John Wesley “Son” Sailor

Aug 6, 2017
Sailor, John obit


Joint Services for John Wesley Sailor and Joseph Sailor, Sr. will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church 


4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, August 25, 2017 at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel and also one hour before the service at the church.


Fairview Cemetery


may be directed to the family


John Wesley “Son” Sailor, 54, of Bloomington, MN formerly of Waterloo, died Sunday, August 6, 2017 at UnityPoint Health Allen Hospital of natural causes.  

He was born February 14, 1963 in Waterloo Iowa the son of John Wesley Anderson and Sallie Mae Sailor.  

John was raised by his grandparents Viola and Joseph Sailor. He was a graduate of Central High School.  He worked as a Carpenter and in Maintenance for a Nursing Facility in Minnesota. 

Survived by: his grandparents who raised him as their own, Joseph and Viola Sailor of Waterloo; two sons, John Wesley Sailor, Jr. of Waterloo, Adam Michael Sailor of Cedar Rapids; one daughter, Lorrice (Treymone) Thomas of Waterloo; seven grandchildren, Jazmine K. Sailor, John Wesley Sailor III, Imara Miller, Sidney Sailor, Kaysen Sailor, Isaiah Thomas and Elijah Thomas; four brothers, Peter Anderson of Waterloo, Charles “Flip” Anderson of Waterloo, Joseph Sailor, Jr. of St. Petersburg, Florida, Jim (Rhonda) Sailor of Waterloo, eleven sisters, Tessie (Johnny) Hoskins of Waterloo, Linda (Sam) Thomas of Waterloo, Carmen (Rev. Keever) Murphy of Waterloo, Tamara “Penny” (Rev. Sam) Mingo of Orlando, Florida, Shena (David) Sailor Hodges of Houston, TX, Fredia Sailor Monroe of Quincy, Florida, Gracelynn Anderson of Las Vegas, Nevada, Leslie Anderson of Waterloo, Jonya Nassif of Cedar Rapids, Mone’y (Tellis) Scott of Tampa, Florida and Andrea (Terrance) Anderson of Waterloo.

Preceded in death by: his biological parents, John Wesley Anderson and Sallie Mae Sailor; one brother, Lennon “Snooky”  Sailor and siblings Hope and Larry.

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  1. Shaun Khalil El Amin | Aug 25, 2017

    My uncle and brother, i will miss u. 

    You have left me with the best memories. 

    You were a big part of my life, especially my younger years. You and Uncle Delbert. You are gentlemen and have a good soul  

    Have a peaceful sleep, til u wake again. 

    Your nephew Shaun.   Khalil El Amin

  2. Roro | Aug 24, 2017
    May God bless your soul my brother, my heart is still heavy hearing about this passing of a friend and classmate  you'll be greatly missed. Rip Son
  3. James Medley | Aug 18, 2017
    My Friend.... Took us a while but we became great friends. I will miss the laughter and the good times. Can't replace you--can't even think about it. Kick back and take it easy now my friend......................You will be greatly missed here at Catalpa Village
  4. Penny Jones | Aug 14, 2017

    To such a good friend and a caring co-worker here on the Martin Luther Campus. John you are truly missed by all the Staff and Residents with your helping hands and knowledge of the goings on with Meadow Woods. I've worked with you the past 8 years now, it's not the same without you, also hearing all your stories. I can't understand how this could happen to someone so young, (at heart too). I will always treasure our memories we had. I'll miss my lunch and shopping partner!

    My heartfelt condolences to all the family of John.

  5. Amy A. | Aug 12, 2017

    Dear John, 

    I am so sad that you are gone.  What a good friend you were. We had many great talks about life. You helped me move during a time when stress was so high (you somehow fit everything into the little truck, like a puzzle).  You fixed my car inexpensively. You were so generous, handy, talented and smart--and fun. I loved to see you with the Residents at work.  Your smile lit up the room and your heart was even bigger.  I know there is a huge void at the nursing home campus, and at the apartments you took care of.  I pray you are enjoying yourself in heaven with loved ones who also passed (do you have sushi and oysters and guitars up there?!).  Thank you for being on this planet and making it a better place. 

    Dear family members of John, He spoke highly of you all, and always looked forward to his visits to Iowa.  I was relieved that it was in Iowa that he last lived on this planet, for your sakes.  Thank you for all you did for John.

