Joseph Adolfo Bravo passed peacefully in his home the morning of December 13th surrounded by his family.
Joe was born in Edinburg, Texas on November 2, 1922 to Manuel and Josefa Bravo. He graduated from McAllen High School in 1940. After graduation Joe enlisted with other family members in the U.S. Army Air Core and served in the Philippines where he oversaw the refueling of B-29 bombers. During his service Joe earned the rank of Master Sergeant. After the war he attended the University of Texas and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. While at school he met his future wife Virginia "Tiny" Balagia. They were married in Austin, Texas in 1950 and moved to South Texas where he was employed by Border Road Construction Company. In 1964 Joe and Tiny welcomed their twin boys Joseph and David. Seventeen months later they welcomed their daughter Mary. After the birth of their children Joe purchased a home in Monahans where he moved his family to continue his work with Border Road Construction. After the unexpected death of the owner of this company Joe and two other partners purchased the company and ran for many years. They sold the company in 1979 and Joe was able to retire at the age of 55. He lived many years in Monahans and enjoyed many years of retirement. As a retiree he enjoyed golfing, becoming a grandfather in 1988 and a great-grandfather in 2017, watching Longhorn football, and attending mass at St. John's Catholic Church. Joe was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and a fifty-three-year resident of Monahans. The family has a special gratitude for Joe's daughter Mary for her many years consistent and dedicated care of him.
He is preceded in death by his parents; Manuel and Josefa, his brother, James Edward "Eddie" Bravo; sister, Aurora "Babe" Gutierrez-Rivera; and his wife Virginia "Tiny" Bravo.
Joe is survived by his brother, Manuel "Junior" Bravo of Laredo; sons, Joe Charles Bravo of San Antonio and David Bravo of Austin; daughter, Mary Bravo; granddaughter Jennifer Gambs and husband Andrew, and his great grandson Ryder Cash of Monahans.
A rosary will be held at Harkey Funeral Home Thursday, December 14th at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. John's Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 15th. He will be laid to rest next to his wife at Assumption Cemetery in Austin, Texas on Saturday December 16th at 2:00p.m.
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