Johnny S. Thacker, 86, of Hamden, Ohio, went home peacefully with his family by his side on Thursday morning, August 22, 2019, at Holzer Medical Center- Gallipolis. He was born in Wellston, Ohio, January 27, 1933, son of the late John L. Thacker and Hazel McKinnis Thacker. He was a 1951 graduate of Wellston High School and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He attended Ohio University and retired following 25 years as a chemist with the Austin Powder Company. Following his retirement, he was a well known employee of Souders Hardware in Hamden. He was also a local licensed minister having performed weddings, officiated funerals, and held revivals. He was a member of the Allensville C.C.C.U. In his spare time he tended his rose garden and vegetable garden. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers: Howard, Harold, Harry, and Homer Thacker; and three sisters: Avonelle Thacker, Doris Mather, and Dorothy Barnett. He leaves behind his wife, whom he married on June 17, 1956, Shelby J. Sowers Thacker; his son, Jeffrey A. Thacker ( Julia ) of Hamden; six grandchildren : Shaun Thacker of Las Vegas; Josiah David Thacker ( Julia-Grace) of Wellston; Matthew Ryan Thacker of Allensville; Daniel S. Thacker ( Kaley ) of Chillicothe; Micah J. Thacker of Allensville; and Charity N. Thacker of Allensville; two great grandsons, Josiah David Thacker Jr. and Jacob Dalton Thacker; two sisters, Jeanette McWhorter of Jackson and Lenora Wilcox of Chillicothe; a " granddaughter by friendship," Cassie Palmer of Allensville; and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the Jenkins Funeral Chapel in Wellston on Saturday from 4 until 8 P.M. Services will be at the Jenkins Chapel on Sunday at 2 P.M. with Jeffrey A. Thacker officiating. Burial will follow in the Bell Cemetery in Allensville.
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