GREENSBORO - David Fredrick Flynt, 64, of 3409 North Rockingham Road, a person who, even in the most challenging circumstances, could find something to be happy about, died peacefully early Sunday morning. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hanes-Lineberry North Elm Street Funeral Home and at their home following the memorial service.
Everyone who knew David understood that whatever he undertook - from walking the fastest with the shortest legs in his beloved G.I.R.L.S. men's walking group to serving his church, First Presbyterian, in countless ways - he went "whole hog." David loved to bring his appreciation of the sheer fun of existence to others. The look on his face when he was cracking a joke was unforgettable. His eyes nearly closed and the corners of his mouth stretched all the way to his ears as his entire face, it seemed, became one enormous smile.
David was born in Burlington, the fourth child of the late Pearl and Homer Flynt. Surviving are the love of his life, Kris Michael Flynt, whom he married Oct. 16, 2010 - a precious two years, three months, and four days ago, as he liked to point out. He adored this brave, kind, big-hearted woman who brought him a great amount of happiness in a short amount of time. Other survivors include a daughter and a son, Sally Drake Flynt of Houston, Texas, and David Edward Flynt of Kansas City, Mo., to whom he was devoted; sisters, Doris Kelly, Carol Pike and her husband, Blake, and Sandra Eldred and her husband, C.P.; brother, Chuck Flynt and his wife, Diane; stepsister, Mary Glynn Roberson and her husband, Alan; stepsons, William Norris Bullock Jr. and his wife, Morgan, and Thomas Jennings Bullock, and his wife, Whitney; a new step-grandson, Norris Bullock; many nieces and nephews; and lifelong friends from wherever he went. His stepmother, Mary Allen Flynt, and his brother-in-law, Bill Kelly, predeceased him.
David graduated from Liberty High School and North Carolina State University, where he joined Sigma Nu Fraternity. Out of college his first job was with Avondale Mills in Chicago, Illinois, where his sales territory was the Midwest. Four years later he came back to North Carolina to join his brother at Flynt Fabrics Inc., where he remained for the next twenty-two years. In 1996, feeling the itch to go out on his own, David started a business, Abel Resources Inc., a textile brokerage firm which thrived until 2005, by which time most of the textile industry had left this country. Soon after, David joined Lincoln Financial, selling insurance, where he remained until the present. At Lincoln he quickly became a member of the Million Dollar Roundtable. Since 2008 he has also been a senior consultant for Private Capital Corporation in San Francisco, Calif.
A dedicated Christian, David joyfully exemplified the Bible verse: "To whom much is given much is required." He served First Presbyterian Church for 20 years as an Elder, an usher, a Sunday school teacher, and a member of the capital campaign. He was chairman of the board of Step Up and of the church's prison ministry. He volunteered his time with Summit Rotary, where he was on the board of Bell House; he served on the board of the Guilford County Jail Ministry, was a member of the Greensboro Sports Council, where he co-chaired the Pizza Hut Invitational, and was chairman of the board of Visitors at NCSU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He was also a member of the university's Lifetime Giving Society.
David took great delight in his friends. He began serving as president of his walking club in 1996; by the time of his death he had become not merely president, but the head of the office of president, a more elevated title, according to the other members. Over time the group of more than 40 logged hundreds of miles communing with each other. It has been noted that in the entire history of the club, there was never a successful vote on any issue since half of the members always disagreed with the other half.
The family wishes to thank both Gigi Mashburn of Tampa, Fla., a Hospice nurse and close personal friend of both David and Kris, for her devotion during this time, and Hospice of the Piedmont for their support. The family asks that in place of flowers, memorial contributions be made to First Presbyterian Church's general fund, 617 North Elm St., Greensboro, NC 27401; Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262; or to a