CHAVEZ CEMETERY (#1)
WILLACY COUNTY, Cemeteries of Tx
Submitted by Cindy Shaffer
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NOTE: In the Roads of Texas map book, Chavez No. 1 is shown with no name and Chavez No. 2 is marked with the name Chavez. When actually visiting these cemeteries, we found that these two cemeteries are located only a mile or two apart, in different directions off the same County Road 105 and that what we are calling Chavez Cemetery #1 is marked with a sign with the name, while Chavez Cemetery #2 is not.
DIRECTIONS: From Raymondville, Texas, traveling south on Hwy. 77, just south of Raymondville take County Road 490 west. Continue on CR 490 past CR 1425 (4 way intersection and blinking yellow light) approximately 1.5 miles from the 490/1425 intersections. The County Roads going north-south off of CR 490 are mostly marked, and most are caliche roads (NOT paved – we would have thought they were roads for access to farmland and not county roads if they hadn’t been marked!). The road to turn south on to reach Chavez Cemetery #1 is not marked with a CR sign (we have guessed by the other CR signs that this should be CR 105), but is marked with a small sign with green printing "Chavez Cemetery." Turn south on this road and travel approximately 1.1 mile and the cemetery will be on the east side. This cemetery is fenced and appears well kept and is still in use. All of the country surrounding this cemetery is farmland, and there was a big sugar cane field on the west side of the road when we were there in June 2001.
While we were unable to transcribe Chavez Cemetery #2 at the time of our visit, the location for it is to turn north off of CR 490 (instead of south to Chavez #1 – CR 105?) and travel approximately ˝ mile. Chavez #2 is located on the east side of (CR 105?) as well, set back off of the road in a stand of trees. It is in the middle of farm land (when we visited, the crops surrounding the cemetery were planted in sorghum and sugar cane).
Transcribing in rows, north to south, beginning with the graves immediately inside the gate
|Section||Last Name||First Name||Birth||Deayth||Comments|
|Row 1, Grave 1||CHAVEZ||GUADALUPE C.||April 23, 1888||April 7, 1978|
|Row 1 Grave 2||CHAVEZ||JOSE MARIA , SR.||Sept. 12, 1887||April 6 1980|
|Row 2, Grave 1||CHAVEZ||Jessie||Jan. 31, 1965||(back of stone) With Great Appreciation for All the Love and Affection Offered by a Loving Human Husband Jessie|
|Row 2, Grave 1||CHAVEZ||MARIA NOELLA (PINKY)||Jan. 18, 1959||Jan. 18, 1959||(on the same stone, beside Jessie)|
|Row 2, Grave 2||CHAVEZ||DANIEL||(no dates)||(wooden cross)|
|Row 2, Grave 3||COLUNGA||GEORGE A.||June 1, 1988||July 16, 1988|
|Row 2, Grave 4||CHAVEZ||N. R. JR,||Dec. 8, 1962||Mar. 19, 1966||(shared stone w/)|
|Row 2, Grave 4||CHAVEZ||BABIES||July 31, 1960||July 31, 1960||(there was a slab covering these two plots, with many childrens' toys on top)|
|Row 2 Grave 5||CHAVEZ||JOSE NOEL||(no dates)||(wooden cross)|
|Row 2 Grave 6||HAVEZ||DOMINGA||Feb. 17, 1957||Feb. 17, 1957||Recuerdo De Su Familia|
|Row 2 Grave 7||CHAVEZ||ARMANDO ANDRIAN||Nacio Abr 18 1951||Fallecio June 26 1957||Unrecuerdo De Sus Padre Sy Mermanos (? Difficult to decipher)|
|Row 2 Grave 8||CHAVEZ||MARIA ALBERRO||Feb. 5, 1988||Feb. 5, 1988||(wooden cross, badly deteriorating)|
|Row 2 Grave 9||CHAVEZ||CELIA GARCIA||Mar. 23, 1928||July 29, 1981|
|Row 3 Grave 1||GARCIA||ZELDA||Sept\. 2, 1966||Aug. 6, 1995||In Loving Memory Un Recuerdo De Sus Hijos|
|Row 3 Grave 2||MARROQUIN||DANIEL||Sept. 11, 1937||Un Recuerdo De Su Madre Y Hermanos|
|Row 3 Grave 3 & 4||MARROQUIN||AURELIO||8-14-1907||3-17-1954||(double marker)|
|Row 3 Grave 3 & 4||MARROQUIN||MARIA PILAR||2-22-1915|
|Row 3 Grave 5||CHAVEZ||LEONARDO C.||Junio 30, 1911||July 20, 1984||Un Recuerdo De Sus Hyos Y Hijas|
|Row 3 Grave 6||CHAVEZ||ESTEFANA D.||Marzo 20, 1913||Marzo 16, 1987||Un Recuerdo De Sus Hijos Y Hijas|
|Row 3 Grave 7||RENAUD||JOSE LUIS||June 14, 1962||Sept.24, 1987||(wooden cross w/brass plate and concrete cross)|