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Roy L. Flannery, died on 01/16/2012.

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Roy Lovell Flannery Dr. Roy Lovell Flannery, a resident of Dothan, died Monday, January 16, 2012. He was 85. Born and raised on a farm near Morehead, Kentucky, Dr. Flannery went on to serve in the Navy during WWII. Upon returning home he attended the University of Kentucky receiving his B.S. and M.S. degrees in agronomy. Dr. Flannery continued his education at Rutgers University in New Jersey receiving his doctorate degree in fertility and plant physiology. He worked at Rutgers University as a soils specialist and professor of soils from 1957 to 1988 retiring as a Professor Emeritas. During his tenure at Rutgers University Dr. Flannery became internationally renown as a soils specialist having the distinction of producing world record corn and soybean yields in maximum yield research plots grown in Adelphia, New Jersey and recorded in the Agricultural Hall of Records in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he was integral in developing a productivity index for rating soils, authored dozens of highly regarded technical papers, numerous chapters in scientific publications and over 100 circulars, bulletins, and magazine articles on soils and related topics. Dr. Flannery received numerous local and national awards throughout his career. He spent his retirement years playing golf with his friends, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren. Dr. Flannery is survived by his wife of 59 years Betty; two sons, Kevin and Keith (Anne Marie); grandchildren, Kyle, Ryan, Sean (all of Dothan) and Mary (of Florida); his brother, Doc Flannery (of Ohio) and numerous nieces and nephews.

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