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Post office named for longtime solicitor
Late Sidney Flowers honored
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Tribute: New legislation introduced by local U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Savannah) would rename the Hinesville Post Office after a local attorney and philanthropist. - photo by Photo by Andrea Washington
Former State Court Solicitor J. Sidney Flowers died just over a year ago, but his memory will live on in a big way after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure recently to name a local post office in honor of the Liberty County native.
The resolution, introduced by area Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Savannah), designates the post office located at 744 West Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville as the “John Sidney ‘Sid’ Flowers Post Office Building” and pays “tribute to the former solicitor general for his unselfish work in the community,” Kingston said.
“It was his kind, often anonymous service to the people and the soldiers of Liberty County that endeared him to so many in Hinesville,” the congressman said. “Many of Sid’s friends say that it was not uncommon to go to a restaurant with him and Sid would pick up the tab for any soldiers who happened to be eating in the restaurant at the time. But he never called attention. He did this anonymously, as he never wanted anyone to call attention to it.”
Other than his college years at Mercer University and Mercer Law School in Macon and a two-year stint with U.S. Army, Flowers spent most of his life in Liberty County.
He graduated from law school at the top of his class, but rather than head to Atlanta for high-paying law firms, Flowers decided to give back to the community of his youth and returned to the county.
He served as solicitor general for more than three decades and Midway city attorney for over two decades, but was best known for his pro bono legal advice. He gave his legal knowledge and expertise to the First Presbyterian Church and the church’s school at no charge.
Flowers was also very influential in shaping the Liberty County Republican Party when the group was in its early stages.
He died on Aug. 21, 2006 at the age of 75, after years of declining health.
“Hinesville lost one of its best when Sid Flowers died last year,” Kingston said. “The true spirit of this man was exemplified by his unpublished deeds, but I think its time we honor him publicly.”
Retired teacher and former Liberty County Commissioner Sampie Smith said naming the largest post office in the county after the man he considered his political mentor would be an honorable way to remember someone “whose work people still don’t fully know about.”
“Anyone that did not know Sidney, should have,” he said. “Because he was one of the most generous, one of the most humorous, one of the most intelligent men that the good Lord ever put on the face of the earth.”
The bill is currently being considered by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
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