A celebration of life service was held at the First Baptist Church of Sapulpa on Dec. 5. It was officiated by the Rev. Doyle Pryor and the Rev. Bill Oldham. Interment was at Green Hill Memorial Gardens in Sapulpa.
Many of you probably knew that he was the Sunday School Secretary for his church for 30 years. He and his wife became Christians while living in California in 1950. They were married on Sept. 30, 1939, 73 years ago. He loved our Lord.
He and his wife loved to go camping and fishing and went on many vacations. In fact, they have been to every state in the Union except Alaska. They have also been to Canada and enjoyed many trips with their best friends Opal and Lawrence Kelley.
Some people knew him as a “Mr. Fix-It.” He had a genuine willingness to help anyone who asked him for help. He worked on cars, appliances and anything that had an engine or was electrical. If he couldn’t find the part to fix it, he sometimes made it himself with a lathe he had. He wasn’t always successful, but was willing to try to fix anything you would bring himself. He also enjoyed putting out a garden each year. Many didn’t know but he also enjoyed playing, what he called a fiddle, and also could sing. Something not many people knew was that he loved animals and would have liked to have been a veterinarian. After his retirement, he began to do oil paintings with his church painting class and did very well. He made many things out of wood from furniture or shelves, to all kinds of crafts for Tole Painting which he did the painting himself. He was very talented in many ways. His children thought their Dad could do just about anything.
J.C. is survived by his loving wife, Zelma Edith Hunt; daughters, Judy Ann Kendall and Donna Jo Barnes and son-in-law Mike Barnes; grandchildren, Michelle Johnson and Daryl , Darry Kendall and Brian Barnes and Stephanie; great-grandchildren, Dalton Barnes, Drake Barnes, Abby Barnes, Jessica Johnson, Danielle Johnson, and Kyle Kendall.
They will miss him dearly.