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Tuesday, February 8, 2000

ACUNA

Carmen R. Acuna, 85, of Corpus Christi, Texas passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2000.
She is survived by her sons, Jose F. (Zina) Rios and Presiliano Acuna, both of Corpus Christi, daughters; Marie E. (Eddie) Cervantes of Yoakum, Texas, Hope Franklin of Corpus Christi, Consuelo Vasquez of Palacios, Texas, Santos (Sandra) Mirabel of Irving, Texas, twenty-eight grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
The family will be receiving friends from 3:00 PM until 9:00 PM on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at Memorial Funeral Home, Holly Road chapel with a prayer service to be held at 7:30 PM.
Funeral services will be held at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at Memorial Funeral Home, Holly Chapel with Pastor Freddie Naranjo officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Park.

BUENO JR.

Manuel Bueno Jr., 72, passed away on Friday, February 4, 2000 in a local hospital.
Mr. Bueno was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He retired from Crosstown Ford Motor Co. as a car detailer. He was a loving husband, father and devoted grandfather, great-grandfather and brother.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Nicolasa P. Bueno of Corpus Christi, Texas; daughter, Marie (Carlos Jr.) Gonzalez of San Antonio, Texas; brothers Adolfo (Elvira) Bueno of Corpus Christi, Texas, Julian Bueno of North Carolina; five grandchildren: Lisa Aguilar (Aric) Alvarez, Luis R. Aguilar, Laura A. Aguilar all of Corpus Christi, Texas, Carlos Gonzalez III, Christopher M. Gonzalez both of San Antonio, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Andrea A. Alvarez and Adriana A. Alvarez both of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. that evening at Corpus Christi Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at Corpus Christi Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow at Seaside Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Steve Reyes, Jesus E. Selvera, Luis Aguilar, Carlos Gonzalez III, Luis R. Aguilar and Aric A. Alvarez.

CASTILLO

GEORGE WEST - Raul G. Castillo, Sr., 89, passed away on Sunday, February 6, at his home after a lengthy illness. He was born on January 18, 1911 in Eagle Pass, Texas, to the late Rafael Castillo and Luz Gonzales Castillo. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Eudelia Castillo Gonzales, and his brother, Rafael G. Castillo, Jr. Mr. Castillo moved to Corpus Christi in 1930 and in 1981 he and his wife moved to George West, Texas where he resided till his death. Mr. Castillo was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Corpus Christi, and St. George of George West, Texas, member of Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus Council #2710 for sixty two years, Honorary member of St. George/Rev. William de Angelis Knights of Columbus Council #3499 and member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union #823 for fifty seven years.
He is survived by his loving wife of sixty five years, Beatrice F. Castillo, his sons, Raul (Olga) Castillo, and Robert (Becky) Castillo both of Corpus Christi, his daughters, Olga (Edmund) Garza of George West, and Mary (Robert) Neale of Rockville, Maryland, one sister, Alicia Castillo Zuniga of Duncan, Oklahoma, sixteen grandchildren, Valerie Martinez, Theresa Castillo, Ana Garcia Harrison, Raul G. Castillo, III, Robert Castillo, Jr., Rosa Linda Saenz, Rachel Perez, Lorraine Graves, Loretta Feist, Laura Gage, Edmund Garza, Jr., Beatrice Neale, Robert Neale, Jr., Laura N. Romig, Leslie Neale, and Stephen Neale, Twenty three Great Grandchildren and Numerous Nieces and Nephews.
Visitation will begin at 12:00 Noon Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Chapel with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 P.M. that evening. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1308 Comanche St., Corpus Christi, Texas with Rev. Msgr. Michael Howell as celebrant. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Edmund Garza, Jr., Raul G. Castillo, III, Robert Castillo, Jr., Robert P. Neale, Jr., Stephen Neale, and his Great-Grandson, John G. Castillo, Honorary Pallbearers are Baron Gage, Joe Feist, Albert Martinez, Eric Perez, William B. Harrison, Travis Graves, Eddie Saenz, and Charles Romig.
IN lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to the church of your choice in his memory.

