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Armando J. Correa, Sr. peacefully passed away at his home Friday, February 17, 2023, at the age of 88.
Mando was born on June 30, 1934, in San Perlita to Isabel and Dolores Anzaldua Correa. He graduated from San Perlita High School in 1954, then went on to attend Southwest Texas State Teachers College, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture in 1958. He later attained his Master of Education degree from Pan American University in 1976.
He served 35 years as a teacher, coach, and principal in the Lyford Consolidated Independent School District, where he developed life-long bonds with a multitude of colleagues and students and bled green and gold for life. He also proudly served his country as a member of the Texas National Guard, which included active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was actively involved with the Willacy County Little League Association, serving 20 years as manager of Brown Haynes Motors, and was also a high school basketball referee for over 30 years in the Rio Grande Valley.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Laura Nell Correa, his brother Juan (Mary) Correa, his sons, Mando Jr. (Bernadette), Roman Correa, Roger Shed (Rhonda), daughters Marisa Correa, and Karon Shed, sisters-in-law, Sylvia, Hayde, and Olga Correa, grandchildren, Lance Jaramillo, Derek and Blake Correa, Nathan Bishop, Jennifer, Wade, Laura, Casey, April, Maykala, Aaron, Corey, and Carly Shed. He is also survived by 19 great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.
Mando was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Zoila and Odilia Correa, and his brothers Armin, Aurelio, Oscar, Octavio (Alicia), and Osvaldo (Mary) Correa. He was also preceded in death by his son, Randy Shed.
Services will be under the direction of Good Shepherd Funeral Home in Raymondville, with public visitation taking place on Monday, February 20 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the Holy Rosary to be recited by Connie Fitch at 7 p.m. Public visitation will be held Tuesday, February 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a funeral mass celebrated at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Raymondville. Interment will follow at the Raymondville Memorial Park Cemetery.
Honored to serve as pallbearers will be Lance Jaramillo, Derek Correa, Blake Correa, Nathan Bishop, Corey Shed, and Rick Salinas. Honorary pallbearers will be David Davila, Bobby Chapa, Ernesto Garcia, Lupe Serna, and nephews, Sonny Correa, Rolly Correa, Deuce Correa, Adrian Correa, David Correa, Omar Correa, and Juan Correa, Jr.
We would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Mt. Sinai Hospice for the comfort and care provided to Dad.