In Memoriam: Bruce & Johnnie Hatcher

In Memoriam: Bruce & Johnnie Hatcher
Bruce & Johnnie Hatcher

Bruce Hatcher
May 10, 1935 – April 21, 2023

Johnnie Hatcher
September 29, 1935 – March 31, 2023

Bruce Edwin Hatcher was born on May 10, 1935 in Albany, Georgia, and he passed away on April 21, 2023. He was the first of two sons born to Charles Marvin Hatcher and Naomi Joyce Gwines Hatcher. The family relocated to Southwest Georgia, where he met the love of his life, Johnnie Maddox.

Johnnie Myrle Maddox was born on September 29, 1935 in Opp, Alabama, and she passed away on March 31, 2023 (three weeks to the day before Bruce). She was the middle of three children born to John Henry Maddox and Myrtle Stanley Maddox. Johnnie’s family also relocated to Southwest Georgia, where she met the love of her life, Bruce Hatcher.

Bruce and Johnnie attended school together in Sylvester, Georgia. At age 14, Bruce and Johnnie had their first “date” when his parents took them to the traveling ice show. After graduating from Sylvester High School in June of 1953, Bruce and Johnnie both entered Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Georgia, and both graduated with an Associate Degree in 1955.

On November 11, 1954, at the young age of 19, they married each other in Americus, Georgia, and began a long and happy life together as husband and wife. That loving union was blessed with one child, Bruce Doyle Hatcher.

For most of his professional life, Bruce worked in the insurance industry while Johnnie made a loving home for the family. In 1962 they moved to the house in the Lakewood neighborhood of Jacksonville where many friends and family visited and made happy memories with them. However, the most important thing in their life has been their service to their heavenly Father, Jehovah God. Bruce and Johnnie dedicated their lives to Jehovah on August 26, 1961, and both Bruce and Johnnie were baptized at a Circuit Assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Bruce and Johnnie actively served in the San Jose Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for many decades and will be dearly missed. They were wonderful examples of loyalty, faith, and endurance along with genuine compassion and kindness to others.

Bruce and Johnnie’s individual dedications guided the decisions they made throughout the remainder of their lives, including how they raised their son. It brought them immeasurable happiness and joy to see their son serving Jehovah with them, and then raising his own family in the same faith.

Bruce and Johnnie were both known for their kindnesses and a sense of humor that brought smiles to so many faces. They both passed away at home attended by family and confident in their future hope of a resurrection to a restored paradise here on earth.

While they are resting in their heavenly Father’s loving memory, family and friends alike look forward to seeing both of them again according to God’s promise.

In addition to many friends and spiritual brothers and sisters, Bruce and Johnnie leave behind their son Doyle and his wife Lisa, their grandson Alan and his wife Kelsea, and their granddaughter Mallory. Bruce is survived by his brother Keith (Diane), niece Melodi and nephew Cameron. Johnnie is survived by her brother John, niece Kim and nephew John III.

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