Pastor: Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus for 51 years; Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Phenix City for 53 years
Born: Jan. 12, 1934, Phenix City
Died: Nov. 12, 2012, Columbus
High school: Dropped out of South Girard High in 10th grade
College: Bachelor’s degree from American Baptist College in Nashville, Tenn.; continued studies at Morehouse School of Religion in Atlanta, the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education in Houston, and the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia in Rome, Ga.
Honorary degrees: Received honorary doctorates from A.B. Lee Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Fla., and American Baptist College in Nashville, Tenn.
Community service: Moderator of the East Alabama Missionary Baptist Progressive Association; chairman of the Board of Trustees of American Baptist College in Nashville, Tenn.; helped establish One Columbus and the local chapter of the Urban League; member and past president of the NAACP local chapter; president and founder of “A Call To Talk”; chartering pastor of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of West Germany; member of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A.; member of National Baptist Congress of Christian Education; member of General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia
Awards: Outstanding Personality of the South; Ten Outstanding Ministers in the State of Georgia; Alpha Phi Alpha Martin Luther King Award; Operation PUSH Martin Luther King Award; Knighthood Award from the Congress of Christian Education; 2011 recipient of the Jack T. Brinkley Sr. Service Award from the Muscogee County Democratic Party for exceptional service and dedication in the community
Family: Wife, Robena Gaines Flakes; three children; three granddaughters.