OBITUARY: Rev. Ernest Flaniken Passes Away Nov. 2, Was Pastor at Cocoa Presbyterian Church

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Mr. Flaniken served four Presbyterian congregations

Rev. Ernest H. Flaniken died on November 2, 2019. He was born Sunday, July 13, 1924, the oldest of four children born to Ernest M. and Evelyn W. Flaniken in Memphis, Tennessee.

BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Rev. Ernest H. Flaniken, 95, died on November 2, 2019. He was born Sunday, July 13, 1924, the oldest of four children born to Ernest M. and Evelyn W. Flaniken in Memphis, Tennessee.

He graduated from Humes High School in Memphis, and from Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) where he graduated with honors in History cum Laude.

His college honors included serving as President of the student body and as representative of the state of Tennessee for Rhodes Scholarship.

He attended Union Theological Seminary from which he graduated cum Laude. In 1954 he received the degree of Master of Theology from the same school.

Mr. Flaniken served four Presbyterian congregations: Craigsville, Virginia; Marlinton, West Virginia; Central Park, Birmingham, Alabama; and a 25-year pastorate at Cocoa Presbyterian Church, Cocoa, Florida.

After retiring in 1991 he served ten interim pastorates in Central Florida

In Cocoa, he assisted in establishing Alco-Hall, the first Halfway House for alcoholics in Brevard County, and assisted in establishing the Central Brevard Sharing Center for assisting the needy.

He was active in the Walk to Emmaus and the Alpha movements.

In 1947, he and Mary Louise Glasgow were married in the Fairfield Highlands Presbyterian Church in Alabama and had 72 years of marriage.

He is survived by his wife; a brother, Richard Flaniken of Sommerville, Tennessee; his son Robert Ernest Flaniken of Port Orange; one grandson Mark Alan Flaniken of Daytona Beach; and five great-grandchildren: Logyn Alexis Flaniken, Ryan Max Flaniken, Lydia West Flaniken, Jayce Thomas Flaniken and Taya Jolene Flaniken, all of Port Orange, Florida; and a number of nephews and nieces.

A Memorial Service was held on November 9 at Cocoa Presbyterian Church.

Instead of flowers, donations can be made to Cocoa Presbyterian Church, 1404 Dixon Blvd., Cocoa, Florida 32922

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