Noelia M. Velasquez

Noelia Velasquez of Kenedy, TX was born in Saltillo Coahuila, Mexico to the late Lucio Martinez Oyervides and Josefa Mendoza Silva on April 21, 1950. She emigrated along with her husband into the United States of America in 1970, they arrived in Kenedy, Texas to be pastors of a small church for five years. Alongside her husband Rev. Honorio Velazquez, Sr. they founded Elim Pentecostal Church in Karnes City, Texas where all their lives’ efforts have been devoted, expanding the Kingdom of God for His glory.

Besides being a homemaker and virtuous mother, she worked tirelessly with her husband in the service of the church. Her most current merits and acts of admiration were in the beginning of 2020, while being confined to a wheel chair, she still gave her final preaching and she sang her final hymn in her beloved church. She would ignore and overcome her limitations and still give glory to God in spite of her condition. These and many more will be her acts of heroism as the Matriarch of Elim Pentecostal Church.

She is survived by her mother Josefa Mendoza Silva, husband Rev. Honorio Velazquez Sr. and six children: Joel (Reyna); Avelino Jonathan (Coretta); Honorio, Jr.(Suzanna); Laurentina Esther (Daniel); Lucio (Rebekah); Enoc (Jessica); and her grandchildren: Ruben, Jazmin, Terrance, Micai, Anna Kate, Audrey, Ahser, Ruth, Hadassah, Isaiah, Jerusha Arri, Eden, Elijah, Emma-Lee Noelia, Everly, Levi; as well as ones sister Laurentina Ellett (Frank) from Burnett, TX; and nine siblings who live in Mexico (Gamaliel, Jose, Samuel, David, Berta, Noemi, Mirna, Alicia, Hilda).

Visitation will be held at the UPLCII Convention Center, 617 Dewitt, Kenedy, TX 78119 at 9:00a.m. Saturday, August 15, 2020 with Funeral Services beginning promptly at 10:00a.m. with Rev. Samuel Montoya officiating. Interment to follow in Loma Alta Cemetery. Pallbearers: Otto Oroxon, Mark Oroxon, Alfredo Velasquez, Leo Velasquez, Daniel Garza, Ruben Velasquez.

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Alejandro Rios Caballero

Alejandro Rios Caballero of Kenedy, Texas born on February 7, 1948 in Pawnee, Texas to Inosencio Caballero and Petra Rios Garza passed away on Monday, August 10, 2020 at the age of 72 at his residence.  Mr. Caballero was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother: Petra Rios Garza of Kenedy,TX; his wife: Sandra R. Caballero of Kenedy, TX; his daughters: Stephanie (Henry) Villarreal of Floresville, TX, Marlene Lapetitemort of Okahoma and Juana Martin also of Oklahoma; sons: Chris McHaney of Oklahoma, Paul (Ines) Ramos of McAllen, TX , Andres (Ksenia) Ramos of Chicago, IL and Stephen (Odessey) Ramos of Corpus Christi, TX; 6 grandchildren; sisters: Barbara Garcia of Kenedy, TX, Josie Caballero of Victoria, TX, Mary(Wally) Gomez of Beeville, TX, Rosie Venecia of Kenedy, TX, Irma Padron of Kenedy, TX; Marty (Roland) Espinoza of Kenedy,TX and Lisa Ortega of Skidmore,TX; brothers: Johnny (Linda)Caballero of Corpus Christi, TX, Joseph Caballero of San Antonio, TX and Matthew Caballero of Pleasanton, TX; numerous nieces, nephews,his pets: Lola and Rango and other relatives. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 14, 2020 at 10:00a.m. with Funeral Services beginning at 11:00a.m. at Eckols Chapel with Pastora Adelita Sotelo officiating. Interment will follow in Loma Alta Cemetery. Pallbearers: Stephen Ramos, Henry Caballero, Paul Ramos, Alfonso Ramos, Michael Espinoza, Joe Escandon III, Noah Tyrrell, Brandon Cortez. Honorary Pallbearers: Luis Sotelo, Adam Ramos and Jonathon Espinoza, Aaron Cortez, Wally Gomez, Jason Gomez, George Garcia, Joseph Caballero, Matthew Caballero, Cindy Castillo. If attending Visitation and Services, please wear your face mask into funeral home and chapel. Social Distancing Practice in place.

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Thomas Walter Keller

Thomas Walter Keller, the long-time Brownsville educator for whom Thomas W. Keller Elementary School is named and the founding principal of Cromack Elementary School, passed away early Thursday morning, August 6, 2020, at his ranch in Mineral Texas at the age of 92.

Keller retired from the Brownsville Independent School District in 1990 as deputy superintendent under Superintendent Raul Besteiro. While deputy superintendent he took great pride in BISD building the equivalent of an elementary school a year for several years without the benefit of bond issues. He also served as principal of Resaca Elementary, what was then Victoria Ward Elementary, and Stell Middle School.

