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Russell Dean Flowers

January 16, 1957October 4, 2020
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Russell Dean Flowers 63, of Coppell, TX passed away October 4, 2020 in Atlanta, GA while visiting his son and daughter-in-law. Russ was born on January 16, 1957 in Richmond, CA to the late Ruth Maguire Flowers and Clinton Odell Flowers. He was the youngest of 4 children. After graduating Seminole High School in Seminole, OK, Russ attended Oklahoma State University where he received a BS in Accounting. He later became a co-owner of SRH Consulting. He married the love of his life Betty (BJ) Jones Flowers on May 17, 1980 at the First United Methodist Church in Caddo, OK. Russ had an incredible sense of humor, often warped and juvenile, but none the less kept people laughing. He had a love for woodworking, watching Oklahoma State football and old cars, especially his red cars. He often enjoyed the occasional cigar. He is preceded in death by his parents Ruth (July 3, 1999) and Clinton Flowers (November 29, 2008) and his oldest brother Richard Flowers (September 1, 2007). Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife BJ Flowers of Coppell, TX; son Chris Flowers and his wife Caitlin of Atlanta, GA; sister Vicki and husband Larry Hope of Mont Belvieu, TX; brother Mike Flowers and wife Marinda of Edmond, OK; his cats Rowdy and Linus; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and outlaws. An open viewing will be held at Rolling Oaks Funeral Home on October 15th and 16th from 9am-4pm. Due to social distancing, the family will receive visitors at their home. A memorial service will be held on October 16th at 2pm at First United Methodist Church Coppell, 420 Heartz Rd, Coppell, TX 75019. Rev. Tom Palmer will officiate the memorial service. An Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Caddo Gethsemane Cemetery in Caddo, OK.

Mask must be worn at the service on Friday as well as at the funeral home on Thursday and Friday.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 16, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, October 16, 2020

Memories

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Nicole Hope

October 16, 2020

Last time we came to visit Uncle Russel I tried to get a picture of him with the great nieces and nephew. He kept dodging the camera and I took on the challenge to get a picture. I finally cornered him and took this photo right as I was walking out the door to leave.

Randy Napier

October 16, 2020

Like all who have shared memories here, I enjoyed many mirthful moments with Russ. But I also wanted share my perspective on Russ as a top-notch professional and a great business partner.

Russ and I were equal-share business partners for 13 years. Russ was accomplished as a CPA, and as a business software consultant, and we collaborated on several projects before we became co-owners of SRH Consulting in January of 2000.

Russ always did what it took for our business to succeed. Once I returned from a week of vacation and asked Russ how things went while I was away. “Pretty good,” he said. “We have three new clients.”

Everyone who has ever been in business would wish for a partner like that. And over the 13 years we spent as business partners, we never exchanged a single angry word. Few partnerships of any kind have worked as well as that.

OK, so I did enjoy the Russ sense of humor. After one successful pre-partnership collaboration, Russ remarked that we had worked well together. I agreed, saying, “Yeah—like Butch and Sundance. Or Holmes and Watson.” Russ came back with, “Well, more like Beavis and Butthead. But I’ll take it.”

Philippians 1:3 says “I thank my God every time I think of you.” Russ Flowers will always be front of mind when I read that verse.

Steve Olinghouse

October 16, 2020

Betty,
I want to express to you my heartfelt sadness to You and Chris for the loss of Russell. Although I only got to really interact with him the last 15 years or so, he was truly an interesting, witty, and nice person to be around. He was always friendly, and easy to talk to as several times at our family get togethers it might just have been him and I at the Caddo house. I will always remember his funny little comments and especially his willingness to pitch in and run to Durant to get things that made our holidays together that genuine family togetherness. He and you were also so generous with your home, your time, and generosity towards helping " the Jones clan" make our visits memorable. I will never forget that he was a good Cowboy ( Osu Alum) and made me feel comfortable with his personal greeting of " Hi Steve O" a personal favorite nickname of mine. Although he will be sorely missed in our future endeavors he will not be forgotten and leaves us with many fond and pleasant memories. It is with a heavy heart I express my condolences to you and Chris at the passing of Russell.
Steve O

Weesie Gainer

October 16, 2020

“I’m widin in your cawr, you turn on the wadio....
You’re pulwin me cwoser, I just say nooooo...
I say I don’t wike it , but you know I’m a wiar!
‘Cause when we kisss....
Fiwar!
I will never again listen to this song without hearing Russell singing it as Elmer Fudd! He didn’t preform this very often, and we had to get a couple of cocktails in him before it was even a possibility, but he made you believe it was Elmer Fudd singing to you! One of the funniest things I have ever heard!

It’s always hard to loose a loved one, but it is especially hard when someone is taken from you so completely unexpectedly. B.J. and Russell have been our best friends and running buddies for more than 25 years. There have been very few milestone events over those years that we didn’t share with each other.
I will forever cherish the memories we have of the Flower Dude and doubt I will ever walk into their house without hollering out “Russell, you got your pants on?” (There’s a story there, but B.J. and I can’t remember what it was!)
Russell was a sweet, precious man who made our world brighter and funnier and happier for having him in it. We will miss him so much.

