In addition to his love of music and ministry, John loved watching his grandsons, Dallas, Dalton and Dylan play sports. He regularly attended their games, and everyone knew when he was in the stands cheering them on. He was a great encourager to them and their biggest fan on and off the field. Even after his grandsons graduated high school, John was known and loved in the Ozark school system as a supporter of youth sports and cheered many students on throughout the years.
When he was young, while in Basic training for the Navy, John suffered a lifelong injury. Because he could not walk long distances due to a hip injury, he spent much time sitting on benches. John, who never knew a stranger, stuck up conversations with other bench-sitters and often talked with them about Jesus. He led several of them to Christ. He had a gift for making people feel seen and appreciated and he cared about the lives of others.
He was a loving and faithful husband to Carole and doted on her. He built a wonderful life with her that will bring many eternal rewards. He loved fellowshipping with his dear friends over good meals, discussing the latest sports stories, and family dinners with lively conversation. He loved all of his daughters and prayed for them. He loved phone calls with loved ones near and far, and he enjoyed teasing and laughing with his great grandchildren. His gift of humor made family gatherings full of laughter and he will be missed by all. Most of all, John loved Jesus. His life is a testimony to all that God dearly loves his children and he uses people like John to express that love. John was a member of Fremont Baptist Church.
A funeral service for John Hernandez will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, 2023 at Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, with Pastor Arthur Hicklin and Dallas Hord officiating. Burial will follow at Selmore Cemetery, Ozark.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2023 at Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.