Flowers, former Supreme Court justice, dies

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Edwin Flowers died last Thursday at the age of 91.

Flowers served on the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia in 1975 following the resignation of Justice James Marshall Sprouse. He served on the bench through 1976.

Flowers was the state’s commissioner of welfare from 1969 until he joined the state Supreme Court. He became a federal bankruptcy judge in 1977 before becoming vice president for institutional advancement at West Virginia University in 1983. He stayed with the university until 1997.

“I am terribly saddened to hear of the passing of one of our own,” Chief Justice John Hutchison said. “His exemplary career stands as a monument to his personal dedication to the law, as well as to the citizens of West Virginia. He was a true leader and will be sadly missed. I want to extend my sympathies to his family and to all of his friends and colleagues.”

Nixon Funeral Home in Newell is handling the funeral arrangements. A visitation service will take place on Feb. 21 at the Erickson Alumni Center at West Virginia University. The funeral will be held on Feb. 22 at the New Manchester Christian Church in New Manchester.





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