Luis L. â€œShortyâ€ Flores went to be with his Lord and Savior on Dec. 31, 2010, surrounded by the love of his family after a short battle with lung cancer. A prayer service is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, at El Calvario Spanish Baptist Church.
Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery. Luis was born on July 16, 1933, to Manuel Flores and Eva Lujan in Roswell. Luis lived in Roswell his whole life and worked for the City of Rowell in the street department for 30 years. He also served in the U.S. National Guard for 37 years as a staff sergeant in Battery A.
He also had his own striping service. He was a member of El Calvario Spanish Baptist Church for many years. Luis, or as many knew him â€œShorty,â€ was loved by many people. He could start up a conversation with anyone he met. Luis is survived by his wife of 45 years, Virginia, the love of his life.
He is also survived by his four daughters, Mary Jane Bouslaugh of Roswell, Julie Loftis and her husband, Mike, of Navarre Fla., Kyna Brands of Raleigh, N.C., and Louise Sigala and her husband, Rumaldo â€œCaps,â€ of Roswell; one son, Luis â€œBuddyâ€ Flores of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; his mother, Eva Lujan Herrera of Roswell; two brothers, Richard Franco and his wife, Mary, of Winchester, Calif., and Pedro Franco and his wife, Marcy, of Pueblo, Colo.; three sisters, Helen â€œNenaâ€ Mendiola of Roswell, Mary Alvarado and her husband, Tony, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Esperanza â€œChayaâ€ Sombkie and her husband, Jim, of Roswell; sister -in-law, Carlotta Flores of Las Cruces, 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. The apple of his eye was his granddaughter, Breanna, â€œBree-Breeâ€ as he called her. She did no wrong in his eyes. He also had a very special place in his heart for his granddaughter, Angelica, who helped and was by his side during his illness. He also loved his nephew, Nando â€œCurlyâ€ Mendiola, very much.
Luis was preceded in death by his father, Manuel Flores; his brother, Tony Flores; his brother-in-law, Joe Mendiola; and his daughter, Cathy Flores. God saw you getting tired And a cure was not to be So he put his arms around you And whispered, Come to me. With tearful eyes we watch you and saw you pass away and although we loved you dearly we could not make you stay. A Golden heart stopped beating Hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best. We would like to thank Dr. El-Sayah and his staff for all they did for Luis.
We would also like to thank all of our family and friends for the love and support through this most difficult time. May God bless each and every one of you. Pallbearers will be Danny Mendiola, Joe Mendiola Jr., Nando Mendiola, Melcor Gonzales, Carlos Rodriguez Jr., and Rumaldo Sigala. Honorary pallbearers will be Eugene â€œKenoâ€ De los Santos, Salvador Moreno, Carlos Rodriguez, Rumaldo â€œCapsâ€ Sigala, Sam Sigala and Frank Sosa.
Please share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online register at andersonbethany. com. Services are under the direction of Anderson- Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.