Corley, Perez, Pruneda
WIMBERLEY, Texas - Col. (Retired) Donald Wesley Corley, a long-time US Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) pilot, passed away August 20, 2007, 10 days before his 90th birthday.
Born in Albany, New York, to Reginald and Anna Corley, he was raised in both urban and rural Massachusetts, where he developed his love of the outdoors, enjoying skiing, hiking and kayaking. A graduate of Texas A and M, Class of 1942, with a degree in mathematics, Don Corley met and married the love of his life, Mettie Dean, in 1942.
Col. Corley served his country honorably, retiring after 23 years with the United States Air Force, having received numerous decorations and honors.
His military career began during World War II as a B-17 pilot with the (then) Army Air Corps. Among his many important duty stations, Corley served on the staff of Gen. Omar Bradley, where he was charged with the responsibility of coordinating air support for the US Army in Europe following D-Day.
After World War II ended, he served as liaison officer to the Royal Canadian Air Force for three years. Col. Corley's distinguished Air Force career including serving at 28 duty stations, including Base Commander at Thule, Greenland, and Base Vice Commander at Plattsburg AFB, New York, during the height of the Cold War.
After his retirement from the Air Force, Col. Corley obtained his Masters Degree and began a second public service career as Executive Director of the City of Alice, Texas, Housing Authority, while his wife headed the Homemaking Department for Alice High School.
"Papa" Corley found time to build a Model-A and a one-person airplane, enlisting the aid of his son and his friends, and the Corleys continued to collect antiques, which Don lovingly restored.
The Corleys both finally retired and moved to the Village of Wimberley in 1981, building their dream home on their "hilltop." Then devoted themselves to family and friends.
Col. Corley is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mettie Dean Corley, of Wimberley; son, General John Donald Wesley Corley, USAF, and his wife, Alice, of Washington, D.C.; daughter, Dean Corley Myane, and her husband, Jerry, of Blanco, Texas; four grandchildren: Capt. Lisa Marie Corley, USAF, Sarah Elizabeth Corley, Joshua Corley Myane and Daniel Wesley Myane; one great-grandchild, Maddox Corley Myane; brother-in-law, Homer E. Dean Jr., and his wife, Barbara; nephew Ted Sandquist; and nieces Barbara Dean Hendricks, Ruth Dean Brillhart and Grace Elizabeth (Becky) Black and their families.
Memorial services will be held Friday, August 31, 2007, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Wimberley. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio. Rev. Mark Bryant and Rev. James Sheerin will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wimberley EMS or the Wimberley First Baptist Church.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Thomason Funeral Home, 14700 Ranch Road 12, Wimberley, Texas, 512-847-2226.
FALFURRIAS, Texas - Manuel Perez Sr., 79, passed away at a Premont nursing home on August 27, 2007. He was a retired county commissioner, a former deputy sheriff, dispatcher and rancher. He was preceded in death by his wife, Angelica H. Perez; three brothers, an infant brother Alfredo, an adult brother Alfredo and Pedro; three sisters, Elia Perez, Aurora Cantu and Ester Garcia; and one grandson.
Survivors include two sons, Manuel (Idalia) Perez Jr. of Falfurrias, Texas, and Margarito (Susana) Perez of Freeport, Texas; three daughters, Juanita (Jesus) Mosqueda of Freeport, Texas, Imelda (Usbaldo) Cantu of Falfurrias, Texas, and Anna (LeRoy) Garza of Lake Jackson, Texas; one sister, Herlinda P. Cantu of Falfurrias, Texas; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at Alaniz Funeral Home in Falfurrias, Texas. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Falfurrias. Burial will be in the Loma Blanca Cemetery in Falfurrias.
Arrangements entrusted to Alaniz Funeral Home of Falfurrias.
ALICE, Texas - Barbara Ann Smithwick Pruneda, 57, passed away August 25, 2007 in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was born December 24, 1949 in Alice, Texas, to Robert and Aurora Saenz Smithwick. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alice. Mrs. Pruneda was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Robert Smithwick Jr.; and one sister, Jamie Smithwick.
Survivors include her husband, Jose A. Pruneda of Alice; two daughters, Iris (Rito) Silva and Jody Smithwick, both of Alice; three brothers, David (Mellie) Smithwick of Alice, Daniel (Helen) Smithwick of Agua Dulce and Daryl (Julia) Smithwick of Alice; and five grandchildren, Celest, Derrek, Austin, Ricardo and McKenna.
Visitation will be Tuesday, August 28, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a Rosary recited that evening at 7 p.m. at the Holmgreen Mortuary Chapel in Alice.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Alice Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Holmgreen Mortuary, Inc.