John William Artley
1951 - 2021
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 by The News Leader from Apr. 15 to Apr. 18, 2021.
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My sister Lorna and I were in youth group with John at Hillcrest United Methodist Church. Although we lost touch after high school, we cherish the fun times we had during the late 60's. Our condolences to your family.
Susan(Harrington) Yoder
April 21, 2021
Very sorry to hear about John's passing. A great person who had a good since of humor and too get a chuckle of. Praying the family. Joe Gaines
April 19, 2021
We're sorry to hear of Johns passing. I have known him since grade school. He was a great guy. He will be missed dearly.
Phyllis Crabtree
April 17, 2021
When ever my dad came home on leave from the air force I got to spend a lot of time with John (Johnny Bill). We would jump off the six span and hit the ponds around bacon hill for fish and sometimes turtles. I miss the times we had, but I know we will meet up in heaven.
Gary Barnard
April 16, 2021
When ever my dad came home on leave from the air force I got to spend a lot of time with John (Johnny Bill). We would jump off the six span and hit the ponds around bacon hill for fish and sometimes turtles. I miss the times we had, but I know we will meet up in heaven.
Gary Barnard
April 16, 2021
I enjoyed getting to know John as his server at the Yelping Dog back in the early days of The Dog. John loved his Vienna Lager. I enjoyed the evenings when he and Nancy would stop by. I miss the fun and smiles we shared. So sad to lose him. Sending love to Nancy and his family.
Carol Morency
April 16, 2021
My sincere sympathies to you, dear Nancy and your family. John is now Home, May his soul be blessed.
Nadine Chase
April 16, 2021
Always a warm smile and sincere greeting - a true gentleman.
Mahlon and Alice Webb
April 16, 2021
I’m So sorry for your loss. I had the opportunity to work with John for a brief time back in the Adelphi’s days. I learned a lot from him and my memory of him is smart, kind, knowledgeable, full of humor. RIP John!

Theresa VB
April 16, 2021
If everyone, was like my brother

The world’d be different, cause he’s like no other

He never said no, to adopting a stray
Whether it was a friend or a cat, all could stay

If you asked him a question about something complex,
He’d know the answer,
off the top of his head

His wit was sharp, his laugh was grand,
He wasn’t afraid to make a political stand

He wasn’t too fond of corporate games,
He found such things, exceedingly lame

He was genuine and loyal, and usually frank,
So if you asked for his opinion, you might not say thanks

But his love for his family, was never in doubt,
For us the world was better, with him than without

We miss you, brother!

April 16, 2021
You have so many memories of the special man that was. May those memories keep you strong.
Graham and Donnette
April 15, 2021
I enjoyed working with John at the Frontier Culture Museum. We had many discussions from politics to recipes, grandchildren, birds, nature and always what Mark Twain would say. I’m so sorry for his passing. He was a great guy. My heartfelt condolences to Nancy and family.
Josephine King
April 15, 2021
Nancy, please know that I am thinking of you. I am sorry for your loss and wish you the best in this new chapter of your life, Marney Gibbs

Marney Gibbs
April 15, 2021
John was a good man and friend. I worked with him and got to admire his wit and wisdom on a daily basis. Job changes and the world changes but John was a staple. I'm going to miss him. Prayers to Nancy and the rest of the family on their loss. He will be missed by all that knew him.
Barry Rutland
April 15, 2021
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