Joseph John Flores, Sr. of Galveston died Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston. Funeral services are 12:00 noon Friday, January 29, 2010 at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, Father E.J. Stein, OFM and Deacon John Pistone officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Friday beginning at 10:00 am.
Joseph John Flores Sr. was a remarkable man who never made an enemy. He was a simple man who liked life’s simple pleasures. He would choose beans and rice over a steak dinner. He called everybody “baby” and loved wearing baseball hats. He loved fishing, watching sports, and tinkering with things that appeared to be completely broken. Joe loved sweets and hated chicken. He enjoyed listening to live Mexican music and watching Rocky movies over and over again.
Joe was an early bird and a constant promoter of whatever business his family had in motion at the time. He adorned the caps, t-shirts jackets and passed out flyers everyday with joy. Joe had a child-like charm about him. He yelled at the players on T.V. as if he was coaching them from his living room. Joe loved the Dallas Cowboys, the Houston Astros, and every team that his children and grandchildren ever played on.
Joseph John Flores, Sr. had a full and complete life that was filled with unselfish acts of kindness. He was kind to not only his family, but to complete strangers. Joe was a hard-working, kind-hearted and soft-spoken. He was a loving father and husband. He had rough hands and a gentle touch. He had a great sense of humor and a heart of gold. Joe would call his grandchildren names like “boo-boo,” “papa,” “lil’ mamma,” “knucklehead,” “suckafish” “suckadee” , and crazy names that only he could think of. Joe was affectionately known to his grandchildren as “Paw-Paw.” Joe called his wife Carmen by the nickname of “Honey” as a term of endearment; Consequently all of his grandchildren believed that “Honey” was her real name. So she was permanently nicknamed “Honey” to all of their grandchildren.
Joe was an active man his whole life. When Joe got sick, he was determined to fight it. Joe fought his sudden illness with persistent courage. He never gave up. It was remarkable to see him fight.
Joe had three sisters: Anna Marie, Lorraine and Rose Marie. Joe had one baby brother named Raymond who was by his side everyday in the hospital. Joe loved Raymond and Joe’s children love Raymond. The Flores children will always look up to Raymond as an inspiration to family love.
Joe was 84 years old when God called him. Joe and his wife Carmen were married in 1943 and they were married for 66 years. Joe and Carmen shared a special relationship. Carmen was Joe’s rock. His love for Carmen was quite a sight. Carmen was the love of Joe’s life. Carmen was Joe’s best friend. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter in law, Leslie Flores.
Joe is survived by his wife of 66 years Carmen Cruz Flores; a brother, Raymond and wife Connie; three sisters, Anna Marie, Lorraine and Rose Marie. Joe and Carmen have five children and their spouses: Joe Jr. and Diane, Sammy and Cindy, Diane and Phil, Frances and Allen Ray. They have 12 grandchildren and their spouses: Tod and Laura, Erik, Kelly and Chris, Ryan, Joseph, Chad and Natalie, Tyler Tanya, Ronny, Peter, Brooke and Cole. They have 7 great grandchildren: Ricky, Chloe, Mia, Rylie, Sidne, Kinly and Dylan.
Joe would want his children, grandchildren and wife to know how much he loved them and how proud he was of all of them.
We will all miss Joe and his unconditional love, but Joe’s legacy lives on in all of the great memories that we all had with him.
Pallbearers are grandsons.
Friends may sign the register book and send the family condolences at www.CarnesBrothers.com/contactus. Please include the Flores name.