John Alexander Poston of White Oak died unexpectantly yet peacefully in his sleep early Tuesday morning, December 30, 2014.
Born October 16, 1937, he is survived by two sisters, Eva Mae Plyler and Rosa Lee Catoe, both of Lancaster SC; his wife of over 30 years Julie Poston, who despite their conscience uncoupling in 2000, remained friends; their two daughters Jennifer Poston Bonney of Tallahassee FL and Jessica Poston Abarca of Richmond VA; and his “babies”, his three grandchildren Emma, Lauren, and Braden.
After honorably serving his country and fighting in the Korean War, Mr. Poston lived in various Southern towns until finally landing in Woodbine. He met a local girl, fell in love, and decided to stay a while. After marrying the Camden County native and adopting her daughter as his own, Mr. Poston was the quintessential blue collar, ultra-Conservative, hard working American. He loved his country and his family. In his spare time, Mr. Poston studied the US Constitution and the many laws governing our great country. He would debate with just about anyone the validity of our current executive administration and even whether or not it was legal to charge for a copy of the local newspaper, after all, it is the official legal notice.
Mr. Poston adamantly believed that education and hard work were the only means to improve one’s situation. He taught this to his children by being a constant student, always learning and growing. Even though he did not graduate high school, to his credit, Mr. Poston became a skilled manager, earning certifications as an electrician, brick mason, plumber, mechanic, the list goes on and on… He could seriously fix any problem with a roll of duct tape and a pocket knife!
Though rough around the edges, our Papa John was passionate about his beliefs, dedicated to his children, and gave great hugs. He is greatly loved and will be sorely missed.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys at 2 pm., with Dr. Earl L. Boyette officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service time. Burial to be held at the Jacksonville National Cemetery on Monday, January 5, 2015.
Allison Memorial Chapel and Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.