John Wayne Dedner

Funeral services for John Wayne Dedner will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Magnolia.

John Wayne Dedner passed away July 12, 2019 in Anderson, SC.

On Friday morning, the one we loved stepped across the threshold we call death and entered another room, he did not step out of the fellowship of life but merely into the other room of our Father’s Kingdom.

John Wayne Dedner was born November 29, 1969 to Betty Dedner.

John accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized at an early age. John graduated from Bradley High School in Bradley, AR. John moved to Magnolia to further his education at Southern Arkansas University.

John later enlisted in the United State Army for four years. John served his active duty career at Ft. Eustis, VA where he was in the 7th Transportation Brigade. While he was at Ft. Eustis, VA he was deployed to Saudi Arabia during the first Desert Storm War (1990-1991). John spent the bulk of his military in the reserves where he retired as a sergeant first class (E7). John’s primary goal and focus as an NCO was to help those under him become successful. John was employed at Land Air Truck Company until his death.

John loved spending time with his family and friends. He always looked forward to our annual family reunions held across the country. John was a gentle giant. He always had a warm smile for everyone he met. John was a son, a brother and a best friend.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bay and Ruth Oleader; and two brothers, Billy Ray Dedner and Jerry London Dedner.

He leaves to cherish his precious memories his mother, Betty Dedner of Magnolia; three sisters, Evelyn (Roger) Heggie and Betty Jewel Dedner, both of Kansas City, MO, and Melissa Jamerson of Magnolia; four brothers, Jimmy Dedner of Aurora, CO, Mike Dedner of Columbus, SC, Emmanuel Dedner of Kansas City, MO and Lewis Wayne Dedner of Little Rock; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; and special friends Tori Butcher and Saundra Winder.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Magnolia.

Interment will be in 23rd Psalm Cemetery in Magnolia under the direction of Marks Funeral Home.

Clergy will be Rev. B.J. Harris.

Visitation will be 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 26 at Marks Funeral Home in Magnolia.

Services are under the direction of Marks Funeral Home, Inc in Magnolia.

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