John Wesley Layne, Jr., “John” passed peacefully from his earthly life to his heavenly home on Monday, June 10, 2019, and into the arms of his Heavenly Father. He was born April 29, 1935, and was 84. John was preceded in death by his parents, John Wesley Layne, Sr., and Lillian Marston Layne; his brothers, Samuel A., Rawton C. Sr., Jack M., and Jessie J. Layne. John is survived by his beloved wife, Shelby Orange Layne; and five children, Deborah L. Miller (Roger), Diane L. McKee (Michael), Robin L. Rudd (William), Dana L. Fowler (Robert), and John W. Layne III (Samantha); fifteen grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. John is also survived by his sisters, Evelyn L. Conner, Ellen L. Engebrecht, and Ruth E. Layne; and brother, Claude T. Layne.
John proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army, during the Korean War. He also served his community as a law enforcement officer with Richmond City Police Department and Chesterfield County Police Department, always with a K-9 by his side, from 1957 to 1995, when he retired.
John, faithfully served God as a long time member, Deacon, Trustee, Sunday School Director, Sunday School Teacher, Cook, and Van Driver for Pinehurst Baptist Church in Richmond, VA, and Southside Baptist Church in Chesterfield, VA.
The family will receive friends at the Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. A celebration of his life and passing will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 2019, at the Browning-Duffer Funeral Home, with interment to follow in the Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery, Abilene. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Centra Hospice, Farmville, VA. The Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA, is in charge of arrangements.