John Ellis Walthour Sr. Memorial Program

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The funeral broadcast for Mr. Walthour will begin at 10:50 AM, on May 14, 2021. You will be able to click the link below to view it live.


John Ellis Walthour Sr. was born to the late Cato Sr. and Annie Mae Walthour on February 15, 1947 in Liberty County, GA, where he received his formal education at Liberty County High School. At a young age, he professed his love for Christ and attended First Zion Baptist Church in Riceboro, GA. His father, mother, and three brothers, Freddie, Leotha, and Marvin preceded him in death. 

In search of a better life, John Ellis relocated to Maywood, Illinois in 1965. He met his wife Shirley Ann Walthour. The two wed on June 13, 1969. They had five children John Jr., Angela Simms, Genene, Anthony, and Quentin. John started working at Xerox Corporation in the 1970’s. He later worked as a truck driver for over 14 years before retiring in 2008. He enjoyed the work and often recounted stories of his adventures driving across Midwestern states such as Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio. He was a member of Broadview Baptist Church for over 25 years where he served in the Security Department. He later joined Freedom Baptist Church in 2013 serving in the same capacity.

John was a man of action and served his community and family through deeds rather than simply words. He was a man who was quiet in some ways, but is well remembered for joking and laughing with a sly and beautiful smile. He showed his love through commitment and loyalty. Many recall consistently receiving a birthday card and monetary gift. If a friend or loved one needed help or a favor, John was the person in which everyone could rely. 

John was a loyal servant of Jesus Christ and showed the same type of humility and love to his family. He will be missed and loved by his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his wife Shirley Ann Walthour. He leaves behind his dutiful children John Walthour Jr., Angela Simms (Mark), Genene Walthour, Anthony Walthour (Gladys), and Quentin Walthour  (Meka); 10 grandchildren: John Walthour III, Shannon Marable (Ethan), Candace Fields(Frank), Shavonda Fields(Kareem), Mark Simms Jr., Elijah Fields, Mareon Simms, Amaya, Quentaysia Walthour, and Truth Walthour; 7 great grandchildren: Marquel, Dontrell,, Elena, Ellie, John Logan, Zhuri and EJ.; 8 siblings: Jennifer Earnest (George); Larry Walthour (Shirley); Cato Walthour Jr (Edna); Novadane Sellers; Troy Walthour (Blanche); Michael Walthour (Jackie); Nathaniel Walthour (Brenda); Lee Ann Williams (Dan); and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, 

I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 

Matthew 25:23 KJV


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