Jonathan Charles "JonJon" Ward
1983 - 2009
Jonathan Charles Ward, a proud and caring young nurse and our "JonJon," slipped peacefully away from this life in the predawn hours of Monday, May 4, 2009, at a hospital in Dallas after a year-long bare-knuckles daily fight with acute T-cell lymphoma/leukemia and multiple complications from stem-cell transplant. When he left us, Jon was literally in the protective, reassuring arms of his mother, Bene', who gently guided him into the arms of awaiting angels with orders to deliver his sweet soul directly to God's feet at heaven's gate. Jon was 26 years old.
Funeral: 2 p.m. Friday in Brown, Owens & Brumley's Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Anderson officiating. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: The family will receive friends 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Jon was born Jan. 6, 1983, in Fort Worth and spent his elementary school years in Watauga, attending Keller schools. The family moved to Granbury, where Jon grew up on the lake, surrounded by close friends and family. He graduated from Granbury High School in 2001 and decided to follow in his family's footsteps and chose nursing as a career. Jon was an "all-guy" kind of young man, playing high school baseball, riding his jet-ski, shooting pistols, running with his testosterone-driven buddies and he took their gentle-natured heckling over his career choice in stride. They all admired him for his decision to take care of people for a career.
Jon graduated from Weatherford College and earned his nursing license in 2003. During nurse training, he became interested in geriatric and rehabilitative care and decided to pursue that specialized interest. It was the right choice. Jon went to work immediately after graduation at Southwest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Worth, where he was still employed up to the onset of his illness in May 2008. Jon flourished as a nurse and became known for his advanced knowledge and technical skills, but even more so for the depth of compassion he demonstrated daily in caring for the elderly, sick and injured.
In his brief six years as a nurse he positively impacted the lives of hundreds of his patients and their families. Jon became a mentor and teacher to new nurses and was an unyielding patient advocate who demanded excellence in care and attitude. Nursing came naturally to him and he was completely immersed in the profession, and it became to define who he was. He was proud of being a nurse. After his cancer diagnosis forced him to leave work and begin imediate chemotherapy, the first concern he voiced was not about himself, but about who was going to take care of his patients. He maintained and demonstrated this depth of character during the next year as he battled daily with his deadly opponent.
Jon was a healthy, strong young man who enjoyed physical pursuits, working out, riding his bicycle, Darth Vato music, dancing, laughing, sharing his outgoing sense of humor and practical jokes with his friends. During his treatment, multiple surgeries and eventual stem cell transplant, he never learned how to, or accepted being sick. Even as multiple complications ravaged his body, he never lost his will to fight, which was motivated by his desire to return to nursing work and start a family with his fiancee, Cassidi. He will be remembered most for his courage, dignity and character in the face of great odds against him. Doctors were constantly amazed at his ability to rebound from near-deadly episodes after the transplant and Jon was pleased that they learned much about human immunology and treatment combinations from his struggles through the months and months that followed. During the last few month, Jon spent more time in the hospital than at home, but never surrendered to the illness. Jon was still fighting when God finally relieved him of his burden.
Forever a warrior in our memories, Jon is now a warrior angel in God's elite corps of protector angels. He passed every earthly challenge and test and earned the spot. He continues to offer protection to those who cannot care for themselves, as well as those of us who has been left behind. Jon, dance again in heaven with the perfection that has been restored to you and know you are missed and revered for the days we were granted with you here in our lives. In your abscence, this world is now a less colorful place and gaping holes are left open in the many hearts you touched during your too-brief time with us.
Jon, secure our places there next to you until we meet to hold hands together again in heaven.
Jon was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Donald Boon, and uncle, Robert Hodges.
Survivors: Hundreds who loved him, including mother, Bene' Ward LaFayette of Fort Worth; fiancee, Cassidi Corbitt of Cleburne; father, Charlie Ward and wife, Bonnie, of Burleson; brother, Bobby Morton and son, Josh, of Fort Worth; grandparents, John and Opal Ward of Granbury and Jane Aills of Granbury; uncles and aunts, Garry and Kay Baker of Granbury, Johnny and Terrie Ward of Granbury and Beth Hodges of Granbury; and cousins, Jennifer Ward Trimmier and husband, Dustin Trimmier, of San Antonio, Mandy Baker of Granbury and Bobby Hodges of Granbury. Jon also leaves behind his beloved English Bulldog, Reggie.
Published by Star-Telegram on May 6, 2009.
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Today is Mother's day and one year since you left this world for your heavenly home. I remain broken hearted but I thank God for every moment in time that I had with you. My sweet JonJon mama will forever love you and forever miss you. In remembrance: Jonathan Charles " JonJon " Ward, beautiful child, precious soul, gift of God, and mama's angel man.
Bene' LaFayette
May 9, 2010
I cant believe its already been a year, and not a day goes by that i dont think of you, or wish you were here to talk to me. You will always be my little brother and you would be so proud of how your family has come together, and how their faith in the lord is growing. I cant wait to see you again. I love you - Scarlet
Dietra Morton
May 4, 2010
Last evening, January 9,2010, we joined in a birthday remembrance for you, our sweet Angel Man. Friends and family gather together so thankful for the memories and love we all hold dearly. You are truly missed by all, your beautiful smile so vivid in our memory. What a comfort to know you are watching over each of us. Bene', we thank you for sharing this time and love you dearly. Forever be proud of your "JonJon".

