Jose Guadalupe "Joe" Cabralez of Uvalde, Texas passed away in on October 24, 2021, at Methodist Texsan Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. He was born on August 16, 1966, to Zenon and Frances (Reyes) Cabralez in Eagle Pass, Texas.
He married Dolores Reyes on August 8, 1992, in Uvalde, Texas.
At the early age of 18, Joe was ambitious and would talk about his dreams and goals of starting his own plumbing business so he moved to Austin, Texas to learn to become a plumber. After a few years learning the trade, he moved back to Uvalde where he got more experience working with O.V. Casey. There, he then gained the confidence to start a business on his own and started Joe’s Plumbing. He always said, “You have to love what you do everyday and always be willing to learn”. He was a problem-solver and if nobody had the answer, Joe was sure enough to have it. His worth ethic was extraordinary and always thrived when it came to facing challenges. He developed the strength to keep pushing through so he could provide for him family. As his career grew, he had many business partners in life and his loyalty to them, his workers and his family was unmatched. Joe was best known for being a family man. He worked hard to provide for his wife and children and to always lend a helping hand to his family and friends. His loving and generous ways are how he would wish for all to remember him by. When he wasn’t working, he was still working but at home. He was constantly looking for ways to improve his sanctuary and make it a comfortable place for him and his family. His hobbies included gardening, horseback riding, working with livestock and DIY projects. He most enjoyed it when he could get the kids involved like practicing baseball, softball and soccer or coaching their teams. People will also remember him by his kind smile. If you saw him around town at lunch or in between job sites, he would flash a grin and a smile and say hello and crack some inside joke. To understand his humor was to really know him and that everything he said came with love. He always pushed people to do better and was always willing to teach. He always knew the right thing to say and had a positive outlook. Many saw him as a role model and an example of success, hard work and determination. This is a legacy he’ll be glad to know he has left, and his family will work to carry on.
Joe fought harder to live, but he was not afraid to die. His faith was strong. He always repeated this bible verse in times of where his faith tested:
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Mr. Cabralez is survived by his wife; Dolores of Uvalde, father; Zenon of Uvalde, daughters; Jacqueline Gabrielle Cabralez of San Diego, California and Teresa Marie Cabralez of Uvalde, sons; Joe Paul Cabralez of Houston, Jacob Cabralez and companion, Gabriella Rodriguez of Uvalde, sisters; Olga Vega and husband, Juan Pablo of Eagle Pass, Angela Campos of Fostoria, Ohio, Maria Ramos and husband, Rolando, Rosalba Cabralez, and Norma Garza all of Uvalde, brothers; Victor Cabralez and wife, Eva Cruz, Santiago Cabralez and wife, Melissa, Jaime Cabralez and wife, Maricella all of Uvalde, Oscar Cabralez and wife, Anna of Fostoria, Ohio, mother-in-law; Frances Reyes of Uvalde, granddaughter, Kaisley Isabella Cabralez of Uvalde, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his mother; Frances, sister; Martha Mehnaz Weidman, brother; Daniel Cabralez and father-in-law; Jose Reyes.
Visitation will begin on Thursday, October 28 at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary at 12:00 PM with a Rosary at 7:00 PM.
A funeral mass will be Friday, October, 29 at 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with an interment following at Uvalde Catholic Cemetery.