Joe R. Mendez


Joe R. Mendez of Smiley entered eternal rest on Aug. 18 in New Braunfels, Texas at the age of 59. He was born on July 13, 1960 in DeWitt County, Texas to Santos and Sara Vasquez Mendez.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Fred Vasquez and Gilbert Mendez; and a nephew, John Guillory.

He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Diane Hernandez Mendez; children, Jamey Mendez (Benjamin), Yvonne Mendez, Elizabeth DeLeon (Mikey); five grandchildren: Kailynn Mendez, Jaden Del Val, Lauren DeLeon, Ethan Del Val, Mason Houseton; his sister, Cindy Guillory; numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 4-8 p.m. at Finch Funeral Chapel - Nixon.

Funeral Service

Friday, Aug. 23

2 p.m.

Finch Funeral Chapel

Nixon, TX

Interment will follow at Smiley Latin American Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. The online guestbook may be signed at