Richard “Cass” Flowers, 64, of Atlantic Beach, passed away Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at home surrounded by his family. 

His service is at 6 p.m. Thursday at One Harbor Church in Morehead City. 

Cass, a Carteret County native, grew up in Beaufort and graduated from West Carteret High School in 1970. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Carolina University in vocational rehabilitation and for 12 years provided vocational rehabilitation services for Carteret, Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties. 

Cass returned to Carteret County in 1987 to share his passion for community fitness by founding the Sports Center of Morehead and to develop real estate like his father before him. Over the past 30 years, Cass has grown the Sports Center into the area’s premier health club and developed land throughout Morehead City. He most enjoyed fishing, playing racquetball and spending time with his family. 

Cass is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Sylvia McKenzie Flowers; daughter, Summer Flowers Ricketts; son-in-law Taylor; granddaughter, Olivia; son, William Blake Flowers, all of Carteret County, and daughter Cassie Jean Flowers of Costa Rica; sister, Pat Piner of Pine Knoll Shores; and brother, Joe Flowers of Marathon, Fla.

Cass was preceded in death by his parents, William Clifton “Cliff” Flowers and Grace Lovett Flowers; and brothers, William Clifton Flowers Jr. and Ted Stogner.

The family will welcome friends starting at 5 p.m.

Floral arrangements are welcome, and memorial contributions may be made in Cass’ name to the nonprofit youth program he co-founded: Carteret Sports Leadership, Tax ID 56-1977908, at 701 N. 35th St., Morehead City, N.C. 28557. 

Arrangements are by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. of Morehead City. Online condolences may be made at

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