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John Bailey McPHEARSON Obituary

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McPHEARSON, John Bailey age 86, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. John was born August 20, 1927 in Dayton, OH, to devoted mother, Pansy (Bailey) Curtis and adopted by loving father, Ruha McPhearson. Mr. McPhearson is survived by his 2 daughters, Constance Ann (Raymond) Clark and Tina McPhearson; 9 grandchildren, John (Courtney), Abraham (L.J.), Sarah (David), Josiah (Brandy), Mary Rachel (Christian), Elizabeth, Noah, Leah and Hannah; 10 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Dorothy Poffenberger and Shirley (Pat) Francis; beloved nephew and his wife, Jim and Robin Harvey; former wife, Toula Kossoudji Stamm; his wonderful church family at Blessed Hope Baptist Church; many other loving family members and friends. John proudly served in WWII as a Fireman First Class, with the U.S. Navy. He served in the Pacific Theatre on the USS Iowa and the USS Belleau Wood. He participated in the battles of Okinawa and Tokyo Bay. He witnessed the signing of the peace treaty between the United States and Japan in Tokyo Bay, and was one of the first groups of men into Tokyo after the treaty was signed. After the war, John came back to Dayton, married and raised 2 daughters. He owned and operated McPhearson's Heating and Air Conditioning for over 40 years. John lived life for his Lord and his family. He was a member of Blessed Hope Baptist Church for 42 years. He loved to read and study the Bible and that became one of his passions in life. You could always count on John to have a big smile on his face whenever he talked about the Lord. John also loved to sing at church and could be heard praising Jesus' name in some of his favorite hymns. He loved his daughters and was very proud of them. No matter what they went through in life, John was there for them. He was a wonderful father, one that you could sit down and talk to and always be assured of getting great advice. He never judged you, but always had a special way of making you feel better. His grandchildren were a great joy to him throughout his life too and he always said how blessed he was to see them grow up. Throughout his life he enjoyed going to Coldwater, Michigan where he had a summer cabin. Fishing was one of his great pleasures and over the years he spent countless hours on his boat enjoying the lake. The family would like to thank the Staff at The Oaks of West Kettering for caring for John for the past year and a half. They would also like to give a special thank you to Acclaim Hospice, who treated John with great dignity and compassion over the last several weeks. They were truly angels to him. A Funeral Service will be held 4 PM Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Baker-Hazel & Snider Funeral Home & Crematory, 5555 Philadelphia Dr., at N. Main St., Dayton, OH 45415, Pastor Doug Tallman officiating. The family will receive visitors 2-4 PM Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blessed Hope Baptist Church, 4461 Fishburg Rd., Huber Heights, OH 45424, in John's memory. Online memories and condolences may be left for the family at www.bakerhazelsnider.com

Published in Dayton Daily News on May 16, 2014
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