OBITUARY

John Bryant Fincher R.P.L.S. #1708

November 22, 1943January 5, 2020
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Services for, John Bryant Fincher RPLS#1708, are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton with Bro. C.R. Chapman officiating.

Interment will be at Haven of Memories Memorial Park in Canton.

John passed away on January 5, 2020 in Tyler, TX.

He was born on November 22, 1943 in Canton to Ray and Mary Fincher.

John was a registered land surveyor. He was also an artist, poet, and author. John designed the iconic First Monday statue and he has art commissioned at the Texas Capital building.

He is preceded in death by his parents; grandchild, Jonathan Ray Fincher; great grandchild, Grant Shoemake; and brother, Charles Ray Fincher.

John is survived by his wife, Sue Fincher of Canton; daughter, Susie and Rick Cerda of Canton; son, Bryant Keith and Missy Fincher of Canton; son, John Todd Fincher R.P.L.S. and wife Wendy of Canton; 19 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren; and Phillip Norrell.

Visitation will be held at Eubank Funeral Home in Canton on Friday January 10, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 11, 2020

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John Bryant Fincher R.P.L.S. #1708

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Bernie Schaefer

January 10, 2020

John was my very special friend for life.
We loved being outdoors and spent a lot of time wandering up and down a creek the ran through a large tract of land we called the Jungle.
We vowed that one day we would spend time in the real jungles of the world so the Canton jungle became our training ground.
We were armed with Daisy BB guns.
We both had quick minds and were masters at pulling pranks.
Poor old Deputy Dog was constantly pulling us over trying to confiscate our beer which never did happen but what he did discover was a big snake in a beer cooler, a big nutria in a cooler along with a big spring that shot out upon his opening of a metal Coca Cola cooler.
We had vowed that we would head for the jungles and I would fly the airplane but Johnny B backed out when it came time to go.
He had the good sense that I lacked.
So off I went to the Green Hell of South America and to the jungles of Southeast Asia and flew and sailed all over the world.
John has a place in my book and I think of him every day and I treasure his book Pardners.
He signed my book - Bernie,
All worldly treasures and tributes to men.
Cannot hold a candle to the worth of a friend.

Rick York

January 7, 2020

I was at the courthouse one day and ran into John. We began talking about things, including Colorado. He began telling me about the time himself and Jenky Floyd went to Durango to check on their deer lease. They were staying at the Wapiti Motel when John began cleaning his gun, and woops, the gun went off and shot right through the ceiling!!! We laughed and laughed, and he made me promise not to tell anyone. Well, I guess he won’t mind me sharing now. He was truly a great friend.

Shirley York

January 7, 2020

I was 21 yrs old when John hired me to transcribe his surveyor notes. I knew absolutely nothing about surveying terminology. However, I gradually learned as he verbally dictated and I typed. I couldn’t help but be amazed at his patience with me as I pecked at the keys of his ancient manual typewriter. To this day I still say he was the nicest, kindest, most encouraging boss and friend I have ever known. From this experience I went on to do medical transcription, etc., because gratefully he gave me a chance.
To his loving family, especially you, Sue, I pray God will hold you close and give you comfort and everlasting peace. He loved you so much.

Andrew Hill

January 7, 2020

John a very unique and kind man. In addition to being a Texas land Surveyor he also spent some time as a young man in the Great state of Alaska I enjoyed taking with him. Also he wrote a book it is one of the best I have ever read "Partners". Death is the end of our journey here ,yet it is the New beginning for eternal life. Rest in peace John.

Suzey Caldwell

January 6, 2020

I love you Pawpa and i miss you and i will never forget when you tell us all of your stories Sincerely-Suzey Caldwell

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Biography

      John Bryant Fincher was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, John will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Simply stated, John was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. John leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember John Bryant Fincher.