Waddey, John Howard
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Johnny H. Waddey, of Surprise, Arizona, passed away suddenly at age 75. He is survived by wife, Nancy, daughters Lourene (Bob) Clark, Lesia (Clark) Horner, Becky (Bill) Schmitz and Rachel (Mike) Clemons and siblings David, Darryl and Deborah Campbell as well as seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Wilfred. He was a member of Nashville Central High School class of '56. He continued his education at Itawamba Junior College and received his B.S. degree from Southern Christian University in Mississippi. He was a faithful Church of Christ minister serving congregations in Mississippi, Colorado, Tennessee and Arizona for 58 years. He also taught at the East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions as well as Tennessee School for the Blind. He served as president of the Tennessee Volunteers for Life and as a board director for the National Right to Life Committee for five years. He authored more than forty books and thousands of articles and traveled world-wide to teach and preach. He was an avid reader and book collector. He loved to play music with friends and family and would perform with a local bluegrass band frequently. He will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 16, 2014