John Howard Poston

Born in Quincy, FL on November 10, 1945

Departed on June 21, 2017 and resided in Springfield, Tennessee

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Elder John Howard Poston, age 71 of Springfield passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on November 10, 1945 to the late George and Geneva Poston in Quincy, Florida. At the early age of twelve, John dedicated his life to God and began preaching. At the age of sixteen he began to pastor his own church. The congregation looked forward to seeing what unique titles John came up with during the week. John married the love of his life Ms. Weda Albritton on November 9, 1968 and together raised four beautiful girls. As a family they traveled as an Evangelist, the girls can remember riding many miles in the back seat of the car and even sleeping in the floorboard and the back window as they traveled state to state spreading the Gospel.

In later years, John and Weda would settle in Springfield, Tennessee where he continued to preach for the next 25 years and founded the Eagles Nest. All in all John spent 59 years of his life preaching the Gospel and winning hearts for the Lord.

John had a wonderful since of humor and loved to aggravate his little ones. As most little girls are curious during Christmas, John would wrap up different items that gave different sounds when shook. However when it was time to open the wonderful present, they would be shocked to find nothing but food cans and other random items. His humor didn’t stay at home, one memory that was shared, told of a time when  they were at the grocery store checking out and Vickie turned around there her dad was jogging in place with a sweat ban around his head. He had the cashier and the people behind them doubled over in laughter.

As much as he loved his children, he loved his wife tenfold. Everything John did was first and foremost for his beloved Weda. When they moved next door to Vickie and Steve he made sure that the house was built just as Weda wanted and made sure it was somewhere they could stay for years. He had a sunroom built on the back where she could enjoy sitting with the beautiful sun beaming in around her. The garden was their personal piece of paradise; private for just them, they enjoyed planting different flowers and watching Gods beautiful creation come to life in the birds, flowers and animals every spring.

John was truly a one of a kind man; he will forever be remembered as a Godly man, wonderful husband, devoted daddy and Papa.

In addition to his parents John is preceded in death by his two brothers Daniel and Randall Poston.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years Weda Poston; Children, Teresa Tharpe, Cynthia Wood, Victoria (Steve) Honea and Ramona Poston; grandchildren, Lena (Billy) Smith, Ken (Kelly) Pullam, Lacey, Pullam, Marissa Burke, Jonathan Honea, Joe Ann Honea and Hannah Holley; and great-grandchildren, Savanah, Kaylynn, Graycee, Chelsea, Mackenzie, Patrick, Destiny, Damon, Darian, and Layne.

A Life Celebration will be held at 4:00 pm on Sunday, June 25th at City of Faith Church 1001 Goldcrest Drive Springfield, Tennessee 37172. The family will receive friends on Saturday, Jun 24th from 4-8pm at Springfield Funeral Home 4005 Memorial Blvd Springfield, Tennessee 37172.

The family request in lieu of flowers donations be made to the City of Faith Church 1001 Goldcrest Drive Springfield, Tennessee 37172.

40 Comments to Elder John Howard Poston

  1. Houston and Lucille Barlar says:

    We will miss this wonderful
    Minister and his unique way of presenting the Word.
    Thanking the Lord for the opportunity of his fellowship.
    Praying for the peace of God to rest on his wife and family.
    We love the Poston family.

  2. Caleb lokey Scottie Angie kelsie and Steven lokey says:

    Brother poston will be truly missed by our family… But god needed him most … Prayers for yall we love all yall

  3. Donnie & Tam Turner says:

    Bro Poston was a true gem. Could make you laugh and cry at the same time…. Could preach for an hour, keep your attention the whole time,conclude his message with you wanting more…. will never forget “hit the spot””…story he told, our grown children even remember that one..He left his mark on our lives and our ❤️ heart…. R I. P … You fought a good fight. You kept the faith, wear that crown of righteousness proudly!!!! Prayers for your precious family

  4. Lucille Norwood says:

    Hey Cindy and family sorry for your loss , I pray for comfort and strength love you all very much.

