Cotten Funeral Home


Richard "DJ" Floyd John

June 17, 1937October 16, 2020

Richard "DJ" John, 83, of New Bern, died Friday October 16, 2020 at CarolinaEast Medical Center.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen John; sister Pam Underwood; sister Carol Hudson; son Robert "Chip" John; 6 step children; 14 grandchildren; 4 step grandchildren; many great & great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Helyne (Steinfeldt) John of Fort Worth TX; brothers: Ray, Fred, Art "Akey", Bill, Randy; son Robert "Skip" John; grandson Hunter Oldson.

DJ was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served from July 1958-July 1970. He was a jet engine mechanic for the VMFA-542 Squadron based at MCAS Cherry Point. He held the rank of SSgt and received many awards, including the Navy Commendation Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation and the Vietnam Service Metal.

During his life DJ had an appreciation for classic cars and trucks and drove several drag racing cars over the years. But, DJ always had a love for golf his entire lifetime. As a cross country truck driver for 15 plus years, he was able to play many of the great golf courses across the country. He was a member of the 1965 All-Marine Championship team and over the years won many "long drive" contests. In his later years, he was a semi-pro golfer on the senior tour.

In 1993 DJ met "the love of his life", Eileen Merz. In 2002 he married her and they were inseparable. They enjoyed golfing, traveling and camping together. Good times and great memories.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at Cotten Funeral Home in New Bern, North Carolina. An informal visitation will begin 1 hour prior to the service.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

  • A Celebration Of Life

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020


Richard "DJ" Floyd John

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Mark Folk

October 20, 2020

We have truly lost a man, larger than life. Fun is how I will remember Dick. He and Eileen would visit, and the fun began. I can’t remember how many times she would roll her eyes at something he said or did. It’s hard to imagine, but I know his heart was larger than his hands.
Eileen, you and your family our in our prayers.


Rick Holloway

October 20, 2020

Dick was as fine a gentleman as can be found! Always a joy to play golf with or just hang out in the clubhouse and chat. I am privileged to have had the pleasure of Dick in my life.
RIP my dear friend.

Beverly Marmarose Griffith

October 19, 2020

Dick John was one of the great golfers in our area. He could hit it a mile, just never sure which way it would go! I was his very proud caddie in that 1965 All Marine Championship. I was 13, a very dedicated new golfer and he was my idol. Play on Dick.

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