Mr. Berl Williams, 87, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and friend entered into eternal rest on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas, surrounded by his loving family.
Berl, a son of two countries, was born in Santa Barbara, Chih., México. He had been a resident of Brownsville for a number of years. Berl was a proud veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. After being discharged, Berl was a policeman in Abilene, Texas, before becoming a Border Patrol agent for 10 years. He then transferred to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, where he served for 30 years. Berl was stationed in El Paso, Alamogordo, N.M., and Brownsville.
Berl was a quiet man who was very kind and always willing to lend a hand to a friend in need. Berl, a proud Chihuahueño, lived in Chihuahua until he was 13 and developed a passion for bullfighting. He counted among his close and personal friends, Manolo Martinez and Eloy Cavazos. His other passion in life was baseball and like all true baseball aficionados he couldn't wait for opening day.
Berl was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed by those fortunate to have known him.
Berl was preceded in death by his parents, Berl Avery and Maude Williams; his fraternal twin brother, Earl Williams, and his older sister, Betty Williams.
Left behind to eternally treasure their memories of him is his beloved wife of 57 years, Elizabeth "Bebe" Gutierrez Williams; five daughters, Maria Antonieta Franco, Sharyn (Robert) Portz, Cynthia (Michael) Kirshner, Liza Y. (partner Patrick Philpot) Williams, and Mari Carmen Sierra Munguia; a nephew, Gary Earl Williams; two nieces, Diane and Carol; numerous grandchildren and step-grandchildren; nieces and nephews on his wife's side of the family, and other extended family members.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in the East Chapel at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home. The American Legion Funeral Honor Guard will render military honors under the direction of Commander Raul Leal at 6 p.m., followed by a rosary and chapel service with Communion. All services will conclude on Monday evening and in accordance with Berl's wishes cremation will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Berl's name may be made to Sunshine Haven, P.O. Box 4478, Brownsville, Texas 78523, and/or the American Indian College Fund, 8333 Greenwood Blvd., Denver, CO 80221, (800) 776-3863 and www.collegefund.org.
You may view the obituary, sign the guest book, and send your condolences online to the Williams family at www.darlingmouser.com.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Darling-Mouser Funeral Home, 945 Palm Blvd., Brownsville, Texas 78520, (956) 546-7111.
Published in Brownsville Herald on Feb. 3, 2013