Obituaries

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Elbert Furman “Pat” Garrett Jr.

January 15, 1929 January 23, 2017
 
Elbert Furman “Pat” Garrett Jr., of Gonzales, passed away Monday, January 23, 2017.
 
He was born January 15, 1929 in Greenville, South Carolina, the son of Elbert Furman Sr. and Melvina Watson Garrett.
 
Pat joined the U.S. Army in 1945 and became a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps.
 
He served with the U.S. Army until the creation of the U.S. Air Force in 1947.
 
He then continued his long career with the Air Force attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant and retired on February 1, 1966.
 
During his military career, Pat served at many Air Force bases worldwide.
 
He was an aide to General Fredrick Smith, who at the time was Commander in Chief of European Forces.
 
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26
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Virgil LaVon “Boone” Dunkin

January 8, 1933 January 17, 2017
 
Virgil LaVon “Boone” Dunkin, 84, of Gonzales passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Boone was born January 8, 1933 in Hannibal, Misssouri to Virgil Dunkin and Eula Silkey Dunkin. He was a member of Two Rivers Bible Church and United Teamsters #720.
 
Boone married Jan Hayes on September 20, 1991 in Garner State Park. Boone grew up in Aurora, Illinois, where he attended school and graduated from high school.
 
Boone immediately joined the USAF and worked as a meteorologist during the Korean War.
 
After being honorably discharged from the United States Airforce, Boone went to work for Pepsi Cola and shortly thereafter began a 35 year career with Yellow Freight where he made long and short hauls.
 
Boone loved to fish, fresh or saltwater really made no difference, he loved the sport.
 
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Conrada (Cantu) Gonzales

September 8, 1939 January 11, 2017
 
Conrada (Cantu) Gonzales, 77, of Gonzales, Texas passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 at her residence.
 
Cremation Rites are under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Gonzales, Texas. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
 
Conrada was born on Sept. 8, 1939 in Fannin, Texas. She was the daughter of Anastacio and Matilda (Delosantos) Cantu. She was the wife of Ernesto Jimenez whom she met in 1985. She liked watching westerns on TV, especially, Gunsmoke. She also enjoyed listening to music and dancing.She enjoyed cooking for the family gatherings. Conrada was employed at Walmart for 26 years.
 
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20
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Thomas Edward (Eddie) Burrows

November 20, 1929 January 2017
 
Thomas Edward (Eddie) Burrows was born Nov. 20, 1929, in San Antonio to Katherine Kempen Burrows and Thomas Edward Burrows.
 
He grew up in South San, one of five boys who loved baseball.
 
Eddie attended the University of Texas at Austin where he played on the NCAA National Championship team in 1949 and 1950.
 
Graduating with a bachelor’s degree, he first taught in La Grange for a year then volunteered for the Marines. As a Second Lieutenant he served as a forward observer in the Korean conflict.
 
Upon his return to civilian life, Eddie continued his profession as educator, first teaching and coaching in La Grange. There he met and married Mildred Schroeder. They moved to Gonzales where he taught, coached, and became elementary principal.
 
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20
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Nannie B. Allen

Sepember 2, 1939 January 11, 2017

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Tomasa Pineda April 21, 1943 January 4, 2017

Mrs. Tomasa Pineda went into the loving arms of God on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. She was born to Pedro Contreras and Inocensia Castillo in Gonzales, Texas. She was a fun, loving, caring mentoring woman who brough light to her family and those around her. Her smile will always be one to remember. She always kept her doors open to everyone. She was a caring person and was especially fond of her grandchildren. Mrs. Tomasa will be truly missed. She leaves her ways and teaching imbedded in the lives she touched. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; David Pineda, five sisters and two brothers. She leaves to cherish her memory; three daughters; Gracie Pineda(wife, Marianella Garza), Janie Martinez(Daniel Pekar) and Mary Vega. One son; David Pineda(wife, Yolanda Pineda). One sister; Manuela Garza(Pat Garza), one brother, Juan Contreras and a host of nieces, Nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Professional Services entrusted to: Harris Funeral Home.
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Sandra Vaughan Ochoa Marek November 17, 1941 January 4, 2017

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Steven Anthony Gonzalez March 8, 1961 January 7, 2017

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Bobbie Lee “Bob” Campion November 18, 1931 January 8, 2017

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Eva Elizabeth “Betty” Cannan 1941-2016

Eva Elizabeth “Betty” Cannan, 75, of Gonzales, passed away Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. She was born May 8, 1941 in Houston, the daughter of Petronilo and Eva Elizabeth Reyes Esquivel. She married James Wiley Cannan on June 4, 1978 in Austin. She attended Sam Houston State University and graduated with a degree in Business Management. She worked for several years as a business manager for Brown & Root. She and James later moved to Gonzales to the family ranch. She worked side by side with James on the ranch. She worked as a secretary at Gonzales Memorial Hospital and later as activity director at Rohmberg House. All through her life, Betty was devoted to children. Raising her 11 children and reaching out to their friends and any child she encountered. She was af fectionately known as “Momma Betty” by many. She volunteered at Christus Santa Rosa in San Antonio working with the kids.

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