In Loving Memory of Johnny Edward Ethridge June 3, 1944 - September 11, 2020
Last updated 9/23/2020 at 12:31pm
It is with great sadness that we announce that our beloved father, grandfather, brother, son, community member and friend, Johnny Edward Ethridge, passed away in Fountain, Colorado on Sept. 11, 2020, at the age of 76.
Born on June 3, 1944, in Georgetown, South Carolina, to Zannie Creel Ethridge and Gena Myrtle Langston (Ethridge), Johnny first enlisted in the United States Army on Jan. 19, 1968. With multiple deployments that covered the globe, he was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, in the early 70s. The Fountain Valley would serve as his home for the next 40-plus years, as well as his final resting place.
In addition to parents Zannie and Gena, Johnny was preceded in death by loving siblings Ellie Mae Ethridge, Betty Fletcher, Lou Ellen Wilson, Shirley Taylor, Anna Malone, and Arthur (Tommy) Ethridge. He is survived by brothers Harry (Sheryl) of Newberry, SC, Billy Jo of Georgetown, SC, Roger of Travelers Rest, SC, and his children, Kimberly of Colorado Springs, CO, Wendy of Monument, CO, Nicholas (Gary) of Calmar, IA, and grandchild, Jonathan, of San Diego, CA.
Post military service, Johnny settled down in Fountain where he served as a dedicated board member of the Optimist Club for many years and was the owner and operator of J-N-J Auto on Santa Fe Avenue. The business was named after himself, son (Nicholas), and grandson (Jonathan) and served the community well for many years. Johnny could always be counted on for a helping hand and an honest service commitment.
Johnny left the community several years ago, and after encountering health issues made his way back to Fountain with intent. Fountain was and is his home. He will be remembered fondly as one of the "good ones." He was approachable, friendly, honest and funny. He was incredibly proud of his business, family and children, especially his grandson. Jonathan had full access to his "Papa" and he could often be seen in Metcalfe Park at the fence watching his namesake play baseball in the afternoons. As a close family friend stated, "you didn't have to talk to Johnny very long to know that family was everything to him."
Johnny Ethridge will forever be treasured, remembered and missed. A life well-lived is a life well remembered and your love, support and prayers for peace are sincerely appreciated.