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OBIT-Tilmon Eugene Sharp

MISSION – Tilmon Eugene “T.E.” Sharp, 76, passed away on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen.

Mr. Sharp retired from Occidental Petroleum after a lifetime in the oilfield. As a horseman, he was a life member and past captain of the Hidalgo County Sheriff Posse as well as co-founder of the Hidalgo County Team Penning Association.

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DEATH NOTICE-George Vlach

MISSION - George Vlach, 88, died Thursday, June 21, 2012, at Mission Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

DEATH NOTICE-Eugene Sharp

MISSION - Eugene Sharp, 76, died Sunday, June 24, 2012, at Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg.

DEATH NOTICE-Gregoria Salinas

LA JOYA - Gregoria Salinas, 92, died Friday, June 22, 2012, at her residence in La Joya. A funeral service was held June 25 at Lord and I Funeral Home of Penitas. Burial followed at Lord and I Cemetery in Palmview.

OBIT-Antonio Lopez

MISSION – Antonio Lopez, 92, passed away June 23, 2012 at The Village Care Center McAllen.

He is survived by his children Maria Perales, Joe Lopez, Frank Lopez, Vicente Lopez, Juan Lopez, Guadalupe Lopez and Leticia Lopez; and 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, June 27, at 2 p.m. at Garden of Angels Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Ric Brown Family Funeral Home of Mission.

DEATH NOTICE-Janie Koelle

SAN ANTONIO/MISSION - Janie Koelle, 66, died Saturday, June 23, 2012, at her residence in San Antonio. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

DEATH NOTICE-Clarence Johnson

MISSION - Clarence Johnson, 86, died Friday, June 22, 2012, at Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg.

DEATH NOTICE-Oscar Garza

MISSION - Oscar Garza, 56, died Saturday, June 23, 2012, at his residence in Mission. A funeral service for will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission.

DEATH NOTICE-Maria Benavidez

MISSION - Maria Benavidez, 57, died Saturday, June 23, 2012, at her Mission residence. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Burial follows at the Catholic Cemetery in Mission.

OBIT-Julio Cesar Lacayo Huesca

MISSION - Julio Cesar Lacayo Huesca, 20, passed away Sunday, June 24, 2012. He was born July 4, 1991.

Survivors include his father, Ronaldo Lacayo; mother, Lyzette Huesca-Lacayo; sisters, Paulina and Priscilla; paternal grandparents, Benjamin, Graciela and Yolanda; maternal grandparents, Dr. Juan Huesca Perez and Alicia.

Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, with a rosary at 7 p.m. at Rivera Funeral Home in McAllen. The funeral mass will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in McAllen. Cremation will follow.

OBIT-Francisco Hernandez

MISSION - Francisco "Chico" Hernandez, 85, passed away on Friday, June 22, 2012, at Mission Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Hernandez was a longtime employee of the Mission CISD. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was stationed in Alaska.

Survivors include his children Mario Hernandez, Diana Hernandez, San Juanita Murillo, Leticia Garcia, Adriana Garcia, Elia Mendoza, Veronica Davis, Francisco Hernandez Jr., Gilda Solis; a brother, Carlos Hernandez; and 24 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death was his wife of 62 years, Elva Hernandez, and his parents, Pedro and Maria Hernandez.

The funeral mass will be held Tuesday, June 26, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Burial will follow at Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery.

OBIT-Gregorio Guerra

ALTON - Gregorio Guerra, 46, passed away Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Mission Regional Medical Center.

He was preceded in death by his father, Manuel Guerra Gonzalez, and his brother, Luis Carlos Guerra.

Survivors include his daughters Melissa Guerra, Sofia Angelica Guerra and Blanca Esthela Guerra; mother, Virginia Guerra; and siblings, Teresa de Jesus Flores, Blanca Esthela Guerra, Juan Manuel Guerra, Maria Elena Guerrero and Maria del Rosario Hernandez.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 26, at Rivera Funeral Home from 1 to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. The funeral mass is scheduled for Wednesday, June 27, at 1:30 p.m. at San Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Alton. Interment follows at Lord & I Cemetery in Palmview.

OBIT-Reynaldo Garcia Sr.

MISSION - Reynaldo Garcia Sr., 83, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2012, in Mission.

He is survived by his children, Norma L. Mirelez, Anna Y. Garcia and Reynaldo Garcia Jr., all from Mission; sister, Guadalupe Salinas; and seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma V. Garcia, and a brother, Francisco J. Garcia.

The funeral mass was held June 25 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Burial followed at Valley Memorial Gardens.

OBIT-Amelia Contreras

ALTON - Amelia Contreras, 71, passed away on Friday, June 22, 2012 at her home in Alton.

She was preceded in death by her parents Roman and Consuelo Contreras.

Survivors include her sisters Guadalupe Sanchez, Estela Garcia, Olivia Nevarez, Luisa Flores, Soledad Serfino and Candelaria Gonzalez, and brothers Ricardo, Rodolfo, David & Rogelio Contreras.

Services will be held Tuesday, June 26, at 10 a.m. at San Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Alton. Burial will follow at Jardin de Los Angeles on S. Abram Rd. in Penitas.

DEATH NOTICE: Leopoldo Sanchez Jr.

MISSION - Leopoldo Sanchez Jr., 68, died Sunday, June 17, 2012, at McAllen Medical Center. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2012, with a 7 p.m. rosary at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission.

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