Johnny McCulloch: A Soldier Goes Home

by Steve Hale

It was a miserably hot summer day. Suddenly, there was a knock on the front door to the annex. When I opened it, there stood brother Johnny McCulloch, drenched in sweat and greasy dirt.

He had not been home long from the hospital following excruciating open heart surgery. “What have you been doing,” I asked. . He said he had been changing a flat tire on. his truck.

I asked him why he didn’t call me, and that I would have been happy to change it for him. He said he knew I was down here working, and he didn’t want to bother me.

Independent. Tough. Gritty. A servant. All of these words describe a brother we are all going to miss deeply.

Few men enjoyed studying the Bible, the Restoration Movement, and history as he did, and had his bright mind for it. Few have worked so hard, so long, and quietly done so much for so many.

He was a Naval Officer, Scoutmaster, and postman. No one has done so much for the church in Staunton, Virginia. And of course, he served as an elder here at Mt. Juliet for a number of years.

It hurts so much to lose a man like brother Johnny. Few people could have lived through what he has the last three or four years. Cancer surgery, open heart surgery, and the devastating stroke of November 7th represent an incredible amount of pain and suffering.

Yet, rks characteristic of his feistiness, brother Johnny kept con-dng back. He fought his heart out, and now it’s time for him to rest in the blessed comfort and love of our Lord ( Revelation 21:1-4).

With Paul, brother Johnny can say: “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown righteousness…” ( II Timothy 4:6-8a).

The above article appeared in the Mt. Juliet Messenger, December 2, 1990


Ken’s Korner

by Ken Thomas

Last night (Monday) I learned of the death of John McCulloch, known lovingly as “brother Johnny” or “Uncle Johnny.” What a loss we have suffered! Yet his influence will live on in the lives of the many he has touched not only in the church, but in the Mt. Juliet community. Here was a man to whom teaching was a great privilege, and his concerned for truth and right was admired even by those who might have disagreed with him. His articles in the bulletin reflected the extent and variety of his study.

He was of the “old school” that was concerned about whether a practice was right or wrong. This was of more importance to him than the fact that “everybody” seemed to be doing it. Could we not all do well in going back to this school?

Brother Johnny loved the Lord, his brethren, and his family. To them we extend our sincere sympathy and love in this time of grief, urging them to anticipate a glad reunion in eternity.