John Fruit, age 81, passed away peacefully on May 15, 2021 surrounded by
John will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 58 years, Carol Morris Fruit:
his sons Jeffrey (Kristin) and Stephen (Lee), three grandchildren, John, Ben and
Megan, his sister Susan and sister-in-law Sharon. He was predeceased by his
parents Roy (Spin) and Marie Fruit and his brother Chuck.
Born and raised in Edwardsville, Illinois, John attended Edwardsville High
School, the University of Colorado and graduated from Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville. He soon began his lifelong career in banking, first in California and
then as President and CEO of Edwardsville National Bank in Illinois. Upon
retirement John and Carol moved to Bluffton, SC.
Always a “people person” he was involved in many community
organizations throughout his career and continued in retirement to be involved in
the Rose Hill POA and Men’s Golf Association. He also enjoyed working part-time
as a starter at Port Royal Golf Club.
Funeral Arrangements are being made for a memorial service and burial in
Illinois. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Hospice Care of
the Low Country, PO Box 3827 Bluffton, SC 29910 or the Edwardsville, IL YMCA.