Mrs. Dorothy Elizabeth Flanigan, 95, went home to be with the Lord at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, 2009. She was preceded in her passing by her husband of 60 years, Randall H. Flanigan. She is survived by her daughter, Gayle F. Knowlson, and son, James “Randy” Flanigan. Dot, a.k.a. Aunt Dottie, Grandma Dot, is also survived by numerous family and extended family members, including Susannah C. Flanigan, Jan Hansford, Nina Harrison, Megan McDaniel, George Greber, Jr., Kirby Murdock, Jane Lomax Evans, Sara McCormick, Katie Gustafson, Jessie Somoza, Brett Olson, Fred McLean, Eric Burbidge, Jan Irving, Sonja Robinson-Moore, Jodie Zachorine (deceased), and many others. (Please forgive any inadvertent omissions in these stressful times.) Dot was born and raised in Apalachee, Georgia, and married Randall Flanigan from nearby Greshamville, Georgia. Dot was the oldest of five children and aided in the parenting and support of her siblings. Her brother, Henry Lomax became a banker in Madison, and her brother, Roger Lomax was in the finance business in Athens. Her sister, Agnes Childs was a beautician in Athens for many years, and her sister, Katherine Greber retired from Jessie Jewell in Gainesville, Georgia. Dot traveled extensively during Randall's career as a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy. She lived in Brooklyn, NY, Tampa and Jacksonville, FL, Madison and Atlanta, GA, and finally settled in Athens in 1953. She was an active member of the Forest Heights Baptist Church and the Ladies Garden Club of Athens. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. Dot Flanigan epitomized what it meant to be a Mother. She was probably the world's greatest cook and hostess. Her love for others knew no bounds. Her home provided food and shelter to family and friends on holidays and “extended” stays alike. There was always room at her table for unexpected guests, and she often apologized to her diners for “only” having two meat dishes, four vegetables, and two breads to offer. Dot's sacrifice for others, and her dedication to her Christian faith, bring to mind such Bible stories as the Widow's Mite, the Virtuous Woman, the story of Job, and many others. She will be sorely missed by those who knew her. She was loved by all. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday December 13, 2009 in the Chapel of Bridges Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Purdy officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at Bridges Funeral Home.