Robert Wilton GANN, 19262009 (aged 83 years)

Robert Wilton /GANN/
US Navy
Birth of a sister
Death of a paternal grandfather
Death of a sister
Death of a maternal grandfather
Birth of a daughter
Death of a brother
Death of a maternal grandmother
Death of a father
Death of a daughter
Note: Daughter of Robert Wilton Gann and Alberta Ann (Riddle) Gann.

Daughter of Robert Wilton Gann and Alberta Ann (Riddle) Gann.

Five Local Youths Die In Collision

Two persons remain in critical condition at Mercy Hospital today after a crashing head-on collision on U.S. 281 that killed five persons and injured five about one mile west of here in the dark of night early Sunday. Dead as a result of the wreck are Walter Nicolas Kotara, 20, of Rt. 1, Box 902, Old Port Isabel Road; Kerry Lynn Gann, 18, of Southmost Road; Jose Angel Mendoza, 20, of Rt. 2, Box 890, San Pedro; Rodrigo Aguirre, 18, of Rt. 2, Box 585, Villa Cavazos, and Armando Garcia Jr., 16, of Rt. 2, Box 575-B, Villa Cavazos.
Listed in critical condition today are Don Hollis Hamner, 20, and Hilario Perez Gonzalez, 21. Hamner is a resident of Brownsville and Gonzalez' address is listed at Woodburn, Ore. Hospitalized in fair condition are James Michael Dorris, 20, of Brownsville, Adam Garcia, 18, and Jose Ramirez, 18, both of Brownsville. According to Department of Public Safety Patrolman Vernon Martin, Miss Gann, Kotara, Dorris and Hamner were all passengers in one vehicle, while the other six were in a second car involved. Martin said this morning he has been unable to determine the driver of the car in which Mendoza, Aguirre and Garcia were killed. Martin noted all the car's occupants were thrown out and that he hopes to speak with the survivors today in an effort to find out who the driver was. The car was owned by Armando Garcia Jr. Martin said no seat belts were used by occupants of either car. The deaths raise the Valley traffic toll to 79 for the year.

Funeral services for Miss Gann were scheduled today at Darling-Mouser Funeral Home Chapel here with the Rev. Charles Robinson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in San Benito officiating. She had been a resident of Brownsville for 15 years and was born in Harlingen on Dec. 2, 1952. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gann. Mrs. Gann is a former assistant district attorney and presently is director of the Cameron County Legal Aid Society. Gann is an employee of the United States Customs Service. Other survivors include a brother, Larry Gann; a maternal grandfather, Lloyd S. Riddle of Dallas and a paternal grandmother, Mrs. Tom Gann of San Benito, and several aunts and uncles.
Miss Gann was a member of the Faith Presbyterian Church and was a summer school student at Texas Southmost College. Pallbearers were 138th District Court Judge H. A. Garcia, Abe Barnard, Don Hockaday, Bob Hunter, Grady Whitten and George Squyres.

Publication: The Brownsville Herald
July 26, 1971

Don Hollis "Donny" Hamner passed away two days later, July 27, 1971 in Mercy Hospital from injuries received in the accident.


Burial of a daughter
Cemetery: Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens
Death of a mother
Burial of a mother
Death of a brother
Death of a sister
Cause: Complications after several operations following car wreck
Death of a brother
Note: Obituary from findagrave:

Obituary from findagrave:

Birth: Jan. 10, 1921
Glen Flora
Wharton County
Texas, USA
Death: Jul. 14, 1997
Cameron County
Texas, USA

Howard James Gann

HARLINGEN - Howard James Gann passed away at Valley Baptist Hospital on July 14, 1997.

Mr. Gann was born in Glen Flora, Texas, on Jan. 19, 1921, to Tom and Alma [sic] Gann.

He was married to Helen Mae Lewis on Aug. 13, 1950, at the First Methodist Church at McAllen and has resided ever since in Harlingen.

