While fast asleep in the early hours of Tuesday, May 7, 2013, Eutimio "Timo" Hinojosa answered the whisper of his name and stepped into eternity joining his wife, Margarita de Luna Hinojosa, who preceded him in death on Sept. 30, 2007.
Timo leaves a brother, Ernesto Hinojosa Jr., and his wife, Pat, of Roanoke, Va., along with their four children and their families to follow him. Other family members surviving are his favorite niece, Sandra Johnson Leal and her husband, David, of Austin, Texas. The Leals' two children and their families also survive as does Timo's nephew and primary caregiver, Rene "Ray" de Luna of Brownsville. Additional survivors are sister-in-law Ana Maria "Molly" Alvarez and brother-in-law Luis de Luna, both of Brownsville, Texas. Survivor and confidant Roseda Loera was a special friend to Timo during his many years as a resident of Empire Spanish Meadows Assisted Living in Brownsville.
A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends from Brownsville and across the country also survive him.
Born in Brownsville on a scorching, hot July day, Timo's mother was Josephina Cortinas Rivera and his birth father was Eutimio Rivera. Both were members of pioneer Cameron County families. He was raised in Brownsville by his adoptive mother and father, Blacita Cortinas Hinojosa and Ernesto Hinojosa, and resided at the corner of 7th and Adams Street in a home that still remains. He attended St. Joseph Academy a block away, then located on Elizabeth Street. A good kid with a healthy streak of orneriness, Timo and his buddies found their share of things to do in the bustling and growing city of Brownsville.
After high school, Timo was an underage enlistee in the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he served during World War II.
Following the war, Timo relocated to Dallas, Texas, where he attended Dallas Aviation School and graduated in 1947, earning a license in Aircraft and Engine Maintenance. Timo then returned to Brownsville, initially working for Pan American Airways before the company relocated elsewhere; then he worked for others including the Port of Brownsville, Booth Fisheries, and the Norton Company from where he retired in 1987.
Also an entrepreneur, Timo, owned and operated a Texaco service station at Four Corners in Brownsville for a number of years and after retiring established Timo's Barbeque.
Timo was a member of the Elks Club for over 50 years and, as a consummate promoter of Brownsville, retained his over-half-century Chamber of Commerce membership until the end.
Throughout all his married life of 54 years, Timo supported his wife, Maggie, as she pursued her 34-year career at Texas Southmost College concluding as Director of Veterans Affairs.
Timo and Maggie had a zest for living and were always on the go whether it was a day at the beach, partying nights with friends in Matamoros, or frequent trips to Mexico City. Concurrently, they helped raise nieces and nephews and served as mentors to countless others.
Always a political junkie, Timo was largely a behind-the-scenes broker though he did serve on the Brownsville Independent School District Board in the 1950's. Timo served Cameron County as a member and Board Chair of the Private Industry Council for a number of years.
He enjoyed regaling anyone who would listen to his stories and look at photos of him with politicians from the U.S. President on down. He also took pride in what he called the "cutting boards" which were the numerous plaques on his walls representing statewide and local awards for various contributions to the community.
A lifelong Roman Catholic and current member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Brownsville, Timo's funeral services will be conducted there.
Immediately after Maggie's death, Timo established a student endowment honoring her long career at Texas Southmost College.
Rather than sending flowers to Timo's funeral service, family and friends are invited to send a memorial gift in Timo's name to the Margarita de Luna Hinojosa Veterans Memorial Scholarship Endowment at TSC, 80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, Texas 78520.
Masses offered at your favorite Catholic church for the repose of Timo's soul are also appreciated.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. and continue through 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, with the recitation of the holy rosary scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in the East Chapel at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at St. Luke's Catholic Church, 2800 Rockwell Drive, Brownsville.
Committal services will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2035 Funeral Honor Guard will conduct military honors at the graveside.
Luis de Luna Jr., Rene de Luna, Fernando de Luna, Hector de Luna, David Leal, and Aaron Mark de Luna are honored to be serving as Timo's pallbearers.
Luis de Luna Sr., John Feist, Robert J. "Bobby" Lerma, Joe Ray Rivera, and Johnny Muñoz will serve as honorary pallbearers.
You may view the obituary, sign the guest book, and send your condolences online to the Hinojosa 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 May 8, 2013