John Swink Fite
John Swink Fite, 24, who achieved the Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts of America and who attended Union University and The University of Memphis, died August 17, 2017.
John had a gift with the English language, was very creative, loved cinema and philosophy, had a spot-on sense of humor and was a loyal family member and friend. He was kind.
John, who was born on March 30, 1993, was home-schooled much of his life, but he also attended Central Baptist School and Houston High School. He played church-league sports including soccer. He loved the outdoors and spent much of his formative years on Boy Scout campouts: hiking, canoeing and forming some of his best friendships, talking into the wee hours about God and life. He grew up enjoying yearly ski trips with the Priester clan and trips to the Alabama Gulf Coast with his family. John had a passion for science and science fiction, literature, anime, fantasy, European metal bands, and eccentric humor.
John struggled with depression starting in high school. He saw many doctors, but no one could adequately diagnose his illness. Even at that, John hung in there, extensively researching his condition and reaching out to others who shared his symptoms. He made a web page to seek information, and he formed a Facebook group to help others as well as himself. He corresponded with people all over the world to collaborate on finding answers. His family and extended family pursued every possible treatment available.
Now he is at home with his Heavenly Father.
John was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Dr. Gilliam Swink Hicks (from whom John got his middle name); his great grandmother, Cornelia Williams Hicks; his great-grandfather W. R. (Billy) Priester and his great-grandmother Carolyne Hitt Priester; his great-grandmother Willie Elena Floyd and his great-grandfather John Ellis Floyd (from whom John got his first name); John's great uncle, Dr. Gilliam Swink (Susan) Hicks Jr.; and his grandparents Charles and Jo Ann Fite.
John leaves his father and mother, Matt Fite and Shan Priester Fite; his sister, Elizabeth Marie Fite; his brother, William Charles Fite; his grandparents, Dr. Bill and Jean Priester; his uncle, David Fite and David's wife, Peggy, and their son, Joseph, and David's children, Jessica Bryant Walker and Eric Moss; his uncle Dr. William Bradford Priester and his wife, Joanna Priester, and their daughter Halle Hicks Priester.
Words cannot begin to express the loss we feel from John's homegoing. But we are comforted, above anything else, that John put his faith in Jesus, and Jesus never let him go.
The visitation will be held at Harvest Church of Memphis on Saturday, August 26 from 12-1 p.m. with the service to follow immediately at 1 p.m. A private family burial will be held before the service.
Please send any gifts to Calvary Rescue Mission in Memphis.
Published by The Commercial Appeal from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2017.