Mary Flowers Tarwater

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I wish there was a video or at least an audio recording of Mary in speech class at Dothan High, practicing, reciting and delivering with incredible articulation and passion her reading of the "Marry Lou WIngate" passage from Benet's "John Brown's Body" about the belle who was "as hard to break as a rapier's blade". Read it and remember her voice, intelligence and light. So very sad to hear of her passing.

Posted by: Verne Dawson - New York, NY - High School Friend   Mar 02, 2013

As a native of Dothan, Alabama, I have many memories of the Flowers family and particularly Flowers Hospital. I did not know Mary, but I extend my condolences to the family.

Posted by: June McKay Asbury - knoxville, TN   Jan 08, 2013

Mary was such a beautiful, smart and funny friend. We wrapped Christmas presents one Christmas at Claudine's and she made it so much fun. She will be missed and everyone is a better person to have known someone like Mary. May God bless your family. Mimi Whatley Smith

Posted by: Mimi Whatley Smith - dothan, AL - friend   Jan 07, 2013

Dear Dwight and family,
We received the news about Mary just a day ago and are so very saddened by your untimely loss.

Mary's life in Knoxville, of obvious commitment to faith, family, and community, has set a "top drawer" life-example for everyone to follow in our own communities...

Mary's and your faithfulness and community service have had far reaching and long term impact even though it may not often be communicated to you from afar. I have often heard wonderful comments over

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Posted by: Doris Mays Moses - Charleston, WV - college classmate   Jan 03, 2013

I was so shocked and saddened by the news of Mary's passing. She was truly a beautiful lady- inside and out. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Cori Kopp

Posted by: Cori Kopp - Knoxville, TN - friend   Jan 03, 2013

Dwight and family,

Joan and I send our deepest condolences upon your tragic loss of Mary. Dwight, you and Mary were one of those couples who I thought of as existing really only as a couple, not as individuals; thus, it was always "Dwight and Mary." Joan and I are thinking about you and praying for you.

Harold and Joan

Posted by: Harold Pinkley - Nashville, TN - Friend   Jan 02, 2013

dwight you an your family have been in my thoughts an prayers. trully sorry for the pain you all are going through. with sympathy, andy davis

Posted by: andy dykes davis    Jan 01, 2013

I'm so sorry about your loss Tarwatwer family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. If there is anything I can do for Katherine, please don't hesitate to ask.

Posted by: Jessica Powers - friend of Katherine   Jan 01, 2013

I was notified of Mary's passing by my sister who lives in Knoxville. Mary was my roommate in college, and I absolutely adored her. She was such a gracious young lady, and I truly looked up to her. She was a good friend and I've thought about her so many times in recent years. Although it has been about 36 years ago, I still feel and know her presence and the truly wonderful effect she had on me.

I am

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Posted by: Linda Lee Cate - Foley, AL - College Roommate at UT   Jan 01, 2013

Dwight and family,
So very sorry for your loss. May The Lord give you His comfort and His peace and keep His arms wrapped around you always.

Albert and Karen Holmes

Posted by: Albert and Karen Holmes - Knoxville, TN - Friend   Jan 01, 2013