Mr. John Herrington “Johnny” Flynt, Jr., 70, passed away Monday, Aug. 12, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. The funeral service will be Friday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. at North Oxford Baptist Church with Dr. Gary Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in North Oxford Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the church and again prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Born in Jackson, Mississippi to the late John Herrington, Sr. and Frances Alexander Flynt, Johnny was a longtime member of North Oxford Baptist Church. Throughout his 46 years at North Oxford, he served as a Deacon and in areas of recreation and administration. As an ordained minister, Johnny served the young people of his church as their youth pastor.
Johnny was an avid fan of all Ole Miss Sports and an all-around sports fan in general. As a child, he played and loved baseball. He later played at Provine High School in Jackson and American Legion Baseball until he capped out at age 18 and became the coach of his beloved team. He was the recipient of the first full baseball scholarship offered by the University of Southern Mississippi where he attended and completed his undergraduate degree.
Continuing his love for sports, he taught while coaching baseball at Council McCluer High School in Jackson. Johnny went on to earn his master’s degree in education at Ole Miss where he was an assistant baseball coach for 12 years. He taught in the Department of Health Physical Education and Recreation at Ole Miss for 26 years. Friends and coaches were all impacted by receiving words of encouragement and continuous support from Johnny. He loved and adored his grandchildren who affectionately called him “Pop”.
In addition to his parents, Johnny was preceded in death by a sister, Vicki Flynt Pace and a brother, Bobby Flynt.
Survivors include his wife, Joann Harrison Flynt of Oxford; a daughter Kathryn Flynt Smith and her husband, Steve of Hernando, MS; a son, John Herrington “Jay” Flynt, III and his wife, Emily of Albany, GA; his step-mother, Dot Flynt of Chunky, MS; seven grandchildren. Tyler Smith, Avery Flynt, Ally Flynt, Annalyse Flynt, Ashley Flynt, Asher Flynt and Carter Lynley Smith; a sister in law, Lynn Flynt and two women who are considered daughters by Johnny and Joann, Kristi Boxx and Thati Moreira.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Flynt’s memory may be made to North Oxford Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1700, Oxford, MS 38655 or Ole Miss Fellowship of Christian Athletes, c/o Sammie Smith, 801 Twin Lakes Cove, Oxford, MS 38655.