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Deacon W A Flowers was born on January 13, 1927 in Dothan City, Alabama and departed this life on October 30, 2023. He was the second son of Rev. James A. and Lucinda (Roberson) Flowers. His family consisted of five boys and one girl. He often stated that he worked on their farm to help his father and only received a fourth grade education, however, he did something about that later in life. He attended night school in the Trenton School District and became adept at different vocational skills which enhanced his ability to gain employment to support his family. He worked as a pipe fitter for Capitol Fire Protection and received recognition for his many years of service. He also became certified as an oil burner technician and was able to service oil heaters for many people. He served in the United States Army for one term (1948-1951).
W A Flowers was married to Myrtle (Creech) for 49 years and from this union nine children were born. He was a loving and devoted husband; when later on in life she became sick, he diligently took care of her until her demise. His actions and words demonstrated a father who was committed to bringing up his children in a loving and Christian home.
Preceding him in death are his parents, Rev. James and Mother Lucinda Flowers; daughter, Mary Ellen Flowers; son, Kenneth Flowers and brothers: Calvin, James, Curtis, Robert, and Hilton.
In the year 2002 he was united in marriage to Patricia Simpson which was titled “A Marriage Ordained by God”. Patricia took care of her husband and supported him with all her might until God called him home.
Deacon Flowers was a generous person who enjoyed helping others when in need and encouraging them to live right. He not only loved his immediate family but had a special love for people. He loved the Lord with all his heart, all his soul, and all his mind. His love of God was demonstrated, not only by his words, but by his actions. He committed his time after Sunday service, by going to visit and pray for the sick and shut-in, thus accepting this calling for many years. Because of his faithfulness to various prayer lines, many called him the “Godfather of Prayer Lines”.
He was a member of Holy Trinity/Courtney Temple for over 70 years and was faithful to his pastor, the church and God. He was a fervent participant in the Sunday 9 O’ Clock prayer. He loved Sunday School and served as a teacher and Assistant Superintendent of the Sunday School. He loved to sing and faithfully sang on the Senior Choir, enjoying the gift that God had given him. He also sang with the Spiritual Harmonizers and later the Courtney Temple Notes, which were quartet groups. Oh, how he loved God’s house! He was a member of the Trustee Board and the Deacon Board. He, along with his wife, Patricia, were over the custodial staff and he worked as the Building Maintenance Leader and was a part of the Security Department. He worked wherever he was needed.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife Patricia Ann of 21 years, his daughters: Sharon Courtney of Trenton; Theresa Copeland of Baltimore, Maryland; Brenda Brookshire (Eddie) of Dayton Ohio; Arlene Bradley of Oakland California; Doris Profit of Marietta, Georgia; Willie and Clifford of Lancaster, Texas; 18 grandchildren and 54 great grandchildren; one sister, Audrey Flowers of Jacksonville, Florida and one sister-in-law, Pecolia Creech of Midland City, Alabama. From the union of W A and Patricia, he gained 2 daughters, Valentena Kelly (Earl) and Natrina Moore (Donell) and one son, Calvin James Simpson (Catherine); 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. We acknowledge the many nieces, nephews, cousins, host of godchildren, the Ingram Family, extended family, friends, and the Household of Faith who loved him dearly.