Vastine Bennie Knapek

November 24, 1933October 11, 2020

Bennie came from parents who were sharecroppers and knew what hard work was. He worked hard in the fields alongside his parents, brothers and sisters. When his son was diagnosed with cancer, he worked 2 jobs to provide for his family so his wife, Theresa, could stay by their son’s side. He did this for 4 years without complaint. He retired from Houston Lighting & Power after 42 years and was successful in life with only an 8th grade education. He had an unwavering work ethic.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, 4 sisters and his son. He is survived by his wife, Theresa of 60 years, and daughters Michelle and Cheryl. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, who were the light of his life.


  • Visitation

    Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Rosary Service

    Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020


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Jennifer Reed

October 16, 2020

Vastine "Bennie" Knapek AKA Grandpa/Gramps

I am so blessed to have so many wonderful, loving people in my life, let alone in my family, but Grandpa was an extra blessing graced upon me.
Death is something that we cannot escape, whether we like it or not. Our Earthly bodies will end, but we can still remain in the hearts and minds of others. One way to impact others is by showing your kindness and generosity.

Grandpa definitely lived his life with influence of kindness and generosity. I learned the value of hard work ethic from him. Even when a small fix or repair went wrong, instead of 10 minute repair, lasting into a 4 hour repair, he never gave up. He had handy a roll--or 2, of blue shop paper towels, grease cleaner, and usually a beer as well. The job would finally finish and he would smile, whistle (fer-wurt) and get back to work.
He always greeted me with "how you doing Miss Frisbee" (a main character from a cartoon movie Chelsey and I watched a billion times), along with the whistle (fer-wurt) and always with a smile. He knew how to keep your attention during a conversation, tapping or swiping the end of his nose.
Grandpa was kind to every person he encountered, fairness was based on your actions. Known as Gramps to basically every friend and neighbor I had. He always told me how much he loved me. I do not ever recall him being mean to anyone, at least, none that I ever witnessed. He impacts my daily life and I hope to carry on his kindness.
I got the news of Gramps' passing as I was heading to church on Sunday, while there I said prayers for everyone to feel peace with Grandpa in Heaven, now united with his son, parents and siblings. Knowing he is one more of our Guardian Angel's. As we pulled out of church there was a rainbow.
God was telling me, in that moment, that Gramps was happy, at rest and back to his full self. I love him and will miss him every day I have left on this Earth. Love you Gramps (Fer-Wurt)

Corey Rainer

October 15, 2020

My Grandpa was a very special man who loved his family more than anything in this world. I am truly blessed to have had him for 27 years in my life. I am happy to know that he is with his family and son in the glorious kingdom of heaven. I would be lying if I didn't say I would rather walk into the house and see that big smile on his face when the grandkids were over, sit and watch "In The Heat Of The Night" with him, hear him talk about his childhood on the farm and how it was so much better then what the kids have now, or hear the same stories five times a day. You left too early Grandpa but I know you are better off this way. I love you and will think of you always.
You Little Guy ❤

Cheryl Reed

October 14, 2020

I am going to miss my father very much. He was such an awesome role model in my life. I have never forgotten how hard he worked over the years for our family. He would leave the house at 5:30am everyday and go to his 1st job. Then after a whole day there, he would go straight to his second job and work until he came home at 10pm. He would eat dinner in front of his favorite TV show, Bonanza and usually fall asleep before it ended. Then get up, bath, sleep, and do it all over again. My dad wasn’t a loud or forceful man but he was principled and very conservative. I am asking all of our friends and family to please go vote this year. My dad was so anxious and determined to vote this year. Never before do I remember him making such a statement but this year he was determined to vote. Unfortunately he died 3 days before he could fulfill that desire. So if you had no intention of voting but could make your way there this year, you would be honoring my dads memory. So my mom and sister and I are going to have to learn to get along without my dad now but we have such peace knowing that he is with the Almighty, our family and my brother in his eternal home. It will be such an awesome day when I see him again. I love you Daddy.

Carroll & Jeff Patrizi

October 13, 2020

We are so very sorry for your loss. All loved ones are lifted in love and prayer. Carroll & Jeff Patrizi

Sally Barrett

October 13, 2020

It is my deepest prayer that this wonderful family finds strength in the arms of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Your kindness and generosity greatly impacted the lives of so many — know that we are here for you.

Bennie was so much fun when exerting his passions and opinions. That will be greatly missed.

—Sally Barrett


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