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A child of God is resting peacefully in his Savior's arms. Tommy Lee Davis departed this life on November 29, 2023. He was born May 29, 1941, in Taft, Texas. He was the first child born to Tommy Fred and Jessie Mae Davis. His death brought sadness to all who knew, love, and called him "Moose".


Accepting Christ at an early age, he was baptized and united with the Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church of Taft, Texas. After graduating from Taft High School, he joined the United States Army where he served four years. He then went on to make a career serving in the United States Air Force. While serving at Elgin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, he met and married his beloved wife, Icephene Carter and her two young daughters. They were married December 30, 1969. Becoming a family, they joined him in traveling the world in his pursuit of his military career. Upon his retirement, he moved his family back home and settled in Sinton, Texas. Tommy Lee reunited with Rising Star, where he became a deacon following in his father's footsteps. He worked as a security guard with several different companies in the surrounding area. In his spare time, he worked at his passion of restoring old cars and trucks.


Tommy was preceded in death by his wife, Icephene, parents, Tommy and Jessie Mae, brothers, Andrew and Joseph, and granddaughter, Octavia C. L. Boyd. He leaves to cherish his memories', three brothers, Frank Davis, Fred Davis, and Harvey Davis, one sister, Kathy Davis, two daughters Lorraine M. Campbell (David), Annette C. Adams, three grandsons, Robert B. Hughes II (Jessica), William E. Harris (Lac'e), and Nickholas M. Harris, one granddaughter, Kasey L. Kotara (Meagon) (Scott), seven great grandsons, six great granddaughters, one great great grandson, and one great great granddaughter, with a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at 11 AM, Thursday, December 7, 2023, at Rising Star Baptist Church in Taft with Rev. Eddie M. Cross officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2 PM, Monday, December 11, 2023, at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi. 

Richard Lee (Dickie) West, Jr. died on December 4, 2023, in Skidmore, TX after a prolonged illness. He passed away at home surrounded by his loving mother, his companion of 20 years, and many close family members.


He was born on February 28, 1960, in Sinton, Texas to Hilda Robertson West and Richard Lee West, Sr. He was raised in Odem, TX and graduated from Odem High School in 1979. He enjoyed a successful career as a certified API inspector in the oil and gas industry and after retirement was a loving caretaker of his mother and aunt. Richard was an excellent chef. He took pride in cooking for family, but his favorite meal was chocolate Frosted Flakes with bananas and chocolate milk. He relished in relentlessly teasing his nieces and nephews. He loved his family and was much loved by them.


He is preceded in death by his father, Richard L. West, Sr. He is survived by his best friend, companion, and caretaker, Rhonda Sewell, mother, Hilda Robertson West, three sisters, Lela Ann (David) Crockett, Cora Lea (Johnny) Emerson, and Celia Kay (Ann) West, three aunts, Pat Petrus, Theresa Robertson, and Kay (Ray) Ready. He is also survived by two nieces, four nephews, two great-nephews, one great-niece, and numerous cousins. There are no services planned. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society. 

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Audelia Bargas Marin, 74, loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 1, 2023. Audelia loved gardening, watching the Texas Rangers, making tamales, playing slot machines, watching Wheel of Fortune, praying the rosary daily, attending mass until she couldn't make it to church and then watching it on TV. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jacinto Marin and her parents, Antonio and Elida Cantu Bargas. She is survived by her loving family, her son, Robert Martinez of Shirley, Massachusetts, her daughters, Sandra Martinez of Portland and Lisa Espinosa of Sinton, her sisters, Linda Morin and Estella Anderson of Odem, Marta Marroquin of Corpus Christi and Enedina Aleman of McAllen, her grandchildren, Brooke Martinez, Danielle Martinez, Miguel Pelayo, Nina Rodriguez, Marina Rodriguez, Illiana Rodriguez, Marco Espinosa, Manuel Espinosa and Mateo Espinosa, six great grandchildren and many extended family members and friends. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, from 3 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.

