John Bryce Tanksley McGary, 43, of Uvalde died on March 20, 2017, at Houston Methodist West Hospital in Houston. A funeral service will be held tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. He was born on Oct. 1, 1973, to Carol Tanksley and James McGary in Houston. He married Zolanyee Moreno on Jan. 29, 2004, in Uvalde. He is survived by his mother of Pensacola, Florida; his father and wife, Terry, of Houston; his wife of 13 years of Uvalde; three daughters, Yamile Moreno, Nexida B. McGary and Zoly C. McGary, all of Uvalde; one son, John McGary Jr. of Pensacola, Florida; three sisters, Shovan Todd of Hawaii, April McGary of Arlington, and Sonya Carter of Chicago, Illinois; one brother, Michael Young of Houston; three sisters-in-law, Sandra Martinez, Isis Moreno and Iridian Moreno, all of Uvalde; in-laws, Adela and Gerardo Moreno of Uvalde; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, P.J.
Bennie Gomez, 96, of Uvalde died on March 21, 2017, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. A rosary will be recited tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, followed by interment at Hillcrest Cemetery. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Maria Del Toro, 84, of La Pryor died on March 21, 2017, at her residence. Funeral arrangements are pending with Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Estella C. De La Garza, 92, of Uvalde died on March 17, 2017, at her residence. She was born on Aug. 31, 1924, in Uvalde to Ada (Fernandez) and Y.P. Canales Sr. She married Rodolfo “Rudy” De La Garza on June 5, 1946, in Uvalde. She is survived by her husband of 70 years of Uvalde; one son and five daughters; one brother, Bill Canales of Arlington; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; four brothers; three in-laws; and one niece. A funeral mass was held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, followed by interment at Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Silva, Marcus Juarez, Bobby De La Garza, Matthew De La Garza, Rick Villarreal, and Rick Rodriguez.
John Carl Cummings, 77, of Uvalde passed away on March 21, 2017, in Kerrville. He was born in Sabinal to Jack and Margie D. Cummings on June 25, 1939. He married Shirley Ann Everett on April 12, 1957, in Uvalde. He went to school in Uvalde and was a life-long resident. He worked for H.B. Zachary with his father building bridges and culverts all through Texas for many years. He later worked for General Tire Test Track in Uvalde for 20 years. He was a long-time Uvalde County rancher alongside his brother, Taylor Cummings. He was a member of the Uvalde Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his beloved grandson, Jared Daniel Reece.
Charles W. “Charlie” Carter Jr., 73, of Hondo, formerly of Uvalde died on March 18, 2017, at his residence. A service will be held today at 10:30 a.m. at Rushing- Estes-Knowles Mortuary in Uvalde, followed by interment at Uvalde Cemetery. He was born on March 24, 1943, in Primera to Donah (Mitchell) and Charles Carter. He graduated from Martin High School in Laredo, then attended Texas A&I University in Kingsville. The family says he married his high school sweetheart, the love of his life, Lauren Moss, in Laredo in 1963. In February, the couple celebrated 54 years of marriage. For years he worked in the ranching and farming industry around the South Texas border. He later joined the U.S. Border Patrol where he served in Del Rio and in Uvalde and finally retired after 30 years of service. He went on to pursue the remainder of his business career in farm and ranch real estate.
Agnes Louise Best, 94, of Uvalde died on March 16, 2017, at Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. A viewing will be held on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Riley Funeral Home in Woodville, followed by a graveside service at the Magnolia Cemetery. She was born on June 23, 1922, in Crete to Reba (Horn) and John Coleman Ray. She graduated from Milby High School in Houston in 1938, at the age of 16. She then began working at Nagorny Construction Company, while attending Massey Business College. She then went to work for Hughes Tool Company/ Dickson Gun Plant Division in Houston where she met her future husband, Paul Howell Best. She married him on July 23, 1944, in Houston. The couple was married for 51 years before his death on July 26, 1995. In 1955, she went to work for Keystone Valve Corp. where she learned to operate a computerized IBM 632 Electronic Typing Calculator.
Harley Milton Wood, 90, of Uvalde died on March 6, 2017, at his residence. He was born on April 8, 1926, in Hackberry to Violet B. (Colwell) and Joe D. Wood. The family says Wood enjoyed ranching, hunting and the outdoors; and he was a lifetime member of the NRA. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Maurine McFatter; one brother-in-law, Jeff McFatter; and his wife, who the family says was the love of his life, Mageleane “Maggie” Cochran. He is survived by cousin, Johnny Connell and wife, Delores, of Sabinal, and numerous other cousins. A viewing was held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Nelson Funeral Chapel in Camp Wood, followed by a graveside service at 3 p.m. at the Barksdale Cemetery. The Rev. Carroll Vernor Jr. officiated.
Ralph E. Sheedy, 90, of San Antonio died on March 13, 2017, in San Antonio. Graveside services will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Camp Wood Cemetery. He was born on March 18, 1926, in Blewett to Hazel (Pinkston) and Ralph Sheedy Sr. He married Wandarene Merritt on Nov. 17, 1956, in Uvalde. She preceded him in death in 1998. Sheedy is survived by two daughters, Brenda Sturm and husband, Paul, and Lori West and husband, John, all of San Antonio; three grandchildren, Katherine Ewing, Michael Sturm, and Daniel West; three greatgrandchildren; one brother, Jack Sheedy and wife, Leota of Azle; and one sister-in-law, Lola Sheedy of San Antonio. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Lamar Sheedy, Nolan Sheedy, David Sheedy, and Dwight Sheedy; and three sisters, Corrine Hayes, Josephine McCutchen, and Annie Morris. Pallbearers will be Ed Ewing, Steve Sheedy, Mike Sturm, Jason Terry, Daniel West and John West.
W.A. Morris, 77, formerly of Uvalde, died on Jan. 25, 2017, in Mathis. He was born Feb. 15, 1939, to Willie Clarence and Mattie W. Routt Morris in Uvalde. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the The Heard Cemetery in Reagan Wells.