85 year old John Martin Malone of Alexandria died Friday at a Nashville hospital after a short illness. Born in DeKalb County, Malone was a lifetime farmer and a retired employee of Ross Gear where he worked for 30 years. He was a member and Chairman of Deacons at the Malone's Chapel Baptist Church. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Mike Gay and Lillard Stringer will officiate and burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery North. Visitation will be Saturday from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. Malone was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny D. Malone and Laura Wills Malone; a son, David Lee Malone; brothers, Charlie Gaston Malone, Marlin PA Malone; and sisters, Louise Driver and Janie Fuson. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Barbara Fuson Malone of Alexandria. A daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Phil McCoy of Alexandria. Special niece, Denise and husband Scotty Barrett of Brush Creek. Special nephew, Sam and wife Nancy Malone of Brush Creek. A sister, Shirley and husband Robert Katzenmiller of Alexandria. Special great nieces and nephew, Kacie Malone, Abby Malone and Chris Barrett. Brother-in-law, Charles Fuson of McMinnville. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements. The family has requested that donations be made to the New Hope Cemetery North Fund in lieu of flowers.