6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424
6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424
The family of Neal Flathers will celebrate his life of 82 years at 1:30 p.m. on December 3, 2021, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. We invite you to view the live-stream service on this page, sign his virtual guestbook and download his memorial keepsake folder to your device for printing. We also ask you to consider viewing his Life Tribute, a video of photographs set to his favorite music.
Neal Flathers was born in Perryton, Texas on April 15, 1939, and died in Lubbock, Texas on November 27, 2021. Neal was married to Janice Schuster Flathers for over 64 years.
He was born to Erroll Newton Flathers and Maurine Goin Flathers. He grew up south of Perryton on his family’s ranch that was between Perryton and Canadian. He was raised with a love of the land and a bigger love for the cattle that roamed that land.
Neal attended all his school years in Perryton. He graduated from Perryton High School. Neal was very active in sports, FFA, and several extracurricular activities. Following graduation, he attended Tarleton College where he played football. He transferred to Texas Technological College, now known as Texas Tech University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture. During his years in college, both of their children were born, Janeal Flathers Hand and Clayton Keith Flathers.
After graduation, he and his family moved to Gruver, Texas where he taught Vocational Agriculture. The FFA Chapter received many awards during his years there. Neal made a career change to agricultural banking with Lubbock Production Credit, living in both Seminole and Brownfield, Texas. He transferred to Canadian, Texas where he was Executive Vice President of the Canadian Production Credit Association. In 1978, Neal took a position as Vice President of First Bank & Trust and Senior Vice President of Southwest Cattleman’s Credit Cooperation, a division of First Bank & Trust of Booker. During his banking career, he was appointed to the Texas Tech Ag Banker’s Conference where he served as Vice President and President. Neal attended the Southwest School of Banking at SMU receiving a Master’s in Banking degree. The topic of his thesis was the Ogalala Aquifer which was referenced by many establishments. Neal and Janice moved back to Perryton to Janice’s family home in 1992 where Neal acquired a broker’s license in real estate and began selling farm and ranch properties with Century 21 and then with Clift Land Brokers. After many years of a career in real estate and ranching, that he dearly loved, he and Janice moved to Lubbock, Texas to be closer to family and medical facilities.
Neal served on Booker’s city council and was elected mayor of Booker for several years. He served on the board of the Perryton Club and was an active member of Lions Clubs in several communities. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Perryton, Texas. Through all the years in different communities, Neal was very active in the organization of the local stock shows. His children, Janeal and Clay, and one grandson, Mark Hand were very active this part of his life showing steers, pigs, and sheep. The Flathers Family was honored in 2015 as Texas Tech Farming Family of the Year.
Neal was a true advocate of Texas Tech and especially the Red Raider football team as a several decades season ticket holder. However, nothing could compare to the love of watching his five grandsons’ in all of their activities and later his great-grandchildren in their activities.
Neal is survived by his wife, Janice Flathers of Lubbock, Texas. He is survived by two children, Janeal Flathers Hand of Lubbock, Texas, Clay Flathers of Dallas, Texas, five grandsons, Matt Morrow and wife, Lindsey of Lubbock, Texas, Camron Flathers and wife, Mallory of Dallas, Texas, Collin Flathers, and wife, Jordan of Dallas, Texas, Mark Hand of Lubbock, Texas and Colby Flathers of Lubbock, Texas, great-grandchildren, Maddie and Conner Morrow of Lubbock, Texas, Messer Flathers of Dallas, Texas and Kennedy Flathers of Dallas, Texas, one sister, Barbara Williams of Amarillo, Texas, nieces and nephews, Sherry and Dean Morrison, Ed and Jennifer Haar, Linda and Gary Greenstreet, Ronda and Tom Hill, Julie and Rick Black, special friends, Lisa Flathers, Kerry Wimberly, and Cameron Wyatt and many great-nieces and nephews.
Neal was preceded in death by his parents, Erroll and Maurine Flathers, parents-in-law, O.A. and Dorothy Schuster, son-in-law, Coach Jim Hand, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Holly Schuster.
Neal Flathers will be sorely missed by family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations to your favorite charity will be appreciated.