Willie B. Rodriguez, 81, died on Sunday, April 19, 2009.

He was born on June 25, 1927 in Beeville to Felipe Rodriguez Sr. and Luisa Benavides Rodriguez. He was a Catholic and a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Banquete.

He is survived by his wife, Ysidra Rodriguez of Banquete; his children, Julia (David) Barrientes, Estela (Benito) Resendez, both of Banquete, Libby (Rey) Paredez of Sandia, and Manuel (Marlene) Rodriguez of Minnesota; two brothers, Frank Rodriguez of Taft, and Felipe Rodriguez of Rockport; his sister, Modesta Gonzalez of Taft; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Ramon Funeral Home chapel. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 23, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Banquete. Interment followed at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Ramon Funeral Home Inc.