Manuel Mora Rodriguez

June 16, 1939 - September 9, 2018
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Manuel Rodriguez, age 79 of Irving, Texas since 1967, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 9, 2018 with his family by his side. He was born on June 16, 1939 in Angus, Texas to his father Juan Rodriguez and Mother Manuela Gonzalez. Manuel married the love of his life, Berta Martinez on September 19, 1965 in Reno, Nevada. He graduated from Corsicana High School in 1957. Manuel was a proud veteran serving 2 terms in Vietnam and was a part of 3 branches including the United States Marine Corps, Army and Air Force. He graduated from UTA in 1974 with a B.A. in business, and was an avid Texas Longhorn fan being a season ticket holder since 1986 with his wife Berta brother Juan and sister-in-law Janie. He loved being involved in all of his children and grand-children's activities. He loved his family and his family loved him. He was good man, an honorable man, and an amazing role model for everyone who knew him. He will be missed. Manuel loved traveling with Berta and going to German Polka Festivals. He enjoyed dancing and listening to all the “50's oldies”. Manuel leaves behind his wife of almost 53 years, Berta Rodriguez; sons, Manuel Rodriguez Jr. and wife Deidra, Antonio “Tony” Rodriguez and wife Kathy; Daughter, Cecilia Cook and husband Sam siblings, Janie Flores and husband Frank, Wallie Hairod and husband Verby, Juan Rodriguez and wife Janie, Ralph Gonzalez Jr. ; grandchildren, Marcus Rodriguez, Courtney Miller, Antonio “TJ” Rodriguez, Rachael Donner, Alec Rodriguez, Isabel Behm, Noah Behm and Aiden Rodriguez; and numerous, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family will receive friends from 1:00 - 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, September 12th at Chism-Smith Funeral Home, Rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. Leading the Rosary will be his cousin, Lewis Palos, a Deacon at Immaculate Conception church in Corsicana where Manuel attended church all of his childhood. Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 13th at St Luke Catholic Church with interment following at DFW National Cemetery in Dallas, TX.

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Service Information

Date: September 12, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Date: September 12, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Funeral Mass
Date: September 13, 2018
Time: 10:00 am

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Pat and Mary Anne Valdez
Seagoville, TX
Praying for our close family friends for their loss
Virginia Moreno Partida
Killeen, TX
My prayers and thoughts are with the entire family at this time. May you find comfort in the God that Manuel worshipped.
Carmen Acosta (mora)
Ferris, TX
My deepest condolences to the family, I pray comfort over each and every family member. May God give ya comfort, how I wish I was there but I am in spirit. Love each and everyone.
Amado & Rachel Pena
Fort Worth, TX
Our sincerest sympathies to his family.  May God grant each of you comfort, peace and strength to undergo this difficult time.  Manuel and I were child-hood friends in Corsicana and I will never forget our longtime friendship.  Rest in Peace dear friend.
Amado Pena
Christina Austin
Grapevine, TX
I had no idea that when Cecilia and I became friends eventually her family would be one my own. I always loved seeing you all and will truly miss your beautiful smile and kind heart. You always welcomed me with a hug and good conversation. I love you and will always be there for your big hearted daughter!
Courtney Miller
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Frank & Christina Sanchez
Seagoville, TX
Our deepest sympathies, prayers, and lots of Love to get through this difficult time.  We will miss Tio so much, Love you all
Taffy Cook
Nederland, TX
I am lost for words, I love y’all
Nicole Lerum
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Robin A Curbello
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Kelly Smith
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Luis Mora
Ferris, TX
My condolences goes out to the Rodriguez family may GOD BLESS each and every one of you he's in heaven looking down on y'all and will always be with y'all in spirit
JaNae Roots
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JaNae Roots
Ferris, TX
Manuel was a trooper putting up with me and Cecilia during our teenage years! He taught me all about the music of the 50s and Ritchie Valens and I love the music and cherish those memories to this day! My deepest condolences to your family and friends. I pray each of you finds comfort in the loving memories you share and hold so dear. All my love!
Katrina Reed
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Pamela Lammons
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Isabelle Guillen
Temple, TX
To Bertha and all of Manuel'sfamily, may the love and strengths of Our Father God give all of you peace as you pass Manuel into his peaceful hands. We have God' s promises to reunite with Manuel in God's heavenly Kingdom.  Love and blessings to all.
Your cousin, Isabelle
Charles Austin
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Charles, Nancy Austin and family
Irving, TX
Love to you Rodriguez family, Manuel was s special man.  Prayers
Terry Tafalla
Dallas, TX
An amazing man, I was lucky to have known him. Prayers and hugs to all.
Esther Munn
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Esther and John Munn
Dallas, TX
Praying your family finds comfort.
Kathy Johnson
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Randy Curbello
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Gary and Diane Willis
Irving, TX
Sending prayers to his family. We have a lot of fond memories of him. Several of our boys grew up with his boys in school and baseball in the River Bottoms. Also a kind man and fun to be around.
A. Caldwell
Dallas, TX
May the loving memories you share and the promise made by God be of comfort to you during this time. Revelation 21:4 - "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
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