Mr. John Thomas West

June 15, 1935 ~ June 1, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old


For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6-8 RSV

It is with profound sorrow, that we the Owners, Management and Staff at Gatlin Mortuary, Inc. stand alongside the West Family, to announce the earthly transition of Mr. John Thomas West

“Don’t cry for me, I will be okay. Heaven is my home now, and this is where I’ll stay. Don’t cry for me. I’m where I belong. I want you to be happy and try to stay strong. Don’t cry for me. It was just my time, but I will see you someday on the other side. Don’t cry for me. I am not alone. The angels are with me to welcome me home. Don’t cry for me, for I have no fear. All my pain is gone, and Jesus took my tears. Don’t cry for me. This is not the end. I’ll be waiting here for you when we meet again.”

Mr. John Thomas West was born on June 15, 1935, throughout his journey in this world. Mr. West was reminded that, If I walk in the pathway of duty – The way to heaven is described as a narrow and difficult road. Furthermore, I am reminded of “duty” – that which I am expected to do. In fact, it is my responsibility to do it. Psalm 119:35 says, make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it. He entered into eternal rest on Thursday, June 1, 2023. 

Celebration of Life Services will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at 3:00 PM from The Victory Church. Pastor Jimmy Jay Williams, Revered Donald Walker will be the Officiating Pastor. Mr. James Gatlin Sr., and the caring and experienced professionals at Gatlin Mortuary, Inc., is in charge of services. "The Name You Can Trust" 

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June 9, 2023

1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Gatlin Mortuary Inc

Celebration of Life
June 10, 2023

3:00 PM
Victory Church
1619 N. Lee Street
Valdosta, GA 31602


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