James Porter Flowers
April 25, 2016
93, passed away Monday, April 25, 2016 after a short illness at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville.
He was formerly from Upton, KY, but most recently resided in Louisville.
A gentle man whose long life touched and lifted so many has passed into God's hands. James always said to his students, "Be a scholar and a gentleman."
A teacher most of his life, he taught in Burkesville, Hodgenville, and Louisville. His last 29 years of teaching were with the Jefferson County Public Schools where he taught in the mathematics department and served as a guidance counselor at Southern High School. He was a former member of Cooper Memorial United Methodist Church in Louisville for 30 years and a current member of Hodgenville United Methodist Church for 32 years where he taught Sunday School for 25 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Dalton and Lucy King Flowers, a sister, Reeble Anderson and a brother, Kenneth Flowers.
He is survived by his precious wife of 71 years, Jean Shelley Flowers, two daughters, Marilyn (Rogers) Flowers Queen of Louisville and Debbie (Leon) Flowers Drennan of Brentwood, Tennessee. He is also survived by two sisters, Elsie Tuggle of Harrodsburg and Stella (Dumont) Souleyrette of Upton, and two brothers, Keith (Sarah) Flowers of Richmond and Dr. Randel (Kathy) Flowers of Burkesville. His pride and joy were his six grandchildren, Chad (Kim) Queen, Amy (John) Queen Graybeal, Scott (Paige) Drennan, Amanda (Adam) Queen Burks, Allyson (Luke) Drennan Sexton, and Kelsey Drennan and his nine great-grandchildren, Abi Queen, Alyssa Queen, Grayson Graybeal, Preston Graybeal, Bailey Burks, Eli Burks, Hampton Graybeal, Francie Kate Drennan and Amelia Burks; two step-grandchildren, Tyler and Hayley Hobbs; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at noon, Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven Funeral Home, 4400 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40218 with Dr. David Thomas, Rev. Karen Thomas and Rev. Bob Howell officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Resthaven Cemetery. Visitation will be 4–6 p.m. Friday at the Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home, 208 West Water St, Hodgenville, KY 42748 and after 9:30 AM Saturday at the Arch L. Heady at Resthaven Funeral Home until time for services.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the following: Hodgenville United Methodist Church, 825 Tonieville Rd, Hodgenville, KY 42748, Chestnut Grove Cemetery Grounds Keeping Fund, c/o Wade Flowers, PO Box 725, Burkesville KY, 42717, or the Southern High School Alumni Scholarship Fund, 8620 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY 40219 in memory of James Flowers.
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17 Entries
Mr Flowers, you are still in our hearts and missed very much.
Delores Salsman
April 21, 2019
What an amazing contribution he made to Southern High School! He touched so many lives. And what a wonderful testament of love and dedication to have a spouse for 71 years. His family is truly blessed!
Julie Domian-Ernst
August 8, 2016
Marilyn and Roger, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of father, Mister James Flowers., He will always be Mister Flowers to me. My father spoke of him as the example of the kind of person we should aspire to. Someone said, "Man is not rich by what he possesses, but what he does without with dignity." None of us had much, but we all survived because we had people like James Flowers to look up to and admire.
Love you guys and miss you.

Jim Smith
Jim (Sonny) Smith
May 17, 2016
Jim Smith
May 17, 2016
My condolences to the Flowers family. May the God of all comfort strengthen you during this difficult time.
Isaiah 65:17-25
R Lee
May 3, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Mr. Flowers will be missed. From the class of 1954 Hodgenville, KY
Delores Isbell Salsman
May 2, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Joe & Etheline Neeley
May 2, 2016
Marilyn, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was such a wonderful and caring man. I was hoping to see him and your Mom at our reunion. He looks the same. I would have known him even after 50 years. Your Mom will be lost...take care of her and yourself. Love, Sheila (Platt) Vice
Sheila Vice
May 1, 2016
Ms. Lee Jean so sorry for your loss.I am one of Ellen and Ray Groces twin daughters.Estell Groce Goff
Estell Groce Goff
May 1, 2016
Prayers for your family at this time of sorrow. I was sad to hear of the passing of Mr. Flowers, he was a great teacher and wonderful person. I had him for two years of algebra and loved being in his class as it was a favorite part of my day at Southern High. Glad he enjoyed such a long and successful life.
Patricia Ford Atchley
April 30, 2016
I have many fond memories of Mr. Flowers from my time at Southern.
Gary Frye
April 29, 2016
Mr. Flowers will always be remembered lovingly as my math teacher but, more importantly, as my good friend, Marilyn's dad, always welcoming me into their loving home. My deepest sympathies to all family members.
Betty Mount Berger
April 28, 2016
I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Flowers passing. He was one of my favorite teachers.
Sharon Coke
April 28, 2016
Prayers for all the family for God's comfort during this difficult time in the loss of your loved one. With much love & respect I remember Mr. Flowers as my algebra teacher, FTA leader & youth leader at Cooper Church. He was a good example for all & will be greatly missed.
Sue Hardin
Sue Hardin
April 28, 2016
Thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Mr. Flowers was my Algebra teacher at SHS as well as family friend from Cooper Memorial Methodist Church. Such a kind and gentle person.
Bonnie Johnson Whitaker
April 28, 2016
So sorry to hear about your dad. Thoughts and prayers for your family during this difficult time.
Marlene (Sandy) Nichols
April 28, 2016
God Be with you at this time and give you strength to bear this loss and may His love impart the peace and understanding that brings comfort to you and your family at this time of sorrow.
David & Debbie Kelley, Richmond,KY
April 27, 2016