Andrea and Kenneth Lode
January 10, 2010
I feel so incredibly blessed to have gotten to know Jon. Everytime I saw him he had a smile on his face. Bene (and all of Jon's family) my prayers are with you.
November 4, 2009
I am truly sorry to hear about the passing of your son Jon . how hard that must be to loose a son My mother can share your feelings >She lost a son too as I lost the only brother I had > I am truly sorry for you and his mom no one should have to go through that, God knows best for all of us > Trust the Lord to get you through your grief .

- Kathy Taylor Robert "s sister
August 16, 2009
Jon, I can't stop thinking of you my man. I love you, miss you, and think of you constantly buddy. You are and always will be my copilot and a best friend to me. Your work as a nurse motivated me so much more to work hard as possible to accomplish my dreams of helping others. Thank you for being you! I love you Jon. God bless such a hero and angel.
Matthew Newland
June 10, 2009
I'm so very thankful for Jon. He cared for my Mom and Aunt when they lived at SW Nursing. He loved each resident as if they were his owe, even adding his personnel touches.
I would always hear them asking when Jon was coming in to work. My Aunt especially, she would see him and say "you who, Sir will you please come here."
You will be missed, but I know in my heart that when God open His arms and embrassed you, He said "well done my good and faithful son"
Jen Guerra
May 16, 2009
I didn't believe it when I heard it. I had to come home and see it for myself. I didn't want to believe it...
You will forever be in my memories and my prayers. You will forever be one of my best friends, here and in heaven. Look down upon me and your family with the great glory of the lord at your side. You will never be forgotten. I always knew it to be true when you told me you 'had my back'. Now as a soldier of Christ I feel it. I will see you again someday homie. Love you bro.
Jimmy Munoz Jr
May 11, 2009

This is Lisa Bryant and I went to nursing school together, at All Saints. I can not tell you and Bene, how heart broken I was to learn of your loss. I pray for you, the peace and comfort, that only our heavenly father can give.

In my prayers with much love,
Lisa Thompson (Bryant)
May 11, 2009
My sincerest condolences to you and your family. I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Mae Delgado
May 11, 2009
Thanks to Sharon I have been in the loop the last year. What a precious young man, I wish I could have met him. Throughout the last year I was so amazed at his strong constitution to fight and do everything possible to keep going. What a loving to father to write such a beautiful remembrance of Jon and strong family to fight by his side no matter what. Blessings to all who are hurting.

Your high school class mate.
Valorie Ingle
May 10, 2009
Although I only knew Jon as a young boy, I am impressed to see what a fine man he became. The many friends and happy memories left behind are a legacy to be proud of. My thoughts and prayers are with Charlie, Bene, and the rest of Jon's family and friends.
Ben Brown
May 9, 2009
My condolences to the family.

