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John Smith

John Smith

Sunday, March 10th, 1935 - Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
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John Arthur Smith on June 30, 2020 at Sentara Leigh Hospital heard Jesus say-“ If you lean on me, I won’t let you fall. John responded-time to go, I got to go now. Jesus allowed all of his troubles to be over as he peacefully entered eternal rest.

John Arthur Smith was born to the late John Edward Smith and Sarah Francis Whitehurst Smith on March 10, 1935. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and his son Thaddeus.

Education and keeping a job was very important to John, as his first job was working at Yoder Dairy. John joined the United States Army at the age of 18. John’s military service led him back to Norfolk, Virginia. He transitioned to working at Vepco currently known as Virginia Natural Gas, and retired after 38 years. Security was next at heart with him, he was employed by Cars Automotive for 24 years, Top Guard Security for 15 years. Norfolk Yacht Country Club. John always kept a job working 2-3 at a time. He was also employed by Virginia State Highway Department for 3 years. Big Pig Supermarket for 3 years. Care Plus Pharmacy for 10 years. Norfolk State University for 2 years. Virginian Pilot for 1 year. Janitorial Service at American Window Cleaner.

Family held a special place in John’s heart. Not only did he devote his life to be the best husband, father, grandfather imaginable.

John leaves to cherish his memories his devoted wife Blanche Futrell-Smith, mother-in-law; Erdie Boone, father-in-law; George Boone, Children; John (Janice) Smith, Linda Smith, Christine Arnold, Norbert(Donna) Warren, Augustine Smith, Fur baby; Sassy, one daughter-in-law Darlene Smith. In addition, he is survived by thirteen grandchildren; Ebony Smith, Katina(George) Richardson, Min. Nikita Bright, Mattea(James) McGhee, Aristotle(Joslyn) Arnold, Thaddeus Smith, Clay Smith, Claudine Smith, Sir Norbert Warren, Norshonda Warren, Yolanda(Omar) Clark, Earlene (Twan) Kearney, Nicole Dupleiss, 18 great grandchildren; Two great great-grandchildren; sister; Ethel (Oscar) Mason, five sisters-in-law; Regina (Randolph) Outlaw, Kim Boone (Carl), Joyceteen Boone (Kenny) Tonya Patterson, Angela Boone (Marlow), one special aunt; Rosalee Wilson, He is also survived by a host of other relatives. John touched so many lives, he was loved, and will truly be missed.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 11:00am
    Graves Funeral Home Chapel
    1631 Church St
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Interment

    Woodlawn Memorial Gardens
    6309 East Virginia Beach Blvd.
    Norfolk, Virginia 23502
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John Sykes

Posted at 09:57am
My condolences to the family, I worked with John ( Smitty ) at VNG he was always pleasant easy going a pleasure to work with he will surely be missed by all that knew him, God Bless and rest in peace my friend.

Shirrell Smith Sutton

Posted at 12:06pm
To Mrs. Norma J. Sutton:

My condolences to you on the passing of your uncle. Though your heart must hold deep sadness during this time of loss, may it also hold the blessings of the life you shared and the love that will always be a part of you. Praying that God will comfort your heart , uplift your spirit, and carry you through this time of sadness to a place of peace. With Love, Your daughter-in-love, Shirrell Smith Sutton

Tony Anderson

Posted at 11:11am
Worked with john Smith at complete automotive from 2012 to 2019 . We use to sit in the break room and had ton of laughs and even worked on his car few times . He will be missed god bless him and his family

Mattea Arnold Mcghee

Posted at 10:06pm
Family know my heart is heavy with grief. I pray for peace and togetherness for you all during this difficult time. I’m not able to be with you all during this time but your always in my heart. Life has a way of taking us down paths that we don’t always understand but GOD is in control and always see’s us through it no matter how simple or hard we feel things may be. I love you all and your in my families prayers.

Mattea Arnold-McGhee

Marcel and Shirrell Sutton

Posted at 08:21pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the peace of God & the most precious memories comfort your hearts in the days ahead. With deepest sympathy,
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