Obituaries

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20
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Buck Newsom

Buck Boon Newsom, 67, of Pearsall died on Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Austin, where he was being cared for at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House.

Buck was born on October 6, 1951, in Pearsall to George and Lucille Newsom. He was their only child. Buck was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Kris Newsom.

Buck is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Boon Newsom and wife, Codi of Cedar Park, son, B.K. Newsom and wife, Elizabeth of Austin, stepson, Jason Stubblefield and wife, Tera of Liberty Hill, stepson, Josh Stubblefield and wife, Kristal; grandchildren Bradlie Newsom, Blake Newsom, Rhett Newsom, Kruger Newsom, Powell Newsom, step grandchildren, Bo Stubblefield, Bella Stubblefield, Bobby Stubblefield, and Cheyenne Stubblefield.

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20
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James Gulley

James (Jim) Royce Gulley, age 65, of Bigfoot, died Wednesday, June 12, 2019 in San Antonio.

James was born June 22, 1953 in Dilley, to Charles A. Gulley Jr. and Billie D. (Boren) Gulley.

He is preceded in death by his father, Charles A. Gulley Jr.; sister, Patricia Stewart.

He is survived by his wife, Debra S. Gulley; mother, Billie B. Gulley; sons, James Royce Gulley Jr. and wife, Yvonne, and Brett Arthur Gulley and wife, Tiffany; brothers, Gerry Gulley and wife, Dawn; sister, Janet Churchill; ten grandchildren.

Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22, in the Hurley Funeral Home Chapel in Devine. Services will conclude at the funeral home.

Family has requested in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of one’s choice or the American Liver Foundation: liverfoundation.org

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13
Jun

Juanita Tonsul

Juanita Obregon Tonsul, 99 of Pearsall, died on June 6, 2019. She was born on September 15, 1919 in Derby to Higino Obregon and Secundina Salazar Obregon.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Arnulfo Tonsul; her parents; siblings, Alfonso Obregon, Hacinto Obregon, Luz Perez and Hilario Obregon.

She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation was held on Monday, June 10, at San Pablo Methodist Church at 9:30 a.m. Funeral services followed at 10 a.m. and burial followed at the Frio County Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Trevino Royal Oaks Funeral Chapels, Pearsall.

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13
Jun

Juan Samaniego

Juan Alfredo Samaniego, 67, of Loves Park, Illinois, died on Saturday, June 1, 2019. He was born on August 24, 1951 in Pearsall to Secundino and Eudelia (Gutierrez) Samaniego.

He was preceded in death by his father; daughter, Lavauda; and grandson, Gabriel.

Survivors include his wife, Marcia; children, Bena Cochran and Michelle Hernandez; grandchildren, Christopher Phillips, Cybil Phillips, Cody Strange, Raymond Boyle, Timmy Boyle, Venesa (Sam McGuire) Hernandez, Adam Hernandez and Jonathan Samaniego; greatgrandchildren, Tayler Phillips, Sammy McGuire, Isaac McGuire, Ivan Phillips, Ivy Phillips, Antoinette Phillips, Messiah Phillips, Irvin Phillips, Sheila Phillips, Milo Phillips, Haylee Phillips and Logan Phillips; mother, Eudelia; sister, Amada Villarreal; brothers, Joe Samaniego, Chris Martinez, Buddy Gutierrez and Adrian Samaniego.

He married Marcia O’Bryan on November 15, 1975. He retired from Nylint Corp. after 30 years.

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13
Jun

Noel Leal

Noel Leal, 56 of Big Foot, died on May 31, 2019 in San Antonio. He was born on June 19, 1962 in Pearsall to Reyes Leal Sr. and Antonia Ortiz Leal. He is preceded in death by his wife Rosie Leal and parents, Reyes and Antonia Leal Sr.

He is survived by his children, Sonya Leal-Garcia (Fernando) of San Antonio, Stephanie Leal of San Antonio and Naomi Leal of Big Foot; siblings, Marina Leal Santos of San Antonio, Abel Leal (Diana) of Arkansas, Israel Leal of California, Max Leal (Mercedes) of New Mexico, Lucy L. Mares (David) of Big Foot, Reyes Leal Jr (Erma) of Pearsall and Mindy Leal of Devine. He also survived by 11 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Friday, June 7, at Trevino Royal Oaks Funeral Chapel from 2 to 9 p.m. with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. Funeral mass was celebrated on Saturday, June 8, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Devine at 9 a.m. Interment followed at the Longview Cemetery in Big Foot.

