Mr. John Ancil Moncrief Sr.
August 19, 1943 – January 1, 2021
John Ancil Moncrief Sr. passed away on January 1, 2021 at 77 years old, due to Covid pneumonia. He was born on August 19, 1943 in Lakeland, Georgia to the late Chester Edwin and Lucy Virginia Moncrief. John moved to Orlando in 1957.
John retired from Orlando Utilities Commission after 36 years of service.
John was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, he also cheered on the Florida Gators and most recently UCF. He loved golf, white water rafting and fishing. He was an incredible father and husband who left a legacy of love, laughter and memories.
He is predeceased by his parents; daughter, Bonnie Jean Moncrief and 10 brothers and sisters.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 42 wonderful years, Shirley Jean Moncrief; beloved children, John A. Moncrief Jr., Missy Talbert (Jason), Ginger Rodenbaugh (Mark), Kim Fitzgerald, Daniel Hignite (Sandra), 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren as well as numerous extended family members and friends.
Services will be held graveside at Tranquility Oaks located in Glen Haven Memorial Park, date to be determined.
- Shirley, Spouse
- John A., Jr., Son
- Missy Talbert (Jason), Daughter
- Ginger Rodenbaugh (Mark), Daughter
- Kim Fitzgerald, Daughter
- Daniel Hignite (Sandra), Son
- 10 Siblings, 14 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Glen Haven Memorial Park
Mr. John Ancil Moncrief Sr.
January 11, 2021
So many memories that include John Moncrief. Although I have been friends with Missy since I was 7 years old, I did not really get to know John until I was a young adult. At first his presence intimidated me... he was a force. But the more I was around him, the more I got to know the real him. He was always warm and welcoming to me and eventually I became part of the family. I was also invited to family events and treated like one of their kids. He always had a joke or a story and always an opinion! I always loved visiting his house to see what beautiful new things were growing in his amazing yard. He enjoyed that I would take pictures of his flowers. He would ask if I saw the new bloom and tell me to get a picture. I was very blessed to know him. I am grateful that I have some wonderful memories. The weekend we spent in Crescent City was very special. My favorite moment was sitting around the fire pit listening to Elvis singing Christmas music and watching John as he sang along. Sitting there next to Shirley looking very content. You could tell he was happy to be there with most of his family. A very special time indeed. That is how I will remember him...
January 10, 2021
To my Father who was my heart and rock of my soul even til this day i still find it hard to believe that you have actually flown away. I will never forget you, you were always a Man's Man delightful in truth but not one to play the fool with. I over the years had the opportunity to learn a lot from you and it was my greatest pleasure to return some of those favors of opportunistic knowledge that you helped me to be a better man of knowledge. I will forever be greatful that i was your only son of blood of our family heritage. In time we will all meet again but for now enjoy your peace with God, Jesus and your family at home in heavens many doors of paradise. Love you always Pops.
January 10, 2021
I’ve always loved Uncle John! My most memorable memory of Uncle John took place at my Dad’s funeral. I was standing at his casket just looking at him searching his face because I hadn’t seen him look like that in years. Uncle John came up and hugged me and asked what I was doing? I said there’s a lot of unanswered questions I had. He asked me what they were so I started asking him. There was so much about my Dad I didn’t know but was glad that Uncle John could answer most of my questions. Afterwards he hugged me and told me that my Dad loved me very much then he explained that maybe my Dad’s past was too painful for him and that was the reason he never talked about his childhood. I walked away with peace but yet I regretted that I didn’t pester my Dad to really get to know him. I know I loved my Dad and he loved me! I love that Uncle John took the time out to just talk to me when I was hurting the most! He taught me to be grateful for what you do have.
January 10, 2021
My Daddy, You were everything to me!! You always chose your family. You worked hard, you were strong, you gave of yourself, you made us laugh, you led the way. Because of you I know that people can change, they can be better and I know what true love looks like! Thank you for shining your light in such a way that anyone who knew you, couldn’t help but notice it. I am thankful that you live on in me and this family you created. I will try my best to honor you and all that you stood for... always!! Til we meet again Dad!!💙
rodolfo (rudy) bracho
January 7, 2021
Me and my family will never forget the Happy Christmas days when we were invited to Ginger’s parent’s house. We felt so welcome and part of the family that Nana Rose specially developed a lot of affection towards all of you. The news devastated all of us as we remember John as a kind welcoming person that opened his home and offered his friendship to all of us with a smile. John had that fatherly image that anyone could relate as a loving grandfather but tough no nonsense and proud.
I remember John watching the football game while still entertaining all of us being sociable and enjoying his grandchildren in his living room. Navidades, and other special occasions felt events to look forward as we all enjoyed visiting Ginger’s parents. Thank you for making me and my family feel at home; although language was a barrier sometimes, smiles, and some sort of sign language made that all of us understood each other and laugh. Those and more are the great memories that me and my family will always have in our heart. That the peace of the afterlife bestows John.