John Arnold Ahlquist

John Arnold Ahlquist, 78, of Bakersville, formerly of Massachusetts and Sarasota, Florida, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine.

Mr. Ahlquist was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, to the late Oscar T. and Margaret C. Ahlquist. He attended Attleboro schools and graduated from Attleboro High School in 1958. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1963 during the Cold War. He was also a retired correction officer. 

Mr. Ahlquist was a lover of animals, especially parrots. He was a member of the Roman Catholic Church. 

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Clara L. Ahlquist; one daughter, Lisa M. Ahlquist; one son, James Ahlquist; stepchildren, Sharon Pope and Tim Wyatt; one sister, Mary Poirier, and husband, Robert; five grandchildren, Brittany, Brandon, Nick, Garrett, and Lindsey; and 2 great-grandchildren, Lexy and Noah.

A memorial service was 1 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2019, at Spruce Pine United Methodist Church.

Instead of flowers, please consider sending memorial donations in his name to the Mitchell County Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 308, Spruce Pine, NC 28777; Spruce Pine United Methodist Church, 11090 Hwy. 226 South, Spruce Pine, NC 28777; or Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

Kirksey Funeral Home, of Marion, assisted the Ahlquist family.

Mitchell News-Journal • May 1, 2019

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