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13
Jun

Juan Esquivel

Juan C. Esquivel, age 66, died on Friday, May 17, 2019 at his home in Gonzales.

Juan was born on August 1, 1952 in Pearsall to Canuto R. and Micaela C. Esquivel. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Reynaldo Esquivel.

He is survived by his brothers, Alfredo Esquivel Sr. (Yolanda), Jose C. Esquivel (Renia), George C. Esquivel (Deborah), Cano Esquivel Jr. (Wendy); sisters, Alicia Cuevas, Estella Esquivel, Feliz Aguilar (Placido), Linda E. Parsons (Steve) and Mary Esquivel (Dagoberto). He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services performed by St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Priest, Ruben Garcia with interment assistance by Trevino Royal Oaks Funeral Chapel on June 8 in Dilley at the Dilley Cemetery.

Cremation services were under the direction of Mr. George L. Harris of Harris Funeral Home, Gonzales.

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13
Jun

Albert Burton

Albert Prentice Burton, 85, of San Antonio, died on Friday, May 24, 2019. He was born June 5, 1933 in Edinburg, Indiana to John and Clara Bell Burton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings and wife Jo Ann Cavender Burton.

He is survived by his daughters, Stella Garwood and husband Brian, and Helen Lockett and husband Darrell; his grandchildren, Jaton Bahlow, Bobby Cooper, Jennifer Cooper and Katherine Garwood; his eight great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and his many friends.

Military graveside services were held on Monday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at Elm Grove Cemetery in Alpine with Reverend Dick Zimmer officiating.

Thu
06
Jun

Arturo Martinez

Arturo C. Martinez, 69, of Pearsall, died on May 28, 2019 at his home. He was born on February 25, 1950 in Pearsall to Arturo L. Martinez and Celestina Cantu Martinez.

He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sophia C. Martinez.

He is survived by his wife, Margot Chavez, children, Cynthia Montemayor and husband, Mike, Arturo T. Martinez and wife, Dora Del Toro, Jo Carol T. Martinez and husband, Ernest Bartley, Melissa Morales (Sam) and Richard Chavez (Michelle), brothers and sisters, Lino Martinez (Virginia), Vicente Martinez (Delia), Abel Martinez (Annie), Albert Martinez, Irene Guevara (Hector), Gavina Ventura (Benito), Elmira Martinez (Boy), Gloria Bueno (John), Rita Martinez and Becky Tritten (Gary), grandchildren, Mikey, Daniel, Chris, Sarah, Isabella, Dylan, Arturo, Michael, Matthew, Keith, Amanda, Juan, Mando, Richard, Blanca, Tomica and Marcus. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

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06
Jun

Graciela Garza

Graciela Garza, 36, of Pearsall, died on May 22, 2019 in San Antonio. She was born March 18, 1983 in Piedras Negras, Mexico to Jesus Garza and Maria Del Refugio Arguijo De Garza.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, and uncle, Daniel Garza.

She is survived by her husband, Rodrigo Villanueva; children, Antonio Leal Jr., Layla Torres, Jose Javier Torres, Sonny Villanueva, Sky Villanueva, Rodrigo Villanueva Jr. and Gracie Villanueva; parents, Jesus Garza of Pearsall and Maria Del Refugio Arguijo De Garza and husband, Reyes Aguino; brothers, Jose Luis Garza (Jazel), Jesus Eduardo Garza, Jesse Garza (Samantha Morales), Eric Garza (Tiffany), Gustavo Garza and David Aguino.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, May 28, at Trevino Royal Oaks Funeral Chapels from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a prayer service recited at 6 p.m. Funeral service was held on Wednesday, May 29, at San Pablo Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Interment followed at the Frio County Cemetery.

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06
Jun

Juan Dominguez

“Coach” Juan Rivera Dominguez, died on Saturday, May 4, 2019 after battling cancer. He was born on August 29, 1949.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Maria Felicita and Bonifacio Dominguez, brother, Lucio Dominguez, sister, Maria De La Cruz and nephew, Juan Manuel De La Cruz.

He is survived by his wife, Eva, daughters, Laura A. Dominguez and Maristela M. Mciver (Brooks), five grandchildren, Diego E., Quince E., Juan, David and Maya M., niece, Olga L. Maldonado and her family in Carrizo Springs, and two nieces and a nephew in La Mesa, Texas.

Fondly remembered as ‘El Coach’ in the Cotulla Independent School District, he served over 35 years as a coach and educator for multiple South Texas School Districts until his official retirement from Cotulla in 2008.

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