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John Rymer

Rotarian John Eugene Rymer, of Highlands N.C. passed away on July 27, 2020. He was born May 21, 1928 in Fairy Valley, Georgia to Albert Taylor and Francis McCamy Rymer, the 6th of 7 children.  His father died  when he was 2, and his family moved to Old Fort, Tennessee.  John was raised in Old Fort and graduated Polk County High School. John attended the University of Tennessee before enlisting in the Air Force in 1948. The time he spent while stationed in Oxford England, considerably broadened his worldview.


He married Beverly Staples Rymer on April 11, 1955 in Fort Lauderdale.  John spent most of his career at Florida Power and Light where he worked for more than 30 years. John was one of the first computer programmers and eventually became a systems analyst. John and Beverly lived in in South Florida until retiring to Highlands in 1990. They had three children and a wonderful marriage for 60 years until her passing in 2015. Over the past several years he  gratefully shared his life, home, family and much love with his “undocumented wife”, Jane Jerry.


In retirement, John was an active member of the Highlands Art League, the Western Carolina Woodturners and the Franklin Computer Club. His hand-crafted bowls are in several art collections and two are in regular use at the First Presbyterians Church of Highlands. As a board member of several groups he installed computer systems and served as Treasurer.


John was a devoted husband and father grandfather, and great grandfather. He also had experience as a professional photographer.  He enjoyed making annual family Christmas cards that are still cherished by his family to this day.  His favorite sport was fishing and he was an accomplished angler in fresh and salt water. In addition to his vocational volunteer work,  John was very active with the First Presbyterian of Highlands, and the Rotary Club in Highlands. He was always eager to help others, to think, and to laugh with his family and friends.


John is survived by Jane Jerry; his siblings: Mary Dougherty and Robert (Bob) Rymer; his children: John Taylor and his wife Donna, Todd and his wife Michelle, and Ann Brady; four grandchildren: Jessica Steinhart, Valerie Toth, Andrew and Gwyn Brady, and two great-grandchildren, Bennett and Collins Toth.


John asked that we all remember him in our private thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The First Presbyterian Church or to Wolfgang’s, where,  he said with a chuckle as he launched into the first verse of his newest song My Woman Done left Me, “you could all have a party!”??