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Rev. John W., former minister of Florence Christian Church, who was affectionately known as Brother John to his congregations and Daddy John to his family, passed away at age 80 at Pulaski Community Hospital in Pulaski, VA, on May 19, 2012, due to complications of lymphoma. John had a great love for his family and God. He served the Florence community for 26 years before retiring and working at many other churches. John is survived by his wife, Verl Ann, and his daughters: Maria Ehme, her husband Jeff, and their three children; Martha Allen, her husband Ric, and their six children; Lois Lee, her husband Darrell, and their three children; Sarah Blank and her husband Ken; Ruth Wagers and her husband Shannon; and his horse Cheyanne. Memorial visitation with family will be on Tuesday, May 29, from 5 to 7 at Florence Christian Church which will be followed by a memorial service at 7 pm. Memorial donations may be mailed to Newbern Christian Church, 5183 Wilderness Rd, P.O. Box 325, Newbern, VA 24126, where they will be sent to two of John's favorite charities: Heifer International and Week of Compassion. "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you." John 14: 1 - 2. Online Condolences to: www.stithfuneralhomes.com
Published in the Kentucky Enquirer on May 24, 2012