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John Gannaway Hart Jr., 38, of Saluda, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 10, 2019. 

He was a well-known, well-respected and well-loved friend of all. John graduated from West Point High School in 1999, and was currently a AAA welder and certified welding inspector at West Rock. John’s outgoing nature and welcoming smile made him a quick friend to anyone he met.

John was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Mary Hamilton Holberton and Thomas H. Holberton; paternal grandmother, Edith Gannaway Hart, and two infant brothers, Joshua Allen Hart and William Patrick Hart.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Lumpkin Hart; their beautiful daughter, Grace Emma Hart, and his parents, Jack and Clyde Hart. He is also survived by his siblings, Carl Tristam Jones, Samuel Crawford Hart (Sally) and Rebecca Anne Hart; grandfather, Robert “Bobby” Presley Hart Jr.; his mother and father-in-law, Kay and Richard Lumpkin; a niece; nephews; aunts; uncles; cousins, and friends too numerous to count.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at Shackelfords Chapel United Methodist Church, 3727 Buena Vista Road, Shacklefords, Va. Vincent Funeral Home, 417 11th Street, West Point, will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 should anyone wish to sign the register book or leave a handwritten memory of John for his family. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gracie’s College Fund, c/o Jennifer Hart at Baylands Family Credit Union, P.O. Box 392, West Point, Va. 23181.

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