— Michael Leonard Cruz Jr., 18, of Weatherford, died Friday, May 3, 2013, in a Fort Worth-area hospital following a brief illness.
Service was May 7 at Wharton Funeral Home with Mr. Mickey Reynolds officiating. Burial followed in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, in Wharton, under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home. Serving as pallbearers were Roy Jimenez, Javier Garza, Thomas Cordova, Roel Jimenez, Adam Cruz, Israel Cruz, Nino Cruz, and Raymond Balles. Honorary pallbearers were Daniel Martinez Jr., James Martinez, Joe Ramirez III, Marcos Cruz, Aaron Cruz, Darian Gayfield, Andrew Duncan, and all of his teachers and aides that have helped over the years.
He was born Oct. 11, 1994, in Houston to Michael Cruz and Stacey Jimenez. Mikey had been a longtime resident of Wharton, having obtained his diploma from Wharton High School in 2012. Mikey enjoyed music, being outdoors and Cheetos. His playful demeanor led to many headlocks and innocent biting incidents. He harbored a strong affection for his sippy cup and chicken McNuggets. Mikey was Christian by faith.
Survivors include his parents, Michael Cruz Sr. and wife, Shelley, of Weatherford, and Stacey Jimenez of Wharton; grandparents, Roy and Belinda Jimenez, of Wharton, Santos and Yolanda Cruz, of Weatherford, Ross and Lou Ann Arth, of College Station, and Reuben and Mary Balles, of Hungerford; great-grandparents, Amalia Jimenez, of Lane City, and Antonio Martinez and wife, Alicia, of Wharton; sisters, Madilynn Balles, of Wharton, Allison Balles, of Wharton, and Mia Nicole Balles, of Hungerford; brothers, Damien Ray Balles, of Wharton, and Caden Terry Cruz and Caleb Michael Cruz, of Weatherford; aunts and uncles, Roy Jimenez Jr., Javier Garza, Thomas Cordova, Roel Jimenez, Adam and Yolanda Cruz, Israel and Danielle Cruz, Nino and Valarie Cruz, Stephanie Miller and Stacey and Kevin Macik; and numerous cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Terry Lynn Toney and Jesus Jimenez.
In lieu of usual remembrances the family requests memorials to the Epilepsy Foundation of America, 8301 Professional Place, Landover, MD 20785
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