John Henry Stanton, went home to be with the Lord on December 11, 2020, at his
home in Fork Union, VA. He was born December 31, 1945, in Buckingham County, to
the late Walter and Jennie Mae Stanton.
John received his formal education through Buckingham County Public Schools,
and graduated from Carter G. Woodson High School. He joined Baptist Union Baptist
Church, at an early age. Upon graduating from high school John enlisted in the Unit-
ed States Air Force. He served in the Air Force for over three years, working in aircraft
maintenance. While in the Air Force, John completed a tour of duty in Phan Rang,
Vietnam. He earned the rank of Sergeant, and received two military honors. One was
the Meritorious Service Medal and the other an award for outstanding work.
After serving his country, John returned home and gained employment with sever-
al companies, including the Uniroyal Tire Company, John W. Daniel Construction
(where he worked with his late father and brother-in-law), and the Powhatan Correc-
tional Center (PCC). John retired from the PCC in August 2009, with over 27 years of
service. John also worked part-time as a handyman for over 30 years.
At the PCC, John earned the respect and admiration of many of his coworkers. His
fellow officers considered John to be a “teacher, friend and father-figure”. John was
always willing to help others. Their happiness made him happy.
John enjoyed many hobbies such as gardening, working outside, feeding the squirrels
and birds and collecting tools. He liked keeping everything (whether it was useful or
not), in his storage house. The joke was...if you asked John for a tool, he had it...but it
would take him several hours to find it in his house! In addition to his hobbies, John
was also an active member of our local VFW chapter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Jennie Mae Stanton, sisters –
Mary, Mattie and Lillie, and brother – Franklin.
John is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, the love of his life, Barbara J. Stanton;
their loyal and loving daughter, Tracey (Brian) Richardson, and the family motivator
– granddaughter - London. Two sisters – Shirley and Elsie Stanton and one brother –
Elbert (Virginia) Stanton; half bother-in-law – Richard (Lucille) Lewis; sister-in-law
– Brenda Brown; a loving mother-in-law – Nellie Lewis; a devoted sister-in-law – Joyce
Lewis; a devoted nephew and niece – George (Catina) Lewis and Samantha (Maurice)
Williams; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
God allowed John to fulfill all the wishes on his bucket list, which included having a
family with his wife, traveling, purchasing his dream truck and acquiring lots of tools.
John truly thanked God, for all His blessings. John loved his family and friends dearly
and he will be dearly missed by those who knew him well.
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