Darrel D. "Bill" Flinn, 99, passed away Saturday morning, Dec. 1, 2012, at his home in Homestead, Fla..
Darrel Delbert Flinn was born on Jan. 28, 1913, in Wood County, Belleville, W.Va., a son of the late Elzy A. and Daisy Mae (Swain) Flinn. Bill would have celebrated his 100th birthday this January. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with U.S. Army ground forces in Europe. After returning home from the war, Bill owned and managed a service station, then later started a used car dealership in Parkersburg under the name of "Honest Bill's Used Cars."
While living in the Parkersburg area, Bill and his wife, Mary, were members of the Camden Avenue Church of Christ. In 1976, Bill and Mary moved to Florida and settled in the Homestead area where they became involved in the citrus fruit industry and later the tropical fruit industry (Flinn Nursery) for 25 years.
Bill will be remembered and missed by family in this area, as well as close friends and caretakers, Patricia McCown and Winslow Barquilla of Homestead, Fla. Many other good friends and neighbors were closely involved in Bill's life: longtime friends Roland and Doris Harris, Melvin and Nancy Calhoun, and Ed Carpenter (originally of Beckley, W.Va.).
Bill was preceded in death by his father Elzy Alexander and mother Daisy Mae (Swain) Flinn; his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Beulah (Fleming) Flinn; brothers, Don, Harold, Leroy, Edsel and William Flinn; five nephews and a niece, Patty Ann Flinn.
He is survived by sister-in-law, Mildred G. (Fleming) Schott; four nieces, Phyllis (Anthony) Wharton of Washington, W.Va., Betty (Bill) Smith of Belleville, W.Va., Janet Joachim of Washington, W.Va., and Joyce Cross of Mineral Wells; and four nephews, Paul Flinn of the Charleston area, Leo Flinn of Florida, Kenneth R. Schott of Nashville, Tenn., and Bob Smith of Ocala, Fla.
Private services will be held in Homestead at a later date. Arrangements by Branam Funeral Home.