John Calvin Critcher, IV October 7, 1950 - June 12, 2019

John Calvin Critcher, 68, of Arden, NC was returned to his Heavenly home on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. He departed from Solace Hospice in Asheville where he received compassionate care, attention to his needs, privacy, and dignity. He approached his Father with expeditiousness and solemn peace.

John will be greeted by his mother, Ruth Porter Critcher Matthews, father, John Calvin Critcher III, brother Russell, and brother Mike. He will be missed by his brothers Phil and Kenney. His will also be missed by a host of friends, neighbors and classmates from his 1969 graduating class at TC Roberson.

John was and educator who taught from Roanoke Rapids, NC to the Keys in Fla., and to the children of our service men and women in Germany. He enjoyed living and was able to check off an item on his bucket list at age 62 by jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. After retiring from teaching, he entered the exciting life of a card dealer in Atlantic City, NJ where he enjoyed the fast pace, night life, and gaming with the high rollers. He enjoyed espionage books, and sports of all kinds, playing football, baseball and basketball during his early years and picking up golf to keep himself challenged during his adult life. He especially enjoyed baseball and following the TCR baseball team.

To honor his memory and love, please help TCR athletics through your support and donations by CLICKING HERE.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at the Family of Faith Fellowship Church, 213 Long Shoals Rd, Arden, NC 28704, on Saturday, June 29th at 3 pm. The entrance is on Long Shoals Road, directly across the street from Koontz Elementary School or can be accessed from the rear by entering at the red light going into Lake Julian.


Date: 06/29/2019
Time: 3:00 PM
Family of Faith Fellowship Church

213 Long Shoals Rd.
Arden, NC 28704

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  1. Robert Blanke says

    I was blessed to have reconnected with Johnnie after many years since our time at NCSU. Johnnie knew and accepted the seriousness of his illness without remorse and with dignity. He was very involved in planning our 50th reunion and while we’ll miss his not being there in person, I pray that he’ll be there in spirit. Johnnie, now you can rest in peace.

  2. Robert King says

    Prayers for Phil , Kenny and their families
    . Rest in peace John.