Willie I Flowers

April 10, 1926 ‒ January 03, 2010

Delaware, Ohio

Graveside Services for Willie Irvin Flowers, 83, of Delaware will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday January 7 , 2010 at Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware. Willie died Sunday evening January 3rd at Grady Memorial Hospital. He was born April 10, 1926 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia to James and Dora Ellen (Hall) Flowers. He retired after 45 years working for the C and O Railroad and had lived most of his life in Delaware. In the late 1950’s, he survived being struck by lightning and on September 22, 1983 he received the Award of Honor for Distinguished Service from Chessie Systems Railroad for his life saving effort in Marion, where he pushed a man out from in front of a train, saving the man’s life. He was a lifetime member of the Delaware Eagles Lodge #376 and a social member of the VFW #3297 of Delaware. He is survived by his longtime companion of 26 years, Pauline Shoaf of Delaware; 6 step children, Donna (James) Bryson of Lancaster, Kenny (Debra) Shoaf of Delaware, Ann Hare of Reynoldsburg, Norma Conner of Ashland, Rodney Shoaf of Columbus, and Rickey Shoaf of Texas; 12 step grandchildren and 15 step great grandchildren; nieces, Rosalea Williams, Betty Curtis, and Imogene Hartigan of Delaware; nephews, Robert Wolfe and Thomas Gardner of Delaware and Carl Wolfe of Ostrander; many great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers Herbert, Johnny, and James and 6 sisters Lucinda, Bessie, Michie, Mable, Dimple, and Maggie. The family will receive friends on Wednesday January 6th from 3 – 6 pm at the Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, Delaware. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Parkinson’s Foundation or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Central Ohio Chapter.