LAURINBURG — John Marshall Withington, 86, died on Feb. 22, 2014 at the Harbor View Nursing Home in Morehead City following a brief illness.
A native of Greenville, S.C., he was the son of the late Charles Coolidge and Frances Wallace Marshall Withington. He graduated from Greenville High School in 1944 and is a 1949 graduate of Clemson College with a degree in textile chemistry. He loved his Clemson Tigers. Prior to entering college, he served for two years in the Army Corps of Engineers following World War II, in Neu Ulm and Mannheim, Germany and earned the rank of sergeant.
He built a career in textiles spanning more than 40 years and working in both dye labs and plant management. He worked for Milliken for 27 years in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. He returned to North Carolina with JP Stevens where he worked for 12 years as the plant manager for Bob Stephens Carpet plant in Wagram before retiring in 1992. Not known as one to sit idly, real estate became his forte. He worked for Hill Reality in Southern Pines before finishing his working career at realty companies in Laurinburg.
John was a longtime active member of St. David's Episcopal Church in Laurinburg where he served numerous terms on the vestry. His civic involvement included past membership in the Laurinburg Rotary and Optimist clubs. He maintained his lifelong passion as an avid golfer and was an active member at Scotch Meadows Country Club. No doubt, he will miss the regular golf "shootouts" with his friends. In addition to playing golf, he was known for his love of dance and shagging to beach music.
Laurinburg's Prestwick Village became his home, where he made many dear friends. He was also a fixture for morning coffee at McDonalds where he met up with a great group of friends for fellowship, swapping stories, and debating the news of the day.
His children will surely miss him during the annual summer family beach trip to Pawley's Island, S.C.
John is survived by his four children and their spouses: Mary Withington and her husband John Pollock of Morehead City, Col. Jonathan Withington and his wife Kelly Withington of Springfield, Va., Lucy Withington of Virginia Beach, Va., and Megan Luchessi and her husband John Thomas Lucchesi of Hillsborough. He is also survived by his four grandsons: J. Marshall Withington, T. Adamson Withington, Samuel Withington, and Miles Lucchesi. He is survived by his three sisters: Elizabeth W. White of Greenville, S.C., Mary W. Sturtevant of Columbia, S.C., and Marian H. Withington of Greenville, S.C. He is predeceased by two sons: John M. Withington Jr. and Timothy E. Withington and his brother Charles C. Withington.
The Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. at St. David's Episcopal Church on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. David's Episcopal Church P.O. Box 334, Laurinburg, NC 28353
Services entrusted to Richard Boles Funeral Service.