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John Early Huddle, Jr.

October 17, 1937October 9, 2020

John Early Huddle, Jr. passed away October 9, 2020 at his home in Waynesboro, Va. He was born in Rose Hill, Virginia on October 17, 1937, son of John Early Huddle Sr. and Mae Ramsey Huddle.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by grandson, Joshua Forbes.

John is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Joyce Powell Huddle, two sisters Shirley Pickeral (Johnny) and Sandra Bentley, and his brother, David Huddle (Jenny). His four children Robin A. Sims, Rebecca A. Forbes (Ryan), John E. Huddle III, and Christopher L. Huddle (Shawna). Three step children Kimberly M. Hargett, Sharon H. Liebenrood (Bill) and David B. Hargett (Tracey). Eight Grandchildren and nine Step-Grandchildren plus a total of 12 Great-Grandchildren.

In the late 50’s John left his childhood home in Belspring, VA. and his studies at VA Tech to pursue a career. In Maryland he became a skilled Meat Cutter and Trainer for Safeway Stores. Later, he joined Pepco, Potomac Electric in Maryland and then Virginia Electric Power in Charlottesville, where he handled Residential Power Distributions. In 1966 he joined the U.S. Department of Defense, as a Civilian serving in Information Technology at times for the Navy, but mostly with the Army for a total of 38 years. In 2004 he and Joyce retired on the same day. Retirement gave them the opportunity to travel extensively and John now had time to enjoy his passion for gardening. He attended the VA Tech Agricultural Extension Service, became a Master Gardner and later served on the Board of MG for the Shenandoah Valley. As a tribute to his wife, Joyce, he added Roses to their gardens. They enjoyed memberships in the Local, Richmond, and National Rose Societies. John became a Certified Rosarian and gladly answered questions and taught classes based on his experience with his many rose bushes as well as a large variety of other flowers, herbs and vegetables in his garden.

He was an active member of Main Street United Methodist Church in Waynesboro until later years when Parkinson’s robbed him of the ability to serve or attend services.

As a tribute to John on what would have been his 83rd Birthday, the family will have a private Graveside service at Thornrose Cemetery on Saturday October 17, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, 601 W. Main St, Waynesboro, VA 22980.

Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories with the family online by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements entrusted to the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes.

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  • In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by grandson, Joshua Forbes.


    John is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Joyce Powell Huddle, two sisters Shirley Pickeral (Johnny) and Sandra Bentley, and his brother, David Huddle (Jenny). His four children Robin A. Sims, Rebecca A. Forbes (Ryan), John E. Huddle III, and Christopher L. Huddle (Shawna). Three step children Kimberly M. Hargett, Sharon H. Liebenrood (Bill) and David B. Hargett (Tracey). Eight Grandchildren and nine Step-Grandchildren plus a total of 12 Great-Grandchildren.

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Phillip DePauk

October 17, 2020

We are so sorry to hear about John's passing. We enjoyed John and Joyce's friendship while we were members of Main Street United Methodist Church. John invited us to be members of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). John was kind enough to share his wonderful master gardening skills. John will be missed by many. May he Rest In Peace.

Phil and Nancy De Pauk
Bellville, Texas

Kevin & Emily Elliott

October 14, 2020

We send love and condolences to Joyce.

"My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him." ~Psalms 62:1

Diane Wilson

October 11, 2020

There are many memories of Early since we were neighbors and our oldest sister was married to him for many years. There were many in the Belspring gang and there were lots of fun times. We remember fondly his love of flowers, his cooking in very large cast iron skillets on campground fires. He loved to laugh and make others laugh as well. Our prayers and sympathies to the family. Diane Bays Wilson and Tom

Harold Baldwin

October 11, 2020

John was a very special friend that I will miss. I remember his green thumb and his love of flowers. He tended all the plants at Main St UMC. He had a great sense of humor and never failed to share his love of a good story. He, Joyce, and I were a "counting team" at Main St and after counting Sunday's offering we would hold hands and give thanks to God for all his blessings and support with our problems. As a Christian I will not say Goodby to him but will say "See you later."

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