James Flores, a lifelong resident of Bryan, passed away on November 24, 2018. James was born October 18, 1954 in Bryan to Sesario and Maria Ybarra Flores. One of twelve children, James was very proud of the neighborhood he grew up in. He always said playing marbles and being part of the “large family” of the neighborhood made him who he was. James started working at the age of ten. From washing dishes for Mr. Garza at his favorite Mexican food restaurant to working for Coca Cola, he was always a hard worker. James dearly loved baseball and at a young age had a desire to go to Texas A&M to play ball, but when his dad fell ill, James began working to contribute to his family and baseball became his lifelong passion.
Even after he left home, he was always there for his family. All holidays, Sunday lunches, and special occasions were always at his mom’s house. When she passed away in 2004, he took it hard and he missed her dearly. James met his future wife Sharon originally while both were working for the same company. Ten years later, Sharon and James were married and were blessed with 29 years together. Family was the most important thing to James – whether you were born into the family, married into it, or elected in, he was there for you. He might give you a hard time, but he would always be there. He had three sons: James Edward Flores, Robert Steven Flores, and Lucas James Flores; a step-daughter Jennifer Ann Ellis-Aelaei; and two elected in members Melvin “Wolf” Session II and Mona Villnueva. Raising his three sons who were just like him was a challenge, but he was very proud of them and his grandchildren. He may have looked hard on the outside, but he was like a marshmallow on the inside with how much he loved his family. James always enjoyed giving his family a hard time in a loving way. He was well know for exclaiming “They ain’t got no sense,” or inquiring of anyone in general “Where you going Leroy?” His grandson Michael Edward Flores even thought for a long time that his name was Leroy! James’ family all learned not to argue with him unless they wanted to be at it for hours. He was very traditional and passionate about his beliefs.
James worked hard to provide for his family. He worked for Coca-Cola for twenty-nine years before going to work for Lampo’s Bottled Water. He worked as a delivery man for them for fourteen years. When he wasn’t working or spending time with his family, James could often be found with a baseball glove on his hand and a smile on his face. He also enjoyed his TV shows, watching the Aggies play football, and watching movies, especially Superman! He never liked to get his picture taken, and covered his face as often as he could. This time of year he loved to go cut down a fresh Christmas tree. James’ Catholic faith was very important to him, and he took pride in raising his family in the church. He was a lifelong member of St. Teresa’s until April 2018 when he moved to St. Joseph’s so that his two grandchildren, who he was raising, could go through confirmation there. Being active in his church was very important to James, and he volunteered in many ways over the years.
James leaves behind his loving wife Sharon Flores, his son and daughter-in-law James Edward and Michele Flores, his son and daughter-in-law Robert Steven Flores and Tricia Cabrera, his son Lucas James Flores and his special person Samantha Cassada, his step-daughter Jennifer Ann Ellis-Aelaei, his elected in son Melvin Session II “Wolf”, his elected in daughter Mona Villnueva, his brother and sister-in-law Daniel and Laura Flores, his sister and brother-in-law Mary and D.R. Mendez, his sister Christine Flores, his sister Ester Flores, his sister and brother-in-law Rosemary and Johnny Espino, his brother Joe Flores, his brother Jimmy Flores, his brother and sister-in-law Albert and Irene Flores, his brother and sister-in-law Phillip and MaryJane Flores, and his sister and brother-in-law Jeanette and Frank Garza. He will also be greatly missed by his grandchildren Alexandra Marie Flores, Sierra Brianna Flores, Heather Gabrielle Flores, Brianna Dawn Flores, Michael Edward Flores, Angela Ann Aelaei, Jessica Diane Flores, Caden Robert Aelaei, and his great-granddaughter Ameera Grace Flores.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Msgr. John McCaffrey officiating at Santa Teresa Catholic Church of Bryan. The family will be receiving friends at Hillier Funeral Home of Bryan on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. and a time of sharing memories to follow.