Mr. Gann is survived by his wife, Helen; stepson, Glynn Lewis of Gaithersburg, Md.; stepdaughter, Sandra Hein of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Farrar and Edna McCabe; and two brothers, Bob Gann and Jim Gann.

Pete served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on board the U.S.S. Heywood, APA-6 in the Atlantic and Pacific theatres; in the Pacific he participated in many of the island invasions beginning with Tarawa on Nov. 20, 1943.

Medals earned included American Area, Victory World War II, Philippine Liberation and two stars, Asiatic Pacific Area plus eight stars, European African Area and Unit Commendation (Tarawa). He received an honorable discharge on the 16th of December in 1946 as a boatswain mate first class.

After returning to the Valley, he raised cattle and farmed in Lantana and Harlingen.

Death of a wife
Death of a sister
Cause: Stroke
Note: Obituary from Brownwville Herald:

Obituary from Brownwville Herald:

Mary Gann Farrar
April 09, 2009

On April 6, 2009 one of God's most dedicated servants went home. Mary Jane Gann Farrar, 94, our precious Mother suffered a massive stroke and left us to join the love of her life husband Dee Farrar, son Billy Wayne Farrar, grandchildren Brandi Nicholas and Stacey Cox and other family members.

Mother spent her life loving and taking care of her family and doing Her Lord's work. She was one of the founding members of Portway Baptist Church in Brownsville. She taught Sunday School for over 50 years touching the hearts of many of Brownsville's young children. She served her community by working and helping care for folks that came to the Portway Baptist Food Bank. Twice a week she would go to nursing homes and sing to them, witnessing to them and telling them of Gods love for them.
She will be dearly missed by all.

Left behind to cherish and celebrate her life are 8 children. Don (Ellen, deceased) (Ann) Farrar, Bob (Betty, deceased) Farrar, Jayne (Gene) Cox, Larry (Ofi) Farrar, Sandra (George, deceased) Nicholas.

Also celebrating her memory are 33 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate with us for viewing services on Friday, 1-7 pm April 10 at Henry Thomae Funeral Home, 701 N Bowie, San Benito. Graveside services will be held 10 am Saturday, April 11 at Mont Meta Cemetery, San Benito. Memorial services 1 pm, April 11, Portway Baptist Church, 2000 N. Minnesota Ave, Brownsville.

Family with parents
Birth: June 22, 1891 24 23 Groveton, Trinity Co., TX, USA
Death: August 15, 1973San Benito, Cameron Co., TX, USA
elder brother
Birth: January 6, 1911 21 19 Eagle Lake, Colorado Co., TX
Death: December 26, 1965San Benito, Cameron Co., TX, USA
20 months
elder sister
Birth: August 26, 1912 23 21
Death: July 23, 1939Harlingen, Cameron Co., TX, USA
22 months
elder sister
Birth: June 29, 1914 24 23 Eagle Lake, Colorado Co, Tx
Death: April 6, 2009Brownsville Tx
20 months
elder brother
Birth: February 10, 1916 26 24
Death: April 9, 1976Houston, Harris Co., TX, USA
2 years
elder sister
Birth: February 9, 1918 28 26 Muskogee (Porter), Oklahoma
Death: September 6, 2019San Marcos, Hays Co., TX, USA
6 years
elder brother
Birth: 1923 33 31 Texas
Death: July 14, 1997Harlingen Tx
3 years
Birth: January 1, 1926 36 34 San Benito, Cameron Co., TX, USA
Death: October 18, 2009Brownsville, Tx
3 years
younger sister
Birth: April 2, 1929 39 37 Rio Hondo, Cameron Co., TX, USA
Death: June 16, 1993San Benito Tx
younger brother
Family with Alberta Ann Riddle
Birth: January 1, 1926 36 34 San Benito, Cameron Co., TX, USA
Death: October 18, 2009Brownsville, Tx
Lynn Gann
Birth: December 3, 1952 26 19 Cameron Co., TX, USA
Death: July 25, 1971Brownsville, Cameron Co., TX, USA
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Bob Gann served on this carrier in the Pacific campaign. Photos found
in the US archives.