Obituaries

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12
Jan

Wanda B. McClure

Wanda B. “Nee Nee” McClure, 67, of Knippa died on Jan. 4, 2017, in Harper. She was born on May 21, 1949, in Crystal City to Ruby Alice (Dennis) and Steve Jefferson Stanley. She married John McClure on May 23, 1979, in Uvalde. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, of Knippa; one daughter, Deborah Lindley and husband, Lamar, of Fredericksburg; one son, Bryan Herman and wife, Michelle, of Murrieta, California; one stepson, Joe McClure; and one stepdaughter, Melissa Tucker, both of San Antonio; one brother, Steve “Bill” Stanley and wife, Joyce, of Charlotte; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. McClure was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Vivian Mae Ayers and Billie Joe Stanley. A funeral service was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, followed by interment at Knippa Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lamar Lindley, Justin Lindley, Joe McClure, Jeremiah Perkins, Hunter Herman, and Larry Capuchin.

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12
Jan

Rosemarie R. Garza

Dr. Rosemarie Rivera Garza passed away peacefully at her Uvalde home on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, after a long and fiercely-fought battle with cancer. She was 61. Funeral services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde. Rose will be laid to rest tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson. From her birth in the Philippines on Feb. 13, 1955, to the day of her death in Uvalde, she brought laughter, joy, and a love of life to everyone she knew. Rose was born in San Teodoro, on the Filipino island of Mindoro, and grew up in Manila. She graduated as a registered nurse in 1976 and immigrated to the United States in 1978. In 1981, she married Dr. R. Steve Garza; they moved to Uvalde with their two daughters, Kim and Lindsay, seven years later. She was devoted to her family, including her siblings and the extended Rivera and Garza clans, and loved gathering with them for holidays and vacations, all with lots of picture-taking.

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12
Jan

Gilbert M. Esparza

Gilbert M. Esparza, 55, of Uvalde died on Jan. 9, 2017, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. A funeral mass will be held today at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with interment to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. He was born on July 24, 1961, in Uvalde to Josefa (Marin) and Leandro Esparza. He married Maria Garcia on Aug. 30, 1985, in Uvalde. The family says he loved fishing, camping, the outdoors, and trucking. He is survived by his wife of 31 years; parents; mother-in-law, Maria P. Garcia of Uvalde; two daughters, Denika Huerta and husband, Jose, and Deanna Esparza and companion, Pete Sevilla, all of Uvalde; one sister, Leticia Risa of Uvalde; three brothers, Leandro Esparza Jr. and Javier Esparza, both of San Antonio, and Jaime Esparza of Austin; one grandchild, Nyeli Sevilla; two brothers-in-law, Armando Garcia of San Antonio, and Jose Garcia and wife, Irma, of Uvalde; and numerous cousins. Esparza was preceded in death by two brothers, Greg Esparza and Jerry Esparza.

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12
Jan

Robert Cardenas

Robert Cardenas, 53, of Uvalde died on Jan. 10, 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.
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12
Jan

James E. Buckner Jr.

James E. Buckner Jr. passed beyond the veil Jan. 9, 2017, in Corpus Christi. He was born on Sept. 30, 1954, in Galveston, the oldest son of Shirley Harrington Buckner and James Ernest Buckner. He is survived by his father, James E. Buckner, of League City; his brother, Robert E. Buckner of La Marque; his high school sweetheart and wife of over 42 years, Rebecca Southworth Buckner; and their four daughters: J. Elizabeth Ericksen (Steve) of Hooper, Utah; Sarah Kathryn Jeter (Joseph) of Mont Belvieu; Melissa Christine Mathews (Michael) of Damon; Jessica Lauren Davis (Andrew) of Lockhart; as well as adopted daughter Stephanie Michelle DeVictoria (Aaron), her brothers and Papa T. Jim is also survived by 18 grandchildren: Benjamin James, Haley, Jacob and Zachary Ericksen; Nathaniel, Isaac, Caleb Harrington, Rachel, Tirzah and Eve Jeter; Tessa, Piper and Blythe Mathews; and Claire, Luke, Jonathan James, Rebecca Wren, and Leo Davis.

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12
Jan

Pedro R. Belman

Pedro R. Belman, 94, of Uvalde died on Jan. 6, 2017, at Uvalde Memorial Hospital. He was born on Oct.
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12
Jan

Janie R. Aguero

Janie Ramos Aguero, 69, of Killeen, formerly of Uvalde, died on Jan. 7, 2017, at Metroplex Hospital in Killeen. A funeral mass will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was born on Aug.
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08
Jan

Charles A. Sweeten

Charles Allen Sweeten, 88, of Jacksboro died on Dec. 31, 2016, in Jacksboro. He was born on Dec. 10, 1928, in Barksdale to Norah (Wall) and Charles William Sweeten. He was a veteran, having served in the U. S. Air Force. The family says he taught school in locations across Texas, including Uvalde, as well as being a preacher in Texas and Colorado; he spent his life ministering to others. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Julienne Sweeten; one sister; and three brothers. He is survived by three sons, Jeff Sweeten, Robert Sweeten, and Rick Sweeten; and two daughters, Diana Haller and Robin Gamble, all of Texas; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A celebration of life was held on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Hill Country Church of Christ in Camp Wood.

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08
Jan

Wanda B. McClure

Wanda B. “Nee Nee” McClure, 67, of Knippa died on Jan. 4, 2017, in Harper. She was born on May 21, 1949, in Crystal City to Ruby Alice (Dennis) and Steve Jefferson Stanley. She married John McClure on May 23, 1979, in Uvalde. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, of Knippa; one daughter, Deborah Lindley and husband, Lamar, of Fredericksburg; one son, Bryan Herman and wife, Michelle, of Murrieta, California; one stepson, Joe McClure; and one stepdaughter, Melissa Tucker, both of San Antonio; one brother, Steve “Bill” Stanley and wife, Joyce, of Charlotte; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. McClure was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Vivian Mae Ayers and Billie Joe Stanley. A funeral service was held yesterday at 2 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, followed by interment at Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lamar Lindley, Justin Lindley, Joe McClure, Jeremiah Perkins, Hunter Herman, and Larry Capuchin.

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05
Jan

Gary L. Ward

Gary Louis Ward, 66, of Knippa died on Jan. 2, 2017, at his residence. He was born on May 13, 1950, in Uvalde, to Doris (Standifer) and Frank Ward. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Chapel in Camp Wood. The Rev. Carroll Vernor will officiate. According to the family, Ward was a loving brother, husband, father, and grandfather who grew up on the river; he loved to fish and be outdoors. The family said he lived life to the fullest and will be deeply missed. He is survived by his wife, Johnnie Dunaway Ward of Knippa; three sons, Lance Ward of Kerrville, Chance Ward and wife, Amanda, of Blanco, Rance Ward and wife, Wendy, of Kerrville; six grandchildren, Kayla, Megan, and Mason Ward, Kyah and Audrey Ward, and Kiersten Ward; one sister, Marsha Olson and husband, Randy, of Kerrville; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family requests memorials be made to Uvalde Hospice, 1038 Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX 78801.

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