John attended Doak High School, and was a graduate of Tusculum College with a bachelor of science in education and of East Tennessee State University with a master’s in educational administration.
John was a Greene County educator for more than 40 years. He started in a two-room schoolhouse in rural Greene County and finished at Doak Elementary in Tusculum.
His career titles were that of a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal throughout the years. In addition, he was a longtime coach of basketball and an avid fan of all sports.
Many lifelong friends were made on the golf course, as well.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years: Peggy; daughters and sons-in-law: Pam and Angelo Botta, Sharman and Bill Lyons, Sherry and Eddie House, and Ann and Terry Ottinger; one brother and sister-in-law: Earl and Marlene Howe; two sisters-in-law: Betty Fullen and Shirley Cox; grandchildren: Kelli Botta Gibson and Marc, Brett Botta and Beth, Sonja House Willett and Jimmy, Michael House and Cheryl, Justin House and Soctoria, Elizabeth and Julia Lyons, and Jacob and Chloie Ottinger; great-grandchildren: Jacob and Jaylen Willett, Graham Gibson, Madden and Miller Botta, and Bentley, Brycen and Brooks House; a special niece: Lisa Cox McWherter; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
The family expressed a special thank you to the oncology doctors and nurses at Johnson City Medical Center Hospital, hospice nurse Sharon Jones and Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice social worker Leann Stewart.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Otto and Sue Howe; a brother: Earnest Howe; and sisters: Dorothy Vest, Bernice Vest and Reba Bowman.
The family will receive friends from 2–4 and 6–8 p.m. Tuesday at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday in Doughty-Stevens Chapel with Pastor Tammy Greene officiating.
Burial will follow at Shiloh CPC Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Jim Mercer, Harrison Rollins, Larry Bible, Tommy Haun, Stephen Bowman and Bill Fullen.
Honorary pallbearers include: Greystone golfing buddies-Joe Harrison, Eddie House, and Ronald Jennings; Tom Mason, Alford Taylor, Kelly Aldridge, Dwight Renner, Ray (Teedee) Maupin, Jack Kilday, Buddy Hawk, David Hawk, Dick Parrack, Lynn Hankins, Don Alexander class members and his Shiloh Church family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society of Greeneville/Greene County or to the Building Fund of Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church.