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Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville

4889 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA

OBITUARY

John Henry Grady

August 22, 1952November 30, 2019
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John H. Grady, 67, passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2019. John was born on August 22, 1952 to the late Benjamin F. Grady and Mary Peedin in Johnston County, North Carolina. He is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years Iretta Colwell Grady; baby daughter Loretta Grady Hargraves; sister Mary Lou Treat; and brother B.F. Grady.

Mr. Grady served in the U.S. Marines. He was a Home Builder and was the owner of Grady Construction.

John will be sorely missed by his oldest daughter, Sandra Grady Brownley and Hector Merello; brother Roy Grady; sister Connie Langert; grandchildren, Brittany and Rachael Brownley and Chance Michael; and lifetime friends Elaine Watkins and Jean Ringenberg.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, December 7, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Final Resting Place

Memories

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Bonnie Kleinfelter

December 8, 2019

I am so sorry for the loss of John and Iretta. I have so many beautiful, funny and special memories of them both. John helped build my house and he was the best in his trade, there wasn't anything he didn't know. He was a perfectionist and Ret was his rock. John loved her deeply from the time he met her and meant his marriage vows until death do we part. He loved his daughters Loretta Dawn and Sandra and his granddaughters Brittany and Rachel they brightened his day and made his heart happy. John was an excellent provider for his family and a great man. John and Ret also had John's oldest brothers son John Lee whom they adopted as their own. John loved him like his own son, John gave all of them attention and his time but John gave John Lee the best thing of all, not only his time but he taught him his trade and work ethic and how a real Dad should have taught him to be a good man. All of John's family meant the world to him. Good or bad John didn't care, he was always there for them. John and Ret had some very special friends and I'm proud to say I was lucky enough and honored to be one of them. I still have keepsakes from them both. The loss is hard, the sadness I have is real. I have a special gift, I feel the spirits and I do hear them and on the morning of John's funeral he came to me and said if you get an opportunity to speak please tell everyone this "Don't mourn for me, I'm with the loved ones that passed before me. I want you to live, laugh go on and have fun, because you never know when your time will come. I love you all, so don't be sad, for one day we'll all be together again and glad". Love John. I/he hope this gives all of you some comfort in knowing I'm happy, pain free and I will be waiting for you when it's time for God to call you home. Until then my dear loved ones, live your life and know I will be with you and watching over you. RIP John Grady and Iretta! Fly high and free and give Dawn a kiss and hug for me.

Don Williams

December 7, 2019

John would always tell his guys to “turn your hat around”when they would take a break. He wanted to think they were heading back to work.

Don Williams

December 6, 2019

We have many fond memories of John and your mother. John worked for us a lot, even built the house we live in now.

John was a hard worker, fun to be around especially when your mother was near and we considered him a good friend


Don and Rose Williams

Jean Ringenberg

December 5, 2019

My deepest condolences to the Grady Family. To the most Wonderful Husband,Father and Friend.
47 years of our Friendship meant we were Family. John Henry was a true Southern Gentleman and Loved his wife Iretta. They were always there for me and I'm truly lost without them.I will cherish everything that we did together. Gonna Miss you John Henry I know your with them all and you are just a Smiling . Love Always ...The Ringenberg Family. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.❤

Kayla Grady

December 4, 2019

Unk,
I will always remember our Mississippi mud-pie sandwiches and the bets you'd place between my siblings and I - and by the way, I DID learn my ABC's from the middle both ways! Rest easy, big man. I know those gates opened wide and proud for you. Watch over us G's the way I know you will, until we meet again.

Claudia Huber

December 4, 2019

Such a kind man with a big heart. You will be missed.
Love, Claudia and Josh Huber

Lucky Grady

December 4, 2019

So many thoughts and memories,come to mind' when I think of You,Unk! You're Race is Won,Sir another Job Well Done! I'm certain you were greeted at the gates of Heaven,by so many gone ahead of You! Even though Our hearts ache and we suffer inside now without You,We Gs know that You,Aunt Ret,Dawny and Gertrude are together again without suffering. Forever you impacted the lives of Many! We Will see Y'all again. We Love You

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Daddy and Dawn

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Mom and Daddy at lunch.

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Mine and Daddy's hands.

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Daddy and Uncle Ronnie

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Momma and Daddy