Fidel G. “Pempo” Alcorta, Jr., 92, of Poteet died Friday, November 23. A Rosary service was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 27 at Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, November 28, in Poteet at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church with Father Albert Lelo CICM officiating.
Fidel was born August 27, 1926 to Fidel Alcorta, Sr. and Rosa Gomez in Crown where he was raised. It was there that he met and later married Mary Casanova. Shortly after they married, the couple moved to Lamesa and raised 5 children there.
In the early 60’s, Fidel went to work for Britt Well Service in Lamesa and later for Yale E. Key until his retirement in 1989. After his retirement he moved back to Poteet. He was a man that was always working, never letting anything wait till tomorrow. He had a green thumb and could grow just about anything. He was known for selling fruits, especially strawberries and Black Diamond watermelons, along with vegetables under “his” tree on Hwy 16 coming into Poteet. He moved to San Antonio in 2013 to live with his son and daughter in law, Tony and Delia Alcorta. He was a man that knew no stranger and would help anyone in need.
He was preceded in death by his parents Fidel and Rosa Alcorta; wife Mary; son Danny Alcorta; son-in-law Marcy Luna, brothers Frank, Julian and Adan Alcorta; sisters Manuela Alcorta, Chavela Alva and Eva Chapa.
Fidel is survived by his daughters Diane Luna, Belinda Sanchez and husband Eugene and Priscilla Alcorta; son Tony Alcorta and wife Delia; sister Tommie Lentz; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 11 great great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was a man that was truly loved and will be missed by all that knew and loved him.