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1959 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
John Roley Kiker

1959-2012

John Roley Kiker, 52 years old, passed away on Tuesday, August 07, 2012.

John Kiker was born and raised on a cotton farm in James, MS in the Mississippi Delta. He was raised in a loving family where cousins felt like brothers and sisters and friends like aunts and uncles. He was driving tractors in the fields as soon as his feet could reach the peddles, and his eyes could see over the steering wheel. He attended Deer Creek School, in Arcola, MS, and after football practice, would come home to farm with his family in the fields.

John was a charming, jolly, and fun-loving man. He had an infectious laugh that rippled through the room. His heart was huge and so were his pockets. Everybody loved Big John.

John moved to Pensacola, FL to work in the family salvage business after graduating high school in 1978. He still loved the Mississippi Delta and frequently traveled back to spend time with family and good friends. It was back in the Delta where John found his first and only true love, Tracy Key Kiker. They were married in Greenville, MS in November, 1984 and resided in Pensacola, FL.

It was with Tracy, that John found his first paternal love, when Jonathon Hunter Kiker was born in 1986.

John took his new family back to the Mississippi Delta in 1989 to partner with his father in farming. John loved to farm. John also loved to cook. He was an excellent man-on-the-grill and won and placed in several barbeque contests. He was an avid gun collector and hunter. John also loved his billiards.

John was blessed with a daughter, Nicole M. Carpenter and two grandsons, Trace Carpenter and namesake, Kiker Carpenter. His grandsons loved their "Papa John".

John was an "Idea Man". He was always thinking of his next business adventure. Some, of which, he partnered with his father, James W. Kiker. They were more than father and son, they were buddies. John loved his daddy. But don't be fooled, John was also a momma's boy. John loved his momma, Clider R. Kiker, and was always quick to shower her with hugs and kisses.

John's entrepreneurial spirit led him back to Pensacola, FL to start Kiker's U-Pull It with his father. Another business adventure included Southern Raceway in Milton, Florida. John loved the thrill of racing and his race car. John drove number 98 for Kiker's Racing Team on the dirt tracks of Southern Raceway. But it wouldn't be long before his racing team graduated to the asphalt track at Five Flags Speedway.

John was continuing the family partnership as he was bringing his son, Hunter Kiker, into Kiker's U-Pull It making it a three generation business, when he left us far too soon.

John is survived by his parents, James W. Kiker and Clider R. Kiker of Cantonment, FL. He is survived by his son, Jonathon Hunter Kiker and his wife, Laura Davis Kiker with baby Lilah Faith Kiker on the way, of Pensacola, FL. He is survived by a daughter, Nicole M. Carpenter and two grandchildren, Trace Carpenter and Kiker Carpenter of Winona, MS. He is survived by his sisters, Myra J. Kiker of Aurora, CO, Nora K. Sheetz and her husband, Donald M. Sheetz of Pensacola, FL and his sister Teresa O. Kiker of Windsor, MA. He is preceded by his wife Tracy K. Kiker, 1998 and his brother, James W. Kiker Jr, 1982.

John Roley Kiker - Loved and Lived Life Large.

There will be two visitations: Cantonment, FL and Greenville, MS.

The Cantonment, FL visitation will be on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at Faith Chapel Funeral Home, 1000 South Highway 29, Cantonment, FL, from 5pm to 8pm. Friends and family are welcome to join.

The Greenville, MS visitation will be held on Friday, August 10, 2012 at Boone Funeral Home, 905 Main Street, Greenville, MS, from 5pm to 7pm. The funeral service will be held at Hollandale Baptist Church, 106 East Avenue N, Hollandale, MS on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 11am. Graveside services will follow at County Line Cemetery, Glen Allan, MS. Friends and family are welcome to join.

FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME NORTH, 1000 Hwy 29S, Cantonment, FL is in charge of arrangements.

You may express your condolences online at www.fcfhs.com

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Aug. 9, 2012
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