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“We will miss you dearly, one of the best voices we have ever heard and a gentleman. Your friend Dan ”
1 of 37 | Posted by: dan and ginny donahoe - Grandview, TX

“I ACCOMPANIED RUDY ON MANY OCCASIONS. HE USED TO COME BY MY HOUSE TO PRACTICE A SONG, MY DOG WOULD HOWL ALONG WITH HIM. WE BOTH LAUGHED. RUDY WAS...Read More »
2 of 37 | Posted by: Alicia Holland - Midlothian, TX

“So many happy memories of that beautiful voice, and of the beautiful man from which it came. Rudy will long be remembered by all who were lucky...Read More »
3 of 37 | Posted by: John Williams - Colleyville, TX

“Sandra I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts. Shari ”
4 of 37 | Posted by: Shari Nichols - Austin, TX

“My eyes were filled with overflowing tears as I heard the unthinkable and dreadful news of my dearest cousin Rudy. Words, however kind cant mend our...Read More »
5 of 37 | Posted by: Christine Ramirez-Ochoa - El Paso, TX

“I had the privilege of singing with Rudy a few times - through church and most recently last year at a military tribute in Mansfield. I cannot...Read More »
6 of 37 | Posted by: Patsy Winston - Mansfield, TX

“Tricia and family, I'm so sorry for your loss! My prayers are with you and please let me know if I can do something for you. ”
7 of 37 | Posted by: Robyn McMahan - Kennedale, TX

“Words are so inadequate & emotions overwhelming at a time like this. Fortunately for us, Scripture holds hope & promises. The Gospel of John reminds...Read More »
8 of 37 | Posted by: Barbara Roper and Mary Couture - TX

“I met Rudy years ago through the Opry circuit. Aside from his great talent as a vocalist, what left the greatest on myself and others was his kind...Read More »
9 of 37 | Posted by: Nathan Belt - Nashville, TN

“Sandy and family, If there is any comfort we can give from such a tragic loss, let it be that you know how many lives Rudy touched with his immense...Read More »
10 of 37 | Posted by: Jeff & Pam Agnew

“Truly one of the saddest days of my life was when i read the article about the sudden and unexpected death of Rudy. My wife and I had gotten to know...Read More »
11 of 37 | Posted by: Sandy and Suzanne Blanton - TX

“Sandra,I was so saddened to hear about Rudy's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
12 of 37 | Posted by: Michelle Hillstrom - Mansfield, TX

“I met Rudy via Mike & Jenece Austin (my Niece) and am sadden to hear of his untimely passing. Family informed me that Rudy attended my Niece's...Read More »
13 of 37 | Posted by: Sandra Hall - Burleson, TX

“Sandy/Brittany, We are heartbroken to hear of Rudy's untimely passing. As you know, our association with Rudy was through Brittany's sports. He...Read More »
14 of 37 | Posted by: Cindy Paslay - Arlington, TX

“Dear Mata Family: Words will never be able to express our sorrow for your family's tremendous loss. We just hope knowing that you all are in our...Read More »
15 of 37 | Posted by: Jim and Vicky Jenkins - Canton, OH

“We were blessed to have seen and heard Rudy in Longview many times. The most beautiful voice we have ever heard. He even sang for us on our...Read More »
16 of 37 | Posted by: Jimmy and VeeAnn Hoyle - Kilgore, TX

“I was blessed to know Rudy for a short period and to share his beautiful gift of music. He will be missed. Heaven's choir is more beautiful now. ...Read More »
17 of 37 | Posted by: Sherry Lee Morris - kilgore, TX

“How BLESSED am I to have known such a gentleman, who could sing like an ANGEL, and am proud to have been a duet partner on many occasions. Wow, was I...Read More »
18 of 37 | Posted by: Turquoise Rayn/Jennifer Raynor Sloan - TX

“Oh Sandy, we are so grieved by your loss. We will hold you and your family in our hearts. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help. ”
19 of 37 | Posted by: Craig Barnes and Denise Canary - TX

“We will band together again my joyous singing brother.Ya-Unkle of Love ”
20 of 37 | Posted by: Unkle Dallas - Longview, TX

“We knew Rudy through the Cavaliers and the music business. We are so sad to hear about his sudden passing. He was such a talented singer and...Read More »
21 of 37 | Posted by: Jerry and Barbara Cook - TX

“Sandy, What can I say? I am shocked and speechless. Rudy was such a joy to be around every time ya'll came to Bob's place. Everyone loved Rudy, from...Read More »
22 of 37 | Posted by: Bill Meador - Big Sandy, TX

“Sandra, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I know you will miss Rudy and I am sure Tim, Trisha, and Brittany will miss him too. ”
23 of 37 | Posted by: Paul Gerba

