith, Arkansas. Donations can be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org.
Graylene Sheedy, 80, of Uvalde died on Dec. 13, 2014, in Uvalde. She was born on Feb. 3, 1934, in Real County to Bessie Silvers Warren and Tom Warren. She married Nolan Sheedy in Sabinal on July 2, 1955. She is survived by one son, Nolan Sheedy Jr. and wife, Dana, of Uvalde; five daughters, Terry Sheedy of Uvalde, Peggy McMahan and husband, Lee, of San Antonio, Tracy Bingham and husband, Harold, of Leakey, Carla Childers and husband, Thomas, of Artesia Wells and Judy Waters and husband, Doug, of Liberal, Kansas; nine grandchildren, Tolan Sheedy, Marleen Sheedy, Stormy Ravizza, Michelle Bingham, Kendra Bingham, Thomas Childers Jr., Darrel Childers, James Childers and Brock Childers; and eight great-grandchildren, Charlie Sheedy, Jamie Sheedy, Katie Sheedy, Bella Ravizza, T.J. Ravizza, Laurel- Ly Childers, Luke Childers and Miranda Childers. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1997; parents; and one brother, Tom Warren Jr. Graveside services were held yesterday at 10:30 a.m.
Ophilia Garza Guerra, 82, of Camp Wood died on Dec. 3, 2014, in San Antonio. She was born on Oct. 2, 1932, in Falfurrias to Amada Rodriguez Garza and Gorgonio Garza. She is survived by three sons, Fernando Guerra and wife, Margaret, of Smithville, Rene Guerra and wife, Mandy, of Uvalde and Robert Guerra and wife, Edna, of Falfurrias; two daughters, Diana Deleon and husband, Richard, of Houston and Veronica Valenzuela and husband, Gerald, of D’Hains; one stepson, Martin Guerra and wife, Fannie, of Sabastian; one daughterin- law, Teresa Guerra of New Caney; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Toribio Guerra; and one son, Frank Guerra. The recitation of the holy rosary was held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Nelson Funeral Chapel in Camp Wood. A Mass of Christian burial was held on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Camp Wood with the Rev. Sady Santana officiating.