John Endress • September 3, 2021



John Collis Endress (John John), 43 of Cantonment, FL went to be with his Savior on Friday, September 3, 2021.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Tracy Smith Endress; daughters Josalin, Jazmine, and Claire; sons Collis and Carter; his parents, Donald and Norma Endress; his sister, Kelly Brown (Kevin); his sister, Kim Perdue (Eric); his brother, Donald “Buddy” Endress (Leah), his sister, Katie Castleberry, his grandfather, George West, and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.

John is preceded in death by his grandmother, Norma “Jeanne” West; grandfather and grandmother Donald and Clara Endress; and brother-in-law, James Castleberry.

John was born to Donald and Norma Endress in Chattanooga, Tennessee on December 29, 1977. John grew up in Terre Haute, Indiana where he graduated from Terre Haute Christian High School. John excelled in athletics while in high school playing varsity soccer and basketball. John had the privilege of winning his high school’s first state championship in 1995 as a starter on the varsity basketball team. It was on September 26, 1999 that John gave his life to the Lord, when his dad took him to the altar at Calvary Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. His father led him to the Lord that day and John never looked back. John continued his education at Tennessee Temple University where he graduated with a degree in Theology in 2002. John met his wife, Tracy, while they were both employed by Allstates Employer Services. This occupation as well as his job at Verizon and then Safe Haven Security gave him the opportunity to impact the lives of countless others and provide for his family.

All who knew John would be quick to say that he was the biggest family man out there, with endless devotion, love, sacrifice, and support towards his wife and children. He enjoyed spending every moment with his family; cheering the kids on doing what they love, having family dinner every night to hear about their days, and above all, putting his wife, the love of his life, first in everything that he did. He led his family and those around him by example as a man of strong values, showing respect, patience, honesty, passion, and a true love for the Lord. As a member of Olive Baptist Church, John enjoyed serving the Lord alongside his wife in the children’s ministry and Sunday school class among his friends, all while leading his children in their walks with God.

Please join us as we celebrate the life of our precious John at Olive Baptist Church,1836 E Olive Rd, Pensacola, FL 32514 on Saturday, September 11, 2021 with public visitation from 9:45am to 10:30am then service from 10:30am to 11:30am. A procession line up will follow the service to Pensacola Memorial Gardens, 7433 Pine Forest Rd, Pensacola, FL 32526. Officiating the funeral will be Pastor Chris Reeser, a supportive friend of the Endress family. For those who cannot attend, there will be a live feed accessed by going to olivebaptist.org/funeral at these times.

Active Pallbearers are Buddy Endress, Kevin Brown, Eric Perdue, Aaron West, Jay Stromgren, and Hesston Hooten.

In lieu of flowers, the family has created the John Collis Endress Memorial. Please make contributions payable to “John Collis Endress Memorial” and mail it to Navy Federal, P. O. Box 3100, Merriflield, VA 22119-3100 or make contributions to any local branch. Please include the access number 16449602 on the memo line.

Donations may be made in Memory of John Endress to Olive Baptist Church, 1836 E Olive Rd, Pensacola, FL 32514.

A very special thank you to the nurses and physicians of Sacred Heart’s 5th floor MICU that took direct care of John and comforted his family daily.

  1. ROBIN LYNNE KIRKSEY says:

    Tracy,
    My heart is so broken. God had better plans for John’s work in His Kingdom. Know that we Love you!!

  2. Pierce says:

    John was a shining example of a great man. A Godly family man whose love was evident in all we saw him do. Even when grilling hamburgers. We cherish the time we got to spend with and get to know John. Until we meet again ‘my guy’ – The Pierce Family

  3. Angela Thomas says:

    I loved his smile! It warmed my heat the second I saw it. No matter how long it was between visits, the moment he smiled and started talking the time vanished. We were little kids again. I cannot remember him very being sour or saying anything mean or negative. He was definitely a great person. And I was lucky to call him my cousin. He will definitely be missed ❤️

  4. Crystal Barrett- Judy says:

    As kids all of cousins were so close im gonna miss you John prayers to you all 🙏🙏

  5. McAuliffe Family says:

    God, we trust that you will guide this beautiful family. We pray with you at this difficult time.

  6. Carol Endress Berry. says:

    His eyes always sparkled. His presence made you feel so welcome. So polite. I loved him very much. He was a good father and husband. He will be missed a lot.

  7. Mike Hughes says:

    Sorry for your loss. I’ve never met another person as nice as John, truly great.

  8. Brian Endress says:

    My nephew John will be sadly missed, but I do know that we will all meet again for the Glory of God. God will have a special place for John and I bet it’s close to where his cousin my daughter Ashley is. I pray to God to give comfort and peace to Tracy as she grieves as well as Don,Norma and family.
    Love you John Fly high!!

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