January 13, 1949- December 20, 2018
John Austin England, 69, of Greensboro, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 at his residence.
Funeral Services were held Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 at the First Baptist Church, 203 S. Main Street, Greensboro, with Rev. Mark Jones and Rev. Ken Keely officiating. Serving as pallbearers were Mike Norris, Mark Higdon, Doug Higdon, Andrew Marshall, Dale Wolfe, Frank Randall and Danny Wingate.
Honorary pallbearers were Sam Marshall, Harold Wilson, Robert Daniel, and members of Gideon and the Masonic Lodge. Interment followed in the Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery, 3400 Penfield Road, Greensboro.
John was born on Jan. 13, 1949 in Broxton, the son of the late Herschel Lee England, Sr. and Willie Mae Bohannon England.
He graduated from Wayne County High School and joined the United States Navy where he proudly served his country for twenty years.
In 1988 he received an honorable discharge as a Chief Petty Officer/E7.
After his service in the Navy, he worked for James M. Pleasant Company as a technician. John married the former Mildred Bird on Aug. 6, 1988.
After Millie and John moved to Greensboro in 2005 they quickly endeared themselves to all who knew them and they dearly loved this community.
John was an active member of Shiloh Baptist Church, serving as usher and trustee and was involved in Greensboro First Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school.
John was also a member of the San Marino Lodge #34.
He was a Gideon of the Greensboro-Madison Camp, a member of the ByKota Sunday School and Shiloh Adult Sunday School.
Survivors include his sweet wife, Millie of thirty years; daughter, Bonnie Jean Randall (Frank) of Rockport, Texas; son, Lee England of Minnesota; godson, Dale Martin of Livermore, California; sister, Willie England Burch (Billy) of Screven; two grandchildren, Billie and Reece Randall; nieces, nephews, and many extended family members and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Lula Belle Yarborough, Roberta Joyce England, Herschel Lee England, Jr. and Ruby England Manning.
The family requests that any memorials be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, 3400 Penfield Road, Greensboro. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements.
Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.