John Thomas West, 57, of Hannibal, passed away suddenly Saturday, March 20, at his home.

He was born Jan. 21, 1953, in Roselle, a son of Thomas Ellsworth and Lula Zelma (Lashley) West. His family later relocated to Farmington.


John Thomas West, 57, of Hannibal, passed away suddenly Saturday, March 20, at his home.
He was born Jan. 21, 1953, in Roselle, a son of Thomas Ellsworth and Lula Zelma (Lashley) West. His family later relocated to Farmington.
After his high school graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and later joined the Army Reserves and National Guard.
He is survived by his mother, Lula West, Hannibal; brother, Roger (Jack) Lashley and wife, Shirley, Florissant; sister, Rosemary Payne and husband, Keith, Arbela; nieces, Melissa Payne, St. Louis, and Dionne Leapley, Hannibal; nephew, Matthew Copeland, Fulton; great-nieces, Kasey Payne, St. Louis, Jessica Moyers, Rebecca Moyers and Emily Leapley, all of Hannibal; great-nephews, Travis Payne, St. Louis, and Ethan Leapley, Hannibal; close friends, Sherri Houser, Rhonda Hammock and Lisa Flint, all of Hannibal; cousins and his canine buddy, “Lowboy.”
e was preceded in death by his father, Thomas West; grandparents; his identical twin brother, George Lionel West; brother-in-law, James Copeland; and his best friend, John Street.
After working as a law enforcement officer in Elvins, for the past 10 years he was employed at Ayers Pottery, a job he truly loved.
John loved his family wholeheartedly, especially his nieces and nephews, and they loved him in return. He was a “gentle-natured” kind-hearted person who had a smile and nod of “hello” even if you met him as a stranger on the street. He enjoyed cooking and spending time with family and friends.
John will forever be remembered by all who knew him as a “kid at heart.” He was very passionate in his participation in the mud volleyball games, once being chosen “star player” of “Steve’s Kids’ Mud Volleyball Team.” He truly cherished the fellowship with friends and coworkers. John will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at Wilson Funeral Home in Fredericktown with Pastor Randy Sawyer officiating. Special music was recordings, “In the Garden” and “In the Sweet By and By.”
Pallbearers were Keith Payne, Chuck Cantrell, Tony Nichols and Travis Payne.
On line condolences may be offered to the surviving family at www.wilsonfuneralhome.com.