H. Stembler, Jr., a veteran motion picture executive who formed
his own chain of cinemas, has died. John was widely recognized as
a founder of and driving force behind the long-running ShowSouth
convention. Long partnered with his brother, William J. Stembler,
in Georgia Theatre Co. (GTC), John sold his interest in GTC three
years ago and established Zota Theatres. Zota currently operates
34 screens at four sites in the Florida cities of Brooksville, Tampa,
Vero Beach, and Palm City.
graduated from both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
and the University of Georgia Law School. He then followed a 1965-67
term as a U.S. Naval officer. After that, for two years he worked
in the San Francisco branch of United Artists Distribution. He subsequently
returned east to join GTC, rising to the post of vice president
A Rotarian for more than 30 years and a board member of the Boy
Scouts of America, John was well known for his efforts on behalf
of Variety, the Childrens Charity, and served as chief barker
of Tent 21 in 1978. His face grew familiar to television viewers
in Atlanta as he routinely co-hosted WXIA-TVs local Variety
Visitation for John Stembler, Jr. is 4 6 p.m., Thursday
at Patterson Funeral Home on Spring St, in Atlanta.
The funeral service is 10 a.m., Friday at First Presbyterian Church
on Peachtree St. in Atlanta.