James William “Jim” Cameron, 67, of Rockwood, died Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, at the VA Regional Hospital in Nashville. Cameron was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He served during the Vietnam War. He was also a member of VFW Post 6598 in Harriman. The family said Cameron loved to camp andfish. He was preceded in death by parents, Willard and Wilma Cameron; and one sister, Vicky. He is survived by one son, Justin William Cameron of Uvalde. Interment was Oct. 8 at East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville. Full military honors were conducted by the U.S. Navy Honors and the Volunteer State Honor Guard.
Joy Lynne Smith, 63, of Kerrville, Texas, went home to her Lord on Feb. 7, 2015, at 5 a.m., at home surrounded by loves ones, winning her bravely fought battle against lung cancer. Joy was born in Uvalde, Texas, on Dec. 28, 1951, to William D. “Happy” Habluetzel and Ella Louise Oliphant. In early childhood, Joy, along with her two sisters, was lovingly adopted by Arnold L. Dube of La Pryor, Texas. She attended La Pryor schools and completed her schooling in Uvalde, Texas. Joy was never afraid of hard work. She operated a gasoline service station, even changing tires, and oil for her customers. She later became an apprentice in the printing business while living in College Station. This led to her successful ownership of Joy’s Printing and Office Supply in Uvalde for over 20 years. Most recently, Joy enjoyed her job as a Texas Hold’Em Poker dealer at Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Joy moved back to Texas in 2011 to be closer to her family and friends.
Lee Roy Najera, 58, of Yoder, Wyoming died on Feb. 6, 2015, at his residence. He was born on June 14, 1956, in Raymondville to Eustolia (Nieto) Najera and Felipe Najera. Najera grew up and received his education in Uvalde, where he graduated high school. Upon graduation he joined the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy, the Naval Reserve, and Air Force Reserve for a total of 40 years. He moved to the Goshen County area in the late 1990s. He married Karlyn Juschka on June 20, 2003, in Uvalde. They bought a farm south of Yoder, Wyoming in 2005. According to the family, Najera enjoyed building and fixing things with his hands, and he liked helping family, friends, and neighbors. He also enjoyed horseback riding. In his civilian life he was a master electrician. He is survived by his wife, a resident of Yoder, Wyoming; three brothers, Richard Najera and wife, Patricia, of Springtown, Eddie Najera Sr.
Julia M. Garcia, 94, of Uvalde died on Feb. 6, 2015, at her residence in Seguin. She was born on April 12, 1920, in Eagle Pass to Antonia (Perez) Martinez and Teodoro Martinez. She married Jose Maria Garcia in La Pryor on Feb. 6, 1938. She is survived by sixdaughters, Mary Samarripa and husband, Gregorio, of Illinois, Martha Flores and husband, Jimmy, of Seguin, Nina Worster and husband, David, of Florida, Noemi Ruiz and husband, Arturo, of Illinois, Noela Esqueda and husband, Hector, of Lubbock and Linda Hock and husband, Bill, of Illinois; one son, Jose M. Garcia and wife, Mary, of Oklahoma; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one son, Jessie Garcia; five sisters, Victoria Valdez, Elvira Flores, Maria Vasquez, Anita Garcia and Felicitas Mosqueda; an
Fausto A. Flores, 81, of Uvalde died on Feb. 4, 2015, at University Hospital in San Antonio. He was born on Nov. 28, 1933, in Uvalde to Margarita (Aguero) Flores and Fausto Flores. He married Josefina Lira in Uvalde. For many years, Flores worked along with his father, Fausto A. Flores Sr., as a chef at Hanger 7 and the Uvalde Country Club. The family added that Flores was the only chef in Uvalde. He worked at the Kindcaid Restaurant for 33 years, and added 13 more years at the Holiday Inn Spanish Trail Restaurant. His oldest brother, the late Samuel Flores, was also a chef in the San Antonio area. They both taught culinary classes for many years in San Antonio. Interment was on Feb. 9, 2015. On behalf of the Flores family, we would like to thank the Uvalde Dialysis Clinic for their service, and a special thanks to the Alamo Area Ambulance for their service, care and support. Thank you for all the support and condolences from all. God Bless.
Mary E. Chandler, age 91 and a resident of Lake Dallas, Texas, passed away on Feb. 8, 2015. She was born March 3, 1923, in Uvalde, Texas, to P.M. and Ethel (Carter) Cox. Mary is survived by a son, David L. Cook and wife,Jane; three daughters, Mary Cook Kocaturk, Carol A. Sommers and Alice K. Chandler; a brother, P.M. Cox Jr.; seven grandchildren, Eddie Cook, Christy A. Chandler, Ronald Sommers, Stephanie Sommers, Scotty McLeod, Eric Chandler, and Ali Kocaturk; and by six great-grandchildren. Mary was a member of the Eastern Star. A visitation will be held for Mary on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Dalton and Son Funeral Home in Lewisville. Funeral Service will be on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Dalton and Son with Dr. Michael Waco officiating. To sign an online registry or convey condolences please visit www.daltonandson.com.
Jimmie Lee Barker Anderson, age 92, of Asherton died on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at the Uvalde Memorial Hospital. Jimmie Lee was born near Emory, Texas, on Sept. 20, 1922, to James Roy Barker and Margaret Elizabeth Hipp Barker. Jimmie Lee moved to Zavala County with her parents and brother Dale in 1924, traveling by train to the Winter Garden, along with the family’s household goods and livestock. Roy Barker became a successful spinach farmer, and the family helped establish the congregation of the Church of Christ in Crystal City, which met in the Methodist building on Sunday afternoons until a building was obtained. Jimmie Lee, Dale, and sisters Elizabeth and Patricia received their elementary and secondary schooling in Crystal City. Jimmie Lee’s high school business teacher Epsie Belle Thompson inspired her to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in business.
Eva Mae Treviño Espinoza, 79, of Uvalde died on Feb. 4, 2015, at Amistad Nursing Home in Uvalde. A rosary was read Friday and yesterday at 8 p.m. and will be recited again today at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes- Knowles Chapel. A funeral Mass will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. She was born on Sept. 8, 1935, in Uvalde to Teresa (Fernandez) Treviño and Amos Trevino Sr. She married Zoilo C. Espinoza Jr. in Uvalde on Sept. 12, 1965. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, a resident of Uvalde; one daughter, Cynthia E. Salinas and husband, Ralph Jr., of Uvalde; three sisters, Estella T. Cassiano and Sulema T. Hernandez, both of San Antonio and Emma T. Alvarado of Uvalde; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Amos Treviño Jr. Pallbearers will be Homer Hernandez, Salvador Alvarado Jr., Salvador Alvarado III, Steve Moreno, Frank Flores and Mark Herrera.