John Earl, “Poppy”, Herrington, passed away peacefully at home in Granbury on October 30, 2018 at the age of 86.
John’s life was a life welllived and well-loved and was celebrated at a service at Acton United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 3 at 2 p.m. A reception followed in the Christian Life Center.
John was born July 15, 1932 in Tuleta to Herman O. Herrington and Mary Lucille (Coble) Herrington. He was the middle child of five and his early years on the Texas coast formed a lifetime love of bay fishing. After his young years in Portland, his family moved to Alice, a place they would call home for the rest of his formative years. He grew to love the land, animals, and the pace of country life. Those loves remained constant throughout his eight decades of life.
Just after graduation from Alice High School, John enlisted in the US Army. He spent time in Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, and IBM training in Indianapolis before he was stationed for the remainder of his duty at the Machine Records Unit at Fort Richardson in Alaska. While in the army, John not only was able to enjoy new and exciting hunting and fishing experiences in different parts of the country, he also played on championship basketball and softball teams.
John would tell any and everyone that his greatest accomplishment was his marriage to the love of his life, Barbara Nobles Herrington. They were married June 30, 1956, just after his return home from his military service, and spent the next 62 years in a marriage that exemplified love, patience, compromise, faith and devotion. That love grew as did his family and he became a devoted and loving father to a daughter, Beverly, and a son, Rick and two nieces, Viki and Shari.
Early in their marriage, the young couple moved to Jourdanton, which marked a wonderful part of John’s life. There he attended college at night, opened a business, coached both little league and girls softball, officiated football, and fished and hunted with friends whom he would keep for a lifetime. Even after a career change that had him travelling as a field supervisor for an oil production company, John remained a devoted father, seldom missing any of his children’s activities and spending valuable time on family vacations, holiday gettogethers and game nights.
After retirement, John moved to his lake home in Granbury, where he became an active and loved member of Acton United Methodist Church, a fan of Lady Pirate basketball, and a devotee of the Texas Rangers. As much as he loved lake life, John still found time to answer the call of his property in South Texas, where he raised cattle and loved his horse and donkeys.
John served as mentor and father figure not just to his own two kids and the two nieces he helped raise, but to beloved youth who played or worked for him and to his nieces and nephews. John lived the values he taught: integrity, humor, hard work, faith and honesty. His gentle spirit and spunky humor made him a favorite among the kids with whom he spent time and his earnest heart, loyalty and integrity made him a good friend to all who met him. Perhaps John’s greatest joy came from time spent with his beloved wife, kids and extended family.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his older brothers, Herman Darrell Herrington and George Wade Herrington and his younger sister Mary Katherine (Herrington) Vaughn.
John is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann (Nobles) Herrington; his daughter, Beverly
Anne Cheney of Granbury; his son, Richard Earl (Rick) Herrington of McKinney; his grandchildren, Brian Wentworth Cheney (Lisa) of Austin, Caitlin Loretta Cheney of Granbury and Alexa Grace Herrington of McKinney; by a brother, Ray Allen Herrington, of Alice; beloved nieces and nephews; as well as a host of former players, friends and extended family. He is also survived by his special buddy, his great grandson, Jackson Wentworth Cheney.
Donations in memory of John can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Acton United Methodist Church Music Program.