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John C. Major

August 26, 1972 — November 17, 2017

John C. Major     “beloved family man”

EMPORIUM---John C. Major, 45, a lifelong resident of Emporium, passed away with his loving family by his side on Friday, November 17, 2017, in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a lengthy illness.

Born on August 26, 1972 in Coudersport, he was a son of James L. and Sandy M. Nelson Major.  On May 15, 2010 on “Top of the World” in Driftwood, he married Juneann C. Butson, who survives.

John was a graduate of Cameron County High School in Emporium.  He was employed as a machinist at the former Graftech of Emporium until retiring due to ill health.

John was very active in Boy Scouting.  He attained the rank of Eagle Scout and was a proud member of the Order of the Arrow.  He continued his love for scouting in his adult years as a scout leader and a volunteer at Camp Elk Lick.  He was an avid hunter, hiker, and fisherman, having enjoyed tying his own flies.  He enjoyed everything about the outdoors.  He was an EMT serving with Cameron County Ambulance and was a volunteer with Mountaineer Search and Rescue in Emporium. John loved metal detecting, a hobby which helped him fight his battle with cancer, but his greatest love was his family.

Surviving besides his wife of Emporium, are his parents of Kersey; four children, Jaecey M. Major, Crissy J. Major, Lilli C. Major, and Brice L. Major, all of Emporium; a sister, Heather L. (Brenda) Major of Roseto; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

John was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, John and Arlene Nelson; and his paternal grandparents, LaVerne and Ruth Major.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at 11am on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 1284 Sizerville Road, Emporium, with the Rev. Lionel Owen, pastor, officiating.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials in John’s name may be made to Warren Semmel, Calumet Chairman, Boy Scouts of America, 307 South Mechanic Street, Smethport, PA 16749.

John’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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Service Schedule

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

American Legion Post 192 Coudersport

2 Buffalo St, Coudersport, PA 16915

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