Nicole Hope

October 15, 2020

When forced to stop and look back on a loved ones life, it is easy to get down in the depths of despair focusing on the I should haves or I wish I would have. To plead with the Lord to just reverse time so you can stop them from dying. So you can tell them how much they mean to you, all the many ways they’ve blessed your life, that you love them. So you can give them a hug and have one more talk. Yet when you look back and the happy memories come flooding in on a life lived to the fullest, all the family get togethers, memories of the first great Christmas in Oklahoma, graduations, holidays, weddings, swimming, water fights, all the chaos and mayhem and when you were bribed to take all the great nieces and nephews to the rec center for the day to have fun and so peace and quiet could prevail at home. The texts checking in, the phone calls, the open door policy and the memories of knowing just how much you were loved, how can you do anything but smile at those memories, hold them tight and thank your Heavenly Father for the blessing and honor it was to be able to have that person in your life, to be able to call them family, to be able to call them your friend.
Uncle Russell “The Great”, we love you more than words can express and miss you. Never goodbye just merely see you later. Until we meet again.

Vicki Hope

October 15, 2020

Growing up with Russell as my brother

Mom and dad are not around to tell about Russell opening the front door to a young man. He frowned at him and said " Vicki and the football player she is dating would not be happy to know you are here knocking on the door to ask her out"

Marinda may share this as well. We were all at the lake in Liberty.I'm thinking we were celebrating Heath's graduation. Larry was pulling Russell out of the water. The only problem was when Russell came up his swim suit was around his knees.

I can think of another story when Russell was much younger, we were living in walking distance to the Seminole seventh grade campus. Where I attended one year before going to the high school . Any way back to my story. We had a siamese cat at the time named Sam. My mother had a three piece sectional sofa. Russell would throw Sam behind the section not up to the wall. I can not count how many friends Russell ran off when Sam would jump up from behind the sofa at them.

Larry Hope

October 15, 2020

This will not surprise anyone when I tell this story. It was Christmas and as always we all met at Clinton and Ruth's home. This was the time when Chevrolet had just come out with the new generation Camaro Russ came to me and said let's go take a ride. So we got in the car and the next thing I know we are at the Chevrolet dealership. Russ is talking to the salesman as if he is interested in buying a new Camaro. Well the salesman said would you like to drive the car. It is blue beautiful with all the up grades. Needless to say we took the ride. Russ in the driver seat, I am in the passenger seat and the salesman is in the back. Russ eases out of the parking lot. We get to a back street and pull up to a stop sign. Russ looks both ways and guns it and pinned us back into our seats and the salesman's knuckles turn white. The salesman never says a word. and we get to the next stop sign. You guess it he showers down on the gas pedal, the tires squeal smoke comes boiling out of the tires and we are at the next stop sign. By this time the salesman is in shock, his face is white and he never says a word. Russ turns right and we are on a highway headed out of Seminole. Now you know Russ is going to see what this puppy can do. Before you can take your second breath we have hit 90. Russell slows down, turns around and calmly drives back to the dealership. The salesman never says a word. I still think he is still in shock. We got back to the dealership and Russell says I am not interested. the salesmen did not answer. We get back into Russ' car and nothing is said on the way home. When we got home and were getting out of the car Russell says not a bad car, it drove well. I cracked up. Oh by the way my knuckles were white too.

Tatum Stone

October 15, 2020

I remember Uncle Russell as the story teller of the family. He was always telling stories and jokes that made everyone laugh, with his head bobbing and hands out like he was saying, “You know what I mean!” That was classic Uncle Russell! I always thought he could have been a comedian with his quick wit and sarcasm. Growing up I never saw him angry, even though I heard the stories and knew not to get on his bad side, he seemed to always smile when I was around.

One of the best memories I have of Uncle Russell is one of those stories I tell when my friends and I bring up how crazy our families can be! One Christmas, my mother, Vicki Lynne, thought we should have a white elephant gift exchange, but of course she had to rename it “Dirty Santa”. All these presents were each wrapped and in the middle of the room. One at a time we all chose a present that we wanted until we came to the end. Somehow Uncle Russell ended up with the best present of them all; A DVD of the movie Too Fast, Too Furious and a pair of panties that only a teenage girl could fit into! So, Uncle Russell being the comedic that he was decided to put ON the panties and strut his stuff! Luckily, over his clothes, even though I wouldn’t put it past him to bare all in front of his beloved family! All I had to say to my husband and children was, “Yes, this is your family and I gave you fair warning of what could happen!” There was never a dull moment when he was around and we all loved him for being unapologetically himself. I loved him very much and I will miss him. I am glad that I have many memories and stories about him.

Justin Griffin

October 13, 2020

Funny that Josh said that.... I found some great memories of Uncle Russ and his sense of humor. On my wedding day, Uncle Russ made me an offer. He said, "We are only 4 hours from Mexico…. we could split." I smiled and said, “No thanks, but, that sure is a good offer. Has anyone taken you up on it?” He smiled and shook his head no.

Uncle Russ was happy to see me change teams from OU to OSU in '97. We were always going to rent one of those suites at Pickens Stadium to watch a game. I still plan on doing that someday and will think about him.





Beverly O'Malley

October 13, 2020

I will always remember moving to Oklahoma and going to Uncle Clinton and Aunt Ruth's house to visit. I was probably about 10 years old and Russell was 12 or 13. He would always take my sister Lori and I to play around Seminole. We thought he was so awesome to drag two younger girls around town with him. I choose to believe he wasn't being told to by the adults! If he was, I never wanted to know. We will all miss him dearly.

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