PENNINGTON GAP, VA - John Curtis Marion, age 76, of Pennington Gap, Virginia, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Sunday, May 12, 2019. He was born on September 4, 1942, in Hancock County, Tennessee. John graduated from Hancock County High School in 1959, and he later attended Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, and Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy in 1967. After graduating from pharmacy school, John was employed at The Drug Shop in Pennington Gap, Virginia, and later became the owner and operator of John C. Marion Pharmacist in Pennington Gap, where he continued working until his passing. John also operated a family farm in Dryden, Virginia, where he spent countless hours farming and tending to the land he loved. John was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pennington Gap. He loved farming, spending time with his beloved family and cheering on the University of Tennessee Volunteers.
John served several terms as a member of the Pennington Gap Town Council, two terms as Mayor of Pennington Gap and he also served as a member of the Lee County School Board for 16 years. He proudly served several years as a board member for Lee County Community Hospital. John was a 50-year member of the New Castle, Indiana Masonic Lodge #91 and a 50-year member of the Miles Lodge #165 of Pennington Gap. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Royal Arch Mason, Knights Templar and Shriner. John was preceded in death by his parents, Reverend Henry Lee Marion and Emma Marion, and his brother, D. Allen Marion. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Janet Marion; two daughters: Jacqui Hobbs and husband Tim, and Jannesah Marion; grandchildren: Alethia Brewer and husband Justin, Shannes Marion and Hayden Hobbs; great-grandchildren: Levi Brewer, Lillian Brewer, Brently Brewer, and Atticus Brewer; and four siblings: Terry Marion, Brenda Chriswell and husband Floyd, Fred Marion and wife Judy, and Dale Marion and wife Jackie; one brother-in-law Doug Smith and wife Rachel; and a host of other friends, family and loved ones.
A funeral service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Sturgill Funeral Home in Pennington Gap, Virginia with Pastor Josh Osteen officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. Wednesday until the time of service. A graveside service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the Powell Valley Cemetery in Dryden, Virginia. The funeral procession will leave Sturgill Funeral Home at 11:30 a.m. Pallbearers will be Jonathan Marion, Fredrick Marion, Sheriff Gary Parsons, Gary Brown, Ron McCoy, Seth Haynes, John Haynes and Marc Cheek. Honorary Pallbearers will be Birg Sergent, Edgar Paul Fannon and Johnny Woliver. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Pennington Gap, Virginia and/or Samaritan's Purse and/or Shriners Hospital.
To send condolences please visit www.sturgillfuneralhome.com. Mullins-Sturgill Funeral Home of Pennington Gap is in charge of the arrangements.