John M. Driggers, age 72, of Bovey, MN entered Heaven on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at his home.
John was born on January 12, 1940 in Dillon SC and grew up and attended school in Maxton, NC. He entered the U. S. Army in October of 1958, retiring in October 1988. He served tours in Korea, Vietnam, Okinawa and Germany. His medals include the Army Commendation Medal with 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Legion of Merit with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster. He retired as a Command Sergeant Major.
On July 3, 1982 he married Candace “Candy” Fay Clark in St. Paul, MN. They moved to northern Minnesota in 1995 where they attended the Balsam Bible Chapel. John drove school bus for Independent School District 318 for 17 years. He was loved by so many people because he was a truly caring and honorable man. Perhaps a fitting tribute was written by his nephew to John’s children: “I am so glad you can be proud of the life your Dad led. I like to reserve the title ‘Great American’ for those of his stature. God bless you ‘Sir’.”
John was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ray Driggers; and his sister, Eunice (John Hugh) Warwick.
He is survived by his wife, Candace; daughter, Rachel (Jesse) Stover of Mill Shoals, IL; sons, Clinton (Joyce) Driggers of Pelion, SC and Vincent (Gretchen) Waide of Hot Springs Village, AR; sisters, Betty Lou (Laurin J.) Young of Laurinburg, NC and Frances (Boyce) Coble of Seven Springs, NC; brothers, Gene (Margaret) Driggers and Ricky (Dawn) Driggers, both of Hamer, SC; and four beautiful granddaughters who were the light of his life, Alisha, Becca, Josie and Cassidy. He was greatly loved by his brothers and sisters-in-law.
A Memorial Service with Full Military Honors will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27th at 11:00 a.m. in the Balsam Bible Chapel. Rev. Frank Knoop will officiate.