John Watson Neth, Jr.

July 7, 1916 ~ July 11, 2006

John Watson Neth, Jr., age 90, went to be with our Lord on Tuesday, July 11, 2006. He spent eight years in the U.S. Army, serving in the Philippine Islands and Washington, D.C. prior to World War II and in England, Scotland, and France during the war. He was a retired librarian of Milligan College and served fifty-four years of ministry with Christian Churches in several states. Mr. Neth was preceded in death by his wife of twenty-four years, Evelyn Neumeister Neth in 1963 and three brothers, Samuel, Joseph, and Elliott Neth. Survivors include: his wife of forty-three years, Margaret Jackson Battle Neth; two brothers, Carl and Phillip Neth ; two sisters, Ruth Gillespie and Susan Fissel; seven children, Suellen Collins and husband Jim of Raymond, CA., John W. Neth, III and wife Linda of Milligan College and Groveport, OH, Bonita Hardy and husband Patrick of Elizabethton, Dixie Webb and husband Alan of Milligan College, Valerie Brown and husband Billy of Jonesborough, Capt. Samuel L. Neth, USN of Glenwood Springs, CO, and stepson, Tom Battle and wife Frankie of Ashville, NC; grandchildren include Shawn Jeffries, Tami Jeffries Newsham, Christy Neth Elliott, John W. Neth, IV, Nathan Hagy, Frank Hardy, Evelyn Esther Hardy, Sierra Brown, Tommy Battle and Lisa Brittian; eleven great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren also survive. Mr. Neth was a member of First Christian Church in Johnson City and the Mr. and Mrs. Sunday School Class. He also attended the Hopwood Christian Church. The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, July 13, 2006 from 3 to 7 PM at the Neth farmhouse. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 AM Friday, July 14, 2006 in the Hopwood Christian Church. Dr. Ken Oosting and Mr. Timothy Ross will officiate. Interment will follow in the Williams Cemetery at Milligan College. Active Pallbearers will be John W. Neth, IV, Frank Hardy, Billy Brown, Nathan Hagy, Alan Webb, and Patrick Hardy. Honorary Pallbearers will J.P. Barrett, David Horton, Ed Wexler, Bernie Gray, the East Tennessee Engine Association, and the Mr. and Mrs. Sunday School Class of First Christian Church of Johnson City. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the NETH LIBRARY at Williamson Christian College, 200 Seaboard Lane, Franklin, TN 37067

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Billy, Valerie, and BoBo. I was sorry to hear of your loss. I hope all is well with you and your family.

  2. Anonymous says:

    David and I are praying for you all at this time of loss. We are grateful for our Lord who will love and sustain you. What a long life he was blessed with and now an eternity of peace.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Dear Mrs. Neth, I am a friend of Bonita’s from Ohio State University. I met your husband one time and he was warm and friendly. I am sad to have read today that Mr. Neth passed away this past July. I think it was fate that I did learn of this. May he rest in peace. Sincerely, David Goldstein

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dixie, Cindy, Emily and I extend our deepest sympathies for you and your family at this difficult time. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. keith

  5. Anonymous says:

    In memory of John Neth’s past service to Wise County Public Library, please accept sincere condolences from Lonesome Pine Regional Library. May the sorrow of his passing be replaced by comforting memories.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Just a note of condolence from one who truly loved “Uncle John.” I always looked forward to our family visits with all of you and cherish many, many fond memories. I admired Uncle John’s love of knowledge … and His Lord! He was an inspiration to me as a student and as a young Christian. May you find comfort in knowing that God has welcomed him with open arms! Best wishes to Aunt Margaret and love to you all. Lynn, Ron and Jessi (Virginia)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Please accept my deepest condolences to the family in the passing of Mr. Neth. I was friends with Bonita many years ago when we attended Milligan College together as Freshmen (DonnaBelle as Mary nicknamed me). I visited the Neth home many times and certainly appreciated the warm welcome I always felt there as I was often very homesick (for Ohio) the first few months of college. God bless all of you during this time. Sincerely, Donna Knisley. (I would love to hear from Bonita if time ever permits.)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Sorry for the loss of your dad. Please give Dixie and the rest of your family my condolences. (It’s been a long time since we were slipping over to Martindale Estates on the old motorcycle. Hope you remember me from the two-story house below you.)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Val and Billy – Carolyn and I would like to express our sympathy on the loss of your father. We know that he was extremely well thought of throughout the region, and his will most surely be missed. Steve and Carolyn Cook

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