Jose “Joe” Angel Lopez, 72, entered eternal rest at McAllen Medical Center on Thursday, July 1, 2010.

He was born in Laredo to Abdon Lopez, Sr., and Beatriz Benavidez.

Joe lived in Edinburg all of his life and was a graduate of Edinburg High School, Class of 1955. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve for several years and was a member of Alfredo C. Gonzalez American Legion Post No. 408 in Edinburg. He worked for International Paper Company for over 15 years and retired in 1999. He loved bowling, gardening/ landscaping, playing pool, dancing and word search puzzles. He will be truly missed by his family, friends and all those lives he touched.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, brother; Raul Lopez, sisters; Delia L. Ruiz, Beatrice Coolidge, and brother-in-law; Erasmo Ruiz.

He is survived by Toy Lopez; his sons, Joe (Sandra) Lopez, Robert (Angie) Lopez, Randy Lopez, George (Mary Jane) Lopez; brothers, Abdon (Alberta) Lopez, Jr., Rodolfo “Rudy” (Rose Marie) Lopez; sisters, Ester Collazo, Leonor (Juan Sr.) Ocanas; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family received friends Friday, July 2, with a rosary prayed in the Family Chapel at Ceballos-Diaz Funeral Home in Edinburg. Christian mass was held July 3 at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edinburg.

Christian burial followed at Palm Valley Memorial Gardens in Pharr.

Having the distinguished honor of serving as pallbearers will be Sergio Ocanas, Juan Jose Ocanas, Jr., Javier Collazo, Javier Sanchez, Ricky Ruiz, and Rolando Ruiz. Honorary pallbearers will be Abdon Lopez, Jr., Rudy B. Lopez and James S. Coolidge.