Titus, John Williford

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April 13, 1935 - September 18, 2018

Titus, John Williford

John Williford Titus, age 83, died Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at his home in Dallas, Texas, following an illness.

John was born April 13, 1935, in Little Rock, Arkansas, and raised in Hamburg, Arkansas. He was the oldest son of the late John Myron Titus and Kathleen Williford Titus. John graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1957, where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. After graduation, John served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy until 1962 and regarded his service to his country as one of the high points of his life. After the Navy, John earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1965 and went on to have a successful business career. He started his career with Bradley Investment Company. In 1971, he became the Vice President of Real Estate for Steak and Ale and then joined Chili’s Restaurant Corporation (Brinker International) as Vice President of Real Estate. In 1989, John founded Snowstate Restaurant Corporation, a Chili’s Franchise, which he eventually sold in 1996. That same year, he and his son Bill started JWL Corporation, a self-storage company, of which he remained an integral part until his death.

Since 1977, John was active in the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, where he made many lifelong friends. His family and friends were the most important things in his life. Two of his greatest gifts were his sense of humor and love of life. Among his many interests were hunting, fly-fishing, reading, and traveling; however, his greatest joy was being with his grandchildren and watching them play football, run track, and dance.

John is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joan Hallenbeck Titus; his daughter, Mary Titus Clark and granddaughters Taylor and Kennedy of Dallas, Texas; his son, Bill Titus and wife Laura, along with his grandsons Payton and Blake of Little Rock, Arkansas; two brothers, Robert E. Titus and his wife Linda of West Monroe, Louisiana, and James C. Titus of Huntington, New York. John is also remembered by a host of loved nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews: Traci, Ashley, Steve, Lane, Jordan, David, Kara, Kyle, Garet, Ty, Avery, Aimee, and Paige, as well as Leigh who preceded John in death.

A memorial service will be held at Park Cities Presbyterian Church on Monday, October 1, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception in Fellowship Hall.

In Lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Salesmanship Club of Dallas or Park Cities Presbyterian Church, Dallas, Texas.

Please note that a shuttle service will be available at the church due to construction. Shuttle pick-up is located at the parking garage behind Tom Thumb on Irving, between Turtle Creek and Oak Lawn Avenue. The shuttle will run from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
214-306-6700

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Gerald Brunworth

September 29, 2018 6:21PM

I was sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, father and grandfather. John was a good man of compassion and humor and purpose. He was a man of God. I know that you will each miss him but that you also understand that he is with the Lord. He rests in the arms of Jesus. May you be comforted by these words. God bless and keep you in His care.
Gerald Brunworth


Gerald Brunworth

September 29, 2018 6:17PM

I share your sorrow in the death of your husband, father and grandfather. I knew John Titus as a good, helpful, generous, loving and Godly
. man. He will be missed but we also believe that he now lives eternally with his Savior. Take comfort in knowing that he is in the eternal presence of Jesus. Blessed be the name of the Lord. God be with you.
Gerald Brunworth


Jon and Sheila Harrell

September 24, 2018 10:00AM

So sorry for the loss of your loved Husband, Father & Grandather. I know he will be missed by you all. Praying for peace and comfort for you all.


Mindy Moore

September 22, 2018 4:26PM

What a great man. He was also so always so kind and funny. I enjoyed always enjoyed being around him and never knew what to expect:). I know he will be missed. Love and prayers all of the family in this difficult time.


Bob Titus

September 21, 2018 5:58PM

John was the best and most generous big brother anyone could ever have!


Doug Alcott

September 21, 2018 10:32AM

John was a role model and mentor to me in my formative years becoming a businessman/real estate deal maker. He cared for those around him, and was quick to help them succeed in business and in life. I have tried to emulate his negotiating style, which was always to be more prepared and quicker with the math of a financial transaction. Makes me smile remembering John "school" others in a negotiation. He will be so fondly remembered. Thoughts and prayers to Joan and the Titus family.


Scott and Mary Carole Polk

September 21, 2018 1:21AM

What an accomplished and interesting man! We are so sorry for your loss and pain. Prayers for Bill, Laura, Peyton, and Blake, and of course, the rest of the Titus family.

Scott, Mary Carole, Kirkland, MaryScott, and Jack Thomas Polk


Kay Hammond

September 21, 2018 12:06AM

To JOAN and family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Joan, if I can do anything, bring food, run errands, please let me know.
I know John is with our lord. Prayers for the family who will miss him so much.
Kay Hammond


Paula Childers

September 20, 2018 10:16PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, Bill.
Gary, Paula, Emily and Noah


Angela Clark

September 20, 2018 7:43PM

Our hearts our heavy hearing of John passing. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Praying for comfort and peace.