Obituary for Johnnie Hoyt English of Robbins

Johnnie Hoyt English, 79, of Robbins passed away peacefully Monday, March 28, 2022 at his home, surrounded by family. 

The family will receive family and friends from 6 to 8 PM, Thursday, March 31, 2022 at Kennedy Funeral Home in Robbins. 

Graveside service will be held at 2 PM, Friday April 1, 2022 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery, with the Reverend Sam Grist and Reverend William Saunders officiating. 

Johnnie, a native of Moore County, served in various roles throughout the years including  Robbins Chief of Police, Sheriff’s Deputy, and Bailiff. He retired in 2013 after 43 years of Service. Johnnie cherished his time in law enforcement and established lifelong friendships throughout that journey. Though he cherished his work, he loved his family even more. Johnnie was a loving husband to his wife Dorothy Purvis English for 61 years, father to Patsy and David, and the best grandpa to Holly and Travis.  His best and proudest moments were the ones spent with loved ones. He enjoyed fishing, spending days on the boat, traveling to flea markets to find “treasures”, and was always tinkering on something in his shop. He was always on the go, and you’d never know where you would end up when he said, “let’s go ride around”. 

Johnnie was preceded in death by his son: David English; Son in law: Reggie Wilson; Father: George English; Mother: Alma Bristow; Sisters: Sheila and Maggie; Brothers: Little George, Homer, Don, James, Junior, Eugene and Billy Ray.

Johnnie is survived by his wife: Dorothy Purvis English; Daughter: Patsy Wilson; Grandchildren: Travis English, Holly Scott and husband Tyler; Mother of Grandchildren: Angie English; Brother: Roger Bristow and wife Anna; Sisters in law: Wilma English, Betty Lou Purvis and Treva Purvis; and many nieces, nephews and extended family. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery fund and First Health Hospice Foundation of Pinehurst.

Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the English family.

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