Hundreds Attend Rosary for Richard Lopez - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/10/08

Hundreds Attend Rosary for Richard Lopez

More than 500 people packed into a North Lubbock church to honor a man who spent his live serving the poor.  

A rosary was held Tuesday evening at St. Joseph's Catholic Church to remember 74-year-old Richard Lopez.

Many say Lopez became the father to the poor on the South Plains and was commonly referred to as the "Cesar Chavez of West Texas."

Lopez suffered a heart attack Saturday evening and died Sunday morning.

He served as executive director of the Guadalupe Economic Services Corporation for more than 30 years and also was the co-founder of the South Plains Food Bank.  

In a show of support for Lopez, those attending the funeral are asked to bring canned foods that will benefit the food bank.  

Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph's at 102 North Avenue P at 10a.m. Wednesday. Burial will follow at Peaceful Gardens in Woodrow.

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