Arkwright, Diaz, Garza, Velasco


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - John Le Roy "Jack" Arkwright, a well-known area educator, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 86 on April 10, 2007 at his home at 32 Rock Creek in Corpus Christi, Texas. His family announced his death.

Mr. Arkwright was born in Buffalo Center, Iowa, on September 1, 1920. In high school, he was a successful football and basketball player, and a collector of stamps and autographs. He married Irene Lewis on January 31, 1943 in Des Moines, Iowa. After World War II, Mr. Arkwright served as a flight instructor in the Martin A-26 Invader "Widowmaker" in Japan. In the Korean War, he served at Fort Benjamin Harrison near Indianapolis. Mr. Arkwright retired from the military as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U. S. Air Force Reserve.

Mr. Arkwright earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos, Texas. His first job, in 1949, was as principal of Mason High School in Mason Texas, where he served as assistant coach for the football team and as head coach of the girls' basketball team. In 1955, he accepted the principal position at Dubose Junior High School in Alice, Texas. In 1959, he was promoted to principal of William Adams High School in Alice. In 1963, he accepted positions in the school district of Corpus Christi, including as principal of Hamlin Junior High School, where he served until he retired in 1982.

Mr. Arkwright participated over many years in organizations such as quarterback clubs, Kiwanis, and Knights of Columbus. In Mason, a town renowned for its tennis culture, he and a fellow teacher built the town's first tennis courts during a weekend in the mid-1950s.

In his principal's role in Alice, Mr. Arkwright teamed with associates to advise a gifted minority high-school student. That student won a National Merit Scholarship, enrolled at Rice University, and earned a Ph. D. A secondary result was the quiet integration of Rice University at a time when other academic communities suffered turmoil.

Mr. Arkwright was a sometime landscape painter in retirement, working in oils. Enjoying good health until his sudden demise, Mr. Arkwright played golf almost daily at Pharaoh's Country Club in Corpus Christi during his retirement. He was noted in local golfing circles for shooting his age or better several times a month. Mr. Arkwright and his wife played golf and tennis together and rode bicycles regularly during most of their married lives.

Survivors are his wife, Irene Lewis Arkwright; his brother, Richard Thomas "Dick" Arkwright in Corpus Christi; his three children, Dr. Thomas Dennis "Tom" Arkwright in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Patricia Ann "Patty" Soule in Austin, and Nancy Ruth "Nan"Arkwright in Walnut Creek, Calif.; his grandchildren, Laurie Soule, CPNT, in Asheville, N.C., Theodore "Ted" Soule, in Austin, and Ryan Sweeney, and Melissa Sweeney, both in Walnut Creek; and his great-grandchild, Hunter Soule, in Asheville.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 13, 2007 at Saint Pius X Catholic Church. Burial services were April 24, 2007 at Fort Sam Houston, near San Antonio.

Arrangements entrusted to Seaside Funeral Home, Corpus Christi, Texas.

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ALICE, Texas - Josefina U. Diaz was given to us on December 19, 1920. On April 29, 2007, at the age of 86, she was suddenly taken away to join her father and mother, Valentin and Rita Urrutia, in Heaven. Josie was one of 13 brothers and sisters. She was a housewife. She was preceded in death and in loving memory by her loving brothers and sisters whom she will also join in Heaven.

Our dear mother will be missed and stood as the cornerstone of our family.

Survivors include her loving husband, friend and soul mate of 54 years, Lucas M. Diaz of Alice, Texas; two daughters, Mary L. (Romeo) Gonzalez and Pam Campos, both of Alice; three grandsons, Richard F. Pena II, Ruben Campos Jr. and Romeo Javier Gonzalez; two granddaughters, Cassandra C. Campos and Roxann Campos; four brothers, Macario (Julia) Urrutia, Lucas (Maria) Urrutia, Timothy (Mary) Urrutia and Francisco Urrutia; and one sister, Monica Palmarez.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Home in Alice with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. that evening. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at St Elizabeth Catholic Church and burial will follow at the Alice Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Mauro P. Garcia Funeral Homes, Inc.

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ALICE, Texas - Manuel P. Garza, 75, passed away April 27, 2007 in Mathis, Texas, after a sudden illness, He was born March 4, 1932 in Goliad, Texas to Eulalio and Gabriella Garza. He was preceded in death by his wife, Matilda G. Garza.

Survivors include three daughters, Lydia Garza of Alice, Mary Lou Cano of Corpus Christi and Janie Chavarria of Atlas, Okla.; one son, Manuel Garza Jr. of Alice; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Eulalio, Juan and Alfredo Garza all of Alice; four sisters, Rosa Flores and Margarita Perez, both of Alice, Dionicia Garza of San Antonio, Texas, and Lupita Garza of Milwaukee, Wisc.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 1, 2007 from 2 to 9 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. that evening at Holmgreen Mortuary Chapel.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Alice. Burial will follow in New Collins Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Holmgreen Mortuary, Inc.


MATHIS, Texas - David Velasco Sr., 46, died Saturday, April 28, 2007 in a Alice hospital following a sudden illness. He was preceded in death by his father, Roque Velasco Sr.; mother, Elva Lerma; brother, Roque Velasco Jr.; and his stepfather, Daniel Lerma.

David was born to Roque Sr. and Elva Velasco in Robstown, Texas, on February 6, 1961.

David will be greatly and lovingly missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include three sons, Abebrion (Rose) Velasco of Sandia, Texas, Anthony (April) Velasco of Alice, Texas, and David (Linda) Velasco Jr., of Sandia, Texas; a daughter, Adriana Velasco of Alice, Texas; two brothers, Rogelio Velasco, of Ben Bolt, Texas and Cristo Velasco of Fresno, Calif.; three sisters, Yvonne Franco of Mathis, Texas, Elva (Ernest) Cavazos of Flour Bluff, Texas, and Chriselda Velasco of Pasadena, Calif.; two granddaughters that were the joy of his life, Monique Velasco of Alice and Mykala Marie Velasco of Sandia; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 1, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Roberson Funeral Home Chapel with a prayer service that evening at 7 p.m.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at 10 a.m. at the Stonegate Baptist Church in Alice, Texas. Burial will follow in the Sandia Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Roberson Funeral Home of Alice, Texas.

- Paid Obituary