Minister Joe "Uncle Joe" Hunter, founder and program director for G.A.N.G., Inc., a youth enrichment ministry, knows the value of "mothers" and he counts Dr. Rose Rita Dorsey Flowers among his top three.
"Mama Rita was G.A.N.G., Inc.'s first board member, and she is the reason G.A.N.G., Inc. was allowed to use space in the North Frayser Community Center," said Hunter in an email in which he asked for prayers from Dr. Flowers' family.
"So all the children G.A.N.G., Inc. or Uncle Joe has touched were blessed due in part because of my other Mother, Dr. Rita Dorsey."
Dr. Flowers, the long-time chair of the criminal justice department at Shelby State Community College (Southwest Tennessee Community College), died Saturday (Dec. 8). She was 62.
Education was synonymous with Dr. Flowers, a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. Her education portfolio included a bachelor's degree from Stillman College and two master's degrees from Memphis State University (University of Memphis.) She earned her doctorate at the University of Mississippi.
A member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, she held numerous positions at Shelby State, influencing many – inside and outside of the college – along the way. She once served as civilian commander of the Memphis Police Department's training academy.
Dr. Flowers' many roles included leading the MPD Juvenile Violence Abatement Team, executive commander of community policing and a stint as deputy director for parks and recreation.
Dr. Flowers, a member of New Sardis Baptist Church, was married to Albert Flowers. She also leaves two daughters, Melanie Dorsey and Kimberly Dorsey-Crochrell; two sisters, Barbara Black of Memphis and Lorraine Lockett of Charlotte, N.C., and two grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday (Dec. 13) at New Sardis Baptist Church, 7739 Holmes, with burial in the church cemetery.
N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home has charge.