GARDENDALE — "Joe" Jose Cervantes Cardona, 80, of Gardendale went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at Medical Center Hospital. He was born Jan. 1, 1929, in Sonora, Texas, to Jose and Juana Cardona.

He married Mary Dora Terrazas on Oct. 28, 1951, in Fort Stockton. He is a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and the Ector County Sheriff's Posse. He lived in Odessa for 54 years. He owned and operated Cardona Water Well Drilling Company. He had a very special gift of locating water with brass rods. He loved horses, gardening, singing and cooking. He was a loving father and grandfather.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Dora Cardona; and his son, Joe T. Cardona III; and sisters, Eva C. Cardona and Mary Pina of Eldorado.


He is survived by his son, Fidel T. Cardona of Gardendale; three daughters, Stella Grace Mora and husband Ruben, Juanita C. Selman and husband Tom, Nora T. Cardona-Valdez, all of Midland; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren with two on the way.

Funeral Mass was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2009, at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Midland with Father Bridges officiating. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens.