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John D. Underwood Sr.
1942 - 2021
Sturtevant Funeral Home - Portsmouth Boulevard Chapel
5201 Portsmouth Blvd
Portsmouth, VA
PORTSMOUTH - John Delford Underwood, Sr., 78, of Portsmouth, Virginia, passed away on July 9, 2021 with his family at his side.

He was born in Buckhannon, West Virginia to the late Myrtle Backus Underwood and Duard Basil Underwood on August 4, 1942 and moved to Portsmouth at a young age. He was the oldest of eight kids and graduated from Churchland High School in 1960.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sondra McTaggart Underwood, his two children John "JD" Underwood Jr. and his wife Chrissy and Amber Dobsovic and her husband Mat, and three wonderful grandchildren, Jackson, Alexandra and Tilly.

He is also survived by his sisters Marie Chandler, Martha Armstrong (Joe), and Linda Whitehurst (Steven) and his brothers Russell (Linda), Lynn (Jean), and Steven (Becky) and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his youngest brother Joe.

A talented machinist, he began his civil service career at the St. Julians Creek Ammunition Depot and eventually retired from Shop 31 at the Norfolk Naval Ship Yard. After his initial retirement, he went to work for Electric Motor Company and was still working two days a week until May of this year. He was a proud Master Mason and the Past Master of Seaboard #56, Past High Priest of Mt. Horeb Royal Arch Chapter and the Past District Deputy of the Virginia's 33rd Masonic District. A man of great faith, he was a lifelong member of Simonsdale Presbyterian Church.

John was an amazing husband, dad, brother, and friend. He never knew a stranger. If you ever had the pleasure of being in his company, you know that he was a wonderful companion whose stories would always leave you with a smile.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Boulevard Chapel. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Simonsdale Presbyterian Church, 5001 Vick Street, Portsmouth, VA. A private burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Simonsdale Presbyterian Church in his honor.

Condolences may be made to the family online at
Published by The Virginian-Pilot on Jul. 11, 2021.
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Sturtevant Funeral Home - Portsmouth Boulevard Chapel
5201 Portsmouth Blvd, Portsmouth, VA
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Simonsdale Presbyterian Church
5001 Vick Street, Portsmouth, VA
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Tim and Lené Hundley
July 22, 2021
What an amazing person and what a remarkable life. I feel so lucky that I got to know Johnny on a more personal level on our triple and double dates! So much fun and so many laughs together. Loved when Johnny talked about working with my dad, too! I never knew this tie until he told me. I thought his funeral service was a wonderful tribute to him and all the good he has done during his life. He will be missed by so many, but he is irreplaceable to you, Amber, J.D. and the grandchildren. Love you Sondra. , Barbara
Barbara Fosnocht
July 14, 2021
I was so sorry to hear of Johns passing. He was such a wonderful person. I knew John from our much younger years and he was always a good friend to me and my husband John. My condolences to all of his family. God bless!
Marsha Atwood
July 12, 2021
Sondra and family, so deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved John. May you find comfort with many wonderful memories the two of you shared. Fondly, Cynthia Barnes
Cindy Barnes
July 11, 2021
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