R. Steve Cortez

October 22, 1940 - September 3, 2011
R. Steve Cortez


Rene Steve Cortez

Rene Steve Cortez of Leland, NC, died Saturday, September 3, 2011, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC.

He was born in Mission, Texas, on October 22, 1940, the son of the late Emetrio and Francisa (Reyna) Cortez and was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Cortez, and a sister, Linda Cortez.

Steve was a commercial truck driver with 45 years of service. He loved his music, playing his guitar, and singing at church. Steve loved spending time with his family and his dogs. Mr. Cortez was most recently associated with Wal-Mart of Leland as a greeter for the past four years.

Surviving besides his wife Barbara Cortez of 37 years are: a son, Steven Stafford of Wilmington, NC, Eight daughters, Suzanne Tracy and husband Gary of Wilmington, NC, Stacy Laurin and husband Mark of Wilmington, NC, Rebecca Cortez of Mira Loma, CA, Yvonne Cortez of Mira Loma, CA, Patricia Holmes and husband Mark of Mira Loma, CA, Deborah Jones and husband Robert of Cabazon, CA, Dianne Zuniga of Cabazon, CA, and Joanne of CA, three sisters, Rachael Gonzales of Greenville, CA, Ida of San Diego, CA, and Rebecca Morga of Harrison, AK, 14 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held 3:00 pm Saturday, September 17, 2011, at Faith Baptist Church, 4455 Ocean Hwy East, Bolivia.

A special thank you to the staff of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington Health and Rehab Center, and the caring staff at DaVita.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Faith Baptist Church, 4455 Ocean Highway East, Bolivia, NC 28422.

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A service of Village Road Funeral and Cremation Service, Leland, N


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  • September 05, 2011
    Suzanne Watson says:
    Mrs. Barb and Family, My heart breaks to hear of the lost of Mr. Steve. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • October 03, 2011
    A. Jackson says:
    My heartfelt sympathies to the family. Our thoughts and concern are with your family. May the words in Isaiah 25:8 bring you hope and comfort.