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Athens - Funeral services for Benigno Ruiz Gaza, 93, of Athens are scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home in Athens with Michael Bacon, Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Athens.
Mr. Garza passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017 in Athens.
Benigno Ruiz Garza was born Feb. 13, 1924 in Nixon, Texas the son of Guadalupe Garza and Concepcion Ruiz Garza. Mr. Garza was vice president of the AFL-CIO for many years, as well as the UFWA president for Curtis Mathis for 17 years. After his time with Curtis Mathis, he became the personal coordinator for Harvey Industries where he later retired. His greatest honor was when he served as a medic for the Unites States Army during World War II. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be missed by all those he knew and loved.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; his wife Norma Garza of 34 years; daughter, Olga Garza; son, Benny Garza Jr.; one sister and three brothers.
He is survived by: his children, Jerry Garza and wife Mary of Schertz, Texas; Gloria Authement and husband Warren of Athens, Texas; Diana DeLeon and husband Richard of Stockdale, Texas; Ricky Garza and wife Pat of Athens, Texas; David Garza and wife Kenna of Center, Texas; Cathey Jennings and husband James of Mabank, Texas; Deborah Allen of Monahans, Texas; Cynthia Sowell and husband Robert of Center, Texas; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Hannigan Smith Funeral Home.
You may light a memorial candle, or write condolences to the family at www.hannigansmith.com
Published on July 3, 2017
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