John Cleveland Ard, Sr.
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Aug 3, 1925- Nov. 18, 2011
of Pensacola, FL passed away Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. John was born August 3, 1925 in Pensacola, FL. He attended Tate High School; he then completed a four year apprenticeship and worked at NAS Pensacola. He retired after 40 years from St. Regis/Champion International Paper as a machinist. He loved his retirement, spending his time bass fishing and traveling with his wife. John loved his church family at Pinehaven Baptist Church. John was preceded in death by his mother Lela Silver and stepfather Lonnie, his father Leon Ard and stepmother Lucille. His first loving wife Peggy Nellums of 32 years and the mother of his three sons. He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy (Dot) of 20 years; three sons, Louis, John Jr., Mark (Cara); three grandchildren Jeremy Ard, Brooke Ard Lassiter (Patrick) and Caityn Ard; daughter in law, Debra Ard; two stepsons, David Fuller (Betty), Rick Fuller (Shelia); four step grandchildren, Shawna Fuller Dupuis (Michael), Jonathan Fuller, Shaun Fuller, and Shannon Fuller; and one step sister, Marie Moyer. John's three sons and family would like to express their love and appreciation for their step mother Dot for the love and care she gave to their father. Services were held at Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home and burial took place at Bayview Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers were men from his Sunday school class at Pinehaven Baptist Church. Pastor Jimmy Lancaster was the officiating minister and will be assisted by Clark Childress. Flowers were appreciated and in lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the music department at Pinehaven Baptist Church, 10400 N. Palafox St., Pensacola, FL 32534. Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left at
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Dec. 18, 2011