OBITUARY

John F. Addison

October 19, 1938November 22, 2021
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John Addison, age 83, of Bartlett, Tennessee passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021. John was born October 19, 1938 in Osyka, MS to the late Charlie and Annie Lou Addison. John Addison was a faithful servant at Bellevue Baptist Church for over 50 years. John joined Bellevue in 1963 with his wife, Janice and they taught Sunday School class to 6th grade students. After 36 years, they transitioned to the Family of Friends Life Group which he taught for 15 years. John served as a deacon, a Disciple Life Teacher, a Bellevue Baseball Coach, and he served with the Bellevue Foundation.

He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with Majors in Chemistry and Biology with minors in Mathematics and German. John received a Masters in Chemistry from Memphis State University. He worked at Baxter Laboratories, Velsicol Chemical and began his career at Schering - Plough as a Senior Methodist Chemist in 1966. He was ultimately promoted the Vice President of Quality Control and Technical Service, a position he held until his retirement in 1997. During the 1982 tampering deaths involving Tylenol, he chaired The Expert Technical Committee on Tamper - Resistant Packaging working with the Food and Drug Administration to develop the Tamper - Resistant Packaging Regulations to protect the general public. John had many accomplishments including: serving on multiple advisory boards for educational institutions at every level, serving on the Endowment Fund Committee for Chemistry Scholarships at University of Southern Mississippi, contributing to a Pharmaceutical textbooks and being a Professor at multiple Universities. He and Janice also endowed a scholarship for chemistry students at Southern Mississippi.

John is preceded in death by his brother, Charles Addison.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janice Wells Addison, he is survived by his children; Greg Addison, (Janet), Wayne Addison (Suellen) and Kathy Armstrong (Rex) his grandchildren; Mabry, Ben, Grant, Ryan, Joseph, Nicholas, Mark, Weston and Emily, his siblings; Robert Addison, Margaret Anne Champagne, and David Addison.

A visitation for John will be held Friday, November 26, 2021 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at Bellevue Baptist Church, 2000 Appling Rd, Cordova, TN 38016 followed by a funeral service at 11:00AM. The committal service will be Friday, November 26, 2021 at 12:00 PM at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 North Germantown Parkway, Bartlett, TN 38133.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory may be offered to Love Worth Finding Ministries (lwf.org)

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MemphisFuneralGermantownParkway.com for the Addison family.

  • FAMILY

  • Charlie and Annie Lou Addison, Parents (deceased)
  • Charles Addison, Brother (deceased)
  • Janice Wells Addison, Wife of 59 Years
  • Greg Addison (Janet), Wayne Addison (Suellen) and Kathy Armstrong (Rex), Children
  • Mabry, Ben, Grant, Ryan, Joseph, Nicholas, Mark, Weston and Emily, Grandchildren
  • Robert Addison, Margaret Anne Champagne, and David Addison, Siblings

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 26, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 26, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, November 26, 2021

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Arnold & Marie Prather

November 24, 2021

To the family of my friend and mentor John Addison,, we wish to express our love and appreciation for Johns's encouragement and friendship that John showed us.John was a dear friend and encouragement to both of us. We love the family and pray that
you all will feel and know the presence of the Comforter during this time and in the days ahead. We are sorry that we will be unable to attend the memorial service as we will be out of town with family. Please be assured we will be praying for all the family.
We love you all,
Wayne And Marie

david suiter

November 24, 2021

John was my boss when I relocated to Memphis and worked as a chemist for Shering/Plough. He was a consummate scientist, excellent leader and a fine gentleman. He guided me into the next phase of my career and ultimately into starting my own business. John taught me that success was forty percent of what you know, forty percent of who you know and twenty percent of being in the right place at the right time. While seemingly simplistic, it was a keen observation on reality and life. I wish to extend my deepest sympathy and condolences to his friends and family. I am truly a better man for having known him.

Debra Allison

November 24, 2021

Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Mr. John. My prayers for peace and strength are with the entire family during this time. He was a sweet and funny man, and he will live forever in our hearts.

Richard and Sandy Savage

November 23, 2021

Dear family, Sandy and I want you to know how much we loved and appreciated John. We appreciate his ministry to the class through his Bible teaching. He had great humor which he shared with the class but his reaching out to us when we joined the Life Group was a blessing. We were privileged to get to fellowship with John and Janice in their home at their last open house. Janice, you and the family will be in our thoughts and prayers. We will not be able to attend the funeral for John as we will be out of town for Thanksgiving. Blessings, Richard and Sandy

Tom Becktold

November 23, 2021

Pam and I are saddened by John sudden passing. He was such an inspiration to us and was instrumental in us moving to Cleveland,Tn. We first met John in 1971 when I joined S/P. He encouraged me to return to school and complete my education. When Pam’s mother passed away and she was traveling to Memphis from Cleveland, John happened to be on the plane and took care of her! He was a very caring and gentle man! He will be sadly missed! I enjoyed fishing with John and some of his buddies Doyle, Quinn and a few others. They all snored!! God bless you Janice and all of your wonderful family!

Nick Grisham

November 23, 2021

Mara and I are deeply saddened by John's sudden passing. We send our sincere condolences to all his family. I have many fond memories of working for John since 1971 until his retirement at Schering-Plough. He was a wonderful man and I considered him my mentor. A man of integrity and intellect, John was so highly respected in our business. I consider it a blessing to have had him in my life and will miss him so.
May God bless his memory and comfort his family and friends during the days to come.

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