John Owen Vernon passed way Sept. 27, 2020 at VCU Hospital in Richmond from a cerebral hemorrhage occasioned by a fall.

He was born in the Calvary community of Halifax County on April 15, 1924, the son of T.L. and Glennie Dora Mise Vernon, and grew up on the family farm. He graduated from Turberville High School and was drafted in 1942 while enrolled at Elon College. He served on the USS Chatelain and was particularly proud of serving with the task force that captured the German submarine U-505, now on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois.

He married Jeanne Elizabeth Batton on Sept. 25, 1947 and they enjoyed 73 years of marriage and their RV trips to Alaska, throughout the U.S. and Australia. They resided in Edison, New Jersey after 1951, and he was employed by Johns Manville Corp. After retirement in 1986 they returned to Halifax County.

He is survived by his wife; sons Robert and wife Carol, and Kenneth and wife Joan; daughter Debra; grandchildren Jon Vernon, Kris Krupa, Charles Ott, Elizabeth Caldwell, and Lydia Chevalier; four great-grandchildren; sister Evelyn McDowell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to acknowledge the kind care of Nancy Pulliam, who enabled them to continue living independently during his last months.

Due to COVID-19, the family will receive friends via drive-by or in person outside Brooks Lyon Funeral Home in South Boston at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4.

Burial will be at Culpeper National Cemetery in Culpeper on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, at 2 p.m. 

Online condolences may be directed to and donations to the American Heart Association.

The family is being served by Brooks Lyon Funeral and Cremation Services, South Boston.