- 71 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 13, 1941
- Place of birth:
Batesville, Mississippi, United States
- Date of passing: Jun 17, 2013
- Place of passing:
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
|Hotty Toddy, Gosh Almighty!|
In March of 2013, my father became ill and was in the hospital for roughly 4 months. During this time, he fought so hard to stay with us and to be able to return home to his wife Grace and his dog Doc.
Unfortunately, on June 17, 2013 he lost his long hard battle and passed away quietly and peacefully. His family and everyone who knew him will miss him greatly. Dad had a zest for life that was unmatched by anyone I've ever known and those who knew him will always be grateful for the joy he brought to their lives.
He now joins his Father Clarence, Mother Ruth, Sister Julia (Sissy), and Granddaughter Ashley in heaven.
This memorial web page was created to celebrate his life and to help mend the wounds in the hearts of those closest to him. It will be available to view for a year so please feel free to continue to share photos and memories.
We would all like to thank those of you who were able to share in Dad's celebration of life and those of you who helped as well. I know that many of you were present and many sent condolences by phone or cards. Our family is very appreciative to each and every one of you. I know Dad must be smiling down from heaven to see so many speak at his memorial. It tells all of us how loved he he truly is.
So Go and Run Free
So go and run free with the angels
Dance around the golden clouds
For the lord has chosen you to be with him
And we should feel nothing but proud
Although he has taken you from us
And our pain a lifetime will last
But make us glad for the time we did have
Your face will always be hidden
Deep inside our hearts
Each precious moment you gave us
Shall never, ever depart
So go and run free with the angels
As they sing so tenderly
And please be sure to tell them
To take good care of you for me
For those who wish to honor the memory of John, we ask that you do so through the Leukemia & Lymmphoma Society at the following link:
Also, if you have any memorable stories or other information about Dad you would like to share, we welcome you to do so here.
"I sure do miss our Sunday talks. You would have been so proud to see the Super Bowl this year. The Broncos won and the first person I thought of was you. I wanted to be able to pick up the phone and call your number but I know that's not possible. I miss you a lot and it seems like yesterday that we were talking about life and of course, football......."
"It's Easter Sunday and I can't help but think about all of the wonderful times we had at Grandma and Granddaddys for Easter. I know it was one of (if not the most favorite) of Grandmas favorite holidays. It seemed to be one of the holidays that we all showed up for. Life has not been the same without all of you in it but my heart is with you all. I know that you all look over us. Happy Easter in heaven and please kiss my baby girl for me...."
"Dad...I have been keeping up with Ole Miss and think of you every time I hear your favorite team mentioned. They are undefeated and number 3!! You told me when I visited you in the hospital last year that this was going to happen. I know you must be smiling down from heaven. Tomorrow is your Birthday and today is another Sunday that I get no phone call from you. My heart just aches and I wish so badly that I could talk to you just once more. This has been a very tough year in more ways than one. We went to Sedona a few days ago and I remember you telling me how much you would love to live there. Now, every time I go there, I think of you and take gorgeous photos just as you used to do.When I put my camera in my hand, I feel as if you are with me each and every time I snap a photo. Now I know why you loved it so much. It gives me a strength I didn't even know that I had and I just know that you have a little something to do with it. I love you so much and miss you. I hope you have a great celebration in heaven with all of our loved ones. Hugs and kisses to heaven.... XOXO"
"Daddy~~Today was a rough day and I thought about how difficult it was to not be able to talk to you personally. Now I know why you stayed away from drama and let it go in one ear and out of the other. I don't know what heaven is like but I imagine that it is FULL of love. Please send some love and prayers down to our family. It is much needed. Love you and miss you. :("
"Sending prayers and a hug."
"Missing you so much Daddy......I wish I could talk to you as things change in my life. I guess I'll just have to keep the faith that you hear my prayers. Love, "Punkin""
"Dad~This Saturday, I will be walking in yours and Ashley's memory at the Light the Night for Leukemia/Lymphoma.I know you would be thrilled to know that I will be wearing one of your hats and sweatshirts in your loving memory.Of course, I will still have on the bright pink shoes for Ashley too.My heart will truly be in heaven this year as I walk.I know you will be nearby holding my hand.<3"
"Daddy~~As football season is starting back this year and I have now joined you in your love for Ole Miss, I miss you more and more everyday. I miss our Sunday talks and celebrating my birthday this year with no call from you just made it all real. I know you are in a better place. I just wish there was a phone in heaven because I have no one to talk sports with. We all miss you so much..<3"
"Grace - I didn't know John well but remember him from our sorority gatherings at your home. I am so sorry for your loss and send prayers to you and your family. I know you will have many, many happy memories to comfort you."
"Susan & Family, I did not know your Father personally but I know he was a good man to have raised such a Wonderful
Daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. We all know he is now in Heaven with Our Precious Angel, Ashley. We will all reunite one day and see each other again. Oh what a glorious day that will be."
"Linda...I am John's daughter and I used to play with Angie Brewer. Maybe that was Pauls daughter? I remember almost everyone on Tubbs Rd but did not know the history of who Dad hung out with. Thank you so much for your tribute and kind words. We are all very saddened by his death...We appreciate your words of comfort."
"I am so sorry about the loss of John David. I grew up on Tubbs Road a couple of houses down from his grandparents. He used to come to our house and play with my brother, Paul "Preacher" Brewer. I remember him wearing a coon skin cap - I think Davy Crockett was popular on TV then. All of my family always loved his parents, Clarence and Ruth, and his sister, Julia. May God comfort you."
"Dad..It has only been a few days since you passed but I miss you like it has been years. I miss our long Sunday talks about every and anything...mostly racing, football, and family.My most fond memories of you are when I was little and you would rock me to sleep.That stuck with me all of my life and I always knew you would take good care of me I would give anything to have one last call <3"
"Our Father was a loving and caring man who loved his family with all of his heart.His personality was larger than life and he lived everyday as if it were his last.He had many friends because he never met a stranger.That's just who he was..the life of the party.We miss him so much and wish he could have stayed but he fought hard and he needed to rest. We love you Dad..always..."
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