Looking for information on Joshua Percy Flowers Sr of Johnston County North Carolina.
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Joshua Percy Flowers (1903-1982) was a moonshining kingpin during the middle of the twentieth century. He operated a moonshining empire from his 5,000-acre (20 km2) farm in Johnston County, North Carolina. During the 1950s and 1960's, he was indicted ten times by federal grand juries, and eighteen times at the state level on various charges related to the illegal production of alcoholic beverages and tax evasion. He was well connected in the local community, being a deacon at his church and a contributor to local politicians, and all of the indictments except for one resulted in acquittals, small fines, or suspended sentences. He is reputed to have made over a million dollars a year with his moonshining operation. His "occupation" was well known in the local community, but for the most part, local authorities turned a blind eye to his illegal activities. At one point he was producing alcohol on such a large scale that he purchased sugar by the train-car load.
In 1957 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms launched an investigation of Flowers. The trial, in 1958, ended in a mistrial. However, he still faced prosecution at a local level in Johnston County. He entered a "no plea" to the charges and was sentenced to a $150 fine and 18 months in prison. The prison sentence was later reduced to 12 months.
In recent years, Rebecca Flowers, Mr. Flowers' daughter, has developed Percy's 5,000-acre (20 km2) farm in Johnston County into a planned community with neighborhoods, a golf course, and shopping. Its location along the banks of the Neuse River has made it a prime real estate location. "Flowers Plantation", as it is known, is one of the fastest growing areas in North Carolina.
The unincorporated community of Flowers, North Carolina is named after Percy Flowers
Joshua Percy Flowers moved to the area (now Flowers Plantation) in 1905, at the age of 2. He began purchasing land just east of Clayton, North Carolina in the early years of the Great Depression. This land was farming country, and was used as a cotton and tobacco plantation until the early 1980's.
The Flowers Tavern served as a meeting place for local folks from it's construction in the 1930's and 1940's. In 1986 it was reconstructed into a modern store with apartments on the 2nd floor. These apartments will eventually be converted into offices.
Joshua Percy Flowers married Delma Whitley and they settled in a small farm house near the Flowers' Homeplace on the farm.
Delma Flowers, wife of Joshua Percy Flowers was nicknamed "Dell". Today, her name is honored in the title of the Flowers Plantation development organization, River Dell Company.
"Percy Jr." was Joshua Percy Flowers' only son. Tragically, he was killed in a private plane accident while attending law school at the University of North Carolina in 1952.
The 4000 acres was a huge tobacco and cotton growing plantation from the 1930's to the 1970's. Mr. Flowers loved walker hounds and his love of hunting filled every free moment. At his death in 1982 there were over 300 walker hounds.
Joshua Percy Flowers and Delma Whitley Flowers' daughter Rebecca is pictured here with her mother. She was born in 1950.
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