John J. Bouknight

January 6, 1927November 13, 2020

CHAPIN – A viewing for John J. Bouknight, 93, will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16, 2020 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Chapin Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2020 in Bethel Lutheran Church Cemetery with burial to follow. Memorials may be made to Epworth Children's Home in Columbia. Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Chapin Chapel, is in charge.

Mr. Bouknight died Friday, November 13, 2020. Born in Columbia, SC, he was the son of the late James Roland Bouknight and Corrie Ella Rister. He was pre-deceased by his wife of 49 years, Janie Pauline Brown Bouknight.

Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, John J. Bouknight III and Judy Bouknight of Columbia; grandchildren, Julie A.B. Spires and her husband, Chris Spires of Lexington, SC, along with their boys, Alex Eagans and Preston Eagans and his wife, Harley with their three children, Brynlee, Azlen (Izzard), and Kash; Daniel Bouknight and his wife, Barbara Bouknight of Chapin, SC and their daughter, Anna; granddaughters by love, Tiffany Holland and her husband, Scottie Holland and their children, Hunter, Patrick and Abby and Nikki Gray and her daughter, Winter; sister-in-law, Priscilla Brown of Chadbourn, NC.

Our Papa was a proud Disabled Army Veteran, served in the occupation of Germany during WWII. He worked at the Olympia Plant as a chemist. He loved to paint, fish, and garden. His favorite thing was to spend time with his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. He will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and giving heart. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church.

Thank you to Rapha Residential Care and Hospice Nurse, Julie Price and CNA, Canaria Norris for the care they have given him over the past two years.



  • Visitation

    Monday, November 16, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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Nikki Heddy

November 17, 2020

Mr. Bouknight was my neighbor for many years and we had such a great friendship. We shared so many stories and there was always laughter when we were around one another. I would see him working in his garden or sitting on his front porch and couldn't wait to walk across the street to see how he was doing. I would visit him every chance I had and enjoyed listening to all his stories...he had so many interesting things to say. I would call him on the telephone to check on him also and always found it fascinating when he would answer. It wasn't the typical "Hello", he would answer by saying "Good Evening/Morning, John Bouknight"...I just loved that! He would bring me vegetables from his garden and I would cook them and take him a plate for supper. He loved telling jokes and his laugh was infectious. I know he loved and dearly missed his beloved wife Janie and I'm glad they are back together again in Heaven. Words cannot describe what a truly wonderful man he was and how much he he will be missed. My condolences go out to all the family during this time.

Nikki Heddy

Brad Brown

November 14, 2020

I have many fond memories of Uncle John. When I was a child in the 1970s and 80s, it was always an adventure when we visited he and Aunt Pauline. Everyone should have an uncle like him. Boat rides on Lake Murray, toys and fishing lures that he would fashion for his nephews, sharing his knowledge on many subjects, and thrilling stories from his army days were the norm. When he and Aunt Pauline would visit Grandma Roberta's house for a week at the time, I was inseparable from him.

He was a man of many talents! Soldier, craftsman, and artist to name a few. His generosity to others knew no bounds.

We love you, Uncle John! I'm sure you and Uncle Graham, along with the rest of the Browns, are laughing and having a good cup of coffee right now!

Rest In Peace!

Judy Bouknight

November 14, 2020

Papa will truly be missed .He had a lot of love 💕 to go around .You are in heaven with Grandma.

Kristy james

November 14, 2020

I've known papa john forever, I always admired his beautiful paintings. And was amazed that he painted even though he was color blind. He was a great man and an even greater papa. You will be missed beyond words, you will be remembered as a great hero and an amazing gardener. Sc will be missing an amazing man from an amazing generation of hard working, loyal, amazing men. We will miss you everyday papa John, but you will never be forgotten. Someday we will all be able to remember you without the tears, but today isn't that day. Enjoy being with your beautiful wife and we will see you again.

Debbie Riley

November 13, 2020

Papa you was a amazing man. We will miss you so much. Now you are with grandma. We love you .


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