John Steve Hitson

John Steve Hitson

John Steve Hitson

August 18, 1956~July 03, 2023

John Steve ‘Stovewood’ Hitson, 66 of Crestview, Florida passed away on Monday, July 3, 2023, in Jacksonville, Florida.

John was born on August 18, 1956, in Andalusia, Alabama to John and Bonnie Hitson and has been a lifelong resident of Okaloosa County where he lived with his family. John loved having coffee every morning at Helms Grocery in Garden City with all his ‘drinking’ buddies. He also loved to shoot pool at The Icehouse every Sunday. You could also find him shooting pool at the American Legion and listening to music, especially when Cheyenne played.  He and his brother John David were long time members of the Po Boys Bass Club. For many years you could catch him and Momma at their favorite restaurant Uncle Bills, which he continued to visit after Momma passed until their closing. Up until he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in October, he lived a very active and full life, and you could see him mowing lawns all over town.

John is preceded in death by His Father, John Wildie Hitson, His Dad, Harry D Cobb, His Mother, Bonnie Lou English, His beloved Wife Debra Kay Wing.

John is survived by his daughter Amy Denise Hitson Rader and her husband Wayne, his son, John Steve ‘Stevie’ Hitson Jr

Three grandkids, Hunter Rader, Brianna Rader and Fisher Rader

2 siblings, John David Hitson & Harriet Lynette (Lynn) Cobb Robertson Hall

His beloved Pei Pei and Rosa aka his Little Girls

Numerous nieces and nephews and many other extended family and friends

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 13, 2023, beginning at 4:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Brackney Funeral Service with Mike Wing officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 13, 2023, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Please come in your jeans and casual attire.

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Emily Maloy

July 9, 2023, 3:57 am

John sorry to learn about the loss of your brother. I know his family will miss him as well as his friends. Our prayers are with all.

Mike and Freda Wing

July 13, 2023, 3:11 am

We will miss seeing you. We always enjoyed your kind and gentle spirit. We will miss your phone calls. We know that our Father in Heaven is pleased with you and how you treated others as He wanted you to do.

Larry & Traci Medlock

July 13, 2023, 2:25 pm

We will miss our fried Steve!

Traci and I enjoyed so many Friday evenings of laughter, playing pool, and dancing with Steve at the American Legion Post 75 in Crestview.
Steve was always light hearted, fun to be with, and full of laughter.
We believe he’s in heaven, dancing, and shooting pool to his hearts content, reunited with his wife, who he spoke of often.
He and I had several; very meaningful conversations, on the topic of faith.
Thanks for the memories Steve, see you again one day, save me a game.

Larry Medlock

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