John Edward Nonn
John (Jack) Edward Nonn was born April 2, 1929 in St. Louis, Mo., to Otto Edward Nonn and Rose Ellen Hume and died Feb. 21, 2014 in Booneville. Preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, J.B. Jones of Nashville, Tenn., he is survived by his sister Nancy Jones of Nashville, Tenn., cousin Howard Witsma of St. Louis, Mo., and six children: Nancy Rodriguez of Levittown, N.Y.; Audrey Tabler and husband Sam of Booneville; John Fry and wife Carol of Rogers; Tracey Little and husband Thomas of Virginia Beach, Va.; Gabriella Miller and husband Mitch of Springdale; and Otto Fry and wife Betsy of Maumelle; Jack also had 13 grandchildren.
Jack was baptized as an Episcopalian and expressed his faith in Christ as his Savior.
The son of a Zone Manager for Chevrolet Co., Jack spent his growing years in several major Mid-Eastern cities, settling in Nashville, TN where he attended Duncan Preparatory School and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He was on the school wrestling team and a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. An Army Veteran, Jack served with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell in Breckenridge, Ky.
Now divorced, he married Gloria Molfino of New York and moved to Houston, Texas where he resided for forty years. He set his sights on bringing a new cultural awareness of the arts to the south. The Gaslight Coffee House and Purple Onion were ventures that furthered his mission to support creativity for artists through multiple mediums of art, music, poetry, and literature.
Jack was a member of the Art League of Houston, an art student at the University of Houston, he painted regularly (favoring portraiture) with colleagues, and frequented the circuit of showings at art openings and galleries. Interested in cycling, he launched “Jack Bicycle” to repair and sell high-end bicycles.
He was interested in current events and politics, was an avid reader and studier of new ideas, and was an advocate for educational advancement, passionate for his children to make education a priority. He was a supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of South Logan County. Jack had been a resident of Booneville since 2007.
Visitation will be held at Roberts Funeral Home in Booneville on Friday, February 28th from 5 to 7 p.m. with a memorial service to follow in the Roberts Memorial Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Logan County Boys & Girls Club, the Booneville High School Art Department, the Art Department of the University of Houston, or the Alzheimer’s Association.