Clifton T. Flowers passed away at Madrone Hospice, Yreka, California, on March 29, 2018, at the age of 95 years young.
He was born to Blanche and Edward Flowers on July 28, 1922, in Tuscalosa, Alabama. He attended schools in Lemoore, California. After graduating from Lemoore High School, he attended U. C. Davis for one year. He then moved to Dunsmuir, California, and gained employment with the Southern Pacific Railroad (SP).
Clifton married Helen Schoech in April 1942. In November 1942, he enlisted in the U. S. Army – Air Corps – and was sent to Italy from where he flew fifty missions over Germany before his honorable discharge in 1945. Upon his discharge, he returned to Dunsmuir and his employment with the SP.
Of his many accomplishments, he was a member of the Merchants Baseball Team and taught Hunter Safety classes for many years. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and bow hunting. He was also a talented wood carver, specializing in carvings of local birds. He was a member of the Dunsmuir Rod and Gun Club, the National Association of Retired Railway Engineers and the Veteran’s Organization.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Blanche Flowers, sisters Venita Bissell and Glennis Mitchell, and sons Edward and David Flowers. He is survived by grandson Clifton T. Flowers, II, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to the staff at Madrone Hospice for their committed, compassionate care during Clifton’s final days.