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John W. Earnhardt Jr.

posted Aug 27, 2020, 1:22 PM by Sapona District   [ updated Aug 27, 2020, 1:35 PM ]
On April 25, 2020 John W. Earnhardt, Jr. was undoubtedly dancing the Carolina shag as he crossed the finish line — and entered heaven's pearly gates. He was born May 13, 1941 in Salisbury to the late John W. Earnhardt Sr and Helen Cline Earnhardt of Salisbury. John was baptized into the Lutheran Church as a child and continued to faithfully serve the church his entire life. In his early life, John displayed his love for music by joining the children's choir at age 6. He would continue to sing praises to his Lord in church choirs for another 72 years, until he joined the heavenly choir. At age nine, Johnny got his first job mowing yards. “Johnny” was a busy young boy, involved in Future Farmers of America, 4-H club, and the family farm on which he worked tirelessly. He took great pride in his farming skills, and his “best-laying hens” in Rowan County. As a boy, Johnny's dream was to be the biggest farmer in NC. Along with farming and music, Johnny was very active in Boy Scouts. He earned every merit badge available to him. He was a member of the Order of the Arrow and received two very distinguished awards - Pro Deo Et Patria (For God and Country) and the Eagle Scout award. The values and principles he learned through scouting helped John to become the southern gentleman and scholar that he was to be.


Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.

Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
As we go, this we know
God is nigh.