JEROME AVILA, JR., 69, a resident of San Marcos, went to Heaven on September 14, 2010. He was born September 30, 1940, in Houston, Texas, to Geronimo and Enriquetta (Herrera) Avila, Sr. Jerry was a person of strength, determination, and love. His kind and gentle spirit will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Jerry was a hard worker. He worked for the Nagel Manufacturing Company in Maxwell for over thirty years. Most recently he was an insurance agent for American National Insurance and the Woodmen of the World Insurance companies. Jerry enjoyed cutting grass, working in his yard, and being with his family. He loved to go shopping and was known to go through two whole shopping malls in a day. He had a great interest in and admiration for the Tejano Music Industry which he supported. Jerry is preceded in death by his parents and his daughter Sandra Ann Avila. He is survived by his wife of Fifty-one years Ida Olga (Villarreal) Avila of San Marcos; children Jerome Avila, III, and his wife Estella of Austin, Sharon Morin and her husband David of San Marcos, Regina Avila and her husband Jack Barraza of San Marcos, and Phillip Avila and his wife Cathy of San Marcos. Known by his grandchildren as "Tata," he is survived by Kelli Huston, Kenny Avila, Kevin Morin, Corey Morin, Brandon Avila, Patrick Rodriguez, and his great-grandchildren Noah Rodriguez and Hayden Huston. Jerry also leaves behind his brother John Avila and his sisters Frances Avila and Maria Avila, and other loving relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, from 1:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at Thomason Funeral Home in San Marcos. A Rosary will be recited that evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Thomason Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 16, 2010, at St. John's Catholic Church in San Marcos. In keeping with his wishes, Jerry's body will then be cremated. In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to St. John's Catholic Church, 624 E. Hopkins Street, San Marcos, Texas, 78666. For more information please visit our website at www.thomasonfuneralhome.com Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Thomason Funeral Home, 2001 Ranch Road 12, San Marcos, Texas. (512) 396-2300.