2017-04-19 / Obituaries

ORLANDO A. “LONNIE” CORREA

Raymondville - Orlando A. “Lonnie” Correa, 54, entered into eternal glory on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Methodist Specialty & Transplant Hospital in San Antonio, TX. He was born on May 22, 1962 in Raymondville, TX to Octavio and Alicia (Flores) Correa.

Lonnie was born & raised in Raymondville. He is a graduate of the Raymondville High School class of 1980 & furthered his education at Texas A&M University in Kingsville, where he earned his master’s degrees in counseling and in administration. His career in education spanned 24 years in which he worked as a teacher, counselor, principal, and superintendent. He began serving his community in May of 1999 as a city commissioner until January of 2006, when he was elected as Mayor. He also served as president of the Economic Development Corporation of Raymondville for nearly a decade. Over the 9 years he was mayor, he supported a number of important efforts related to municipal infrastructure, disaster recovery, the Raymondville Police Facility, the Raymondville Fire Department Facility, and the Veteran’s Memorial Park. He served in numerous noteworthy organizations, such as the Raymondville Chamber of Commerce, the Willacy County Historical Center, the Willacy County Emergency Operational Center, and the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council. In addition, he was a longtime member of the Raymondville Fire Department, the Lions Club, and lifetime member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. He was blessed to have the support and love of his wife, Cristina, for 28 years during all his accomplishments. Following the completion of his final term as mayor, he retired and spent his remaining days enjoying his time with family and friends and playing poker. He was a committed champion and with pride, we can reflect on his accomplishments for years to come.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Alfredo Moreno; mother-in-law, Ofelia Moreno; and brother-in-law, Juan Moreno. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Cristina Moreno Correa; brothers, Adrian (Sallie) Correa and Omar (Hilda) Correa; sisters, Dodie (Oscar) de la Fuente and Liz (Steve) Shamlian; sisters-in-law, Blanca (Jaime) Rivera, Judy (Oscar) Gutierrez, and Josie Moreno; nieces & nephews; Michael Correa, Alyssa Correa, Matt & Gina Loid, Ileana Rivera, Denise Rivera, Eloy Cavazos, Xylina Gutierrez, Javier Arriaga, & Xavier & Gina Gutierrez; & great nieces and nephews, Isla Arriaga, Joe Ryan Rodriguez, Joshua Gutierrez, Kylee Gutierrez, and Axle Gutierrez, who loved their Uncle Lonnie very much.

Visitation will be held today, Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 9:00AM till 9:00 PM with a holy rosary recited at 7:00 PM at Good Shepherd Funeral Home. A funeral mass to celebrate Lonnie’s life will be Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 2:00PM at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. A funeral procession will follow to his final place of rest in the Raymondville Memorial Park Cemetery.

Honored to serve as pallbearers will be Xavier Gutierrez, Javier Arriaga, Michael Correa, Eloy Cavazos, Phillip Kellogg, and Matt Loid.

Honorary pallbearers will be Oscar Gutierrez, Zeke Cavazos, Ray Solis, Tony Rocha, Beto Romero, Uvaldo Zamora, Andres Maldonado, Cruz Tijerina, Buck Brassell, Jose Munoz, Eleazar “Yogi” Garcia, Ralph Montalvo, John Kellogg, Armando Correa, Jr, and Gilbert Tristan.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the caring hands of Good Shepherd Funeral Home. 1157 W. Hidalgo Raymondville, TX.

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