John Davis Borders


John Davis, “JD,” “Punk,” “Dad” and “Granddaddy,” Borders, 90, of Cleveland, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. 

He was born on Sept. 19, 1927, in Clinchburg, Va., to his parents, John B. and Fannie Borders, the fourth of 12 children. The family relocated to Saltville, Va., where he spent his childhood and young adulthood. 

In 1946, he married Gracie L. Roberts, also of Saltville, and had six children. He served in World War II in 1946 and later in the Korean War in 1950 as a Technician 5th grade in the Army. He returned home in 1951, where he worked for Olin Matheson Company in Saltville.

He was transferred and relocated to Olin Chemical in Charleston in 1962 as a mechanic, and eventually was promoted to maintenance supervisor, the position from which he retired after 35 years.

During his retirement years, he enjoyed fishing, helping with a friend’s farming, supporting the Cleveland Blue Raiders and the Florida Gators, and spending time with his family. He was best known for his unique quotes, vocabulary, and fish tales. He also enjoyed having breakfast at Golden Corral every Sunday morning with his group of friends who affectionately called him “Gator Man.” He was of the Christian faith.

 He was preceded in death by his wife, Gracie Roberts; his parents, John and Fannie Borders; his brothers: Charlie, Earl, Jim and Fred Borders; his sister, Ruth Poston; Gary Curtis, his son-in-law; Sue Borders, his daughter-in-law; and Barbara Borders, his sister-in-law.

 He is survived by his six children: Patsy Curtis, Kathy (Burch) Bishop, Johnny (Robin) Borders, Ron (Peggy) Borders, Lisa Borders, and Bo (Aimee) Borders; his grandchildren: Kelly (Eddie) Harris, Michele Boucher, Greg “Tody”  (Andrea) Bishop, Scott (Michelle) Curtis, Buck Borders, Katie (Trent) Bishop, Jeff Borders, Brian Borders, Carson Gorham and Cooper Borders; his great-grandchildren: Doug Boucher III, Madison Boucher, Elijah Harris, Grayson Harris, Andrew Curtis, Sam Curtis, Stella Borders, Allison Bishop and Gregory Bishop; his siblings: Jack, Dee (Peggy), Bobby (Debbie ) Borders, Betty (Bobby) Kestner, Shirley Smith, and Sissy (Carl) Haynes; and several nieces and nephews.

 At his request, no public service will be held. However, the family will receive visitors at Companion Funeral Home on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, from 1 to 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,; or 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.


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