John V. Shevlin, Jr.

February 24, 1924January 1, 2018
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John Vincent Shevlin Jr., 93, went to be with the Lord on January 1, 2017. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on February 24, 1924. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Alice Shevlin, his brother Frank and his wife of 61 years, Alma Bowman Shevlin. Left to cherish his memory are two sons, Thomas Lee Shevlin and his wife Mary Ellen of St. Petersburg FL, and Robert Vincent Shevlin and wife Nancy of Portsmouth; two daughters, Maureen Elizabeth Oliver of Virginia Beach, and Kathleen Marie Shevlin of Portsmouth; four grandchildren, Travis Oliver, Elizabeth Oliver Lowe, Katherine Shevlin, Matthew Shevlin; four great grandchildren, Levi Lowe, Darcy Lowe, Jason Kronenberger and Bella Shevlin; and a sister-in-law Mildred Sadler of Colonial Heights, VA. John served in the US Army during WW2 and received an Honorable Discharge with the rank of Technician Fourth Grade, T/4. He belonged to the Hopewell, VA Jaycees of which he was a past President. He won both the Jaycees Keyman Award and the Kiwanis Club’s Distinguished Service Award in 1954. He and his family moved to Norfolk, VA in 1959 were he was a long time member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Norfolk and helped out on occasion as an Usher. John worked for the Virginia Pilot and Ledger-Star for 26 years. He won 7 awards for his advertisements and received a certificate of Achievement from the Virginia Pilot and Ledger-Star in recognition of his successful completion of 26 years in Advertising upon his retirement in April, 1986. John and Alma helped with Meals on Wheels for 3 years after his retirement and visited 32 countries. The family will receive friends on Monday, January 8, 2018 from 1:00-2:30 PM at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel. Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery January 11, 2018 at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and Eastern Shores, 800 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, Virginia 23504.


  • Visitation Monday, January 8, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 8, 2018

John V. Shevlin, Jr.

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Culpepper John

January 12, 2018

My prayers are with the family. In times of sadness there is always comfort, just remember, he will always be with you and in your hearts. May God's warmth and love be with you all!

John Culpepper
Norview Class of 78

Taffy Hunter

January 9, 2018

Our deepest condolences to Maureen, Kathy and the Shevlin family. May the peace of God comfort you and bring to your remembrance great memories of a life well lived. Bernard and Taffy Hunter, Virginia Beach

Ann Cassell

January 8, 2018

Maureen, Deepest sympathy to you and your family! I have enjoyed the stories about your dad and family during our "daily walks"!! Sorry I couldn't attend the service.

Ann Cassell - NDI Engineering Company

Cindy Kramer

January 7, 2018

Sending our sincere condolences. Remember all of your great memories and his great smile. With love, the Kramer Family

Donna Elliott

January 7, 2018

My love, prayers and heartfelt sympathy go out to the Shevlin family during this very difficult time.

January 4, 2018

My Heartfelt Condolences. I remember his sharing stories of travels and life stories. I will always be appreciative of his thoughtfulness. He was a good man and father.

Cathy Carroll Biggs

January 3, 2018

Love and heartfelt prayers for your family.