Obituaries

Ruth Mitchell

Date of Birth: Jan 27, 1932  |   Date of Death: Feb 5, 2016   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016. 

Ruth Mitchell

Ruth Mitchell, age 84, of San Marcos, Texas, passed away on February 5, 2016. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at Pennington Funeral Home. Interment to follow at the San Marcos City Cemetery. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Roy Bolton Carlisle

Date of Birth: June 5, 1926  |   Date of Death: January 30, 2016   |   Service Date: 2:30 P.M., Sunday, February 7, 2016. 

Roy Bolton Carlisle

Roy Bolton Carlisle was born to Bolton and Edith Carlisle on June 5, 1926.  He had bright blue eyes and was full of energy.  He grew up and went to elementary school in the small farming town of Staples, Texas.  Roy liked to go wolf hunting with his father and his favorite dogs Jack and Sam. He had an active childhood and even played baseball on his father’s team.  He was a member of the Staples United Methodist Church, in Staples Texas. Roy graduated from Prairie Lea High School in 1943.  World War II was in full swing and Roy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.  He was deployed on the USS Bland, USS Pickaway, USS Fairland, USS Lyon, USS Lavaca, and USS Dashing Wave.  He served on Okinawa, Shima, Ryukyu Islands, and China. He was present for the surrender of Japan in China.  He was honorably discharged, and to his last day very proud to be a United States Marine. Roy returned home and married Jane Eloise Reedy on November 26, 1947. They went to Three Rivers, Texas to be married by Rev. L.C. Sansom.  They were married for ...

Joseph Donald Kertesz

Date of Birth: April 26, 1939  |   Date of Death: February 1, 2016   |   Service Date: No Services. 

Joseph Donald Kertesz

Joseph Donald Kertesz, 76, died Monday, February 1, 2016 following a brief illness. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Lois (Book) Kertesz; his children, Kerri Mack, Laura Wootan, and Scott Kertesz and their spouses; and four grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John A. Kertesz. Joseph was born in Welch, West Virginia, but grew up around the Ambridge, Pennsylvania area.  In his later years, he was a long time resident of the Rio Grande Valley (Edinburg, Texas) prior to moving to San Marcos, Texas.  He had many careers in his lifetime including sales, law enforcement with Duval County and Hidalgo County in Texas and the University of Texas at Pan American Police Department.  He retired as a teacher with the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD. There will be no service.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army, Joseph’s favorite charity, would be appreciated. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. Obituary and guestbook online at www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Jack Coil Wright

Date of Birth: May 21, 1922  |   Date of Death: Jan 25, 2016   |   Service Date: 10:30 A.M., Saturday, Jan 30, 2016. 

Jack Coil Wright

Jack Coil WRIGHT died Monday, January 25, 2016, in Austin, Texas.  He was born on a farm in Ralls County, Missouri May 21, 1922 to Leonard and Elizabeth Wright who were living with her parents, John and Eva Coil, while Leonard was enrolled in graduate school at the University of Missouri. The family moved to San Marcos, Texas, when Leonard was employed to teach at Southwest Texas State Teachers College.  Jack was enrolled in the College Demonstration School and San Marcos High School where he graduated in 1939.  He played basketball and tennis and was on the Student Council and in the National Honor Society in addition to editing the annual year book. Jack enrolled in Southwest Teas State in 1939, participating in sports and serving as captain of the tennis team.  He was in the Harris Blair Literary Society, Fidelis Duces, the Student Council and Alpha Chi academic society as well as president of the sophomore class.  Wright was a President’s Associate at Texas State University and recipient of the 2007 Alumni Achievement Award.  He met his wife, Ruth Evelyn Placke in an economics class in 1940. Wright enlisted in the Navy ...

Antonio C. Mendoza, Jr.

Date of Birth: 02/19/1939  |   Date of Death: 01/23/2016   |   Service Date: Mass: 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016. 

Antonio C. Mendoza, Jr.

