John Leroy Jividen Chief Petty Officer, US Navy Retired August 17, 1929 – February 11, 2016 John Leroy Jividen, 86, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away at home on Thursday February 11, 2016. He was born in Columbus, OH, the son of Leroy and Mamie Jividen. In 1947 he graduated from South High School in Columbus, OH, where he played basketball and baseball. He enlisted into the US Navy in 1947 where he proudly served his country for 20 years before retiring from military service. He married his beloved wife Lucille Reba Johnson on June 18, 1951. He continued working in public service with the Federal Maritime Commission as the Director of Data Processing until his permanent retirement in March of 1984. John was a sports lover and an avid fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a volunteer coach of youth baseball and basketball for over 30 years in Springfield, VA, touching many lives of the players he coached. He was also a volunteer coach for the American Legion Post 176 baseball team for many years. He dearly loved his family and friends and will be deeply missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Mamie Jividen, and his sister Donna Rhodes. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Lucille; two daughters, Yvonne Bowling of Sugar Hill, GA and Janet (Scott) Miller of St. Petersburg, FL; two sons, John (Lucy) Jividen of Charleston, WV and Jeff (Laura) Jividen of Duluth, GA; 5 grandchildren, Jennifer Bowling, Joshua (& Shelly) Bowling, Matthew Miller, Tyler Jividen and Zachary Jividen; great grandchildren Micayla Starnes, Cal Bowling and Camille Simpson; and his sister, Betty Royster. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 P.M. February 14, at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA, 770-277-4550. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences can be expressed at An additional service will be held in Virginia when he is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery – details to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please consider a memorial contribution in John’s name to either The United Ostomy Association of America, P.O. Box 525 Kennebunk, ME 04043-0525 or The American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.

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  1. May you all find comfort in each other at this time.
    We never lose a loved one, For even though they’re gone. Within the hearts of those who care, Their memory lives on.
    With much appreciation for his service to this country, deepest sympathy’s from my family to yours.

  2. Jeff,

    We are very sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Kevin & Cathy Archibald

  3. Jackie and family. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great person. I remember him coming in Springfield Pizzaria, and enjoying his stories! Prayers are with you!!!

  4. John,
    I am sorry to hear about your dad. I know that you will miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your mother, and siblings.


  5. All of us send our deepest condolences to each member of this special family.. We share your sense of loss in the passing of a good man, and good friend
    With sympathy and love,

  6. I am sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was so sincere and encouraging when he attended our sporting events. A great guy!

  7. I am saddened to hear of Mr. Jividen’s passing. He was a wonderful person and will be missed. Mr. & Mrs. Jividen have always had a special place in my heart. Memories of seeing him at Springfield Restaurant and sporting events are vivid and put a smile on my face. He was a good man to say the least.

  8. I am so glad to have talked to my brother the day before he passed. I loved my brother and will miss all of the visits and phone calls. I am unable to attend the service but will keep the rest of the family in my thoughts & prayers.

  9. Dear Lucille and Family,
    We are very sadden to hear of John’s passing. Teresa and I are so thankful for our visit with John, Lucille, & Jackie last fall. We felt so at home. It was always great to talk with John and hear his thoughts from politics to the latest ball game. My dad, John’s uncle Ray, had a great respect for John and thought the world of him. We will cherish our memories of John.

  10. We are truly saddened by the passing of John. He was a wonderful person. John was a true example for the youth of Springfield and he touched many lives. John was a gifted baseball coach who left a positive impact on both of our sons. He was a true friend of our family and will be missed.

  11. Coach John Jividen was my American Legion coach when I first moved to Springfield, Va. when I was 16yrs. old. I did’nt realize he would become my inspiration to become a teacher and high school baseball coach for 36yrs. Through teaching us the fundamentals, his enthusiasm for the game, the work ethic, and a nurturing process he established with with all of his players. Those qualities I tried to emulate during my tenure as a teacher and coach. Even as my father in law ( Janet) for the last 34yrs I have always shown him the respect of calling him “Coach”. No doubt he has already put together another team. John Leroy was the ultimate family man always putting his family first and going above and beyond by mentoring, giving experienced advice, and, when someone said something that he knew better than he would use his now infamous quote…….”Let me explain this to you”. Forever teaching! John Leroy Jividen will always be with us and always giving us his guidance.

  12. John Jividen was my grandfather and the only grandfather I’ve ever known. He was always so kind, always making sure everyone else around him was taken care of and putting them before himself. I remember how kind he was and always either watching the news or sports because he cared about them both. He taught me, among other things, to be a man of my word and to always do the right thing. I will miss my grandpa very much as everyone will, but what he has left behind with his children and grandchildren speaks a lot to his character as a family man and also as a great human being. Miss and love you grandpa, love Matthew.

  13. Dear Jeff,
    In this moment all the words will sound empty, but you can have the comfort that He is in a place where there is not suffering, My deepest condolences.

  14. God Bless/RIP, to ALL who served in The United States Navy.”Fair winds and following Seas”. A heartfelt thank YOU, CPO. Jividen, for your 20 years of service. South High School(Columbus,Ohio) Alumni. American Legion Post 176 Baseball Coach.”Sailor rest your oar”. Arlington National Cemetery………………………………… And Semper Fi.

    Remember back in the fifties,on one of John L’s and Lou’s trips back to Columbus. He was teaching me to spell N A V Y. I never forgot. Lucille so sad to hear about John L, GREAT Memories. Herb

  15. Jividen Family,

    We were very sorry to learn of Mr. Jividen’s death. As a member of America’s “Greatest Generation”, he will surely be missed. We are friends of John and Lucy and will keep you all in our prayers.

  16. So sorry to hear of the passing of John Leroy Jividen. I had the great pleasure of meeting him and his bride many years ago as a college student and good friend of his son John. Spent time in his house in Springfield, Virginia, meeting with the whole family. My family to yours, our condolences and hope and prayer be bestowed upon you and the family.

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