John Thomas Valentine, was born on May 29, 1945 in Oklahoma City. John passed peacefully to be with the Lord on April 28, 2012 in Austin, Texas. His formative years were spent in Dallas, raised by wonderful Christian parents, Glenn and Monnie Valentine, along with three siblings.
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An ardent lifetime student, John's educational pursuits took him to Harding College, Texas A & M University at College Station, the MBA program at The University of Texas at Austin, and South Texas College of Law in Houston.
When the Vietnam War escalated in 1968, John joined the U.S. Navy. He honorably served as a Lieutenant in the Philippine Islands and Danang, Vietnam, after graduating from Officer's Candidate School.
His professional career spanned twenty-eight years in the city of Houston. Beginning in 1974, John worked for Texas Commerce Bancshares (now known as JP Morgan Chase Bank), where he later served as Assistant Vice-President of Corporate Financial Planning and Reporting. Upon finishing his law degree at South Texas and passing the Texas Bar Exam, John became an associate and later a partner in the law firm of Boswell & Hallmark (formerly known as Boswell, O'Toole, Davis & Pickering). He was a practicing attorney in the Houston area for 18 years. Most recently he traveled for the National Credit Union Administration as an examiner for credit unions across the United States.
John reserved his greatest joy for his family. He married his wife Debra in 1975. During their 37 year marriage as fellow heirs of the gracious gift of life, they loved and guided two sons into adulthood: Glenn Preston Valentine and James Douglas Valentine.
A passionate Longhorn basketball fan, John's interest in that sport blossomed at W.W. Samuell High School in Dallas and continued as a member of the Varsity basketball team at Harding College.
The youngest of four children, he is survived by his sisters, Sue Hudson and Kathleen Wolfe, and one brother, Glenn Valentine. He is also survived by his wife Debra, and his two sons Glenn and James.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday, May 2nd, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel at Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Dr., Houston, Texas 77057. A visitation time with John's family is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1st, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bradshaw-Carter home, 1734 West Alabama Street, Houston, Texas 77098. In lieu of flowers, donations to honor John's life and his commitment to James 1:27 can be made to one of two Christian charities which he supported: Cal Farley's, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, TX 79174-0001, or Star of Hope Mission, 6897 Ardmore, Houston, TX 77054.
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Published in Houston Chronicle on May 1, 2012