He was a member of Margaret Street Church of Christ, in Milton, where he served as a deacon, and later an elder, for over 24 years. We are grateful he was given an opportunity to serve God for so many years. John loved his Heavenly Father and we are grateful for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ through Whom is his hope for eternal life.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Delia (Radford) Locklin, and Faye (J.D.) Cooley; and two brothers, James and Oma.
After graduating from David Lipscomb College in Nashville, TN he served four years in the Air Force; most of that time he was stationed in England. John and Roberta Bell were married March 12, 1955. After receiving his discharge from the Air Force, he returned to Nashville, where he received his Masters Degree from George Peabody College. His first job with Santa Rosa County School Board was as a teacher and coach at Allentown High School in 1956-1957. Later he served as teacher/principal at Harold School and then as principal of Chumuckla High School from 1959 to 1968. He was Director of Vocational/ Adult Education until his retirement in 1989.
He is survived by his wife, Roberta; daughter, Martha (Glenn) Todd; sons Mike (Renee') and Ed (Suzie); grandchildren, Mandy Stephens, Kiera (David) Keen, Brittany Todd, Savannah, John Blake, and Hannah Temple; step-grandsons, Taylor and Austin Plowman; and great grandchildren, Austin and Madilyn Stephens.
Funeral services for Mr. Temple will be 2:00PM, Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at the Margaret Street Church of Christ Building with Minister Preston Silcox officiating.
Burial will follow in Serenity Gardens with Lewis Funeral Home directing.
LEWIS FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Margaret Street Church of Christ Building in Milton.
Published in the Pensacola News Journal on 1/15/2008.
Photo at June 2007 Class of '67 Reunion