Ernesto "Papo" Garcia, 66, passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008,

at his residence in Edinburg.

Born in Edinburg, Mr. Garcia had lived their all of his life. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Edinburg. Mr. Garcia retired as a building attendant for the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg. He enjoyed music, especially entertaining people with his accordion. His passion was his family and his grandchildren whom he loved dearly.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Carlos and Felipa Garcia; a sister, Eufracia Farias.

Mr. Garcia is survived by his wife, Maria T. "Terry" Garcia of Edinburg; a son, Ismael "Smiley" (Julie) Garcia of Edinburg; a daughter, Zelma (Alejandro) Davila of Travis, A.F.B, California; five grandchildren, Anaka Garcia, Anycia Davila, Aaron Garcia, Abriana Davila and Alexander Davila; three brothers, Rodrigo (Maria) Garcia and Encarnacion (Maria Inez) Garcia, both of Edinburg, Eugenio (Gloria) Garcia of San Antonio, Texas; four

sisters, Celestina (Baudelio) Machuca and Criselda Machuca both of New Braunfels, Texas, Griselda (Roberto) Benavidez of Edinburg and Alberta (Abdon) Lopez of Edinburg.

A rosary was held at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 22, 2008. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Dec. 23, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Edinburg. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Edinburg.

Pallbearers will be Roy Farias, Eddie Machuca, Rodrigo Garcia Jr., Eddie Benavidez, Eugenio “Gene” Garcia Jr. and Carlos Garcia.

Funeral services are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in Edinburg.