Willis Huling Flick

FLICK, WILLIS HULING, age 96, passed away February 11, 2013. He was born to Charles H. and Florence L. Flick in Burnstown, PA, on January 14, 1917. He grew up in a family of six children of which he was the third. Willis attended Ohio University having worked in a coal mine to earn the tuition. With World War II approaching in early 1941 he enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Corps. He underwent flight training and was awarded his pilot's wings in September, 1941 as a member of Flying Class 41-G. His skill as a pilot and natural leadership qualities led to his assignment as a multi-engine pilot instructor at Moody Army Air Field in Valdosta, Ga., where he was eventually promoted to Director of Training. It was there that he met the love of his life, Imogene "Jimmie" Parramore. They were soon wed and spent 67 years together. Willis was very proud of his wartime service to his country. He received orders that took him to the China-Burma-India theater of operations. As a "Hump Pilot" he flew many hazardous missions from India over the rugged Himalaya mountains to China carrying vital supplies to US and Allied forces. For his skill and courage he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross as well as the Air Medal. Entering the Air Corps as an aviation cadet he left the US Army Air Forces as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1946 to return to civilian life. Following the war Willis studied law at Duke University from which he was graduated in 1948. He moved to Miami to begin practice as a civil trial attorney. He had a distinguished career as a trial lawyer representing airlines, aircraft makers and financial institutions. He served as the managing partner of Blackwell Walker Gray Powers Flick & Hoehl, at the time the largest law firm in Florida, until his retirement in 1985. He was an active member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Association of Defense Counsel. Willis and Jimmie shared a love of horses and raised some of the world's finest Arabians of the Egyptian strain. Together they trained and showed their horses throughout the U.S. and Canada. Their farm, Glenglade Arabians, was well known for producing many award winning Egyptian Arabian horses. Through their horses Willis and Jimmie found friends all over the world. Willis and Jimmie were instrumental in the formation and foundation of Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church and he served as one of the original elders. He since has been a longtime member of Granada Presbyterian Church, as well as the Hump Pilots Association and the Riviera Country Club. He also proudly served on the boards of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Flagship Bank. Willis, always the gentleman, will be remembered by all as a man of great integrity who fought for the truth and always looked for "what is right". His unwavering sense of duty and his strong moral compass symbolized who he was. Always learning, even "Googling" into his 95th year, Willis followed current events, politics and sports (especially Duke basketball) with great enthusiasm. Strong in mind and body, Willis was the picture of self-discipline. He loved his family, his many friends and his horses and dogs with much passion. He quietly provided for and generously assisted those who couldn't help themselves. Willis was predeceased by his wife Jimmie and is survived by his sons Willis Jr. "Hugh" (Roseann) of Palm City, FL., Elliott (Pansy) of Austin, TX, Charles (Patience) of Miami; and daughters Phillis Jones (Walter) of Palm Beach Gardens and Mary Love Jones of Stuart; and sister Charlotte Foreman of Boca Raton. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Russell and Kyle Flick, Lauren and Elise Flick, Penny, Bonnie and Willis P. Flick, Philip, Emily and Charles Jones and Elliott and Lilla Jones. A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Granada Presbyterian Church, 950 University Drive, Coral Gables. Burial will be in Madison, Florida. Should you desire to make a donation in honor of Willis, his family suggests the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, 601 SW 8th Ave., Miami, Fl. 33130.

Published in Miami Herald on Feb. 13, 2013