Rev. John C. Letterman, Sr., age 97, of Marion, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 6, 2020. He was at his home surrounded by loved ones when he crossed over to his eternal home in Heaven to be with his Lord Jesus Christ. A native of the Upper Pigpen community of Yancey County, John was born on June 17, 1922 to the late Robert Nelson Letterman and Anna Mae Letterman. He pastored several churches during his life and was currently a member at Landmark Baptist Church. John was retired from Marion Machine Shop where he worked in the Maintenance Department. He enjoyed many different pursuits but truly loved going rock hunting. His good sense of humor and friendly nature won him many friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. His first wife, Willie Faye Wilson Letterman preceded him in death.
Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Madonna Burnette Letterman; five children, Loretta Summerlin and husband Kenneth of Yancey County, John C. Letterman, Jr. and wife Teresa of Glenwood, Carolyn Cook and husband James of Spruce Pine, Terry Letterman of Burnsville and Jerry Letterman and wife Vicki of Mitchell County; twenty grandchildren, thirty-five great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Tim Burleson officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 [p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Burnette Cemetery in Mitchell County.
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