Mr. Conrange V. Flack, Jr. passed on Friday, July 16, 2021, in Salisbury, NC
Conrange Victor Flack, Jr., a proud veteran of the United States Air Force, departed his earthly life on July 16, 2021, to join the great marching band of the Lord. He is affectionately known by his family, friends, and church community as C.V. Jr., Victor, Vic, Granddaddy, Uncle C.V., Tio Victor, “B.B.”, and Papa Flack.
C.V. was born in a church parsonage in the small, charming town of Cumnock, North Carolina on October 7, 1931. He is the son of the late Rev. Dr. Conrange V. Flack, Sr. and the late Mrs. Emma Gray Lash. He was also blessed with a loving stepmother, the late Mrs. Dorothy Flack.
C.V. was united in marriage to the late Leonor Flack Muller Hernandez on December 27, 1975, in Carolina, Puerto Rico. They were married for 38 years. To this union were born three daughters, Dr. Emma Margarita Flack, Mrs. Anna Leonor Flack, and Ms. Carla Vivienne Flack.
He attended Lee County Training School, the county’s African-American high school, where he played in the jazz band (the “Swing Masters”) and was salutatorian of his class in 1949. He then earned his bachelor's degree in 1953 from North Carolina Central University in Biology, where he played the trumpet in the marching band. He continued to play his trumpet for most of his life.
After college, he served in the U.S. Air Force (1953-1961) where he reached the rank of Staff Sergeant. Following his time in service to the country, he worked briefly in France at a company called Bendix. He then worked for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for nearly 40 years as a computer engineer for air traffic control until his retirement.
C.V. immensely enjoyed international and domestic travel. He has lived in England, Alaska, and Oklahoma. In the mid-1970s, he moved to Puerto Rico where he met his wife, Leo. In 1985, he relocated his family to Durham, NC, and joined Mt. Olive AME Zion Church, where he served for nearly 30 years until his health declined.
Music was a central passion in C.V.’s life. He could be found singing in the choir stand nearly every Sunday of the month. He shared his beautiful baritone voice as a member of the Male Chorus, Chancel Choir, and Mass Choir. On special occasions, he would play a trumpet solo at church programs – and would also frequently play at home for his family.
He had a tireless devotion to the AME Zion Church and more importantly, was a devout follower of Christ. At Mt. Olive, he served on the Trustee Board, was a Sunday School/Bible Study teacher, Life Member of the Local Lay Council, and Superintendent of the Sunday School. He was named Father of the Year on two separate occasions. At the District Level, he served as the Durham District Lay Council 2nd Vice President.
He had a talent for cooking and gardening and shared many stories about preparing fresh-caught salmon and halibut in Alaska. In fact, he taught his family how to prepare gourmet and international cuisine. Having grown up in a farming family, he also loved riding his tractor, which made his responsibilities in Cumnock easier and more efficient. Having a wife from Puerto Rico, he learned some Spanish to better communicate with his wife and relatives.
C.V. was preceded in death by his wife, Leonor Flack Muller Hernandez; his parents, Conrange V. Flack, Sr., Emma Gray Lash, and Dorothy Flack; and his eldest sister, Mary Beverly Lash Glenn.
He is survived by three daughters who joyfully lavished him with attention at every opportunity - Dr. Emma M. Flack, Mrs. Anna L. Flack, and Ms. Carla V. Flack; and two energetic, adoring grandchildren, Camila Leonor, and Anthony. He is also survived by one faithful brother, Herbert R. Flack (Mary), and one loyal sister, Monnie F. Swepson (Roy); three sisters-in-law, Maria Esther Nieves Muller Hernandez, Carmela Vargas Muller Hernandez (Benigno), and Francis Rivera Muller Hernandez (Maneco); two brothers-in-law, Ronaldo Muller Hernandez and Ismael Muller Hernandez. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.
For the last four years, C.V. has received outstanding care from the staff at the North Carolina State Veterans Nursing Home in Salisbury, N.C. He also had other loving caregivers who provided assistance in recent years. To the Mt. Olive AME Zion Church family, we appreciate the love and honor you bestowed to our father while he was present.
Arrangements Entrusted to Knotts Funeral Home
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