Graveside services for Cortez resident James Lloyd Flowers (J.L.) will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Lewis Cemetery. Pastor Bruce Burkett will officiate. J.L. was born July 14, 1951 to Melvin and Wilma Flowers in Los Animas, CO, and went to be with his Lord and Savior July 16, 2021; just two days after his 70th birthday.
J.L. was the oldest of four children, all of whom grew up in Cortez, CO. He attended school in Cortez and graduated from MCHS in 1970. After high school he owned and operated Honey Dipper Septic Tank Service, and later worked for Schwan’s for many years. J.L. and his dad enjoyed driving and sight seeing in the high mountain passes, as well as riding their motorcycles over the Million Dollar Highway. “The loop,” as he called it, was one of his favorite pastimes. He often said he loved being in God’s country. He felt close to the Lord on these drives and always came home feeling refreshed and revived being close to his Heavenly Father!
In the early 80’s J.L. married Marlayne Gersh Randolph and loved being a part of her and her daughters’, Danielle and Angela, lives. He loved them as if they were his own children. J.L. was a member of the Four Corners Motorcycle Club in Cortez. He enjoyed helping at the Sugar Pine Ranch Rally each year, shuttling people in and out of the events each day. He enjoyed traveling with the group on motorcycle rides to different areas. He spent many hours visiting with Little Dave Marsell, Cindy Olson, Alan and Teresa Seaton, and others planning their next rides!
J.L. never knew a stranger. He loved visiting! He never ventured very far from the Cortez area; the LaPlata Mountains and the Ute Mountain were very calming to him. He would say, “as long as I can see the mountains, I can feel the Lord is very near.” J.L. was a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church and enjoyed attending the services when his health allowed him. The last two years of J.L.’s life were very difficult, suffering from diabetes and heart problems. He spent many days at a time in the hospitals around the area, and at the Vista Grande Nursing Home being too ill to stay at home alone. He was transferred to Mercy Hospital where he was receiving dialysis treatments, and where he succumbed to the illness and passed from this life into the precious arms of Jesus on July 16, 2021 in Durango, CO.
Surviving J.L. are his very dear and precious mother, Wilma Flowers of Yuma, AZ; his sisters, Linda (Joel Grauberger) of Yuma, AZ, and Melva (Ron Terry) of Cortez, CO; his niece, Dawn (Shane Beck) of Cortez, CO; his nephews, Tony (Mallory Roybal and family) of Cortez, CO, Joey (Tiffany Terry and family) of Broken Arrow, OK, Kyle (Ashleigh Terry and family) of Hyrum, UT; and many friends and motorcycle club family. J.L. was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Flowers; and his sister, Pat Barron.
He is gone but will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace, brother! And until we meet again, I will say one last time, “Good night J.L., sweet dreams brother.”