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Joseph Howell Flournoy
Birth: Oct. 21, 1891
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Dec. 14, 1966
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA

Obituary from Shreveport Journal newspaper, Dec. 14, 1966, Wednesday, pp. 1-A & 20-A:

Sheriff 26 Years J. H. Flournoy Dies

Sheriff J. Howell Flournoy, who served the people of Caddo Parish for 53 years in the sheriff's department, died about 6 a.m. today at Schumpert Hospital following a brief illness.

The sheriff, 75, became ill Saturday and was admitted to the hospital Sunday. However, he was reportedly admitted for quiet and rest and was apparently improved yesterday. The attending physician told members of his department he suffered a heart failure shortly before 6 a.m. today.

Sheriff Flournoy, who resided at 190 Preston Ave., began his law enforcement career in 1913, serving as a deputy in the criminal and civil departments before he was first elected sheriff in 1940. He has served as sheriff since that time and was last elected in 1964 for his sixth four-year term which expires in 1968.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete today, pending arrival of his daughter, Mrs. Georgia Lou Flournoy Hodgson, who resides in Kuwait, near Saudi Arabia, but services will be under the direction of the Osborn Funeral Home.

Sheriff Flournoy was one of the most outstanding and well-known lawmen in the state of Louisiana and he had received national recognition from a number of sources for his dedicated work.

Born Oct. 21, 1891, in Greenwood, Sheriff Flournoy was a member of a pioneer Caddo Parish family. His father, the late James Pattison (J. Pat) Flournoy, served as sheriff of Caddo Parish from 1906 until 1916, and it was during his term of office that J. Howell Flournoy launched his career in law enforcement.

Sheriff Flournoy moved with his family to Shreveport as a young boy and attended [St. John's] high school and a business college here. He was a member of the National Guard unit here [Company L] and served on the Mexican Border in 1916. Soon after the United States entered World War I, the sheriff entered the regular army, serving as an instructor in a machine gun school at Camp Hancock, Ga., and was later commissioned a lieutenant.

After the war ended, he returned to the Caddo Sheriff's Department, working as a deputy in the criminal and civil departments until 1928 when he was named chief deputy tax collector. He held this office until 1940 when he was first elected to the office of sheriff, succeeding the late T. R. Hughes.

A well-known conservative and a spokesman for patriotism, Sheriff Flournoy spent his entire adult life striving to improve his department in all fields of duty and speaking out against anything or any group which he felt posed a threat to Americanism.

The sheriff and his department, ranked among the best and often copied by other similar law agencies, have often been commended by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Sheriff Flournoy was also recognized for this well-known work with youth, including his Junior Rifle Program, nationally acclaimed.

In recent years Sheriff Flournoy received a number of outstanding honors, including the Progressive Men's Club's award for "outstanding service as a loyal and faithful public servant"; the Safety Award of 1965 from the Ark-La-Tex Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers for his great contribution to the cause of safety; the Americanism Forum Award in 1966 as the outstanding conservative of the year, and a life membership in the American Legion, Lowe-McFarlane Post No. 14.

A member of the First Presbyterian Church for many years, he was a leading worker in the organization of the Broadmoor Presbyterian Church in the 1940's. He served as a deacon and elder of the Broadmoor Church for a number of years and at the time of his death was an elder on the inactive list.

Sheriff Flournoy was the father of a bill to form a pension and relief fund for employees of the sheriff's department years ago and has served as president of the Sheriff's department Pension and Relief Fund of Louisiana since 1946 with the exception of one term. He was also president of the Caddo Rifle and Pistol Club, having served in this post for the past 10 years.

In 1925 Sheriff Flournoy was married to the former Miss Mary Bridges, a native of Morehouse Parish who moved with her family to Shreveport in 1913.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Hodgson of Kuwait; one sister, Margaret Flournoy of Shreveport, and one brother, Ted Flournoy of Monroe.

Sheriff Flournoy was a member of the Lions Club, Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, El Karubah Shrine, Mithra Grotto, High Twelve Club, Broadmoor Masonic Lodge, Elks Club, Royal Order of Jesters, Victory Chapter of the Eastern Star, head of the Internal Security organization in the parish and served as the marshal for the first Holiday in Dixie parade here.

Obituary from the Shreveport Times newspaper, Dec. 16, 1966, Friday, p. 9-A [excerpts]:

Rites to Be Held Monday For Sheriff

Funeral services for Caddo Sheriff J. Howell Flournoy, who died Wednesday morning at Schumpert Hospital at the age of 75, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the Osborn Funeral Home.

He will be buried in Forest Park.

The Rev. Dan Goodwin, pastor of The Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, of which Sheriff Flournoy was a founder and elder for several years, will officiate at the services. Pallbearers will be Pat Flournoy Willis, Robert Flournoy, Walter P. Ledet, Glen Flournoy, Glen Welsh, John Welsch, Ash Young and Jack Forbing.

The sheriff, who had planned to retire at the end of his term in 1968 after serving 53 years in the department, died Wednesday after suffering an apparent heart attack. He had been hospitalized since Sunday.

He announced his plans to retire in October of this year, and had endorsed Chief Deputy
Jimmy M. Goslin Jr. as his choice to succeed him.

Note: Twin brother of William Cannon Flournoy.
Family links: 
  James Patteson Flournoy (1853 - 1934)
  Georgia Elizabeth Martin Flournoy (1852 - 1899)
  James Patteson Flournoy (1878 - 1943)*
  Margaret Whitworth Flournoy (1885 - 1970)*
  George Agurs Flournoy (1889 - 1959)*
  Joseph Howell Flournoy (1891 - 1966)
  William Cannon Flournoy (1891 - 1944)*
  Peter Tresivant Flournoy (1899 - 1970)*
  Meredith Flournoy Ingersoll (1905 - 1945)**
*Calculated relationship
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Forest Park East Cemetery
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA
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