(FRANKLIN, Ga.) John Anthony Pike, 56, of Franklin died July 8, 2019, after an extended battle with cancer.

The funeral will be Thursday, July 11, at 2 p.m. at Bethel Christian Church (660 Glenn Rd., Franklin) with the Rev. Mark Shelnutt officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Mr. Pike was born July 10, 1962, in Heard County, Ga., to Marie Harry Pike and the late William James Pike. He was a member of Bethel Christian Church. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy for 10 years. His final assignment was aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy. He attained the rank of Petty Officer (E5) and primarily worked in general maintenance, where he was known for his expertise in welding. He earned a Good Conduct Award and a Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. After leaving the Navy, he continued to work as a welder for various companies. He relished hard work and did not mind taking on difficult jobs that got his hands dirty. He brought that same work ethic home, where he enjoyed getting outside and cutting the grass. He loved his family, especially his nieces and grandson.

Survivors include his mother, Marie Pike; two sisters, Yvonne Francis and Debbie Pike; special niece, Heather Hayes (Cary); great-niece, Katelyn Hull (Trey Strickland); great-great-nieces, Caroline Hull and Addison Strickland all of Franklin; daughter, Jessica Young (Chris) of Millington, Tenn.; son, John Pike Jr. (Anna) of Millington; grandson, Silas Pike; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Those who wish may write memorial tributes at www.stuttsfuneralhome.com.

Stutts Funeral Home, Franklin.