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#27    Butterflies     Two 2 x 2 quilt blocks

The colorful butterflies are found on one of some 20+ quilts created by Flossie Bunch Burress (1908-1984) and owned by her only child Emil Lynn Burress.   The quilt blocks were a gift to Lynn for his 80th birthday.

 

Lynn, the only child of Flossie and Reece Alex Burress, was named for a German friend of his father.  He and Shirley Ann Rogers were married in 1954 and are parents of two children, Keith and Kim.

 

Flossie learned to quilt from her mother Annie and they made quilts for family and friends on a wooden frame in their house.  Flossie and Reece lived in the Southeast most of their married life following his work of building and maintaining the knitting machines that made women’s full fashion hosiery.  They lived in Landrum from 1948-54, then moved to Florida and Puerto Rico.

 

They returned in 1962 and bought the Sof-T-Freeze located in an old gas station at the corner of Highway 176 and Highway 14.  Lynn took over the business the next year and, in 1970, relocated it to what is now Kent’s on Hwy. 176.

 

Lynn and Shirley sold the Sof-T-Freeze in 1974 and moved next door to start their current business, a small engine sales and service shop.  Son Keith now owns the business with Lynn and Shirley working along side him

 

Hung May 2014

Funded by Lynn's Mower and Chain Saw and the Mary F. Kessler Fund/Polk County Community Foundation, Tryon, NC