Brian Arthur Griffin, 43, of San Angelo, formerly of Uvalde, died on Feb. 3, 2017, in San Angelo. A celebration of life will be held on Feb. 21, 2017, at 11 a.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. Interment will be at the columbarium on the church grounds. The Rev. Mike Marsh will officiate, and a reception in Grace Hall will follow the service. He was born on Feb. 19, 1973, in Uvalde to Janice (Locke) and Gary Griffin. He graduated from Uvalde High School in 1991.
Julia Ramona Benavides, 77, of Uvalde died on Feb. 8, 2017, at her residence. She was born on July 6, 1939, in Uvalde to Juanita (Martinez) and Emilio Gomez. She married Ysidro Benavides on Jan. 18, 1959, in Uvalde. She is survived by two sons, Fred Benavides and companion, Stella Romero, and Benito Benavides and wife, Norma, all of Uvalde; one sister, Petra Escamilla and husband, Ruben, of Boerne; 11 grandchildren, Emilio Benavides, Savanna Benavides, Bethanie Benavides, Benny Benavides, Estephanie Standage, Dessirrey Benavides, Cheyenne Benavides, Antonio Benavides, Joshlynn Benavides, Daniel Garza and Steve Garza; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one sister, Carolina Velasquez; and one brother, Reymundo Gomez. A rosary was recited on Wednesday and again on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral mass was held on Friday at 10 a.m.
Juana Lopez Sanchez, 84, of Uvalde died on Feb. 7, 2017, at her residence. A rosary will be recited today at 7 p.m. at Rushing- Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the Uvalde Leader-News.
Donald Reese Lindenborn passed away Feb. 6, 2017, at his home in Helotes at the age of 79. He was born, at home, on Feb. 15, 1937, in Big Wells, to Woodleif and Zalia Juanita (Fitzgerald) Lindenborn. Don grew up in Big Wells and always valued his home town friends. He loved to tell stories about playing football barefooted in Big Wells when he was a youngster. Don moved to Crystal City in 1953 and worked for Samsco until he joined the U.S. Air Force at the age of 17. He and Barbara Dee Rutledge were married on Jan. 30, 1955. After Barbara Dee’s high school graduation, they lived in Amarillo where a year later, their first child and only son, Dondee, was born. After being honorably discharged, Don and Barbara Dee returned home to Crystal City where he drove the bus for Southwest Texas Junior College to Uvalde each day and attended classes. He then was hired to manage an agricultural chemical company in Batesville and Crystal City.
Shirley Faye Hulse, 66, of Leakey died on Feb. 4, 2017, in San Antonio. She was born on April 3, 1950, in Uvalde to Lora Willie (Ayres) and James Ira Brice. She worked as a bank executive for the Bank of Frio Canyon for more than 32 years, retiring in 2006. The family says she spent her retirement years devoting herself to church, family, and friends. She was know as “Aunt Cookie” and loved taking care of her greatniece and great-nephew, whom she called “Katiebug” and “my little man” respectively. She was the church secretary at Frio Canyon Baptist Church, and an advocate for the American Cancer Society and the Frio Canyon EMS. The family says Hulse was an inspiration to all who knew her and will be missed. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Harvey Wayne Hulse Jr.
Rodolfo Gonzales Hill, 62, of Bakersfield, California, died on Feb. 2, 2017, at his residence. Funeral services will be held today, beginning at 9 a.m. with a mass at Saint Francis Catholic Church in Bakersfield, California, and followed by a funeral ceremony at the Bakersfield National Cemetery. Hill was born on March 28, 1954, in Uvalde to Pura (Gonzales) and Rodolfo Brady Hill. He grew up in Uvalde and Burley, Idaho, but spent most of his adult life in Bakersfield, California. At the age of 18, while living in Idaho, the family says he met the love his life, Lisa Lopez. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army. After almost two years of service, he returned to Idaho and married Lopez on March 16, 1974, in Burley, Idaho. The couple moved to Fort Rucker, Alabama, where their son, Rudy, was born in May of 1975. After Hill completed his military service, the couple moved to Bakersfield, California. In 1980, their daughter, Celina, was born.
Enrique G. Guzman, 69, of Uvalde died on Feb. 3, 2017, at his residence. He was born on Nov. 9, 1947, in Mission to Ester (Garcia) and Thomas Guzman. He married Manuela Hernandez on June 9, 1989, in Uvalde. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, of Uvalde; two sons, Ray Guzman and wife, Monica, of Kerrville, and Rudy Flores and wife, Sylvia, of Laredo; five step-daughters, Sonia Garcia and husband, Alonzo, Josie Bonnin and husband, Thomas, Daisy Garcia and husband, Javi, all of Del Rio, Viviana Arellano and husband, Raymond, of Uvalde, and Maribel Poretta and husband, John, of Pennsylvania; three step-sons, Jaime Arellano and wife, Mandy, of Sacramento, California, Javier Arellano and wife, Veronica, of Uvalde, and Juan Luis Arellano and wife, Sylvia, of San Antonio; one sister, Amy Guzman of Uvalde; three brothers, Jose Guzman and Jimmy Guzman, both of Uvalde, and Ramon Guzman of Hobbs, New Mexico; 31 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Fred Warren Davis Jr. went to Heaven on Jan. 30, 2017, at the age of 81. Fred was born in La Pryor on April 20, 1935. He was the oldest of four children. Freddie, as he was known to friends and family, grew up in the Uvalde, Texas area on ranches his father managed. His life was filled with working around and in the wool industry. Fred graduated from Uvalde High School in 1953, spent a short time at Schreiner University and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1956. He was stationed in Roda, Spain, ran with the bulls in Pamplona (twice!), and served his country well. It was while he was in Spain that he met Maria Vila Davis and married. They returned to Texas after his father’s death to be closer to his mother and their two girls, Grace and Carolyn, were born in Uvalde. The family moved to San Marcos in the early 1970s when Fred took a management position with Bolman Industries, one of three wool scouring plants in the world.
Larry Ben Corder, 79, of Sequim, Washington, died on Jan. 16, 2017. He was born Feb. 27, 1937 in Camp Wood to Sybil Hamrick (Bland) and John Lamar Corder. He graduated from Uvalde High School in 1955, and went on to graduate from Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos. He is survived by his wife, Judy, of Sequim, Washington. Also surviving him are his daughter Johnna Corder Beltran and husband, Louie, of Uvalde; son Jerald Corder and wife, Lisa, of Austin; daughter Lauren Corder of St Louis, Missouri; sister Blanche Bland Pape of New Braunfels, and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father Pete Bland; and grandparents Ben and Mamie Hamrick. Family and friends would say he was one of the most talented musicians they have known. No services have been planned.
Duke Elvis Greer, 88, of Uvalde died on Jan. 26, 2017, in Uvalde.
He was born on March 22, 1928, in Camp Wood to Carrie Belle (Jernigan) and Walter Lee ‘’Jack’’ Greer.
He married Jane Flowers on May 29, 1948, in Uvalde.
The family says he worked as a transport truck driver for over 40 years and earned numerous safe-driving awards; and he was last employed by JD Ward and Sons Inc. of Uvalde.
He is survived by three daughters, Dru Ann Spring and husband, Doug, of Uvalde, Sharon McKenney and husband, Ross, of Colleyville, and Susan Thompson of La Marque; six grandchildren, Jon Welch and companion, Scott Moon, Allen Burks, Christopher McKenney, Douglas Spring Jr., Ryan Spring and wife, Sarah, and Reagan King, and husband, Josh; two great-grandsons, Easton King and Sutton King; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years; parents; two sisters; and four brothers.