Robert Flowers

BRAIDWOOD—Robert Dean Flowers, 81, of Braidwood, IL, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL.  
Born May 18, 1935 in Big Sandy, TN, he was the son of Doss Hudson and Nell (nee Barnes) Flowers. Robert retired from the Carpenter's Union, Local 195 and Local 1092.  He was a member of the Main Street Baptist Church.  
Surviving are one son, Robert Doss (Denise DeMattie) Flowers of Braidwood; special companion, Edith Odom; former daughter-in-law, Theresa Flowers of Braidwood; three grandchildren: Emily (Derek) Torres, James Flowers and Brian (Erica) Flowers; six grandchildren: Virginia, Mariana and Gwendolyn Torres, Leo and Lucas Conn and Logan Dean Flowers; seven sisters-in-law: Shirley Essertier of Culpeper, VA; Kaye (Thomas) Jones of Smithland, KY; Helen Watson, Judy Faught,  Barbara (Danny) Browning and Debbie (Eddie) Summers, all of Marion, KY and Gerri (Larry) Johnson of Tolu, KY; three brothers: Doss Flowers and Thomas Flowers, both of Big Sandy, TN and Kenneth Flowers of Shelby, NC.  Other survivors include Debbie (Rick) McCombs, Cheryl (Howell) Bobo, Timmy (Patty) Odom, Mike (Karen) Odom and Jackie Polox.  
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Betty Rose (nee Williams), whom he married March 31, 1955; sister, Mary V. (Gerald) Rushing; brother, EG Flowers; brother-in-law, Ray Williams; sisters-in-law: Louise Turley, Dorothy Rae, Billa Jean Flowers, Myrt Flowers and Laura Flowers.  
Visitation was held Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd., Braidwood Chapel. Funeral services will also be held at Stockdale-Malin Funeral Home in Big Sandy, TN. Interment will be at Bakers Chapel Cemetery in Big Sandy, TN.  
For more information and to visit his online guestbook, log onto or find their  Facebook page at R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes.
Arrangements are under the direction of R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory, 401 E. Main St., Braidwood.