John Henry Benfield, Jr.

On the 3rd of March, John Henry Benfield Jr. of Gloucester, Virginia, went to be with his savior Jesus Christ.           

John was born in Rhodhiss, North Carolina, on January 13, 1942, to John and Christine Benfield. On November 17, 1962, in Newport News, VA, he married Violet Rose Jackson, and together they raised four daughters: Christine, Sherry, Linda, and Michelle.

John worked in construction and owned his own company. He loved fishing, hunting, the mountains, feeding seagulls, and working on boats with his dad. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather. John loved to tell and play jokes with his family. He had a kind heart and showed it in many ways to people in need. 

John was preceded in death by his father, John, mother, Christine, wife, Violet, and sister, Linda. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Susie (James) Cash, sister and brother-in-law Wanda (Emrhys) Bishop, daughter and son-in-law Christine (Mike) Cummings, daughter and son-in-law Sherry (Doug) Schlosser, daughter Linda Skok, daughter Michelle Ausura, grandchild Nichole Skok, Dustin (Sarah) Schlosser, Kayleigh Schlosser, Chloea Skok, Caleb (Kamilla) Schlosser, Seth (Andi) Schlosser, Jacob (Viviane) Skok, John Michael Cummings, Heather Skok, Lauren Cummings, Aaron Ausura, 14 great-grandchildren, and many wonderful nieces and nephews, as well as his faithful companion Lucy who enjoyed treats and rides in his truck.

There will be a graveside service at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News, Friday, 3:00 p.m. A celebration of life gathering will be held at his home on a future date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to the American Heart Association at


  1. Butch and Debbie

    Chris and family, we are so very sorry for your loss of your father, and we are heartbroken as well. John was so kind and had a
    wonderful sense of humor. Every time we spoke, we just laughed and laughed. He also was a ‘dad’ to Butch, who loved him deeply. I know he’s with Violet now resting in the arms of Jesus. John, we love you so and will miss you dearly…..

  2. Tracy & Mac McBee

    Susie, Chris, Sherry, Linda and Michelle we are so very sad for your loss. I wish we could be there with you all. Hug each other and remember all the wonderful memories. And we all know that April Fool’s Day will never be the same.

    • Sherry Schlosser

      We wish you could have been here too. We miss you very much. You are definitely right with April fools. Thank you for all the kindness you have shown to us all.

  3. Kelly Holland (Cooper)

    Sherry and Linda

    I am sorry for the loss of your dad. It’s been many years since we have been in touch but wanted to send you my condolences.

  4. Christine Cofer

    May God’s grace and mercy continue to be upon you all, my heart shares your grief. So grateful for the years we shared, love you all.

    • Leon &Edith Powell

      I have known John for over twenty something years and I am going to miss you.and hope to see you again my friend one of these days.

    • Sherry Schlosser

      Thank you so much for kind words. We miss you very much. We are so thankful for everything you did for our parents. They cared for you very much.

  5. Leon &Edith Powell

    I have known John for twenty over twenty years.l am going to miss you and I hope to see you again my friend.

  6. Mike Meadows

    When you speak of a man’s man, John Benfield fills the bill. He’s a friend, and one of the better people I’ve known in my life time. He’ll certainly be missed by friends and business associate’s. My heartfelt condolences to his wonderful family.

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