Born Oct. 6, 1939, in Wharton, Texas, to Eleck Ivory and Carrie Johnson. He was raised in Texas and attended Glen Flora Elementary then graduated from T.L. Pink High School in Glen Flora in Wharton, Texas, in 1958.
He received Christ at an early age. He was a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Egypt, Texas. He later united with Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Suisun City, Calif.
He enlisted in the United States Army in 1961 and fought in the Vietnam War with the infantry division. After the war, he was stationed at Fort Ord in Monterey, Calif. After he was honorably discharged, he and his first wife Bettye Ivory & family moved to Vallejo, Calif. He began work at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, where he was a machinist at Shop 31 and was the shop steward. John and Bettye later divorced. John remarried the love of his life, Lynda. This love spanned 15 years until his death on Oct. 15, 2013.
John had a passion for helping people; he put people before himself. If you needed him to do a job you could count on him to do it right or he wouldn’t do it at all. John always needed to keep busy. After he retired civil service, he started a landscaping business and got a contract with the city of American Canyon with his janitorial service. He retired from the city of American Canyon due to illness.
John was a man who could never be still. He loved fishing, playing cards partnered with his wife Lynda against his sister Ida and brother-in-law Herman. He loved going to the casino and especially enjoyed the buffet, he also enjoyed going to the San Francisco Giants and 49ers games with his kids, even though he was a Cowboys fan. He was a past member of a local Corvette club. He loved spending time with his family and his beloved dog Joey.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Eleck Ivory and Carrie Johnson; his sister, Daisy Cash and nephew Hartrel Brown Jr. He is survived by his wife, Lynda Ivory of Suisun City; daughter, Virginia Ivory of Dixon; sons, Milton Ivory of Dixon, Kewhum Allen Sr. of Oakland and Cornelius Allen of Suisun City; grandchildren, Terrance (Sameerah) Ivory of West Sacramento, Tiffany (David) Derf of Vacaville, Miesha Ivory-Jackson of Baltimore, Keanam, Kewhym Jr. and Kavyion Allen of Oakland, Nealonie, Nehemiah and Nealea of Suisun City; great-grandchildren, Brandon, Alexus, Cedric of Vacaville, Ishiah Ivory of San Diego, Annyus and Idris Ivory of West Sacramento, Nychelle Jackson of Baltimore; sister, Ida (Hermon) Mondy of Oakland, sisters-in-law, Zella Cameron and Shawna (Tony) Summrall of Quitman Miss.; brothers-in-law, Steve Smith of Augustus Ga., Kerry Cameron of Quitman, Miss.; mother-in-law, Betty Cameron of Quitman, Miss.; and numerous family members and friends.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday Oct. 24, 2013, with a quiet hour at 7 p.m. at Wiggins-Knipp Funeral Home, 524 Capitol St. in Vallejo. Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 1735 Enterprise Dr. No. 3 in Fairfield.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of Wiggins-Knipp Funeral Home.