Henry Lincoln Flowers Jr.
Published 6:23 pm Friday, January 16, 2015
Funeral services for the Reverend Henry Lincoln Flowers Jr., who passed away at his home January 14, 2015, will be conducted Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 12 noon at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 310 4th Ave. S.W., Cairo, with Rev. Alexander Mack, pastor, Rev. Dr. Emory C. Virgil officiating. Interment will be at Crestview Cemetery, Hwy. 84, Cairo. Honorary pallbearers will be the ministers of the Gospel. Active pallbearers will be family friends and former church members.
Rev. Flowers was born in Bainbridge on February 26, 1943. He was the son of the late Rev. Henry Lincoln Flowers Sr. and the late Mrs. Aurie Bell “A.B.” Greene Flowers.
He joined the Mt. Calvary M.B. Church at an early age and was baptized by the late Dr. W.M. Westbrooks Jr. He was a faithful young man who served as youth prayer meeting leader and youth Baptist training union.
He attended the Grady County public schools, graduating in 1960 from the Washington Consolidated High School. He entered the Ft. Valley State College, now Fort Valley State University, in the fall of 1960. After completing one year, he was called by God to preach the gospel. Rev. Flowers entered the American Baptist Theological Seminary of Nashville, Tennessee, where he received the Bachelor of Theology in 1965.
Rev. Flowers was ordained by the Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Dr. Reverend W.M. Westbrooks Jr. in 1963. Rev. Flowers went on to pastor Friendship Baptist Church in Camilla, and Trinity Baptist Church in Boston, Ga.
In 1981 history would repeat itself as he was called to be the pastor of Greater Macedonia M.B. Church of Bainbridge, where his father was pastor when he was born. He also hailed numerous positions in the Baptist Convention and associations. He remained pastor at Macedonia M.B. Church until his retirement in 2009.
Rev. Flowers is survived by his wife, Annie “Ann” Hinson, of Cairo; sons, Rev. Henry L. Flowers III of Cairo, Minister Carlton D. Flowers, Cairo; daughter, Cassandra Flowers-Knight, Cairo; daughter-in-law, Barbara Flowers, Augusta, Ga.; granddaughters, Cherelle L. Flowers, Cairo, Crystal Starr Flowers, Atlanta, Courtney M. Flowers, Jacksonville, Fla.; great-grandchild, Chase Elizabeth of Atlanta; cousins, Virginia (Louise Jr.) Copeland of Cairo, James Bell, Columbus, Ga., Dorothy Hunter, Cairo; sisters-in-law, Minnie H. Calloway of Bainbridge, Bettie (Rev. Charles) Flowers, Quincy, Fla., Carolyn H. (Charles) Marshall, Quincy; brothers-in-law, Nash (Rhodella) Hinson Jr., Quincy, James (Gladys) Hinson, Quincy; caregivers, Mary Cheevers and Barbara M. Hatcher, both of Cairo; and a host of caring relatives, church members and friends.
Cloud Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.