Hector G. Garcia went to meet the Lord on Aug. 28, 2014.|
Hector was born in Brownsville, Texas on March 15, 1928 to Meliton Garcia Ramirez & Benita Gonzalez Garcia.
He attended Saint Joseph Academy and graduated in 1947. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in San Diego California, Camp Pendleton. In Sept. 1950, he participated in the Assault & Seizure of Inchon, the Capture and Securing of Seoul, the Wonsan Hungnam, Chosen Campaign Northern Korea and the operations against enemy forces in South and Central Korea. Hector was honorably discharged February 1952 as a Staff Sergeant.
Hector was awarded the following: Certificate of Satisfactory Service; Honorable service Lapel Button; Honorable Discharge Button; Korean Service Medal W-3*; Good conduct Medal and the PUC W/1.
In 1951 Hector married the love of his life Virginia Bryan Garcia.
In 1957 Hector graduated from the University of Texas Of College Of Pharmacy in Austin, Texas. Hector worked at Den Russ Pharmacy before opening his own pharmacy. He established "Hector's Pharmacy" in 1960 and partnered with Tomas Gonzalez and Rolando Olvera in 1970 and established Lindale Pharmacy.
Hector then retired after 42 years, but began working again at Medico Pharmacy for 10 more years. He then partnered with Johnny (Juan) Cavazos and also opened Price Village Medical Clinic. Upon retiring from there he also worked for HEB pharmacy and Cantu's Pharmacy until May 2010, officially retiring again.
He served as a board of member with the Brownsville Independent School District for two terms and as a Board President for one year, for a total of six years. He served for fourteen years with the Texas Southmost Junior College as a Board member and two years as a President of the Board.
During his tenure he had the honor to meet President Ronald Reagan and President Jimmy Carter, Hector was also the Commander of the American Legion. In his younger years he was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed playing poker and would travel with his wife to Las Vegas as often as possible.
Hector is preceded by his parents Meliton Garcia Ramirez and Benita Gonzalez Garcia.
He is survived by his loving wife Virginia Bryan Garcia, his three children, Hector "Ritchie" Garcia (Sylvia Cantu), Virginia "Tata" Garcia Cano, Omar R. Garcia. His grandchildren Michael Richard Garcia, Cassandra Lynn Garcia, Elisa Adriano Cano, Gisela Andrea Cano, Cynthia Marie Garcia, Nem Brian Garcia and great grandson Marcus Esquivel his brother Marco A. Garcia and many nieces and nephews.
There are five accomplishments that our father was very proud of: Being a Marine, marrying Virginia, being a Texas EX, and a Dad and grandpa. He always instilled in us truth, honesty and to help others and to always keep going.
WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER; "THERE ARE NO EX-MARINES", "SEMPER FI", "YE SHALL SEEK THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE" AND ALL THE TIMES YOU SANG OFF KEY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US AT THE CRACK OF DAWN EVERY SINGLE YEAR AND FOR ALL THE "I LOVE YOU'S".
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m., today Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 at Garza Memorial Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 at St. Luke Catholic Church. Interment will follow to Buena Vista Burial Park.
Honored to be his pallbearers are Ernest C. Villarreal III, William Bryan Jr., Hugo Cascos, Omar Lozano, Joe Villarreal and Juan Jose Cano.
Honorary pallbearers: Mr. Alfredo Gavito, Mr. Ramon Cantu, Dr. Ernesto Tamez, Mr. Dominic Guerra, Mr. Tomas Gonzalez, and Mr. Rolando Olvera.
Military honors will be conducted by the VFW Honor Guard under the direction of Luis Lucio.
Special thanks to, care givers Mirta de la Fuente and Delia Franco, Dr. Ernesto Tamez & Mrs. Lucy Tamez, Dr. Jesus Caquias, Ms. Elvia Garcia, Safe Haven Hospice, RN Michelle Trevorah and RN Gabriel Yado.
You may send your condolences to the Garcia family and sign the guestbook at garzamemorialfh.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to Garza Memorial Funeral Home, 1025 E. Jackson St. Brownsville, TX. (956) 542-5511. garzamemorialfh.com f
Published in Brownsville Herald on Aug. 31, 2014