Beloved, we are God's children now, it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. And every one who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. (1 John 3:2-3 RSV)
Bob Price
May 9, 2009
My sweetest Jon Jon...What a gift from God to have held you as a baby, chased you around as a child and to witness the great man you became. You were near perfection. Big Bob and I will miss you always. Your smile is all I see when I close my eyes. Bene and Charlie, Thank You for having Jon Jon and sharing him with all of us. We are all better for having him in our lives, just way to brief...GodSpeed Jon Jon! Til we meet again! Aunt Bee and Big Bob.
Aunt Beth
May 8, 2009
I have never mourned so much for someone I've never known. I am deeply sorry to hear about Jon's passing; I know he will be missed by so many, but never forgotten.
Bob Atcheson
May 8, 2009
Bene,Cassidi& the rest of the family,I had the opportunity to work with both Jonjon & Bene.Before I knew Jonjon was Bene son I would always come back and tell my office-mate how charming that young nurse is one station one. I would say he is so well-groom and caring and he is a cutie too. He always address as Mrs.Ross and yes/no mam.I loss my mother and had to leave work to travel to her burial and Jonjon gave me his blessing with a chapter to read;James 5, he said to me it would help ease my pains. So when I returned from my mom burial Jonjon and I discuss this chapter and to my finding Jonjon knew God.I must say to the family yes we are going to shed tears lots of tears,but we have got to remember to take one day at a time thats all we can do,yesterday is gone and we are not promise tomorrow because when tomorrow get here there will be another tomorrow,so let me tell you all to live the best you can live TODAY and all of you that know me know what I have been through.Talk about the things he did not like because now he loves everything.Cassidi please remember sweetie that JOY COMES IN THE MORNING.Bene,thank you for birthing such a fine young man in this world & thank you
Cassidi for being the woman that Tommy & Denise mold you to be.Cassidi God has special plans for you ,I ask that you continue to read your Bible and sit back and wait on your Blessings.Bene a true soldier you have been.There is a grand reward waiting for you.

Melissa Ross
Melissa Ross
May 8, 2009
Charlie, All my love to you and your family and all my sympathy for what you have been thru!!!!!! Love, Ella Boren Schneemann
Ella Boren Schneemann
May 8, 2009
Jon was always there to pick you up when you felt down and out, always the most humorous comments whenever anyone needs to smile. If we could all be so blessed to have a friend as good as Jon. He will be missed deeply but we all know that he is watching over us to guide us in whatever we have to overcome in this life until we can all be back by his side. Love you Jon we will all miss you
Brian Criss
May 8, 2009
My words could not possibly ease your pain. I am so very sorry for your loss. There is no doubt about it, Jon will be missed. He was a man that gave selflessly to the residents he cared for ,as well as, his co-workers. I only had an occasion to work beside Jon, but my mother Gina worked beside him for years and enjoyed it very much. I remember a few of her stories from work. He will not soon be forgotten... All my Heart and Prayers.
Jennifer Cofield
May 8, 2009
Oh, my sweet, sweet Jon Jon. You are and will always be my cousin, big brother, and number one confidant. My laughter, my sarcasm, my joy. My wrestling, fishing, and dancing partner. My hero, guidance, and source of inspiration. The color, light, and warmth of my life. You are irreplaceable in my heart, mind, body, and soul. I will love you always, best friend. You are FOREVER in my heart and memories. I love you.
Mandy Baker (Cousin)
May 7, 2009
While I never met Jon, I remember his Dad from highschool, and if he took after Charlie he must have been a great young man. My family prays with your family.
Ed Herndon
May 7, 2009
I am so sorry to hear about Jon. If he was anything like his dad, he was a real jewel. Charlie & Bonnie, you are in my prayers. God Bless You.
Carol Abel Campbell
May 7, 2009
Bene' and Charlie, our hearts and prayers are with you. Jon was one of those stellar kids growing up that everyone wanted a dozen of. He had great values and a big heart that he got from both of you. What a hero...we love you.
Cathy & Gary Gregg
May 7, 2009
Charlie and Bonnie,
My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of your precious son Jon. May the knowledge that he is with his Heavenly Father bring you comfort and peace.
Karin Finholt Matula
May 7, 2009
I will miss you very much Jon. I am very sad that you are gone.

Jon was a good friend and I enjoyed working with him. He had a big heart and impacted many peoples lives. My heart goes out to his family.
Kimberly Joslin
May 7, 2009
Jon-Jon, you will always hold a special place in my heart. The world we be a less humorous place without you, you could always make me laugh.

