Truman Leon Flowers was born May 21, 1933 in Dexter NM to Barney & Alma (Absher) Flowers.
He passed from this life and into the arms of Jesus on December 12, 2019 in Hobbs, NM.
Truman left school before his senior year to join the US Navy. He served as a Machinist aboard the USS Laertes along side his younger brother, Frank, until his Honorable Discharge February 20, 1954. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal.
Truman married Swana Fae Gray in Hobbs, NM on November 20, 1954. Four sons were born into this union; Frank, Jack, Wayne and Shane. Jack preceded him in death in 2015.
In the late 1950’s and throughout the 1960’s, Truman was an Ironworker and member of Local #24 based out of Denver, CO. He worked on numerous skyscraper builds in downtown Denver. He was known for his cat-like agility and lack of fear at extreme heights! Truman was an ironworker on the construction of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center 1965-1966. (A fact he eagerly shared with two of his great-grandsons following their visit to the Center!)
Truman, Swana and the boys returned to Hobbs in 1969. He worked in the used car business as a salesman and Sales Manager for Permian Ford. Truman and son, Wayne, operated Bedco Welding in the 1980’s. He owned and operated Hobbs Auto Mart for many years until his retirement.
The family would like to thank Molly, Jessica, Debi, Danielle and Amber for their unending kindnesses and loving care of Truman for these past months.
Truman was preceded in death by his parents, Alma and Barney; his brothers, Johnny Morris and Frank; and his son, Jack.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Swana; sons, Frank (Isabel), Wayne (Barbara), and Shane; one sister, Norma Stringer; one brother, Michael (Debby); Ten grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Truman was a long-time member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners of NM.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.
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