CHAVEZ

SINTON - Santos G. Chavez, 63, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away Saturday, February 5, 2000, in a Corpus Christi hospital.
She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by one son, Ruben Chavez.
She is survived by her husband of forty-nine years, Hilario Chavez, Sr. of Sinton.
One son- Hilario (Lupe) Chavez, Jr. of Sinton; five daughters- Esmeralda (Manuel) Gonzales of Victoria, Rosalinda Chavez, Irma Morales, & Beatrice Chavez all of Corpus Christi and Mary Ann Chavez of Sinton; three brothers- Jose "Pepe" Guerra, Ignacio Guerra and Roy Guerra all of Sinton; five Sisters- Juanita Marquez of Kress, Texas, Inez Lopez and Alicia Gonzales of Sinton, Norma Valdez and Sylvia Guerra of Corpus Christi; her Mother- Isabel Guerra of Sinton; eleven Grandchildren; three Great Grandchildren.
A rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home of Chapel.
Funeral mass will be celebrated at 9:00 AM, Wednesday, February 9, 2000, at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, with Father David Taurasi as celebrant.
Interment will follow in the Eternal Rest cemetery in Sinton.

DUVALL

Nora M. DuVall, a former resident of Hamilton, Ohio, passed away Sunday, February 6, 2000 in a local nursing home. She was 94 years old.
She is survived by her son, Ray Duvall (Lorraine) of Corpus Christi, Texas; four grandchildren, Sharon Keese of San Antonio, Deborah Velchoff of Austin, Steve DuVall of San Antonio and Annette Holiday of Corpus Christi; seven great grandchildren; and one sister, Ann Pyle of Parkersburg, West Virginia.
Funeral services will be held in Hamilton, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Nora M. DuVall's memory can be made to a charity of your choice.

GARCIA

ROBSTOWN - Antonia B. Garcia, 57, passed away Sunday, February 6, 2000 in a Corpus Christi hospital after a sudden illness. She was born on June 13, 1942 in Robstown, Texas to Serapio Barrera and Guadalupe Quiroz Barrera. Mrs. Garcia was homemaker, a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, and a lifelong resident of Robstown. She was a very loving mother, grandmother and sister whom will be dearly missed by all of her family and friends.
Mrs. Garcia is preceded in death by her husband: Pedro Garcia Sr., one daughter: Graciela Garcia, her parents: Serapio and Guadalupe Barrera, her parents-in-law: Ausencio and Santos Garcia, and a brother: Augustine Barrera.
She is survived by one daughter: Charlene Garcia of Robstown, four sons: Gilberto (Guadalupe) Garcia, Guillermo "Willie" (Christina) Garcia, and Pedro (Maria Elena) Garcia Jr. all of Robstown, Juan Manuel Barrera of Dallas, four brothers: Israel Barrera and Juan Manuel Barrera both of Dallas, Ricardo Barrera of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Juan Jose Barrera of Dallas, three sisters: Maria Macias of Lubbock, Manuela Marines of Sanger, California, Rosalinda Rocha of Robstown, ten grandchildren: Adriana Garcia, Gabreil Garcia, Carmen Garcia, Alexandra Garcia, Gilberto Garcia Jr., Guillermo "Willie" Garcia Jr., Jason Garcia, Jeremiah Garcia, Joshua Garcia, Pedro Garcia III, and three great-grandchildren: Benjamin Garcia, Jason Garcia Jr., Guillermo "Willie" Garcia III
A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at Ramon Funeral Home Chapel in Robstown, Texas. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Robstown, Texas. Burial will follow in Robstown Memorial Park Cemetery.

GARCIA

Pablo Garcia passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2000 at a local hospital at the age of 85. He was born and raised in Falfurrias, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Antonia Garcia and his brother Adolfo Mungia.
He was employed by Falfurrias I.S.D. and by the City of Corpus Christi.
He is survived by his daughters, Esther (Pedro) Chavera and Maria Dalia Martinez both of Corpus Christi, Texas; 8 grandchildren: Vicente Martinez Jr., Cynthia Teresa Molina, Theresa (Michael) Berglund, Daniel Blanco, Ernest Barela, Ernestina Barela, Celia A. Blanco & Paul Barela; 2 step-grandchildren, Priscilla (Rudy) Alonso & Roman Chavera and 7 great-grandchildren; brothers Alberto Mungia of Kingsville, Texas, Alfredo Mungia of Sandy, Utah; sisters, Amelia (Juan) Garcia of Mountain Home, Idaho and Manuela Estrada of Corpus Christi, Texas.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church in Falfurrias, Texas. Interment will follow in Falfurrias, Texas.

