John Temoney Jr., 66, passed away Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at New Hanover Hospital in Wilmington, N.C. He was born to John Sr. and Verlie Watson Temoney in Wilmington, where he also grew up. There, he graduated from Williston Senior High School in 1966, where he was an outstanding football player.
After high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1966 and served for four years. After his Vietnam tour, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and other honors. He served as a load crew chief and munitions inspector for the U.S. Air Force Reserve for 29 years, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and retired in 2003.
He earned an associate degree in electronics engineering technology from ITT Technical Institute; and while working full time also earned a bachelor of business administration degree at Indiana Northern University and a master’s degree in professional management from Indiana Northern University Graduate School.
He worked for Delphi Delco Electronics in Kokomo as a technician, supervisor, quality engineer and as a corporate assessor in which he traveled the world performing business and quality system audits before retiring after 31 years of service. Afterward, he also worked for the federal government at DCMA Rolls-Royce Corp. in Indianapolis as a product assurance specialist.
John married Ruth in 1969 in Wilmington, N.C. They were married for 44 years. John loved the Lord and was a very active member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Kokomo for over 35 years until he and Ruth moved to North Carolina and joined Highest Praise Worship Center. John was known for being gregarious, energetic, and exemplifying royal generosity to others. He initiated multiple boys-to-men mentoring groups and received recognition for his many volunteering contributions. John also enjoyed golf, tennis, racket ball and traveling. He was also an avid foodie.
John was preceded in death by his parents, John Sr. and Verlie Watson Temoney; his sister, Virginia Simpson; and his grandson, John Isaac Temoney.
John is survived by his spouse, Ruth; his sons Jayvin (Stacy) Temoney and Sean Temoney; his sister, Jerline Temoney; his brothers, Hardy (Sheryl) Temoney and Leonard (Loraelei) Temoney; his mother-in-law; his two grandsons; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives.
A visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 812 Harnett St., Wilmington, N.C. The Homegoing Service will be promptly at 11 a.m. Friday, starting with a viewing one hour prior at Highest Praise Worship Center, 19 Red Bug Road, Shallotte, N.C. A private burial will be at the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, N.C. In addition, another memorial service will be at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Kokomo at a later date in the summer of 2014.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made payable to Ruth Temoney for the John Isaac Temoney Memorial Scholarship or the F.D. Reese Christian Academy sent to Bank of America, 7455 High Market St., Sunset Beach, NC 28468. Please list the ministry in the sign line. These ministries provide Christ-centered education for all young people who pass through their doors. Condolences may be left on John’s online guest book at frenchidavisfuneralhome.net or on his Facebook page.