Reverend John M. Blystone, 87, of Brownsville walked, not running, into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, October 8, 2022, a day he has lived his whole life for.
He was born May 21, 1935, the son of the late Bishop Earl C. and Della Blystone.
He attended Apostolic Bible College in Tulsa, Okla., and the University of Tulsa.
He was ordained to the ministry in 1957 and served as pastor of the Apostolic Gospel Church in Brownsville in 1963 to present.
He was the loving husband of Alma Crutchman Blystone for 56 years.
He was a kind and gentle father to his “Von” and a grandfather to his “Em”.
The Reverend, as most people knew him, was a man with a heart for missions, both at home and abroad. He supported and traveled many times to the Philippines, Africa, Brazil and Mexico, where he was blessed to share the gospel. His true vision was to see souls saved. He was a dedicated pastor and knowledgeable teacher of the word of God. For him, being a pastor was not an occupation, but a vocation, from which he never withdrew. There was wisdom in his words and compassion, love and forgiveness in his heart. His love for God and his church family never wavered.
The Reverend was predeceased by his parents; his wife; brothers, Kenneth, Frank and Donald; and his sister, Mabel.
He leaves, on this side of Heaven, a daughter and a son, Yvonne and Allen Daniels; a granddaughter and grandson, Emily and Jeremy Huseman; nieces and nephews; and countless others touched by his life and ministry. He left a legacy of truth, a measure of his faith, some of his wisdom, and all of his love. We invite you to celebrate the life of this Man of God and to honor his passing into eternal light.
Friends will be received from 2-4pm and 6-8pm Tuesday October 11 at the SKIRPAN FUNERAL HOME, 135 Park Street, Brownsville, and 10-11am Wednesday October 12 at the Apostolic Gospel Church, Brownsville, with the Sheldon Missionaries and Lucy Clay officiating. Interment will follow at Lafayette Memorial Park.