John Thomas Driver, age 87, of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida passed away on August 5, 2020. He was born to parents Auborie Driver and Lovey Allene Overby on November 2, 1932 in Farmington, Kentucky. The youngest of five children, John was beloved by his sisters Helen, Ramona, Mary, and Norma, who all preceded him in death.
John graduated from Mayfield High School in Mayfield, Kentucky where he played football, and later attended Morehead State University. He spent 20 years serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corp and U.S. Army, retiring as a Sergeant First Class. He bravely served in combat in Korea and Vietnam, where he earned numerous recognitions including the Army Commendation Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and the Purple Heart. After retiring from the military he was a recruiter for the Army, being recognized as one of the top recruiters in the country. John always loved giving back to his community, and went the extra mile to give back to those in need.
John is survived by his wife Vivian Lavigne Driver, the love of his life, with whom he spent more than 28 joyful years. Together they lived life to the fullest, traveling the world and enjoying frequent gatherings with family and friends. Always the life of the party, John was quick with a joke, and his “Johnny-isms” kept his family in stitches.
John was so proud of his family, which includes children Tony Driver (Nancy), Maurine Driver, Jane Taylor, Chantal Roy (Melissa), and Christina Beaudoin; grandchildren Audrey Buchanan (Joe), Samantha Baird (Travis), Amanda Mooney (John), Diane Prescott, and Blake Speer (Krystina), and Molly and Parker Smith; and great-grandchildren Davon and Daron Depriest, Rylie and Lily Mooney, Carter and Molly Jo Baird, and Bennett, Beau and Blake Buchanan.
A memorial service will be held on August 27, 2020 at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation in John’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project- https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Default.aspx?tsid=10043
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