John Maurice Byrns, Jr., 88, of Madison, TN, passed away on August 16, 2023. Born on September 30, 1934, in Cleveland, Ohio, John was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
John was known for his quick wit and love for puns. Even in his sickness, he continued to bring smiles and laughter to those around him. His delightful sense of humor was a testament to his joyful spirit.
After graduating from Western Reserve University with a degree in Psychology in 1956, John began his career at IBM, specializing in computer programming analysis and system design. He later ventured into various retail businesses, investments, and taxes. However, it was his spiritual calling that guided him towards becoming an ordained Minister on August 12, 1977. John served as a pastor in churches across Indiana, Florida, and North Carolina. He was also an accomplished author, with his life's work published in a book titled "Spiritual Fire Starters Nuggets of Knowledge," a daily devotional guide. Teaching people the gospel of Christ brought him immense joy and fulfillment.
John is survived by his loving children, Scott Byrns (Cheryl), Robert Byrns (Valerie), Sharon Glover (Scott), and Suzie Rich. He was a cherished grandfather to Christopher Byrns (Melissa), Brandon Byrns, Maciel Smith, Leah Smith, Madolyn Allen, Kimberly Allen, Alison Hayes (John), and Jason Brown. John also leaves behind his sister, Judith B. Reeves (Clifford A., Jr.), and their children Clifford A. III, Geoffrey M., and Jennifer E. He is further survived by ten great-grandchildren and two great-nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents, John Maurice and Jean Crider Byrns, as well as his adoptive mother, Ruth Berwick Byrns. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Bruce Berwick Byrns.
A memorial service to celebrate John's life will be held on August 21, 2023, at 12 noon at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, located at 101 Flatridge Road in Goodletsville, TN.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that contributions be made to Tunnels to Towers (www.t2t.org), an organization dedicated to supporting first responders and military personnel.