James David “J.D.” Daughtry, 71, of Montgomery City, passed away Monday, January 13, 2020 at University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.
Mr. Daughtry was born April 7, 1948 in Clarborne County, Tennessee, a son of Jack and Loretta Euzella (Monday) Daughtry.
J.D. served his country in the United States Army entering on July 14, 1965 and being honorably discharged on June 20, 1968. He served with the National Guard as well, in charge of a heavy equipment section, while living in Ohio.
On September 15, 2012 in Downs, Illinois, he married Linda Kay Wilson Fritchley. They have lived at their home in rural Montgomery City since September 2014. Prior to that, J.D. had lived in Tennessee, Ohio, Colorado, North Carolina, Columbia, Missouri and Illinois.
J.D. was an over the road truck driver, working for Roadway Express based out of Ohio, Colorado, North Carolina and Missouri, in his 36 years with the company. He really enjoyed driving and operating heavy equipment, even in retirement.
He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in rural Wellsville where he was involved in Men’s Bible Study and various activities of the church.
J.D. enjoyed hunting, helping people, and working on projects in his barn and yard. J.D. was passionate about his volunteer time with Constructors for Christ, a Christian organization that builds a church somewhere in the states each summer. He was known for his quick wit, fun-loving spirit, corny jokes, and his ability to make people laugh.
J.D. is survived by his wife, Linda Daughtry, of the home in Montgomery City; mother, “Euzella” Allison, of Oregon, Ohio; daughter, Stella (Bill) Garcia, of Grand Junction, Colorado; son, James (Kelly) Daughtry, Jr., of King, North Carolina; step-children, Tracy (Brian) Tobin, of Lexington, Illinois, Joseph (Shannon) Fritchley, of Foley, Alabama and Mindy (John) Haerr, of Downs, Illinois; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Dan Avery, of Oregon, Ohio; 17 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter, and two nieces.
Memorial services were at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Hopewell Baptist Church in rural Wellsville. Pastor Jonathan Bradley officiated.
Visitation was held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service, Saturday, at the church.
Full Military Honors were provided by Wellsville VFW Post 3056. Missouri Military Funeral Honors folded and presented the United States Flag to his wife, Linda.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Myers Funeral Home in Wellsville.
Memorial contributions were suggested to Hopewell Baptist Church or Constructors for Christ c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203 East Bates Street, Wellsville, MO 63384.
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