James Wesley Flowers, Sr.

ALBANY -- J.W. "Dub" Flowers, 88, of Albany died Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Willson Hospice House.

Born March 23, 1925 in Liberty County Georgia, Dub was one of ten children born to Arlie Orr and Annilu Jones Flowers. He graduated from Bradwell Institute and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving with the 106th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. After leaving the army, he graduated from Mercer University, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and served as President of the "M Club" athletic organization. At Mercer, he met his wife, Carleen, and they were married in June 1953. They recently celebrated 60 years of happy marriage.

A celebration of his life will be held Friday, July 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Sherwood Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Crown Hill cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, July 18 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Kimbrell-Stern. In lieu of flowers, any memorial contributions may be made to the "Meet the Need Campaign" at Sherwood Baptist Church 2201 Whispering Pines Road Albany, Georgia 31707, or to a charity of your choice.

Dub worked in the field of education for 33 years in the public schools of Calhoun and Dougherty Counties serving as a teacher, coach, guidance counselor, assistant principal and then principal for Westover High School. During these 33 years, he impacted countless young people and adults. In his 15 years as a coach, his teams won three state championships and seven region championships in basketball, track and field, and baseball. He was an active member of numerous educational organizations. During the last 18 years of his professional career, he served as a consultant for the Georgia Accrediting Commission, receiving the Starr Miller Distinguished Service Award for leadership.

Even after retirement, Dub continued to be involved in activities centered on helping members of the community. He served as President for the Dougherty County Retired Teachers Association, as well as President for the Georgia Retired Teachers Association. He also served and volunteered with Mended Hearts Club at Phoebe Putney Hospital, Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, SOWEGA Council on Aging, AARP 55/Alive Driving Instructor and Coordinator, United Way, and Georgia's Silver Haired Legislature as a Representative and then Senator.

For 42 years, Dub served on the Board of Directors for DOCO Credit Union, the last 24 years as chairman. He loved working with the Credit Union and its members, and remained actively involved with DOCO until the time of his death. In his spare time, Dub enjoyed all aspects of hunting and sharing his hunting knowledge with his grandsons and friends. In 1989, he was named Conservationist of the Year by the National Wild Turkey Federation, having also served as President.

Above all, Dub was devoted to his family and his Lord. Dub and Carleen have been members of Sherwood Baptist Church for 44 years, where he served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons, and a Sunday School teacher for 40 years.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann Margarite Flowers in 1958, and by his nine brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife, Carleen Newell Flowers; one daughter, Leah Flowers Sowell and her husband Greg of Athens, GA; one son, James Wesley Flowers, Jr. and his wife Gina of Duluth, GA; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

You may sign the online guestbook and share your memories with the family of J. W. "Dub" Flowers by visiting Kimbrell-Stern's website at http://www.kimbrellstern.com/.

Kimbrell-Stern Funeral Directors

Albany 229/883-4152