Antonio C. Mendoza, Jr. of San Marcos, Texas, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away on January 23, 2016 at the age of 76. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Juanita Lidia Mendoza of San Marcos; four sons, Rudy and wife, Josie Mendoza, Richard and wife, Lidia Mendoza, Robert F. Mendoza and Antonio III and wife, Priscilla Mendoza all of San Marcos; three daughters, Lupe M. and the late Rene J. Bravo of San Marcos, Mary Esther and husband Biviano Pastrano, Jr. of Seguin and Martha Mendoza and fiancé, Jessie Miranda, Sr. of San Marcos; grandchildren, Linda Marie Mendoza and fiancé, Chris Samaniego, Thomas Anthony and Ashley M. Mendoza, Laura Melina Bravo, Joseph and Lily Deleon, Ali and Brian Pederson, Andrew and Vicky G. Mendoza, Biviano Pastrano III, Jonathan Joe Garcia, Alyssa Mia Mendoza and Madelyn Sofia Mendoza; great-grandchildren, Christopher Rene Samaniego, Jr., Lucas Christian Samaniego, Caleb Deleon, Joseph Daniel Deleon, Andrés Antonio Mendoza, Charles Henry Pederson and Annabella Rose Pastrano; brothers, Celedonio and wife, Ofelia Mendoza of San Marcos and Joe Manuel Mendoza of Kyle; and sister, Anita and husband, Jerry Blake ...

Alex Galvan, Jr.

Date of Birth: August 26, 1963  |   Date of Death: January 19, 2016   |   Service Date: Viewing 4 PM, Prayer Service 7:30 PM, Thursday, Jan 21 & Burial 11:00 AM, Friday, Jan 22, 2016. 

Alex Galvan, Jr.

Alex Galvan Jr. , 52, passed away the afternoon of Tuesday January 19, 2016. He was born August 26, 1963 to Mary Lou and Alejandro Galvan in San Marcos, TX. He was preceded in death by his father,  Alejandro P. Galvan Sr. and his maternal grandparents,  Maria  and Andres  Gallegos and paternal grandparents,  Macario and Petra Galvan and Aunt Tillie Parra. Alex is survived by his mother,  Mary Lou Galvan,  his two children,  Alex Galvan III and Jessica Johnson, her husband Nicholas, his grandson Jackson, his brother Jimmy  and wife Gloria Galvan,  nephews Michael , Gabriel , Andrew Galvan and Jay Galvan and his children Alexis, Dylan, and Bryan and niece Joann Galvan, her husband Juan Tapia and their children Briana, Joel, and Audrey Galvan from Florida. Alex  will be missed dearly by many family and  friends for his generosity, for always being there when you needed him, and especially for his wonderful sense of humor; he brought laughter wherever he went. The viewing will be from 4 pm to 8 pm and the prayer services will be at 7:30 pm on Thursday January 21, 2016 at Pennington Funeral Home in San Marcos, TX, with Jose Jimenez officiating. The burial ...

Delia R. Hernandez

Date of Birth: May 4, 1938  |   Date of Death: Jan 17, 2016   |   Service Date: Mass: 1:00 P.M., Saturday, Jan 23, 2016. 

Delia R. Hernandez

Delia R. Hernandez, age 77 was born May 4, 1938 in San Marcos, Texas.  She went to be with our heavenly father on January 17, 2016 after a lengthy illness.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Luciano and Cecilia Rodriguez and two sisters, Estella Alcala and Olivia Torres.  She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Gabriel E. Hernandez, one daughter Patricia Spivey and spouse, Michael and one son, Robert Hernandez and spouse Laura.  Four grandchildren, Sean Michael Spivey, Ryan Gabriel Spivey, Robert Ray Hernandez and Joseph Alexander Hernandez. Delia was employed with the San Marcos Housing Authority and retired after 32 years of loyal and dedicated service.  Delia always enjoyed entertaining family and friends at her home and love to spend time with her grandchildren.  She enjoyed traveling and loved her cats. Visitation Friday, January 22, 2016 from 4-6pm at Pennington Funeral Home followed by a rosary at 7pm at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in San Marcos.  Mass is at 1pm Saturday, January 23, 2016 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.  Interment will follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park located on Hwy. 80. Arrangements ...

Iris Laverne Kennedy Blythe

Date of Birth: Jan 3, 1931  |   Date of Death: Jan 9, 2016   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Monday, Jan 25, 2016. 

