Billie Jean Simpson Taylor, longtime resident of the San Antonio area, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017, at the age of 65. Billie was born Dec. 11, 1951, in Houston, the daughter of Lester Eric Simpson and Hattie Selma Schatte Simpson. She married Ernest L. Taylor on June 29, 1968, in Uvalde. Billie is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Ernest L. Taylor of Adkins; her son, James Taylor and wife, Dori, of Jacksboro; her daughter, Sharon Taylor and husband, Robert Ortiz, of Round Rock; her grandchildren, Hendrix Taylor, Samuel Ortiz, and Logan Taylor; and her siblings, Ted Simpson, Connie Causey, Michael Simpson, Joyce Ayers, Timothy Simpson, and Patrick Simpson. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017, followed by the memorial service at 10 a.m., at Vinyard Funeral Home Chapel in Floresville.
Dorothy Sellers Stevens, 88, of Midland, formerly of Uvalde, died on March 4, 2017, in Midland. She was born on Feb. 19, 1929, in Floresville to Artis Barber and William Elbert Sellers. She was the fifth of of seven children born to the couple. She attended schools in Sutherland Springs and graduated from Sutherland Springs High School in May of 1945. She then attended Southwest Texas Teachers’ College (now Texas State University) where she graduated in August of 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education. She met her future husband, Jack William “Jay” Stevens in Floresville. The couple married on May 5, 1951, in Floresville. The couple first resided in Pleasanton where he was employed with the United States Department of Agriculture and she taught and coached students in Poteet. They moved to Pearsall in 1955 where their first son, Randy, was born in September of 1956. The couple then moved to Uvalde where their second son, David, was born in September of 1959.
John Clinton Meyer, 64, of Birmingham, Alabama, formerly of Uvalde, died on March 21, 2017, at his residence. A graveside service will be held today at 3 p.m. at Concan Cemetery. He was born on March 5, 1953, in San Antonio to Mary Manning (Peters) and Edwin Clinton Meyer. He graduated from Lee High School in Huntsville, Alabama, in 1971, then from the University of Alabama in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He married Cheryl Hendon on Oct. 14, 1978, in Roanoke, Alabama. He was a rancher, and the family says he was a prankster with a positive attitude; and he loved his canine companion, Susie, sitting with her as she died. He was the executive vice president of the Uvalde Chamber of Commerce, and also of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce in Georgia. He was the manager of membership and public relations for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce in Alabama.
Juan Guerrero, 69, of Knippa died on March 23, 2017, at his residence. A funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. at Rushing- Estes-Knowles Mortuary with interment to follow at Knippa Catholic Cemetery. He was born on March 27, 1947, in Santa María, Coahuila, Mexico to Eusebia Borjon and Juan Guerrero. He married Maria Ortiz on May 17, 1973, in Margaritas, Coahuila, Mexico. He is survived by his wife of 43 years; two daughters, Ana Laura Nash and husband, Michael, and Veronica Gracia and husband, Jaime, all of Knippa; one sister, Genobeva Soria of Fort Worth; two brothers, Narciso Guerrero of Santa Maria, Coahuila, Mexico, and Augustin Guerrero of Ft. Worth; three grandchildren, Bailey Nash, Jordan Nash, and Malachi Gracia; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and one brother. Pallbearers will be Jaime Gracia, Michael Nash, Marco Ortiz, Fernando Ortiz, Rolando Esquivel, and Fernando Rodriguez.
Bennie M. Gomez, 96, of Uvalde died on March 21, 2017, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. She was born on March 21, 1921, in Uvalde to Maria Augustina (Reina) and Nicholas C. Morales. She married Santiago G. Gomez on Dec. 24, 1953, in Uvalde. She is survived by one daughter, Ana Gomez of Uvalde; three sisters-in-law, Eliza Morales of San Antonio, Alicia Morales of Houston and Frances Quiroba of Uvalde; numerous nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Charlie. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two sisters, Angelina Romo and Mary Louise Wilson; and three brothers, Sixto Morales, Nicholas Morales Jr. and Catarino Morales. A rosary was recited on Friday at 7 p.m. at Rushing- Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass was held yesterday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, followed by interment at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Maria A. Del Toro of La Pryor, 84, died on March 21, 2017, at her residence. She was born on Aug. 15, 1932, in La Pryor to Macaria (Martinez) and Tirso Lopez. She married Raul Del Toro on Jan. 6, 1952, in La Pryor. She volunteered doing missionary work and was a member of several organizations, including being vice president of Asamblea Evangelica Inc. and president of Femenile en Marcha. She was the pastor of Templo La Hermosa in Batesville since 1990.
Jesus Rodriguez, 81, of Uvalde died on March 21, 2017, at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital in San Antonio. A rosary was recited yesterday and will be recited again today at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. He was born on Dec. 19, 1935, in Progresso, Coahuila, Mexico, to Maria de Jesus (Castilla) and Cruz Rodriguez. He married Maria de Jesus Viera on April 6, 1957, in Monclova, Mexico.
Hilario Cervantes Rodriguez, 53, of Uvalde died on March 18, 2017, at his residence. He was born on April 25, 1963, in León, Guanajuato, Mexico to Maria De Los Angeles (Rodriguez) and Jesus Cervantes. He married Felipa Parra on May 26, 1984, in León, Guanajuato, Mexico. Rodriguez is survived by his wife of 32 years of Uvalde; his father of León, Guanajuato, Mexico; five sons, Hilario Cervantes Jr.
John Clinton Meyer, 64, of Birmingham, Alabama, formerly of Uvalde, died on March 21, 2017, at his residence. Funeral arrangement are pending with Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.