John Maye Quarterman Jr.

June 5, 1939October 11, 2019
Play Tribute Movie

Captain John Maye Quarterman Jr., passed peacefully at his home in Waverly, Georgia Friday, October 11, 2019, surrounded by family. Memorial services will be conducted at 11AM Friday, October 18, 2019 in the chapel of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home. Captain Quarterman was born in Brunswick on June 5, 1939 to his loving parents John Maye Quarterman Sr. and Lettie Kinsey Quarterman. John graduated from Glynn Academy in 1957, and was named to the 1956 Georgia All-State football team. He then received an appointment to the US Naval Academy where he played in the Orange and Sugar bowls with Heisman Trophy winner Joe Bellino. John also played on two National Championship Lacrosse teams at the Naval Academy in 1960 & 1961. Upon graduation John’s orders took him to Pensacola, Florida where he received his wings as a Naval Aviator in Test Pilot School. Among his 31 career valor medals were the Silver Star, Bronze star, and Distinguished Flying Cross which he received from President Nixon during the Vietnam conflict. Capt. Quarterman flew 768 combat missions in 18 months in the Vietnam War as a Sea Wolf pilot in support of the Navy Seals. Captain Quarterman was then named to the Apollo pick up crew where he retrieved the capsule for Apollo 15 in 1971 and the actual astronauts on Apollo 17 in 1972. John was commanding officer of helicopter squadrons HS-3 and HM-12, and was commanding officer of air craft carrier USS Guam where he commanded the invasion of Grenada and the extraction of US Marines from Beirut. His carrier was home base to the Christmas of 1983 USO show where John started his lifelong friendship with Bob and Deloris Hope. John then went to Washington DC and received his master’s degree in Public Administration. Captain Quarterman became commanding officer of Naval Air Station Pax River in 1988 before his final deployment to the Pentagon as Chief of Naval Readiness. John retired in 1990 and returned to his beloved home and family in Glynn County. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Quarterman. Survivors include his wife, Sandy Phillips of Waverly, four children, Lee Ann Allen (Ford) of Hilton Head, SC, Jack Quarterman of Mooresville, NC, Elizabeth Henderson (Neal) of Brunswick, GA, and Carrie Wayne of Brunswick, six grandchildren, Chelsea Allen, Patrick O’Brien, Shelby Allen, Case Allen, Hannah Wayne, and Haley Wayne, one brother, Harry Quarterman of Brunswick, three sisters, Ione Parsons of Hiawassee, GA, Margaret Mills of Brunswick, and Harriet Miller of Brunswick, many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Friday morning, October 18, 2019 from 10AM until 11AM at Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516, .


  • John Maye Quarterman Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Lettie Kinsey Quarterman, Mother (deceased)
  • James Quarterman, Brother (deceased)
  • Sandy Phillips, Wife
  • Lee Ann (Ford) Allen, Daughter
  • Jack Quarterman, Son
  • Elizabeth (Neal) Henderson, Daughter
  • Carrie Wayne, Daughter
  • Chelsea Allen, Grandchild
  • Patrick O'Brien, Grandchild
  • Shelby Allen, Grandchild
  • Case Allen, Grandchild
  • Hannah Wayne, Grandchild
  • Haley Wayne, Grandchild
  • Harry Quarterman, Brother
  • Ione Parsons, Sister
  • Margaret Mills, Sister
  • Harriet Miller, Sister
  • Captain Quarterman is survived by many nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation

    Friday, October 18, 2019

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, October 18, 2019


John Maye Quarterman Jr.

have a memory or condolence to add?

Michael Dobson

February 26, 2020

John was a hell of a huey pilot --- as a Det 1 Seawolf door gunner --- I trusted my life to him and my shipmates --- we did a job that we were proud of -- and many of our fellow sailors made it home because of us !! Rest in Peace SEAWOLF !!

Bill Leonard

January 5, 2020

My brothers and sisters and I have warm memories of John. When our late father, RADM William N. Leonard USN, took command of Carrier Division 14 in 1965 he chose John to be his aide, and that turned out to be a great match, both personally and professionally. In short order, John’s energetic competence and charming manner had made a hugely favorable impression; and not surprisingly, my parents grew quite fond of him and his young family. My folks avidly followed John's Navy career and were glad to be able to keep in contact with him for many years after that CARDIV-14 tour ended.

John Bellflower

November 25, 2019

Such a great and kind man
Always had time to talk and laugh with me when he was in town visiting
Always felt a great deal of pride to be standing in front of this American hero
He was what this country foundations were built on
Pride, integrity, honesty.
John David bellflower
Mooresville NC

Donald Boecker

November 4, 2019

John and I played football at the US Naval Academy and years later, we were classmates at the US Naval Test Pilot School in class # 46 in 1966-67. John was a wonderful Navy officer and friend. We were assigned to different coasts and never got back together. I was very sad to hear about John's death from his wife Sandy. We have lost a great man and a friend.

Timothy Armstrong

October 22, 2019

I served under Captain Quarterman in Beirut & Grenada. My heartfelt condolences go out to his entire family.

Lance Dutton

October 21, 2019

I served under the command of Captain Quarterman while serving on the USS Guam. He was an excellent CO and the Guam was never more ready. I was saddened to hear of the Skippers death. He was a tough guy and a true embodiment of a Naval Aviator. I salute your Captain Quarterman, you served with great honor and distinction.

Danny Reyna

October 19, 2019

Late but not forgotten. Johnny, as I grew up with him, was indeed a warrior- determination and dedication would be an understatement. His life will truly be missed. My heartfelt condolences to all family members. Especially Harriett , Margaret Ann, and Ione,

Patrick O’Brien

October 15, 2019

Captain Grandpa John, was someone who not only exemplified the meaning of a leader his entire career in the Navy but also his entire life as a father and grandfather for his family. He accomplished more in his life than most could ever dream of yet I never heard him boast of his accomplishments, as his humility is second to none. If I can somehow become half the leader and man he was than I will be very happy with myself. Grandpa John, you will be missed dearly but will NEVER be forgotten. I love you.


Mary and Wiley Younce

October 13, 2019

Dear Sandy and family,
Our deepest sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Mary and Wiley Younce and family