John Melton Headrick, 69, son of Walter and Mildred (Melton) Headrick, was born in Gatesville, Texas, on April 23, 1947. He passed from this life Dec. 10, 2016, after a year-long battle with renal cell cancer at home with his loving wife, Andrea, by his side.

He graduated from South Houston High School, where he excelled on the football field. John was baptized at an early age as a Southern Baptist.

John was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Larry.

He is survived by his wife, Andrea; three daughters, Tammy Valentine, Johnna Headrick and Samantha Womack; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Brooks; other relatives; and a host of friends.

He was a Vietnam beteran followed by 31 years of service at Southwestern Bell Phone Company in Houston, Texas. After retiring from the phone company, he and Andrea moved to Missouri and purchased a farm, which he considered his hunting paradise. John was an avid hunter of deer and turkey and enjoyed numerous fishing trips to Canada and Minnesota with friends and relatives.

John became involved with real estate, working with various agencies as a realtor. His final association was with VIP Properties of Houston and Salem. He was a former member of Ozark Trail Boards and Houston Lions Club. John was a current member of the South Central Board of Realtors, the Missouri Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, the Texas County Restitution Board and the Law Enforcement Board.

John, the Gentle Giant, always had a smile and his hand out to assist in anything he could. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend, who will be greatly missed by the many who knew and loved him.

A visitation was held. Monday, Dec. 12, at Evans Funeral Home. A viewing was Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the American Heritage Funeral Home in Houston, Texas. Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at the American Heritage Funeral Home, Houston, Texas. Burial will follow in the Houston National Cemetery, Houston, Texas.

Local arrangements were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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