Nell Knox Smyth Roosa, a lifelong resident of Uvalde, died on Jan. 8, 2015, at the family home which was built by her parents in 1909. She was born at this residence 95 and a half years ago and delivered by her grandfather, Dr. T.R. Knox. Dr. Knox was a Uvalde physician with his office located on the second floor of the Opera House. She was born June 26, 1919, to Marie Knox Smyth and Lewis Miller Smyth Sr. Nell’s ties with St. Philip’s Episcopal Church run deep as this was where she was baptized, confirmed, married and is where her funeral services will be conducted. Nell graduated from Uvalde High School in 1936. She then attended Sullins College in Bristol, Virginia, graduating in 1939. World War II was in full swing when Nell met her husband, Jack Edward Roosa, at Garner Field where she was working as a secretary. Jack was an Air Force pilot from Lansing, Michigan. After a whirlwind courtship they married on Jan. 16, 1943.
Russel (Rusty) Joe Holloway passed away on Jan. 6, 2015, at his rustic adobe on the Double Diamond Ranch just south of Alpine, Texas. Rusty was born on March 24, 1962, to Joe and Ruth Holloway in El Paso, Texas and attended Del Rio High School. He spent most of his life as an independent surveyor in Uvalde County before moving to Brewster County in 2009. Rusty was an avid outdoorsman, cowboy, and pioneer that loved to hunt, fish and drive the back roads and ranch roads in his one-of-a-kind Jeep, never taking the straight path anywhere he went. He had a generous heart and a contagious laughter, telling stories filed with odd but colorful characters, a snake or two, maybe a dog but certainly one of his many adventures with surprises throughout. Rusty loved the simple life, his family and friends, rolled smokes, a good cup of coffee in his tin cup, a cold Coors from Harry’s, and sitting around a warm campfire.
On Dec. 31, 2014, John Bruce Gilligan, 82, beloved husband, father, and grandfather went to be with his Lord and Savior. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Taylor. The interment was at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at Liberty Cemetery, near Athens. Visitation was from 4-6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Providence Funeral Home in Taylor. He was born June 15, 1932, to Neil and Daisy Gilligan in San Antonio. When he was 2, the family moved to Uvalde, where he graduated from the public schools and Southwest Texas Junior College. Following junior college, Gilligan proudly served his country as a Marine in the Korean Conflict from 1951- 54. After completing his tour of duty, he graduated from University of Corpus Christi and began a successful teaching and coaching career in 1957 in Falls City. Gilligan also taught, in Schertz, Gatesville, Hubbard, and Taylor.
Roberto Manuel Papayanopolus Jr. went to be with our Lord on Dec. 23, 2014. Robert Jr. was born Jan. 12, 1992, in Uvalde, Texas. Upon graduation from Uvalde High School in 2010, he entered service in the United States Coast Guard in November of 2010. He served on the USCG Cutter Steadfast, and was most recently serving on the USCGC Heavy Icebreaker Polar Star. He was loved by all who knew him. He was a friend with a listening ear and a helping hand for those in need. He was an avid rocker and a talented artist. He enjoyed working on cars and riding motorcycles with his dad. He is survived by his wife, Chrystal Marie Papayanopolus; his daughter, Rosalie Marie Papayanopolus; and Satie Lu, his pit bull; parents, Roberto M. Papayanopolus Sr. and Marisa Hurley; sister, Nicole Papayanopolus-Ibarra and husband, Julian; niece and nephews, Jaida Ibarra, Jakob Papayanopolus, Joel Ibarra; grandmother, Socorro Hurley; uncles, H.
Cheryl Fischer went to be with her Heavenly Father on Dec. 22, 2014, after a short battle with cancer; she was 58. Cheryl is survived by her mother, Jessie Moore; father, Frank Milton and wife, Lucille, of Uvalde; three step-brothers; two uncles; three aunts; and numerous other relatives and a host of dear friends. Public visitation began at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at Zoeller Funeral Home and continued until 8 p.m. Funeral services were held at noon on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at Zoeller Funeral Home with the Rev. Gordon Hightower officiating. Services concluded at the funeral home. Please join us in celebrating our loved one’s life by visiting our memorial at www.zoellerfuneralhm.com.
