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Kiwanis Children's Fund mourns passing of President John Mayfield

Sep 29, 2017

Mayfield, John 2014

It is with great sadness that Kiwanis shares news of John E. Mayfield's death. John, who was newly-installed as president of the Kiwanis Children’s Fund, died early in the morning on Friday, September 29. He had been installed as the 41st president of the Children’s Fund three days earlier in a hospice center near his home of Ashland, Tennessee.

John joined Kiwanis just 10 years ago during a club-opening campaign led by Kiwanis International Past President Don Canaday, who presided during John's installation ceremony. During the ceremony, Canaday stated that recruiting John to join Kiwanis was perhaps the most impactful action he had taken as a Kiwanian.

Anyone who met John knew him as a generous philanthropist and enthusiastic supporter of Kiwanis and the Children’s Fund. He was appointed to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund board as a trustee in October 2013. He also served as treasurer and president-elect.

A second-generation Kiwanian, John joined the Kiwanis Club of Cheatham County in 2007 and served as its charter president. He also served as distinguished lieutenant governor of Division 14 in the Kentucky-Tennessee District of Kiwanis International. His father was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Cleveland, Tennessee.

John was a member of the Founder’s Circle, a Diamond-level 30 George F. Hixson Fellow and a lead gift donor to The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus, where he distinguished himself as chair of the Lead and Major Gifts Committee. He also was a Bo Shafer Fellow and Ted Osborne Fellow of the Kentucky-Tennessee District.

He was honored as a Champion of Change by U.S. President Barack Obama in September 2012 for his advocacy and support of The Eliminate Project.

His generosity reached far beyond Kiwanis. Through his foundation, which he founded in 1996, John supported the Tennessee 4-H Foundation, Nashville State Community College and many local charities. He also owned Mayfield’s Book Store for 27 years, where all proceeds from the sale of used books supported the John E. Mayfield Charitable Foundation. His foundation will provide funding for students at Nashville State Community College and will support the John E. Mayfield Library.

John grew up in Cleveland, Tennessee. He graduated from Baylor School in Chattanooga in 1970 and attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Memorial gifts may be made to the John E. Mayfield Circle K Scholarship Fund. kiwanischildrensfund.org/mayfield