Benito V. Flores, age 72, of Anton, passed away surrounded by his family April 8, 2021, in Levelland.
A Mass of Christian burial was held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 12, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Anton with Father Ernesto Lopez officiating.
Interment followed in the Anton Cemetery, under the care of Hammons Funeral Home of Littlefield.
The reciting of the Rosary was held at the funeral home Sunday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m.
Ben was born March 4, 1949, in Brownfield to Tiofilo and Alejandra Flores, the youngest of six children. He was raised by his mother after his father’s passing in 1950.
He attended Spade and Pep schools and finished seventh grade before beginning his life as a farm worker to help support his mom.
Ben made many life-long friends whom he loved and whom he knew loved him.
He and his 1966 Mustang drove into the life of Natalia Alvarado in 1970.
The pair would be married in 1971. He and Natalia have five children and made their life together in the community of Anton.
Ben was a member of Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Anton. He served his church community as an usher and greeter, a member of Sagrado Corazon, as a member of the Legion of Mary, as part of the parish and finance councils, as a Cursillista and as a Catholic Youth Organization sponsor. He loved his Catholic faith and his pastors and his bishops.
He served his community as Scout Master of Troop 629, as President of the Anton Senior Citizens’ Association and as the South Plains Community Action Association Hockley County Representative.
Ben farmed the land all over Lamb and Hockley counties. He farmed with Hobratschk Farms with Clarence and Gladys Hobratschk until his retirement.
He had many “neighbors” including countless “sons” and “daughters” who knew him as “Pops.”
Ben enjoyed watching—and as a young man actually— drag racing, watching any cowboy movie or show, working in the yard, and he actually loved doing his ‘honey-do’ work at home.
He loved talking with any and all his friends. He especially enjoyed drinking coffee and visiting with his friends at the “coffee shop” each morning.
Ben loved supporting his children and glowed with joy anytime he was around his grandchildren and his great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Juan Flores; sisters, Lucia Recio and Maria Coronado; his mother- and father-in-law: Juan and Natividad Alvarado; and one son, Christopher.
Surviving members of his family include his beloved dog, Peewee.
Surviving family members include: his wife, Natalia Alvarado Flores; brothers: Manuel of Flagstaff, Arizona and Teofilo and Julia Flores of Anton; sister-in-laws: Ester (Lawrence) Taylor of Leander and Isabel Alvarado; brother-in-law, Michael Alvarado; children and grandchildren: Regina F. (Manuel) Reyna; and his grandchildren, Devin (Trey) Lockett; and great-granddaughter, Zaylee Lockett; Manuel Reyna, Jr., Damien Reyna, Marisol Reyna; son, Jacob (Raine) and Kianah Aldaco and Jacob Ryan “Bubba” Flores, Kendra Dawn Flores, Alyssa Mancias; and their mother, Lori Burt; sons: Lucas Flores, Nicholas Flores and Teofilo K. Flores.
Surviving family members also include many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
Although his life and relationships were complex and complicated, he was a humble man.
Those relationships numbered in too many names of people, places and things to name because he loved and admired so many in so many different ways.
However, every one he knew, he loved, and he knew everyone who loved him—“no brag, just facts.”
In lieu of flowers, Ben’s family suggests memorial contributions to the Anton Senior Citizens’ Association, P.O. Box 378, Anton, Texas, 79313, or to Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Anton, P.O. Box 545, Anton, Texas, 79313.