Johnny Wayne Dempsey
K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Crematory
322 Nisbet Street NW
Jacksonville, AL
A Memorial service for Johnny Wayne Dempsey, 79, of Jacksonville, was at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 26, at Jacksonville United Methodist Church Reverend Dr. Steve West and Pastor Karen Lin Veasey officiated. The family received friends from 9:00-10:30 at the church prior to the service. Mr. Dempsey passed away on the afternoon of November 23, 2021, at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. Wayne was a native of Anniston, AL. He attended Walter Wellborn High School, where he was an All-State clarinetist and graduated as valedictorian in 1960. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Physics at Jacksonville State College, followed by an M.A. in Mathematics at the University of Alabama. He did post-graduate work at the University of Alabama and Emory University. Although he did not finish a Ph.D., he was frequently given the honorary title "Dr. Dempsey" by his many students. Wayne first taught a course at Jacksonville State College while he was still an undergraduate, due to a shortage of faculty. After earning his master's degree, he came back to JSC in 1966, where he spent a 30-year career teaching mathematics. He was known to thrive on teaching a wide variety of courses, once teaching 13 different courses in one academic year. His first wife of 27 years, Sharon Lindsey Dempsey, was a colleague in the Mathematics Department from 1985-1995. They were both honored as Outstanding Faculty Members of the Year by the Jacksonville State University Alumni Association in the fall of 1995, shortly before Sharon suddenly passed away. Wayne retired as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in 1996 and was recognized as Assistant Professor Emeritus shortly thereafter. He was known as a wonderful teacher by all who knew him. Following Sharon's death, Wayne married longtime friend, Dr. Susie Francis, who was a beloved piano professor at JSU. A highlight of their retirement was spending time with their grandchildren and going to lunch with their many friends. They enjoyed visits to their second home in Florida, where Wayne could remain active with his lifelong love of golf at a variety of courses. They continued to attend JSU music and athletic events, as Wayne had always done. As a faculty member, Wayne had been a member of the JSU A Cappella Choir (along with both Sharon and Susie), and he sang over the years with the Calhoun County Civic Chorale. He was a longtime member of Jacksonville First United Methodist Church, where he sang in the Chancel Choir and served in a variety of leadership positions through the years. Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, John B. and Mary Lois Dempsey, and by his first wife, Sharon Elizabeth Lindsey Dempsey. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Ouida Susie Francis Dempsey; two sons, Dr. David Wayne Dempsey and wife, Heidi, (Jacksonville); Dr. Michael Sean Dempsey (Colonel, Retired), and wife Hunter (Columbus, GA); and five grandchildren: John Daniel Dempsey (Raleigh, NC), Erin Elizabeth Dempsey (Jacksonville, AL), Tristan Wallace Dempsey, Lindsey Lynette Dempsey, and William Dryden Dempsey (Columbus GA); and two brothers, Donald Michael Dempsey Sr. (Birmingham, AL) and Stephen Irvin Dempsey (Lexington SC), along with numerous nieces and nephews. Appreciation is extended to the Medical Staff of both the Anniston RMC Emergency Department and the UAB Neurosurgical Team and Neurosciences ICU. We also appreciate all the first responders who took excellent care of him in route from Jacksonville to Anniston and to UAB. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the J. Wayne Dempsey Scholarship Fund; these donations can be directed to the Jacksonville State University Foundation, Rock House, 700 Pelham Road North, Jacksonville, AL 36265 Online condolences may be sent to K.L. Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Center 322 Nisbet Street NW Jacksonville, AL 36265 256-435-7042
Published by The Anniston Star on Nov. 30, 2021.
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Dear Susie and family, We are so very sorry to learn of Wayne´s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you and give you peace. Love, Dian and Jim
Dian Lawler-Johnson and Jim Johnson
December 12, 2021
Dr. Dempsey and family, I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Dempsey´s passing. He was my college algebra teacher in the mid 70´s. He was a wonderful, kind man, and a fantastic teacher from whom I learned much. We met again many years after my being his student and he remembered me. What a blessing he was. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Debbie Jones
December 7, 2021
I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking to Mr. Dempsey when I did the pest control service. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Michelle Owen - Havard pest control
November 30, 2021
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