Country singer Raymond "Mundo" Earwood has passed after a long illness. The Del Rio native, who has long resided in the Humble area, was 61. The news came from a message on his Facebook page, which read in part, "We are of course deeply saddened by the loss of a great man, but we rejoice that today, Mundo is no longer suffering, and is at peace with his Father in Heaven."
Courtesy of Mundo Earwood Mundo Earwood and his wife Jeannie in his heyday
Earwood had been battling pancreatic cancer since February 2013. Last month a benefit was held for him at Pasadena's Lonestar Club, with Randy Cornor, Pete Burke, Miss Leslie, Roy Head and others supporting the ailing singer.
After growing up in Corpus Christi, where he graduated from high school, Earwood enrolled in San Jacinto Junior College. But shortly after arriving in the Houston area, he formed a band and was working any joint that would have him for the princely sum of $8 a night. By 1971, he'd quit college and was working full-time as a musician.