Manuel Caballero Garza

Manuel C Garza obit picManuel Caballero Garza passed away on June 8, 2016 at age 77 after a short illness. He was born on March 29, 1939 in Runge, TX to Diego L. Garza and Aurora B. Caballero.  He attended public school in Runge.  On October 9, 1959, at age 20, he enlisted in the U.S. ARMY and served as a PFC; specialist 4.  He served his country in Greenland where he was stationed after basic training at Fort Benning Georgia.  He ended his time in the Army in 1965.  Mr. Garza married Evangeline “Angie” Salais, in October 1960 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church and was married for over 52 years.  Mr. Garza was owner and proprietor Of Garza’s Body Shop where he worked at his life passion of fixing and painting cars.  Mr. Garza is preceded in death by his wife, Angie Garza, daughter Diane, and his brother Raul. He leaves to cherish his memory, his brothers and sisters, Fidencio, Lydia, Patricia, Bert, Elvira, Diego, Alicia, Leroy, James and Cynthia, 8 grandchildren, plus a host of friends.  He will fondly be remembered because “the shop” was the place where all his friends would go to hang out after a long day of work.  He always enjoyed visiting with anyone who would stop by to just to have a drink, smoke a cigarette and talk.  If anyone needed to borrow something or do some mechanical work he was always willing to help.  He was a very giving person.  One thing he truly enjoyed was reading the daily newspaper from cover to cover.  He was always well informed.  Services are under the direction of Eckols Funeral Home, Inc. A Rosary will take place at 7:00PM on Sunday, June 12, followed by Mass of Resurrection at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Pallbearers will be his brothers and friends.  Interment will take place at a later date.  Special Thanks to the staff at Bluebonnet Rehabilitation and Nursing Home for the special care that they gave to him in his last days.

Ruby E. Reiley

Ruby Reiley obit picRuby Elizabeth Reiley was born in Yoakum, Texas, on August 4, 1918 to Arthur William and Emily Jane Pettit.  She had 4 brothers and 1 sister.
Ruby and Marvin A. Reiley were married on November 29, 1935.  They raised nine children Marvin G. Reiley (deceased), JoAnn Briggs, David L. Reiley (deceased), Leonard R. Reiley, Shirley Jeanes, Dennis D. Reiley, Ron W. Reiley, Sharon Bary and Stanley G. Reiley.  There are 25 Grandchildren and 29 Great Grandchildren.  Ruby and Marvin lived in Kenedy many years.   Marvin Reiley died April 29, 1982.  Ruby was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Kenedy. She enjoyed her Sunday School Class and the Reteens over the years.  Ruby worked at the CreeMee in Kenedy and in the KISD cafeteria for many years. Ruby lived the last five years in the care of her daughter and son in law, Sharon and Mike Bary, in Liberty Hill, Texas. Thank you Sharon and Mike. Ruby was the essence of love, family, and hard work. Ruby loved her children and super loved her Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren and until recent years always sent birthday and Christmas cards with special dollars inside. Ruby enjoyed her friends in Kenedy very much and spoke of them often. Funeral Services will be held, Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4PM  at The First Baptist Church in Kenedy, TX with the Rev. Tim  Williams officiaing.  Interment will follow in the Fashing Cemetery.

Anna L. Copeland

Ann L. Copeland age 84 of Choate died June 3, 2016. She was born April 13, 1932 in Houston to Ralph and Eva Faulk Hagerman.  She married Arthur B. Copeland Oct. 29, 1976 and he preceded her in death Feb. 14, 1998.  She was a member of the Choate Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son Tony O’Brien of Choate, step daughters Julie Curtis & Janae Cavenaugh and numerous grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Monday from 6 to 8 PM at the Eckols Chapel. Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM at the Eckols Chapel.  Interment will be in the Choate Cemetery.

Jesus Gonzales

Jesus Gonzales age 95 of Pawnee died June 4, 2016. Jesus was born March 21, 1921 to Jose & Martha Saenz Gonzales.  He married Guadalupe Gonzales and she preceded him in death.  Jesus was a farmer and rancher, and a member of the catholic church.

He is survived by his daughter Agerita (Florentino) Cortez-Pawnee, Sons Matias (Aurora) Gonzales of Kenedy. Felix Gonzales of Three Rivers, Juan (Modesta) Gonzales of Coy City, Mike (Janie) Gonzales, Sr. of Coy City . He is preceded  by a daughter Martha Hernandez, sons Benito & Antonio Gonzales.    27 grandchildren, 60 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren.

Rosary will be held Wednesday, June 9th. At 7 PM at the Eckols Chapel.  Mass will be held at 10 AM Thursday, at St Cornelius Catholic Church.  Interment will be in the Nell Cemetery.

Henry R. Flores

Henry R. Flores, Age 78 of San Antonio, TX formerly of Kenedy, TX passed away June 1, 2016 in San Antonio, TX. He was born on March 22, 1938 in Kenedy, TX to the late Santos B. and Virginia Reyna Flores.  He was a retired concrete finisher for RW Jones in San Antonio and of the Catholic Faith.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister Guadalupe Ruiz, and a brother Jose Flores, Sr.

He is survived by his brother, Hilario R. Flores of Runge and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Rosary will be recited Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 7PM in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be Monday, June 6, 2016 at 10AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church.  Interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Marian Verlean Douglas

Marian Douglas Obit PicOn May 29, 2016, Marian Verlean Douglas heard the voice of God call her name. She walked in peace and joy in her spirit as the Lord beckoned her with outstretched arms.  In awe, she wept and bowed in worship as God said in His magnificent melodic voice “You are welcome, my good and faithful servant.”  With His hands, he touched her face and whispered, “Peace and eternal life I give to you.”  He presented Marian with angelic wings and the sounds of praise and worship moved Heaven and Earth as Marian was welcomed home.  Born in Kenedy, Texas on May 24, 1915, Marian V. Douglas was the proud daughter of Amanda “Maime” Green and Morris Douglas. Marian was the last living of her siblings, James Morris Douglas, Joyce Booker, Estella Buckner, and Maggie Manuel.   She was the loving mother of nine children:  Vivian Richardson (Ft. Worth, Texas), Geraldine Jefferson (San Antonio, Texas), Robert Hicks, deceased (Kenedy, Texas), Janie Mikes, deceased (Ft. Worth, Texas), Katie Mikes (Ft. Worth, Texas), Oscar Mikes, deceased (Kenedy, Texas), R.V. Allen, deceased (Kenedy, Texas), Diane Tapscott (Mira Loma, California) and Edward Douglas, deceased (Kenedy, Texas).  The count of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren who lovingly call her Mamaw and Big Momma continues to grow.    Marian’s history is deep-rooted in the city of Kenedy, Texas. She worked most of her life as a domestic worker, volunteer and was a life-long member of the Galilee Baptist Church.  The long talks, singing of hymns, worshiping God, laughter, words of wisdom and hearing Marian say “God bless you” will be deeply missed yet cemented as wonderful memories. Marian will be missed by all who knew and loved her.  Her soul is at rest.  Family and friends are welcome to visit on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 6 pm at Eckols Funeral Home. Home going celebration will be on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 11am at Eckols Funeral Home.  Reverend Rodney Robinson, Sr, will present the eulogy.  Interment will follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Kenedy, Texas.  Reception will be held at the Karnes County Country Club in Kenedy, Texas.