September 7, 1940-April 2, 2014
Well done my good and faithful servant.
John Hewa was welcomed into Jesus’ loving embrace on Wednesday, April 2, following a brief but valiant struggle with heart failure.
John is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Lois Mustock Hewa; sisters Deborah Pifer (of Greensboro, NC), Trudy Powers (of Worchester, MA); and children Bill (and wife, Lynn, of Jonesborough TN), Mary Beth Witherell (and husband, John, of Charlottesville, VA), and John David Jr. (and wife, Laura, of Austin, TX). John leaves behind a priceless legacy in grandchildren Carleigh, Hunter, Lauren, Joseph, Jonna, Ellie, Scarlett Sers, Mason Witherell and Harry Sers.
John was loved dearly by his extended family and friends — he was a father to four, and a Dad to many.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Thaddeus Joseph and Gertrude Barclay Hewa; father-in law, William Mustock; daughter, Molly Anne Sers; and son-in law, Matthew Joseph Sers; and sisters, Sharon Joan and Mary Victoria.
John was a graduate of Virginia High School, the University of Virginia (Electrical Engineering ’63) where he was President of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and the University of Tennessee (MBA). He had a successful career with Eastman Chemical Company in Chicago, IL, and Kingsport, TN, through retirement in 2001. His tenure at Eastman was enriched by countless friends.
John was a parishioner of St. Dominic Catholic Church since 1972, where he was a past member of the Parish Council, Knights of Columbus and served in several other ministries.
He was a resident of the Indian Springs community for over 40 years, where he was past president of the Community Chest, as well as a volunteer coach for Sullivan County Soccer Association, and spent many years attending and supporting his children’s involvement in Sullivan Central High School football, basketball, soccer, track, cross country and swimming teams.
He loved the outdoors, especially camping with his wife, best friends “Cro” and Joy, and his beloved dogs, Tally and Scout.
Visitation will be at St. Dominic Church in Kingsport beginning 10 AM on Saturday, April 12th, with a funeral Mass following at 11 AM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: “The Molly Hewa Sers Scholarship Fund,” Attn: Darla Kaufman, Maryville College, 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville TN 37804-5709; or make a donation to the foundation or charity of your choice in John’s honor.