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Melarie Michelle Garcia, 53, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 22, 2023. Melarie was born on September 20, 1970, to Archie and Joyce (Vern) Jackson. She graduated from Sinton High School in 1989 and she loved her grandchildren. She was full of life and laughter and had a great smile. Her faith was strong in the Lord, never had and enemy and was filled with love. She loved her lake days and spending time by the water with her grandchildren every Sunday. She was married to John Garcia on September 11, 2011, the love of her life. She is preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Joyce (Vern) Jackson, family and friends. She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband, John Garcia, her children, Keondra Nicole, Khyree Jacoy and Nydah Jenise, her grandchildren, Paxtyn Michelle, Rylie, Cassius, Nahla, Haivyn and Kyler, her sister, Pamela Eileen Wright and her brother, Jason Arnett Jackson, her in-laws, family and friends, her dogs, Hydro, Sparkle, Gypsy, Pandy and Bernie, her horses, Haven, Ice Cream and Sunshine. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, from 3 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Murphy, officiating. Interment will follow at Heavens Acre Cemetery in Sinton.

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Victoria (Vickie) Lane gained her wings on Wednesday, November 22, 2023. Vickie was born on July 30, 1934, to Tomas Guerra and Margarita (Barrientes) Guerra. She was a lifelong resident of Sinton, Texas. Vickie was the oldest of a family of 15 children. For many years she was employed by John and Ophelia Whitley as a caregiver in Odem, Texas. Vickie was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Lane, her mother, Margarita Guerra, her father, Tomas Guerra, seven brothers, Marcelino (Max) Guerra, Lazaro (Larry) Guerra, Reymundo (Rey) Guerra, Juan Guerra, Daniel (Danny) Guerra and two other brothers, Amador and Ruben Guerra, that passed away as infants. Also preceded in death by three sisters, Dominga (Minga) Guerra, Romana (Mana) Guerra, and Susie Heiman. Survivors are one brother, Pantaleon (Leon) of Houston, three sisters, Maria (Alice) Czaja of Sinton, Stella Compean of Laredo and Gloria Rankin of Sinton, numerous nieces and nephews, and one special niece, Penelope Rankin of Anchorage, Alaska. Vickie was her nanny from the time Penelope was a tiny baby of four months old until she was in the third grade at Sinton Elementary. 


It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Vickie until we meet again. Go find Mom, Dad and all our siblings. Give them a big hug from all of us.


A visitation will be held on Monday, November 27, 2023, from 5 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Tuesday, November 28, 2023, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton. Pallbearers are Frank Guerra, Daniel Guerra, Omar Guerra, Steven Rankin, Nick Guerra, Lee Guerra, and honorary pallbearer, Ruben Barrientez. 

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Donald George Halepeska, 96, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend went to be with Lord on Thursday, November 2, 2023. Donald was an avid gardener, loved fishing and was a hobby farmer. He is preceded in death by his parents, George Joseph and Hermina Witte Halepeska, his stepmother, Merle Halepeska and his two brothers, Bill Halepeska and Mark Halepeska. He is survived by his loving family, his wife. Joan Olsovsky Halepeska of Odem, his son, Alan (Jackie) Halepeska of Lake Jackson, Texas, his daughter, Elaine (Jimmy) Shortell of Pflugerville, Texas, his sister, Ruth Pons of Lewisville, Texas, four grandchildren, Joseph Halepeska, Rachel Halespeska, Ethan Shortell and Megan (Cassidy) Byars, three great grandchildren, Jackson Byars, Hutch Byars and Boots Byars. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM on Sunday, November 5, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:30 AM on Monday, November 6, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Odem.

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Margaret Ramirez Sambrano, 75, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. Margaret had a big heart and cared very deeply for her family and friends. She loved and was the happiest when she would cook and bake, but most of all she loved shopping. She is preceded in death by her parents, Pablo and Manuela Olbera Ramirez, her husband, Edward Sambrano, her daughter, Linda Lee Lopez, her sister, Nancy Ramirez and her sister-in-law, Alice Ramirez.

She will be missed. She is survived by her sons, Eddie (Joann) Sambrano of Sinton and Christopher (Yvonne) Sambrano of

Austin, her brother, Luis Ramirez of Sinton, her sister, Julie Guerra of Sinton, five grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, many cousins and friends. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 6, 2023, from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 1 PM on Tuesday November 7, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Graveside services and interment will follow at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi.

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Jo Ann Whitehead, 77, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed away on Wednesday, November1, 2023. Jo Ann enjoyed doing arts and crafts and loved supporting the community, Little League and other sports. She will be missed. She is survived by her loving family, her husband, Everett Whitehead of Sinton, her sons, Michael Everett Whitehead of Midland, Billy Lee (Tonya) Whitehead of Corpus Christi and W.D. (Brenda) Whitehead of Sinton and eight grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Friday, November 3, 2023, from 4 PM to 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at 2 PM at Sinton Cemetery with Father Glen Mullan officiating. Interment will follow. Pallbearers will be Everett Lee Whitehead, Michael Whitehead, Billy Whitehead, W.D. Whitehead, Ryan Whitehead, Daniel Whitehead, Travis Pease, Wil Whitehead, Emilee Whitehead, Bethany Whitehead, Olivia Whitehead and Evelyn Whitehead.

