Friends and family gathered at the Church of Christ in Sun City West Tuesday to memorialize the late John Waddey.
Waddey, who died suddenly last week at the age of 75, was remembered by those in the crowded congregation as a minister, father, brother, uncle, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, author and musician who frequently played in a local bluegrass band.
“John would want you to remember him as a sinner, redeemed by the blood of Christ,” Waddey’s son-in-law, Mike Clemons, said during his eulogy at the funeral.
Pastor Guy Orbison officiated the service and added that he believed Waddey’s work “will continue to influence future generations.”
Waddey served as a Church of Christ minister for 58 years in Mississippi, Colorado, Tennessee and Arizona. Upon his death, he served as minister of the Church of Christ in Sun City West, where his funeral service took place.
According to colleagues, “evangelism and missions were vital parts of Brother Waddey’s work.”
He traveled extensively, working with missionaries in 19 foreign countries and helped train young ministers at the East Tennessee School of Preaching for 18 years. He taught at the Tennessee School for the Blind, served as president of the Tennessee Volunteers for Life, and was board director for the National Right to Life Committee.
Waddey wrote that the goals of his ministry were helping others to understand God’s Word and leading them to Christ.
As a journalist, Waddey edited several religious journals and authored more than 40 books and 1,400 articles, including contributions regularly published in the Daily News-Sun and Surprise Today.
Waddey was buried at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City and is survived by his wife Nancy, daughters Lourene (Bob) Clark, Lesia (Clark) Horner, Becky (Bill) Schmitz and Rachel (Mike) Clemons and siblings David, Darryl and Deborah Campbell as well as seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.