ST. PAULS —James "Bobby" Flowers, 79, of St. Pauls, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville.
He was born on Oct. 6, 1935 to Vernon Milton and Sarah Louise Flowers in Lakeview, SC. Early in life, Bobby was an employee of Burlington and various other cotton mills. In 1962, he opened his own business in his backyard that later became known as Flowers CB and Radio Shop. He operated it for 53 years and was known nationwide in the CB radio and trucking community as the "THE BEAR." He was also supported faithfully by the local hunters association.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Billy Joe Flowers and Jack Ronald Flowers of Lumberton.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mary Lois Flowers; his daughters Amy Kay Flowers of Hampstead, Donna McMillan and husband James Don of Lumberton, and Jamie Cannady and husband Hugh of Surf City; four grandchildren, Mary McMillan Swayne of Richmond, VA, Addison James McMillan of Irvine, CA, Jennie Kay Russ of Hampstead and Hudson Ayers Cannady of Surf City. He is also survived by a sister Joyce Stallings of Atkinson and a brother Rudy Flowers of Lumberton, and several very special nephew and nieces.
His funeral service was held on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 4 p.m. at The Life Center in St. Pauls with Pas. Michael Gist and Pas. Deborah Brisson officiating. Visitation for family and friends was held one hour prior to the service. Entombment followed at Gardens of Faith Cemetery in Lumberton.