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Leo Canion, longtime resident of Sinton passed from this life on October 29, 2023. Leo was born in Utopia, Texas on June 23, 1933, to Nell and Randle Canion. After graduating from Utopia High School in 1950, he attended Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde and Texas A&I University in Kingsville, where he received a bachelor's degree in agriculture and a master's degree in science. During his college years, Leo was drafted to serve in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was stationed in Denver, Colorado and proudly served for two years. During his time at Southwest Texas Junior College, Leo met the love of his life, Peggy Rossington. They married on November 4, 1953. They were married for 67 years until her passing in 2021. They settled in Sinton in 1958, where Leo began and spent his entire 32-year career as a teacher and administrator. His most cherished years were those at Sinton High School, where he was the assistant principal from 1968-1981 and principal from 1981-1986. After his retirement in 1990, he and Peggy continued to be the Pirates' greatest supporters and biggest fans, attending countless games in every sport over the next 30 years. They particularly enjoyed the seven special years they were able to cheer for their Pirate grandchildren, Wesley and Paige Vickers. Leo had one other great passion - the game of golf. He played countless rounds at the Sinton Municipal Golf Course, where he made some of the best friends a man could have. He even had five hole-in-one shots, of which he was very proud. Leo is preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Peggy, his sister, Jan Reagen, brother, Wayne Canion, and his precious granddaughter, Kaylie Yuill. He is survived by his three daughters, Joyce Lynn Canion of Sinton, Lori (Todd) Burgin of New Braunfels and Leigh (Bennie) Vickers of Mineral. He is also survived by seven grandchildren who lovingly called him Poppa Leo, Shane McDonald, Brooke McDonald, Wesley (Lindy) Vickers, Paige Vickers, Kyle Yuill and Kaitlin Yuill and his newest pride and joy great granddaughter, Addison Rae Vickers. Leo was a loved and respected member of the Sinton community for 65 years. He left at lasting impact on countless lives during that time, and in turn, those lives left an indelible mark on his own. His absence will be deeply felt, and he will be dearly missed. If you wish to make a donation in Leo's honor, please consider Shriner's Children Hospital, as he and Peggy were faithful supporters of their efforts. A visitation will be held from 1 PM to 2:30 PM on Sunday, November 5, 2023, with funeral services beginning at 2:30 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with Mike Carper officiating. Interment will follow at Sinton Cemetery in Sinton.

Our dear mother, Maria Alaniz Gonzales, suddenly passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2023, at the age of 88. She was "Our Ama". She was the glue to our family. She was the oldest Alaniz relative and our connection to the Alaniz history and all the old stories. She was born in Kennedy, Texas, but lived the majority of her life in Sinton, Texas. She is survived by her three daughters Rosalinda Guajardo, Elizabeth Gonzales, and Maria Vidaurri, 9 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren,12 great great grandchildren, and countless nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death her son, Benito Gonzales, and her husband, Juan R Gonzales. She had a love for cooking even though she would say she hated the kitchen. Sewing was her favorite hobby, specially making blankets for family. She would say whoever has one of my blankets will always have something of me to remember me by. Ama will greatly be missed. Graveside service will be held Saturday, November 4, 2023, at 11 AM at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton. 

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Vivian Pizana, Sr., 76, loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 25, 2023. Vivian loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He loved fishing and enjoyed traveling, dancing and eating out with his wife. He is preceded in death by his parents, Rafael C. and Maria Guadalupe Benavidez Pizana, his brother Rafael Pizana, Jr., and his sister, Margarita Pizana Wilkinson. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Guadalupe Pizana of Odem, his son, Vivian (Leticia) Pizana, Jr. of Odem, his daughters, Paula (Ismael Soto) Pizana of Portland and Pat (Domingo Perez) Pizana of Corpus Christi, his brother, Irenio (Aurora) Pizana and Aristeo (Elvia) Pizana of Odem, his sister, Guadalupe (Jacinto)

Aguirre of Pettus, seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A visitation will be held on Friday, October 27, 2023, from 2 PM to 9 PM, with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Saturday, October 28, 2023, at 11 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Pete Elizardo as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem. The family would like to give a "Special Thank You" to the New Century Hospice Staff, Tammy, Debbie and Marivel for the wonderful care given to our loved one, Vivian.

