John Paul Bancroft

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John Paul Bancroft

  • Birth 3 Feb 1925
  • Death 13 Sep 2009
  • Burial McDonald, Bradley County, Tennessee, USA
  • Memorial ID 26202950

John Paul Bancroft, 84, a lifelong resident of the McDonald community, went home to be with the Lord Sunday morning, Sept. 13, 2009, in a local hospital. He was the son of the late George and Millie Bancroft. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Ramsey Bancroft; daughter, Joann Bancroft; brothers: Frank Bancroft, Otis Bancroft, Howard Bancroft, Smith Bancroft, and Elmer Bancroft; and his sisters: Virgie Sherlin, Maude Romines and Margie Murray.

He was an active member of Bancroft Church of God for more than 75 years.

The farm he grew up on is now the Tri-State Exhibition Center. He was a widely known, retired, local farmer who grew strawberry plants for many years. He grew summertime vegetables for the market and also introduced Bradley County to the white half-runner green bean variety.

He was inducted into the Bradley County Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1994 and had also received Tennessee's Outstanding Achievement Award.

During his lifetime he served on various farm committees including the Farmer's Home Administration as well as being a board member for the Farmer's Mutual Exchange. He had more than 30 years of service to Bradley County ASCS and 41 years of service to the Farm Service Agency. He served as a member of the board of trustees for Lee Cemetery until his death.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II. While stationed in Berlin, Germany, he worked in the message center of the Office of Military Government.

Survivors include two daughters: Peggy Burris and her husband, Virgil, and Connie Bancroft, all of McDonald; grandsons: Chad Burris and his wife, Rachel, of McDonald and Colby Burris and his wife, Sarah, of Cleveland; great-grandchildren: Caleb and Morgan Burris of McDonald; sisters: Mildred Parmer and Alma Earls, both of McDonald; sisters-in-law: Sarah Bancroft of Atlanta and Alberta Baker of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

A Remembrance of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at the Wildwood Avenue Chapel of Jim Rush Funeral Homes with the Revs. Norman Stallings, Eric Stansberry and Bennie Triplett officiating.

Interment with military honors will follow in Lee Cemetery with Chad Burris, Colby Burris, Herbert Lackey, Julius Beaty, Doyle Parmer, Deward Sherlin, Jerry Bancroft, Larry Parker and Caleb Burris serving as pallbearers.

A dove release ceremony will conclude the graveside service.

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  • Maintained by: Patty
  • Originally Created by: James
  • Added: 22 Apr 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 26202950
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Paul Bancroft (3 Feb 1925–13 Sep 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26202950, citing Lee Cemetery, McDonald, Bradley County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Patty (contributor 46879258) .