“He was one of the most honest businessmen I have ever known.”
This highest of compliments was paid to William Maxwell “Max” Flynn who passed away Wednesday afternoon at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. He was 83.
A private person who shied away from publicity, Flynn held important positions as a businessman, banker and developer.
He was a director and executive vice president of First and Farmers National Bank; owner of Max Flynn Motors at Vortex Corner; developer of Eagle’s Nest Country Club, a prestigious address energized by one of the most challenging and scenic golf courses in the region; and he was a former liaison between the Kentucky Department of Transportation and the governor’s office.
“I’ve lost my very best friend,” said his wife, Joyce. She remembers that he treated everyone with respect, regardless of their standing; that he was a very generous person and believed it was very important to give back to his community, earning people’s respect and admiration.
“He was one of my closest friends,” said Oscar Hornsby, a retired Chevron distributor and former owner of Statewide Transport Corporation.
“Max had a multitude of friends,” said Hornsby.
Hornsby said he knew Flynn before and during his banking career. “He was an excellent banker ... he made a person feel proud to go in and apply for a loan. You didn’t have to crawl in to ask for a loan.”
Ward Correll, a Somerset entrepreneur, agrees. He recalled how Flynn “ ... treated me like a king when I didn’t have anything. He never turned me down ... he was No. 1.”
Choking with emotion, Correll said, “It’s very difficult for me to talk about (his passing). He was my friend.”
Gene Robinson, retired owner of Food Fair stores, called Flynn “ ... one of the most honest businessmen I have ever known. I’m sure sorry to hear he is gone. He was a great asset to this community.”
Mr. Flynn’s body is at Pulaski Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church on North Main Street. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church.