Julia Allen
May 7, 2009
We're so sorry to hear about Jon Jon. Although we didn't know him very well, I do remember him being at Mandy's ball games. He was such a nice kid, always joking with the girls and giving them a hard time. I'm not at all surprised that he turned out to be such an awesome person. Our hearts go out to all of you.
Tina & Tim Brown
May 7, 2009
What a BEAUTIFUL person that GOD created! He will forever hold a special place in my Heart as will many others. Jon was more than just a wonderful person, he was always so kind and considerate to all! His passing will not only leave a void in our lives, but in the hearts of all those who knew him. I am HONORED to have had the opportunity to have known him and his addicting SMILE! You will forever be missed and never forgotten!
Ashley Anderson
May 7, 2009
To Jon Ward's family may you find peace in knowing that special men like Jon have an even more special place in heaven. You do not know me but I knew Jon as nurse from when I was patient at Southwest a few years ago. I had been paralyzed in a car accident and came there to get better after I left the hospital. I had some trouble adapting and had was bitter and did not get along with nurses until Jon came along. He helped me heal my body, he took very good care of me and when he caused me pain during treatments I always felt like he was hurting with me. I did not know that he got sick until I read his obituary. Jon helped me heal my mind too by talking to me about life and getting the most out of it even in a wheelchair. I do quite well now and support my family and I wioll always remember Jon for being there with me at the beginning of my new life and caring for me with his strong shoulders, shrap mind, gentle spirit and that fantastic smile that lit up my worst of days. Thank you Jon, forever and thank you to his family who raised such a fine young man.
May 7, 2009
My heart goes out to all on Jon's family and friends. After attending the Darth Vato show in honor of Jon I can feel the love that many of his close friends and family share, he was loved by so many, and from what I can tell his passion and spirit has touched many lives. You all are in my deepest thoughts and prayers, Jon's love and courage will be remembered forever.
Erica R. Lopez
May 7, 2009
Though Jon and I spent most of our time annoying each other in High School and while working at Wal-Mart, I came to realize what a special man he was and would always be. I prayed for him in his illness, and I know he is watching over all those he loved now. He was a source of happiness for me on my worst days, even if he didn't know it. I am deeply sorry for your loss, and keep you in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Jon: You, and your smile, will be missed.
Paula (Denny) Kent
May 7, 2009
You were always in our hearts and prayers Jon. You were an amazing friend and you will never be forgotten. God Bless you and keep you safe.
Nathan and Jennifer Borchardt
May 7, 2009
Jon fought a good fight. I've never seen a young man show such courage and determination. There's no doubt he got his strength from his Father. God has sent you many friends to lean on during this difficult time and that's testament to the all the lives Jon touched. He will be missed, but will live on in everyone's hearts and memories. God Bless
Rusty Hendrix
May 7, 2009
To Jon's family: I'm very sorry for your loss. May God Bless You All.
My mother, Erma Wright, was a resident at SW Nursing and Rehab last year before she passed away. Jon was one of the nurses who took care of her while she was there. I was always very pleased with the loving care and concern he showed to my mother. He was always very kind to me and my father whenever we visited my mother and had a question. He always took time out of his busy schedule to explain to us what was happening.
His gentle and caring manner will be missed.
Euwanda Mathews
May 7, 2009
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family...we love you, Jeff and Lisa Taylor
May 7, 2009
Your son Jon, has raised the bar for demonstrating by example, how to treat other human beings. We should all learn from and follow his convenant for caring for his fellow man. God bless Jon Ward.
George Weems
May 7, 2009
To Mandy and family: I am so sorry for your loss. I'm so glad I got to meet Jon, and experience his fun, funny, caring, unique spirit. I'm thinking about you all.
Carrie Fiore
May 7, 2009
I am so sorry for your loss. Although I have not talked to Jon in many years, he left a lasting and happy impression on me. He was always such a pleasure to be around and had such a kind heart. His heart will live on forever in all those lives he touched.

