Mr. Artis was a retired right of way technician for Shell Oil Co. and was a U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Shirley J. Graves Artis; his mother, Verlie Marie Skinner Laughlin; one daughter, Crystal P. Artis of LaCenter, Ky.; two sons John Thomas Artis Jr. and wife Gilea of Paducah and Jeremy Dain Artis and wife Debby of Belknap; one sister; seven grandchildren, Fernie Porras, Paula Vines, Michael Vines, Aaron Emmerson, Jade Artis, Ethan Artis and Collin Brown; and two great-grandchildren, Jasmine McCoy and Ryden Owen.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy D. Artis; one sister; and one brother.
A graveside service was held Sunday at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Paducah with Rev. Kenneth Hall officiating.
Milner and Orr Funeral Home of Paducah was in charge of arrangements.