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Teresa Vasquez Perez, 77, passed away on Monday, October16, 2023. Teresa was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael V. Perez, her parents, Domingo and Virginia Vasquez and her sister, Romana Molina. She is survived by her loving family, her husband, Alfredo Perez of Sinton, her son, Mark (Stephanie) Perez of Corpus Christi and five grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2023, from 4 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Monday, October 23, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay as celebrant. Services will conclude with the mass.

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Clemencia Carrillo Sanchez, 90, loving mother, grandmother and friend went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 15, 2023. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tiodulo Sanchez and her son, Javier Sanchez. She was a devoted Catholic and a lifetime member of the Society of the Guadalupanas and enjoyed doing embroidery and cooking. She is survived by her loving sons, Hector (Patsy) Sanchez of San Juan, Texas, Ramiro (Odilia) Sanchez of Odem, and Oscar (Janie) Sanchez of San Antonio, 13 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Thursday, October 19, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday, October 20, 2023, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Pete Elizardo as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.

Rosendo "Nune" Reyna, Jr., 55, loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend passed away Sunday, October 8, 2023. Rosendo was born on November 20, 1967, to Simona and Rosendo Reyna, Sr. in Sinton, Texas. Rosendo loved fishing, BBQ cookouts and doing small projects. He was a father figure to a lot of his nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Simona C. Reyna, his sister, Amy Barrientz, his grandmothers, Aurora L. Carranza and Carmen Reyna and his grandfather, Nicolas Reyna, He is survived by his wife, Rachel L. Garcia of Sinton, his son, Rosendo Reyna, III of Sinton, his daughters, Julia (Joseph) Reyna Villarreal of Sinton and Cassandra (Brandon) Almaguer of Odem, his granddaughter, Jalissa Raina Villarreal of Sinton, his father, Rosendo Reyna, Sr. of Sinton, his brothers, Randy (Daisy) Reyna, Sr. of Sinton and Rey Lee Reyna of San Antonio, his sisters, Lisa Reyna of Sinton and Jennifer Reyna of Metarie, Louisiana, his father-in-law and mother-in law, Manuel and Tina Garcia of Sinton. A rosary will be recited at 7:30 PM, Tuesday, October 17, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, from 2 PM to 9 PM with a holy rosary being recited at 7:30 PM at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 10 AM, Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton. The family would like to give a Special Thanks to the staff at Doctor's Regional Hospital, Fresenius Kidney Center in Sinton and especially Dr. Amber Kaldas for always going above and beyond and always treating him like a "Movie Star".

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Pastor Ramiro S. Rubio, 66, of Odem, Texas passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2023. He was born March 4, 1957, in Robstown, Texas, the son of Domingo Rubio and Guadalupe Sanchez Rubio. He was happily married to Dolores Rubio for 50 years. Our dad, Pastor Ramiro Rubio was a God-fearing man, who dedicated his life to serving God and others. He was called to ministry in 1985, allowing him to share the word of Christ for 39 years. He has impacted so many lives in this world, with his beautiful kind heart, some of which we are unaware of. His smile lit up a room and his kind heart always found a way to encourage others, especially those in need. He was an incredible example of Christ who exemplified his heart for others, as a husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather/great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. 


Thank you Dad for everything that you have done. Today we will say our goodbyes, even though your spirit has left us, your memories will always be in our hearts. We love you daddy!

Ramiro is preceded in death by his parents, Domingo and Guadalupe Sanchez Rubio, his siblings, Irma Rubio, Robert Rubio, Domingo Rubio, Jr., Adan Rubio and Martin Rubio. He is survived by his loving family, his wife, Dolores Rubio of Odem, his son, Ramiro Rubio, Jr. of Odem, his daughters, Belinda (Juan) Pena, Dolores (Henry) Martinez and Noemi (Billy) Reyna all of Odem, his brothers, Armando Rubio of Robstown, Juan Rubio of Odem, Jesse Rubio, Victor Rubio and Roy Rubio all of Ohio, and Eddie Rubio of Odem, his sisters, Odilla Flores of Dallas, Diana Cardenas of Robstown and Sylvia Perez of Odem, 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren and many extended family members. A visitation will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2023, from 12 PM to 9 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM at the Full Gospel Church (6067 Hwy 77) in Odem. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Sunday, October 15, 2023, at the Full Gospel Church (6067 Hwy 77) in Odem. Interment will follow at the San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.


