COLUMBUS, Georgia (Office of Rep. Bishop)-- Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding the passing of the Reverend Dr. Johnny H. Flakes, Jr:
"I have been truly blessed by Dr. Flakes' spiritual counsel and guidance throughout the twenty-four years I was a member of Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church. His courage, perseverance, and dedication to his church will always be a source of inspiration to me," said Congressman Bishop. "Dr. Flakes was an outstanding man of God who, through his deep and abiding faith, made a tremendous impact on his community. He will truly be missed but it is a comfort to know that his unwavering spirit will live on through the many whose lives were touched and inspired by this remarkable man. My thoughts and prayers go out to Dr. Flakes' family and loved ones during this difficult time."
Dr. Flakes was the Pastor of Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia for fifty-one years and Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Phenix City, Alabama for fifty-three years. In addition to his numerous awards and recognitions, Dr. Flakes was recently awarded the Whitney M. Young Service Award by the Boy Scouts of America Chattahoochee Council for his support youths in the community. Dr. Flakes passed away on Monday, November 12, 2012. Funeral services will be held for Reverend Dr. Johnny H. Flakes, Jr. on Friday, November 16, 2012.