Mr. Zapata was born in Fredericksburg to Paulita and Maximo Zapata Sr. He married Maria Contreras in 1941 in Runge; she preceded him in death Feb. 26, 2005.
Survivors include his daughters, Anita Rodriguez of Victoria, Oralia (Alex) Matamoros of Houston, Pauline (Sebero) Bustamante of El Campo, Blanca Ester Barrientez of Alabama, and Dalia (Jesse) Mesa of Victoria; son, Ernest (Linda) Zapata of Runge; sisters, Lina Zapata of Runge and Tonia Rodriguez of Kenedy; and brothers, Tomas Zapata Sr. of San Antonio and Eloy Zapata Sr. of Runge.
A rosary was recited Monday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Eckols Chapel.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Runge.
Interment followed in the Runge Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Porsirio Rodriguez, Jesse Ray Mesa, Larry Zapata, Jimmy Zapata, Scott Barrientez and Gabriel Salas.
Eckols Funeral Home, Inc.