OPELIKA -- John Michael Margeson, 60, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family in Opelika, AL July 15, 2013 following an 11 month battle with melanoma. John was born March 25, 1953, in Albany, Georgia to Dr. Robert M. and Carolyn Margeson. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Jennifer Gwaltney Margeson, and three children-son Matt Margeson and wife Jess Vinson Margeson of Opelika, daughter Meghan Margeson Deagan and husband Phil Deagan of Bluffton, South Carolina, son Holt Margeson and fiancee Katie Lawler of Auburn and one granddaughter, Turner Elaine Deagan of Bluffton, SC. He is also survived by three brothers and one sister-Robert and Jane Margeson of Albany, GA, Hank and Noelle Margeson of Atlanta, GA, Carol and Irv Butler of Cordele, GA and Dal and Nancy Margeson of Albany, GA. He was always loved as though he was their own by Mother -in-law Donnie Gwaltney of Athens, Texas, sister-in-law, Julie Gwaltney Byrd of Jackson, Mississippi and brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Ginny Gwaltney of Collierville, Tennessee, and Aunt Janet Gwaltney of Atlanta, GA. He loved and was loved by sixteen nieces and nephews and many cousins.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Robert Morrison Margeson, Jr. and Carolyn Hunt McGarity Margeson and father-in-law Charles Franklin Gwaltney, Jr.
John was a 1971 graduate of Albany High School in Albany, GA. He earned his BS from Auburn University in 1975 and his MBA from the University of Georgia in 1976. During his Auburn years he was a member and president of Kappa Alpha Order, a Plainsman, and member of Army ROTC. At UGA he was very involved with the Baptist Student Union. Following a twenty-five year career in the cable television industry in Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Iowa, John relocated to Alabama, started a new career in real estate and worked with Russell Lands at Lake Martin as a realtor and later as a broker.
While his family and friends will miss him terribly, John was sure of his salvation and confident of his eternity with Christ in heaven. John received Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at age 7 and was baptized at First Baptist Church in Albany, GA. He invested his time in youth work and music ministry by teaching Sunday school, being sponsor on choir tours and mission trips, and always singing in the choir. His passion was bodybuilding and weightlifting, which he did religiously until he was diagnosed. He was an avid Auburn fan, was happiest digging in the garden, and always took pride in his yard.
More than anything he loved his children and granddaughter. The happiest times were spent with his family and getting hugs and kisses from Turner.
John was a friend to many and brightened the room with his ever present smile, his infectious laugh, his crazy sense of humor, and his beautiful tenor voice.
Visitation with the family in Auburn/Opelika will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. CST at Frederick-Dean Funeral Home in Opelika Wednesday, July 17. A service in celebration of his life will be held at First Baptist Church Opelika Thursday, July 18 at 10:00 a.m. CST with a graveside service to follow at Crown Hill Cemetery in Albany, GA at 4:00 p.m EST. where he will be buried next to his parents. The family will receive visitors following the graveside in Albany at the home of Robert and Jane Margeson 610 Byron Plantation Rd. from 5:00-7:00 p.m. EST.
The family encourages donations to Hubbard House in Orlando, Florida, (HubbardHouse.org), the Benevolent Fund of First Baptist Church Opelika, or to the Melanoma Research Foundation (Melanoma.org), or flowers will be accepted
Frederick-Dean Funeral Home is directing.
Frederick Dean Funeral Home