Barbara Marie Flournoy
FUNERAL HOME
Guy & Allen Funeral Directors, Inc.
2959 West 11th Avenue
Gary, IN
A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. In loving memory, we announce the home going of our dearly beloved Barbara Marie Brown-Flournoy, who departed this life on January 18, 2021, to receive her Heavenly reward. Barbara was born in Eden, NC on June 27, 1939 to Kenneth and Bessie Brown, who both preceded her in death. She was the fifth child of seven. Her sisters: Maggie White (Detroit MI), Virginia Sims, Helen Sims, Annie Duncan, and brother Kenneth Brown Jr. (Eden, NC) preceded her in death. After courting for five years, Barbara married Namon Flournoy in 1962. To this union one child was born, their son, Ritchel. Barbara received her degrees from St. Augustine's College (now St. Augustine's University, Raleigh, NC), Indiana State University, (Terre Haute, IN), Indiana University Bloomington, plus 30 at Purdue University West Lafayette, IN. Barbara is a lifetime member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) sorority. Her first career stop was Kitrell College. She moved to Gary, Indiana and worked at US Steel, Lew Wallace High School and retired from The Gary Area Career Center. Barbara gave her life to God and was baptized in 2003. Her church home was Van Buren Missionary Baptist Church, (Gary, IN) under the pastorship of Pastor Dwight E. Mobley (first lady Janice Mobley). She leaves to cherish her memories: devoted companion and husband of 63 years, Namon Flournoy; son Ritchel Flournoy II (Gary, IN); sister Emma Howell (Columbia, MD); lifelong friend, Eloise Martin (Eden, NC); granddaughter Adrian Griffin; great grandson Jaden Griffin; great granddaughter Jasmin Griffin (Atlanta, GA); God children: Jeffrey Martin, Mark Martin, Janice (Ben) Bennett, Janet Taylor, Joy (John) Holiday, Debra Jones, Tiffany Andrews, Kevin Roper (Gary, IN), B.J and Dahnia Hall (East Chicago, IN); brother-in-law Rochel (Arline) Flournoy (Ospry, FL); sister-in-law, Olivia Lasenby (Detroit, MI); a special niece Carolyn McCuiston aka "My Angel" (Gary, IN) and a host of relatives and friends. Last, but not least, "Ms. Lisa, My Lisa" Lisa Wright (Chicago, IL). In lieu of flowers make donations to: Van Buren Baptist Church 2585 Van Buren Street Gary, IN 46407


Published by Post-Tribune from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2021.
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She was my teacher at the career center and became my friend while attending Purdue University. A beautiful lady! She will be missed.
Kimberly Jenkins
School
December 22, 2021
When we needed family to be there for us, you and Namon were there. Thank you Barbara. You will be missed.
Henrene
Family
July 10, 2021
Fond memories of my first cousin Namon and his beautiful wife Barbara and babysitting their very loved son, my cousin, Richie Barbara was brilliant, beautiful, and loving. I will always miss her
Creig Dickerson
Family
July 8, 2021
From the Nevils family this was a great lost, my (Curtis Nevils Sr.) father's cousins who was always there at all the family events and they were always the life of the party. My Dad enjoyed both their presence Barbara and Namon even back to the card parties of the 60's. It seems those who keep our family, our heroes, leave us to soon, Curtis Nevils Sr., Arthur Hoyle last year 2020, Barbara this year. This Pandemic robs us from what we like to do to be there for them. Barbara tell dad I said Hi. The Nevils family misses you very much.
Curtis Nevils Jr.
Family
July 8, 2021
Praying for you and your family Mr. Flournoy.
She was such a beautiful lady.
Tamara Gilkey
January 29, 2021
My condolences to Mr. Flournoy and Ritch in the loss of your wife and mother. She was a very special lady. You will be missed. May God continue to strengthen you in your time of bereavement.
Drew Bradley
Friend
January 28, 2021
Very sweet and straight to the point kind of woman, who I had a lot of talks with about life, loving and sweet and truly for her students at Lew Wallace. To the Flournoy family may the Grace of God be with each of you. May God continue to keep his loving arms around you all, Mrs. Flournoy, you will be missed. Much love C/O 1991.
Jamese Ligon-Hmaide
Student
January 27, 2021
A very nice, loving ❤ and kind person. We will all miss you ❤
Joyce Ann Williams
Friend
January 27, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Kimberly Shittu
Student
January 27, 2021
I had Mrs. Flournoy as a teacher at the Gary Career Center. She gave you that look when you did something wrong. She was a great teacher. My prayers to the Flournoy family.
Annette Hall-Elion
Student
January 26, 2021
I’m so heartbroken ! This lady was my teacher when I was a senior at the Gary Career Center and one of 2 teachers that actually had an impact in my life. On the last day of school, all of us students in her class (and her) were crying. We kept in touch after I graduated and the first Christmas card I received every year was from her. She sent me flowers on my birthday and we had good conversations. She was a beautiful, special, sincere, kind woman. I loved her and hope to see her again. I know she will be missed by many. My condolences to the Flournoy family.
Adriana Ortiz
Friend
January 25, 2021
Our sincere condolences to you and your family, Ritchie. May memories of your mom always make you smile and bring your heart peace.
Kim & Greg Gillis
Friend
January 25, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Rodney English
Friend
January 25, 2021
In loving memory of a beautiful spirit. We will love you and miss you always. Our condolences go out to the family. Rest well Soror
Carl and Dorothy Champion
Friend
January 25, 2021
A very good, kind and loving person ❤ You will be missed.
Joyce Williams
Friend
January 25, 2021
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It has taken me two days to find just the right words to write about Barbara Flournoy, for she was a very special person, indeed. As a teacher at Lew Wallace, I enjoyed our interaction: not only was she competent in administration but also she was so pleasant, so open and kind. The photo included here truly captures her essence. When she moved on to the Career Center, I was promoted at Wallace, about 1997. She took the time to write me a congratulatory note..I still have that note.

