Mr. Ainsworth passed on to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012.
Born Nov. 13, 1940, in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of the late Merrill Leonard and Gladys Ainsworth. His late wife Julie Lytton Ainsworth preceded him in death.
John formerly lived in Annapolis, Md., and Naples, Fla.
John served in the U.S. Air Force from 1963-1967. He was stationed at Cam Ranh Bay AFB in Vietnam from 1966-1967 as Flight Facilities Equipment repairman.
His first job out of the Air Force was as technical representative for Philco Ford, assigned to Instrumentation Research and Development Group at NASA Langley AFB.
John’s general career was involved with electronic instrumentation sales.
He was Annapolis-based regional sales manager of Endevco Corp. of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., for 14 years until congestive heart failure in 1996. John then retired to Naples, Fla., to live out his final years, which were to be no more than five, but God had another plan.
John attended men’s Bible study, volunteered in various ministries at church, taught children’s Sunday school and volunteered in children’s’ ministries in Florida and Georgia. He attended and served on men’s spiritual retreats in Georgia. He served as a Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for one year.
John enjoyed boating, learning new technology, computers, traveling and cooking. His culinary skills were the delight of family and friends.
He leaves his loving wife, Kay Ainsworth of the home; stepson, Kevin Burke and fiancé Tiffany Salisbury, both of Naples, Fla.; niece, Janet (Kevin) Smith of Sterling, Va.; and his loving dog, CoCo, whom he rescued.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Georgia Baptist Children’s Home, Palmetto Campus, 9250 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Palmetto, GA 30268; or the Salvation Army.
Those wishing may send condolences at hillsidememorialchapel.com.
Funeral arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville.
The Northeast Georgian
February 17, 2012