Condolence & Memory Journal

I just heard about John yesterday. I have known John for over 40 years beginning at Lockwood Greene. John has always been a very good friend. I have a lot of great memories with John, the fishing trips, the golf, the cook outs, work and a lot more. My heart is heavy for the family.

Posted by David M. Crocker - Spartanburg, SC - Friend   February 24, 2015


I was deeply saddened to learn of John's sudden passing. I just learned today, February 10, as my computer has been down. I telephoned Bill and he told me that he also just had learned. John and I were such good friends in school and shared so many great times together. I had recently re-established contact with him over the past year. I truly am at a loss for words to express my sorrow. May God watch over you and your family during this time and give you his blessing of love and comfort.

Posted by Joe Walker (Melvin) - Randleman, NC - Classmate and friend   February 11, 2015

Debra, I am so sad to hear of John's passing. He was always one of my very favorite people. He was smart and kind with a wonderful wit and a quick smile, Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this difficult time.

With love, Camilla McInnis Cash

Posted by Camilla Cash - Troutman,, NC - friend   February 10, 2015


Don and I were sorry to hear that you had lost your beloved John. We wish you "Time's Peace and Love's Memories. Our thoughts, prayers and are with you and your dear family.

Donn and Jusy (Slate) Brewer

Posted by Judy Slate Brewer - Yadkinville, NC - Friend   February 10, 2015

Working side-by-side with John for almost 15 years, presented me quite a roll model. His thoughtfulness, knowledge, love of family and friendship will always be remembered. John has surely left this world a better place than it was before he came here. I am proud to be one of the engineers that he tried to "polish" and proud to be one of the notches on his old board brush.

Posted by Ken Jones - Pendleton, SC - Friend   February 07, 2015

Debra, so sorry to hear of John's passing. You, John and Angela are in our prayers. - Richard and Jane Vellines

Posted by Richard and Jane Vellines - Spartanburg, SC - Friend   February 06, 2015


We first met John when he was a teenager at his Grandparents (The Anderson's) when they lived next door to Jack and Iris. Please accept our sincere condolences and prayers as you begin your grief journey. God will walk with you all the way.

Posted by J.Dwight and Carol L. Cartner - Lexington, NC   February 06, 2015

May God give you all strength and peace as you go through these trying times. Johnny was a sweet and charming fellow classmate and all who knew him thought a great deal of him. He will be sorely missed. Sincerely, Gale Drake Shelton

Posted by Gale Shelton (Maiden name was Drake) - Winston-Salem, NC - Classmate   February 06, 2015

John was a nice member of the Northwest High School Class of 1960. It was a close class and there is still that feeling of family. I'm sorry for you, Debra, his children, and his grandchildren, and hope memories of happy and fun times will heal the pain.

Posted by Dianne Perryman Wilson - Oak Ridge, TN - Class of 1960 NWHS   February 06, 2015

I'd like to express my sincere sympathy to Debra ans all Johnny's family. He was a great guy and fun to know. All in the Class of 1960 from Northwest Forsyth high School will miss him.

Posted by David Poindexterf - Mint Hill, NC - friend and classmagte   February 06, 2015

Leave a condolence or a memory.

Posted by Eleanor Bodenhamer Brantley - friend   February 05, 2015

Angela: Johnny and I pray that God will give you and your family peace and comfort in the days to come. Just trust in His love.

Posted by Monty kitchings - graniteville, SC - fruend   February 05, 2015


We are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and your family. May your precious memories and the love of family and friends help to comfort you during this very difficult time. If there is anything we can do for you, please let us know.
Deepest condolences and ((((hugs)))),
Jessica, Keith & Katie Kulas

Posted by Jessica Kulas - Moore, SC - Friend of family   February 05, 2015

John was a classy guy and I will always be thankful to have known him as a friend. He was instrumental to my success in many ways. He was one of the first designers who trained me. Even after a long time and many miles away he maintained contact with me. My sympathies and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Andy Criswell

Posted by Andy Criswekk - Pickensville, AL - former coworker   February 05, 2015

I met John while I working at Lockwood Green in Spartanburg in 1978. He was such a joy to be around and especially at all of the get together while at LG. John was such a good person to work with at LG and Jacobs Engineering. I know that he will be missed by so many people that he came in touch with. Sorry to hear about his passing and my prayers go out to his family for their loss.