Ni lo alto, ni lo profundo, ni ninguna

otra cosa creada, nos podra sparar

del amor de Dios, que es en Cristo

Jesus Senor Nuestro. Romans 8:39


Nor height, nor depth, nor any other

creature, shall be able to separate us

from the love of God, which is in

Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39

Ada Lee Mutchler

January 20, 1937 - September 30, 2023

The Lord and Melvin have welcomed Ada Lee home.

Ada Lee Hill was born on January 20, 1937, to Oma Evelyn Westmoreland Hill and Thomas Carette Hill. Ada Lee was the youngest child, affectionately known as "Our Baby Doll." Ada Lee had a total of 11 older siblings. John Hill, Paul Hill, Bogardus Hill, Ben Hill, Bernice (Hill) Byrne, Kate Hill, Evelyn (Hill) Creamer, Susan (Hill) Hofner, Marguerite Hill, Ida Bell (Hill) Copeland, and Tom Hill.

Ada Lee was raised five miles west of Sinton on Hill Road, where her parents were farmers and ranchers. Ada Lee's chores on the farm included making butter, ironing clothes, and helping work cattle and horses. Ada Lee was a true equine enthusiast and loved riding her horses. At the tender age of tour, Ada Lee would ride with her rat terrier, Maggie, on the back of her draft horse, Warrior. She would ride with her animals with a note around her neck from her mother to tell the neighbors what time Ada Lee needed to be sent home.

As Ada Lee grew up, so did her adventures and talents. Ada Lee would ride Warrior to the movies at the Rialto theater in town. Without fail, during the best part of the picture show, she would have to go and check on Warrior to ensure he had not rubbed his bridle off. While attending Sinton High School, Ada Lee lent her time and gifts to the Sinton Kiwanis Club by volunteering to play the piano for their meetings at the J&A Café Clubroom. Ada Lee also played with two bands as a musician and a vocalist. The Sinton High School Ramblers was the first band she performed with. The band members included Jimmy Don Walker on guitar, Ada Lee on piano and vocals, Loyd Gonzalez on bass fiddle and Eddie Tyra on the fiddle. The second band was comprised of Louis Hunt on the fiddle, Pat Koliba on the guitar, Tom Hill on the drums, Dave Odem on the bass fiddle and Ada Lee on the piano, accordion, and vocals. Ada Lee also made guest appearances as a vocalist for Adolph Hofner and the Pearl Wranglers dances and shows.

Ada Lee graduated from Sinton High School on May 25, 1956, and planned to attend business college. However, Ada Lee ended up on a different path when Leo Owen offered her the opportunity to work at the San Patricio County Farm Bureau the Monday after graduation. For 57 years, Ada Lee served as the Farm Bureau County Secretary and office manager until she retired in September 2013. Ada Lee received numerous accolades during her career with San Patricio County Farm Bureau, which included receiving the Texas Farm Bureau Pioneer Award in 2007, Secretary of the Year Award multiple years, winning the county scrapbook award for seven years straight, promoting Ag in the Classroom yearly, and participating in the Texas Farm Bureau's annual Beet Checkout in conjunction with local grocers.

Ada Lee never met a stranger. She was a natural ambassador promoting and representing Sinton and San Patricio County, Texas, her entire life. Ada Lee represented the Sinton Plymouth Oilers, the 1957 national semi-professional baseball champions, where she won first place at the Peanut Festival in Floresville. Ada Lee was a founding member of the San Patricio Riding and Roping Club, serving as board secretary for numerous years, promoting play days and rodeo events for youth and adults. Ada Lee also served as Vice-President and guiding mentor of the Sinton Business Professional Women's Club. This group aimed to promote better opportunities for women in the Workforce. Ada Lee was heavily involved in the Sinton Chamber of Commerce and was named Outstanding Woman of the Year. However, Ada Lee will most fondly be remembered as the City of Sinton's beloved Parade Marshall for over 53 consecutive years. Ada Lee's annual parades and festivals included the Old Fiddler's Festival, Homecoming, and illuminated Christmas parades. These parades were known across South Texas as the best small-town parade, with up to 130 floats from near and far. The Sinton community loved the variety of floats Ada Lee would showcase in her parade lineups. Likewise, Ada Lee served as the Sinton Chamber of Commerce's ambassador, representing Sinton and the Chamber in numerous community parades around South Texas for over 40 years. In 2015, Ada Lee was recognized as the Sinton High School Hall of Fame Alumnus of the Year. Ada Lee was also a member of the Taft Blackland Museum and the Red Hatters Society Club.

