Bernal, Harper


ORANGE GROVE, Texas - Jose R. Bernal, 66, died, Monday, September 23, 2007 in an Alice hospital after an illness. Born in Alice, Texas, he was a resident of Orange Grove, Texas. He was employed as a security guard. He joined the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis and served for 18 years, his duty stations included Guatanamo Bay, Vietnam and the U.S.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tomas A. and Guadalupe Ramirez Bernal; a son, Jeffrey Bernal; a daughter, Anita Jo Bernal; a brother, Aurelio Bernal Jr; and two sisters, Janie B. Gelista and Belle McKelvey.

Survivors include his wife, Idolina Bernal of Orange Grove, Texas; two daughters, Bonnie (Carlos) Salazar and Anita (Bobby) Perez, both of Beeville, Texas; three sons, Jose R. (Agnes) Bernal Jr. of Beeville, Texas, Robert (Sylvia) Bernal of San Antonio, Texas and Ronnie (Lee Ann) Bernal of Cape Coral, Fla.; four sisters, Delma Gutierrez, Belida Mitchell and Dolores Alfaro all of Alice, Texas, and Tina (Martin) Valdez of San Diego, Texas; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at Walker-Mora Funeral Home Chapel in Alice, Texas. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alice with military burial conducted by The United Veterans Burial Association of Alice at Old Collins Cemetery in Alice, Texas.

Arrangements entrusted to Walker-Mora Funeral Home of Alice.


HEBBRONVILLE, Texas - Tom Mix "Mickey" Harper, 87, passed away on September 21, 2007 at his residence. He was born to Frances Carey and Maude DeSpain Harper on December 11, 1919 in Jourdanton, Texas. His family moved to Mirando City when he was two years old. As a boy, he worked on ranches with his uncle Ed DeSpain. In 1941, he went to Panama to work, where he went from being a cook to a dozer driver. He was drafted in 1942 when he returned home from Panama. He was a decorated World War II veteran, serving with the 10th armored Tiger Tank division under General George Patton. He was awarded the silver star for gallantry above and beyond the call of duty for pulling several trapped, wounded soldiers from a burning tank under heavy enemy fire and carrying them to safety. He was proud of racing and betting on his racehorses, especially his favorite, "El Mujerero," which he told people was named after him.

His extensive knowledge of cattle and cattle trading made him instrumental in building the cattle auctions in Hebbronville and Freer. He was employed to solicit cattle for Live Oak Livestock Auction at Three Rivers from 1992 until his death.

Survivors include his wife, Paula, of Hebbronville, Texas; his son, Mike, of Three Rivers, Texas; three grandchildren and three great-granddaughters.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at the Alaniz Funeral Home in Hebbronville, Texas. A chapel service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at the Alaniz Funeral Home, with burial following at the Greenhill Cemetery in Hebbronville.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Walker-Mora Funeral Home of Alice.