Leonard Alford Flack (fondly known as “LA” to many) was born October 14, 1926 Alexander, N.C. to Emma Sue Flack, daughter of Will and Myra Flack. He attended Weaverville Elementary School until 8th grade when he had to begin working the fields. Leonard was then drafted to the US Navy in 1944 during World War II. He also served at several locations including, Bainbridge, Md., Shoemaker, Ca., Treasure Island, Ca., Honolulu, HI, South Pacific, Iwo Jima, Saipan, Lati, and Okinawa. He was discharged in 1946. After the war, he went to work for several companies including Bon Mache, Western Southern Insurance, David Miller School, YMCA of Asheville, and Dunham’s Music House for 38 years until retirement.
LA was a member of the Esquire social club and a member of Brown Temple Church. While at Brown Temple, he served as chairman of the board of trustees. He also loved to sing and became a member of the men’s choir and served on the usher board.
Leonard was married to Bernice Hudson Flack from 1947-1967. From this union was born Gladys M. (Flack) Head, Leonard A. Flack, Jr. and Gloria A. Flack Lewis. In 1979, LA married Matilda Giles Flack. The two joined their loving families which grew to include another daughter Pat Kilgo and sons James Garner, Reginald Garner, Christopher Garner, Ronald Garner.
LA was preceded in death by his wife, Matilda Giles Flack, son Leonard A. Flack Jr., sisters Juandree Flack Washington, Maude Jackson, Willie Ruth Martin, Susie Mae Willis and aunt Helen Flack Kilpatrick Burgin.
Surviving family include his daughters Gladys M. (Flack) Head and Gloria A. Flack (Arville “Bubba”) Lewis, Pat Kilgo and sons James Garner, Reginald Garner, sister, Inez Flack Baker, grandchildren, James A. (Edna) Flack, Joi Head, Melody (Joshua) Battle and Alphonso Kilgo, special cousins Calvin Kilpatrick, Elmira Warren, Doris Haywood, honorary daughters, Jene (Lupie) Blake, Olivia Gash, Denise Vinson, Vicki Goggins and sisters-in-law Virginia (Wallace) Gibson and Brenda Craig. In addition to a host of other great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
While LA will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him, his warmth, kindness, words of wisdom to love each and every one and to remember that family should mean more than anyone else will live on in our hearts.
Funeral service will be 10:00 am Tuesday, June 30,2020 in the chapel of Ray Funeral & Cremation Service. Burial will follow at 12:00 pm at the WC State Veterans Cemetery.
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