Barfield, Newman, Ramirez, Sullivan, Valerio, Villafranca


SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. - Bobby Rufus Barfield, 78, of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., a former resident of Alice passed away Saturday, August 18, 2007. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley Jackson and Josie Merriman Barfield.

Survivors include his brothers, Bill Barfield of Oregon, and Jack Barfield of Rossville, Tenn.; nieces, Julia Buckner of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Janet McNeil of Soddy-Daisy; and numerous other relatives. There was no visitation at the funeral home and a memorial service was scheduled for a later date. Condolences may be left for the family at

Arrangements entrusted to Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, Chattanooga, Tenn.

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DALLAS, Texas - Dallas artist Joyce Newman died Monday, October 1, 2007, after a decade-long struggle with PSP, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a degenerative neurological disorder similar to Parkinson's. She was 77.

Joyce Marie Edgar was born March 5, 1930 in Alice to Royal Eugene Edgar and Grace Welch, and was a loving stepdaughter to Birdie Maude Edgar. A 1951 graduate of North Texas State University, she began her award-winning career as a fashion illustrator and commercial artist. In the 1970s, using her extensive knowledge of horticulture, she pioneered a business venture which provided interior tropical plants to the design and architecture trades. Later in life, Joyce gained distinction for her colorful serigraph prints, both abstract and figural. Joyce is survived by her husband, Morton Newman; her son Adam Newman, now a designer in New Orleans; her daughter Whitney McGinlay, a teacher in San Antonio; three grandchildren, and a host of ever-supportive friends. Both of her children, and in turn their children, have been influenced heavily by her creative gifts.

Graveside services will be held Sunday, October 7, at 1:30 p.m. at Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park, 7405 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas. The memorial service will take place at 3:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, 4015 Normandy Avenue at Preston Road, with a reception to follow.

Donations may be made to CurePSP at or to CurePSP, Executive Plaza III, 11350 McCormick Road, Suite 906, Hunt Valley, MD 21031, 800-457-4777. If desired, flowers may be sent in care of Aria Funeral Home, 10116 E. Northwest Highway, Dallas TX 75218, 214-340-8008.

Friends and family are also invited to sign a guestbook online at

Arrangements entrusted to Aria Funeral Home of Dallas, Texas. -Paid Obituary


ALICE, Texas - Arnoldo Ramirez, 72, passed away, Tuesday, October 2, 2007 in Alice after an extended illness. Born in San Diego, Texas, he was a resident of Alice for most of his life. A prominent businessman, he was the owner and funeral director of Walker-Mora Funeral Home since 1967. Arnoldo was also active in his community as a Trustee of the Alice Independent School District from 1969 to 1986, and served as School Board President for the last five years of that term. He was a Knights of Columbus 4th degree member, a past member of The Alice Rotary Club, in which he served as president in 1977 and 1978; and a member and past president of the 50-Plus Golf Association of Alice. Arnoldo was also a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church parish and a former Lector.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pedro Ramirez and Thelma Garcia Ramirez.

Survivors include his wife, Diana Lozano Ramirez of Alice; his children, Arnoldo J. "A.J." (Mary) Ramirez of Alice, Gayle (Arnold) De Los Santos of Corpus Christi, Edward (Ester) Ramirez of Alice, Richard (Terri) Ramirez of Austin and Melissa (Keith) Peterson of Corpus Christi; two brothers, Ronnie (Sylvia) Ramirez of Alice, and Oscar (Maggie) Ramirez of Corpus Christi; three sisters, Aida (Alfredo) Herrera of San Antonio, Angelina R. Garcia of San Diego, and Thelma (Abelardo) Garza of San Diego; 14 grandchildren, Bryan, Katryna and Reba Ramirez, Elio and Omar De Los Santos, Amy, Erika, Kassandra, Matthew and Katherine Ramirez, Alyssa and Alexis Ramirez, and Jeffrey and Zachary Peterson; three step-grandchildren, Laura (Adrian) Vasquez, and Joseph Michael and Zachary N. Garza; seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons along with Joseph Michael Garza, Zachary N. Garza and Richard Jay Olivares as honorary pallbearers.

A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 4, 2007 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alice. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday, October 5, 2007 also at St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial to follow at Alice Fraternal Cemetery-Alice, Texas

Arrangements entrusted to Walker-Mora Funeral Home of Alice.

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HOUSTON, Texas - Elizabeth "Betty" Kremer Sullivan was born June 24, 1916 in Chicago, Ill., and died September 20, 2007 in Houston. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, John L. Sullivan. She was a longtime resident of Alice and then Corpus Christi, before moving to Houston where she lived the final two years of her life.

Betty was an intellectual woman who earned scholarships to four different colleges during the Great Depression. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and received her Master's degree from Texas A&I in Kingsville, Texas. She was a public school teacher in Bridgeport, Texas, and at William Adams High School in Alice. Later she became an English professor at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi.

