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Juan Cortez

Aug 01, 1975 - Nov 23, 2023

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San Benito, TX

Juan Carlos Cortez, age 48 passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2023. A burial for Juan will be held Monday, December 4, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Mont Meta Memorial Park, 26170 State Highway 345, San Benito, Texas 78586.

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Carmen R Leal

Died : Feb 28, 2024

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San Benito, TX

Carmen R Leal passed away. A burial for Carmen will be held Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 2:00 PM at Mont Meta Memorial Park, 26170 State Highway 345, San Benito, Texas 78586.

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Jacob Diaz

Feb 16, 1976 - Feb 26, 2024

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San Benito, TX

Jacob Diaz, age 48, of San Benito, Texas passed away on Monday, February 26, 2024. Jacob was born in Harlingen to Delia Diaz and Mario A. Diaz. Jacob enjoyed fishing and being with his wife Terrie, so next time you are fishing make a catch for him. Jacob was truly loved by his family and friends and will be truly missed. Jacob is survived by his Common-in-law Wife of 20 years, Terrie Vargas; his Father Mario A. Diaz and his Mother Delia Diaz. Jacob was preceded in death by his Brother Isaac Edward Diaz.

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Juan Jesus Torres

Jul 29, 1952 - Feb 22, 2024

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San Benito, TX

Juan Jesus “Chuy” Torres, 71, passed away peacefully on February 22, 2024, with his beloved wife and daughter by his side. Juan Jesus Torres was born on July 29, 1952, to Juan Torres, Sr. and Beatriz Torres. As a young man, he was a migrant worker and helped support his family. His family traveled to numerous states to work in the fields every year. He grew up in San Benito and the young age of 18 married the love of his life, San Juana Torres on November 7, 1970 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in San Benito, Texas. He then began his longtime career with USDA. Juan was a federal employee for the United States Department of Agriculture for over 35 years as a Plant Protection and Quarantine Technician. He received numerous awards of excellence for his effort during the West Indian, Mediterranean and Sapote and Mexican Fruit Fly Programs. He was also recognized by the Regional Director for the construction of the lab to screen fruit flies at the Harlingen Work Unit. In 1991, he was recognized in the successful program against pioneer swarms of Africanized honey bees in Texas. The USDA also recognized him for superior service for developing and implementing public education and field action plans for the first migrations of Africanized honey bee swarms in the United States. He took pride in the work he did and enjoyed building relationships with the numerous people he worked with while protecting the orchards and crops of the Rio Grande Valley. He retired after 35 years of service to care for his father. He loved fishing, barbequing, gardening, landscaping and enjoyed his pastime outdoors with family and friends. He often used his creativity to construct and build numerous projects throughout the years as one of his favorite hobbies. He took joy in spending time with his grandchildren, attending their school functions and often sharing his hobbies with them. He is preceded in death by his father, Juan Torres, Sr. and his brother, Juan Torres, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, San Juana Torres and daughter, Crystal Marie Jacquez, son in law, James Jacquez and 4 beloved grandchildren to treasure his memory and continue his legacy: Candice Mariah Garcia, Roy Josiah Garcia, Casey Madison Jacquez and Mason James Jacquez. He is also survived by his mother, Beatriz B. Torres, stepfather, Jose Rangel; brothers, Jose Angel Torres (Odilia), Reynaldo Torres (Martha) and Martin Torres (Ida); and sisters Maria Nunez (Ismael), Beatriz Rodriguez (Abran), Felipa Grimaldo, and Rosemary Rangel. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends to cherish his memory. The Torres family will receive friends and relatives on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Buck Ashcraft San Benito Funeral Home. A recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 7 o’clock Tuesday evening. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Following the Mass, Chuy will be laid to rest at Mont Meta Memorial Park. Honored to serve as pallbearers are James Jacquez, Juan Torres, III, Bruno Nunez, Jacinto “JC” Nunez, Michael Garcia, Carlos Tamayo, III, Felipa Grimaldo, and Sokie Hernandez. To to the family or in memory of Juan Jesus "Chuy" Torres, please

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Armando Tamez

Jan 01, 1946 - Feb 21, 2024

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San Benito, TX

Armando Tamez, 78, of San Benito, Texas passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. Soldier’s Prayer Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glit on the snow. I am the sun in rippling grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush I am the swift uplifting rush. Of quiet birds in circling flight, I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there; I did not die. A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 25, 2024 from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Rosary at Thomae-Garza Funeral Home in San Benito, Texas. A Chapel Service will be held on Monday, February 26, 2024 at 11:30 a.m. at Thomae-Garza Funeral Home with a burial to follow to Mont Meta Memorial Park in San Benito, Texas. You may sign the online guestbook, light a remembrance candle, or send words of comfort to the family of Armando Tamez at www.thomaegarza.com. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Thomae-Garza Funeral Home and Crematorium, 395 S. Sam Houston, San Benito, Texas, (956) 399-1331.

