Hotty Toddy, Gosh Almighty!
  • 71 years old
  • Born on October 13, 1941 in Batesville, Mississippi, United States.
  • Passed away on June 17, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States.

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

Your memory will never escape us

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

Author unknown.

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.

Posted by Susan Garner on 1st September 2018
Dear Dad, Russ went to heaven on August 14th and I just know that you two are catching up together. That idea is what gets me through the day. I still can't get over losing you but losing him was so difficult too. I know I am the only one who reads these messages but I feel as if it's the only connection I have left of you, other than memories. Mom and I did some reminiscing and drove past our old houses and schools. It brought back such wonderful memories and a few tough ones too but the good ones are what I hold onto. I miss you so much and now I don't have Russ here either. Life will never be the same for those of left here but I pray all of the time that you two are together and I know there is no more pain. I Love You, Suzy Q
Posted by Susan Garner on 23rd October 2017
Another one of your birthdays passed and I still miss you as much if not more. There are so many times that I want to call your number but then I remember that you are no longer with us and that breaks my heart. I know it is weird to write to a website but it makes me feel just a little better, especially on the tough days. I miss you, Daddy...
Posted by Susan Garner on 20th June 2017
Another Father's Day without you went by and they never get easier. I sure so miss you and wish I could see you, if only in a dream. My life isn't the same without you. Hugs and kisses to heaven... ❤
Posted by Susan Garner on 9th February 2016
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.......
Posted by Susan Garner on 5th April 2015
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....
Posted by Susan Garner on 12th October 2014
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
Posted by Susan Garner on 21st July 2014
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. :(
Posted by Michelle Saylors on 25th June 2014
Sending prayers and a hug.
Posted by Susan Garner on 1st March 2014
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"
Posted by Susan Garner on 6th November 2013
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
Posted by Susan Garner on 18th August 2013
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
Posted by Denise Bashaw on 28th June 2013
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.
Posted by Lisa Cronin on 27th June 2013
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.
Posted by Susan Garner on 21st June 2013
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.
Posted by Russ LeMaster on 20th June 2013
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...
Posted by Susan Garner on 20th June 2013
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
Posted by Linda Thompson on 20th June 2013
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.

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