John Walton Bartholomew passed away on April 1, 2013 after a hard fought battle with cancer at the age of 69. He was the son of Paul and Lalia Bartholomew, of Drakes Branch, VA.
John was a proud graduate of Randolph Henry High School in Charlotte Court House, VA, Class of 1962. He then earned his B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1966. John worked for the Federal Government for his long term career, which included the National Security Agency, Dept. of the Navy and lastly with the Dept. of Energy where as Director of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve he was awarded the “Presidential Rank Award – Meritorious Executive” by Pres. George H. W. Bush. After retiring from the Government and moving to Southport, John and his wife, and later with son Jeff and wife Debbie, had a custom home construction business. They later owned the Huddle House Restaurant on Oak Island. John was also a Town Commissioner in his final home town of Caswell Beach, NC.
John is survived by his wife Elizabeth Betty King Bartholomew of 46 years. He also leaves behind son Jeff Bartholomew of Brunswick County, NC, with wife Debbie and their sons Jason, Casey and Jamie and son Scott Bartholomew of Asheville, NC with his wife Katie and sons Elijah and Clayton.
Wife Betty and sons Jeff and Scott along with family and friends spent a great deal of time with John during his last days with us.
John is predeceased by his parents, Paul R. and Eulalia Lalia Puckett Bartholomew along with his brother Paul R. Bartholomew.
A celebration of John’s life will be held at Ocean View Methodist Church on Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, NC. Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., graveside on Friday, April 5, 2013, in John’s home town of Drakes Branch, VA at Lebanon Methodist Church. A reception will follow the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a hospice organization or your favorite charity.