1924 - 2015 I first entered this world on December 31, 1924 in the tiny hamlet of Menlo, Georgia, at the foothills of beautiful Lookout Mountain. I departed this Vale of Tears on September 18, 2015 while living in Kerrville (Paradise), Texas. This Texas Hill Country has made me very happy. I am leaving behind, my three sons, John Jr., David, and Mark, and four grandchildren, step-children, Cheryl Light, Belinda Davis, and Jeffery Bergeron and the sweetest sister a man could have, Charlotte Hopton-Jones. I was brought up by a loving aunt and uncle, who taught me their work ethic and by age 8, I could operate a turning plow with a team of mules. It was the great depression so there was no money. I learned to do without, but we were happy, had fun, and were never hungry. Skipping a few years, I migrated to Beaumont, Texas and worked in cities from New Orleans to Southern California in the railroad, rice, vegetable oil and port industries. I served our country during World War II in the U.S. Army, 24th Infantry Division, South Pacific. It has been a good life, but I have moved on to what I believe to be an everlasting life with our maker. Friends, there will be no funeral, and my ashes will be scattered in the Texas Hill Country. The family invites you to leave a message or memory at www.kerrvillefuneralhometx.com. Arrangements are with Kerrville Funeral Home. (830) 895-5111
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Kerrville Funeral Home
1221 Junction Hwy
Kerrville, TX 78028
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Sept. 27, 2015