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Hilario Galvan Jr.

Jan 22, 1928 - Feb 19, 2024

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San Benito, TX

Hilario Galvan Jr., 96, passed away peacefully on February 19, 2024 in San Benito, Texas. He was born to the late Hilario Galvan Sr. and Gregoria Garcia Galvan on January 22, 1928 in Port Isabel, Texas. Hilario was employed as a Chief Maintenance Supervisor for Dolly Vinsant Hospital and retired after 36 years of dedicated service. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hilario and Gregoria Galvan; his brothers, Jose, Domingo, David, Edubiges, Natividad, Gregorio, Tomas; and his sisters, Ernestina Salinas and Elvira Munoz. Left to treasure Hilario’s memory is his wife of 75 years, Margarita Martinez Galvan; his children, Homer Galvan, Diana Galvan, Rene Galvan (Pam), Velma Perez (Joe); his grandchildren, Steven, Jason, and Christopher Galvan, Kimberly and Angie Galvan, Krystal Perez Contreras and Mark Perez (Victoria); 12 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; and his last surviving sister, Aurora “Natalia” Galvan De La Cruz. The family would like to thank the medical staff with DHR Health and Hospice; Olga Jimenez, who watched over him in his last week of life; and a special nephew, Gregorio Galvan Jr., who sat with him every day in his last month of life. The Galvan family will receive friends and relatives on Sunday, February 25, 2024 from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 7 o’clock Sunday evening. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, February 26, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of the Universe Catholic Church. Following the Mass, Hilario will be laid to rest at Mont Meta Memorial Park. Honored to serve as pallbearers are Mark Perez, Ayden Contreras, Andy Contreras, Christopher Galvan, Jason Galvan, and Liam Galvan. To to the family or in memory of Hilario Galvan Jr., please

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Carmen R. Leal

Died : Feb 23, 2024

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San Benito, TX

Carmen R. Leal, 80, of San Benito, TX passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024, at his residence. He loved spending time with his family, listening to music, talking about his cars and racing, and being outdoors whether it was working in the yard or garden and burning brush. He was always with his wife by his side. He is preceded in death by his son, Ruben Leal; his parents, Raul and Hortencia Leal; in-laws, Estanislado Sr. and Antonia M. Limon; and brother, Israel Leal. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 54 years, Bertha Limon Leal; sons, Carmen Jr. (Rosa G.), Rene Leal (Veronica Marquez); grandchildren, Erik Carmen (Kasee), Brandon Rey (Brittney), Karina Beatrice, Laila Renee, Leslie Estrella Leal, and step grandson, Albert Limas. In addition, he is survived by great grandchild, Maddielynn Neveah Leal; brother’s, Jose Adan (Dalia) Leal, Raul Jr. (Sandra) Leal; sisters, Estephana (+Martin) Sanchez, Esmeralda (+Alfredo) Machuca, Graciela (+Arnold) Gonzales; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Thomae-Garza Funeral Home in San Benito, TX. A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 12:00 noon at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 22091 Farmers Avenue, La Paloma, TX with interment to follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park. Honored to serve as pallbearers are Carmen Leal, Jr., Rene Leal, Erik Carmen Leal, Brandon Rey Leal, Erasmo Huerta, Martin Sanchez, Jr. We would like to especially thank the staff from Gentiva Hospice and all family and friends that were there to support our family. You may sign the online guestbook, light a remembrance candle, or send words of comfort to the family of Carmen R. Leal at www.thomaegarza.com. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Thomae-Garza Funeral Home and Crematorium, 395 S. Sam Houston, San Benito, Texas, (956) 399-1331.

