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Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville

4889 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA

OBITUARY

John Benson Moore, Jr.

November 30, 1937January 12, 2020

VIRGINIA BEACH - John Benson Moore, Jr, 82, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, January 12, 2020. John was born November 30, 1937 in Florence S.C. to the late John Benson Moore, Sr. and Melrose Rustin Moore and spent most of his life in the Hampton Roads region.

John is survived by his wife of 57 years, Susan Bland Moore of Virginia Beach; his brother, William G. Moore and wife, Sandria of Fort Lauderdale FL; son, John Benson Moore, III and wife, Katherine Callahan of Suffolk; daughter, Elizabeth Reeb and husband, Michael of Bristow; nephews, David Gosey and wife Lizabeth of Suffolk and Ryan Moore of Fort Lauderdale, FL; grandchildren, Stephanie Bryan, Joseph Cochran, Robert Cochran, Rachel Reeb, and Emily Reeb; and four great grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his sister, Janet Morrison.

John graduated from Norview High School in 1956 and went on to earn a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginal Tech and a Masters of Engineering from Old Dominion University. He spent 30 years of his career in civil service working for the Naval Sea Systems Command in Norfolk. In addition to his career, John’s life was enriched by opportunities to serve his community. He was an active member of the Rotary Club of Hampton Roads for over 30 years and served as President. He also served on the Larkspur Civic League Board, presided as President of the United Methodist Men at Community United Methodist Church, and was a member of the General Advisory Council for Technical and Career Education for the Virginia Beach City Public Schools.

After retiring in 1995, John was awarded the time to further pursue his love of sailing and woodworking. John and Susan enjoyed many happy years exploring the Chesapeake Bay and beyond on their 36 ft. sloop, L’Amour. The memories created and friendships made on the sea will always be one of the great joys of their life.

John was an avid wood worker for years and was a Charter member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. He spent many hours in his workshop mastering the fine art of furniture building and he was excited to spend one summer in the town of Ashburton in England studying and perfecting his work. John kept his hands busy and lovingly created many custom furniture pieces over the years. His family will treasure his work for generations to come.

John was a loving husband, father, brother, and grandfather, and he will be greatly missed by those who love him. We are comforted by the fact he is now at peace and hope he is now on a starboard tack with fair winds and following seas. We will miss you Wonderful D-Daddy.

A celebration of life John’s life will be held 1:00 pm on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Community United Methodist Church located at 1072 Old Kempsville Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. A reception will follow the services. Memorial donations may be made to Community United Methodist Church of Virginia Beach and the Boy Scouts of America. Interment will be private at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

  • FAMILY

  • Susan Bland Moore, Wife of 57 years
  • William G. Moore and wife, Sandria, Brother
  • John Benson Moore, III and wife, Katherine Callahan, Son
  • Elizabeth Reeb and husband, Michael, Daughter
  • David Gosey and wife Lizabeth, Nephew
  • Ryan Moore, Nephew
  • Stephanie Bryan, Granddaughter
  • Joseph Cochran, Grandson
  • Robert Cochran, Grandson
  • Rachel Reeb, Granddaughter
  • Emily Reeb, Granddaughter
  • John Benson Moore, Sr. and Melrose Rustin Moore Bland, Parents (deceased)
  • Janet Morrison., Sister (deceased)
  • John is also survived by four great grandchildren

Services

  • Celebration of Life Friday, January 17, 2020

Memories

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Jacklie Morris

January 16, 2020

A great friend and associate over the many years, probably 40+ with NAVSEA and privately. What a gentleman in every way. John will be missed, however we will met again in the next life. May God bless him and his family.

Mona Estes

January 16, 2020

John Moore was a kind gentleman friend in our Sunday School and church with his wife. I will always remember his friendliness and kindness. Love and prayers for his family.

zell walker

January 15, 2020

susan
so sorry for your loss. I have know john when he first graduate from Va Tech and work with him during those first years.Later on being at seprate commands we accomplished a lot he had some great people working for him and they really loved john. I enjoyed sailing with john and racing with him. I truly admired john he was always a gentlemen.
John may you always have Fairwinds and a Following sea.
Will miss you

Sheila Gosey

January 15, 2020

I was so saddened to learn of Uncle Johnny's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this tender time. When I think of Uncle Johnny, I see him at family gatherings and remember how much he enjoyed being surrounded by his family and those he loved. Praying that all who are grieving his loss will find peace and comfort knowing he has been welcomed into heaven by all those who have gone before him.

Vicki Gibbs

January 14, 2020

John was a very kind person, and always thinking of others. When my husband, Bill was in the hospital, John always checked in with him to see how he was doing. When I lost my husband, both John and Susan were very thoughtful, and helped to lift my spirits during a time of great loss. John also spoke at Bill's Memorial Service, which I truly appreciate. While I'm sad to see John go, I feel honored for having known such a fine man. Thoughts and prayers for Susan and family and may God bless each of you and keep you in His care.

Thomas Eldridge

January 14, 2020

John and Susan were friends of our family since the 1960's in Clearwater, Florida. In 1971, he arranged an interview for my father that provided employment and financial stability for my parents. Under his able guidance, I learned to sail little knowing that later I would be on the bridge of naval vessels in that same Elizabeth River. I stood watch with confidence because of his training.
Thank you for your friendship, Sir. I predict smooth sailing and excellent weather into your next port of call.
Susan and Family, my prayers are with you. May God hold you tight as you go through these days.
In Christ, Chaplain Tom Eldridge

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY