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John C. Fussell

May 13, 1947 ~ November 28, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old


John Clayton Fussell, 76, of Lynn Haven, Florida passed from this life after a long battle with cancer on the morning of November 28th in the arms of his beloved wife, Kathy.

John was surrounded by his loving wife, family and friends during his last few days on Earth. John was born on May 13, 1947 in Bremerton, Washington to Johnny and Betty Fussell. The family moved to Prichard, Alabama. John graduated from Vigor High School and Southwest Technical Institute in Mobile.

John lived a full and thrilling life. He worked as a defense contractor with Cubic World Wide Tech in San Diego, California. His job took him all over the world. He spent his time island-hopping in Thailand, riding camels in Egypt, and climbing mountains in Japan. He had many other adventures too long to list before returning to Panama City area where he ran his own company, Fussell Engineering. John was a permanent fixture along with his buddy Frank Jeansonne on Fridays at Hunts Oyster Bar in St Andrews.

All who knew John treasured his unbounding kindness, his immense patience, his sincerity and his laughter. He loved traveling, motorcycles, sailing, diving and tennis but loved his family above all other things. John and his wife Kathy travelled extensively and enjoyed a myriad of adventures throughout their marriage. Their love for each other could be felt by everyone who surrounded and loved them.

John is preceded in death by his daughter Lori Denise, and parents, Johnny and Betty Fussell. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Kathy Fussell, and his four daughters; Jodi Blumenthal (Howard) of Bradford, Pennsylvania, Shari Walsh (Michael) of Panama City Florida, Tiffany Sapp (Jason) of Panama City Florida and Chelsea Martinez (Leonel) of San Diego, California.

He was also the grandfather of eleven adoring grandsons and one beautiful granddaughter; John Austin (Hillary), Corey Austin, Danielle Sellick (Jared), Jordan Walsh (Ashton), Jaron Sapp, Caleb Walsh, Justin Sapp, Theodore Sapp, Nathan Walsh, Ezra Chavez-Seng, August Chavez-Seng, and Sonny Martinez. And we can’t forget his sweet cat Bella who will miss being spoiled by her daddy.

Asked to serve as pallbearers are: John Austin, Corey Austin, Jordan Walsh, Jaron Sapp, Caleb Walsh, Justin Sapp, Theodore Sapp, and Nathan Walsh

And Honorary Pallbearer, Harold Warren, John's best friend of forty years.

A public visitation will be held at Kent-Forest Lawn on Thursday, November 30th, from 5-7 pm and a funeral service honoring John’s life will be held at Emerald Coast Fellowship on Friday December 1st at 1pm.

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2403 Harrison Avenue
Panama City, FL 32405


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