Mr. Johnny Mack Henton was born to the late Eurel “Frank” Henton, Sr. and Ozell Howard Henton on June 5, 1936 in Cheneyville, La. While at home on Dec. 29 Johnny lost his 9-year battle with cancer surrounded by his loving family.
Johnny graduated from Carter C. Raymond High School in 1954 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy. While enlisted, he received an associates degree from Palomar Junior College in Escondido, Calif. He also was united in holy matrimony to Christina Walls on March 4, 1961 and to this union three children were born.
Johnny served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in 1977. His last tour of duty was at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. He continued to utilize his electronics expertise as an employee for GTE until 1992.
Johnny resided in Oak Harbor from 1974-2012 where he was an active member of the community. He coached youth soccer, football, and softball; attended Oak Harbor Southern Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school; was a member of Oak Harbor Black Citizens Association where he was a cornerstone of the annual “Soul Food Fest” fundraiser; and was on the Police Community Advisory Board.
He spent many years enjoying his favorite past times of camping, fishing, and striving to be a master gardener. Four years ago, he moved to Marysville to be closer to his children and his grandchildren. While in Marysville, he established new friendships and attended the Grove Church.
Johnny was preceded in death by his parents and three siblings: Carrie Anderson, Nathan and Eurel Henton. Johnny leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 55 years, Christina Walls Henton; three children, Brian (Shelly) Henton, Tressa (Dwaine) Randall, and John (Cher) Henton; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Memorial services for Johnny Mack Henton, 80, of Marysville will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Grove Church, 4705 Grove St., Marysville, WA 98270.
A private interment will follow at a later date, visit washelli.com to post electronic tributes.