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Flynn Ludley

Sunday, November 13, 2022
Flynn Ludley

Funeral services for Flynn Ludley will be held at noon Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 2586 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Grambling.

Viewings will be held Friday, 3-7 p.m. at King’s Funeral Home Chapel, 1517 W. California Ave., Ruston, and 11 a.m. until noon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He passed Monday, Nov. 7, following a long illness. He was born Sept. 23, 1941, in Grambling, the son of Arthur and Marzella Ludley.

He served his community and surrounding areas, as well as his country, for many years.

Throughout his life, starting as a young adult, he was active in the Grambling community. As a freshman in the 1960s at Grambling College (now Grambling State University), he was a coach/mentor for the City of Grambling Recreation Department.

His teams were members of the North Louisiana Recreational League. For three years in this unpaid position, he coached three teams with no help or assistant while he maintained his status as a full-time student.

In 1966, he was called to serve his country. As a member of the United States Army he was twice chosen as Soldier of the Month in his unit. Following nearly two years of service, including 13 months in Germany as a member of an artillery unit during the Vietnam War period, he returned home and completed his education.

After graduating from Grambling State University, he began his teaching career in Claiborne Parish at Homer Junior High School, where he taught science and math, and coached basketball and football for four years.

Following his teaching position in Claiborne Parish, Ludley transferred to Bienville Parish, where he worked at Arcadia High, Crawford Elementary, Ringgold High and Ringgold Elementary schools for 28 years.

While coaching at Arcadia, his basketball teams won numerous district titles, and he was named Coach of the Year. He retired after 32 years and became more active in civic affairs in his community. In addition to serving as chairman of the Deacon Ministry at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Grambling for several years, Ludley was an active member of the Ludley- McCall American Legion Post 593 (Ludley in the Post 593 name is for Flynn’s father, Arthur Ludley Sr.) and the Grambling State University Alumni Association. He also served on the Board of Lincoln Total Action and was elected to a term on the Lincoln Parish School Board.

Ludley has been a regular volunteer with the St. Jude Bike-A-Thon in honor of his son Diedrick Ludley. He served for 9 years as president of the Grambling Branch of the NAACP.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Ludley Sr. and Marzella Younger Ludley; siblings Arthur Ludley Jr., Richard Ludley, Arnease Ludley Finley, Della Ruth Bolton and Glynn Ludley; and son Deidrick Ludley.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jane Fletcher Ludley; children Michael Maryland and Brache Ludley; nieces Karen Ludley and Valerie Nelson; nephews Gregory Ludley, Patrick Ludley, Ivan Ludley, Dwayne Ludley, Derrick Ludley, Tony Finley, Dwayne Finley and Karl Finley; grandchildren Shandon Ludley, Bralyn Mayfield, Jermarian Gray, and Jaden Maryland; daughter- in- law LaToya Ludley; great great niece Kamryn Pearl Nelson; brothersin- law James Fletcher and Joe Fletcher; sistersin- law Vergie Washington, Jennifer Fletcher and Alice Fletcher; and many family and friends.