Posted by Marvin E. Chapman - Robertsdale, AL - Friend   February 05, 2015

John; I will forever miss all those old stories we shared over and over for the past 49 years. We surely grew up together in the Engineering buisness. I could always count on you to remember all the names and numbers of everyone we ever worked with (what a memory you had). You will be missed by you imediate family plus a huge extended one! I know we will share a story or two again someday.
Your long time friend BRUCE

Posted by BRUCE LOYD - SPARTANBURG, SC - CLOSE FRIEND   February 05, 2015

Imagine a world in which everyone had John's attitude and personality. He will be missed

Posted by Terrell Parrish - Greer, SC - Friend-Coworker   February 05, 2015

So sorry to hear the very sad news of John's passing. He was a very fine man, with an over abundance of class, and a great sense of humor. He always seemed to find a way to brighten your day. He will be missed by so many.

Posted by Alex Tomanovich - Lyman, SC - Friend   February 05, 2015

Debra, Our hearts were saddened for the loss of Johnny on this earth. You
were such a beautiful and happy couple with a great marriage. Our thoughts and prayers are for even a more beautiful relationship in heaven. Our
blessings to you.

Posted by Northwest High School Class of '62 - Winston-Salem, NC - classmates of Debra   February 04, 2015

I could not believe this sad news when I finally checked my emails. John had been a close friend for so many years that I have lost track of when I first met him at Lockwood Greene long ago. I will miss his fun loving personality, lunches filled with fellowship and humor, car shows, food and wine conversations and more. The world is a little less brighter today!
My deepest sympathy goes out to John's family and many other friends.

Bill Reid

Posted by Bill Reid - Williamston, SC, SC - Friend and long time coworker.   February 03, 2015

John was a good friend to me and a joy to be around, I will miss him.

Posted by Carol Clark - Greenville, SC - Friend   February 03, 2015

John was a great person with a big heart. I'll never forget that as a female engineer coming into the Structural Department at LG, he took me under his wing. He would fondly say, "I taught you everything you need to know about engineering." John taught me a lot about engineering and a lot about life. I will miss him.
My prayers go out to Debra and the family.

Posted by Terry "Midge" McCraw Aldrich - Greenville, SC - Friend,Lockwood Greene co-worker   February 03, 2015

Debra, Bob and I were deeply saddened to hear about John. It seems like we were just talking about river cruising, grandchildren and all the catch up talk that you do when there's a gap in time. Please know we are here if you need anything, and our thoughts and prayers are with you now. Margaret & Bob

Posted by Margaret Fennessy - Moore, SC - Old neighbors and friends   February 02, 2015

I am so sorry of hearing of John's passing. I have known him for over thirty years and have had some great times with him. He had a great sense of humor and was such an all around great person. He will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers to his family

Posted by Wayne Mulholland - Beaufort, SC - Friend   February 02, 2015

So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. If you need anything, let me know.

Posted by Darryl Burnett - Boiling Springs, SC - Friend   February 02, 2015

It was a pleasure to know John. We worked together at Reynolds Tobacco in Winston Salem in the early 60's and at Lockwood Greene after that. In total, I knew John for about 50 years.The world has lost a truly nice man and we will surely miss him.

Posted by Phil Dickens - Cowpens, SC - Friend   February 02, 2015

John was such a pleasure to work with, such a great personality. Always smiling, fun loving and approachable. John had one of the best laughs, you could not help but smile when you were around him.

Posted by Jeff Allen - SC - CRSS co-worker   February 02, 2015

you were a good friend and I will miss you. Many happy memories as we shared many great wines and good times.

Posted by Norm Snyder    February 01, 2015

I am deeply saddened tonight as I heard the news of John's passing. John was an amazing man and I am truly better for knowing him and will tressure my fond memories f him. My thoughts and prayers with you during this difficult time.

Posted by Allison Vessels - Morrisville, NC - Friend   February 01, 2015