John Charles Hart

John Charles Hart, 59, of Destin, Fla., passed away Nov. 3, 2012, at his residence. He was born May 28, 1953, in Orange County, Calif.

John served his country faithfully in the United States Marine Corps as an artillery man and was a lifetime member of American Veterans Post 29 of Destin.

He was an avid boater and captain of the Red Witch.

John and his fiancÚ were always surrounded by good friends who provided encouragement and comfort especially while he fought his cancer.

John is preceded in death by his sister, Sandra Meyer; parents, Charles and Nancy Hart; and uncle, Pete Jaycox.

He is survived by his fiancÚ, Sandra Bennett of Destin; one sister, Anne Kniffen of Destin; aunt, Audrey Jaycox of Ballwin, Mo.; nephew, Adam Kniffen and wife, Ariell, of St. Louis, Mo.; and niece, Audrey Kniffen also of St. Louis.

A celebration of John's life will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at Destin United Methodist Church.

Local arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home.