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Perry D. Sullivan is a decorated war veteran with seventeen medals and decorations including two aerial achievement medals with Valor. A jet pilot for twenty-one years in the United States Air Force, Sullivan flew in the Iraq war, Bosnia, South America and Asia, and ultimately achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Now retired from the military, Perry is a writer and pilot for a commercial airline. He resides with his wife and two sons in Lake Saint Louis, Missouri.
  1. Christine Broughton permalink

    We enjoyed your book”LOST FLOWERS”. We live in Raleigh NC now, but I did live in Johnston CO. on 42 west of Clayton. I have been to the store many times during my life. I would love to know more about what happened to your Mother. I am so happy your life went the right way and you have life made with a good wife and two sons. So happy you did well for yourself! I hope the best for you and your sister. Christine Broughton

  2. Steve Moye permalink

    I’m reading your book now. I’m from Wayne County and live in Seven Springs. I grew up doing farm work, and hearing about moonshine; but it was mostly over by the time I came of age. I first learned of Percy in 1984 when I was a grad student at NCSU putting out field test plots at Archer’s Lodge. I’ve been to the store a few times in the 80’s and rode through the area in recent years. It’s quite developed now and doesn’t have the character that is once had.

    The book reminds me of stories I heard about my own grandfather who was a fox hunter. The local Albertson fox hunt is an annual event, but the sport is in decline. My grandfather was a part that foxhunting in the 40’s/50’s.. Land development and loss of these rural areas make fox hunting nearly impossible, although some still run foxes in confined areas. They do not usually allow the dogs to catch the fox. Percy’s bloodlines are still talked about.

    The most interesting thing is that it takes me back in time. I remember the old country stores that don’t exist anymore. Oh yes, there are stores in the country, but they are not country stores. They sell drinks, nabs, cakes, and gas. But hardware, meats, livestock feeds – no.. Folks don’t sit around the store and talk like they used to. Sounds like you lived it first hand.

    I’ll be back reading the book within the next day or two. It is quite interesting..

    • Thanks Steve. Times do change and I do miss those days. Times now are much easier than then.
      Best Wishes,

  3. Duke Burgess permalink

    Hi, Perry, I am also from Johnston County, a small town about 3 miles from Percy’s farm, Wilson’s Mills. My father owned Wilson’s Mills Super Market until the mid 60’s and sold it to Mr. Southerland. I am about 9 or 10 years older than you. I remember riding my bike down to the Neuse River bridge between Wilson’s Mills and Hwy 42 and sometimes even all the way to Hwy 42 before I turned around thinking I had gone far enough from home and best return before trouble came my way.
    A friend offered me your book to read. It caused many of my own stories about Percy Flowers to come to mind. Although I never met him personally, the close proximity of Wilson’s Mills led to everyone there knowing about Percy. I must confess that reading the book left me feeling very sad for the difficult times, the personal loss of identity and the inability to find closure.
    I was encouraged by what you said on page 287, but I was still left with questions. You did not elaborate concerning faith in God. I hope my reading between the lines led me to make the right conclusions.
    You see, just prior to my 19th birthday, I made a profession of faith in Christ. I say “Christ” rather than God, not because I believe they are different, but on the contrary, I believe Christ is God, the second member of the Trinity. Jesus himself said that he was the way, the truth and the life – no man could come to the Father except through him. Peter said that there is salvation in no one else, because there is no other name under heaven whereby we are saved. Paul said that if we confess with our mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead, we would be saved. I could go on, but the point is made. As you said, “Faith in God is imperative.” I wholeheartedly agree, and I hope the “basis for belonging and a foundation for living” you spoke of is indeed founded squarely upon Christ.

  4. I recently heard about “Lost Flowers” from a retired highway patrolman who worked that part of Johnston County and had a few contacts with the Flowers family. He gave the book a positive review and suggested I read it. I read it last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. The descriptions were very close to my recollections of the late 1950’s-early 1960’s (Wilson County) especially tobacco farming, cockfighting. “nabs,” Pepsi and Coke with peanuts and a number of other descriptions. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Your story was quite well done and compelling.

    I was a regular traveler on HWY 42 between Wilson and Raleigh, especially when I attended N. C. State between 1965 and 1975. My father had a lot of Percy stories, most prior to 1960 and most dealing with cockfighting, but a few dealing with moonshine. As the stuff of legend, they were all entertaining.

    In 1966, my roommate, was stopped and ticked for speeding on HWY 42. I was in the car and went along as a witness when he decided to fight the ticket. In the court room there was a couple sipping a clear liquid (water?) from mason jars who were being charged for selling moonshine. They got off. My roommate, from Wilson, but a big redheaded kid with an unpronounceable Polish last name and a Long Island accent didn’t get off so easy and wanted to argue with the judge until I punched him and told him to shut up. The judge suggested he take my advice. When we left he was hot about paying cost of court and the moonshiners getting off, until I gave him a little of the Flowers legend and told him he could probably get some at the Flowers store we passed.

    Thanks for a good read.

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