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.

Condolence Messages

  1. Cristy and Mike Glagola

    11 June 2019 4 months ago

    We are so sorry for the loss of your father and hope that you find peace in the wonderful memories you have of him.

  2. Hank Holland, Chesterfield County Police, Retired 1975-2003

    11 June 2019 4 months ago

    In loving memory of my Supervisor, Mentor and Friend. John Jr. was honest and sincere and loved his family and watched over those under his command. John Jr. believed strongly that Jesus Christ was his Lord and Saviour and lived his faith in helping and loving others. May Shelby, Deborah, Diane, Robin, Dana, John W. III and your families continue to be blessed knowing John Jr is with the Lord eternally…Amen

  3. Kim Boudet

    12 June 2019 4 months ago

    Lifting you all up in prayer during this time of loss. Wish I could be there to hug you all. Sending much LOVE!!
    Kim & Bert Boudet

  4. Bob Cournoyer

    12 June 2019 4 months ago

    So sorry for you loss. Our Thoughts ad prayers are with The Family.

    Bob & Ann

  5. Hazel Templeton Harrison

    12 June 2019 4 months ago

    To All the Layne Family – So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a dear friend in high school and during the many years since. My love and prayers to each of you. Hazel

  6. Wendy Giles

    18 June 2019 4 months ago

    Dear Aunt Shelby, Deborah, Diane, Robin, Dana, John, and all of your families,
    I thought perhaps I should share my condolences here as well because it is very likely that my card arrived too late to let you all know that I love you and am holding each of you in prayer. I wish I could have been there for the memorial service. I hate being so far from family, especially at times like this. Know that I love you all so very much and my heart grieves with you, even though I know we will all be reunited in the end. Uncle John was a wonderful man and I am blessed that my boys got to meet him. You all are such a part heart and memories.
    Much love,
    Wendy, Keith, Dylan, and David

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