John Courtenay “Jack” Harry III, a longtime resident of the Suffolk community, passed away on November 24, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was 85 years old.
Jack was predeceased by his eldest daughter, Margaret Heuberger, and his brother, the Honorable Blair Harry.
Jack Harry was born in Suffolk on April 26, 1936, the son of Jack and Callie Harry. He graduated from Suffolk High School in 1954 and Randolph Macon College in 1959. At Randolph Macon he was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity.
Mr. Harry served in the Air National Guard from October 1961 to August 1962. In August 1962 he received an honorable discharge from service.
He was employed by the Virginia Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Mr. Harry received his MAI designation from the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers on May 4, 1970 and began to practice in private practice as a real estate appraiser. He was in partnership with Theadore J. Economidis and then formed his own firm, John C. Harry Inc., which he led from 1983 until his death.
Mr. Harry has served on the Board of Directors of First Savings of Suffolk, Commerce Bank and the Virginia Board of Directors of BB&T, from which he retired on December 31, 2006. Mr. Harry was previously member of the State of Virginia for eight years. Evaluation committee, the last four years as chairman. He has also served on numerous boards of Suffolk Christian Church. His biggest passion in life was his family, his wife (Billie), his children and his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret Simons Harry, of Suffolk; one son, John C Harry IV and his wife, Jennifer, of Suffolk; daughters, the late Margaret Heuberger and her husband, Eric, of Suffolk, Elizabeth Leach and her husband, Duncan, of Winterville, North Carolina, Martha Young and her husband, Bert, of Suffolk, and Virginia Basnett and her husband, George, of Aydlett, North Carolina; two siblings, Betty H. Tarkington and her late husband, Steve, of Franklin, and C. Thomas Harry and his wife, Carol, of Suffolk; a sister-in-law, Gin Staylor and her husband, Mills, of Suffolk, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Her much loved grandchildren, Zachary, Jackson and Ryleigh Harry, Ashley H. Price and her husband Billy, Heather Heuberger and her fiance, Jeffrey Knoll, Graves Leach and his wife Arielle, Lane Leach, Lindsey Young, Callie, are also left behind. to cherish his memory. and George Basnett. Not to mention his beloved dog Elsie, who has never left him.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday December 1st at Suffolk Christian Church, 216 N. Main St. Suffolk, with Reverend Michael Halley officiating followed by a reception. After the reception, interment will take place in Cedar Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Suffolk Christian Church, 216 N. Main St., Suffolk VA 23434. RW Baker & Co. Funeral Home, Downtown Suffolk Chapel serves the family.