Sebrell- John James “Johnny” Fekete died peacefully at home on his farm with his family on July 13. He was a beloved local character who “was doing just like a 19 year old” for almost 94 years.
He was the oldest son of Hungarian immigrants; a first generation American born July 25, 1922. He proudly served his country in the anti-tank company, 302nd Army Infantry 94th Division, European Theater, during WWII. Johnny returned home to Southampton County to farm the homeplace with his father before purchasing his own farm on Old Hickory Road where he lived, worked and raised a family for 69 years. He attended Sebrell United Methodist Church.
Johnny was predeceased by his parents, John Joseph and Mary Pinter Fekete; sisters, Margaret and husband Willie Sayer, Elizabeth and husband Charles Barnes and brother, Steve P. Fekete.
Left to cherish his memory are his family, the love of his life, Edith Britt Fekete and their three children: daughter Margie and husband E.J. Cutright, son, James Stephen “Stevie”, and son Mark and wife Elaine; granddaughters, Margaret Anne and husband Michael Smith, Patricia and husband Ben Davis, Christy and husband Pete Fowler, and Mary Alice Fekete; grandson, John Mark “Jack” Fekete and great-grandchildren, Grace, Ellen and Ben Davis, Wyatt Smith, and Addison and Alexiah Fowler. Johnny will be greatly missed by his sisters-in-law, Huris Harrup, Nancy Pritchett, Barbara Monahan, Eula Fekete and brother-in-law, Bubber Britt and wife Margie.
The family extends their deepest appreciation to special caregivers, Joanne, Sue, Tara, Rebecca, Kinsey and Nia.
The funeral will be held at 2PM Sunday July 17, 2016 at Wright Funeral Home, Franklin with the Rev. Gary Frazier and Rev. Rita Kanten officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Riverside Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the residence and suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Sebrell Community Center c/o Peggy Simmons, 17550 Carys Bridge Rd, Courtland, VA 23837. www.wrighfuneralhome.