John Cleveland Ard, Sr. of Pensacola, Florida passed away Friday, November 18, 2011.
John was born August 3, 1925 in Pensacola, Florida. He attended Tate High School, he then completed a four year apprenticeship and worked at NAS Pensacola. He retired after 40 years from St. Regis/Champion International Paper as a machinist. He loved his retirement, spending his time bass fishing and traveling with his wife. John loved his church family at Pinehaven Baptist Church.
John was preceded in death by his mother Lela Silver and stepfather Lonnie, his father Leon Ard and stepmother Lucille. His first loving wife Peggy Nellums of 32 years and the mother of his three sons.
He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy (Dot) of 20 years; three sons Louis, John Jr., Mark (Cara); three grandchildren Jeremy Ard, Brooke Ard Lassiter (Patrick) and Caityn Ard; daughter in law Debra Ard; two stepsons David Fuller (Betty), Rick Fuller (Shelia), four step grandchildren Shawna Fuller Dupuis (Michael), Jonathan Fuller, Shaun Fuller, and Shannon Fuller; and one step sister Marie Moyer.
John's three sons and family would like to express their love and appreciation for their step mother Dot for the love and care she gave to their father.
Visitation will be held at Eastern Gate Memorial Gardens on Sunday November 20, 2011 from 6-8p.m. Memorial Service will be held on Monday November 21, 2011 at 10a.m. Final prayer will be held at the Garden of the Crosses at Eastern Gate. Interment will be at a later time at Bayview Memorial Park.
Serving as pallbearers are men from his Sunday school class at Pinehaven Baptist Church. Pastor Jimmy Lancaster will be officiating and will be assisted by Clark Childress.
Flowers are appreciated or in lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the music department at Pinehaven Baptist Church, 10400 N, Palafox St., Pensacola, Florida 32534.
Arrangements under the direction of Eastern Gate Memorial Funeral Home, Pensacola, FL.