GARZA

Maria D. Garza, 85 of Corpus Christi passed away February 6, 2000. She was a resident of Del Mar Nursing Home.
She is preceded in death by four sisters: Josefina De Leon, Maximina De Leon, Eloisa De Leon, and one brother, Eliseo De Leon.
She is survived b two sons: Reynaldo (Gloria) Garza of Corpus Christi, Mario Garza of Dallas, Texas. One Daughter, Alicia Garza, one sister, Emma De Leon both of Neuvo Laredo, Mexico and thirteen grandchildren.
A rosary was held at 7:00 PM Monday, February 2, 2000 at the Memorial Funeral Home Crosstown Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

GUY

Jeanetta Savage Guy, age 85, born October 4, 1914, in Laredo, Texas, passed away February 6, 2000 in Dallas, Texas after a brief illness.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM, Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at Sparkman/Hillcrest Northwest Highway Chapel.
Interment will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, February 10, 2000 in Corpus Christi, Texas at Seaside Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to the Episcopal School of Dallas, 4100 Merrell Road, Dallas, Texas, 75229 or to the charity of choice.

HANKINS

ALICE - Louise S. Hankins passed away February 4, 2000 in an Alice nursing home. She was 83. Mrs. Hankins was born June 15, 1916 in Orange Grove, Texas. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and a life-member of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Hankins was also a past president of the Benivades P.T.A., and life-member of the P.T.A.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne T. Hankins in 1987.
Survivors include her son, Jack Thomas (Ellen) Hankins of Bellevue, Washington; two sisters, Hilda (Leland) Dickson of Luling, and Elvira Lenert of Houston; two grandchildren.
Memorial services will be conducted at 1:00 PM Friday, February 11, 2000 at the First United Methodist Church in Alice. Cremation preceded the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Memorial fund.

MATA

Julia R. Mata, 69, passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2000 in a Corpus Christi hospital after a long illness. She was born on April 12, 1930 in Falfurrias, Texas to Victor Ramirez and Paula Garza Ramirez. Mrs. Mata was a homemaker and a longtime resident of Robstown. She is preceded in death by her husband, Bernabe Mata, one son, Marcelo Mata, a daughter, Paula Mata and a brother, Carlos Ramirez.
She is survived by one son; Simon R. (Gilda) Mata of Corpus Christi, three daughters, Rosa (David) Castillo, Maria Mata and Marta (Gregorio) Garcia, all of Robstown, six stepsons, Felix (Vera) Mata, Domingo (Alicia) Mata, Benito (Alicia) Mata, Gregorio (Amelia) Mata, Juan Antonio Mata and Pablo (Olivia) Mata, all of Corpus Christi, one stepdaughter, Anita (Alfredo) Cortez of Corpus Christi, four brothers, Gregorio Ramirez of Orange Grove, Nieves Ramirez of Kingsville, Victor Ramirez of Orange Grove, Desidoro Ramirez of Refugio, two sisters, Anastacia Pena of Orange Grove, Benita Gaona of Driscoll, thirty-six grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at Ramon Funeral Home Chapel in Robstown, Texas. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Robstown, Texas. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

MEAVE

Josefina Meave, 58, of Corpus Christi passed away February 5, 2000 in a local hospital.
She is preceded in death by one son, Javier Enrique Ernesto Villarreal II in October 31, 1997, her mother Columba De Leon February 3, 1997.
She is survived by her husband, Brigido Meave, two daughters, Julia Castillo, Roxanne Martinez, two sons, Theodore F. Castillo, Jr. Roy Lee Castillo, four brothers, Carlos De Leon, Joaquin De Leon, Lupe De Leon, Evaristo De Leon, three sisters, Alejandra Falcon, Delia De La Garza, Janie Davis, one granddaughter, Gabriela Julia Columba Garcia, two grandsons, Justin Velasquez, Javier Villarreal III all of Corpus Christi.
The family will be receiving friends Tuesday, February 8, 2000 from 3:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the Memorial Funeral Home Crosstown Chapel.
A rosary will be held 7:00 PM Tuesday February 8, 2000 at the Memorial Funeral Home Crosstown Chapel.
Rites of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM Wednesday February 9, 2000 at Holy Family Catholic Church.
Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery

SMITH

PORTLAND - E.L. Smith, Jr., 73, passed away Saturday, February 5, 2000 in a Corpus Christi hospital after a lengthy illness. He was born on July 8, 1926 in Cleveland, Texas, and had been a resident of Portland since 1968. Mr. Smith was a U.S. Air Force World War II Veteran. He received his First Degree from Sam Houston State and his Second Degree from the University of Houston in Geology. He was a Geologist for Exxon Oil Company and retired after 30 years of service. He was a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, member American Institute of Professional Geologist, and the Corpus Christi Geological Society. Mr. Smith was a hard worker and a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Billie Marie Smith of Portland; two daughters, Gayle Smith of Corpus Christi, Peggy Taylor of Seabrook; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Visitation will begin on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at Maxwell P. Dunne Portland Funeral Chapel with the family to receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Memorial Services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 8, 2000 in the Maxwell P. Dunne Chapel.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Amercian Heart Association or to a charity of one's choice.