    With God's love and comfort, and with much sorrow,

    Amy A., friend and co-worker of John's

  6. Tation Bell | Aug 11, 2017
    Cant believe the time has come for you. Im going to miss you papa ! Ill forever keep the memories alive. See you soon 😘 
  7. Carol Reed- Anike | Aug 10, 2017
    My brother-in-law, my friend, John "Son" Sailor aka to me & a few others as "Huhhh".. boy the memories we've shared over the decades...we would crack up just by being silly & repeatly saying "Huhhh to each other. 😂 So many memories are flooding my mind as I'm trying to wrap my arms around your untimely passing.  All our fishing trips, you fussing at me not to stand up in the boat when catching a fish (I wasn't going to stand up Bruh 😂) to you just being an all around big brother fixing everything for me.  Our many encouraging talks filled with gut wrenching laughter.  I'm going to remember the good times but it hurts.  You were my brother, you were my friend. 😰You left way too soon...without any warning but I know it was just time for God to call you home. 😰I know you loved my sister so & Linda loves all of you....agh.  My prayers for God to see her through as this will by far be one of the hardest thing she's had to do..  You will surely be are part of our family for so long you just belonged.  we love you with all our hearts.  Rest easy & In total Peace my brother, no more burdens of this world. Huhhh...😰😨😇🙏🏽❤️❤🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽My prayers & condolences to the Sailor family, many friends near & far & my family, the Reed-Davis Family. 
  8. Rhonda Jarjou | Aug 09, 2017
    1Corinthians 15:53    For our earthly bodies, the ones we have now that can die, must be transformed into heavenly bodies that cannot perish but will live forever. 54: When this happens, then at last this Scripture will come true-DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY.
  9. Rhonda Jarjou | Aug 09, 2017
    I cant believe youre gone my sweet love. We only had 9 short years and that wasnt enough. You were the love of my life even with the ups and downs. You brought me joy and laughter tears sorrow and pain now that youre gone. There will never be another man as fine, as friendly, as wonderful as you, in my eyes. We used to sing together at the tops of our lungs and dance in the living room till the wee hours. You and me were soul mates and now my heart is broken in two. A part of me is missing. It will always be with you. My family and friends send their thoughts and prayers to Joe and Viola and family. I love u Aquarius.  Till we meet again, your "Babe" Rhonda
  10. Timothy Mutch | Aug 09, 2017

    I say with a tear tear in my eye, Im a better person having known John.  My thoughts are with the family.C

  11. Jonya Nassif-Anderson | Aug 09, 2017

    Beloved big brother, I'm grateful for every single conversation we ever had and your voice always made me smile like a little girl. I pray you rest well in divine peace and know that you are loved. You will forever be deeply missed. Jonya 

  12. Joi | Aug 09, 2017
    I love you before and I love you after. Your gone to a brighter better place. Rest easy in the sky high in the kingdom. I know you will watch over the loved ones you left behind. With all the love shared. We will never forget. But remember the good times we shared with you.😙😇
  13. Joi | Aug 09, 2017
    I love you before and I love you after. 
  14. Joi Melton-Anderson | Aug 09, 2017
    I love you before and I love you after. Your gone now but never forgotten. Your soul will carry on to brighter better things. But you will watch over the loved ones you left behind. Rest easy now as you sit high in the kingdom. With all your love you gave in life. We will all cherish the memories we have left. I love you man like a fat kid love cakes😙😇
  15. Leslie Anderson | Aug 09, 2017
    I'm gonna miss you so much you have a beautiful soul you will never b4 gotten I love you always 😇❤❤❤
  16. Jasmine Gardner | Aug 09, 2017

    My dear Uncle,

    I will forever Cherish our time together. I love you to the moon & back. Rest In Peace, until we meet again! Your First Niece Jas 

  17. Money Anderson | Aug 09, 2017
    To my big brother whom I love so dearly...Rest in love...For I know you will always be with us..Forever watching over us..
  18. Andrea Anderson | Aug 09, 2017
    To my big brother. I will forever carry you in my heart, give grandmother and dad a big hug and kiss for me. We love you. May your journey be peaceful. Love your baby sister. Andrea (Taste) Anderson.
  19. Peter J Anderson | Aug 09, 2017

    Peter J Anderson Aug 9, 2017

    To my big brother, you will always be my big brother.  I cannot ever replace your shoes. Peaceful journey, I love you.  See you later.

  20. Charles Anderson | Aug 09, 2017

    To my big bra I want u to know that I love u with all my heart rest easy and tell everyone up there in heaven I love them and protect us all love u 

    LIL BRA FLIP. ..

  21. Grace L Anderson | Aug 09, 2017
    To my big brother, I didn't just lose a brother I also lost my friend. I cherish my memories of you always taking me by the hand and never letting me go. Have a peaceful journey. Forever your little sister,  Grace Lynn 

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