Although recently in failing health, as late as last summer he was actively running the ranch, fencing the 1,000 acre ranch in spring 2019, his daughter Linda Cruickshanks said. He died of natural causes.

Cruickshanks said one of her earliest memories was traveling with her parents to what is now the El Cielo Biosphere Reserve in Tamaulipas, Mexico. While the head of the chemistry department at Texas Southmost College before joining BISD, Keller helped spearhead the park’s development, and her parents had a cabin there during the park’s early development.

Keller was born in Brownsville in 1927 and attended El Jardin School. He later played trumpet in a professional swing band and learned to fly his Taylorcraft airplane from Amelia Earhart’s instructor, Cruickshanks said, adding that her father received his flying license before his drivers license.

He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin in three years. He met Mary Frances Hudman , his future wife, while teaching her to fly.

“My mother came to take flying lessons from him and he ended up marrying her,” Cruickshanks said. My mother was very instrumental in everything he did.”

Growing up, Cruickshanks remembers her father as “A very hands-on principal” who wanted to make his schools special. “He really wanted the kids to enjoy school,” she said.

She also said that even in his later years Keller would remember his time a principal of Victoria Ward School, and brag about the school’s parents fundraised to help buy land adjacent to the school.

“The school board didn’t have the money so the parents went out and had carnivals to raise the money to buy the land, she said.

Later, as an administrator, BISD vocational and technical programs were so successful that Keller”went around the state teaching other districts how to do it,” she said.

Drue Brown, now vice president of the BISD Board of Trustees, worked under Keller during his time as deputy superintendent and remembered him fondly.

“Tom Keller was a tremendous, positive influence on the many people he worked with at Brownsville ISD. I was fortunate to work directly for Mr. Keller for over a decade. He certainly shaped me as both an educator and a person. His impact on so many of us continues to this day. His passing is a significant loss not only to those who knew him, but to the school district and Brownsville community that he helped to shape with his many years of honest and compassionate service,” she said in statement.

Keller returned to Brownsville in 2010 when Keller Elementary was dedicated, and in February 2018, when BISD honored him as Principal for a Day of his namesake school.

“I can’t remember seeing him happier than he was that day,” his daughter, also an educator, said. “He was so proud of that school.”

He is survived by his wife of 72 years: Mary Frances Hudman Keller of Mineral, TX; daughter: Mary Linda Keller (Alan) Cruickshanks of Mineral, TX; son: Thomas Walter (Merily) Keller of Austin, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, there is no public funeral, but a post-pandemic memorial service will be held, the family said.  Private Burial is at the Mineral Cemetery, Bee County.

Mr. Keller will lie in state  for the public on Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. at Eckols Funeral Home Chapel for those that would like to see Mr. Keller  and sign his register book.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Scholarship Fund, Thomas Walter Keller Elementary, 2540 W. Alton Gloor Blvd., Brownsville, Texas 78520.

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Ulises Castaneda Carranza

Mr. Ulises Castaneda Carranza of Kenedy, TX born in Mexico passed away at his residence on August 5, 2020 at the age of 82. Mr. Carranza is survived by his wife: Sarita Lara Caranza of Kenedy, TX and other relatives. Private Graveside services will be held in the Kenedy Cemetery, Kenedy,TX.

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Geronimo Medina Gonzales

Geronimo Medina Gonzales, of Kenedy, Texas born on March 8, 1938 in Kenedy, TX to Pablo Gonzales and Maria Medina Gonzales passed away on August 4, 2020 at the age of 82. Mr. Gonzales is preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Lisa in 1998. Survivors include his wife Maria G. Gonzales of Kenedy, TX; daughter Gracie (Robert) Elizondo of Kenedy, TX; son: Geronimo Gonzales Jr. of Kenedy, TX; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Janie Maldonado of Beeville, TX and Lidia Guajardo of San Antonio, TX; brothers: Frank Gonzales of Kenedy, TX, Carlos Gonzales, of San Antonio and Reymundo Gonzales of AZ; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 9, 2020 from 4:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Funeral services Monday, August 10, 2020 at 10:00a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Rev. Norbert Hermann officiating. Interment to follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Pallbearers: Jeremy Cisneros, Clint Braudaway, Audie Benavides, Adam Gonzales, Jesse Arrerondo, Stormy Rossett. Those attending must wear face mask into funeral home and chapel and church. No Exceptions.

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Clyde Thomas Molandes

Clyde Thomas Molandes of Kenedy,TX born in Nacogdoches,TX passed away on July 29, 2020 at the age of 89. Mr. Molandes will be laid to rest near his parents , Dorey Molandes and Stella Rodriguez Molandes in the Procella Cemetery, Lufkin,TX on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 11:00a.m. Immediate family only to witness.

