Thomasville Times Enterprise


March 6, 2014

Ira Loomis Flowers

Service for Ira Loomis Flowers, of Thomasville, are at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Disciples of Jesus Ministries, 228 Augusta Ave. The Rev. Jeremy Rich and the Rev. Dr. E.C. Virgil will officiate and interment is in Peaceful Rest Cemetery. Pallbearers are members of the Thomasville High School Class of 1972, David Mitchell, James Broadnax, Arthur Gilmore, his son Von Core and Mark Futch. Honorary pallbearers are members of Kappa Alpha Psi Inc. Mr. Flowers died Feb. 28 at his home. Born Jan. 4, 1953, in Thomasville, he was the son of Bessie Lee Flowers Moore and the late Guyte Smith. He was married to Thedora Ponder, in Thomasville, who preceded him in death. He was a 1972 graduate of Thomasville High School and a retired educator. He was a member of the Guiding Light Club and First Missionary Baptist Church. He continued his education at Stillman College where he received his bachelor of arts degree in English. He also served as a recruiter for Stillman College where he has influenced the career development of numerous young men and women. He also served as an instructor with the Boys and Girls Club of Houston, Texas. He worked as an educator for the Berrien County School System. He later returned home and served as the director of the Francis F. Weston YMCA for 28 years before moving to Columbus to work at the A.J. MucClung YMCA where he served for three years. He returned back to Thomasville and served as the director of the Thomasville Resource Center under the direction of Gloria Jones. He then worked for the Colquitt County Board of Education where he retired. His lifelong mission was to help and develop the youth of his community and surrounding counties and their communities, he dedicated his life’s work to those in need. Several community activities were implemented as a result of his tireless efforts such as Midnight Madness, AAU, after-school mentoring programs and educational and historical tours to Atlanta. During his life, the offices he held were youth guide and mentor for Kappa league, pole march of Thomasville Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Inc., board member of the area  of directors for the Southeastern Providence of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. His recent and past civic organizations affiliations were S.P. Jones Lodge No. 118 PHA, St. Phillips Consistory No. 34 past commander and chief, Ossipie No. 64 Nobel of Ancient Mystery Shinnen, Soverant inspector general of 33 degree PHA, president of Shining Sea, 360 Boys Scout St. Thomas AME Church and he organized and president of Malcolm X Liberation Front. He was a recipient of the Joseph R. Jenkins Award. Ira Loomis Flowers “Tower of Power” leaves to mourn his passing  his mother, Bessie Lee Flowers Moore; his brothers, Charlie C. Flowers, James Early Flowers, Guyte Smith Sr.; sisters, Carolyn (Judy) Thompson, Sandra E. Smith, Ethel (Cookie) Crawford, Sheila Drive; daughter, Hope Allen Flowers of Atlanta; grandchildren, Brianna Allen, Kristen Allen; stepmother, Marie Thurman; god daughter, Lisa Austin; sister-in-law, Sheila Ponder; brother-in-law, Fredrick Ponder; aunt, Carolyn Green; a devoted nephew whom he called his son, Stanley (Trina) Smith; a son, Von Cone; siblings, John Murphy, Lonnie (Johnnie) Murphy, Harriett (Willie) Youmas, Letoy Harris, Shirley Jackson, Pauline (Sam) Cone; aunt, Carolyn Green; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Guyte Smith Sr.; and his wife, Thedora Flowers. The viewing is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., today at the funeral home and from 9 a.m., until the funeral hour on Saturday at the church with no viewing after the eulogy. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., today at First Missionary Baptist Church.  — Hatcher-Peoples Funeral Home


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