Deaths: May 17, 2002

May 17, 2002


Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Escondido Free Methodist Church for Robert J. Franklin, 82, of Escondido, a former El Centro resident who died Monday in Palomar Medical Center in Escondido.

The Rev. Vern Burgess will officiate.

Burial will be in Oak Hill Memorial Park in Escondido.

Mr. Franklin was born on June 1, 1919, in Detroit He lived in El Centro for 24 years.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Mr. Franklin married Ella Gormley. He served with the Imperial Valley Juvenile Justice Commission, Probation Department and the Salvation Army board.

Survivors include his wife, Ella Franklin of Escondido; daughters and sons-in-law, Dr. Christi and James Avelar of Pasadena and Virginia and Brian Sharp of Pocatello, Idaho; and grandsons, Daniel, Gary and Robert.


The family suggests memorials be sent to Light & Life Elementary School, 120 N. Ash, Escondido, CA 92027.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Reyes S. Tavares, 58, of El Centro, who died Wednesday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro. Pastor John QuiƱonez of First Assembly of God of El Centro will officiate.

Mr. Tavares was born June 16, 1943, in El Paso, Texas, and was raised there.

Upon leaving El Paso, he met and married Carmen Calderon in Calexico on Feb. 12, 1965.

He was self-employed doing landscaping and gardening.

Mr. Tavares moved to San Jose for a number of years and had recently moved back to the Valley, settling in El Centro.

According to his family, Mr. Tavares was a good husband and a wonderful father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife, Carmen Calderon Tavares of El Centro; son, Francisco Rafael Tavares of San Jose; daughters, Mary Tavares of Merced and Alice R. and Dolores C. Tavares, both of San Jose; grandsons, Anthony and Ignacio Raygoza, both of Merced; and granddaughters, Monica Herrera, Teresa Torres Tavares and Sara C. Tavares, all of San Jose.


Rosary will be said at 7 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for George E. Neves, 81, of El Centro, who died Tuesday in his home.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary's Catholic Church in El Centro. Monsignor Thomas Vidra will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Neves was born Dec. 31, 1920, in Lowell, Mass.

He attended elementary school in Holtville, graduated from Central Union High School in El Centro in 1938 and earned an associate's degree from Central Junior College in 1940.

Mr. Neves was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy for four years as a first-class corpsman.

He married Carolyn R. Judd in Bellflower on May 19, 1946.

In 1952 Mr. Neves went back to college and earned a bachelor's degree in science from Loyola University. He earned his medical technologist license in 1957.

Mr. Neves began working at a lab in Los Angeles, where he worked for 10 years.

He returned to the Imperial Valley and worked with Dr. Haworth at Desert Medical for 20 years and then at Clinicas De Salud Del Pueblo in El Centro for 12 years.

He was an avid fisherman, according to family.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Neves of El Centro; daughter, Carllene Carey of Sacramento; sons, George Neves Jr. of Kansas and Judd A. Neves of El Centro; sister, Clara Neves of Fresno; nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Hospice of Imperial Valley, 563 W. Main St., El Centro, CA 92243.

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