Iris Laverne Kennedy Blythe

Iris Laverne Kennedy Blythe went to be with the Lord at the age of 85, January 9, 2016, 10:40 PM.  While she will be sorely missed, she reunites in Heaven with her husband, Hal Blythe, Sr. who passed two years earlier. Iris was born to Chester and Mary Bumpers Kennedy of Quitman, Arkansas, January 3, 1931. After attending University of Central Arkansas she met and married Hal Blythe and moved to Odessa, Texas where she taught home economics until 1966. In 1966 the family moved to Commerce, Texas where Hal pursued his doctorate at East Texas State University in Commerce.  During those years, she taught in Royce City until the family moved to San Marcos, Texas, August 1968, where she began teaching in the San Marcos Consolidated School District. She retired from the district after serving as a curriculum director for a number of years. She and her husband, spent later years supporting the Texas State University girls' volleyball and softball programs.  Very much service-oriented, they volunteered at Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos and worked together as volunteers with the San Marcos Visitors' Center.  As First United Methodist Church members in San Marcos, she supported the church's areas of service ...

Margilee (Ryan) Cooley

Date of Birth: Sept 21, 1924  |   Date of Death: Jan 15, 2016   |   Service Date: 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016. 

Margilee (Ryan) Cooley

Margilee (Ryan) Cooley was born the fourth of six children on September 21, 1924 in Haskell County, Texas, to Henry Clifton Ryan and Carrie Bell (Rea) Ryan. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Rev. Joseph Alvin Cooley, her parents, both of her brothers, Wysong Stanley Ryan and Melford Conrad Ryan and one sister, Earleen Fay (Ryan) Kendrick. She is survived by two daughters, Nada Ruth Phillips and husband, Dennis Phillips, and Reba Jo Hilgers; seven grandchildren and spouses, Craig and Amanda Phillips, Eric and Krystal Phillips, Daron and Christy Phillips, Derek and Kelly Phillips, Dane and Lindsey Phillips, Matthew and Heather Hilgers, and Blakely and Aaron Scott; 10 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Katherine Marian Stewart and Madra Jean Marrs, along with MANY nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends at Pennington Funeral Home, 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Monday, January 18, 2016. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in San Marcos, Texas, with the Rev. Jarrell Sharp officiating.  Interment to follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale, Texas. In lieu of flowers, ...

Mason Eugene Miles

Date of Birth: January 13, 2016  |   Date of Death: January 13, 2016   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Monday, Jan 18, 2016. 

Mason Eugene Miles

Mason Eugene Miles, infant son of Samantha Gonzales and Melvin Miles, Jr.  of San Marcos, Texas passed away January 13, 2016. He is survived by his parents; maternal grandparents, Linda Rivas-Gonzales and Jesus Gonzales, Sr.; paternal grandparents, Jacqueline and Melvin Miles, Sr., aunts and uncles, Jesus Gonzales, Jessica Dominguez, Sandra Gonzales, Madison Miles and Zachary Miles. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, January 18, 2016, at Pennington Funeral Home. Interment to follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, TX, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Peggy Cheek

Date of Birth: Aug 1, 1946  |   Date of Death: Jan 7, 2016   |   Service Date: Private. 

Peggy Cheek

Peggy Cheek, 69, died January 7, after a brief illness.  She was born in Flint, Michigan to Charles and Ophelia (Tyson) Cheek on August 1, 1946. First enjoying a career as a small-town librarian, she segued into a second career as a medium-town government functionary, and finally retired to San Marcos, TX. Delightful and exasperating in equal measure, she will be remembered fondly by many and remembered by even more. She was predeceased by her father, Charles, her mother, Ophelia, and her beloved dog, Boudreaux. She is survived by a son, Charles. A private family memorial service will be held. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, TX, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Laura Guntz Cradit

Date of Birth: October 8, 1927  |   Date of Death: January 5, 2016   |   Service Date: 2:30 P.M., Friday, January 8, 2016. 

