HEBBRONVILLE Gilbert M. Contreras, 83, passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2007, in Lubbock.

He was born Nov. 26, 1923, to Preciliano and Leonarda Martinez Contreras in Hempstead. Mr. Contreras was a truck driver before his retirement.

Survivors include his loving wife, Elvira R. Contreras of Hebbronville; four sons, Cruz and Gina Contreras of Brownwood, Phillip and Rachel Contreras of Brownwood, Isabel and Lucinda Contreras of Fort Worth and Gilbert and Dora Contreras of Hebbronville; four daughters, Oralia and John Martinez of Fort Worth, Alicia and Pete Bastardo of Brownwood, Connie and Arthur Garcia of Lamesa and San Juanita and Randy Dominguez of Hebbronville; 37 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

A rosary was prayed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2007, at Funeraria Del Angel Howard-Williams of Hebbronville. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2007, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church of Hebbronville.

Pallbearers will be Arthur A. Garcia, Chris Contreras, Michael Dominguez, Paul Contreras, Phillip Contreras and Mosses Contreras.