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John Philip Fernandez

John Philip Fernandez, 47, of Murphy, N.C., died unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at his home.

John was born Nov. 19, 1969, in Kansas City, Mo., to Donald Raymond Sr. and Minnie Rose (Nash) Fernandez. He married Wanda Marie Wynn, of Lutz, Fla., Feb. 6, 1993. She survives of the home along with his four-legged son, Mister.

Additional survivors include: two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Donald Jr. and Gail Fernandez, of Richmond, and Joseph and Dianna Fernandez, of Lee’s Summit; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Linda and Kevin Pemburlin, of Richmond, Susan Fernandez-Garrett, of Elmira, Amy Fernandez-Paris, of Cunningham, Kan., and Mary and Jeff Harding, of Chillicothe.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his grandmother, Marie Mahar.

John was born in Kansas City, Mo., and moved to Richmond as a child. He graduated from Richmond High School. John had always been a hardworking man, even at a young age, where he mowed many lawns in Richmond and worked as a bagger at the grocery store. After high school, he joined the United States Air Force, where he served his country for 24 years as an Air Force Administrative Specialist, reaching the rank of master sergeant. He retired in 2012. John served overseas during the first Gulf War, where he met his wife. He also served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and served in Operation Enduring Freedom while stationed overseas in Turkey.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Disabled American Veterans in honor of Master Sergeant John P. Fernandez.

Private family graveside services were 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, at Woodland Cemetery, Richmond. Full military honors were provided by the Whiteman Air Force Base Honor Guard. Online condolences may be left at www.thurmanfuneralhome.com.

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