He was born July 11, 1917, in Beeville.
Survivors include his wife, Margarita Valenzuela Perez of Refugio; seven daughters, Virginia Sutherland, Jessie Valenzuela, Delia Huerta, Bertha Farias, Rose Lara and Rose Ann Massey, all of San Antonio, Jeanie Rachel Guiterrez of Victoria; two step-daughters, Rose Brown of Hallettsville and Margaret Sanchez of Yoakum; two sons, Ramon Ponce of Refugio and Bernaldo Perez of San Antonio; two sisters, Maria Gonzales and Lucia Mascorro, both of Refugio; 47 grandchildren; 102 great-grandchildren; 27 great-great-grandchildren.
A rosary was recited at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15, at Moore Funeral Home Chapel.
Mass was celebrated at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, at St. James Catholic Church.
Pallbearers were Tommy Ponce, Michael Silvas, Henry Farias, Jr., Bernaldo Perez Jr., Eddie Gonzales Jr., Ruben R. Lara and David Ponce.