John Dickson Yancey
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John Dickson Yancey died on February 23, 2014 from complications of dementia.
Born in Birmingham on March 3, 1939, John was raised in Evansville, Ind. He graduated from Bosse High School and attended Indiana University. After completing his tour of duty in the U.S. Army, he moved to Nashville and held various sales positions in the apparel industry for many years. In the late 1980's John found his true calling and earned his certification as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor. He was employed by several treatment facilities throughout the state, and in his last professional years he worked with the homeless at the Campus for Human Development and Operation Stand Down.
John was predeceased by his sister, Liz; and by his first wife and mother of his children, Sallie Bauman Haverkos. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Cynthia; his daughter, Shannon Pritchett (Walter), of Louisville; his son, Sean "Scooter" (Mary), of Martha's Vineyard; his sister, Barbara Ferguson, of Evansville; and by five grandchildren, Yancey, Andrew, and Mary Genia Pritchett and Salyn and Ben Yancey.
An extrovert and natural athlete, John was one who never met a stranger. His quick, genuine smile and strong handshake allowed him to make friends wherever he went. He was a dedicated coach while his children were growing up, and although he loved football and baseball, his passion was golf. He played in numerous tournaments through the years, and the Metro courses surely lost money with John's annual membership. He was also a self-taught watercolorist, and his generous gifts of his paintings are treasured by family and friends alike.
John was a fair fighter and diplomat. His gift of discerning and championing the goodness in those he met encouraged many. For more than 30 years John was an inspiration to people both in and out of recovery from substance abuse. He was well known and loved by many in Nashville's homeless community, and in 2008 he was awarded the John P. Mulloy Community Service Award by the Alcohol and Drug Council of Middle Tennessee.
The family is grateful for the loving care John received at Mary, Queen of Angels Assisted Living, the Health Center at Richland Place at Richland Place, and Nashville's V.A. Hospital.
A Memorial Celebration will be held in April. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in John's name to Friendship House (202 23rd Avenue, North, Nashville 37209), to Caris Hospice (1101 Kermit Dr., Ste 501, Nashville 37217), or to Cumberland Heights (8283 River Road, Nashville 37209). And don't forget to smile and do something nice for a stranger. Guestbook www.crawfordservices.com CRAWFORD MORTUARY & CREMATORY, 615-254-82
Published in Courier Press on Mar. 2, 2014