PINEY FLATS — Johnnie (Jack) Capehart, 89, of the Piney Flats community, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, at the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mountain Home.
Jack was born May 8, 1922, in Lincoln, Delaware.
At the age of 15, Jack moved to Florida where he worked on a farm until he joined the Army at the beginning of World War II. Jack was assigned to the 8th Air Force in England and served as a tail gunner on a B-17 bomber. He flew on eleven missions, including one over Berlin. After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1946, Jack served two additional enlistments in the Air Force.
After leaving the service, Jack found employment as a stable boy at a racetrack, where he developed a lifelong love for racehorses. He eventually became a jockey and rode in numerous races, including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. He was very successful and won many races.
In later years, Jack moved to Piney Flats with his wife, Bertie, where he enjoyed fishing, gardening and raising goats and rabbits. He had a great love for animals, especially his “kitties.”
Jack held a lifetime membership in the VFW and was a member of Edgefield United Methodist Church.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Alberta Campbell Capehart; his mother, Mildred Kasukle Capehart; his father, Charles; two brothers, Charles Jr. and Daniel W; and sisters, Josephine Gill and Betty Capehart.
Survivors include sister, Ann E. Robbins and husband, Pau,l of Ellendale, Delaware; sister, Emma Jane Mckeeman, of Santa Anna, California; step daughter Julie Carty and husband, Terry, of Bluff City; and step-son, Terry Venable, of Bristol, Tn.
A special thanks to caregiver Phyllis Ingle for her loving care and dedication. Additional thanks to Connie Ross and Dee Grindstaff, whose care allowed Jack to spend time at his home.
Visitation for Mr. Capehart will be held at Appalachian Funeral Home at 12:00 PM on Friday, Sept 30, followed by the funeral services at 1:00. Pastor Estel Williams will officiate.
Interment will be at Mountain Home National Cemetery with full military honors at a later date. Pallbearers will be selected from friends and family.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.appfh.net.
Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Avenue, Johnson City, is serving the Capehart family. 928-6111