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Eduardo Gutierrez

Oct 31, 1973 - Feb 28, 2024

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San Benito, TX

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of our beloved brother, Eduardo Gutierrez. He was born October 31, 1973, to Guadalupe and Reyes T. Gutierrez. He is proceeded in death by his father, Guadalupe Gutierrez, his mother Reyes T. Gutierrez, Diana Gutierrez(sister), Jerry Gutierrez(brother). Left to cherish his loving memory is his sister Sylvia (Oscar) Suarez his brothers Gerardo Gutierrez, Joel (Marta) Gutierrez, Oscar Gutierrez. Eduardo is also survived by the following nieces and nephews: Joel Gutierrez Jr., Roxanne Gutierrez, Angel Danielle Gutierrez, Selena Nicole Gutierrez, Jonathan Gutierrez, Christoper Gutierrez, Oscar Suarez Jr., Mellisa Suarez-Mendoza, Bianca Gutierrez, Sabrina Walker, Veronica Rosas. He is also survived by many cousins that greatly cared for and loved him. I’m sure they all have great memories and stories of my baby brother Eddie. Eduardo’s life will be celebrated and remembered by his family and friends. His memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. Visitation will begin on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. with Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at Thomae-Garza Funeral Home in San Benito, TX. An escorted procession will depart Thomae-Garza Funeral home at 9:30 a.m. for a Funeral Mass to be held on Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 10:00am at St. Teresa Catholic Church located at 1300 Combes St. San Benito, TX 78586 with interment to be at San Benito City Cemetery. You may sign the on line guest book, light a remembrance candle, or send words of comfort to the family of Eduardo Gutierrez at www.thomaegarza.com . Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of Thomae-Garza Funeral Home and Crematorium, 395 S. Sam Houston, San Benito, Texas, (956) 399-1331.

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Willie D. Chidester

Aug 19, 1950 - Feb 18, 2024

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San Benito, TX

WILLIE D. CHIDESTER passed away on February 18. He was born on August 19, 1950, to Adella Chidester and Donald “Hap” Chidester in Ottumwa, Iowa. He had one adopted sister, Zetta Thomae , of San Benito, Texas. He spent his childhood in Blakesburg, Iowa, where he spent time in his mother’s beauty shop and his father’s salvage yard. He was entertained by the ladies getting their hair done when he as small, because he often went to work with his mother. He worked in the salvage yard with his father, so he could be seen driving old cars around town, driving the wrecker, and even a semi when he was only 10 because his dad told him to take it to his uncle a few blocks away. Willie said he got concerned when he had to drive it around a corner, but he got it delivered safely. Willie’s mother was a sought-after lady for her beautiful wedding cakes which Willie often help deliver. One snowy, icy day a very elaborate cake had to be delivered, so Willie had to help. They got the cake situated in the car, mostly in the back seat and on the floor. Willie had a basketball game that evening, so he decided to load his gym bag into the car. He forgot the cake was in the back and he threw his gym bag in the back and mashed the top layer with the bride and groom on it. His mother calmly said, “Bring it back inside and I’ll repair it the best I can.” She gently placed some cake scraps on top, glued it all together with frosting, and when she was satisfied with it, it was all delivered with nobody ever knowing the difference. Willie and his wife, Patricia, attended a small farming community school In Blakesburg. Patricia’s mother was a teacher there, and she taught Willie in the 4th grade. While he was in high school, he excelled at basketball, baseball, and track. He was on the Student Council, Library Board, was his call president, and he often supplied parts from the salvage yard to the auto body and auto shop classes. One year they provided a whole car for the students to dismantle and put back together. During the year some parts were lost, but they got spare parts and eventually got it to run. He attended college at Iowa Central where he was awarded a full basketball scholarship. He had been selected as a member of the Iowa all-state team in high school. He was on the Dean’s List each semester and was a member of the Honor Society. He transferred to Northeast Missouri State the next year where he was invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. His father had made a trip to visit his sister in San Benito, and while there he purchased the historical old Stonewall Jackson Hotel. It wasn’t long until he decided he needed help, so he asked Willie to come to Texas and help. They had lots of funny and sometimes trying experiences in the old place. While working there, he met Al White, CPA and became a partner in the firm of Welch, White, Kennedy, Hales and Bradford with offices in Brownsville and Weslaco. Soon after All and Willie opened an office in Harlingen. On New Year’s Eve in 1971, Willie flew to Iowa to marry Patricia. She stayed in Missouri to complete her college for the next year. Willie often joked that they never had a fight during their first year of marriage. Of course, they were 1300 miles apart. While he was attending Pan American University, he was given the honor of becoming the Outstanding Accounting Student. He graduated in 1970 Magna Cum Laude. In 1974 Willie met some young men who played city league basketball. When they saw his height and talent, it didn’t take long for them to ask him to join their team. They played in many games, several tournaments, and won so many trophies that is became an issue to store them. Eventually the sons of the men started playing on the team. A close enduring friendship resulted. His son Robert Joseph was born at Dolly Vinsant Hospital in 1975