Ada Lee met the love of her life, Melvin, in high school and were married on March 2, 1963, in Sinton at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Ada Lee and Melvin loved dancing to all genres of music across South Texas. From Mexican conjunto to German and Czech polka bands, you could find these two dancing the nights away, taking in new sights, working cattle, and riding horses together. Melvin was a lifelong farmer and rancher, and he and Ada Lee were avid proponents of production agriculture, investing in tomorrow's ag producers and leaders with organizations including the Taft FFA, Taft 4-H Club, San Patricio and Aransas County A&H Shows and the Brazos County Youth Livestock Shows. Ada Lee and Melvin resided in Taft for 55 years. Ada Lee was an active member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Taft, where she played the organ and plano for weekend masses. Ada Lee was also a proud cattle rancher for 55 years, managing her beef cattle cow-calf operations.

Ada Lee is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Melvin Mutchler, her 11 siblings, and her parents, T.C. and Oma Hill. Ada Lee is survived by her daughter Lisa Mutchler, son Monte (Laura) Mutchler, and four granddaughters that were the light of her life: Alexis Roach, Alyssa (Kody) Sims, Charlotte, and Molly Mutchler. Ada Lee is also survived by her many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Honorary pallbearers are Joe Mutchler, Kenny Mutchler, Roger Mutchler, Dale Hill, Joe Brock Copeland, George Matula, and Dale Mutchler. Pallbearers are David Mutchler, Layne Mutchler, Joshua Mutchler, Joe Pullin, Kody Sims, and Travis Williams. 


The family would like to extend a heartfelt gratitude of thanks to all the staff and loving caregivers (B. K., Lovie, Mary, Mercedes, MiLove, Natasha) at Hudson Creek Alzheimer's Memory Care, Bryan, TX., Enhabit Hospice (Amy, Brianna, Dawn), in addition to three remarkable members of the family - Ms. Juana West, Ms. Ana Martinez, and Ms. Vanessa Camargo of Taft, TX. 

Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 4, 2023, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton, TX. Rosary will be held Wednesday, October 4, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton, TX. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, October 5, 2023, 10:00 a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sinton, TX with internment services immediately following at The Palms Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Taft, TX. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at DR Plaza, 229 McIntyre Avenue, Taft, TX. 

Paul Eldrige, age 52 of Taft, Texas passed away on September 23, 2023. 


Paul was a self-taught diesel mechanic and loved to practice the trade. He would share his knowledge in a lengthy conversation if given the time. He loved a good Whataburger and a great breakfast taco.  He was loyal to his friends and loved by his family.  He will be deeply missed by all.


He is survived by his mother, Savannah Eldrige; brothers, David (Jakkie) Eldrige, Daniel (Rhoda) Eldrige, Joseph (Mel) Eldrige; sisters, Gloria Foster, Hettie Eldrige, Rosemary (Aldo) Valerio;  Mary (Harold) Bingham and numerous niece and nephews.  

Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 9 A.M. to 11 A.M. at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home with a graveside service immediately following at 11:15 A.M. at Heavens Acre Cemetery in Sinton.

Odem, Tx

Dominga Blanco Benavidez, age 85, loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 16, 2023.  Dominga loved her family and spending time at family gatherings.  She also loved her friends, dancing, and loved to be updated with the latest fashion styles.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Roman Benavidez, Jr.; her daughter, Francisca Benavidez; her parents, Eligio Blanco, Sr. and Fidela Gomez Blanco; her siblings, Adela Nino, Maria Perez, and Eligio Blanco, Jr.  She is survived by her loving family - her sons, Roman " Raymond " Benavidez, III (Naomi) of Corpus Christi, and Guadalupe "Wally" Blanco Benavidez of Odem.  She is also survived by her daughters, Della Marie Botello of Calallen, and Rosa Marie "Rosie" Gomez (Matthew) of San Antonio; her brothers, Augustine Blanco ( Dolores ) of Odem, and Gregorio Blanco of Corpus Christi;  her sisters, Luisa Ortiz (Armando), and Amelia Martinez (Aurelio) of Odem; ten grandchildren - Nathan Rivera, Jorge Botello, Miguel Botello, Arisela  Botello,  Cody Benavidez, Skyler Benavidez, Matthew James Gomez, Jacob A. Gomez, Selene Benavidez, and Sophia Benavidez, and nine great-grandchildren.  A holy rosary will be recited at 7P.M. Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 A.M. on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Odem with Father Pete Elizardo as celebrant.  Interment will immediately follow the funeral mass at Memorial Cemetery in Odem.

