John Hoyle McCormick dedicated his life to helping the people of Hamilton County and the surrounding communities. He was born on July 30, 1933, and died on March 22, 2017, at the age of 83. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Peggy McCall McCormick, who died in 2015. Like John, Peggy devoted her life to helping others; she taught school, piano and organ. John McCormick was a graduate of the University of Florida. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1958 after obtaining his law degree from Stetson University College of Law. He became qualified to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the Federal District Courts of the District of Columbia and the Middle District of Florida. In 1958, John was elected mayor of White Springs and served there until 1960. In 1961, he became Hamilton County Judge, serving the people of Hamilton County in that position until December 1972. On January 2, 1973, John became the Hamilton County Attorney and served in that capacity until his death on March 22, 2017, a period of 44 years. As County Judge and County Attorney, John served his community for 55 years. John was active in politics, supporting candidates for President of the United States who he thought would help our country. He received personal letters from Presidents John F. Kennedy and George W. Bush thanking him for his help and support. John's devotion to improving our country began with his admiration of his father, Clyde Hoyle McCormick who began his service in the U.S. Navy at age 15 in World War I. In World War I, John's father would ride in a wooden minesweeper boat ahead of the ship, a very dangerous job. Clyde McCormick continued to serve in the U.S. Navy through World War II. His father's dedication through service to his country was noted by John and greatly impacted the direction he chose for his own life. His was unquestionably a life of service.
Many organizations have expressed their appreciation for John's service. For example, the Board of Directors of the Hamilton County Bank in February 1987 adopted a resolution expressing their appreciation for his service as a Director from 1967 until 1986, and as a Vice-President from 1970 until 1986. On August 5, 2008, the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners expressed its appreciation for John McCormick's 50 years of service in a presentation that stated "Your contributions and active leadership has made a positive and lasting impact on our County." John served on the Board of Directors of First Federal Bank of Florida for a number of years. In 2011, John was also honored for his 50 years of service as a Master Mason of the John M. Caldwell Lodge #70 of Jasper. He received a Founders Award for his dedicated service to the Stephen Foster Folk Center and its associated Folk Festival. Survivors include his cousin, William Franklin Thore and his wife, Ruth, their son, William Christopher Thore and his wife, Rebecca, and their daughter, Sandra Thore, Glenn and Joy Deck, and children, Norman Booker, all of North Carolina. He is also survived by his nephew, C.H. (Terry) McCall and his wife, Quay, of Texas, their daughter, Kathryn Leslie McCall of New York, and their son, William H. McCall and his wife, Elyn, of Texas. John's family wishes to thank caregivers, Rhonda Chapman and Chance Hamilton for the excellent care provided to John and Peggy. Also, they wish to thank his office staff Carolyn Cannon and Gail Hackle for all that they have done to assist John over the years. Graveside services were held on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Riverside Cemetery in White Springs, FL. with Rev. Christopher Thore officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Riverside Cemetery Memorial Fund, 12147 SE US Hwy 41, White Springs, FL. 32096 or to Haven Hospice, 6037 West US Hwy 90, Lake City, FL. 32055.
Harry T. Reid Funeral Home, Jasper, FL. was in charge of arrangements.
Published on March 30, 2017