Rene Rivera Benavidez, 67, died Thursday, March 26, 2009.

He was born in Alice on Oct. 19, 1941 to Ambrocio and Luciana Rivera Benavidez. He was a Catholic and a member of St. John of the Cross in Orange Grove.

Survivors are his brother, Ruben (Wanda) Benavidez of Corpus Christi; his sister, Mary (Woody) Smithwick Sanderfer of Sandia; three nieces; three nephews; and other relatives and friends.

A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 29, in the Ramon Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass was celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday, March 30, at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Orange Grove. Interment followed at Roselawn Cemetery in Alice.

Ramon Funeral Home Inc.