Former ‘Gainesville Daily Register’ Publisher Dies at 87

By: The Associated Press

(AP) The former publisher of the Gainesville Daily Register has died.

Warren Flowers died Tuesday at a nursing home for veterans in Bonham. He was 87.

Flowers started at the Gainesville paper in 1936 as a 13-year-old paperboy and worked his way up. He left for a few years to serve in the Army Air Corps beginning in 1942, but returned after the war as circulation manager.

The cigar-chomping icon of Cooke County became the Register’s publisher in 1976. He held that post for 18 years, retiring in January 1995.

The Register in its online editions Wednesday lauded Flowers’ service to his community and to journalism.

A public visitation for Flowers is scheduled for Thursday night at Clement-Keel Funeral Home in Gainesville. A graveside service will be private.

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