John Andrew Ussery obituary photo
 
In Memory of

John Andrew Ussery

April 4, 1966 - May 16, 2017

Obituary


John Andrew Ussery, 51 of Sanford, FL died Tuesday May 16, 2017. John died a true hero, giving his life to save the life of a co-worker, who was swept to sea by a rip current at Clarke Ave Beach, in West Palm Beach, FL. According to bystanders, John, upon hearing the cries of help, immediately without any hesitation ran into the surf and swam to the aide of his friend. Police tried to reach John with a buoy but couldn’t because of high swells, when rescuers were finally able to reach John, he said...

John Andrew Ussery, 51 of Sanford, FL died Tuesday May 16, 2017. John died a true hero, giving his life to save the life of a co-worker, who was swept to sea by a rip current at Clarke Ave Beach, in West Palm Beach, FL. According to bystanders, John, upon hearing the cries of help, immediately without any hesitation ran into the surf and swam to the aide of his friend. Police tried to reach John with a buoy but couldn’t because of high swells, when rescuers were finally able to reach John, he said “Thank goodness you made it, I didn’t have any strength left”. John was still alive when they first reached the beach and was able to give them some information, and then he became unconscious and he was unable to be revived.



John was born on April 4, 1966 in Rockledge,FL., moving with his family to California, where they stopped at anything and everything from Rockledge to California. His family moved back to FL, living for a short time in Orlando and eventually moving to Jacksonville, FL where they lived until the death of his father, Billy F. Ussery. At that point his mother Nadine Ussery Welsh decided they would be happier if they were to return to their home in Rockledge, FL. Eventually his mother remarried and the family all moved to Orlando and finally to Sanford, where John lived with his beloved wife and son.



John Ussery is remembered by many friends and co-workers who over the years all say John would not hesitate to jump in if he saw someone in danger or in need of help in any way. Many people say about someone, that he’s a good guy, he’d give you the shirt off his back. In John’s case that is the truth, he would give you the shirt off his back. While living in Daytona several years ago, and due to hard times, John was living with very little, and an elderly woman lost everything she had except for the clothes she was wearing when she lost her home to a fire. Upon learning this, John gathered all his belongings and took them to her. When asked by his mother why he did this when he didn’t really have anything, John’s reply was “Mama, she needed what I had more than I did, I’ll be fine.” Just one example of the kind of man John really was, a hero in every sense.



John is survived by his the love of his life his wife, Jung Hua Choi and his reason for living his son Gabriel N. Ussery, his mother Nadine L. Welsh, his father, Timothy P. Welsh, and by his two sisters, Dena M. Voltoline and Laurel A. Moore. He is also survived by his brother in-law, Larry D. Moore and his brother-in law James Voltoline. He is also survived by his 7 nieces and nephews, Shane Moore, Adam Moore, Nicole Moore, Lindsey V Kelly, Christina Voltoline, Jade Voltoline and Samantha Voltline. John was preceded in his death by his father Billy F. Ussery a retired police officer from Rockledge, and maternal and fraternal grandparents. He is also remembered by many friends and co-workers, who all remember him fondly.



His memorial service is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 27,2017, details will be released at a later date.



In lieu of flowers ,the family request to please donate to the gofundme/johnussery, which will directly go to help his wife and son through this very difficult time. Link: Chrissy Summer facebook.com