Laura Guntz Cradit

Laura Guntz Cradit was born on Oct. 8, 1927, in Baltimore, MD, the youngest of six children of George Guntz and Dorothea Wagner. She married Donald Keith Cradit on June 1, 1945. After living in San Benito, TX, they moved to San Marcos, TX, in 1953. Laura and Donald built a house in 1960 in Martindale, TX, where they resided for 55 years. She is survived by sons Bill Cradit of Austin; Jon Cradit and wife Lisa Cradit of San Marcos; grandsons, Mason Cradit and wife Kolby Harper Cradit of Bellevue, NE; Weston Cradit and wife Rebecca Brown Cradit, soon of Misawa Air Base, Japan; Sawyer Cradit of San Marcos; and great-grandson Titus Cradit of Bellevue, NE. Donald passed away in February 2014. Laura’s parents and siblings also preceded her in death. Laura was an energetic, fun, and loving Grandma, mom, mother-in-law and wife, as well as a true friend to many.  She will be greatly missed. Family will receive friends at 1:30 P.M., and  a funeral service will follow at 2:30 P.M., at Pennington Funeral Home in San Marcos, on Friday, January 8, 2016.  Interment will follow at Memory Lawn Memorial Park ...

Larrie O. Osteros

Date of Birth: August 29, 1944  |   Date of Death: December 30, 2015   |   Service Date: 11:00 A.M., Thursday, January 7, 2016. 

Larrie O. Osteros

Larrie O. Osteros, 71, of Leander, Texas, passed away in Temple, Texas, on December 30, 2015. Graveside Services, with military honors, will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, January 7, 2016, at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas. Arrangements by Pennington Funeral Home, San Marcos, Texas, 512-353-4311. www.penningtonfuneralhome.com

Sara Wynette Mutschlechner

Date of Birth: August 25, 1995  |   Date of Death: January 1, 2016   |   Service Date: 2:00 P.M., Thursday, January 7, 2016. 

Sara Wynette Mutschlechner

Sara Wynette Mutschlechner, cherished daughter of Clay and Gloria Mutschlechner, was taken away on January 1, 2016. She was named after her aunt Wynette Mendez who preceded her in death, and her great grandmother Sara Villapando Flores. While her life was short, she was well loved by many and accomplished so much. Sara was born in Austin, TX on August 25, 1995. From birth, she brought joy and amusement to her family with her loving personality and warm heart. Her friends remember her as a free spirit that brought laughter and excitement to those around her. Sara talked many times about wanting to travel to Japan to teach English, something she had a great passion for. At the tender age of four, Sara began training in Tae Kwon Do with Diaz Martial Arts. She continued for 14 years earning her junior black belt and first degree black belt. Her artistic side had her going from doodles to first place for art pieces in school. Her creativity flowed in the many stories and plays she wrote, with some projects she was currently working on to finish. Sara attended San Marcos High School where ...

Nick White

Date of Birth: October 6, 1982  |   Date of Death: December 30, 2015   |   Service Date: 1:30 P.M., Mon, Jan 4 in San Marcos, TX & 2:00 P.M., Wed, Jan 6 in Davis, OK. 

Nick White

Nick White of San Marcos, Texas, beloved and cherished son, husband, father, brother and friend, passed away on December 30, 2015 in Austin, Texas, at the age of 33. He was born to David R. White  and Denise Huggins White in Edmond, Oklahoma on October 6, 1982. Nick White graduated from Davis High School in 2001.  With his lifelong love of football Nick was always the first player through the “Breakthrough” on the field.  You would see #50 coming as his enthusiasm revved up the “Wolf Pack” from 1998 to 2000. He met his wife, Cassie (Cothren) in college at Arkansas Tech.  They married July 8, 2006 in Conway, Arkansas and were blessed with three children, Jen (7), Ali (5) and Connor (1).  They moved to San Marcos and are members of the University Church of Christ in San Marcos. Nick became a Hall Director at the San Marcos Baptist Academy and Head Coach of the Texas State Football Club. He is survived by his parents; wife, Cassie (Cothren) White; three children, Jennifer , Alexandra and Connor White of San Marcos, Texas;  brother, Jordan White of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; maternal grandparents, John and Maudie Huggins of Davis, Oklahoma; uncle, David Huggins of Plano, ...