John William Artley
June 24,1951-April 7, 2021
Passing through this earthly life far too soon on Wednesday April 7, 2021 was John William Artley, much loved husband, father and grandfather. He also left behind faithful friends far and wide, who appreciated his wit and humor as much as his hospitality and Bar-B-Que.
John was born June 24, 1951 to Ramona and Bill Artley in Elkhart, Indiana. As a Midwestern boy growing up in the Fifties, he loved water-skiing and tinkering on old cars. One of those "classic" automobiles, a 1958 Studebaker Hawk, won the heart of his future bride, Nancy Holderman, on their first date in 1969.
As a young married couple, John and Nancy moved from Florida to Indiana, raising children, pets and sometimes their financial situation. His time with Nibco led him to a passion for computers and code-writing. More time in Atlanta prepared him for the final move to the Shenandoah Valley. John always claimed "…the best decision we ever made." Once in the Valley, John joined Adelphia Cable, first at the local level contributing to their success, then at corporate to guide his team as coach and mentor.
Later, he and Nancy became local business owners within the Staunton community.
John is predeceased by his father, William A. Artley and beloved step-father, A. Verl Thompson, a nephew, Joseph Artley and most recently, by his mother, Ramona V. Thompson.
Left to honor his memory is his loving wife of forty-nine years, Nancy; their children Sarah Artley Luong, of N. Chesterfield, VA, Keith Artley (Leslie), and Michael Artley of Swoope, and Nicole, of Midlothian, VA. Also, grandchildren, Olivia, Henry and Scarlet Luong, Aidan Artley and Elijah and Kylie Artley. John also leaves a sister, Marilee Newman (Michael), Carmel, IN and a brother, Alan Artley, Grayson, GA, and step-siblings, Diana Giggy, Daniel Thompson and Joseph Thompson.
Adding to this list is a large gaggle of nieces and nephews that will remember stories of a sweet old curmudgeon with the deep voice and a lovely white beard who could herd cats, talk to the birds and quote Mark Twain.
The arrangements provided by Cremation Society of Virginia and a private celebration of life will be at a later date.
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect)." --Mark Twain, 1904
Published in The News Leader from Apr. 15 to Apr. 18, 2021.