Jack Edward Light, 89, of Victoria, VA passed away Monday March 5, 2018. Jack was born October 1, 1928 in Fayetteville, WV to the late William and Isabel Light. He was the fifth of sixteen children. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Mary Martha Roark Light, to whom he was married for 67 years. He also is preceded in death by his brothers Billy Light, Sam Light, Walter Light, Guy Light, Rusty Light, and Larry Light; and sisters Ruth Light Vegh, Geneva Light Green, Virginia Light Henderson and great grandson Trevor Cole Estep.

He is survived by his loving family, daughter Maryanne Light Stearnes (Spike) of Victoria, VA and son John Eugene Light (Susan) of Kenbridge, VA; seven grandchildren, Richard Alan Stearnes of Green Bay, VA, Amanda Grace Estep (Chip) of Crewe, VA, Ashlie Dawn Shealy (Charlie) of Ringgold, VA, Kyle Austin Stearnes and Tyler Aaron Stearnes, both of Victoria, VA, Amber Marie and Katherine Mary Light, both of Kenbridge, VA; and great -grandchildren Anthony Stearnes, Cheyenne Estep, Kyrstin Stearnes, Hunter Estep, Madelyn Shealy, and Kendall Shealy. He is also survived by brothers Charles Light (Helen) of Meherrin, VA, Tom Light (Kathy) of Mt. Hope, WV, George Henry Light (Betty) of Greensboro, NC, and Ronald Light (Patsy) of Nottoway, VA; a sister, Helen Light Bryant of Fayetteville, WV; and many loving nieces and nephews.

In 1948, after marrying the love of his life, Jack joined the U.S. Army. Following his honorable discharge from the Army he went back to West Virginia where he worked in the coal mines. In 1958 he joined the Metropolitan DC Police Department. In 1980 he retired from the DC Police Department after 21 years and 7 months. Then Jack and his family moved to Lunenburg, VA where he retired. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and a lifetime member of the NRA.

Jack was of  Baptist faith and is a long time member of Tussikiah Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.  For over 30 years he and Shirley Neil taught church services on Wednesdays at Wayland Nursing home.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:30 at Browning Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, and other times at the residence at 1794 Old Mansion Road, Victoria, VA. Funeral services will be Saturday March 10, 2018 at Tussikiah Baptist Church at 2:00 with the burial following at Lakeview Cemetery in Victoria VA. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, is serving the family.

Condolence Messages

  1. Dave Ward

    09 March 2018 9 months ago

    Dear Maryanne and John, we love you all and you’re in our thoughts and prayers. We wish we could come to the funeral but mom is not able to travel now. She sends her love.

    Dave and Nancy Ward, Aunt Ruby

  2. Tina Ehman

    09 March 2018 9 months ago

    Uncle Jack’s life mission was to spread the good word. I will miss his stories and smile. He was such an inspiration to all of us! I will always remember Uncle Jack’s words, put Jesus first.

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