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Peacock, Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service

1411 North Howe Street, Southport, NC

OBITUARIO

Dr. Jefferson McDowell Flowers Jr.

30 enero , 19293 septiembre , 2019

Jefferson McDowell Flowers, Jr died peacefully at his home on Tuesday morning September 3, 2019 in Southport, NC. He was 90 years old. Born January 30, 1929 in Dallas County, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jefferson McDowell Flowers, Sr. (Mac), Mary Lois York Flowers, and his brother Herschel H. Flowers. He also joined five of his children who went to be with our Heavenly Father. He is survived by his sister Betty Linton of Black Mountain, NC and his wife of 21 years Pat Flowers of Southport, NC. He was a devoted father to 14 children, grandfather to 24, and great-grandfather to 9 children.

Jeff grew up in Texas and was a cowboy through and through. He often lived on a ranch and rode longhorn cattle. He was a graduate of Erskine College in Due West, SC where he played football. He graduated and became a chemical engineer for Dupont. He enlisted in the US Army during the Korean War and served 2 years a Tank Captain that led the surge into North Korea. Upon return from the war, Jeff enrolled at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC to get his medical degree and doctorate. In 1957, at 28 years old, he graduated and began at 57-year career of practicing medicine. He was a general practitioner for 20 years and worked hard to further education for others practicing medicine. He then moved on to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and established and opened the first Trauma Center at Citizens Medical Center in Victoria, Texas. He also worked as the EMS Director for all of Victoria County and surrounding area. He was everyone’s friend, doctor, hero, and fondly earned the name “Papa Doc” to all who knew him.

When not working at saving lives and improving the health of others he worked to change the community as a whole. Papa Doc supported local football teams by being the team doctor and performing physicals for all the players. He also was very fond of flying; he was a pilot and owned his own small aircraft company helping others realize their dreams of flight and aircraft ownership. Papa Doc was committed to saving lives and couldn’t quite stick with retirement. His first of six retirements was in 1996 from Citizens Medical Center. He refused to sit still, so he proceeded to travel to South Korea and started the first ever EMS system there. He implemented and taught the South Koreans on how to operate an effective system and to this day Papa Doc’s photo hangs in most firehouses and hospitals throughout South Korea. Throughout his attempts at retiring, Papa Doc worked for years at Refugio County Memorial Hospital in Refugio, TX, Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport, NC, Jackson County Hospital in Edna, Texas, and traveled as a Locum Tenen physician throughout Wadesboro, Williamston, Duplin, and surrounding counties in NC. Eventually his body kept him from continuing his practice, but his mind was sharp until the very end and he continued to educate and teach doctors and nurses even through his own failing health while being in and out of the hospital in recent years.

Despite his work ethic and non-stop desire to help others, Papa Doc found time to enjoy many hobbies. He loved to travel with his wife to Texas and Alaska (his two favorite places on this earth). He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and woodworker. He loved to play golf and was quite accomplished throughout his lifetime on courses across the country. However, he saw his family was his greatest accomplishment in his life, and his greatest blessing. His humor, oft-told stories, and larger than life persona will live on for generations to come through his family and friends who knew and loved him. He left this world much better than he found it and he inspired others to do the same! He will be greatly missed!

A celebration of life service will be held in Southport, NC at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral Home on Saturday September 21 at 3pm. Family will be there until 5 following the service.

There will also be a celebration of life service in Victoria, Texas on Veterans Day weekend. Details for this will be shared at a later date.

Online condolences may be made at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.

Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, NC.

Servicios

Servicios previos:

  • Celebration of Life sábado, 21 septiembre , 2019

OTROS SERVICIOS:

  • Reception following the service until 5:00 pm

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Donna Watson

14 septiembre , 2019

Oh, Dr Jeff, you robbed so many of us of the wonderful memories that your life journey had created! I could have sat and listened to you for hours at a time. The world will be a sadder place without you in it! But your love will be remembered by many! My thoughts and prayers to your family!

Lynn Lancaster

9 septiembre , 2019

This man was the John Wayne of the Dosher Memorial Hospital ED. I was in an ACLS course with him in the late 90's and he could not be rattled by the instructor, and believe me they tried. Later I was blessed to serve him as a patient and he was always grateful for the care he received. He was one of a kind, this world needs more of Dr. Flowers! Love and peace to you, my friend Pat as well as all of your family. Lynn Lancaster, RN.

Michael Biehunko

9 septiembre , 2019

I was co-owner of Rosewood Funeral Chapels in Victoria, Texas until I retired in 2016. I met Dr. Flowers as a young funeral director in the early 70's. He was definitely a mentor for me and taught me to respect everyone no matter who they were. He was a Legend in the medical field pioneering the Emergency Medical Serivces. He saved and touched 10's of thousands of lives and was always in control of any type of emergency not matter how bad it was.
When he left Victoria he was defintely missed by the entire community. And yes he was the John Wayne of Victoria. He never went anywhere without his signature cowboy boots no matter if it were jeans or scrubs.
God Bless you Doc. May you rest in peace.

Bobbie Long

9 septiembre , 2019

Pat, so very sorry to here the loss of a great man. I enjoyed working with him in the emergency room. He will be truly missed.

Ricky & Carol Ann Lenz

8 septiembre , 2019

We were sorry to hear that Dr. Flowers had passed away. He was a
really fantastic ER doctor. I got to know him when I worked in the
pharmacy at CMC. He always had a big smile on his face and had time to talk to you. We are sure he will be missed by many people.
May God bless the entire Flowers family during your time of loss.

Carol Tucker

7 septiembre , 2019

Dr Flowers was one of my favorite ER physicians to work with. He could handle any situation that came to the ER, without loosing his pleasant demeanor. Nurse from ACH, Anson County N.C. REST IN PEACE.






Brian Burns

7 septiembre , 2019

Yes, a larger than life Doctor that dedicated his life to leaving his friends, family, patients and colleagues better than he found them. Thank you Dr. Flowers for your dedication and for the examples you set for us to follow.

Felix Regueira

7 septiembre , 2019

You adopted me as another son when we met you in 1979 in Victoria, TX, dear old fellow!you will be missed! You made the very most out of your life! Thanks, for your friendship ,cares and guidance during my younger years in practice!
Hope the Lord takes you into Heaven and allows me also the Honor to see you again there for the Eternal life!
Dr. And Mrs. Félix F. Regueira
Pediatrician

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