2016-06-30 / Obituaries


Juan Class, 78, departed this life June 22, 2016 at his residence.

He was born Dec. 5, 1938 in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico to the parentage of the late Jose Chez Class Castro and the late Felicita Pabon Otero. After receiving his formal education in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, Juan was self-employed as a successful agriculturalist who enjoyed farming and selling his produce. In 1958 he moved to New York where he was employed as a cab driver for many years. He later was employed as a bus driver for the New York City Transit System, from which he retired after 30 years of service.

While in New York City, he met Elizabeth Martin, they were united in holy matrimony and shared over 50 wonderful years together. John, as he was affectionately known, opened his heart and home to Liz’s family and everyone that entered as his own.

John and Elizabeth relocated to Alabama in 1997 where John enjoyed three of his favorite hobbies: fishing, farming and dabbling in the spirits. He was a member of Word of Truth Fellowship Church and a devoted Bible reader who loved to keep detailed notes about the scriptures. He always remembered from his childhood that he was taught to, “say my little prayer to God in the morning and evening.”

He will forever be cherished in the hearts of his devoted and beloved wife of over 50 years, Elizabeth Martin Class, Jackson; one daughter, Migdralia “Mildred” Class, Canovanas, Puerto Rico; one son, Wilson Hatfield, Bronx, N.Y.; three sisters, Carmen Class, Ocala, Fla., Giyermina Class, Euralia Class, both of Carolina, Puerto Rico; six brothers, Angel, Eduardo and Anibal Class, all of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico; Jaime Class, Carolina, Puerto Rico, Conse and Antonio “Tony” Class, both of Canovanas, Puerto Rico; three grandchildren, Christopher Angel (Ingrid) Matos, Millicent Jessica Irizarry, both of Bronx, N.Y., Shaylin Class, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico; three greatgrandchildren, Christopher, Nicholas and Emma Matos, all of Bronx, N.Y.; one sister-in-law, Mary Starling, Jackson; a host of nieces, two devoted, Catherine Brown, Margie Myles, both of Bronx, N.Y.; a host of nephews, two devoted, Kenneth Starling, Charlotte, N.C., Earl Martin, Creola; two devoted great-nieces, Candace Brown, Shinola Brown; a devoted great-nephew, Kevin Brown, many other relatives will miss him dearly.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Iris Class.

The service was June 29 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Olive #2 Baptist Church at 105 Griffin Street in Jackson with Dr. S.E. Tullis, pastor and Rev. Marcus Kelley, pastor of the deceased and eulogist. Burial was in the Martin Family Cemetery.

Condolences to the family at www.andrewsfuneralhomejackson.com, and on Andrews Funeral Home Facebook page.

Andrews Funeral Home of Jackson directed.


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