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1935 John 2021

John B. "JB" Styron

June 27, 1935 — August 4, 2021



John B. "JB" Styron, age 86, passed away Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, Tenn.

John was a loving husband, wonderful dad and granddad. He had his priorities in order – he loved his Lord and was a long time member of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church where taught Sunday school and sang in the choir with his family. He was a supportive and nurturing dad to his children, who were just in awe of his swimming ability, they all learned to swim on the coast. John loved his country, and served for 18 years with the Smyth County School Board and as chairman for 15 years. His work with General Dynamics strengthened our military's Air Force with all of the special designs on many of our nation's fighter planes. He served his country with pride in the Maryland and Virginia National Guard. A true testament to faith, family, and country, John Styron will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Beatrice Styron; and siblings, Faye, Bobby, and Richard.

John is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joanne Griffith Styron of Marion, Va.; daughter, Kimberly Bird of Bluefield, W.Va.; sons, John B. Styron, II and wife Julia Dearborn of Oxford, N.C., and Michael Terrence Styron and partner, Diarmuid Corcoran of Emerald Isle, N.C.; brother, Phillip Styron and wife, Sylvia of Cheyenne, Wyo.; grandchildren, Leslie Styron of Corvallis, Ore., Hailey Bird of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Corey Bird of Topsail Island, N.C.; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Friday, August 6, 2021 from 6 until at 8 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel. Graveside services will be held Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Carmel Cemetery with Pastor Harry Howe and Pastor David Fugatt officiating.

Flowers are appreciated or memorial donations may be made to Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, 4317 Lee Highway, Marion Va. 24354 or Smyth County Humane Society, PO Box 1124, Marion, Va. 24354.

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Service Schedule

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Friday, August 6, 2021

6:00 - 8:00 pm

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Graveside Service

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am

Mount Carmel Cemetery

4410 Lee Hwy, Marion, VA 24354

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