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.

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Travis Wilson Joiner, 23, unexpectedly joined the Lord, along with his beloved sister Rachel on March 6, 2009. He was born May 21, 1985 in San Angelo, Texas.
Travis was a handsome young man with a sweet and gentle spirit. He was known as the quiet thinker who always treated others in the most kind and thoughtful way. He always had a smile to share and was known by his friends as fun, smart, the guy who could solve any problem, and could probably build a house out of Legos.

Travis grew up in Eldorado, Texas on the farm. Country life suited him well because there was always plenty of “stuff” to take apart and maybe put back together. The vastness and beauty of the night sky provided the perfect arena for viewing God’s handiwork through his telescope. This star gazing hobby would later develop into a passion for learning all about space and space travel.

As a little boy and into his elementary years Travis enjoyed anything that had wheels or was mechanical. He spent hours playing with his cars and trucks, playing with his little sister and building with Legos. He enjoyed a close and loving relationship and spent many hours with both sets of grandparents who lived nearby. They helped raise and care for him as he did for them in their later years.

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Rachel Kate Joiner, 21, unexpectedly joined the Lord along with her beloved brother Travis on March 6, 2009. She was born March 30, 1987 in San Angelo, Texas.

Rachel was a beautiful young lady with a happy spirit and glowing smile. She was full of life and always ready for the next adventure. She freely gave of her time, talents and money to those in her circle of life. She was comfortable being her own person and didn’t mind standing alone. Her joy was complete in her role as both big and little sister to the brothers she adored.

Rachel grew up in Eldorado, Texas. She loved life on the farm, especially the peace and solitude that country life offered. She loved and nurtured all the animals including pets, strays and wildlife. Cats were her favorite and she was always prepared for just one more.

As a little girl and into her elementary years she enjoyed dancing, dressing up for dance recitals, gymnastics, school and rides in the toy jeep with her big brother. Rachel was very close with both sets of grandparents. The time and love they gave her when she was young was returned to them as they grew older.

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LAMPASAS — Curtis Dean Wilson, formerly of Austin, died at his home in Lampasas on Monday, March 23, 2009 after two years of battling colon and lung cancer. He was born in Bastrop County on March 10, 1931 to Frances Ford Wilson and Dennis Dean Wilson.

He attended public schools in Elgin and Stephen F. Austin High School. On April 21, 1951, he married Barbara Joyce Smith at Central Methodist Church in Austin. He began his career at Austin Machine and Grinding Company as an auto part salesman, and then he was employed by The University of Texas at Austin in the Phys. Plant/Operations Department where he retired after 26 years of service. He was an avid University of Texas sports fan.

For many years he had a place in the country near Fentress, Texas. He and Barbara moved in 2002 to a small ranch near Eldorado, Texas, where they spent many happy hours observing wildlife. He loved hunting deer and turkey and just enjoying the outdoors, especially West Texas.

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