Melvin Montgomery Flora
August 10, 1944 – September 8, 2018
RALEIGH – Melvin M. Flora, 74, passed at home Saturday with his family surrounding him. He was born in Rocky Mount, NC. He was a successful business owner. Melvin believed in the true value of time spent with his family and friends. He was proceeded in death by his father, Fred Elton Flora, Sr. and his brother, Mickey Flora.
An avid fisherman, he was happiest at the N.C. Coast on his Grady White trolling for the big one. When he wasn’t on the water he loved playing golf. He was one of the original founders of the Flora Golf Invitational Tournament that has continued for 47 years.
He is survived by his wife and best friend of 44 years, Faye Noell Flora of the home, children, Scott Flora (Brigit) of Bolivia, NC, Melanie Flora of Raleigh, his mother, Mildred Williams Flora of Wendell, NC, siblings Freddie Flora (Faye) of Virginia Beach, VA, Butch Flora (Lynn) of Raleigh, Annette Carrico (Sam) of Wilmington, NC and his grandson, Sutton Flora.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Transitions Life Care or the Jimmy V. Foundation.
Funeral service 3 pm, Tuesday, Strickland Funeral Home Chapel with visitation from 1:30 – 3:00 pm prior to the service. In celebration of Melvin’s life and just two of the things he loved the most, the family is requesting that those in attendance feel free to wear NC State or fishing attire.
I will forever remember Mel for his good nature. I can still hear him saying my name with his southern accent when I was at your house. May he Rest In Peace and you all be reminded of the great times with him.
Faye, Scott and Melanie please know that my thoughts, prayers and love are with you and all of Mel’s family
Rest in peace our dear friend and fishing buddy! You will always be with us in spirit and our hearts!
Thoughts and prayers are with you.
We are so sorry to hear of Mel’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Faye and the family.
Faye, please know you are in my prayers for God’s healing touch upon your heart as you celebrate Melvin’s wonderful life with you and all the family.
Faye and family
So sorry to hear of your loss. Please know I am keeping you all in my prayers as you go through this difficult time. All my love, Faye.
My love and prayers are with you and all of the family
I was sad to hear that Melvin died. He lived a block from us when we were teenagers and he was a friend. He was a nice, quiet boy who liked to ride his bike and call everyone an idjit. I’m sure he remained as nice as he was when he was a young teenager, but I hope he was not still calling people idjits.
Sending my sincere sympathy to Faye and your children and grandson, Ms. Mildred, Butch, and Annette.
Dad, Could not stand at the funeral and speak. But I want you to know that I will dearly miss you! You were an inspiration to me and you were my best buddy! You were always looking out for me and your family and I miss being able to call you to get your advice. I hope you are enjoying yourself in Heaven as you are surly there fishing and enjoying being healthy again. Because of he solid foundation you built your family on we will be just fine but a chunk of our hearts will have a void because of our loss. I will enjoy this life but will look forward to seeing you somewhere over the rainbow. So in closing I will quote one of my favorite country songs. So long my friend, until we meet again. I’ll remember you and all the times that we used to. Sit right here on the edge of this pier and watch the sunset disappear. And drink a beer. I love you and miss you dad!
Maybe not the place but… Dad. I will miss you greatly. You were my best buddy. I miss not being able to call you for advice, I will miss the cookouts, the tailgates, the big games, the fishing, but most of all your presence in my life! I hope you are enjoying Heaven and fishing everyday as that is what I want for you. We never got to be beach bums together and that devastates me. I look forward to seeing you somewhere over the rainbow someday. We will catch that big one yet!!! So long my friend until we meet again. I’ll remember you and all the times that we used to. Sit right here, on the edge of this pier, and watch the sunset disappear. And drink a beer. I love you and miss you dad!
I still love you. I miss you every day.