Billy Carl Flowers, son of the late A.O. and Wilma Flowers, was born on Oct. 9, 1932, in Plummerville, Ark., and died on Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau at the age of 72.
He was united in marriage to Joyce Jane Averett on Dec. 19, 1953, in Hernando, Miss. To this union, three sons were born: Stanley Carl Flowers and wife Sue, Timothy Lynn Flowers and wife Kim, and Robert "Kevin" Flowers and wife, Kelly, all of Dexter. He was also blessed with six grandchildren: Alana McRoy, Clayton Flowers, Aleshia Flowers, Delaney Flowers, Owen Flowers, and Ethan Flowers, all of Dexter; and one great-granddaughter, Brianna. He is also survived by two brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law; and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Mr. Flowers was the retired owner of Flowers' Fish Farms and a retired Dexter schoolteacher where he taught biology, chemistry, and physics. He served in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserve. He attended the Dexter Church of Christ and was a former elder. In the 1960's, he began a fish farming and hatchery business northwest of Dexter where he retired in 1997. He was a pioneer of the aquaculture industry and a charter member and past president of the Missouri Fish Farmers Association.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Flowers, in infancy; and one granddaughter, Anastasia Flowers.
Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be at Rainey-Mathis from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, and the funeral will be conducted at the Dexter Church of Christ at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, with interment following at the Chalk Bluff Cemetery south of Dexter.
Memorials may be made to Bootheel Youth Camp and the Stoddard County Children's Home, both of Bloomfield, and the Children's Home of Paragould, Arkansas.