Mr. John Henry Salley of Halifax passed away Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at the Commonwealth Assisted Living in South Boston

Mr. John Henry Salley of Halifax passed away Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at the Commonwealth Assisted Living in South Boston. He was born March 20, 1925, in Halifax County and was 92 years old. 

He was the son the late Charles Edward Salley and the late Annie Coleman Reeves Salley and was married to the late Evelyn Allen Stone Salley.

He was a retired civil engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers. He was a World War II Army veteran serving in the Pacific theater of operations, from 1943 to 1946 in the Coastal Artillery at the entrance to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. .  He graduated from VPI (Virginia Tech) in 1950 with a degree in civil engineering. Subsequently, he worked as a civil engineer with the Inter American Geodetic Survey in Central and South America, DuPont Co. in North Carolina and New Jersey, Burton and Hanlon, Inc. (J.E. Burton Construction), South Boston, City of Danville, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Norfolk from which he retired in 1988 as Chief of the Civil Engineering Section in the Design Branch.  He was a member of American Legion Post 8 and a member of Dan River Baptist Church, a past member of Great Bridge Baptist Church, Chesapeake and Woodberry Hills Baptist Church, Danville. He served as an active deacon in Dan River and Woodberry Hills churches and taught teen age boys Sunday school classes in all three churches. He was a 39 year resident of the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake.    

Mr. John Henry Salley is survived by one daughter, Ann S. Young (Steven) of Natural Bridge; one son, John H. Salley Jr. (Judi) of Chesapeake; two sisters Lucille S. Shotwell (Ernest) of Oakland, Md., and Louise S. Thomas of Roxboro, N.C.; four grandchildren, John H. Salley III, David S. Salley (Sarah), Ashley Y. Pekala (Patrick) and Jennifer Y. Gillespie (David); two great-granddaughters, Logan Evelyn Ann Pekala and Sharon Evelyn Salley; three great-grandsons Ethan Pekala, Aiden Gillispie and Blake David Salley; a number of special nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret H. Salley; two brothers, James R. (Jim Bob) Salley and Charles E. Salley Jr.

The funeral was held Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, at the Powell Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Doug Gibson.  Military honors followed at Powell Funeral Home.

Burial will be private.

The family would like to thank the loving and caring staff of Sentara Halifax Hospice and Commonwealth Senior Living.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dan River Baptist Church, c/o Rev. Douglas Gibson, 1228 Dan River Church Road, South Boston, VA 24558.

Online condolences may be directed to

Arrangements are by: Powell Funeral Home, Powell Cremation Services, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592


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