Ronnie Christopher Trevino, age 41, loving son, brother, nephew, and friend passed away on Friday, September 8, 2023.  Ronnie loved the Houston Texans and the Houston Astros, but most of all he loved art work.  He also loved playing chess.  He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Trevino' his sister, Stephanie Lynn Trevino, and his brother, Mikey Trevino.  He is survived by his loving family; his mother, Alicia Cardenas of Skidmore, his sisters, Michelle Trevino Welsh of San Antonio, and Kristin Rivera of Ingleside, his brother Kyle Fintress, and numerous other relatives and friends.  A rosary will be recited at 7 P.M. on Friday, September 15, 2023 at the Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel.  The funeral mass will be celebrated at 12:30 P.M. on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Glen Mullan as the celebrant.  Interment will immediately follow at Eternal Rest Cemetery in Sinton.  

Jose Balderas Dominguez, age 84, gained his wings on Friday, September 8, 2023, at his home, surrounded by the people he loved the most. He was a life-long resident of Odem, Texas. He served two years in the United States Army. Upon his release from the Army, he went to work for the Smelting Company. He then began training at the United State Post Office on his off hours. On July 16, 1971, he was sworn in as postmaster, where he served for thirty-two years. In addition to that, he served as a member of the District Drainage Committee for twenty years and on the school board for OEISD for thirty years. During his tenure on the school board, along with the other school board members, he played a role in accomplishing several projects for OEISD, including the addition of an all-weather track, a cafetorium, a band hall, a junior high school, an elementary school, kindergarten classes, a baseball field, a library, a computer lab, and a swimming pool. He and his wife were members of the Odem Band Booster Club for twelve years. His passions included carpentry, watching sports, and spending time with his family.


Proceeding him in death are his parents, Salvador Dominguez Sr. and Consuelo Dominguez, and a brother, Salvador Dominguez Jr. He is survived by his beautiful wife of sixty years, Maria Elena Dominguez, and his children, Priscilla (Rene), Isaac (Diana), and Lisa Marie (Ramon), as well as his grandsons, Michael Roy, Marc Anthony, Timothy James, Christopher Isaac, Nathan James, and Austin Brady. He is also survived by two sisters, Divina Gomez, and Consuelo Encinia (Jesse), and numerous nephews, nieces, and friends.


The family will receive friends from 3 to 9 P.M. on Thursday, September 14, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home in Sinton, Texas. The funeral service will be held at 10 A.M. on Friday September 15, 2023, at the Primera Iglesia Bautista, with interment immediately following, at the San Pedro Cemetery. The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care given by Compassus Hospice Care. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Odem, Tx 

Michael Henry Garza, infant son of Ryan Garza and Mikayla Ortiz went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 9, 2023. He is survived by his loving parents, Ryan Garza and Mikayla Ortiz, his brothers, Axl Hernandez, Arnold Garcia, III, Darius Rene Garza, Derrick Garza, and Ethan Garza, his sisters, Natalee Hinojosa, Ameriss Garcia, and Madison Garza, his maternal grandparents, Michael and Elizabeth Ortiz, his paternal grandfather, Rene Garza (Star Garza) and his paternal grandmother, Betty Lopez. Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem.

Justin Ray Curry, 41 of Sinton, Texas passed away on September 5, 2023. Justin was born on March 5, 1982. Throughout Justins life he has accomplished many things. Out of all those things, being a dad to his children was what he was most proud of. He was a man you could call on if you needed something done, and he was proud to help when he could. He was dedicated to his family, caring for his grandmother and being a best friend to his brother were a priority. Justin was proceeded in death by his father, Neal Curry, who died in 2017. Survivors include children, Sarah Curry, Billy Curry, Shelby Clement, and Hayley Crain of Sinton Texas; brother, Joel Curry of Sinton Texas; domestic partner, Cynthia Guerrero of Sinton Texas; Grandmother, Joan Parsley and Grandfather Fred Ford of Beeville, Texas; mother, Betty Key Curry of Beeville, Texas. He will be missed by many. There will be a BBQ and celebration of life on September 16, 2023, at Joel Curry’s residence in St. Paul.