Loni Dorall
Loni Dorall
Coworker
January 25, 2021
Just shocked to see this! May the blessings of Mrs. Flournoy's sweet spirit, contagious smile and love for the family and especially you, Mr. Flournoy, be a source of comfort to you and the entire family. The hundreds or thousands of students in Gary, whether at Lew Wallace or the Career Center are deeply indebted to her dedication in assisting them to realize the importance of education!
Rosie G. Washington, Former GCS Bd. Member
Coworker
January 24, 2021
Mrs. Flournoy was truly a beautiful person, she was my teacher when the career center in Gary Indiana first open up in 1969. I think about her now and this has been over 50 years a person that I've always remembered , so take your rest and enjoy your new heavenly home.
Mary ( Coleman) Green
Student
January 24, 2021
Barbara had a beautiful spirit and she will be missed. We shared many moments together as Business Teachers with G.C.S.C.. May God shower Blessings upon the Flournoy family.
Sadie Ethridge
Coworker
January 24, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Demetrice Anderson
Student
January 24, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Benita Rhymes
Student
January 23, 2021
Mr. Flournoy, you and your family my sincere condolences on the passing of your loved one. May the peace of God surpass all of your understanding. God bless!
Jeannie M. Coleman (former employee of WorkOne Hammond)
January 23, 2021
To the family of Sis. Barbara Flournoy:
You have my condolences.
Barbara was a special person to me. She was a graceful woman and true friend.
This is a major loss for everyone that has had the opportunity to know her.
Heaven has definitely gained an angel.
Marie English
Friend
January 23, 2021
To the family of Sis. Barbara Flournoy:
You have my condolences.
Barbara was a special person to me. She was a graceful woman and true friend.
This is a major loss for everyone that has had the opportunity to know her.
Heaven has definitely gained an angel.
Marie English
Friend
January 23, 2021
To the family of Sis. Barbara Flournoy:
You have my condolences.
Barbara was a special person to me. She was a graceful woman and true friend.
This is a major loss for everyone that has had the opportunity to know her.
Heaven has definitely gained an angel.
Marie English
Friend
January 23, 2021
Sending my condolonces to the family of Sis. Barbara Flournoy. Barbara was a very special person. She was a true friend that I loved dearly.
This is a great loss for everyone that had the pleasure of knowing her.
Heaven has definitely gained an angel.
Sis. Marie English
Friend
January 23, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Catrice Sample
Student
January 23, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Johnnie M Brown
Acquaintance
January 23, 2021
Linda Barnes-caldwell
January 23, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Diane. Williams
Acquaintance
January 23, 2021
The crew at Northwest Oncology are going to truly miss her so much!! This was one classy lady!! Mr. Flournoy you rocked and our prayers are definitely with and the family!!!
Kimalynn Owens-Chin
Student
January 23, 2021
Barbara, Barbara, Barbara. It would take pages to say what I have to say about you. You know I love you so much and you, me. I will hold on to these precious memories I created with you.
Take your rest. Save me a mansion next to yours. We will be reunited some day. What a reunion that will be. Thank you for loving me unconditionally.
LOVE,
"Ms. Lisa, My Lisa"

May God comfort you, Namon. You were an AMAZING husband. God bless you Ritchie.
Namon, I'm here if you need me.
Lisa
Lisa Wright
Daughter
January 23, 2021
To brother Norman Flournoy my deepest condolences and prayers go out for you. I know you are going to miss Barbara, as will I. Barbara was such a loving person, caring about others, while going through her illness. The other day God spoke to Barbara and told her come on home and take your rest.
Marvin Malone
Friend
January 23, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Marsha Clemmons
Friend
January 23, 2021
So sorry for your lost
DCB
Acquaintance
January 23, 2021
At first I was so sad that I thought I just had no words. But all of these are my sweet Sorority sister. Loving. Creative. Giving. Original. Elegant. Beautiful. Sisterly. Thoughtful. Intentional. See you beyond the wall when it's my time. May God's peace surround Namon and family.
Joyce Price
Friend
January 22, 2021
such a beautiful, beautiful lady. will sorely be missed!
rosemary dorris
January 22, 2021
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