OBITUARY

John "Johnny" Stines

August 7, 1927February 2, 2019
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John "Johnny" Stines, age 91 of Morristown, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at his residence. He was the owner of Johnny’s Auto Trim and loved working on his Mustangs and antique car. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fate and Ruth Stines; brothers, James and Donald Stines; first wife of 53 years, Madeline Stines and second wife, Joan Myers Stines. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Fred and Pam Stines; grandson, Johnny Stines of Greeneville, SC; great-granddaughter, Madison Stines of Greeneville, SC; great-grandson, Trenton Long and wife Jackie of Greeneville, SC; step-children, Denzil and Donna McNeilus of Dodge Center, MN, Brent Myers and Bruce and Judy Myers of Tazewell, TN; several nieces, nephews, a host of friends and beloved furbaby, Dolly. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Stubblefield Funeral Home with Pastor Jason Wheeler officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Family and friends will meet at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 in Hamblen Memory Gardens for a 1:00 p.m. graveside service Arrangements by Stubblefield Funeral Home, Morristown, TN

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, February 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, February 5, 2019
  • Interment Wednesday, February 6, 2019
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John "Johnny" Stines

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Biography

John Stines was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Johnny always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Johnny was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

Johnny was born on August 7, 1927 at home on Clyde Thomas Road in Morristown, Tennessee. His parents were Fate and Ruth Stines. Johnny was raised in Morristown, Tennessee. Always able to express himself well, Johnny possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Johnny was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

Blessed with a balanced attitude, Johnny was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Johnny was raised with three siblings. He had two younger brothers, James and Daniel (Don), and a sister, Dorothy. Johnny had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

As a young child, Johnny showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Johnny enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. He had to work to help support his family during the Depression. He worked on farms. In his spare time, he liked playing in the woods and the creek. Johnny's memorable achievements included helping to support his family.

Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Johnny was able to utilize these qualities to succeed. His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts and had an excellent memory.

Friends and acquaintances found Johnny an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Johnny was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were. Later in life, he became friends with most everyone he met.

On August 29, 1945, Johnny exchanged wedding vows with Madeline Adams where they ran off to the Justice of the Peace of Rossville, Georgia. Johnny was attentive to Madeline’s feelings, and he charmed Madeline and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Johnny was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship. Madeline passed away on February 28, 1999. On August 19, 2007, John married Joan Myers at the Knoxville Seventh Day Adventist Church. Joan passed away on April 18, 2011.

Very much like a kid himself, Johnny identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. Johnny was blessed with one child, a son, Freddy, and three stepchildren, Donna McNeilus, Brent Myers, and Bruce Myers. They were also blessed with one grandchild, five step-grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Johnny was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Johnny’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Johnny was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Johnny could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was an owner-operator of an Automobile Upholstery Shop. He was employed for 50 years in his auto trim shop.

Johnny enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were restoring and collecting antique automobiles for himself and others. He loved 1941 Fords and early Mustangs. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Johnny held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to him. He was a member of the Morristown Seventh Day Adventist church for sixty years. During that time, he was a Deacon and a Board Member.

Johnny’s natural leadership qualities placed him in consideration for public recognition, earning him accolades for his many and varied efforts throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included helping to build the Henry Street Seventh Day Adventist Church in Morristown.

Travel and vacations were experiences that Johnny truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included Niagara Falls.

Johnny was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Johnny’s favorites was "Dolly", his beagle. They were best friends for eight years.

When Johnny’s retirement finally came in, he never really retired until his health failed in 2010. He used logical analysis of his retirement options in order to ensure his retirement would be fulfilling. Still, he was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. His new life involved going back to his home in Morristown.

Johnny passed away on February 2, 2019 at his residence. He passed away from complications of pneumonia. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Fred and Pam Stines; grandson, Johnny Stines; great-granddaughter, Madison Stines; great-grandson, Trenton Long and wife Jackie, step-children, Denzil and Donna McNeilus, Brent Myers , Bruce and Judy Myers; and several nieces , nephews, a host of friends and beloved furbaby "Dolly". Services were held at Stubblefield Funeral Home. Johnny was laid to rest in Hamblen Memory Gardens.

Johnny was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Johnny had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember John Stines.