Flora Bell Malone, affectionately known to many as “Granny,” was born on Feb. 4, 1937, in Todd County, Kentucky to the late Sallie Mae Parrish and James Wisdom. After the death of her mother and her beloved grandfather, Joe Parrish, she was raised by her aunt Dora Parrish Forte. She peacefully departed this life on Nov. 5, 2020, at The Medical Center, Bowling Green.

She was happily married to Rufus Malone, Jr. of Auburn, until his death. She leaves to cherish her memory four daughters, Shirley Malone-Fenner (Grady) of Chester, Va., Sandra Malone Gilmer (Ron) of Ft. Washington, Md., Celida Malone of Clinton, Md., and Stephanie Malone of Louisville, Ky.; one son, Rickie Malone of Auburn, Ky.; two stepdaughters, Elaine Burton (Herman) and Louise Blanton of Bowling Green, Ky.; brother, James Wisdom Jr., of Evansville, Ind.; grandchildren, Natalie Malone of Lexington, Ky., Courtney Gilmer of Alexandria, Va., and Ronnie Gilmer (Porsche) of Elkridge, Md.; great-grandchildren, Brooklynn Anderson, Micah Barbour, Logan Gilmer and Zoey Gilmer; two special first cousins who she considered siblings, Martha Elliott (Michael) and Danny Forte of Auburn, Ky.; and several nieces, cousins, and other family and friends.

In addition to her husband, Rufus Malone, Jr., she was preceded in death by an infant son, Jimmy Dale Malone; daughter, Sylvia Malone; her beloved granddaughter, Ashley Malone, and special first cousin, Emma Forte Kendrick.

At an early age, Flora joined Macedonia Baptist Church in Auburn where for the last six years, she served on the Mother Board. She previously served on the Usher Board and as treasurer of the Building Fund. She remained active in her church community until her health began to fail.

Flora attended both the Auburn and Adairville Training schools and the Knob City school in Russellville. She retired from the Auburn Hosiery Mill after 26 years of faithful service. Although she was retired for many years, she continued to occupy her days caring for her family and many others who considered her their family as well. “I’m busy with everyone else,” she would often say smiling. She was truly special in the lives of so many people, near and far. She always had a warm smile, a kind word and a homemade treat from her kitchen for everyone who visited. She was well known for her homemade jams and jellies, green tomato relish, pickle cubes, pickled beets, and her oh so popular blonde brownies. With the exception of 2020, each Halloween, she greeted a steady stream of children and adults alike with her famous brownies and for many of the adults, a warm bowl of soup to warm their hearts and their night. No Thanksgiving dinner was complete without her famous dressing and potato salad.

Flora knew and believed that “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” (John 3:16) and “the one who believes in him, will live even though they die.” (John 11:25). Although she has gone on to claim her reward of eternal life in Heaven, she will forever live in the hearts of all of those who knew her and loved her. May she rest in peace.