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Mateo Caballero went to be with the lord on May 10, 2011 at 4 a.m. at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene. He was surrounded at his bed side by his daughters, Rosa, Sylvia, Margie, Mickey, Matilda and granddaughter, Sandy.
Mateo Caballero was born in Kennedy, Texas on March 11, 1923. He was 88 years old. He lived a happy life in Sweetwater for 44 years. He was a loving and wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was a member of Highland Baptist Church. He married Maria Limones on Sept. 5, 1942 in Violet, Texas.
His is survived by his four sons, Daniel Caballero, Sr. and wife Maria Cano of Abilene, Elias Caballero and wife Alma of Welch, Sammy Caballero and wife Velma of Abilene and Arnold Caballero of Sweetwater; his nine daughters, Amanda Flores and husband Manuel of Sweetwater, Elida Garcia of Galveston, Rosa Castereno and husband Juan of Sweetwater, Connie Montemayor of Abilene, Gloria Hernandez and husband Joe of Roby, Silvia Picon of Abilene, Margarita Ramos of Sweetwater, Mikeila Molina of Sweetwater and Matilda Caballero of Sweetwater. He has three sisters, Maria Caballero, Bertha Caballero and Janie Villareal. Mr. Caballero has 52 grandchildren, 100 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great grandchildren. He was loved by all and will be missed so much.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Felix and Petra Caballero; his wife, Maria L. Caballero; a son, Alcario Caballero; a daughter, Alice Leyva; four brothers; and two grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Joe Caballero, Lenard Delgado, Gabriel Molina, Angel Caballero, Micheal Gomez and Jason Montemayor. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Castereno, Daniel Caballero, Jr., Robert Garcia, Ezekiel Molina, Jimmy Joe Barboza and Jonathan Castereno.
A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at McCoy Chapel of Memories. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday May 13, 2011, at McCoy Chapel of Memories, with Rev. Keith Clower officiating. Interment will be at Sweetwater Cemetery, under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home.