It pains me to admit it, but apparently, I have passed away. Everyone told me it would happen one day, but that’s simply not something I wanted to hear, much less experience. However, my spirit is now released from my worn-out body and is now exploring the universe. I am stress-free and at peace.
I was born the youngest (and favorite) child to Joseph and Thelma Hopkins Sturgill of Wise, (Glamorgan) VA, 1946. My parents have gone on before me, as has a brother, Denver, and a precious granddaughter, Emma Marie, who I finally get to meet.
I attended J.J. Kelly high school, graduating in 1965. I loved telling anyone who would listen about playing on our championship football teams and dazzling them with my slick dance moves. I then moved on to Lees-McRae college. What followed that was a long line of jobs-banker, HR manager, nuclear reactor technician, pro golfer, property assessor, golf course manager, professional a$$hole (that one I was GREAT at and took it very seriously and was my job until the end).
I had some serious health problems in recent years but survived them (up until now, anyway) with the help of my wife and son, Dr. Ghanta and the UVA medical staff, and the staff of Holston Valley Medical Center, who were a gift in my final days.
I am survived by my perfect son, Jonathan, my heart outside my body and my best friend, and his wife Brennah; my trophy wife, Yvette, who made my spirit whole together we were inseparable, happy, fulfilled, who in-between tears, is wondering what to do with all my stuff and being happy to finally be turning the TV to something other than M*A*S*H*; my crazy sister, Freida and husband Lee and my patient brother, Larry and his wife Wilma, all whom are alternating between grieving and rolling their eyes at good memories; there’s also a pile of nieces and nephews too. I loved them all.
It was an honor for me to be friends with some truly great people. I thank you. Thank you for sharing my life with me.
The memories I’m taking with me now are so precious and have more value than all the gold and silver and golf equipment I leave behind. They are treasures that are irreplaceable and will go with me wherever my journey takes me.
I am being cremated and some of my ashes will be scattered at my favorite places. So instead of going to see the great creator, I will be going to the great cremator to get that smoking hot body I always wanted.
Instead of flowers, I would hope that you would do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for others – I liked buying food for the person behind me at the drive-thru or paying for a military couple’s meal, (do it without them knowing who paid) … much cheaper than flowers.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. till 7:00 P.M. Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Sturgill Funeral Home in Wise, VA to come share your best memories at my Praise John send off. I’ve had great joy living. I loved a lot. I fought a lot. But I had a lot of fun. I was born – blinked – and it was over. Please visit www.sturgillfuneral.com to leave online condolences for the family.
Sturgill Funeral Home 1621 Norton Rd SW Wise, VA 24293 is in charge of arrangements.