Lewis Flowers, Sr. was born January 2, 1930 and peacefully transitioned on June 5, 2019. Lewis was born in Drew, MS to Mr. Jenkins Flowers and Mrs. Mary Jamison Flowers. He later moved with his family to Chicago, Illinois where he lived for a large portion of his young and adult life. Then he moved to Joliet, Illinois where he joyfully lived out the rest of his life yet, always traveling back to Chicago to enjoy his loved ones!
Lewis enlisted in 1945 and served in the U.S. Illinois State Militia (National Guard), Army Reserves and the United States Army and was discharged in 1952. He was also a member of the Bricklayers Masons and Plasterers International Union of America (Local Union #21). Lewis was married in 1951 to Christine Reed where he was blessed with six wonderful children, Lewis, Jr., Victor, Donnell, Neal, Jocelyn and Dennis. Lewis was ordained as a Deacon at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois on April 23, 1958 and on November 22, 1959, he was ordained as a Minister by the late Reverend WD Kirkland. He later went on to Pastor, Greater Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois. In 1994 he met and later wed his devoted friend and wife, Carolyn Allen-Flowers, where he was blessed with three step-children, Cherlyn, Nathaniel and Joseph.
Lewis thoroughly enjoyed watching his Cowboy and Western movies. He also enjoyed playing Bid Whist, along with Penny Poker with friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jenkins and Mary Flowers; his wife, Carolyn Flowers; his siblings, Jenkins Jr., Richard, Addie, Oralee, Dessielee, and Polly; his children, Lewis Flowers, Jr., and Donnell Flowers; and step-son, Roy Armstrong.
Lewis leaves to cherish his memories; his children, Victor (Jannie) Flowers, Neal Flowers, Jocelyn Flowers, Dennis (Samantha) Flowers; his daughter-in-law, Cynthia Flowers; step-children, Cherlyn (Tony) Junior, Nathaniel (Kristina) Allen and Joseph (Zanyetta) Allen; along with a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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