Jose M. Garcia, 87, of Uvalde died on Jan. 5, 2015, in Austin. He was born in Del Valle on Feb. 17, 1927, to Crecencia Martinez Garcia and Jose R. Garcia. He married Maria B. Guevara on March 23, 1948, in Sabinal. He is survived by two daughters, Janie Sosa and husband, Eddie, and Carmen Garcia, all of Austin; seven sons, Ricardo Garcia of Uvalde, Jesus Garcia and wife, Ofelia, of Hondo, Frank Garcia and wife, Olga, of Crystal Lake, Illinois, Mike Garcia and wife, Mary Esther, of Uvalde, Jose Garcia and wife, Kim, of Garden City, Kansas, Ruben Garcia and wife, Cynthia, of Uvalde and Oscar Garcia and wife, Lizabel, of Uvalde; 22 grandchildren; numerous greatgrandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria Garcia; parents; and one sister, Felicita Garcia. A rosary was recited on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Chapel. A vigil service was held yesterday at 7 p.m.
William Pierce Kellogg was born in Uvalde, Texas to Willie and Naomi Vickers Kellogg on Oct. 19, 1924. Known as Pierce to friends and family, he grew up in the small Texas town. Pierce lived through the great depression as a child, and though his family was able to survive the difficult times with his father’s truck business, he saw the devastation first-hand and was home when his mother fed as many homeless travelers as she could. Pierce was in high school at the start of World War II. He was anxious to do something to help his country, but his self-described high school marks “did not quite meet the standards” required. So Pierce left home and went to Dallas where he attended Aeronautical School. After graduation, he left for a job in California in an aircraft factory. The job wasn’t to his liking, and his number was coming up in the Army draft. So he decided to enlist in the Navy. Pierce served in the Pacific Theater during World War II as a gunner on the LCS 114.
Frank Edward Suttles, 64, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. He was a Christian, a member of the Midland community since 1976 and a proprietor since 1983. Frank was born on March 10, 1950 in Uvalde, Texas, to Irvin and Vernell (Cox) Suttles. His childhood was spent in Camp Wood, Texas. He attended Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas and graduated with a Geology degree in 1974. Frank moved to Midland in 1976 and started his business in 1983. He formed Suttles Logging, Inc. with two units and four mud loggers. A little over 30 years later, Suttles Logging has developed into a small corporation with large corporate features, with over 90 employees and 45 on-site geological units. Frank was a loving and devoted father, grandfather and friend. Frank had a great sense of humor and always had a positive attitude. He belonged to several organizations, including the Corvette Club of West Texas, the Good Guys Car Club, and the West Texas Geological Society.
Robert Bradford Wightman, 85, of Utopia died on Jan. 5, 2015, in Pasadena. He was born in 1929 in New Jersey to Everett and Grace Wightman. He is survived by one daughter, Karen Chadwick and husband, Al, of Boerne; two sons, Bill Wightman and wife, Cathy, of Clear Lake and Martin Wightman of Kerrville; four grandchildren, Virginia Gasparini, Crystal Chadwick, Brian Wightman and Kimberly Wightman; and three greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen Wightman; and one sister, Virginia Pugh. Cremation is under the direction of Rushing-Estes- Knowles Mortuary. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Barrett C. Blick, 35, died Jan. 2, 2015, in San Antonio. He was born Oct. 5, 1979, in Lansing, Michigan to Cheryl Ward Blick and David Blick. Blick was a youth pastor and active in missionary work in the Rio Grande Valley, where he met his wife, Lissette. According to the family, Blick had a tremendous gift to light up a room with his “larger than life” personality. His drive and desire to serve the local church and reaching out to the young people was a beautiful gift he gave to his community. He later joined the Army and their first child was born in Germany. After returning to the United States, he applied and was accepted to the U.S. Border Patrol where he served out of the office in Uvalde. Blick served as Chaplain in the Border Patrol and was known for his compassion and always wanting to help others. He was a devoted member of Westover Hills Assembly of God.