Wayland Houston Evans, 83, of Batesville passed away on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in San Antonio. Houston was born on Jan. 6, 1933, to George Noyes Evans Sr. and Doris Houston Evans. Houston is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 67 years, Jeannie S. Evans, of Oklahoma. He is the great-grandson of James Dunn Houston of Gonzales, one of Texas’s early trail drivers and cattleman, and Dora Chenault Houston. George Littlefield Houston and Alice Thompson Houston of Gonzales were Houston’s grandparents, as were Col. George Washington Evans of Illinois and his wife, Eliza Jeanette Noyes Evans. His ancestry traces back to Mayflower Compact signer John Howland and his wife, Elizabeth Tilley. Houston’s father, George Noyes Evans Sr., was raised on the Charles Noyes Ranch at Von Ormy, near Somerset, as was Houston and siblings Noyes Evans and Alice Evans Downie. The San Antonio Academy and Texas Military Institute were private schools that Houston attended.
George Linkhart Wentz, 83, of Uvalde died on Nov. 24, 2016, at his residence. A memorial graveside service will be held today at 3 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery, with a reception following at First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Steve Peyton will officiate, and there will be a reading by Julisabel Alvarado. He was born on Nov. 28, 1932, in Uvalde to Cecil (Eiband) and Frank Elton Wentz. He graduated from Uvalde High School, and attended Schreiner University and the University of Texas. He married Sherley Askew on May 30, 1953, in Uvalde. Wentz was a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church, serving as a board member under several pastors; a member of Searchers Sunday school class; a member and past Master of Uvalde Masonic Lodge, as well as a lifetime member of Uvalde Rotary Club. He was a member and past president of the Uvalde Chamber of Commerce, served on the city council and was mayor pro-tem.
Sandra Janette Thompson, age 67, of Elgin passed away with her family by her side Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Janette was born Dec. 13, 1948, in Uvalde, Texas to Truett and Arvie Herron. After being a dedicated Army wife for 20 years, her husband, David, retired from the military. They first moved to Austin then Cedar Park and eventually found their home in Elgin, where Janette worked for 15 years before retiring last year. Janette was always proudly active in her sons’ lives. She was a Cub Scout leader, T-Ball coach and referee. She and David would travel to see sporting events and even while she was ill Janette went to see her son play at Hanovers. She loved horses, camping out and traveling in the RV. She also enjoyed crocheting, cooking, going on cruises and gardening. Sandra is preceded in death by her father.
Peter Stuart Steigerwald, 83, of Uvalde died on Nov. 23, 2016, at his residence. He was born on Feb. 10, 1933, in Houston to Bertha Mary Margaret Gross and Walter Herman Steigerwald. He married Shirley Anne Heard in 1955 in Uvalde. She preceded him in death in 2015. He is survived by one son, Paul Steigerwald and wife, Shelley, of Uvalde; and four grandchildren, Peter H. Steigerwald and wife, Sara, of San Marcos, Phillip Steigerwald of College Station, Thomas Steigerwald and wife, Shannon, of Rochester, New York, and Susanna Steigerwald of Germany. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one brother, Walter H. Steigerwald Jr.; one sister, Mary Steigerwald Heard; and one grandson, Jordan Steigerwald. The family says Steigerwald served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, achieving the rank of E-5. For the majority of his working life, he was general manager of KHCB FM, a non-profit Christian radio station in Houston.
Nicolas Ruiz Jr., 68, of Uvalde died on Nov. 27, 2016, in San Antonio. Funeral arrangements are pending with Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Marjorie Lee Ray Hall, 94, of Burnet, formerly of Uvalde, died on Oct. 29, 2016, in Marble Falls. She was born on Aug. 22, 1922, in Camp Wood to Cora Lou (Bridges) and Albert L. Ray. She graduated from Uvalde High School and Baylor University. She married Robert T. Hall on Dec. 31, 1946, in Uvalde. She was a member of the First Baptist church of Uvalde. She was employed as a third grade teacher with Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District for more than 20 years. The family says her hobbies included tennis, a bridge club she shared with close friends for many years, and aviation – she loved flying. She was preceded in death by her husband.
Bettie Berniece Hale, 91, of Uvalde died on Nov. 26, 2016, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. She was born on Sept. 19, 1925, in San Antonio to Edna (Van Pelt) and Lawrence Romney Riddle. She was raised in California and graduated from King City High School in King City, California, in 1943. Hale traveled back and forth between California and Texas to visit relatives in the Concan area. On one of these visits, she met Manza Lewis Hale. The family says the couple fell in love and were married on Jan. 1, 1949, in Uvalde. They resided in Kingsville, then in Austin until 1954, when her husband graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in pharmacy. Hale worked at the Lower Colorado River Authority and the University of Texas tower administrative office to help support his education. The couple then moved to Uvalde, where he began his pharmaceutical career at Palace Drug Store, which they later purchased.
Ronald Eugene Deacon, 69, of Uvalde died on Nov. 22, 2016, at his residence. He was born on Oct. 20, 1947, in St. Louis, Missouri to Lenora (Putnam) and Harry S. Deacon. The family says Deacon was a volunteer firefighter in 1967 in Libertyville, Illinois, and he became a full-time firefighter from 1972-1977; during that time, he became fire marshal and was the first, and youngest, to hold that position. According to the family, he owned a bookstore called R.J. Hawkes in Savanna, Illinois, from 1986-1997, and he wrote a book called “You Can’t Conquer Them: An Oral History of an American P.O.W.” which was published in 1996. The family says Deacon was very proud of his extensive military collection and personal museum.
Edith Maxine Howard, 89, of Uvalde, died on Nov. 21, 2016, at her home. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, with refreshments provided at Rushing-Estes-Knowles family center. She was born on Feb. 11, 1927, in Rising Star to Harvey and Leona Clifford Spurgeon. After graduation from Uvalde High School, she married Roland Howard on June 2, 1944. Maxine enjoyed photography, travel and volunteering. She wrote a short autobiography called Footprints in the Sand, which focused on Spurgeon and Howard genealogies.
Memorial services for Mrs. Virginia Tollett Robson, 90, of Kilgore, formerly of Uvalde, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home of Kilgore, with the Rev. Ralph Rudy officiating. Mrs. Robson passed away on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in a Tyler hospital. Virginia was born on Aug. 19, 1926, in Asherton. She was the daughter of the late Clarence R. and Lulu Mae Tollett. Mrs. Robson loved her family and the time they spent together. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was always supportive of her husband and family throughout their travels during his 20 year career in the United States Navy. Virginia was self taught and an extremely talented seamstress. She enjoyed watching the hummingbirds and traveling. Mrs. Robson is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Gerri and Dr.