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John Albert Mickelborough Jr., 86, of Bohannon, Virginia, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022. John was born in Mathews on June 6, 1936. He graduated from Mathews High School in June 1955. He then joined the U.S. Army in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1957.

He was a member of Reeds-wood Christian Church where he enjoyed working and providing support. John loved woodworking, yard work, and helping others in any way he could. Most of all, he loved his family and the Lord. He spent his working life in Springfield, Va., before retiring as the Chief of Utilities at Arlington National Cemetery and returning home to Bohannon, where he built his home and enjoyed living in it for more than 30 years.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Sarah Elizabeth (Gayle) and John A. Mickelborough Sr.; his wife, Katherine Townsend Mickelborough, and his son, John Stephen Mickelborough. He is survived by his daughters, Melanie J. Farmer (Blaine) and Christy M. Brownley (Dalton); his two stepsons, Don Townsend (Karen) and Paul Townsend (Liz); his grandchildren, Joshua, Sarah and Matthew; step-grandchildren, Randy, Lara, Bryan, Jaime and Stephanie; six step-great-grandchildren; his sister, Ann South; brother, Garnett Lee Mickelborough, and three nieces and nephews.

John’s family is truly saddened by his death. He is gone but not forgotten. He will be forever missed by many. The family would like to thank all of John’s hospice nurses, aides and caregivers for all the outstanding care they provided over the last seven months. We were blessed to have had such wonderful and caring support. You will always be remembered.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Foster-Faulkner Chapel, Mathews, followed immediately by a Celebration of Life service. Burial will follow in Providence Cemetery, Cardinal, Va. A reception will be held at the Mathews Volunteer Fire Department, 4542 East River Road, Bohannon, Va. 23021.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to the Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 723, Mathews, Va. 23109 or to the Mathews Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 1130, Mathews, Va. 23109 or Hands Across Mathews, P.O. Box 1303, Mathews, Va. 23109 or to your favorite charity.

Faulkner Funeral Homes, Foster-Faulkner Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.


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