Carol Wayne Flanagan
Carol Wayne Flanagan of Greenville, OK, was born December 31, 1929, in Marietta, OK, the son of Orvis and Ruby Jane (Lawson) Flanagan. He married Alice Jean Hendon on October 25, 1950, with whom he later had two daughters and three sons. He passed away at the age of 91 on his mother's birthday, Monday, March 22, 2021, just in time to celebrate with her and other family and friends in Heaven. He passed away at his residence with his family surrounding him with love, assistance and prayer and returning his blessing of music by singing his favorite gospel hymns to him in person, on the phone and by video. Private family services were arranged by Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Marietta. Interment was at the Greenville Cemetery.
Carol Wayne lived his life serving God first, his family second, others third and himself last. He was a positive and giving man who blessed others with his time and talents. He taught his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to have strong work and moral ethics, how to garden and raise animals, how to drive tractors, how to cut and haul hay, how to build and be handy and shared with just about everyone he knew how to worship God in song. He was a tall and strong man with a kind and generous heart and leaves behind quite a legacy.
He fed his large family well by fishing in the Red River with his hand-tied hoop nets, growing a garden several acres in size, keeping several hives of bees, along with raising chickens, hogs, and cattle for food. Later his garden fed his grandchildren as well and they were enlisted for digging potatoes, picking corn, snapping green beans, picking up pecans and gathering eggs among other chores.
He ultimately supported his family by building custom homes and taught all his children, including sons-in-law, about construction—especially custom cabinetry and woodwork. When obtaining licensed plumbing and electrical contractors for building jobs became a challenge to building schedules, he decided to obtain both contractor's license himself, but not without asking his wife Alice Jean, who he bragged was smarter than him, to be his study partner and obtain the licenses herself also which resulted in her becoming the first licensed female plumbing contractor in the State of Oklahoma. It was not uncommon during his working years for their dining table to be covered with blueprints that he and Alice Jean were hand-drafting for clients.
In addition to giving time to earn a living and nurturing his family, Carol Wayne led music for decades at Eastside Baptist Church of Marietta, inspiring others to follow in his footsteps to lead music and worship along the years. After retiring from building homes, he and Alice Jean traveled with volunteer Christian building groups to build churches in various locations in the United States and attended many gospel music singing events. He also taught himself how to build guitars and rocking chairs to fit the curvature of an individual's spine.
During Carol Wayne's years leading music at church, he wore a coat and tie often, but later transitioned to a buttoned-down shirt with overalls instead of slacks and a sports coat. In his last days, he even insisted on wearing overalls and said that he was getting stronger and would be planting a garden soon. He most likely is looking for the perfect spot in Heaven to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, sweet corn, squash, zucchini, and potatoes and maybe have some chickens and bees. But it will be just a little bit before that garden is planted as he has much catching up to do with loved ones and friends as he was preceded in death by his parents, Orvis and Ruby Flanagan; great-great-grandchild, Teagan Prince, son-in-law, "The Late Great", Steven Creecy and nephew, Daren Flanagan.
Carol Wayne is survived by his wife Alice Jean of the home; two daughters, Carolyn Gordon and husband Larry, and Charlotte Creecy; three sons, Bill Flanagan and wife Reba, David Flanagan and wife Mona, and Kevin Flanagan and wife Sherry; brother, G.W. Flanagan and wife Erma; sister, Virginia Bone and husband Johnny; 12 grandchildren, Sarah Gordon, Rebecca Sullivan and husband Brad, TaShonda Fortune and husband Greg, Misty McAfee and husband Steve, Raigan Smith and husband Derek, Cole Flanagan and wife Jessica, Thomas Creecy and wife Katy, Alison Gurley and husband Travis, Whittiny Barber and husband Nick, Laney Carroll and husband Jason, Tyler Prince, and Dylan Prince; 23 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren, along with nephews and nieces.
Casket bearers were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Family suggests any memorial contributions to be made to the Eastside Baptist Church of Marietta.
Online guest book: wattsfuneralhome.com
Posted online on April 02, 2021