Please accept my deepest sympathy in this very difficult time.
Sarah Wilcox (English)
May 6, 2009
What an amazing obituary. We didn't know Jon but our daughters knew him from high school and my husband and I went to high school with Jon's father Charlie.
We are so sorry for your loss. Charlie, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time.
Kevin & Pam Denny
May 6, 2009
Jon inspired us to be better people with his faith, strenght and courage. His spirt has shined through it all!
Bonnie Ward
May 6, 2009
To MY SECOND FAMILY, my thoughts, prayers, and heart are with everyone of you. "Jon Jon" is really in a better place now. I LOVE YOU ALL!!!
Mickie Cheek
May 6, 2009
Jon was one of the most caring and genuine people that I will ever know. I will always remember his beautiful and kind smile.
Amy Sanchez
May 6, 2009
My heart go's out to family in freinds and much more jonathan was a great person. My sympathy go's out to everyone .
Family Castaneda's
May 6, 2009
To the family of Jon Ward. He was my little brother and will continue to be. He is a insperation to me as well as many many others. I know he will always look down upon us all and give us the strenght to make it threw what ever it is we maybe going threw. He will always be missed and always hold a special place in my heart.
Ford D.
May 6, 2009
I got the pleasure of working with Jonjon at Southwest Nursing. He was a great nurse and will be missed. Everyone who got to work with him or that he took care of will always remember him. I am so sorry for your loss. The world will always remember that smile and loving nature.
Summer Griffin
May 6, 2009
That we should all be so loved and remembered in this manner would surely create a more kind and caring world. What an courageous young man, whom God surrounded with incredibly loving people. Didn't know the young man or his family but I just wanted to say what an honor it was to read of his life. Beautifully written and most certainly honors his life with words that were inspired from the heavens.
May 6, 2009
Charlie and Bonnie I am deeply sorry for your loss. May God shed his light upon you during this time.

Peace be with you.
Tony Parsons
May 6, 2009
Deepest sympathies to the entire family. I know how close you all are and hope you lean on each other for comfort. Just know Jonjon is a peace now.
Bettye Gossett Medcalf
May 6, 2009
God looked around the garden, and found an empty space. He looked down upon the earth, and saw your tired face. He put his arms around you, and lifted you to rest.
God's garden must be beautiful for he only takes the best. He knew that you were weary, and he knew you were in pain. He knew that you would never be well on earth again. He saw the roads were getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb. So he closed your weary eyelids, and whispered peace be thine.
Cheryl Gaddis
May 6, 2009
I am so sorry for your loss. Jon will forever be in my heart. I am so thankful I had the honor to know Jon and to work with Jon. You are an inspiration to so many.
Cheryl Gaddis
May 6, 2009
My deepest condolences to Jonathan's family. What a beautiful and touching Obituary!
May 6, 2009
I am sorry for your loss. I am sorry. Travis Lutter
May 6, 2009
You were such a source of happiness to my own son and daughter! It made me happy to see how you all enjoyed each other's friendship. And how much fun youhad at Darth Vato shows! You will forever be in my heart and in my memory. I wish your family peace. I cannot imagine how much they must miss their darling boy.
From Kerry and Annie's mom,
Joyce M.
May 6, 2009
My deepest condolences to his entire family and all his friends that loved him so dearly. I didn't know him well but we have all the same friends. Bobby I love ya and hope you're doing well!
Amy Sarvis
May 6, 2009
nobody will ever be able to fill your shoes. there is now a void in all of our lives. you got me through the hardest times of my life and there is no way I could repay you for the friendship and guidance you had to offer. I cant begin to explain the impact and the positive influence you had on my life. you were a leader and a rock for so many. we look forward to the day we will meet you again in heaven. we are thankful for the opportunity to have you in our lives, and we are thankful that we now have an angel watching over us. I love you so much bro. REST IN PEACE and better days!
Chase Burnham
May 6, 2009
When somebody dies, a cloud turns into
an angel, and flies up to tell God
to put another flower on a pillow.
A bird gives the message back to
the world, and sings a silent prayer
that makes the rain cry. People dis-
appear, but they never really go away.
The spirits up there put the sun to
bed, wake up grass, and spin the
earth in dizzy circles. Sometimes you
can see them dancing in a cloud during
the day-time, when they're supposed
to be sleeping. They paint the rain-
bows and also the sunsets and make
waves splash and tug at the tide.
They toss shooting stars and listen to
wishes. And when they sing wind-
songs, they whisper to us, don't
miss me too much. The view is nice
and I'm doing just fine.

We both love this verse and to us it describes the transition perfectly.

