2010-02-04 / Obituaries

Alfonso Esteban Gomez

May 9, 1931 - January 29, 2010

Alfonso E. Gomez was born May 9, 1931 in San Benito, Texas. He was the son of Alfonso Esteban and Maria (Coy) Gomez.

Alfonso graduated from Brownsville High School in 1948. He was also a 1952 graduate of Texas A&M Univ. with a bachelor of science degree in engineering. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict and he received his honorable discharge in 1954 as a 1st Lieutenant. He then went to work for US Steel in Gary Ind. as an industrial engineer for 27 years. After his retirement in 1984, he moved back to his home in Brownsville until 2007 when he moved to Austin.

Alfonso was a loving father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, walking, horse racing, football, and crossword puzzles. He will truly be missed by his loved ones and friends.

Alfonso passed away on Friday, January 29, 2010 in Manor Oaks Nursing Home in Rockdale reaching the age of 78.

Alfonso is preceded in death by his parents; 4 brothers: Santiago, Mario, Juan and Alejandro Gomez; sister, Maria Olympia Myers; also 3 infant siblings.

Survivors include: 2 daughters: Maria Gomez of Rockdale, Rosanna Gomez Oliver & husband Eddie of Austin; 2 sons: Alfonso Gomez of El Paso and James Gomez of Rockdale. 3 brothers: Alvaro Gomez & wife Patricia of Merrillville, IN. Eliberto Gomez of Hobart, IN. Emilio Gomez & wife Maria of San Benito, TX. 4 sisters: Olivia McDonald of Corpus Christi, TX. Alma Villarreal of Brownsville, TX. Argentina Garcia & husband Samuel of Brownsville, TX. and Anna Cowan of Orange County, CA.; A sisterin law Sylvia Gomez of Huntsville, TX. Also 3 grandchildren: Edward T. Oliver of San Diego, CA. Lyndia N. Oliver of Austin, TX. and Juan M. Salazar of Rockdale, TX, and a number of Nieces and Nephews.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale. Burial will follow in the Minerva Cemetery in the Minerva Community near Rockdale.

Serving as Pallbearers will be, Alfonso Gomez III, James Gomez, Eddie Oliver, Edward T. Oliver, Guillermo Villarreal and Donald E. Perryman III. Honorary Pallbears will be Alvaro Gomez, Eliberto Gomez and Emilio Gomez.

Memorial may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Assoc.

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