MISSION – Gavino “Gabby” Garza, 88, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Mission Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Garza was born on July 3, 1930, in Mission, to the late Emilia Reyna Garza and Anastacio Garza. He graduated from Mission High School, married Eliza Garza in 1952 and worked at Barrera’s Supply Co for 58 years before retiring in 2008.
He helped to organize the summer Little League baseball programs in Mission and volunteered as a baseball coach for 15 years. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Mission.
Survivors include his children, Sylvia Charles, Elizabeth Garza, Veronica Morrell of La Feria, Gavino Garza, Daniel Garza of Sanger, Calif., and David Garza of Pharr; siblings, Ricardo Garza of Seguin and Maggie Silva; and 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Eliza G. Garza; siblings, Guadalupe Garza, Oscar Garza, Olivia Gonzalez and Sofia Hernandez; granddaughter, Adrianna Garza; and great-grandchildren, Leopoldo Calvillo and David Harden.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 5 to 9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Burial follows at Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Anastacio Charles, Leopoldo Garza Jr., James Morrell, Dan Barrera and grandsons.