John Bernard Brennan,III

02/09/1930 - 03/16/2022


Obituary For John Bernard Brennan,III

John B. Brennan III, 92 of Asheville, NC passed away on March 16, 2022 at the Elizabeth House. Born in Brooklyn, NY he was a son of the late John B. Brennan Jr. and Ruth Elizabeth Rutherford Brennan.

John served in the US Navy and later earned his bachelor's degree in Engineering from the University of Virginia. He was a treasured member of several churches throughout his life. Part of his service to the Lord included singing in the choir, cast of the Atlanta Passion Play, participating in Evangelism Explosion, serving as a Deacon and volunteering on many Mission Trips. He was also a member of The Gideons International and a jail ministry. In his free time, he enjoyed playing tennis, boating, square dancing and cards games. Prior to moving to NC, he and his wife resided in Social Circle and Atlanta, GA.

Surviving to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 67 years, Joan Virginia Nicolas Brennan; daughters, Diane Brennan and Phyllis Brennan Parrish (John), both of Asheville; son, John B. Brennan IV of Spartanburg, SC; grandson, Jesse Parrish (Sharon); granddaughter, Amanda Peek; great-grandchildren, Chloe Peek and Noah Parrish; his brother, Neil Brennan (Jane) of Belmont, NC and extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on Friday, April 1, 2022 at West Asheville Baptist Church. A private family interment will be held at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: The Gideons International; The Gideons International Processing Center P.O. Box 97251 Washington, DC 20090-7251 or online at

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  • 03/22/2022

    What sweet memories we have of this precious, godly and sweet man. We remember great times at the cottage at Lake Burton with much fun and laughter. Behind it were John and Joan always offering sweet service of whatever was needed! They were always such a source of love and encouragement! John will be greatly missed. With fond memories, Pam Peele

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