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Juan "PaPa" Zapata

November 27, 1943 — November 24, 2020

Meridian, Texas

Juan "PaPa" Zapata age 76 of Meridian, passed away in Waco, Texas on November 24, 2020.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:30 A.M., Monday, November 30, 2020 at Meridian Memorial Cemetery in Meridian, Texas. Visitation will be from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., Sunday, November 29, 2020 at Lawson Funeral Home in Meridian. Pallbearers will be Rosie Zapata, Pedro Munoz, Trae Longacre, Freddie Garza, Andy Bailey, Gerald Longacre, and Paul Murray.

Juan Zapata was born on November 27, 1943 in a small town called  Piedras Negras, Mexico. He met Rosa Castillo in McGregor, Texas which later in life became his special soulmate of fifty one years. Juan was never a man that had accomplished medals, honors, badges or certificates of any kind but he sure was a man that everyone knew. All the community knew that he answered to "PaPa" and if you asked him for anything he would surely hand it to you with no questions asked. PaPa was known to be one of the best cook's from all around the surrounding communities. On November 24, 2020 PaPa got his angel wings. It is our loss that we have lost such a precious gem.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Rosa Zapata; daughters, Maria Bailey, Dolores Munoz, Maryhellen Murray, Liliana Garza, Rosie Zapata and Amanda White; sons-in-law, Andy, Pedro, Paul, Gerald, and Freddie; grandchildren, Andrew, Aiden, Sara, Alberto, Daniela,  Norberto, Charlie, Violeta, Jasmin, Maya, Trae, Jaclynn, Rey, Victor, Jesus, Aiden Roberts, Trent and Eli; great-grandchildren, Ivan, Sofia, Gracie, and Izmael; numerous other relatives and many friends.

Although this beautiful man touched many lives, he will truly be missed but certainly not forgotten.

Arrangements were made by Lawson Funeral Home, Meridian, Texas 254-435-2792.

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Service Schedule

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

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Graveside Service

Monday, November 30, 2020

Starts at 11:30 am (Central time)

Meridian Memorial Cemetery

State Highway 144, Meridian, TX

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