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.
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.