Obituaries

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21
Sep

Armenta Armstrong

Armenta Jo Redus Armstrong, died on September 13, 2017. She was born in Pearsall, on May 22, 1929 to Lora and D.S. “Smitty” Redus. She is preceded in death by her husband, Andy of 65 years, and parents. She is survived by one sister, Georgia and brother-in-law, Glendale Jones; three sons, David, Mike, Kyle and one daughter, Andene and their spouses Laura, Fran, Flor and Bubba; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandsons, along with numerous in-laws from the Armstrong family and a generous amount of cousins, nieces and nephews from the Armstrong, Redus and Rumfields. She graduated from Dilley High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Mary Hardin Baylor College in Belton Texas. She taught in the elementary grades for over 40 years; is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Order of Eastern Star (Past Matron); Past President of Dilley Lions Club; was Teacher of the Year in Donna ISD in 1988.

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21
Sep

Alejandro Martinez

Alejandro O. Martinez, 65, a lifetime resident of Donna Texas died on Thursday, September 7, 2017. He was born May 16, 1952 to Jose and Margarita Osoria Martinez in Cotulla. He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jose Jr. and Jimmy and sister, Margarita Escobar. He is survived by his wife, Maria Martinez of Donna; three children, Alex (Jessica) Martinez Jr. of Mercedes, Rolando (Veronica) Rios of Weslaco; Kris (Mandy) Martinez of Weslaco; seven grandchildren; six brothers and sisters, Eliseo (Olga) Martinez, Tony Martinez (Frances), Maria Martinez, Beatriz Michel, Lucina Tejeda and Diana Fernandez. Pallbearers included, Joe Rodriguez Jr., Joseph Martinez, Chris Martinez, Robert Rodriguez, Mathew Martinez and Jesse Cantano Jr. Visitation was held on Sunday, September 10, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Funeral services were conducted on Monday, September 11. Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

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14
Sep

Melvin Pemberton

Melvin Ray Pemberton died on September 8, 2017, at the age of 86. He was born in Brownfield, on August 19, 1931 to Rayford and Eva Pemberton. He is survived by his wife, Clara Lee Pemberton; children, Glenn (Penny) Pemberton, Linda (Jose) Garcia and Michael (Kory) Pemberton. Visitation was held on Tuesday, September 12, at the Church of Christ from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, September 13, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Christ. Interment followed at the Cotulla East Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Peters Funeral Home, Cotulla. www. peters-fh.com

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14
Sep

Adalia Palacios

Adalia A. Palacios, age 91 of Burleson, Texas and formerly of Pearsall, died September 7, 2017, in Sabinal. She was born on February 15, 1926, in Beeville to parents, Pedro and Ventura (Medina) Aguirre. She is preceded in death by her husband, Teodoro M. Palacios and her parents. She is survived by her sons, Teodoro Palacios Jr.

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14
Sep

Beatrice Mendez

Beatrice R. Mendez, born January 6, 1928 in Taft, Texas to Reynaldo Rodriguez and Carolina Alvarado Rodriguez, passed away on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at the age of 89 years. Mrs. Mendez was a former resident of Pleasanton, Texas. She is survived by her sons, Sylvester Mendez, Roy Mendez, and Joe Alex Mendez; daughters, Gloria Guajardo and Beatrice Bosquez; brothers, Manuel Rodriguez, Roger Rodriguez, Henry Rodriguez and Margarito Rodriguez; sister, Tillie Montenegro; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; also nephews, nieces, and other family members. Mrs. Mendez was an excellent seamstress who enjoyed sewing items ranging from blankets to elaborate wedding dresses, always adding a special touch to the item she was creating. She also liked to garden and tend to her roses. Mrs. Mendez will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

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14
Sep

Ernest Jones Jr.

