NEW BERN - John Albert Christie Sr., 68, passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. While surrounded by his loving family, John went home to be with the Lord, after a short, courageous battle with Leukemia. John was born December 10, 1944, in Passaic, NJ to John and Dorothy Christie. An only child, John spent his school day afternoons hanging around the East Rutherford fire station, until his mother would call for him to come home for supper. After graduating high school, John joined the United States Coast Guard where he proudly and honorably served for more than 20 years, retiring in 1984 as a Chief Radioman. After moving to New Bern in 1989, John soon began work at CarolinaEast Medical Center as a Communications Officer, retiring in 2007. A man of faith, John always put God and family first and himself second. He was a very good and selfless man. He loved trains, all things fire department and the United States Coast Guard.
John is preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Hessler Christie in 1993, his father, John Roosevelt Christie in 1997.
John is survived by his wife of 45 years, Gwendolyn Elizabeth Dick Christie of New Bern; his daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Kevin Quinn of Cove City; his daughter, Melissa Belote of New Bern; his daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Edward Weigl of New Bern; his son and daughter-in-law, John and Angela Christie Jr. of Slidell, La.; and his son, Andrew Christie of New Bern. He is also survived by his very precious grandchildren, whom he loved and adored dearly, Victoria Christie, Payton Ellis, Perry Belote, Skylar Christie, Asher Christie, Madison Quinn and James Whitley.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013, at Cotten Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 27, 2013, at Cotten. Burial with military honors will be held Monday, January 28, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, NC.
The family will also receive friends at other times, at the home of Mary and Edward Weigl.
Online condolences may be made to the Christie family at www.cottenfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by Cotten Funeral Home and Crematory.