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.
Genaro Gomez Lopez, 91, of Uvalde died on Nov. 18, 2016, at Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Lopez was born on July 10, 1925, in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico to Alejandra (Gomez) and Genaro Lopez. He is survived by one daughter, Maria Ramirez of Uvalde; one brother, Ausencio Lopez of Eagle Pass; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Lopez was preceded in death by his wife, Serapia Martinez; parents; four sisters; and one brother. Cremation was under the direction of Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
Edith Maxine Howard, 89, of Uvalde died on Nov. 22, 2016, at her residence. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, followed by internment at Hillcrest Cemetery. Refreshments will be provided at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles family center. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Chester Dale Funderburg, 86, of Uvalde died on Nov. 20, 2016, at Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on March 5, 1931, in Sayre, Oklahoma to Ethel (McDonugh) and Evert James Funderburg. He was proceeded in death by his parents; one brother, E. J. Funderburg; and three sisters, Elise Funderburg, Anna Lee Pruet, and Genevice Quinn. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ruth Funderburg; one stepson, Billy Kingston and wife, Becky, of Uvalde; four daughters, Amber Rogers, Barbara Reed, Rene Kingston, and Brandi Digger; two sisters, Alice Uptergrove, and Wanda Butts; and one brother, James Funderburg, all of Oklahoma; and numerous great-grand children, nieces and nephews. He worked as a labor foreman for Parker Construction Company in Sayre, Oklahoma. He enlisted in the U. S. Army on April 11, 1950, for a duration of three years.
Warren Thomas Fulcher, 68, of Uvalde died on Nov. 21, 2016, in San Antonio. A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Rushing- Estes-Knowles Mortuary. The Rev. Ray Melton will officiate. A time of fellowship will immediately follow at the Christian Life Center at First United Methodist Church of Uvalde, located at 301 N. High St. He was born on Aug. 21, 1948, in Stephenville to Christine (Woolf) and Warren G. Fulcher. He married Clara Watkins on Nov. 7, 1971, in Uvalde. Fulcher was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served as an aircraft mechanic from 1971 to 1972. He was stationed at Fort Hood where he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal as a sharpshooter. He was employed by the city of Uvalde for 40 years, serving as water superintendent in the utility department; he was also an active volunteer with the Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department for 18 years.