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Eligio "Waho" Guzman Jr.

March 27, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Eligio "Waho" Guzman Jr., 56, of Brawley, who died Saturday in University of California San Diego Medical Center.

A determination of the cause of death is pending investigation.

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday and at 9 a.m. Friday in the mortuary. Mr. Guzman's brother, Pastor Tony Guzman of Victory Outreach of San Diego, will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Guzman was born Feb. 17, 1945, in Brawley and was raised and attended schools there. He was a farm laborer until he became disabled.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Julia Guzman, in December 1990; son, Eligio Guzman III in October 1999; and daughter, Patty Guzman in September 2000.

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Survivors include his wife, Socorro Guzman of San Diego; daughters, Marina Ledesma of San Diego, Maria Dolores Banda of Manteca and Irma Linda Washington of Brawley; son, Michael Guzman of San Diego; father, Eligio Guzman Sr. of Brawley; brothers, Mike and David Guzman, both of Brawley, Henry and Tony Guzman, both of San Diego, and Richard Cruz of El Centro; sisters, Mary Helen Juarez of Sacramento and Rosa Torres, Lupe Virgen and Dora Rodriguez, all of Brawley; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

NOLAN "TEX" PIERSON

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Imperial Community Church for Nolan "Tex" Pierson, 84, of El Centro, who died Saturday in his home.

Mr. Pierson's son, Mike Pierson, and Pastor Wayne Mudge and the Rev. Leroy Jackson, both of Imperial Community Church, will officiate.

Burial will be in Fort Rosecrans Cemetery in Point Loma.

Mr. Pierson was born Feb. 24, 1917, in Haskell, Texas, and lived there until 1942. He married Gwen Tinney on April 5, 1942, in Amarillo, Texas. He served in the U.S. Army until 1944 and then returned to Texas.

In 1951, Mr. Pierson and his wife and two sons moved to the Imperial Valley. He worked for the Imperial Irrigation District for 15 years as well as for an Imperial Valley Dodge dealer.

He was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed spending time with family and friends and at church activities, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Stephen Pierson in 1978 and Gary Pierson in 1995.

Survivors include his wife, Gwen Fay Pierson of El Centro; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Lisa Pierson of Bermuda Dunes; daughter, Pam Foster of Vista; grandchildren, Jenny Costello of Germany, David, Twilla and Warren Pierson, all of Bermuda Dunes, and Megan Foster of Vista; and great-grandchildren, Eric, Promis and Michael Bandosz, all of Germany.

JOE CRUZ

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Joe Cruz., 44, of Brawley, who died Wednesday in San Diego.

A determination of the cause of death is pending investigation.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley. Pastor Tony Guzman of Victory Outreach of San Diego will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Cruz was born April 10, 1956, in Brawley, and was raised and attended schools there.

He was active in Victory Outreach churches in Brawley and San Diego.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Cruz of Spring Valley; sons, Daniel Reese of Inglewood, Joey Cruz III of La Mesa and Isaac Cruz of Spring Valley; daughter, Joanna Cruz of Las Cruces, N.M.; mother, Cruz Saucedo of Brawley; stepfather, Praxedis Saucedo of Brawley; grandmother, Carmen Caballero of Brawley; sisters, Rosie Cruz and Norma Cardenas, both of Indio, and Irene Cardenas and Maricruz Saucedo, both of Brawley; brothers, Tino Cardenas of Indio and Tony Cardenas and David Saucedo, both of Brawley; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

GEORGE EARL "BLUE BUG" SHELTON SR.

A remembrance gathering of family and friends will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the home of David Ellis, 325 E. Evan Hewes Highway in El Centro, for George Earl "Blue Bug" Shelton Sr., 49, of North Shore, who died of a heart attack Monday in Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.

Mr. Shelton was born Feb. 18, 1951, in Brawley. He graduated from Central Union High School in El Centro in 1970.

He raced go-karts as a member of the Tulare and Arizona kart clubs and was a truck pulling competitor. He also was an avid four-wheel driver, according to family.

Survivors include his sons, George "Buddy" Shelton Jr. of North Shores and Christopher SantibaƱez of El Centro; daughter, Mona Casey of Visalia; sister, Wanda Dickey of Lawrence, Kan.; niece, Michelle Vasser of Virginia; nephew, Wayne M. Dickey of Lawrence; and grandsons, Christopher and Ryan.

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