Pete Acosta

August 1, 1938January 9, 2021

Pedro “Pete” Villa Acosta, age 82 of Abilene, Texas, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021, peacefully at home with family by his side.

Pedro was born August 1, 1938 in Archer City, TX to Nick and Anita Acosta. Pedro (also known as Pete or Wello) met and married the love of his life Mary Stokes, at the age of 14. They were married for 58 years until her passing in 2013. Pete was a man of many talents and had the opportunity to work at various places throughout Abilene, which include Kelly Construction, Walmart, Rose and Son Construction and Goodwill. He was an avid sports fan and loved the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and Abilene High Eagles. Whether he was watching them on TV or listening on the radio, he never missed a game! He coached for Los Aguilas baseball team for many years. Pete adored his grandchildren and often travelled to watch them play sports.

Pete is preceded in death by his wife Mary, a son, his parents, Mother-in-law Minnie “Tita” Stokes, his best friend and brother-in-law, Pat Stokes, Jr., and four siblings.

Pete is survived by his children, Amelia Rocha (Arthur), Paula Flores (Joseph), Pete Acosta Jr, Minnie Espinoza (Ricky) and Marie Leal (Roger), all of Abilene; Siblings, Linda, Nick, Francis, Irene, Jesse, Joe, Anita and Margaret; 21 grandchildren; 54 great-grandkids; 9 great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Joseph, Jonathan, Alex, Tudy, Edward, Ricky, Petie, Mikey, Billy and Jojo.

Family and friends are welcome from 6 to 7 PM on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Elliott Hamil Funeral Home. Rosary will be Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7 PM in the Elliott Hamil Funeral Home Chapel, located at 5701 US Hwy 277 South. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11 AM with Father Albert Ezeanya officiating. Burial to follow at Abilene Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Elliot Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Highway 277 S, Abilene, TX 79606.


  • Joseph Flores
  • Jonathan Flores
  • Alex Gallimore
  • Arthur Rocha Jr.
  • Edward Martinez
  • Ricky Espinoza
  • Pete Acosta
  • Mikey Leal
  • Billy, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jojo, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation and Rosary

    Thursday, January 21, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, January 22, 2021

  • Interment

    Friday, January 22, 2021


Pete Acosta

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Pete Acosta

January 20, 2021

My Handsome Dad! My Best Friend! My Greatest Coach! ⚾.. You were a great blessing being our Dad! You gave us unconditional love! I enjoyed playing on your semi pro baseball team.. Los Eagelas de Abilene for 15yrs. My dad had very strong work ethics! I learned alot for him! We worked side by side, never met a man with such hard work ethic and never complained. Dad was a great provider for his family and had that romantic touch for his wife of 56yrs. He would always buy my mom a gift( rings) and card for vday or anniversary! A quiet man with such a wave! I remember mom and dad they are dancing again..56yrs till eternity. 💕.. Love you!!

Pete Acosta

January 20, 2021

I’ll never forget Friday nights before every football game looking up into the stands finding wello and my dad and pointing to them. Always knew he would be there! Love you wello say hi to Wella for me and save me some tortillas!!

Robert Gamber

January 18, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Pete and his entire family will be in my prayers.

Bob Gamber (esposo de Linda)

Missy Santoya

January 13, 2021

Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, Abilene High Eagles 3 of his favorite things ❤️ Rest peacefully, Wello, I love you ❤️