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James Rock

James Russell Rock

Monday, November 6th, 1933 - Tuesday, October 6th, 2020
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Obituary

James R. “Buddy” Rock, 86, passed away October 6, 2020. He was born in South Norfolk, VA to the late Russell Lee and Ruth Bagley Rock. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife, Mary Lou Rock. Buddy served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He also served 30 years with the Chesapeake Fire Department and later retired from Domestic Fuels and Lubes as a mechanic engineer.

Left to cherish his memory are his fiancé, Shirley Jean Dean; daughter, Ruth Ann Thousand; sons, James W. “Jimmy” Rock (Pam) and Michael C. Rock; 5 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters, Marie R. Foreman and Emma R. Harper; as well as numerous other loving family and friends.

A service to celebrate his life with Military Honors will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 11am at Graham Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1112 Kempsville Rd., Chesapeake. The family will receive friends at the funeral home an hour prior to service. He will be privately laid to rest at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk. Memorial donations may be made in his honor to the Chesapeake Fire Department. Please visit his Book of Memories at www.grahamfuneralhome.com where you may view the service if unable to attend or to leave a note to the family.

Please note temperature checks will be required to enter building as well as mask. Mask must be worn the entire time in the building.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Graham Funeral Home
    Address
    1112 Kempsville Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Please note temperature checks will be required to enter building as well as mask. Mask must be worn the entire time in the building.
  • Service

    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Graham Funeral Home
    Address
    1112 Kempsville Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Please note temperature checks will be required to enter building as well as mask. Mask must be worn the entire time in the building.
  • Interment

    Location
    Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial State Veterans Cemetery
    Address
    5310 Milners Road
    Suffolk, Virginia 23434
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Catherine Fager

Posted at 05:08pm
Emma, Shirley & Family,
Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. We were sorry to hear of his passing and know that you all are sadden by this. Hopefully, with time, your fond memories of Rock with help heal this sadness.
Kay Fager & Penny Stanley
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Audra Hudgins

Posted at 10:25am
So sad to hear of Rock's passing! Worked with him at Domestic for many years. I'll always remember him saying "I'm tired and never get rested". He always made me laugh and was always concerned if I was okay. Between Rock and Tony, I felt like I had 2 extra dad's watching over me. I just wish we could have spent more time together!
The world will never be the same without you Rock. May you soar fly with the angels ❤️
You will be truly missed by many! Prayers going up for the family and friends 🙏
SJ

Steve Johnson

Posted at 10:02am
Always a kind word and smile of greeting from Buddy. He was a gentleman.
Capt. Steve "Stick" Johnson, CFD Retired.
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Lauren Downs

Posted at 03:41pm
I'll never forget you. I hope you're dancing in the sky ❤️
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