Bisente (Bennie) Flores, 77, formally of San Saba and most recently of Haskell, passed away Monday, May 28, 2012 while in Vitas Hospice home care in North Richland Hills, Texas. Visitation was Thursday, May 31, 2012 at Smith Family Funeral Home, 304 N. 2nd Street, Haskell, with a Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services were 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 1, 2012 at St. George Catholic Church in Haskell with Father George Romey and Deacon Julian Estrada officiating. Burial was at Willow Cemetery under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes.
Bisente was born August 27, 1934 in San Saba, Texas to Jose and Juana (Vasquez) Flores. He grew up in San Saba and moved to Haskell in 1975, making this his hometown. Bisente married Frances Viola in Coolidge in Arizona on May 24, 1945. She preceded him in death on October 21, 1997. He worked most of his life as a farmer/rancher and had a love for farming and gardening. Bennie enjoyed western movies and The Dallas Cowboys. His greatest love, however, was his family and grandchildren.
Along with his wife, Frances, Bennie is also preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Juana Flores, and two children, Joe and Connie Flores.
He is survived by two sons, Henry Flores and wife Edgwena of Haskell, Emeterio (Happy) Flores of Ft. Worth; five daughters, Janie Flores of Keller; Lydia Flores, Irma Flores, and Sallie Flores all of North Richland Hills; Rebeca Lovelace and husband, Don of Roanoke; nine grandchildren, Kira, Travis, Gabriella, Daniel, Tiffany, Jonathan, Bre’Ana, Taylor, Isabella; and three great-grandchildren, Zachery, Lukas, and Mya Elizabeth.
Pallbearers were Jackie Escobedo, Travis Poteet, Johnathan Estrada, Jerry Soto, Johnny Soto, and Don Lovelace.