On February 27, 2013, John Wilson Southerland went to the arms of his loving Savior, Jesus Christ. He was born in Dallas, Texas to William Thomas and Bertha Lillie (McMillan) Southerland on August 30, 1931. On December 5, 1981, he married Elana Ruth Belcher Denton,Texas. She preceded him in death on February 23, 2007.
He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy having served his tour in the Korean War. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kruegerville,Texas. He was employed by Oshmans Sporting Goods until his retirement. After retirement, he and his wife owned and operated the Patiwak Shack in Sanger, Texas along with their loyal companion, "Bubba".
Survivers include his three daughters, Candy Southerland of Austin,Texas, Glenda Riley Smith of Valley View, Texas and Elana Hurder of Oak Point,Texas; 8 Grandchildren and 26 Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents,and one son, John Southerland
A private memorial service has been scheduled for Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Sanger Cemetery.