Respected Former Jo Byrns Principal And Teacher John Mantooth Dies, He Was 70


Respected Former Jo Byrns Principal And Teacher John Mantooth Dies, He Was 70

ADAMS TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – The Adams community is mourning the loss of John Mantooth who unexpectedly died Sunday, he was 70.

Reports indicate that Mr Mantooth passed away at his home Sunday of natural causes.

John Mantooth was the principal of Jo Byrns School and an educator for many years. John’s wife Mary Mantooth is the residing Mayor of Adams. John was also very involved in the Adams Cedar Hill communities and even acted as the parade aficionado as depicted in the above photo taken by Smokey Barn News as he called out each float at the 2014 Christmas Parade.

Robertson County Mayor Howard Bradley released the following statement regarding the passing of Mantooth.

“The loss of Mr. John Mantooth, who was a long time educator and principal at Jo Byrns School, is being keenly felt throughout our community.

“Mr. Mantooth gave of his talents and his teaching ability selflessly. He was always an advocate for teachers and for students and we send out our special sympathy and condolences to his wife, and Mayor of Adams, Mary Mantooth. He leaves a great void, we will certainly miss his support in the community, he was very actively involved in community spirit and everything the Adams community did. Those people that were students of John and worked with John will keenly feel his loss.”

Mr. Mantooth was born July 25, 1947 in Cleveland, Tennessee. He was a teacher, coach and principal at Jo Byrns School during his 32 years of service there.

Mr. Mantooth was a member of the Red River Masonic Lodge, member of the Adams Community Club, member of Community Spirit and member of the Red River Baptist Church. For Mr. Mantooth’s full obituary click here.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 2pm in the chapel of the Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield.  Burial will follow in the Bellwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 2-8pm and again on Wednesday from 10am until the hour of service at 2pm.

The thoughts and prayers of the staff at Smokey Barn News are with the Mantooth family as they face John’s sudden passing.

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