Jeffrey A. Brock
December 14, 1945 – June 6, 2019
Little River, SC
Jeffrey A. Brock, born December 14, 1945, passed away June 6, 2019, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During his 73 years, Jeff visited and worked in more than 150 countries, bungee jumped off the Victoria Falls Bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia, and hit three holes in one on a par 4 course in Islamabad, Pakistan. One of these trips abroad led Jeff to his greatest adventure: his wife. In 1985 at the tail end of his 20-year career in the U.S. Navy Seabees, Chief Petty Officer Brock was attached to the Naval Support Unit, U.S. State Department, performing several security upgrade projects at the U.S. Embassy in Panama. It was at an Embassy party that Jeff met Joy, using his sense of humor to capture her attention that night and cookie baking prowess to eventually capture her heart. The two married on September 15, 1988.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Jeff grew up in Montana hiking the rugged terrain of Glacier National Park with his Norwegian grandmother and half-brother. Through the years, Jeff proved to be a rolling stone. Following his career in the Navy, Jeff spent nearly 30 years supporting the State Department. In 2001, Jeff joined the U.S. Foreign Service, traveling with his wife, two dogs, and cat to Almaty, Kazakhstan. In 2003, he was assigned to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where they expanded their family by two more furry friends.
With a booming voice and even bigger personality, Jeff left an impression wherever he went. Beneath his jokes and sarcastic quips was a generous and compassionate man. As a facilities manager, Jeff was a master of all trades. Through mentorship, Jeff empowered others helping them achieve a better life for themselves. He valued people for the content of their character, and considered his friends around the globe family.
Even in his final days, Jeff’s work ethic and humor were on display. He said, “Well, if it’s time for me to go, God must need a good electrician.”
Jeff is survived by his wife, Joy; his half-brother Gregory George Brock; sister-in-law, Priscilla Thrower Knight; niece, JJ Knight; and his two cats, Michi and Sophie.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made in memoriam of Jeff Brock to the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach at www.humanesocietynmb.org. Donations can also be mailed to the shelter at P.O. Box 3369, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am Monday, July 29, 2019 at Lee Funeral Home.
A guestbook is available at www.leefhandcrematory.com.
Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.
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Jeffrey A. Brock
Tom and Renee Puterbaugh
June 21, 2019
We first met Jeff in 1991, when he and Joy became our neighbors in Lorton, Virginia. Jeff was first to introduce himself and we became immediate friends. We learned in our conversations that Jeff was a master of all trades. Upon hearing about the various upgrades we wanted to do on our house, Jeff volunteered his time and immediately took the lead to help us. To name a few, Jeff and Tom worked together to install ceiling fans and lighting, remodel our kitchen, and fence in our yard. Tom and Jeff often reminisced about the shadow box fence they installed. Digging the post holes required a gas powered post hold digger. While digging the holes, they struck many rocks, abruptly halting the digger and throwing them, especially Tom, to the ground. Following a raucous laugh from Jeff, they moved on to the next hole. After an exhausting day, Jeff returned at sunrise the next day to wake Tom up to finish the project. No project was too large for Jeff! After moving to South Carolina, Jeff often stayed at our house in northern Virginia for a few days, before and after his trips overseas. We considered Jeff part of our family and always looked forward to his visits. During his stopovers, Jeff often shared pictures and told stories about his overseas adventures, providing our family and friends with a glimpse into other cultures and traditions. After Jeff retired, we missed those times together. We were heartbroken when we learned that our dear friend passed away after battling cancer. Our memories of Jeff will be of a dear friend who touched our lives in so many positive ways and meant so much to us. His positive outlook, outgoing personality, and genuine approach towards others will always be remembered. Our love and heartfelt condolences go out to Joy and the family. Jeff will be greatly missed.
Love, the Puterbaugh family (Tom, Renee, Laura, Michael, and Christina)
June 15, 2019
I’d like to say Jeff & I ran a long time & had a chuckle or two about life & how fun it was. We ran into each other around the world several times & he always helped me out when we worked together. For sure you will miss him, as his humor was so infectious.
1217 Coghill Circle
St. Augustine, FL
June 12, 2019
Jeff was one of a kind, maybe the last of his kind. It's hard to say that about someone and really mean it, but with Jeff, there was literally no one like him in the rest of the world. I could never figure out what category to put him in, because he cussed like a sailor, played golf like a pro, was well-traveled and understood a lot about the rest of the world, yet was super talented in insulting everyone and every category of person equally and without prejudice. He worked like an animal, and had a heart the size of Texas.
See ya at the next hole, "Easy Game."
June 12, 2019
Rest in Peace, my friend. I never had the pleasure to meet you, but as a fellow Facility Manager for the Dept. of State, I offer my deepest condolences.
June 9, 2019
My Greatest Friend, we meet in Montana at your Grandmothers home in 1984, you gave me a place to live for the next 35 years. You have been a great inspiration and mentor in my life. You and Joy took me as one of your family and for that I will ever be indebted. My only regret is that I did not give you a hug goodbye. Your love will live on in you beautiful wife Joy, and the peoples lives you have touched. I look forward to the day when we meet again, and hopefully we will not have some "project to work on" and we can just have a cold beer. See you later my friend, love you and Joy always, Doug Yeager