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Bernardo Andres

March 14, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Bernardo "Benny" Andres, 96, of Brawley, who died Monday in Brawley.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Andres was born Aug. 20, 1904, in Bacaraca, Philippines. He was the son of Ancelmo Andres and Christina Yanuaria Andres. He sailed to Hawaii from the Philippines at age 17, where he began working for a dollar a day in the sugar cane fields.

He then worked in the naval shipyards in the San Francisco area during World War II. In 1947 Mr. Andres and his brother, Tony Andres opened the Panama Cafe in Brawley.

During the 1950s with Mr. Andres as a cook, the Panama Cafe was a meeting place to enjoy fine Filipino cuisine. He later worked as a steak and lobster chef at the South Gate, Las Palmas, Palm Palm, Town Pump and Adobe restaurants, all in the Imperial Valley.


During his many years in the Valley, Mr. Andres contributed to the growth of the Valley's Filipino heritage through his participation as the Filipino Community Center's treasurer. He married Tina Andres in 1967.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Maxine Weston Andres.

Survivors include his wife, Tina Andres of Brawley; children, Maxine Henriques of Walla Walla, Wash., Benny Andres Jr. of San Diego and Vincent Andres of Long Beach, Miss.; grandchildren, Arlene and Lawrence Henriques, both of Seattle, Stephen and Margaret Henriques, both of Walla Walla, Benny Andres of Brawley, Denisia Chatfield and Eric Andres, both of San Diego, Roman Andres of Albuquerque, N.M., and Christine Andres of Providence, R.I.; brothers, Tony Andres of San Francisco, Florencio Andres of Wahiawa, Hawaii, and Vicente Andres of Honolulu; sister, Consolacion Andres of Kauai, Hawaii; step-brothers, Jun, Liborio and Elpido Andres, all of San Francisco; step-sister, Leticia Andres of San Francisco; stepchild, Yolanda Valdez of Brawley; and 14 great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from to 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for John Sampson, 83, of Imperial, who died March 7 in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. The Rev. Autrey Fowler of Greater First Baptist Church of Imperial will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Sampson was born Oct. 18, 1917, in Fulton, Ark. He received his education in Arkansas and moved to Imperial in 1949. He worked for William Raley Co. for 35 years and later worked as a heavy equipment operator for Val-Rock.

He was a member of the local Operating Engineers Union and AFL-CIO Union.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jerdie Mae Williams, in 1987.

Survivors include his wife, Cleo Sampson of Imperial; sons and daughters-in-law, John Jr. and Betty Sampson and Eddie and Janie Sampson, all of Imperial; brothers, James Sampson of El Centro and Andrew Lee Sampson of Arkansas; sister, Lenora Harrison of El Centro; sister-in-law, Leo Bryant of Imperial; grandchildren, Leara Ventura of Texas, Debra Williams of Georgia, John Sampson III of Sherman Oaks and Ronnie, Michelle and Eddie Sampson II and Felicia Williams, all of Imperial; and 14 great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Harry Brown, 56, of El Centro, who died in a motorcycle accident Sunday in Mexico.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the Casa de MaƱana building at the Imperial Valley Expo in Imperial. Friends will officiate.

Disposition will be private.

Mr. Brown was born Sept. 21, 1944, in San Fernando. He attended Imperial County schools and graduated from Central Union High School in El Centro in 1962. He worked for the telephone company for over 25 years. He last worked for Adelphia Cable Co. for the past three years.

A competitive shooter, he was a life member of the National Rifle Association and the California Pistol and Rifle Association and a charter life member of the Imperial Valley Pistol and Rifle Association and Los Diablos Del Valle.

Mr. Brown was instrumental in the building of Rositas Ranch Recreational Club. He was also a club elder for the round table in the Mount Signal Muzzleloaders.

He was one of the founding members of Abate Local 38, a motorcyclists' rights organization, established in Imperial Valley in 1991. He was a strong supporter of motorcycle safety and riders' rights and education.

Survivors include his mother, Vivian Wolf of Newhall; sons and daughters-in-law, Austin and Penny Brown of Los Angeles and Billy and Bertha Brown of El Centro; daughter, Viviana Brown of Nipomo; stepchildren, Jason Allarie of Las Vegas and Briana Cason of San Diego; brother, Terry Brown of Portland, Ore.; and sister, Betty Trotter of Denton, Texas.

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