Jaime B. Guzman


ROSARY: 7:30 P.M., Wednesday, August 1, 2012, Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas

FUNERAL MASS: 10:00 A.M., Thursday, August 2, 2012, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Kenedy, Texas

INTERMENT: Loma Alta Cemetery, Kenedy, Texas

Ascension “Connie” Reyna

Ascension “Connie” Reyna, of Runge, Texas, passed away, Friday, July 27, 2012 at 12:31 A.M., at the age of 52 years, 2 months and 1 day, at Methodist Main Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

Connie was born, May 26, 1960 in Jonah, Texas, the daughter of Faustino Zapata and Manuela Garcia Zapata. On April 25, 1981, Connie married her husband, Rogelio Reyna, Sr., in Kenedy, Texas. She was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church and worked at the John Paul II Nursing Home in Kenedy.

Connie is survived by her loving husband of 31 years, Rogelio Reyna, Sr.; her son and daughter-in-law, Rogelio and Terri Renya, Jr.; her sisters, Alberta Moreno, Alicia Lazano and Josephine Donnell; her brothers, Juan and Domingo Zapata. Mrs. Reyna is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Maria Urruthia and her brothers, Eisa and Jacinto Zapata.

A rosary was recited, Sunday, July, 29, 2012 at 7:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, Kenedy, Texas. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Monday, July 30, 2012, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kenedy. Burial followed in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were, Ramon Reyna, Jr., Roland Reyna, Brandon Reyna, Frankie Reyna, Joe Mendiola, Jr. and Walker Theuret. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be, Eddie Urruthia, Jessie Urruthia and Michael Zapata.


Jose Luis “Joe” Cruz

Jose Luis “Joe” Cruz, a resident of Pawnee, Texas, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at his home, Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 7:20 P.M., at the age of 63 years, 4 months and 17 days.

Joe was born, March 5, 1949 in Pawnee, Texas, the son of Luis Cruz and Jovita Diaz Cruz. He graduated high school and then began his life as a cowboy and rancher.

Joe is survived by his loving wife, Elvira Gonzales Cruz; his sons, Amado Cruz and wife Stacy, Arturo Cruz and wife Rosemary, Jose Cruz, Ramon Reyna and wife Jennifer and Roland Reyna and wife Andrea; his daughter Roxanne Theuret and husband Walker; his sisters, Linda Chapa and husband Carlo, Mary Garza and husband Henry, Dora Gonzales and husband Domingo, Amalia Montemayor and husband Richard and Ofelia Cruz; his brother, Genaro Cruz; and his beloved 11 grandchildren. Mr. Cruz is preceded in death by his parents, Luis and Jovita Cruz.

Visitation began, Tuesday, July 24, 2012, and a rosary was recited, Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 7:30 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass was celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kenedy, officiated by Rev. Norbert Herman. Interment followed in the Loma Alta Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were, Carlos Gonzales, Calvin Blaschke, Corky Franke, Wallon Rouse, Cecil Johnson, Jr. and Robert Cruz, Jr.

Erma Hernandez Vera

Erma Hernandez Vera, a lifelong resident of Kenedy, Texas, entered enteral rest, Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 10:35 P.M., at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 48 years, 6 months and 20 days.

Erma was born, December 25, 1963 in Karnes City, Texas, the daughter of Martin Hernandez and Josephina Rodriguez Hernandez. Erma was employed at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Kenedy where she worked in the Deli.

Erma is survived by her beloved husband, Martin Vera; her son, Fidencio Vera; “Mom” Guadalupe and Juan Reyna; her sisters, Mary Tovar, Jessica Reyna, April Reyna, Janie Reyna and Elizabeth Reyna and numerous extended family members. Erma is preceded in death by her parents.

A rosary was recited, Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 7:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. It was Erma’s wish to be cremated.

James A. Johnson

James A. Johnson, a longtime resident of Kenedy, Texas, passed away at 3:30 A.M., Monday, July 9, 2012 at the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home in Floresville, Texas at the age of 87 years, 7 months and 5 days.

James was born December 4, 1924 in Kenedy, Texas the son of James Walter Johnson and Ruth Byars Johnson. He attended Kenedy schools and went to work for General Mills.

James proudly served his country in the United States Army having fought in World War II. On August 27, 1947, James married Mildred Schultz in Kenedy. The two of them raised their two children in Kenedy and attended the First Methodist Church.

James is survived by his daughter, Trudy Smothers and husband Ken of Columbus, Texas; his son, James Johnson of Moore, Oklahoma; his sister, Shirley White and husband Roy of Texas City, Texas; his brothers, Larry Johnson and wife Carol of Dickinson, Texas and Jack Johnson and wife Penny of San Antonio, Texas. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Andrew, Phillip and wife Rachel and Mandy Johnson and Jason, Chris and Kendra Smothers; and his great-grandson, Joshua Johnson. Preceding Mr. Johnson in death are his wife, Mildred Johnson; and his parents, James Walter and Ruth Byars Johnson.

Visitation was held, Wednesday, July 11, 2012 from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel in Kenedy, Texas. Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, July 12, 2012 in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. George Bradley officiating. Interment with Military Honors followed in the Karnes City Memorial Park Cemetery in Kenedy, Texas. Serving as pallbearers were, Andrew Johnson, Phillip Johnson, Chris Smothers, Clay Pace, Larry Johnson and Paul May. Honorary pallbearers were, Jason Smothers, Mandy Johnson, Kendra Smothers and Joshua Johnson.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Methodist Building Fund or the Kenedy Library.