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Celebrating the life of
Crystal Hunter Flathman
Passed away on May 08, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Private Graveside Service

May the friends and family of Mrs. Flathman find comfort in the Bible's promises that soon, "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" (John 5:28, 29), and "[God] will wipe out every tear from [our] eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Revelation 21:3, 4). We can also rest assured that God 'will swallow up death forever, and He will wipe away the tears from all faces...for He himself has spoken it.' (Isaiah 25:8) https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/about-life-and-death/

Paulaina, ,

John, I only today heard of Crystal's passing. My sympathies are with you all, I know you shared a special relationship and close family, and she will be greatly missed.

Bob Lucas, Brownsburg, IN

I,m sorry for your loss. I am praying for you all. May God comfort you and hold you in His arms. June Holt

June Holt, Glennville , Ga

John, Christian, Jonathan and families, Crystal was a special person and will be solely missed by all whose lives she touched. May she rest in peace.

Dr.&Mrs. Frank P. Rossiter, Jr., Savannah, GA

My sincere condolences to the Hunter and Flathman family for the loss of your dear loved one. During this most difficult time, may your hearts be comforted by Jehovah God's promise that "he will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Rev.21:4) Also during the days to come, may Crystal's sweet memories fill your hearts with joy and peace.

Thomas, Snellville, Ga

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

Our condolences to Greg and the rest of the family. Crystal was a great teacher and friend.

Stephen and Stella Hefner, Savannah, Ga

Lynette and I offer our sincerest condolences. Krystal was one of those very special people. I was always proud, in my late teen years, when I would be asked if I was related to Krystal Flathman. So many people knew and appreciated Krystal during her years as a very endeared school administrator. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

George W. Flathmann, Hilton Head Island, SC

Crystal Hunter Flathman, 75, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2018 surrounded by family members.

She was born January 26, 1943 in Garden City, Ga. to John “Jack” Henry Hunter and Edith Bowman Hunter. She was married to John Henry Flathman, USMC-Ret., in December 1964. They were lovingly married for 53 years; and, spent every day loving each other “Always.”

Following her marriage, she and John, an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, moved to Quantico, Va. and later to Jacksonville, NC where she began her career in education teaching math, English and history. She moved back to Savannah when John was deployed to Vietnam. She continued her teaching career while religiously writing John a letter of encouragement nearly every day while he was overseas.   She held numerous teaching positions in Savannah including: Savannah High School, Myers Junior High School and Mercer Middle School. She gave birth to her first son while serving as Principal of Tybee Elementary. Following the birth of her second son, she was named Principal of the newly opened DeRenne Campus of Savannah Christian Preparatory School in 1978.

In 1982, she and her family moved to Terre Haute, Ind. in support of Johns’ career. She decided not to return to work and to stay home with her two sons. She lovingly raised her two sons and drove them to every practice, game, activity and event they could think of doing. While in Indiana, she was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Most days were spent dreaming of a time when they could leave the snowy winters of Indiana behind and return to Savannah where she was carefully planning their dream home. In 2005, their dream came true and they returned to Savannah to build their home on family property near Isle of Hope overlooking a beautiful water and marsh. They named their home Heron Cove due to the beautiful blue herons that frequently visit throughout the day. For the last 13 years, she and John thoroughly enjoyed retirement and their home in Savannah while visiting with family and friends.

She was a 1960 graduate of Groves High School in Garden City, Ga., where she was President of the second senior class to graduate from the school. She attended Armstrong Junior College for one year before transferring to Wesleyan College earning her Bachelor of Arts in French and competing as a member of the Wesleyan performance swim team. She later earned a Master’s degree in Education in Administration from Georgia Southern College. She was appointed a member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She was an active member of the Wesleyan College Alumni Association where she supported various causes. She was former member of the Board of Directors of the Swope Art Gallery and the Wive’s Club of the Board of Directors of Terre Haute Regional Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind.

Surviving are her husband John Flathman of Savannah, Ga, her son Christian Hunter Flathman and her granddaughter Josie Grace Flathman of Montgomery, TX; her son Jonathan Sloan Flathman, his wife Shannan Daily Flathman and her grandson, John “Jack” Steel Flathman of Savannah, Ga. Also surviving are her four brothers, Johnny Hunter and his wife Jean Hunter of Springfield, Ga.; Thomas Hunter, J.D. and his wife Carole Hunter of Savannah, Ga.; Brian Hunter and his wife Angie Hunter of Townsend, Ga.; and Greg Hunter and his wife Leesa Bohler Hunter, J.D. of Garden City, Ga. She also was affectionately known as “Grandma C” to her two grandchildren, whom she lovingly adored and “Aunt Crystal” to numerous nephews and nieces.

She was proceeded in death by her mother and father; her maternal grandparents, Jesse and Norene Bowman of Garden City, Ga. and her paternal grandparents, Wilbur and Minnie Hunter of Oliver, Ga.

A Private Graveside Funeral will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery, officiated by the Rev. Peter Hartmann of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. She will be interred underneath a Savannah Oak draped in spanish moss with an incredible view of the water and marsh – just like she loved so much.

The family would like to personally thank the doctors, nurses and caregivers, particularly Jack Hogan, M.D., who expertly cared for her during her illness. Their expertise and friendship helped during a difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances be made to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Savannah, Ga. or Garden City United Methodist Church in Garden City, Ga., where her parents and grandparents were founding members.

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May the friends and family of Mrs. Flathman find comfort in the Bible's promises that soon, "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" (John 5:28, 29), and "[God] will wipe out every tear from [our] eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Revelation 21:3, 4). We can also rest assured that God 'will swallow up death forever, and He will wipe away the tears from all faces...for He himself has spoken it.' (Isaiah 25:8) https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/about-life-and-death/

Paulaina, ,

John, I only today heard of Crystal's passing. My sympathies are with you all, I know you shared a special relationship and close family, and she will be greatly missed.

Bob Lucas, Brownsburg, IN

Candle tribute lit by Bob Lucas — Indiana

Candle tribute lit by Christian Flathman — Texas

I,m sorry for your loss. I am praying for you all. May God comfort you and hold you in His arms. June Holt

June Holt, Glennville , Ga

John, Christian, Jonathan and families, Crystal was a special person and will be solely missed by all whose lives she touched. May she rest in peace.

Dr.&Mrs. Frank P. Rossiter, Jr., Savannah, GA

My sincere condolences to the Hunter and Flathman family for the loss of your dear loved one. During this most difficult time, may your hearts be comforted by Jehovah God's promise that "he will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Rev.21:4) Also during the days to come, may Crystal's sweet memories fill your hearts with joy and peace.

Thomas, Snellville, Ga

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

Our condolences to Greg and the rest of the family. Crystal was a great teacher and friend.

Stephen and Stella Hefner, Savannah, Ga

Lynette and I offer our sincerest condolences. Krystal was one of those very special people. I was always proud, in my late teen years, when I would be asked if I was related to Krystal Flathman. So many people knew and appreciated Krystal during her years as a very endeared school administrator. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

George W. Flathmann, Hilton Head Island, SC


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