Ernest Wayne Jones, Jr. of Dilley died September 5, 2017, at his residence. He was born in Houston, on September 28, 1946, to Ernest Wayne Sr. and Mildred Rose (McMains) Jones. He is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Judy Marie Tietjens and Roxanne Carin Schmitz. Wayne is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Nicholson Jones; children, Mildred “Millie” Ann McKenzie (Gerald), Ernest “Bubba” Wayne Jones III (Jennifer), Becky Ann Jones and Harvey Wayne Jones significant other (Tammy); grandchildren, Christopher Bryan Hixson (Kimberly), Mary Francis Laso (Dustin), Ashley Lynn Jones, Diamond Marie Ramon and Andrew Wayne Jones; great-grandchildren, Noah Blake Hixson, Aiden Ray Hixson and Dustin Ray Laso Jr; siblings, David Sidney Jones (Clara), Delores Ann Butts (Rodney) and Vida Lea Jones; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Port Arthur.

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14
Sep

David Gonzales III

David G. Gonzales III, 53 of Dilley, died on September 11, 2017. He was born on December 26, 1963 in Austin to David Gonzales Jr. and Blasa C. Gonzales. He is preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his father, David Gonzales Jr. and Alicia of Dilley; children, Sergio Gauna of Dilley; brothers and sisters, Leticia Flores and Lauro of Dilley, Yolanda Gonzales and Ines of Pearsall, Lydia Castillo and Jose of Enoch, Texas, Saul Gonzales of San Antonio, and Samuel Gonzales of Dilley; grandchildren, Sergio Gauna Jr., Saul Gauna, and Shelby Gauna; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers include: Sergio Gauna, Samuel Gonzales, Mark Anthony Gonzales, Leonardo Castillo, and Isaiah Valdez. Visitation was held on Tuesday September 12, at Trevino Royals Oaks Funeral Chapel in Dilley from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. Funeral mass was celebrated on Wednesday September 13, at St. Jospehs’s Catholic Church in Dilley at 10 a.m.

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14
Sep

Angelita Gloria

Angelita O. Gloria died on September 7, 2017, at the age of 93. She was born on October 4, 1923 to Amador and Mariana Osio. She is preceded in death by her husband, Silvestre Gloria; granddaughter, Valerie Benavides and great grandson, Noah Benavides. She is survived by her children, Elias (Tencha) Gloria, Raquel Benavides, Orfalinda Gloria and Silvestre (Melissa) Gloria Jr.; nine grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren along with numerous other relatives. Visitation was held on Friday, September 8, at Peters Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, September 9, at 10 a.m. at the Primera Iglesia Bautista. Interment followed at the Cotulla East Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Peters Funeral Home, Cotulla. www. peters-fh.com

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14
Sep

Gregorio Cisneros

Gregorio Cisneros, 72, formerly of Dilley, died on Thursday, September 7, 2017. He was born on May 25, 1945 in Dilley, to Paula and Aurelio Cisneros. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Márelou Medrano Cisneros, son Medrano Cisneros, daughter Myra, her husband Brad Taylor, and granddaughters Márelou and Jeannette Taylor. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Lenor Gonzalez, Francisco Cisneros, Aurelio Cisneros, Jr., Petra Gonzales, Maria Cisneros, Ricardo Cisneros and Esmeralda Cano, his brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends. He graduated from Dilley High School in 1963. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force. He continued his education and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Texas in 1990. He majored in three areas - Mathematics, Science and Education. His educational career of 20 years was in Dallas ISD and Carrollton-Famers Branch ISD.

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07
Sep

John Driver

John Driver, died in San Angelo, on August 15, 2017. John was born on April 2, 1944 in Seminole, to Elmer Leamon Driver and Olaine Simpson Driver. He grew up and attended school in Seminole, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lewis Driver, Fayne Driver and Don Driver. John is survived by four children, daughter, Jennifer Marchant and her husband, Johnny of Cabot, Arkansas; son, Brady John Driver May and his wife, Amy of Prescott, Arkansas; daughter, Tami Kuntz and husband Kim of Watertown, Minnisota. and daughter, Christin Driver of Romulus, Michiga; grandchildren, Magan, Sarina, Andrew, Jacob, John Christian, Anna Cate, David Lee, Courtney, Kelly, Kyle, Allison, and two great-grandchildren James and Luke; one brother Billy W.

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