Although many people called him \"Colonel,\" E.G. Flanagan held neither military rank nor academic degree. He was born in Greenville in 1875, and his contributions to the city were too numerous to list here. He began his business career in undertaking and was soon president of the State Funeral Directors Association. He was also active in his father's large buggy manufacturing company, and in 1915, he opened the first Ford Automobile Agency in Pitt County. He served four terms in the House and later the Senate of the General Assembly.