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John Robert Sturdivant

Posted By Hall-Wynne On February 18, 2011 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Mr. John Robert Sturdivant, 91, of Andrews Store Road., Pittsboro, NC passed away February 18, 2011 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. John was born in Chatham County to the late William R. and Novie Eubanks Sturdivant. John was predeceased by his wife Evon Upchurch Sturdivant. John was one of 11 siblings and was predeceased by sisters, Addie Powell, Jessie Andrews, Mary Griffin and brothers, Paul, Gene, James, Edgar, and Grady Sturdivant.

He is survived by his daughter, Kaye Martinez; son, Douglas Sturdivant; step-daughters, Joanne Hackney Sturdivant, Brenda Hodges; step-son, Wayne Bowden; 6 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth Penninger; brother, Larry Sturdivant; numerous nieces and nephews.

John was employed by Farmers Dairy in Chapel Hill which became Long Meadow Farms, and then became Flavor Rich in 1978 where he retired as credit manager. John later worked several years for Brad and Gray Moody. John served his country with pride during World War II with the Army Air Corp stationed in England; he obtained the rank of Sergeant.

Pallbearers will be Rusty Nipper, Brad Moody, Kent Penninger, Kenneth Sturdivant, Ronnie Griffin and Ricky Sturdivant. Honorary pallbearers will be former employees of the dairy.

The funeral service will be held at 2 pm Monday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home in Pittsboro with Ernie Keck, pastor of Damascus Congregational Christian Church presiding. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant UMC Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 12:45 – 1:45 pm Monday at the funeral home and at other times at 715 Hatch Road, Chapel Hill.

Memorials may be sent to either St.Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences to www.hallwynne.com, Select “Obituaries”.

Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service and Cremation of Pittsboro.

Condolences for the family of “John Robert Sturdivant”

Condolence from JOHNNY AND CINDY CARPENTER on February 20th, 2011 12:00 am

John and Evon were our neighbors for about 18 years. They both were such sweet people. We will miss John. Please know the family has been our prayers. Johnny, Cindy and Britt Carpenter

Condolence from Ronnie and Grace Griffin on February 20th, 2011 12:00 am

John was a special brother and brother-in-law to my parents Mary and Charlie Griffin. Uncle John will forever remain endeared by my family members. We shall forever remember his warm smile, soft voice, easy ways and wonderful sense of humor. We always enjoyed his company and appreciated the many stories he shared with us. We shall all miss his physical presence but are comforted with the many fond and precious memories that will remain with us. Ronnie, Grace, Denise, Renee and Joe Smith, Candace and Scott Riedl, Caity and Trent.

Condolence from Natalie Miller on February 21st, 2011 12:00 am

Mr. John was such a sweet man. Anywhere I would see him in town over the past couple of yrs, I would go in his direction! He always told me “I will never forget that morning you came in to Shop Quik with that pink coat on, you looked just like an angel.” He was so sweet. I enjoyed his company and his talks. Whether we were in the bank or groc store parking lot. I loved that man and I will sure miss seeing him and his big grin.

Condolence from Jane Sturdivant on February 21st, 2011 12:00 am

I will always remember your kind words and sweet “smile”. I always enjoyed stopping by the car wash when you were there. Your winning smile and enthusiasm were contagious. John, you and Grady were truly blessed with these outstanding attributes. You always made everyone feel special and loved. My granddaughter always said your glasses were just like Grady’s and you were almost as handsome with that beautiful hair. You meant alot to me and will be greatly missed by all those who knew you. Thank you for always making me feel like I was a part of the Sturdivant family. That was very important to Grady and I am sure he will thank you when you all get together in heaven. With love and sympathy, Jane Sturdivant

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