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Roberto F. "Beto" Garces

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LA FERIA - Roberto "Beto" F. Garces, 80, of La Feria entered into rest Monday, March 24, 2008, in Alexandria, Virginia. He was born on October 5, 1927 in Mercedes, Texas to Florencio and Teresa Garces.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Herminia S. Garces; his parents, and his brothers, Prajedes, Jose, and Faustino; and his sisters, Lucia Carmona and Maria Salazar.
He is survived by his son, Robert Garces, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth; and granddaughter, Victoria Lee of Alexandria, Virginia. He is also survived by his sister, Olivia and Marco Gonzales. Roberto is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Rey and Hermelinda Garza, Gilberto and Ester Rios, Esmeralda Saldana, Alonzo Saldana, Pedro and Josefina Cavazos and Samuel and Minerva Saldana.
He was a loyal and active parishioner of St. Francis-Xavier Catholic Church and a resident in La Feria since 2003.
As a young boy during the late 1930's he traveled with his siblings and parents throughout the southeast states following the seasonal crops as migrant pickers. In 1943, he was No. 46 in a team photo for the Mercedes Tigers football team. In 1945 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and later discharged as the war ended. In the early 1950's he moved to San Antonio and attended barber school. He married his sweetheart the former Herminia Saldana of La Feria and they moved to Houston eventually settling in Texas City for 50 years. Roberto successfully owned and operated a popular single-chair neighborhood barber shop and convenience store. After semi-retiring from his store, Roberto transitioned by working for the Texas City School District, and was later employed and retired from NASA's Johnson Space Center in 1994 as a contractor.
Visitation will be held today (Thursday) from 1 to 9 p.m. and a rosary will be held at 7pm. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 28, 2008, departing the Rudy Garza Palms Chapel at 9:30 a.m. for 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at St. Francis-Xavier Catholic Church and interment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery under the auspices of the American Post #2410 and VFW Post #205.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rudy Garza Palms Chapel of La Feria.
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Published in The Monitor from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2008
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