LARNED — Rev. John “Johnny” W. Augmon, 68, died Oct. 5 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Born Dec. 5, 1943 in Great Bend, he was the son of Claude and Hazel Irene Shepherd Augmon. A lifetime resident of Larned, he served as a pastor at ESCUE Chapel in Larned, St. John CME in Hutchinson, Wesley Chapel CME in Coffeyville and most recently at St. Matthews CME in Wichita.
He became a Christian at an early age and was ordained in 1971. He became a deacon July 29, 1973 under Bishop J. Claude Allen; was ordained as an elder July 15, 1976 by Bishop Norris Curry in Kansas City at St. Peters CME church, came into full connection in 1979. He was an elder in good standing in the Kansas-Missouri conference of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
He served on different organizations and held numerous positions; a member of Kansas state NAACP, the 24th Juvenile Judicial System, the Black Heritage Club of Larned, the Mason Lodge D.G. Lett of Hutchinson, Veterans of Foreign Wars, past member of Fort Larned Lions Club, Walter Chears American Legion Post 106 and was past commander, and was committeeman for the Democrat Party. He did volunteer work in the Chaplin department at LCMHF and police chaplain at the Larned Police Department. He was a United States Army Veteran, serving in Viet-Nam.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth E. Augmon of the home; two sons, Wesley Augmon of San Diego, Calif. and James Humphrey and wife Mia, of Kansas City; one brother, James Johnson of Pittsburg, Pa.; two sisters, Virginia (Jennybelle) Winchester of Portland, Ore. and Rose Thompson, Pittsburg, Pa.; two daughterly nieces, Amber Humphrey and Ebony Humphrey; seven grandchildren, Veronica, James Jr., Danielle Humphrey, Brelan Augmon, Traci Murphee, Tamia McNeary and Deliliah Currie; four great-granddaughters, Mark, Kayden, Marquele and Amya J.; and a host of relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, James Augmon; and a nephew, James “Jamie” C. Augmon.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 12 at ESCUE Chapel in Larned, with Bishop Paul Stewart presiding. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Thursday at Morell Funeral Home in Larned. Cremation will take place after the funeral and inurnment will be at the Larned Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Walter Chears Gravesite Improvement Project or St. John CME Church in Hutchinson, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left at www.morellfuneralhomellc.com.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Morell Funeral Home*
P.O. Box 124
Larned, KS 67550-0124
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Oct. 10, 2012