John B. German, "Johnny B.," was born Oct. 9, 1930, in Barnwell, South Carolina, to Mary E. German-Mack and Lonnie Morgan.
Johhny B. moved to Anderson in 1952 and resided there until he met the love of his life, Jaquelyn P. Stewart "Jackie," in Marion. John and Jackie (J &J) were married on July 17, 1955, and to this union they had four daughters, Marna LaShawn, Natasha Jon, Elena Michelle and Jacquelyn Rochelle. The Germans moved back to Anderson in 1959.
He proudly served in the United States Air Force and was Honorably Discharged in 1953.
He was a member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, United Auto Workers Local 662, past master of Peerless Lodge 32, Prince Hall Affiliated, past commander-in-chief of Marion Consistory 60, Past Potentate El Zora Temple 124. In May 1974, he received the Honorary 33rd Degree of Scottish Rite Masonry by the United Supreme Council A.A.S.R of Freemasonry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Johnny B. was the proud business owner for more than 25 years of J & J Lounge. He was an active member in his community. He participated in numerous governmental projects and the Democratic Party. He was assistant to the Honorable Mayor Robert L. Rock and in 1975 he became the first black Council President of Anderson City Council. After being elected he and Carrie Mae Hyatt were instrumental in bringing public housing to Anderson with the help of Mayor Rock.
He was an excellent father, provider and role model for his family. He enjoyed being around family, riding motorcycles, taking pictures, jazz music, a good nip and loved to travel. It was nothing for him to pack up the car and take the family on summer vacations (no matter how long the drive) or head to South Carolina with James Walker.
Johnny B. leaves to cherish his memories, his wife of 63 years, Jackie "Mother" Stewart German; daughters, Tanya (Rodney) Hudson, Montgomery Village, Maryland, Natasha (Michael) Edwards, Anderson, Elena Wise, Indianapolis, and Jacquelyn German, Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Justin (Hope) German, Austin, Texas, Michael A. Edwards II, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Shannon C. Wise, Indianapolis, Morgan A. Edwards, Dallas, Texas, and Ryan Hudson, Montgomery Village, Maryland; sisters, Mae Helen (Gene) Wilson, Anderson, Ruth Ann (Howard) Fisher, Marion; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Marna LaShawn German; and parents, Mary E. German-Mack and Lonnie and Mable Morgan.
Masonic Memorial Service will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Visitation hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday with a memorial service beginning at noon at Allen Chapel AME Church.
In place of flowers, please make donations to Allen Chapel Church Youth Department.
Arrangements were entrusted to L.C. May Funeral Service.
Published on March 1, 2018