Rafael "Panco" Chavez, 56, died Monday, Oct. 22, 2007.

He was born March 10, 1951, in Robstown to Jose Chavez Sr. and Leonarda Reyes Chavez.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose Angel "Smiley" Chavez Sr. and Leonarda "Lala" Chavez; and his brother, Jose "Quitin" Chavez.

He is survived by his wife, Criselda Chavez of Robstown; his children, Rafael (Erica) Chavez Jr. of Robstown, Ronnie (Veronica) Chavez of Annaville, Gloria Marie (David Jacobo) Chavez of Corpus Christi, Randy Lee Chavez, Robert (Celia) Suarez, and Anna Lisa Suarez Trevino, all of Robstown; one sister, Cynthia (Jualian) Gonzalez of Annaville; 18 grandchildren, Alyssa Miranda Chavez, Ralphie Chavez III, Daniel and Joshua Garcia, Sabrina Rochelle Chavez, Ronnie Chavez Jr., Selena Ann Chavez, Trinidad Chavez, Joe Henry Chavez, Veronica Lynn (Mark) Garcia, Robert Suarez Jr., Justin Suarez, Andrew Suarez, Genesis M. Suarez, Christen Bianca Trevino, America Clarisse Trevino, Carlos "CJ" Trevino Jr. and Anissa Nicole Bragdon; two great grandchildren, Destiny Rose Garcia and Noah Garcia; his niece, Virginia Chavez; and other relatives and friends.

A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Ramon Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Ramon Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Robstown Memorial Park.

Ramon Funeral Home Inc.