Gilardo “Gil” Castro Favila

January 23, 1938 – December 31, 2022


Gildardo “Gil” Favila, 84, of Sonora, TX went peacefully into Heaven, surrounded by family and loved ones, on December 31, 2022. He was the beloved husband of the late Maria Elena Favila, with whom he shared 59 loving years of marriage.
Born in Sonora, TX on January 23, 1938, he was the son of the late Jesus V. Favila and Georgia Castro Favila. Gil was a graduate of Sonora High School and member of the state-qualifying Bronco Football and Bronco Track teams, lecturer and member of the St. Ann's Catholic Church in Sonora, and former employee of the Texas Department of Transportation Highway Department. He enjoyed working on his home, which he proudly constructed and built, spending time with his family, reminiscing and telling stories about his wife and life, and cheering on the Sonora Broncos. But, most of all, he loved to be with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were the light in his life.
Gildardo was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Maria Elena Favila, mother and father, Jesus V. Favila and Georgia Castro Favila, brother, Jesus “Jesse” Favila, and brother, Raul Favila.
He is survived by his five children Gil Favila and spouse Daisy Favila of Grape Creek, Betty Longoria and spouse Joe Longoria of Sonora, Eddie Favila and spouse Tammy Favila of Sonora, Joe David Favila and spouse Debbie Favila of Bristol, VA, and Rachel Lira and spouse Mario Lira of Sonora; one sister Romelia Champion of Lubbock, TX; twelve beloved grandchildren, seven great-grandchild, and many extended family members and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday January 3rd at St. Ann's Catholic Church, in Sonora, at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow at the Sonora Cemetery. Flowers may be sent to Love Funeral Home at 409 E 2nd Street, Sonora, TX 76950. Memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society or charity of choice.
On behalf of Gildardo Favila, the family would like to thank the staff at Lillian Hudspeth Memorial Hospital in Sonora, the Fresenius Kidney Care in San Angelo, Dr. Pajeska and staff in Sonora, and a special thanks to Hanna Silva with Angels Home Health in San Angelo.
I'm Free
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that place at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill is with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I've savored much.
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief.
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me...
God wanted me now, He set me free.