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Bennie Figures, Jr.

January 15, 1946 - June 19, 2013

Obituary


Bennie Figures was born on January 15, 1946 to Flossie and Bennie Figures Sr. He passed away peacefully at his home on June 19, 2013. A graduate of Sumner High School and track star of Kansas City, KS. He served in the Vietnam War and for his valiant service, received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal (1st award) and Sharp Shooter(M14). After an honorable discharge, he was determined to become a successful civilian. He began an apprenticeship with the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Kansas City,...

Bennie Figures was born on January 15, 1946 to Flossie and Bennie Figures Sr. He passed away peacefully at his home on June 19, 2013. A graduate of Sumner High School and track star of Kansas City, KS. He served in the Vietnam War and for his valiant service, received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal (1st award) and Sharp Shooter(M14). After an honorable discharge, he was determined to become a successful civilian. He began an apprenticeship with the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Kansas City, KS and was hired and worked his way to Superintendent, becoming the first black Superintendent for BPU. He retired from BPU after 35 years. As a Mason he was elected to the highest seat of the Masonic Order. A few years after retiring, Bennie wanted to be closer to his daughter and grandchildren, so he moved to Texas. A dedicated Raider's fan, he vowed not to watch any Cowboy's games, but after a few seasons, couldn't resist and officially became a Texan by watching the Cowboys! He spent his last days surrounded by loving family members and friends. He enjoyed the Texas State Fair, especially a good bowl of chili! He enjoyed his mornings taking his grandsons to school. He loved his time "living in the country" with his special friend Debra Brooks and looked forward to his Friday morning breakfasts with daughter Deniedra. Bennie was preceded in death by his father Bennie Figures Sr. Survivors; mother Flossie Franklin; sister Rosalie Franklin; brother Samuel Figures (Elizabeth); daughters Deniedra Jackson, Shearlene Fisher (Andrew); Sharnay;sons Bennie Figures III, Brian Moore and many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and close friends. Bennie was dearly loved by many and will be terribly missed. He will be laid to rest at the DFW National Cemetery with full military honors.