James “Curtis” Flowers, 87, was ushered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Aug. 25, 2012. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Estelle Jenkins; brothers, Johnny Floyd, Fernie Roscoe ”Bud,” Edward “Earl”; daughters, Sheila Elaine and Donna Lane. He is survived by his spectacular wife of 63 years, Dorothy Farmer Flowers; loving daughter, Lynne Lancaster and husband, Bruce; devoted grandchildren, Crystal and Brian Lancaster; remarkable sisters-in-law, Cleo Bennett Bunn and Lucy Flowers; loyal basset hound, Betty; and a host of other nieces, nephews and special friends who he cherished dearly.
Mr. Flowers was known as a good, honest, generous man who loved the Lord, his family, his friends, food, fishing, and Tarheel basketball. He was born on Aug. 15, 1925, in Elm City, and served in the Army as a war crimes investigator after WWII before returning home to marry his sweetheart, Dorothy. He began farming and quickly honed his skills, growing some of the best tobacco in the country. He faithfully served the membership of Proctors Chapel Baptist Church as a deacon, trustee and was an active member of the Baptist Men’s Brotherhood. Throughout the years Mr. Flowers was also known to share the fruits of his gardening labors with his neighbors by giving them homegrown watermelons, tomatoes, scuppernongs, blueberries and various other delights.
The family will receive friends at Proctors Chapel Baptist Church on Tuesday at 1 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 2. Burial will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park in Wilson.
Flowers or memorial contributions are welcome and may be made at Proctors Chapel Baptist Church, 2917 Old Wilson Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27801.
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson Funerals and Cremations, 661 English Road, Rocky Mount. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfuneralsandcremations.com.