Everett McCleary "Jay" Flynn, Jr., went to his eternal home Thursday, July 18, 2013; he was 82 years old. Born and raised in Pantego, North Carolina, Jay graduated from Pantego High School and attended North Carolina A&T University, where he studied horticulture and met the love of his life, Mary. After college, Jay began his career of military service, first with the Marines, and then the Air Force, serving for 23 years until his retirement. He served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars.
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Arriving in Anchorage in 1970, Jay loved Alaska and raised his family here. Jay's life after the military was spent working in retail, investments and the Veterans Administration; serving in his church, fishing, and gardening. A member of First American Baptist Church since the mid-70s, Jay was an ordained Deacon and active church leader. Jay and Mary relocated to their home state of North Carolina in 1989, where Jay served in the Senior Tarheel Legislature, Bladen County Health Board, President of the North Carolina Senior Citizens Association, and member of the Governor's Council on Aging. They enjoyed cultivating their extensive garden, selling much of their produce at local farmer's markets. Jay and Mary returned to Alaska in 2001 where they continued serving in their church and spending time with their grandchildren.
Jay is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Ella (Burney) Flynn; his children: Velma Ray Tompkins (Larry) of Belleville, Georgia, Andre Flynn of Portland, Oregon, Eyvette Flynn and Stephanie Taylor (Mike), both of Anchorage, and Everett D. Flynn of Minneapolis, Minnesota; grandchildren: Jonathon, Michelle, Sarah, David, and Steven Taylor; and Ritkita, Alexis, and Zykala Tompkins; and siblings: Bernell Reddick, Walter Flynn, Roberta Slade, Gene Flynn, Robert Lee Flynn, Matricia McCoy, Marion Gadsden, Harry Flynn; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, July 27, at 1:00 p.m. at First American Baptist Church. Interment will be at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First American Baptist Church. Arrangements by Witzleben Legacy Funeral Home.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from July 24 to July 25, 2013