Betty is survived by her four children, John H. Sullivan of Dallas, Jean Klatt of Orange Grove, Margaret Chiles of Houston, and Fred Sullivan of Corpus Christi, their spouses, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Betty had a genuine love of books and music as well as a quick wit and wry sense of humor. She was supportive of the arts through her memberships in the Corpus Christi Symphony Guild, the Corpus Christi Library Board, and as a volunteer at the Corpus Christi Art Museum. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held in Orange Grove, Texas, at a family residence on Saturday, October 6, 2007. Donations to a charity of choice may be made in her memory. The family may be reached at

Online tributes and words of condolence may be left at

Arrangements entrusted to Cypress-Fairbanks Funeral Home, 9926 Jones Road, Houston, Texas.

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LA ROSITA COMMUNITY, Texas - Juan Eusebio Valerio, 93, passed away October 2, 2007 in an Alice hospital after a short illness. He was a WWII Army veteran who received the Purple Heart medal; and was a retired construction worker and rancher. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose Maria and Getrudes Trevino Valerio; his wife; Elida C. Valerio; one brother and three sisters.

Survivors include his son, Rudy (Eduarda) Valerio of La Rosita Community; one daughter: Rosie (Neo) Ramirez of Hobbs, N.M.; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Rosary will be recited Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 7 p.m. at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home Chapel in San Diego. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, October 5, 2007at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church in San Diego. Military graveside services will be conducted by the United Veterans Burial Association of Alice and the San Diego V.F.W. Post # 8931 and burial will follow at the San Diego Cemetery in San Diego, Texas.

Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes. Inc. entrusted with arrangements.


VICTORIA, Texas - John Manuel Villafranca, 82, of Victoria and the owner of one of the state's oldest and most famous dance halls, the Club Westerner, died Tuesday, October 2, 2007. He was born October 27, 1924 to the late Juan Antonio and Ramona H. Villafranca. As a 38-year U.S. postal worker, businessman, and rancher for almost 60 years, he worked tirelessly not only to improve his community, but more importantly the lives of countless others less fortunate than himself. Early on and until his death it was always his strong Catholic faith that sustained him.

Known by his friends as John or Manuel, this diminutive gentleman of physical stature, cast a giant shadow in how he and his loving wife, Lorenza, lived their lives and raised their family. Together, they used their place of business to bring joy, music and opportunity for so many people. To be sure, the most important things to John Manuel throughout his life were love of family, love of community, love of country, and first and foremost, love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God blessed John Manuel with many immense talents and over the years he always tried to use those talents in a wise and forthright manner. He was both a masterful innovator and a wonderful motivator, never seeing things as they were, but as they could be. Time and time again he was sought out by others for advice, leadership, and counsel. He seldom failed to deliver. With the guile of a skilled surgeon or polished attorney (neither of which he was), he used both his wit and his word to unselfishly open many doors for others. You see, John Manuel's motto always was "Querer Es Poder," meaning if you want to, you can. We must always strive to continue that legacy.

Although honored many times in his lifetime, with John Manuel it was never about praise or recognition. It was about hard work, honesty and integrity and the importance of a solid Catholic education. It was about kindness and compassion and a concern for others. Finally, it was always about standing up for what was right, and making a difference for the better for those around us and those who come after us. Not bad values to live by - not bad at all.

Mr. Villafranca is survived by his loving children, daughters, Roseanna Villafranca and Deborah V. Escalante and husband, Ernest; and son Patrick Escalante. He is also survived by his four sons, John Eloy Villafranca, Tali Villafranca and wife Loretta and children Lynzee and Luke Villafranca, Glenn Villafranca and wife Kathy and children Brooke, Katie and John Thomas Villafranca, James Villafranca and wife Denise and children Vanessa and Nyomi Villafranca. Mr. Villafranca is also survived by brother, Arnaldo and wife Mary Villafranca of Nursery, Texas and sister, Nicholasa and husband Remigio Galvan of Houston, Texas and a large loving family of nieces and nephews.

John Manuel was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lorenza Vela Villafranca, his parents, sister, Maggie Villafranca Uresti, and brothers, Guadalupe Villafranca and Ubaldo (Val) Villafranca, and granddaughter, Felicia Villafranca.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, October 4 and 5, 2007 at Artero Memorial Chapels in Victoria.

A Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. Visitation will resume at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, October 6, 2007 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. A funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 10 a.m. with the Reverend Gabriel Otoo and Deacon Ed Molina officiating, with burial to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Victoria across from St. Joseph High School.

Pallbearers will be his nephews, John A. Villafranca, Armando Villafranca, Oscar Villafranca, Roland Villafranca, Mark Uresti, Michael Galvan, Patrick Galvan, David Villafranca and John Anthony Villafranca.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Jesse DeLeon, all past employees of the Club Westerner and all members of bands that performed at the Club Westerner over the past 51 years.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph High School, Nazareth Academy and Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Victoria.

Arrangements entrusted to Artero Memorial Chapels of Victoria, Texas.

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