Tio Fred Munoz

My uncle Federico Franco Munoz "Fred" went to Heaven on St. Patrick's Day 2011.

He worked for several years as an auctioneer.

I have many fond memories of Tio Freddy. When we'd visit him or he'd come by, my step-dad would ask: Are you ready for Freddy? We were always ready for his bright smile and funny lines.

Fred turned me on to my first Butterfinger candy bar and he'd tease me about getting a girlfriend. He said the trick was to pay at the register with your wallet wide open.

Somehow we acquired Freddy's 1979 Chevrolet green pick-up truck, and it became my first vehicle at 16.

Uncle Freddy proudly served in the U.S. Army and leaves behind three children and several grandchildren.

Obit in Midland Star-Telegram March 2011

Freddy Munoz Everybody's 'favorite' entered into God's Holy Presence on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at the age of 51. Fred was born on March 2, 1960 to Maximo and Otillia Munoz in Midland, Texas. After graduation he joined the United States Army. Following the army he married the love of his life, Mary Paredes at our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Midland, Texas. Never at a loss for words, Fred's healthier days would find him with a gavel and a microphone at his Auction Action on Friday nights. He received his auctioneer degree in Missouri and was an amazing auctioneer for many years. He then worked as the office administrator at Our Lady of San Juan Catholic Church under the now deceased Father Tom Kelly. He was a member of Templo Biblico Bautista where Sundays you would find him as a greeter and encourager to all who attended. He was a loving father, husband, grandfather, brother, and son, and was blessed with many friends throughout his life. Fred was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Mary Munoz of Midland, Texas; Three children: Chris Munoz and wife Audra of White Settlement, Texas; SPC. Alex Munoz and wife, Amy of Fort Hood, Texas; and Kimberly Munoz of Midland, Texas; daughter-in-law: Mandy Munoz of San Antonio, Texas; five grandchildren: Anaya Paredes, Abigail Paredes, Riley Munoz, Madyson Munoz, and Jaxson Munoz; brothers: Max Munoz, Martin Munoz, and Chuy Munoz, all of Midland, and Rev. Mickey Munoz of Odessa; sisters: Ellen Fino, Fani Snodgrass, and Lucy Fino, all of Midland, and Tina Mendoza of Wesley Chapel, Florida and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank his many caregivers, every one of them were his 'favorite'. Rosary will be held Saturday, March 19th at 7:00 pm at Heavenly Gate Chapel and a Celebration of Life Service on Sunday, March 20th at 4:00 pm at Heavenly Gate Chapel. Funeral services will be Monday, March 21st at 1:00 pm at San Miguel Archangel Catholic Church. Officiated by Father Emilio Sosa, assisted by Deacon Mike LaMonica. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Pallbearers are his son, SPC. Alex Munoz, nephews, Rick Fino, Alex Fino, Jimmy Snodgrass, Tony Snodgrass, Mark Almanza, Mario Almanza, and Jesse Munoz Jr.. Honorary pallbearers are Gilbert Mendoza, Anthony Almanza, Rob Fino, Martin Munoz, Jr., Michael Anthony Paredes, Christian Alexander Paredes, and his buddy Andrew Ybarra. Funeral service is under the direction of Lewallen-Garcia-Pipkin Funeral Home. Family messages and condolences may be emailed to: pipkin@nts-online.net.

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