“I am a member of the Grapevine Opry and was on many shows with Rudy. A great talent and great guy. Always so nice and always smiling!!! It was great...Read More »
24 of 37 | Posted by: Wade Hawthorne - Rhome, TX

“Aside from Rudy's great voice, sometimes soft and heartfelt and sometimes huge and dynamic, I also remember how humble and soft-spoken he was. He...Read More »
25 of 37 | Posted by: Rocky Gribble

“What a wonderful, talented, beautiful man! We will never forget you. Love you, Rudy! ”
26 of 37 | Posted by: Doug & Kathleen Ashby - Dallas, TX

“Sandra,Words cannot express our sorrow for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. ”
27 of 37 | Posted by: Lisa & Sid Harris - Irving, TX

“My heat breaks for you and I want you to know that I will pray for your family in this time of morning. Peace be with you and your family. ”
28 of 37 | Posted by: Sandi Manning - kennedale, TX

“Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. We will always hold Rudy near to our hearts. We will remember his many wonderful qualities and the time...Read More »
29 of 37 | Posted by: Trudy, Clint, and Melissa Phares - TX

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this heartbreaking time. I still can hear Rudy singing "My Maria" at the Grapevine Opry....Read More »
30 of 37 | Posted by: Brenda Gribble - Grapevine, TX

“Sandra:My deepest sympathies and regards to you and your family at this time. ”
31 of 37 | Posted by: Steven Glasgow

“Dear Sandy, Leesa and I send our most sincere condolences and want you to know that you and your family are in our prayers. It was always so...Read More »
32 of 37 | Posted by: Steve Mansen - Arlington, TX

“Sandy, I cannot believe what has happened or that Rudy is gone. It's devastating. I am so so sorry, I don't even have words. ”
33 of 37 | Posted by: Clover Autrey - Keller, TX

“We are sending prayers and love to you an your family. Sandy, Trisha, Tim, and Brittany. . .we love you and hold you in our hearts. Stay strong...Read More »
34 of 37 | Posted by: The Standly and Reeves Family - TX

“Dear Sandy and Family,Words can never express the hardship and pain you are going through at this time!We can offer you our sincere deepest...Read More »
35 of 37 | Posted by: Jake & Ginny Squibbs - Fort Worth, TX

“Sending sympathy and prayers. Rudy, you had a voice of an angel. Thank you and Sandy for your friendship. Leon Fatherree and daughter Sherrie...Read More »
36 of 37 | Posted by: sherrie - orlando, FL - friend

“You will be greatly missed. Love you Rick ”
37 of 37 | Posted by: Rick Wolf - Ft Worth, TX


KENNEDALE -- Rudy Mata left this world for a far better and more beautiful place on September 25 2012.
Rosary and Memorial Service: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 29, at Emerald Hills Memorial Chapel, Kennedale. He was preceded in death by his father Joe, mother Betty, brother Greg and sister Francis.
He was born in El Paso, Texas on March 15 1956 to Joe and Betty Sue Mata. He graduated from Alamogordo High school in 1974. Worked for Stegmeier, LLC where he was a long term employee. He lived a life of great faith and worked passionately for his friends and family. Rudy loved to sing and was a member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church Choir for many years.Rudy was a member of The Arlington Choral Society and Touch of Class. His many musical accomplishments were, 1994 Wylie Opry New Look Vocalist, Burleson Jamboree First Place talent contest, BCMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the year. In 1995 he received Male vocalist and Male Vocalist of the Year from Burleson Jamboree. In 1996 he received Terry Awards Male Vocalist of the Year, Grapevine Opry Male Vocalist of the Year. In 1997, he received Grapevine Opry Entertainer of the year and Male Vocalist of the Year. In 2000 he received Grapevine Opry Favorite Duet group of the year. Since then, Rudy has sung with Flipside, The Blue Beats, Southern Justice, Cavaliers, and most currently The Hi Rollers. His fans are based all over the United States. His voice and songs were notorious for their ability to change even the most sorrowful moods. He was blessed with a beautiful tenor voice and his family knows he now sings with the heavenly choir of angels. He was helpful to everyone and never knew a stranger. His laughter and wonderful personality could fill a room and people were drawn to his amicable personality and wonderful demeanor. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and husband. He will be missed terribly.
Survivors: wife Sandy, son Timothy and wife Jennifer, two daughters Trisha and Brittany, grandchildren Alex, Madelyn and Logan, his sister Sandy Hill, his father-in-law Ray Wiora, mother-in-law Diane McMahon and husband Norm, Dennis and Diana McMahon, siblings-in-law Susan and Michael Beane, Steve and Michelle Wiora, Shawn and Neena Wiora, Shane and Judith McMahon, Shelia Wiora and many nieces and nephews who will miss him dearly. Rudy was also blessed with countless close and wonderful friends.