On November 20, 1942, James and Ruby (Lynch) Worthington and older siblings Laverne, Helen and Ed welcomed Judy and John Thomas into the home. John attended school in Maloy and Mount Ayr, leaving school at the age of 17 years old to join the United States Navy in 1959. Upon leaving the Navy in 1962, John finally found his niche when he bought the Southside Bar & Grill in Mount Ayr. John sold his bar and moved to Oklahoma where he devoted himself to wife Jerri.
In 1992 John and Jerri moved from Arkansas back to Ringgold County. Finally settling in Kellerton, John and Jerri bought and operated the café in Kellerton from 1993 to 2001, making new friends and reuniting with old friends.
In John’s spare time he enjoyed visiting with people, hunting and fishing with family and friends, mowing yards and gardening.
John passed away at his home in Kellerton on January 10, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Judy, Helen, Galen and Laverne.
Surviving from the home are his wife, Jerri, and Pete, Bandit, Doc and Rowdy; children, John, II and wife Shawnda, Disiree and husband Darrell, Charla and husband Bill, Tory and wife Roxanne, Lenzy and Jada and husband TJ; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; siblings, Ed, Delbert and companion Julia, Jimmy and wife Connie, Dennis and Bob and wife Arlene; special nephew, Gaylen, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
Memorials are to the family.
Services were conducted at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, with Pastor Bill Armstrong officiating.
Casket bearers included Bob Worthington, Gale Worthington, Doug Collier, Eric Walter, Tony Ellis and Randy Fox.
Honorary pallbearers were Lloyd Glendenning, Leroy Wood, John Menter, Dennis Pyland and Brett Yoder.
Military rites were by Kellerton Post #676 and U.S. Navy Honors Unit.
Burial was in the Maple Row Cemetery in Kellerton.