Call 4 Action - Sebastian man loses battle with cancer days before Christmas

In a small cemetery just about a half a mile from where Jose Lopez Zamarripa lived in Sebastian, mariachis sang of his final farewell.

Now the task of paying for the services begins and as his daughter explains, it's been a long hardship that started when Jose became ill.

Claudia Zamarripa says her dad had a malignant tumor and the cancer took over his body, but his spirit remained untouched.

She believes her father would be devastated to know he left the family with this huge burden of paying for the funeral on top of medical bills that have piled up over the years he TMs been battling cancer.

That's why they're turning to the community to help.

He had a big heart," Zamarripa said.

His wife and kids are reaching out to all those who may have come in contact with Jose during his years as a bus driver for both the Brownsville and Harlingen school districts where he worked a combined 25 years before becoming a cab driver.

He got every student to school safe and then home safe, Zamarripa said.

Even toward the end of his battle with cancer, Jose was able to get back up on his feet to continue driving people around in order to make enough money to support his family.

Now that he's made his final voyage, the family looks forward to overcoming this monetary obstacle so that they can start celebrating his memory.

If you would like to help the Zamarripa family with funeral expenses, you can make a donation to the Hernandez Funeral Home in Raymondville under the name Jose Lopez Zamarripa.