John Walter Herron

April 17, 1940August 31, 2017
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John W. Herron, 77, of Raleigh, NC, died Thursday August 31st at home. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa on April 17th, 1940 to Mildred (Shaw) Herron and Donald Wilson Herron. John graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, and then graduated with a BS in electrical engineering from Iowa State University. John worked at Westinghouse Electric in the early 1960s, and then left to attend Drake University law school where he graduated with a law degree. He belonged to various professional groups for finance, law and accounting throughout his life. John worked at John Deere for almost a decade and then moved to Toledo to work at Devilbiss where he served as controller and ultimately chief financial officer. In later years, John worked for the city of Chicago, and most recently for the NC department of State Treasury until his retirement in 2007. John was a licensed NC attorney and a licensed NC Certified Public Accountant at the time of his death.

On April 13, 1996, John married Hallie Myers, sharing their happy lives together for more than 21 years. She survives along with John's three children: daughters, Bobbie Hesketh (Scott), and Julie Hickman (John); son, T.J. Herron; and their mother, Susan Higham. John and Hallie also enjoyed their four grandchildren: Kevin Hesketh, Chad Hesketh, Adam Hesketh and Jessica Hickman. He is also survived by his brother, Keith Herron (Joan), and sister-in-law, Nancy Herron.

John cherished his family, enjoyed his work, and found pleasure in ham radio, music, dancing, and traveling, visiting many US cities, Mexico, Hawaii, Canada, UK, France, Italy, Grand Cayman, and Japan. John will be remembered for his strong intellect and his zest for life.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 6th from 6 to 8 pm at Mitchell Funeral Home - located at 7209 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, with the memorial service scheduled for Thursday, September 7th at 11 am, also at Mitchell Funeral Home. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution may want to consider the American Heart Association.


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 6, 2017
  • Memorial Service Thursday, September 7, 2017

John Walter Herron

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Samantha Reedy

October 2, 2017

Hallie, I am saddened by the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Debra Dean-Whittaker

September 25, 2017

John loved life. He was always fun to be around! He told wonderful stories about his days in college. We were nearly falling off our chairs laughing. He was always ready to dance. We could not keep up with him. John, we miss you. But we are so happy to have had you in our lives!

Lynne Dean

September 17, 2017

John was my cousin and I am so glad, Hallie, that of all the people in the world, you brought him into our family. All of my thoughts of him are happy ones because he was such a happy person, embracing life with a playful enthusiasm. His stories of college high jinx always left me laughing and even more serious and heady conversations with him included witty asides, that big John smile and the mischievous twinkle John often had in his eyes. John and Craig became instant pals, sharing common interests like ham radio and music. We always felt like we had a partner in the pursuit of fun when he walked through the door. He loved you, Hallie, and his affection for you was obvious and sweet. I will miss many things about John, but I will miss most the sight of him holding your hand.

Ann Henderson

September 16, 2017

John has always had a very special place in my heart. One of my fondest memories was our vacation at Amelia Island for tennis camp. Besides tennis, we rode horses, walked the beach, played golf and enjoyed wonderful meals. John's contagious smile and love for dance will forever make me smile. He loved our children as his own and his love for you and yours for him is a life long inspiration. New Year's Eve will never be the same as we spent so many wonderful New Year's together.
Please know my prayers and thoughts are with you daily.
Love, Ann.
PS. Remember what Pastor Lackey shared: Although life will never be the same, it can be good again. Love you!

Donna Arbuthnot

September 8, 2017

Hallie, I was so shocked and sadden by the passing of your husband, John. I could tell from the photo gallery you had a wonderful fulfilling life together. the pictures brought me smiles. The love you shared radiated from those pictures and I can only hope and pray you find some level of comfort in knowing those we love are always connected to our heart and soul. Sending you peace and prayers in your time of need.

Laurie Schaefer

September 7, 2017

Hallie,So sorry to hear about John. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Please know we are here for you and willing to help in anyway. Love, Laurie

Ellen Medved

September 7, 2017


We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. We always enjoyed seeing him on our trips to Raleigh & joining you both when we could. I know how much you both cared for each other and spent wonderful years laughing and traveling together. May those memories keep your heart full. Keeping you and his family in our thoughts and prayers. Ellen, Ken & Cooper

Monica Minick Oakley

September 6, 2017

Hallie, I was saddened to hear of your husband's passing. Know that we are thinking of you and hope you will be sustained by the wonderful memories of your life together.

September 6, 2017

Hallie and the entire Herron family, We were so sorry to hear about John's passing, a total surprise. Please be assured our thoughts, prayers will be with all of you and with John. We will really miss him. We will remember the smiling,laughing and the talking, the caring and the laughter that accompanied all the good times we had together. He was truly a good friend
Sincerely Bruce and Pat Maison

Cindy Freihofer

September 6, 2017

Hallie, my condolence to you and your family on the passing of your husband. My thoughts are with you at this time. Cindy Minick Freihofer