  5. Kelley Scott says:

    To find the words. Wow. He was & is the man , that God used to share ,,who ,he , was ,& is too so many. He was a Unique ,character ,at expressing, his point of view of ,the word of God. Thru,All of lifes choices & The way he had about sharing the word of God, and the love of God. Is so awesomely , amazing. Praising God for my brothers deliverance, and thanking God for the privilege to meet and know his whole family. All I ever felt was love ,, always. Thank you sister Weda & ur children for sharing your husband & Dad with us. May the angels of God hold & carry you through all the days that lies ahead with,,strength and deliverance. L. U. All

  6. Elaine Wright says:

    So sorry or the loss of Bro Poston. He was my pastor for a short time in Louisville Ky. Loved him and you all! Praying for you through this time. GOD BBLESS! SIS.Elaine (Early) Wright

    • Vickie Honea says:

      Oh Elaine!! I thought about y’all amidst all the arrangements and such but then my mind got on something else. Thank you so much for commenting. We love all of y’all!

  7. Teresa elmore says:

    Loved loved to hear him preach the word of Hod and his humor was so fun Heaven truly has received a treasure. Prayers for comfort for all which is many but praying for Gods comfort for sis weida love you .

  8. Mark and Linda Wade says:

    Weda, Teresa, Cindy, Vickie and Ramona, you have been and will always been in our prayers..Love you guys much…John was a good friend, Minister, and cousin will be greatly missed but will see him again…again, love you guys…

    • Vickie Honea says:

      Thank you so much, Mark! I really appreciate all your kind words and comments you put on FB. Daddy was one of a kind and touched so many lives!

  9. Bro. & Sis Thaxton says:

    This man of God will truly be missed. Wonderful preacher and wonderful family. In know He will be missed by so many people. He was a unique preacher and could come up with so many sermons. RIP and know that we loved you

    • Vickie Honea says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words. You guys will never know how much we love and appreciate your support! I’m so thankful that Bro. Thaxton was able to say something at his Life Celebration!

  10. Joy Holt says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’d like to share some good news with you. In John 5:28 and Acts 24:15 the bible tells us there’s going to be a resurrection of our loved ones back here to earth. When Jesus resurrected Lazarus, he brought him back here to earth. He’s going to do that again on a much larger scale. In Psalms 37:11+29 it tells us man will live forever on the earth. That really shouldn’t surprise us since that was God’s purpose for man to live forever in the garden of eden. God’s purpose hasn’t changed. In Revelation 21:4 it speaks of no more pain or death. Is there pain and death in heaven? Of course not so that’s talking about here on earth. Please go to and click on to the publication “What does the Bible really Teach”. it will answer questions like “Where are the dead” and “Why does God allow suffering”.

  11. Dee Dee Cantrell says:

    I love you John!!! I will hold on the many memories we shared. Thank you for loving me as your own. Praying for the Poston family. Love you all!!!

  12. S.E. and Celia Newberry says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. John was very special to us and our family. We will be praying for you and the family. Wish we could be there sorry we can’t will be praying for y’all and the service.

    • Vickie Honea says:

      I’m so sorry you guys didn’t get to make it either. His service was a Life Celebration and it was awesome! Just what Daddy wanted! Love you all!

  13. Pastor Bagby says:

    It looks like you just was trying to get ahead of some of us “older” preachers in being with our Lord. You were a blessing to me personally and to our church for many years. Just a little while and the remainder of the church will join you there.

    • Vickie Honea says:

      He loved you, Sis. Bagby, Sammy, and Kathy as well. He had it on his calendar to be at your service to preach at your church and had us make plans to take them.

  14. William Savage says:

    Praise the Lord! Sister Vickie, We are praying for you and your family. I used to love the tent meetings that he would hold on Central Avenue. He was a special person,will miss him.

    • Vickie Honea says:

      Thank you, Bro. Savage! I was so glad that you and my sweet lady, Lisa was at his service. I love you all so much!!

