John Alfred Fleming, Jr.
John Alfred Fleming, Jr., 83, made his peaceful transition from his earthly life on February 19, 2013 at Heartland Health Center in Austin, Texas. He was born on April 2, 1929 in Holdenville, Oklahoma to John and Rosetta Mence Fleming. John grew up in Holdenville, Oklahoma where he accepted Christ at an early age. He attended school in Holdenville until following his father to Oklahoma City to work and help provide for the family. While working in Oklahoma City, he attended Douglass High School. As a young 17 year old, he left school with the consent of his parents to enlist in the United States Army
on May 29, 1946. He proudly served his country for 25 years. He obtained his GED while in the military. During his career in the United States Army he served in World War II
, the Korean War
, and 2 tours of duty in Vietnam. He was the recipient of many medals and awards during his military career. He retired from the Army on October 14, 1971, achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7). John married Earlene Pollard of Altus, Oklahoma in September, 1953 and to this union was born, Rhonda Fleming, Alfred Don Fleming and Brenda Joyce Fleming. John later married Rosia Miller of El Campo, Texas on December 14, 1963. They enjoyed 49 years of marriage. To this union was born, John Keith Fleming and Vanessa Dawn Fleming. He raised Rosia's son Brian Miller as his own. John moved his family to Austin, Texas in 1973 where he enrolled in Huston-Tillotson College. He left Huston-Tillotson to accept a job with the State Comptroller's Agency because supporting his family was most important and dear to his heart. During his 10 year tenure at the State Comptroller's Agency he worked in warehousing and was later promoted to the position of Assistant Director of the Support Services Division. He worked closely with then State Comptroller Bob Bullock. Despite early morning work days and late work nights, he was devoted to his wife and family and always made time to transport his family to wherever they needed to be, and for church. He became a member of Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in 1994 and despite failing health remained a faithful member. Some of his favorite past times included reading the daily newspaper from cover to cover, keeping up with state, local and federal politics, engaging in conversations with friends and family about the current events of the world, dominoes and card playing. John was affectionately known as "Uncle Sonny" by his nieces and nephews. He enjoyed providing words of support, praise, and wisdom to his nieces and nephews, as well as other children and young adults. When they steered astray he was quick to encourage getting back on the right path. He was preceded in death by Mary Ruth Fleming, sister; John Alfred Fleming, Sr., father; James Weldon Fleming, Sr., brother; Rosetta Mence Fleming, mother; Rhonda Fleming, daughter; Earl Wendell Fleming, brother; Jean Lou Moss, sister; Donald Mence Fleming, brother. John leaves to cherish his life his wife, Rosia of Austin, Texas; sons Brian Miller and John Keith Fleming of Austin, Texas; son Alfred (Carla) Fleming of Altus, Oklahoma; daughters Brenda (Steve) Carruthers of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Vanessa (Richard) Sapp of Round Rock, Texas; brothers Rev. Joe B. (Johnnie) Fleming, Portsmouth, Virginia and Lee Edward (Robbie) Fleming, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; sisters, Wanda Fleming Johnson, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Sammye Rose (Ambrose) Jackson, Omaha, Nebraska; BeeBe Dell (Robert) Telfair, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Others left to remember his life are ex-wife Earlene Pollard Fleming of Altus, Oklahoma; sisters-in-law Thelma Fleming of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Marva Eddington of Midwest City, Oklahoma; Gladys C. Fleming of Richmond, VA; and Joyce Fleming of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; as well as 9 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation and viewing will be held at Beck Funeral Home, 1700 East FM 1431, Cedar Park, Texas, on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 6-8 pm. Final viewing will be on February 27th from 12-1 pm at Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, 5900 Cameron Road, Austin, Texas 78723. The Homegoing service will begin promptly at 1:00 pm, immediately following this visitation. Burial will occur on Thursday, February 28th, at 10:00 am at the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas. Condolences may be left on Beck Funeral Home's online guest book at www.beckchapels.com.