Jose Zamudio Torres, a resident of Dothan, died at Southeast Alabama Medical Center Monday, Oct. 1, 2007, following an extended illness. He was 80. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007 at St. Columba Catholic Church with Father Patrick Gallagher officiating. Burial will follow in Crestlawn Cemetery with Southern Heritage directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Wednesday from 6 until 7:30 p.m. A Rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. At other times, the family will be at 902 Yorktown Road in Dothan. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to St. Columba Catholic Church Building Fund, 2700 W. Main St., Dothan, AL 36301. Mr. Torres was born March 19, 1927, in Michocan, Mexico, to the late Fidel Torres and Gabina Zamudio Torres. During his teenage years, he moved to Texas to pursue a career in boxing. He traveled the world as a professional boxer/trainer. At one point during his career, he was ranked third in the world in the Fly Weight Division. After retiring from boxing, he worked as a farmhand in Uvalde, Texas. He had been a resident of Dothan since 1972 where he lived the remainder of his life. He was employed as a Welder at Holland Machine Shop retiring after more than thirty years of service. Mr. Torres was a member of St. Columba Catholic Church (Hispanic Ministries). His parents; two sons, Fidel Torres, Jose Luis Torres; a brother; and two sisters precede him in death. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Misti Torres, Dothan, Rudy Torres, New Mexico, Armando and Asailia Torres, Texas; daughters and son-in-law, Gracie and Johnnie Rodriguez, New Mexico, Mary Castrejon, Texas; grandchildren, DJ , Alayziah, Jesyka Torres, Dothan, Elvia Torres, Christina Parrot, Bonnie Ornales, Harley, Johnny, Bo, Bobby, Cecilia, Samantha Rodriquez, New Mexico, Cynthia Rodriguez, Calif., Leo Castrejon, Fidel Castrejon, Texas. The family would like to thank Dr. OBrien, the staff of First Med, the doctors, nurses and staff at Southeast Alabama Medical Center for the care they provided to Mr. Torres throughout the years. Southern Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, (334) 702-1712, is in charge of arrangements.
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