Word had been received of the death of former Grace Brethren pastor, John Sholly. His obituary appears below. Click here to read a beautiful tribute by Kimberly Hoyt, whom he led to the Lord nearly 40 years ago and is now a pastor’s wife.
John Jerome Sholly, 74, of Jonesville, Mich., died Thursday, April 9, 2015. He was born in Hammond, Ind., on September 8, 1940. John was married June 6, 1964 to Jennie Shaw and she survives.
John graduated from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., with a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Arts and Engineering in 1964 and Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind., with a Masters in Divinity in 1972. John was a 1983 winner of the Carnegie Hero Award for diving into the Des Moines River to rescue a 75 year-old drowning man. He pastored churches in Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa and Michigan. In his 74 years he was a high school industrial arts teacher, volunteer fireman, boys home house parent and the owner of a computer business.
Surviving besides his wife Jennie are daughters, Patti (Eric) Taylor and Jeannie Sholly, both of Warsaw, Ind.; six grandchildren, Nicole (Jason) Whitaker, Crystal (Seth) Bradford, Alyssa (Bryan) Brumbaugh, Jamison, Jamie and Jared Taylor; and six great-grandchildren also survive.
Preceded in death and now joyfully reunited with his son, Ralph John (Arjay) Sholly.
Funeral services for John Sholly will be Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., at the Calvary Baptist Church in Quincy, Mich., with Pastor Frank Snyder officiating. Interment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw, Ind., on Thursday at 2:00 p.m.. The family will receive friends for visitation Tuesday from 4-7 p.m., at the Eagle Funeral Home in Jonesville.
Memorial contributions are suggested to New Tribes Bible Institute in Jackson, Mich.