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Pastor, community leader Dr. J.H. Flakes, Jr. dies

Dr. J.H. Flakes, Jr. was a notable community leader and a longtime pastor at Fourth Street Baptist Church in Columbus. Dr. J.H. Flakes, Jr. was a notable community leader and a longtime pastor at Fourth Street Baptist Church in Columbus.
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Pastor J.H. Flakes, Jr. died Monday morning at the age of 78. Flakes was a notable community leader and a longtime pastor at Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus. 

Dr. Flakes began preaching at Fourth Street in 1961 and retired earlier this year after serving 50 years. His son, Reverend J.H. Flakes III, is currently serving as pastor of the church.

Church spokeswoman Mechelle Clark told New Leader 9 that Pastor Flakes died around 1:15 a.m. at St. Francis Hospital.  She told us the pastor had been ill for some time. 

At his father's request, Pastor Flakes, III said in lieu of flowers that donations are made for scholarships in his father's honor as he was an advocate for education.

"Our family would like to thank everyone for the thoughts and prayers and asks for their continued prayers at this time for the family," said Pastor Flakes, III. 

Dr. Flakes was recently honored by the local Boy Scouts of America Chattahoochee Council for his active involvement in helping community youths and co-pastored for more than 50 years at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Phenix City, AL.  Dr. Flakes is also known for his role in co-founding One Columbus

His body will lie in state at the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church on Thursday, November 15 from noon until 8 a.m. Friday, November 16. 

A brief memorial service will be held before his body is moved to Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church, where a homegoing service for Dr. Flakes will begin at 11 a.m.

Dr. Julius Scruggs, president of the National Baptist Convention, will deliver the eulogy.

He was born on January 12, 1934 in Phenix City.  

Family asks that contributions be sent the to Reverend J. H. Flakes, Jr. Memorial Fund at the Chattahoochee Valley Community Foundation located at 1340 13th Street, Columbus, GA 31906. 

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