Many hugs to you and your family Charlie. Jon is smiling down at you and the view truly is fine.
Trish and Renato
May 6, 2009
We were all so blessed by having the pleasure of knowing Jon Jon.He was always the one to keep everyone going with a joke to make you laugh or a great big hug whichever you needed at the time . He taught us all so much in his time here on earth. Bene you brought up one of the strongest, kindest , and most courageous men ever . I feel as god gave me a true blessing in life to have Jon Jon as a friend. I will always cherish all the wonderful memories with him . He will be missed terribly and he will always be carried in so many of our hearts forever. Till we meet again Jon Jon . My thoughts and prayers are with all family and friends during this time .
Jennifer Starr
May 6, 2009
Bene, Charlie, Bobby-
My heart aches that JonJon is gone. I thank you all for letting me spend time with you and him, it means so much to me. I know that he is in a better place where he never has to go to the hospital or have any pain. I love you all and will be here if you ever need anything. Thank you again.
Stacey Zana
May 6, 2009
To JonJon's family,
i didn't know your wonderful son and am so sorry for your loss. i have been praying for him, Shelly kept me informed. Yes God has him now in His
presence and love to pray for us here.
God bless you all,
Rachel Rodriguez
rachel rodriguez
May 6, 2009
We are so sorry for your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during such a hardship! We pray the Lord can wrap his arms around each of y'all and bring you peace.
Sarah Anderton Swinford
May 6, 2009
May you rest now Jon Jon. I have never had more pleasure of meeting a person of your caring,loving,beautiful nature ..I pray for the family everyday to be strong and know that you are in a great place amongst others who love you dearly.
cara sandidge(Friend of Jon and Mandy)
May 6, 2009
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve. Lots of love to all. Love, The Douglas Family
Kristal Petrie-Douglas
May 6, 2009
What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.Jon you will remain in our hearts forever.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
The LaBarbera Family
May 6, 2009
Dearest Jon Jon,
I hope that you're watching over us during these hard times, because we sure are having a hard time dealing with it all. I will always remember getting crazy at the Darth Vato shows and you protecting me from the "scary boys", and of course that killer smile of yours. I love you Jon Jon and I pray that you're my guardian angel. Rest in Peace handsome.
Cynthia Christov
May 6, 2009
JonJon you were a true joy to be around. I am so blessed and happy I had a chance to meet and laugh with you. I will never forget our talks at Mari's house or the laughs at Scooners AKA Halo.
May the Lord keep you and bless you. My heart and prayers go out to your family.
Shelly Rodriguez
May 6, 2009
Dear Bene' and Charlie and Family, It is a true honer to have known Jon-Jon. Our boys grew up together and became the best of friends.Chase loves Jon-Jon so much. And he loves you all too. Our families were intertwined starting with the boys fathers going to school together. So it was a meant to be situation that they were such good friends. And all the kids growing up together...Mandy, Jennifer and Bobby we will be thinking of you too.. We are so proud of Jon-Jon. He was a good boy then and fine young man now. He made a difference in this world. And affected so many lifes in such a wonderful way. He was a loyal friend to my son. And I will be forever grateful for that. I always have believed that there are angels on this earth and Jon- Jon is truely a angel. I will never forget that a beautiful smile and the happiness he gave to so many.. Our thoughts and prayer are with you all. On the wings pure white dove he is safe in the arms of our Sweet Lord and Almighty God. God Bless each and every one in Jon-Jon's family. Hank Cindy and Chelsea Burnham
Hank,Cindy&Chelsea Burnham
May 6, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jon's entire family during this difficult time.
Marisa Sanchez & Ian Johnson
May 6, 2009
I have never witnessed such love and devotion of a Father as Charlie over this past year as he cared for Jon. What a wonderful unconditional love. I know Jon dances with many that were there waiting to greet him at the gates of Heaven. What a blessing that he does not suffer any longer. Only joy and laughter. We are the ones that are left behind so we cry and ache to be with our loved ones again. This is natural but to lose a child is never natural. My prayers are with the family that misses Jon so very much and will till they are reunited.
Beth Hendrix
May 6, 2009
Jon Jon-
Wow, what a wonderful man to have this happen to. You have left to a bigger and better place, but the one's that have been left behind are/& will always remember the person you were and will carry those memories with them. Thank you for everything you have tought us, so we can inspire others of your great fight. I am saddened that I didn't keep up with you in the last few months, but I will say that I am honored to have met you. You are a great man- Jon Jon!! We love you! God Bless!!
Katherine Smith
May 6, 2009
I had the pleasure of meeting John when a close friend of mine had been sent to Southwest to rehab from an injury. John was what so many men aspire to be but don't often dare to - honest, caring, decent, patient and real. He very briefly touched our lives but the impression he made will last forever. He was not just a great nurse, but he was 'the ideal' nurse, I've never in my life seen a person that seemed to so fit what they did as easily and correctly as John did. He personified caring, compassion and love. My deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences go out to John's family and friends at this time. Just know in your hearts that John was called for a higher purpose than the one he could serve here and that his bravery, in the wake of all he faced at the end of his life, has left behind a string of lessons for those of us who were fortunate enough to know him.
May 6, 2009
I am terribly sorry to hear about your family's loss. Mandy has lovingly kept all of us informed of Jon's battles and victories throughout the last year. It is an understatement to say he was a fighter...may he rest in peace. I send my love to your family.
Jenny Coleman (friend of Mandy's from SWT)
May 6, 2009
Jon, you really made life for those around you much more exciting. You always brought a smile to the faces of all you knew. You will be sorely missed. All of us that love you know that you are in a much better place.
Love you,
Eric D.
May 6, 2009
Well the battle was long and he fought like a true soldier. John was an inspiration to all who were around him, those few times that I was able to visit him, I knew that he had the strength that it took to win. But God knew otherwise, and called him home to be beside him. Jon you will be forever remembered as one of the great people who made everyone laugh. I know that you are looking down with all the love in your heart. Charlie, Benet, and all the family I am just thankful that I was a small part of his life while he was here. God Bless all of you in this sad time, but rejoice knowing that Jon is sitting at the right hand of God now.
Love you all
Philip Adams and Family
Philip Adams
May 6, 2009
I don't think there is anything I can type to express the sorrow everyone who knew Jon must be feeling. Jon is one of the kindest, most compassionate people I've ever met. I worked with Jon for several years. Not a day went by that he didn't hug his Mother and tell her that he loved her. Every patient in his care loved him. He comforted them when they were sick and cried when they passed on. He was a good boy. Bene, Cassidi, and all of Jon's family and friends...I am so sorry.
Shannon Pouncey
May 6, 2009
My Sweet Baby Brother. I will miss you more than can be described, You always made me feel better when I was sad. But I know you are still my angel here to help all of us when we need you. Your story of your battle will inspire people forever and you are very loved by so many that know you and have never met you. I love you and miss you so much. Ill do my best to take care of Mama and Bobby.
Dietra Banfield
May 6, 2009
My prayers are with your Bene and all the family.. Bene what wonderful gift for mother's day that you son is with God and is watching over you. You are an awesome mother and strong. My prayers will continue to be you and all the family as Jon is with the Great Almighty. Memories will live on with his beautiful smiling caring person he was and now is in the heaven above.. We miss you Jon Jon but you are happy and peaceful with no more PAIN! We Love you and can't wait to see you at heaven gates.
May 6, 2009
He’s Free
I knew you had to go away
it was your time you see
but I didn’t take the time to face
that you were leaving me.

