VITA VIR HONESTUS (A man of honor)
William Orin Flowers, Jr. was born in Natchitoches, Louisiana, on July 12, 1923. He passed away peacefully in his sleep with loved ones close by at his home in Walker, Louisiana, on September 25, 2023. He was raised as a Catholic and influenced by Jesuit priests who educated him in Shreveport. He enjoyed telling stories about his past including his fond memories of the teachers at St. John’s in Shreveport, fishing, LSU and major league baseball, working as an electrical designer and draftsman until he was forced to retire, videoing his family at all family events, and making his wife June happy by being the true gentleman that he was throughout his life. He served in the US Navy during World War II as an Electrician’s Mate 1st class on the USS Mauna Loa from 1942-46. He was preceded in death by: his wife Beverly June Joffrion Flowers, his parents William Orin Flowers, Sr. and Sadie Mae Smith Flowers; his brothers Harold Arthur “Buddy” Flowers and Patrick Grayson “Pat” Flowers; his sister Emily Jane Flowers Montgomery Ferguson; and his daughters Edythe Lynne Flowers Lasschuit and Beverly Anne Flowers Peterson as well as his son-in-law Dale Alan McCaskill. Left to carry on his legacy are: his daughters Linda (and Charles) Painter, Lorine McCaskill, and Bonnie (and Steve) McCaskill as well as his son-in-law Edmund Reece Peterson ; his 12 grandchildren Kim (and Livvy), Kathy, John Garrett (and Lat), Greg, Sean (and Amanda), Todd(and Shannon), Karyn, Chris (and Michele), Tammy, Brian (and Lindsey), Amy (and Ben), Brad (and Barbara); his 26 great grandchildren Tyler, Matt, Felicia, Kailyn, Zachary, Jackie, Carolyn, Brandon, Nicholas, Luke, Madeline, Kaitlyn, Christopher, Meghan, Blake, Cole, Brooklyn, Jacksen, Addison, Colton, Kara, Lawsen, Luke, Mia, Emmy, and Easton; and 3 great great grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held at Resthaven Chapel of Eternal Faith (Mausoleum) on Saturday, October 7 from 10:00 – 10:45 officiated by Deacon William “Billy” Messenger, followed by a graveside service with military honors and burial. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite cause in his name. Left to critique LSU baseball without Bill is his close friend Mark Duet.