John L. Durden, Jr.

Birth Date: 
Sunday, August 15, 1943
Date of Passing: 
Sunday, March 7, 2021

John L. Durden, Jr., 77, of Wooster died on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare.

He was born August 15, 1943 in Autaugaville, AL to John L., Sr. and Irlee Walters Durden.  On January 20, 1968, he married Lula C. Cantey.  She survives.

John was a 1963 graduate of the Autauga County Training School and had worked at Quality Casting, Co. for over 42 years.  He accepted Christ at a young age at the First Baptist Church in Autaugaville and later became a member of Second Baptist Church in Wooster.  He was a past member of the Masonic Lodge and loved fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren and watching all of their sports activities.

Along with his wife, John is survived by his children Kimberly (Robert) Gibbs of Wellington and John Jason (Bonnie) Durden of Wooster; grandchildren Bryce and Jalen Gibbs and Aiden Durden; great-grandson Bryson Gibbs and brothers Henry (Erlene) Durden of Orrville and Rufus Durden of N.C.

Private family services will be livestreamed on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 1:00 PM on the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home’s Facebook page with Rev. Rickey Brown, Sr. officiating.  Interment will be in Wooster Cemetery.

Friends will be received on Saturday March 20th from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM at Second Baptist Church, 245 S. Grant St., Wooster. 

Masks are required and social distancing will be observed.

Contributions may be directed to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, Ohio 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com

Memorial Contributions: 

Contributions may be directed to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, Ohio 44691.

Visitation: 

Friends will be received on Saturday March 20th from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM at Second Baptist Church, 245 S. Grant St., Wooster. 

Service: 

Private family services will be livestreamed on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 1:00 PM on the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home’s Facebook page 

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So sorry to hear of Cousin John Jr. Transition. Our loss is heavens gain
Thoughts and Prayers
DeHart-Williams Family

Life's race well run
Life's trials over come
And now HE rest.
We will definitely miss you Big John. R.I.P.

Rest in peace John. God has added a angel to his kingdom today. My thoughts and prayers for you Lula, Kim and Jason. May you find comfort in your memories. Love to all of you.

So sorry to learn of the passing of your husband. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lula, I'm so sorry to hear of John's passing. I'm sure he and my brother, Bill, are telling great stories again.

Sending heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your loved one. Thanking God for John's life and remembering our school days at A.C.T.S. in Autaugaville, Alabama with pride. Praying God will strengthen and comfort you during this difficult time. May the wonderful shared memories bring you joy and peace in the coming days. Our love, prayers and blessings are with you.

To Lu and the Durden Family,

I was deeply saddened to hear about my dear neighbor and friend. John was like a son to me. We spent many days around my kitchen table talking. He had such a gentle and loving spirit. I will always remember him. We serve a God who is able to keep and comfort us. For if believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 4:14

Jason, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Holding you and your family in prayer.

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