John James DeVenney

Published 7:33am Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mr. John James (Jack) DeVenney, 88, passed away in his home in Wetumpka on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. May 25 at First Methodist Church of Wetumpka with the Rev. Kevin Kelly officiating. Burial will follow with military honors in Pine View Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. May 24 at Ellison Funeral Home and from 10-11 a.m. at the church.
He is survived by his wife Shirley Dunford Ross DeVenney of Wetumpka; daughter Kelly Wood of Chattanooga, Tenn.; sons Kai DeVenney (Peggy Sue) of Knoxville, Tenn., Master Sgt. Krist DeVenney (Amber) of Duke Air Force Base Navarre, Fla.; sister Collen Radish; sisters-in-law Mary Louise DeVenney, both of Sharon, Pa., Glenda Fowler (Joe), Kathy Davis both of Wetumpka; seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jack was raised in Ohio and Pennsylvania and was the first drum major and drummer at Hickory High School in Hermitage, Pa.
Jack was also a drum major for the U.S. Navy’s Drum and Bugle Corps while he served for almost three years during World War II, seeing battle in the South Pacific and Guam.
He was then transferred to Washington, D.C. where he served in the communications of the White House and Pentagon. During this time, he also traveled throughout the United States teaching twirling and auxiliaries.
In the mid-60s he met and married Shirley Dunford Ross and moved to Wetumpka.
He organized many civic events for the City of Wetumpka, including Christmas on the Coosa, New Year’s Ball Drop/Media Display, Fourth of July Celebration, Crate Race, Veterans Day and Pearl Harbor Observance.
He and Shirley conducted Halftime Camps at 23 major universities and several European countries, which included national competition at Notre Dame University with over 5,000 participants.
He was National Rules Commissioner for the National Baton Twirling Association.
Jack and Shirley have owned and operated A Touch of Class, which is a ladies clothing, formal and bridal store in Wetumpka.

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