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Yaira Magela Morales

Yaira Magela Morales, of Kenedy, Texas born in Managua, Nicaragua to Fidel Morales and Maria Lydia Torres Morales passed away on July 30, 2020 at the age of 40. She is survived by her parents and paternal grandmother: Maria Concepcion Cabrera Miranda; sisters: Lydia Zoraida Arechiga, Gabby Morales; brothers: Fidel Morales Jr, Donny Morales, and Jonathan Morales. Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 4:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Funeral services Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 2:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel with Pastor (Her father) Fidel Morales officiating. Interment in the Loma Alta Cemetery. Those attending must follow social distancing rule and wear mask upon entering funeral home and chapel. No exceptions! To protect yourself and the family at this vulnerable time.

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Lucile aka Lucia M Garza

Lucile aka Lucia M. Garza of Kenedy, Texas was born on December 18,1930 in Goliad, Texas to Tomasita Aguilar Montez and Baldomero Montez passed away on July 30, 2020 at the age of 89. She is survived by her son: Vidal M. Garza Jr. and his wife Belia of Kenedy, TX; granddaughters: Beckie (David) Garza Garcia and Maggie (Leo) Garza Gonzales; grandson: Vidal Garza III and wife Rebecca; 8 great grandchildren: Marissa Garcia, Adrianna Garcia, Michael David Garcia, Amber Gonzales, Moses Gonzales, Jacob Gonzales, Joseph Garza, Joshua Garza; 2 brothers: Baldomero Montez and Jesse Montez; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters: Josefina Montez and Margarita Vasquez; and brother: Manuel Montez. Rosary on Saturday, August 15,2020 at 9:00a.m. with Memorial Mass beginning promptly at 10:00a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church . Following the  Memorial Mass,  her urn to be placed for burial  in the Stockton Cemetery, Charco, TX beside her husband Vidal Garza Sr. and her two children.

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Ronald Slane

Ronald “Wade” Slane, of Kenedy, Texas was born on September 14, 1943 in Hillemann, Arkansas to Bessie Daniel Slane and Beecher Slane passed away on July 29, 2020 at the age of 76. Mr. Slane retired from Shell Oil Company on October 31, 2003. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Elsie Connor and brother J.L. Slane. He is survived by his wife Jo Ann Ford Slane of Kenedy,TX; his daughter: Dyvonne “DeeDee” Orsak (Dave) of Lake Charles,LA, grandchildren: Shannan Wallack, Kye Maddox, KayCee Orsak, Blake Orsak; 4 great grandchildren: Braden, Avery, Owen, Wyatt; brother: Larry (Carolyn) Slane, of Elizabeth, AR; several nieces, nephews and other relatives. Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. at Eckols Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 3:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Interment to follow in the Kenedy Cemetery. Pallbearers: Rob Underbrink, Kye Maddox, Dave Orsak, Pat Tam, Patrick Tam and Kevin Tam. If attending-please  wear your face mask into funeral home and into chapel-(No Exceptions!)- Practice the Social Distancing Rule- no gathering (congregating) will be allowed to keep you safe and most especially the  family at this vulnerable time. Please pay your respects and be mindful to others that may be waiting to  make their way into the chapel to pay their respects.  Memorials may be made in Ronald’s  memory to the Alzheimers Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., FL. 17, Chicago,IL 60601.

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Guadalupe Meza Nunez

Guadalupe Meza Nunez, of Pasadena, TX formerly of Kenedy, TX was born in Kenedy,TX to Piedad Nunez and Maria Meza Nunez passed away on July 24, 2020 in Houston, TX at the age of 71. Mr. Nunez was a carpenter for Brochsteins, Inc. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his daughter: Erica (Mbarek) Essadeq of Houston, TX, son: Guadalupe M. Nunez Jr. of Pasadena, TX; 7 grandchildren: Hassan, Hasna, Ali, Brittany, Alexis, Jason and Jimmy; 5 great grandchildren: Roxanne, Jason Jr., Justin, Jamie Lynn and Jimmy Jr.; stepson: Juan “Johnny” Madrigal of Pasadena, TX; sisters: Eva Nunez and Antonia Gutierrez; brother: Francisco “Pancho” Gutierrez of Runge, TX; former spouse: Ida Madrigal Moreno of Pasadena, TX; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Visitation will be held Friday, July 31, 2020 from 5:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00p.m. at Eckols Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 10:00a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church with Rev. Norbert Hermann officiating. Interment to follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery with U.S. Army Honors. If attending- must wear mask into funeral home and in chapel (No Exceptions!) and no close gathering will be allowed-practice the social distancing rule to protect yourself and the family at this vulnerable time.  

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