John Jarman (J.J.) 79 of Jacksonville, NC
For many years, John Jarman sang a song about “Going Home”. On Saturday night, January 11th, he peacefully slipped away to his heavenly home. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday evening at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 100 Half Moon Church Road, Jacksonville. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM before the service. Burial will be 11:00 AM Friday morning at Onslow Memorial Park.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Estelle Jarman; and a sister, Sally Blackmon. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Sherry Jarman; son, Blake Jarman and wife, Angela of Richlands; son, Tony Jarman of Jacksonville; daughter, Donna Gilbert and her husband, Brandon of Visalia, CA; six grandchildren, Evan Jarman and wife Colbie of Richlands, Mikaela Mariner and husband, Zach of Bristol, Connecticut, Noah Jarman and Rachael Jarman of Ringgold, GA, Garrett Gilbert and Riley Gilbert of Visalia, CA; one great-granddaughter, Cooper Jarman of Richlands; nine brothers and sisters, Winfield Jarman, Eleanor Barwick, Tom Jarman, Nick Jarman, Evelyn Hannah, and Iris Gray, all of Kinston, Faye Crumpton of St. Petersburg, FL, Wesley Jarman of Goldsboro and Harry Jarman of Grande Prairie, TX; and many nieces and nephews. He was an electrician by trade and was employed for many years with Southerland Electric Co. and also Big John’s Electric Co., both in Jacksonville. He and his wife Sherry, were the owner and operators of Twin Pines Mobile Home Park in Jacksonville, NC.
John grew up in Kinston in a large, loving christian home. Every Sunday you could find them all singing and worshiping at the Kinston Church of God (which would later become Tanglewood Church of God) where his parents were charter members. He developed a great love for gospel music and his biggest joy came from singing southern gospel music with his family and friends. He had a unique lead voice, and for 12 years he sang and traveled all over the United States with Ed O’Neal and the Dixie Melody Boys Quartet out of Kinston. After all those years, he decided to leave the group and spend more time at home, but the love he had in his heart to sing gospel music never ceased! Later on, he joined a group out of New Bern, NC called The Redeemers Quartet, and also The Boys From Bethlehem, here in Jacksonville, singing locally.
In his later years, on any given Sunday he and Sherry could be found worshipping at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Jacksonville, NC, where he was also a Sunday School teacher. Anytime the opportunity arose, he loved to sing his favorite gospel songs.
The family are receiving visitors at his son’s home at 104 East Foy Street in Richlands.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to help with funeral expenses in care of Jones Funeral Home, 303 Chaney Ave. Jacksonville, NC 28540.