John Wayne Sargent

04/13/1936 - 02/15/2017

John Wayne Sargent, age 80 of Atlanta, GA passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, surrounded by his family at Northside Hospital, after a long and valiant battle with Cholangiocarcinoma Cancer. Mr. Sargent was born on April 13, 1936 in Chattanooga, TN to Early Bartow and Jessie Newman Sargent. Mr. Sargent moved to Atlanta in 1959 when he became employed by Southern Railroad. “Sarge” as he was affectionately known at the yard, had a long and enjoyable railroad career, holding numerous positions. He retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad as a Crew Caller at Inman Yard after 43 years of service. Mr. Sargent also was an Insurance Agent who sold Life, Health and Disability coverage to Railroad employees for Provident Life & Casualty of Chattanooga, TN. John was an animated storyteller, who always had a twinkle in his eyes and a smile on his face. He was well known for his incredible wit, charm, and larger than life personality. Mr. Sargent is predeceased by his wife and best friend of 53 years, Patricia Ray Sargent, his parents, and sisters, Nell Sargent, Margurite Black, Vivian Stutz, Thelma Gang, Mary Evelyn Flickwir, and brothers, Earl, Donald and Kenneth Sargent. He is survived by his children, son, Michael Wayne Sargent of Dallas, TX and daughter, Elizabeth Opraseuth (Stephen) of Roswell, GA, and granddaughters, Jessica Rozier (John), Marcie Kanavage (Kane), and Brittany Opraseuth. Family will receive visitors, Friday, February 17, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. A funeral Service will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11:30 A.M. all in the Peachtree Corners Chapel of Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory located at 5051 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092 Internment immediately following at North Atlanta Memorial Park, 5188 Winters Chapel Rd., Atlanta, GA 30360. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486. Please include that the gift is in memory of John Wayne Sargent Website: Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory is entrusted with arrangements 770-448-5757. Please sign the online guestbook at


11:30 AM  02/18/2017
Peachtree Corners Chapel
of Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory
5051 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092


6:00 pm to 8:00 pm  02/17/2017
Peachtree Corners Chapel of Crowell Brothers
Funeral Homes & Crematory
5051 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092


Following The Service  02/18/2017
North Atlanta Memorial Park
5188 Winters Chapel Road
Doraville, GA 30360

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May you rest in peace Sarge Thanks for always being there and sharing stories with me. I will miss you buddy God bless
- Mike Cartledge
2017-02-19 13:37:36
My deepest condolences for the loss of your dear loved one. While nothing will completely take away your grief by meditating on Gods promises found in the Bible you can find real hope and the strength to keep going. My family and I have found the scripture at Isaiah 258 to be especially comforting. Here it promises that God will swallow up death forever and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces.
- F. Fields
2017-02-18 04:32:09
What a wonderful gentleman father husband family man. Deepest sympathies to his loved ones.
- Cathy Smith Keeler
2017-02-17 11:59:49
So sorry to hear about John passing..I know family will miss him.I worked with John at Norfolk Southern several years and retired in 1997.Always enjoyed his stories.He always took time to call and let me know what was going on after I retired. My God bless the Family.
- Ed Storey
2017-02-17 11:34:23
God bless your family and may you rest in peace John.
- G.B. Washington
2017-02-17 08:51:32
Theres no word that can express how sorry I am to hear about the death of your dad John. I was very stunned to hear this news and still cant believe that it really happened. During this difficult moment our thoughts and prayers are always with you.
- Elena Zhang
2017-02-17 08:21:08
I didnt know you but I know your son Mike. You left this world a better place by raising him the way you did. He is kind helpful respectful and enjoys life. God Bless you John Sargent and your family always.
- Guy Josselyn
2017-02-17 07:24:46
I know John was a great man as evidenced by the love that Mike showed toward him. I wish I had known him. I am very sorry for the loss of your father Mike I know that he is now without pain but it is hard for those he left behind. My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend.
- Jeri Fontenot
2017-02-17 06:33:22
I am so very sorry to read about Mr. Sargents passing. I offer my condolences to the entire family. May your memories of him provide you a measure of comfort while you throw all your anxieties upon him Jehovah because he cares for you (1 Pet. 57).
- Alex Ross
2017-02-17 05:25:57
Mikebr rnbr rnThinking of you and your family during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. While I didnt know your father he must have been a great man as evidenced by the way he passed on to you a love that showed as you cared for him during these last couple of years of his rnbr rnIm happy that you were there for him...Greg
- Greg Jarman
2017-02-16 17:57:46