Reverend John Pershing “Jack” Moody, a native of Colonial Heights, VA passed away on March 27, 2020 at the age of 94. He was the son of the late George A. Moody, Sr. and Madeline Smith and was also predeceased by his two brothers George and Frank.
In 1948 he married his long-time sweetheart Lily May Trakas of Petersburg, VA. Today he is survived by his nieces and nephews. In 1943, at age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and attained the rank of Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class. Aboard the LST 75 during WWII he served in the Pacific and Atlantic areas of operation. Gallantly Jack served on the “first wave attack on Omaha Beach, D-Day, June 6, 1944. His fellow shipmates credited Jack for shooting down the first German airplane of that landing. His two brothers, George and Frank were also WWII combat veterans and his father was a WWI combat veteran.
After WWII, Jack returned to Virginia and attended school under the GI Bill. He later worked on new industrial projects as a member of the Sheet Metal Local Union 15. He remained a loyal member of the Sheet Metal Union his entire life.
In 1961, Jack was led to Christ and called into the ministry. He attended Fruitland Bible Institute and the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in NC. For a period of over 40 years Jack started 4 new churches. He served the following pastorates in VA: Sharon and Bermuda churches of the Petersburg Association, St. John of the Norfolk Association and Glebe Landing of the Mid Tidewater Association. He also served as Interim Pastor of Popes Creek in the Rappahannock Association. He was also a Member of Swift Creek Baptist Church in Colonial Heights, VA.
In retirement over the last decade, Jack lived independently at Imperial Plaza in Richmond, VA. Special thanks to all his friends who helped enrich his life over the years. Funeral services will be announced at a later date due to the current virus crisis. In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Jack to the National D-Day Memorial at Bedford, VA or to the Glebe Landing Baptist Church at Laneview, VA would be appropriated.
A graveside Memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Glebe Landing Baptist Church Cemetery, Laneview, VA.
Please be advised that current state-mandated guidelines will apply to all in attendance, including social distancing and appropriate face covering. We sincerely appreciate your understanding.