DEATHS: January 30, 2002

January 30, 2002


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Edwin Russell Cardwell, 89, who died Sunday in Valley Convalescent Hospital in El Centro.

Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro. The Rev. Walter Colace of Christ Community Church will officiate.

Born. Jan. 20, 1913, in Carthage, Mo., Mr. Cardwell moved to California in the early 1930s and resided in San Pedro, where he helped build destroyer ships during World War II. While in San Pedro he met his wife, the former Audrey Wade, and they moved to the Imperial Valley and were married in 1947 in El Centro. She preceded him in death in 1984.


Mr. Cardwell was a plant supervisor for 30 years for Shippers Ice Co. in El Centro.

Survivors include his daughter, Gale Larran of El Centro; son and daughter-in-law, Mel and Madeline Cardwell of Cabazon; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Nicholas and Stacey Allen of El Centro; grandson, Daniel Larran of El Centro; and great-grandchildren, Jordan and Kasey Allen of Brawley.


Memorial services will be at 5 p.m. Friday in Faith Assembly of God in Imperial for Darryl C. Eager, 48, of Imperial, who died Jan. 25 of cancer in his home.

Pastor Mike Cox of First Southern Baptist Church of Imperial will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Born July 2, 1953, in Brawley, Mr. Eager was raised in Imperial. He attended schools for the visually impaired, later graduating in 1971 from Imperial High School as valedictorian.

He graduated from Imperial Valley College in 1973 and earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from University of California, Riverside, in 1975.

Mr. Eager next moved to Oregon, where he earned his master's degree in divinity from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in 1978. He was a youth pastor in Colorado before returning to the Imperial Valley to pastor in Brawley and El Centro. He was pastor of Grace Baptist Church in El Centro until 1996.

From 1988 until his death, Mr. Eager taught math at Brawley Union High School. In 1996 he attended San Diego State University, earning his master's degree in education with an emphasis in math.

He was a member of both the First Southern Baptist Church in Imperial and the Friday prayer group at Brawley High.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Eager, in 1981, and brother Douglas Eager in 1998.

Survivors include his wife, Dolly Eager of Imperial; daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Jim Conner of Moreno Valley and Sharon and Randy Rose of Imperial; mother, Aileen "Mama A" Eager of Imperial; brothers, Don Eager of Hayward and David Eager of Simla, Colo.; sisters, Frances Eager of Imperial and Edie Eager of China; and grandchildren, Carli Anne Rose and Baylee Elizabeth Rose, both of Imperial.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Gideons, P.O. Box 425, El Centro, CA 92244, or Child's Evangelism Fellowship, P.O. Box 742, Holtville, CA 92250.


Memorial services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico for Raul Gonzalez Martinez, 63, of Calexico, who died Jan. 26 in El Centro Regional Medical Center. The Rev. Barry Vinyard will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Martinez was born Sept. 29, 1938, in Mexicali, where he was raised and attended elementary school. He later attended a military academy in Mexico City before becoming an agricultural loan officer in the banking industry in the Mexican states of Jalisco and Zacatecas. He moved to the United States in 1969 and worked for Gilroy Foods in Hollister.

He married Emma Flores on Nov. 16, 1969, in Hollister.

Mr. Martinez and his family moved to Calexico in 1973 and he continued to work seasonally for Gilroy Foods for 15 years before retiring because of his health. He also farmed in the Mexicali Valley.

Mr. Martinez was an avid sports fan and particularly enjoyed baseball. He was a life member of the Caliente Club in Mexicali.

Survivors include his wife, Emma Martinez of Calexico; sons and daughters-in-law, Jesus Raul and Susana Martinez and Juan Carlos and Hilda Martinez, all of Mexicali, and Iran and Bernice Martinez of Calexico; son, Marcos Israel Martinez of Calexico; daughter, Alejandra Martinez of Tijuana; grandchildren, Mercedes, Iran Jr. and Alan Nathan Martinez, all of Calexico, Ana Carolina and Raul Alfonsin Martinez of Mexicali and Alejandra and Julio Morales of Tijuana; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.



Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Sexton, 85, of El Centro who died Sunday in her home. The Rev. Stanley Wilson of First United Pentecostal Church of El Centro will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Born June 30, 1916, in Cleveland, where she was raised, Mrs. Sexton moved to California in 1938 and lived for a few years in La Jolla before moving to El Centro.

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