You weren’t afraid of dying
for you knew what lay in store
in the blinking of an eye
or the closing of a door.

You shared with us a journey
that only you could see
and helped us understand God’s way
as it was meant to be.

Life had so restricted you
your spirit is now free
to go explore the universe
for all eternity.
May 6, 2009
I am so sorry about your loss. Jon will forever be missed, but always loved and remebered. He fought hard and long, and I admire his courage and strength as well as all of your strength and courage. Keep your family close during these hard days ahead.
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Caty Broderick (friend of Jennifer and Mandy from SWT)
Caty Broderick
May 6, 2009
Jon was one of my daughter's best friends in high school and that friendship continued throughout his illness when he was well enough to communicate with her. He was at my house often during high school and always had that beautiful smile on his face. I also knew Jon in his nursing career. When I would visit patients at the facility, Jon was always ready answer any questions I had about their condition, it was easy to see how much he enjoyed the work he was doing. My daughter had a fund raiser garage sale for Jon, and took pride in telling what the sale was for and what a great person he was. We have lost a very special person here on earth, but how lucky our loved ones are in heaven to have such a loving and caring nurse providing their care. We love and miss you Jon.
Sherry Shafer
May 6, 2009
My heart goes out to all the family and loved ones he left behind, know that he is in a much better place. RIP !!!
May 6, 2009
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2009
Rosie Caruthers
May 6, 2009
i hope God can give you all some since of peace in this sad time.... you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Jamey Wilkins-Boardman
May 6, 2009
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