  15. Pastor Doug Baggett says:

    On behalf of Elder CM Baggett, Bro. Coulter Baggett, the Baggett family, and the congregation of Jesus Only Tabernacle I would like to thank Sis. Poston and the Poston family for sharing Bro. Poston with us. He was an incredible Godly man. My grandfather Elder Baggett meet Bro. Poston at a camp meeting and invited him to our church to preach, this was when Bro. Poston was a young evangelist and he still had hair. My grandfather loved Bro. Poston and he became a constant figure, minister, and a great help to Elder. When my dad became pastor Bro. Poston was a big help to him also, then I became pastor and Bro. Poston came to me with wisdom and said now you will lose your hair. Bro. Poston will be greatly missed in the Kingdom of God here on earth. I thank God I had the opportunity to know such a great man of God. We love Bro. Poston may God bless his family.

    • Vickie Honea says:

      Thank you Baggett Family and Jesus Only Church!! He loved you all so much and now he is shouting, praising, and even singing with Elder and son!! Love you all.

  16. Patty wix says:

    He will be greatly missed. He was a true man of GOD, so go rest high on that mountain with GOD. U will never be forgotten

  17. Thomas and Rene Crowell says:

    Elder Poston was such a great man. Him and Weda took my husband and under their wing and accepted us as their own. He did the eulogy for our youngest son who passed away alongside Pastor Robert Gardner. John did special pictures with poems and scripture for our wedding vow renewal and when our son passed away he did a picture with a poem and scripture. It was so beautiful. We will miss him so much. We are praying for the Poston family for they have become our family.

    • Vickie Honea says:

      Thank you so much for saying wonderful things about Daddy. He was definitely well loved and will truly be missed.

  18. Danie Hester says:

    I am so sorry to the entire Poston Family to hear of
    passing of Bro. Poston. He is truly one of the finest
    men of God I have ever met. My life has been so
    blessed to have had Bro Poston as a part of it and
    the memories that go way back to my youth of him
    joking and laughing and smiling will leave a lasting
    Impression on my life. He will be greatly missed by
    all, but we can all rest assured we will see his smiling
    face one day soon with our Heavenly Father! Praying
    for the entire Family during this difficult time!

  19. MN says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one in death is such a difficult thing to experience. Please be comforted by the promises in the Bible. Jesus tells us at John 5:28, 29 that all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out. What a loving provision put in place by the God of all comfort so we can have the assured hope of seeing our dead loved ones live again one day. Meanwhile as I pray for that day to come I ask Jehovah God to bless your family and give each of you the strength to endure this most trying time.

  20. Joy Holt says:

    I’m so sorry or your loss. I’d like to share some hope with you. In John 5:28 and Acts 24:15 the bible says there’s going to be a resurrection of our loved ones back here to earth. When Jesus resurrected Lazarus, he brought him back to earth. He’s going to do that on a much larger scale in the future. In Psalms 37:11+29 it tells us man will live forever on the earth in peace. That really shouldn’t surprise us since that was God’s original purpose; for man to live forever in the garden of eden. God’s purpose hasn’t changed. That’s why he provided his son to die for us, John 3:16, so we could have everlasting life. In Revelation 21:4 it speaks of no more pain or death. Is there pain and death in heaven? Of couse not so that’s talking about here on earth. Please go to and click on to the publication “What does the Bible really teach”. It will answer questions like “Where are the dead” and “Why does God allow suffering”.

  21. Mary Allen also for Billy Allen (Deceased) Shelby and Robbie Allen says:

    Just found out today. So sorry for your loss. Heaven surely gained another Angel. His ministry touched my family’s heart like no other. You will be sadly missed and prayers to all the family and friends involved. We truly loved you all.

    • Vickie Honea says:

      Hi Mary,
      Believe it or not, I was thinking about you sometime over the past months and wondering if you guys had heard about Daddy. It is a terrible loss for us but we are all so relieved that he is not suffering anymore. Don’t think I knew about Billy. I’m sorry for your loss!

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