Odem, Tx

Juan A. Lopez, 88, loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away on Friday, September 8,2023. Juan was a hardworking man who grew up picking cotton. He was a people person, and he was everyone's Grandpa. He is survived by his loving family, his sons, Juan Daniel Lopez, Juan H. Lopez, Jesus Lopez and Joey Lopez of Odem, his daughters, Laurie Ann Lopez of Odem, Lou Ann Marin of San Marcos, Lina Ann Garcia of Sinton, Diana Sosa Emerson of Portland and Delia Lopez of Calallen, numerous grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. A rosary will be recited at 7 PM Sunday, September 10, 2023, at Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 AM Monday, September 11, 2023, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Sinton with Father Glen Mullan as celebrant. Interment will follow at San Pedro Cemetery in Odem. Pallbearers will be Scott Castillo, Brandon Beltran, John Ray Lopez, John Richard Lopez, Joe Garcia, and Tanis Serrano. 

Sinton, Tx 

Albert Vega Espinosa, 87, of Sinton, Texas passed away on Wednesday September 6, 2023. Albert was a very caring and devoted man who was very involved with his entire family. He loved the outdoors, being involved with chili and brisket cook offs and to attend vintage car shows. He enjoyed watching rodeos and to listen to country music. Albert worked at Conoly Drug Store in 1960 where he met his future wife, Consuelo Martinez, a nurse from Sinton Ewing Hospital. They married in October 1960 and moved to Sinton in 1963 to raise their two children and begin work at Coastal States. He is preceded in death by his parents, Pedro and Micaela Vega Espinosa, his brothers, Pete,

Federico and Ricardo, his sisters, Sophia Espinosa and Stephany Espinosa Salinas and his nephew, Fred Espinosa, Jr. Albert is survived by his wife of 63 years, Consuelo, his son Albert, his daughter, Teresa, plus four granddaughters, Catrina, Bernadette, Natalie and Audrey, his grandson, Evan, great grandsons, Graham McAllister and River Garcia, great granddaughters, Fiona McAllister and Paige McAllister. Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at Sinton Cemetery in Sinton with Father Yul Ibay officiating. Interment will follow.

Our beloved father and brother in Christ, Jose G. Perez “Joey or Joe” (JP), age 58,

passed away on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at approximately 4:15AM.


Jose G. Perez “Joey or Joe” (JP) was born on January 21, 1965, to Jose Perez Sr. and

Cruz D. Perez. “Joey” was a very positive, God loving, and Faithful man. So charismatic

with a humble heart he made sure to lend a helping hand to anyone when he was able to.

He was an outstanding father to me, my siblings, and step siblings. He lived a hard-

working life within the oil and gas industry as an electrician for 30 years to support his

family, but the industry also was where he met numerous great, supportive friends whom

he enjoyed laughter and good times with. His favorite hobbies included watching sports

games, barbecuing with family, watching “new” movies - mostly Superhero genre, had a

palate for eating take-out and new entrées, but most of all spending time and playing with

his grandchildren, sons, daughter, and pets whom he loved with every bit of his heart and

some. We now hold a lifetime of happy memories to cherish and share; he is immensely

loved and missed every day.


Jose G. Perez “Joey or Joe” (JP) is preceded in death by his mother Cruz D. Perez,

daughter Lisa Perez, and son Jaime A. Perez. Jose G. Perez is survived by his father Jose

“Rana” Perez Sr. of Sinton, TX; wife Leisa Perez of Sinton, TX, son Jose “Jay” (Velia)

Perez of Rockport-Fulton, TX; daughter Gabriella (Jordan) Benton of Sinton, TX; 2

stepsons: Edward Campos (Shaina) of Sinton, TX; Justen Campos (Abby) of  Sinton, TX;

brother Gerardo Perez of Sinton, TX;  brother Moises (Christina) Perez of Sinton, TX; and a total of 11 grandchildren.


Visitation will be held Saturday, September 9, 2023, with a private viewing (immediate family ONLY) from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM and public viewing from 3:00PM to 9:00 PM at the Ritchea Gonzales Funeral Home. Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM. 

Beeville, Tx

Adela Davila Martinez, 74, loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. Adela loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed watching TV and listening to music. She is survived by her loving family, her sons, Jimmy Ray Martinez, Joe Ray Martinez and Blake Ray Martinez of Beeville, her daughters, Mary Ann Martinez and Amber Martinez of Beeville, her sisters, Lucy Villanueva of Sinton, Emma Moreno of Aransas Pass and Corina Cook of Kansas, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. 

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