On a horse-drawn carriage, Abel Balboa Sr, known as "El Cowboy" and World War II veteran was laid to rest Saturday morning at the age of 91.

"Last of the American Cowboys and World War II veteran, he needed to be honored," said Funeral Director Bobby Trevino. "He is a piece of history that's gone."

His coffin draped with a US flag as a procession of cowboys in horses escorted the carriage from Trevino Funeral Home down Martin Luther King Boulevard to the Alice Cemetery. He earned seven medals during his service.

He worked for the Texas Highway Department and retired after 33 years of service.

He enjoyed working cattle and roping the wildest ones; breaking horses and racing them was also his delight. He worked for several ranches around the area and acquired three ranches in his lifetime.