By: Robbie Watson
The Reverend JH FLakes, Jr., a local iconic preacher from Fourth Street Baptist Church passed away overnight in Columbus. Flakes retired just seven months ago after serving more than 50 years as the lead pastor.
Nathan Suber, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Fourth Street, tells WLTZ Reverend Flakes had been in declining health over the past several months. Last week he had stomach surgery to repair a blockage and Flakes also suffered from a heart condition.
Asked what might be Reverend Flakes greatest contribution, Suber struggled to narrow the pastor's legacy.
"He was multi-talented. He could do a lot of things at one time. I always marveled at that....and he always did what he thought was right."
Noting a controversial SPLOST vote in the 1990's, Suber said he and others tried to persuade Flakes to oppose the vote but Flakes responded "My word is my bond, I'm sorry Ladies and Gentleman. I will not go back". The SPLOST ultimately passed Suber said.
Stay tuned to NBC 38 for more coverage, including reaction from his son, JH Flakes, III who is currently the pastor of Fourth Street Baptist.
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