John Edward Gathright III

John Edward Gathright III


John Edward Gathright III (LJ) passed away on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

In his younger years he was a major player in all kinds of active sports such as the organizer of impromptu neighborhood baseball and football games in the huge backyard lot of his home.  He played on the Elks softball league; always making the all-star team, one year was ranked the #14 BMX rider in Michigan, and was on the YMCA football teams;  later playing on the varsity football team for Lakeshore High School.  He also enjoyed skiing.

John was a (1986) graduate of Lakeshore High School.  After high school, he went on to have successful years as a car sales person.  His sales career also included boats, ATVS & motorcycles.   His most recent job was with his father, John Gathright Jr. and his uncle, Jerry Gathright at Gathright Services Inc;  first as a truck driver, then warehouse manager, and then in the office.

He was also an avid pool player.  He played on several teams throughout the years for both APA & Valley Pool Leagues and competed in many local tournaments.  He enjoyed going to the tournaments in Las Vegas with his team.

John liked watching football & Nascar racing.   He also enjoyed the company of his dog a Bullmastiff named  Chopper; a true “gentle giant”.

John is survived by his son Tristan, lovingly referred to as TJ, of California, who was by his side the last few weeks of his life, his parents John Jr. & Sara Gathright of St. Joseph,  his sister Lynne & niece Sunny of St Joseph, special friend & cousin Karen Kauffman, other aunts & uncles and other special long-time friends that visited him in his last days .  He was preceded in death by all his grandparents among them his paternal grandfather, John Edward Gathright Sr.

At his request, his body has been donated to science at the University of Michigan Medical School.  A private service will be held later when his ashes are returned.  Memorials may be made to any animal rescue organization or Hanson Hospice Center of Hospice at Home.

He lived.  He was loved.  His life mattered.