SULLIVAN

Robbie J. Sullivan, 73, passed away on February 6, 2000 at her residence with her family at her side.
Robbie was born on June 4, 1926 to the late M.T. and Maggie Copeland. She was retired from Luby's.
Surviving family members include her husband of 55 years, Willie E. Sullivan of Corpus Christi, Texas; two nieces and three nephews; Chris Copeland Wood, Donald Copeland both of Alvin, Texas, Jerry Sullivan, Margie Sullivan both of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Billy Ray Sullivan of Midland, Texas; eight great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Don Copeland.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at Memory Gardens Funeral Home from 1:00 pm till 9:00 pm, with the family to receive friends from 5 to 6 that evening. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday, February 9, 2000 at the Memory Gardens Funeral Home Chapel with entombment to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

SWEENEY

BROWNSVILLE - Eloise Ely Sweeney, Daughter of the late Judge Walter Ely and Lucy Ann McCoy Ely was born in Abilene, Texas on August 13, 1916.
Mrs. Sweeney was a direct descendent of Colonel Claiborne merchant who founded Abilene and Amarillo, Texas. Her father, Judge Walter Ely was chairman of the Texas Highway Department in the 1930s and her later brother Judge W.R. Ely Jr., was in the ninth circuit court of appeals.
Mrs. Sweeney graduated with honors from the University of Texas in 1937 where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority.
She married Thomas Sweeney Jr. in May of 1938 in Abilene, Texas and then moved to Brownsville.
When Mrs. Sweeney came to Brownsville, she taught in several of the grade schools. They were then called Ward's. At one such ward school, she noticed a small boy at lunchtime walking around the building but not eating. She discovered he didn't have money for food and milk. This began her long crusade to find milk for the children in Brownsville and for their welfare.
She was a milk fund chairman for the Public Health Nursing Association for twenty years, first woman of the Brownsville Medical Centerboard of councilors chair.
Severed two terms on the United Fund Board of Directors P.E.O. sisterhood, President of the Brownsville Medical Auxiliary, President of the Mercy Hospital Woman's Auxiliary, member of the Brownsville Historical Association, American Lung Association of Texas-Amistad Area respiratory therapy dept. advisory board of Texas Southmost College, vocational nursing department advisory board of Texas Southmost College, The First United Methodist Church, Charter, charter member of the Brownsville Junior Service League and a member of the San Antonio Country Club in San Antonio.
Mrs. Sweeney was a gracious and kind woman who taught her children the importance of faith in God and family and to always help others.
She leaves many loving friends and family. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Sweeney Jr. and her grandson Richmond Dunkin.
She is survived by her three children: Thomas Sweeney III of Boston, Sandra Wilson of Brownsville and Ann Dunkin of Harlingen; grandchildren: Thomas Washmon, John Washmon, Wendy Thompson, Dorothy Leach, Lucy Ann Dunkin and Robert Dunkin II; one great grandchild, Cole Thompson and nephew, William Ely.
Funeral will be on Tuesday, February 8, 2000, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with burial to follow at Buena Vista Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Robert Duffey, Bill Hudson, James McAllen, John Washmon, Tom Washmon and Robert Dunkin II, William Ely. Honorary Pallbearers: Catherine Stillman, Isabel Harris, Dr. J.C. George, Jean Perkins, Agnes Brown, Dell Perkins, Sandra Yturria and Fausto Yturrioa, Peyton Sweeney Sr.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to lower Rio Grande Valley Nursing Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 3263, Brownsville, Texas 78523.

TABOR

Edward Tabor, a resident of Corpus Christi, passed away on February 6, 2000 at the age of 75.
Mr. Tabor is preceded in death by his father, Quincy Rippee.
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Helen C. McCaney Tabor, mother, Georgia Rippee, one sister, Jean Brady, one daughter, Cheryl Whitehead and six grandchildren all of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Mr. Tabor's family will have a private memorial service.

VARGAS

Raul Vargas Jr., 46, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2000 in a local hospital.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9, 2000 with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. that evening at Corpus Christi Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 10, 2000 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Interment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Park.

ZAPATA

Angelita Zapata, 81, passed away on Monday, February 6, 2000 in a San Antonio hospital.
Services are pending.


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