Buffington Funeral Home

424 St Peter Street, Gonzales, TX


Eleazar Garza Sr.

July 25, 1936January 10, 2020

Eleazar Garza, Sr. went on his way on Friday, January 10, 2020 at the age of 83.

Funeral Services are under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Gonzales, Texas, and will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Gonzales Memorial Park Cemetery in Gonzales, Texas. Visitation will be at Buffington Funeral Home on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

Eleazar was born on July, 25, 1936 in Los Saenz, Texas, “Star Country”. He was the son of Miguel, Jr. and Ramona (Diaz) Garza.

His Brother, Romeo Garza and his sister, Lydia Acosta and one grandson, Marcus Garza, Jr. preceded him on his journey. Brother Eli and sisters, Efida, Mandy and Rosa still walk the Earth…

He married Sarah Pat Johnson on April 23, 1960, and they became one. They have six children; Eleazar “Eddie” Garza, Jr. and his wife, Susie, Ramona A. Garza Reese, Karen L. Garza Bayl and her husband, Kevin, Tina M. Garza and husband to be, Nick Clark, Marcus Garza, Sr., Juan M. Garza, and a nephew, David A. Johnson who has went on his journey.

Mr. Eleazar Garza, known as Ed or Eddie and wife Sarah have twenty-one grandchildren, and fifty great-grandchildren.

Mister Eleazar Garza, Sr. was a hard working Man… He attended Kennedy High School.

He was in the United States Air force. He did his training in Amarillo, Texas, and then he was transferred to Juneau, Alaska, and then to New Mexico as a Cook.

After the Air Force, he held many manager jobs in food establishments in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He then began working for Jimmy R. Smith as a laborer. He then went to work for Lockley Air Force Base. He trained working for Oil Dynamics. It lead Eleazar and his family to Big Spring, Texas, working on aircraft at Webb Air Force Base. Ed, his wife, and family stayed for a while in Big Spring. He was a coach for Howard County Boxing Club, was in L.U.L.A.C. and active in politics, not as running for any office, but campaigning for his choices… He liked Loui Brown & Pat Deanda. He had many friends & family.

Next, Mister Garza went to work for Baker Hughes and moved to Gonzales, Texas… since he traveled internationally, he didn’t get into many outside things. But, he sure told everyone that South Texas and Gonzales was – Gods Country – He loved to fish… and have a cold one by the river.

His passions ran like this, Work, Family. Car racing, he raced at one time. Boxing - -coach, and of course, the famous Garza’s BBQs. Reading the newspaper, and playing Sudoku, few people could beat him at checkers and dominoes.

Pallbearers for Mr. Garza will be; Brian Garza, Anthony Garza, Timothy Rose, Casey Rose, Danny Ruiz, and JJ Garza. Honorary Pallbearers will be; Eddie Garza, Marcus Garza, Juan M. Garza, Steven Rose, Kevin Bayl III, Michael Garza, and John “JR” Robinson.

Have a rest on your Journey!!!, LOVE YOU

To join the family in celebrating Eleazar’s life and to offer words of comfort, please go to: www.buffingtonfuneralhomegonzales.com


  • Brian Garza
  • Anthony Garza
  • Timothy Rose
  • Casey Rose
  • Danny Ruiz
  • J. J. Garza
  • Eddie Garza, Honorary
  • Markus Garza, Honorary
  • Juan M Garza, Honorary
  • Steven Rose, Honorary
  • Kevin Bayl III, Honorary
  • Michael Garza, Honorary
  • John (J.R.) Robinson, Honorary


  • Visitation Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 18, 2020
  • Interment Saturday, January 18, 2020


Eleazar Garza Sr.

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Marco Ayala

January 25, 2020

Uncle Eddie was a great man. He always brought fun and happiness to his sisters Armandina’s home. My fondest memory of him was him encouraging me in my early career as a technician and he talked about his oil and gas work. I am proud to say that when I did see him he would say “hey fat boy how are you doing”?” and I always replied “this fat boy is doing fine”. He will always be in my mind and I am fortunate to have him as my Uncle.
Love you Uncle,

Markus Garza

January 25, 2020

Markus Garza

January 21, 2020

Thank you daddy for coming to me in spirit to tell me bye! Your golden aura surounded me, i fell to my knees, but you lifted me up and my hat flew off. And as I felt you touch my hair and tussell it about, I heard the words clear as if you were infront of me, "get up knucklehead , you've got lots to do mijito! " and as the golden whirlwind of shimmering little sparkles were quickly fading i felt you tickle my nose and i seen you smiling , fading... Fading... Fading. Gone ...then i got the call, but I had already known 😩.. I love you, and i forever will need your keen foresight and knowelege to guide my heart and decisions in the future. But most of all I need your love and solstice to balance my spirit. I love you DADDY!

sarah garza

January 16, 2020

I have two hundred sixty-three thousand and six hundred sixty-eight memories ...love always

Michael Rickerman

January 15, 2020

I first time I had the pleasure of meeting Eddie was the summer of 1966. I had graduated from high school and he gave me my first job. I had the opportunity to work the counter with him at Lionels Drive-In on Central Avenue in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The next time I met him was when I was dating his niece, who later became my wife. Imagine my surprise when she introduced me to her uncle and we both looked at each other and said “I know you.” What a small world we live in. He was a good man and will be missed by all of us you cared for him.


Sarah Bayl

January 15, 2020

I always remember how you always had the brightest smile waiting for me . And always watching boxing together on TV and eating some candy together. You can rest now, I'll love you forever and always Grandpa .

Tina Garza

January 14, 2020

This is one of millions of my memories with you. Yet it is the top favorite. FLY HIGH DAD ♥️

Sharon DeAnda

January 14, 2020

Our hearts, love, and prayers go out to Patty and the entire family during this difficult time.
Ed was an amazing person and loved by so many. He left many a footprints here on earth.
Rest Easy Ed! Fly High

Marisol Baldwin Mata

January 13, 2020

My oldest fondest memories have Always included the Garza family. We’d have cook outs all the time. Mrs. Garza would play the Banjo barefoot and beautiful. Mr Garza would dance to her playing and he did the Flamingo dance (Garza) hed keep his elbows close to his body and lift a leg.... I can see him now dancing in heaven with my dad, Jaime Baldwin sr. They were buddies/coaches/amigos... most off family. Dance on coach Garza!!
Marisol Baldwin Mata

Priscilla Rickerman

January 13, 2020

I remember Uncle Eddie always wore a white shirt when he worked in the restaurant business. I used to watch Aunt Patty iron it for him before he left for work every morning. He always looked so handsome in that white shirt. I spent a lot of time with both of them when I was growing up and cherish those memories. He was loved by many and will be missed so very much. Give everyone a big hug for me when you see them.

Love you Uncle Eddie,