David V. Acu--a

October 24, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico for David V. Acuña, 79, of Calexico, who died Saturday in Calexico. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at noon Friday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Calexico with the Revs. Edmundo Zarate of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Barry Vinyard of Imperial Valley Catholic Chaplaincy officiating.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Acuña was born June 21, 1922, in Calexico, where he was raised and attended schools. He graduated from Calexico High School in 1941, where he played football and baseball. He was selected to All-Valley teams in both sports.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942 to 1945.

When Mr. Acuña returned to the Valley in 1945, he started working for Imperial Hardware, where he remained until 1960.


He retired as a sergeant from the Calexico Police Department, where he served from 1960 to 1983.

After his retirement, Mr. Acuña worked for the U.S. Customs Service from 1980 to 1988.

Survivors include his children, David Acuña Jr., Guadalupe Acuña, Vicente Manuel Acuña, Dolores Lepe, Cecilia Leon and Esperanza Aguilar, all of Calexico, Luis Acuña, Frank Lizarraga and Elena Gomez, all of San Diego, Rafael Lizarraga of Temecula and Ynes Chew of San Diego; brothers, Joe, Ernie and Willie Acuña, all of Calexico, and Bobby Acuña of San Diego; sister, Tillie Aceves of San Diego; 29 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Nancy T. Imai, 67, of Brawley, who died Monday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley. Tesshi Aoyama of Buddhist Temple of San Diego will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Ms. Imai was born Sept. 15, 1934, in Brawley and was raised there. She graduated from Brawley Union High School and Imperial Valley College and attended Kelsey-Jennings Business School in San Diego.

Ms. Imai worked for the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District for many years.

She was a former member of Brawley Soroptimist Club.

Survivors include her sisters, Fumiko Ohara of Chula Vista and Hideko Jones of Bremerton, Wash.; longtime friend, Chris Tamayo of El Centro; and several nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Charles Henry Hale, 59, of Brawley, who died Saturday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley from gunshot wounds.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Frye chapel in Brawley. The Rev. Daryl Miller of First Christian Church of Brawley will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Hale was born Jan. 16, 1942, in Sitka, Ark. He came to the Imperial Valley in 1955 and worked as a mechanic/welder for Holly Sugar for 15 years.

Mr. Hale married Sandra Spalton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Sr. and Mamie Hale; a brother, Ray Hale; and a sister, Geneva Hale.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Spalton Hale of Brawley; sons, Charles Hale Jr. of Moriarty, N.M., and Frank Hale of Brawley; daughter, Lorraine Garcia of Borrego Springs; brothers, John Hale Jr. of Brawley and Eugene Hale of Springfield, Mo.; sisters, Christine Lancaster of Truman, Ark., Lucy Cook of Flora, Ill., Cathy Smith of San Bernardino, Louise Wallet of Brawley and Irma Loughary of Harrisburg, Ark.; grandchildren, Charles III and Samantha Hale, and Evangelina and Evan Garcia; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Melvin Lee Stewart, 70, of Imperial, who died Monday in Royal Convalescent Hospital in Brawley.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro. The Rev. LeRoy Jackson, former pastor of Imperial Community Church, will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Stewart was born Sept. 19, 1931, in Indianapolis, Ind. He moved to Holtville while in the seventh grade and attended Meadows Union Middle School. He graduated from Holtville High School in 1949.

He married Mary Lou Allen on June 12, 1953, and then moved to Imperial. They were married for 30 years, raising three children. They divorced in 1982.

On Nov. 16, 1983, Mr. Stewart married his second wife, Carolyn Byram. They were married for several years until she died of cancer in October 1992.

He was preceded in death by his son, Steven Stewart, in 1994; twin sister, Melva Maring in 1969; and brother, Bud Stewart in 1998.

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