Mr. John Garfield Randolph McCreary was born June 30, 1945 in Augusta, GA. He was the 3rd born of 7 children in the McCreary family. Being the middle son, John was sure to make his mark in the family as the jokester.
After graduating from Immaculate Conception Catholic School in 1963, John was drafted into the US Army where he served in the Vietnam War. When he returned home from the war, he entered into an on-the-job hospital training program to become a Respiratory Therapist. In 1987, he was #816 to obtain a Professional License to Practice Respiratory Therapy in the State of GA. He made such a mark on his baby sister, Harriet Noxon (#1166), that she too obtained her license to practice in 1988. His niece Riedetta Dailey (#4963) followed in both their footsteps in 1999 and is still continuing his legacy in the profession.
While working in the hospital John met a beautiful nurse, Lynette Simms. John and Lynette later married and had the pleasure of welcoming into this world a beautiful baby girl. They named her Candace Janelle but John affectionately called her CJ.
In July 1988, John chose to transition from Respiratory into Cardiology and worked as an Electrocardiographic Tech at St. Joseph’s Hospital until he retired from healthcare. His father, Garfield, taught him the value of hard work, and instilled in him “you’re not a McCreary if you don’t know how to work!” This quote was one that drove him to continue working well after his retirement, so he spent his final working years employed at Delta Airlines. Over the years, John cultivated many friendships with coworkers due to his charming personality that often included making people blush with his electric smile, big gifts from his giving heart, and lots of laughs with his trash talking.
On February 18, 2022, John McCreary made his final transition into his eternal life with the Lord. He was preceded in death by Garfield McCreary (father), Nellie Mae McCreary (mother), James “Jimmy” McCreary (brother), Larry McCreary (brother), Robert “Bobby” McCreary (brother), Catherine Ward (sister), Linda Esther Diana McCreary (sister), and Lynette Simms (ex-wife). He leaves to cherish his memory a loving daughter Candace Janelle James (Vince James), Granddaughter Dior James, Sister Harriet Noxon (Mark Noxon), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends. The family would like to make special mention of Jamene Burgess who resided with and cared for John during his final years of life while dealing with Alzheimer’s.
A Service with Military Honors will be held at the GA National Cemetery on March 18, 2022 from 1:30pm to 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in John’s honor. http://act.alz.org/goto/JohnMcCreary
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