John D. Plemmons Sr.

Thursday, September 26, 1929 - Saturday, July 31, 2021

A Wonderful Father

Photo of John D. Plemmons Sr. - 1929-2021

Leicester- John David Plemmons, Sr., a beloved gentleman blessed with 91 years of a wonderful and full life, passed away Saturday, July 31, 2021 at his home.

John was born September 26, 1929 to the late Hoyt Dennis Plemmons and the late Vivian Cole Plemmons. He had made his home in Leicester all of his life and he was a true dedicated dairy/beef farmer spending endless hours in his fields.  He held a great love for horses and his daily life was full of farming, logging and tending his land.  John was proud of his mountain heritage and he could share the most wonderful stories of his life growing up among the mountains with his family and friends.  He also enjoyed mountain music and John was a terrific square dancer, always ready to perform some clogging across the dance floor. Mr. Plemmons was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. John loved his family deeply and in the words of his children, “We were blessed with the most wonderful parents in the whole world.”  We rejoice that John is now in his eternal heavenly home.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Sue Brown Plemmons who passed away in 2010; and his brother, Hoyt Plemmons, Jr. who passed away in 1970.

Surviving are his children, Janet Plemmons Combs of Bristol, Virginia, John David Plemmons, Jr. and wife, Martha of Leicester, and Jennifer Plemmons Robinson of Leicester; grandchildren, David Combs, Jason Combs, Jonathan Combs, John Mark Plemmons, Christopher Robinson, Andrea Robinson, and Brandon Robinson; a great-granddaughter, Madelyn; a great-grandson, Bruce; and many dear friends.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Plemmons family.

Condolences from family and friends

So sorry to hear of John’s passing. So sorry to the family for your loss. I have many great memories which I hold dear to my heart of this fine family and man. I learned my good work skills on the dairy and farm. Praying fir the family and God Bless each and everyone.
Jim Mears
I’m very sorry to hear of John’s passing. My condolences to you all. It’s hard to see them go. God’s peace and blessings in this tough time.
Mavis Cole Braswell
John, I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and all your family.
Katie Williamson
I am so sorry to hear of my Grandaddy John's passing. As his second grandchild, I spent much of my formative years on the farm. We spent hours together, riding in tractors, bottlefeeding calves, shucking corn, and eating watermelon with salt. He taught me how to garden when I was a young'n, how to hill squash, how deep to plant a seed and when, and even how to tell when the raccoons had gotten in the corn. (Tip: It's not that hard to tell) Gardening is a way that I continue to honor his legacy, sharing greens, rhubarb, and squash casserole with loved ones. I hope everyone who had the honor of being notified of his decline and passing found comfort in the opportunity to gather in his memory. Blessings all.
Chicory Poppinoff
Dear Janet and family, so very sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. Whenever I saw him, I always asked about you. Remember growing up on Newfound and our friendship all through school. Would love to touch base again. I know your pain having lost my own dear parents. My thoughts are with you and the family.
Melinda Sluder Morgan