Welcome to the
memorial page for
Deacon Jon F. Bottoms Sr.
June 16, 1941
~September 20, 2022
Jon Frederick Bottoms Sr. was born on June 16, 1941 and passed away peacefully on September 20, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents Rebecca Ethel and John Bottoms and his sister and brother -in- law Lois and James Saunders and Ex-wife, Frankie Lee Bottoms. He graduated from Long Branch High School in 1960. He then joined the United States Air Force, Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado and was Honorably Discharged 4 years later. He then began a 30 year career as a Civil Servant, Dental Assistant in Fort Monmouth, NJ and worked part time for Sears Roebuck And Co.
Jon, “Uncle Fred”, or “Freddy” as he was affectionately known, was raised in Second Baptist Church of Long Branch, NJ and used to listen to his grandfather ring the church bells every Sunday morning. On February 14, 2000, he married his lovely wife, Pearline Bottoms. Together, they were inducted as Deacon and Deaconess in 2001 at the very same Second Baptist Church of Long Branch under Senior Pastor, Reverend Aaron N. Gibson, Sr. He toiled in the Lord’s vineyard and served faithfully in the Male Chorus and led the Nursing Home Ministry ensuring they received Communion. He taught both Sunday and Vacation Bible School classes and served in the Pastor’s Aide, Evangelism, Christian Education and Floral Ministries. Freddy also supported many diverse charities, scholarship funds and community organizations with his time and financial contributions. He led a very active lifestyle including joining local gyms, daily walks, bowling, and traveling.
He was a faithful member of American Legion, Post 266, Commander Trevor Sanders, where he served for 32 years, and he previously held the position of Vice Commander. He was also a member of National Active Retired Federal Employees, NARFE, and he was a prior member of the Fidelity Lodge 42.
He leaves to mourn, his loving wife Pearline Bottoms; daughter, Mischellette “Denise” Bottoms-Yisrael; son, Jon Bottoms Jr; his grandchildren Moshe Yisrael and Niyah Yisrael; his sister, Mona Bottoms Savage and brother-in-law Ronald Savage; 4 nieces Justin and Yvonne Fisher, Kenny and Melissa Booker, Gertrude Jonson, and Michael and Stacey Clark; 5 great nieces and 1 great nephew; 6 great-great nieces and 5 great- great nephews. He was also a wonderful stepfather to Douglas, Erik, and Philip Proctor and Sheliah Walker and step-grandfather to James Saunders, Esau and Taleah Walker and Kayce, Kayla, Erik Jr, Michael and Chole Proctor. He also leaves to mourn a host of family and friends including his Garfield Court family and the life-long friend that he met at Lowry Air Force Base at the age of 19, Mr. Charles Earle and family of Columbia, South Carolina.