John was born on July 27th, 1943. He lived in multiple states growing up due to being raised in a military family. John graduated from Washburn High School in Topeka, KS in 1961. He graduated from Washburn University in 1963 and worked in the banking industry. He worked part time for the Johnson City parking enforcement department. He was baptized and confirmed in 2008 as a
member of Living Word Lutheran Church. John is survived by his sister Cindy Pettis of Altha, FL, brother Jerry Hamby of Montgomery, AL, Father in law Dale Day of Topeka, KS, and many friends and other relatives all over the country. John enjoyed wood working and building furniture. He was an avid reader and enjoyed listening to music. He loved to travel, with England being his favorite destination outside the United States. His favorite restaurant was Taco Johns. He would often make excuses to go to Elizabethton and Bristol just so he could eat there. He would love to drive to Taco Johns in his Dodge Challenger. John could often be seen with a diet Dr. Pepper and a bag of Blue Diamond almonds.
John loved sports, with Nebraska football being his second greatest passion in his life. Throughout the years he attended multiple Nebraska games in Lincoln, NE and anywhere else he could get a ticket to a game. He was often seen wearing the color red and wore Nebraska ties to church frequently. He believed Scott Frost would bring Husker football back to glory. He was a supporter of Science Hill
sports. He could be found at Topper football games on Friday nights cheering on the Toppers. He was a season ticket holder for Topper basketball. He had good friends on the Lady Toppers basketball team and on the Liberty Bell Lady Patriots basketball team. John’s greatest passion was his wife Judy. John married Judy Day on July 18th, 1964 whom he was preceded by in death. Together, they traveled the
country and the world. He took care of her prior to her death and loved her unconditionally. He spoke of her often, usually with a smile on his face. Those that knew them can picture them sitting on a bench, holding hands, in the presence of the Lord. Funeral services for John David Hamby will be conducted at Living Word Lutheran Church, Gray, February 6, 2019 at 5:00 P.M. with Pastor Andrew Stuebs officiating. Condolences can be sent to John Hamby’s family at the funeral home’s website, www.snydersmemorialgardens.com