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In Memory of

Jackie Clarence O'Brien

February 15, 1927 - November 29, 2013

Obituary


O'BRIEN, Jackie Clarence, born February 15, 1927, went to be with his Lord November 29, 2013. He died in his sleep, at home, with his dear wife, Joyce by his side. He has entered God's rest with precious daughter, Janet. Jack and Joyce were perfectly suited for each other, best friends and lifelong companions. Together, they had five children, Michael O'Brien (Penny), Cindy Poole (Mike), Janet Niles (Jack), Gloria Gonzales (Greg, and David O'Brien (Jill).

Affectionately called "De-da," he was loved and cherished by 12 grandchildren, Jenny, Katy, Mallory, Anna, John Michael, Daniel,...

O'BRIEN, Jackie Clarence, born February 15, 1927, went to be with his Lord November 29, 2013. He died in his sleep, at home, with his dear wife, Joyce by his side. He has entered God's rest with precious daughter, Janet. Jack and Joyce were perfectly suited for each other, best friends and lifelong companions. Together, they had five children, Michael O'Brien (Penny), Cindy Poole (Mike), Janet Niles (Jack), Gloria Gonzales (Greg, and David O'Brien (Jill).

Affectionately called "De-da," he was loved and cherished by 12 grandchildren, Jenny, Katy, Mallory, Anna, John Michael, Daniel, Alex, Hannah, Gregory, Maurie, Erin and Maggie; great-grandchildren, Stella, Charleigh Mae, Tyler, Beckham and Dempsey. He is also survived by brother, Donnie. Along with his daughter, Janet, he was predeceased by parents, Clarence Byron O'Brien and Emma Painter O'Brien; siblings, Raymond, Gladys, Walter, Violet (Pat) and Eddie.

Jack was born and raised in Victoria, Va. and graduated from Victoria High School in 1945. He served in the Army Air Corps, and later graduated from the University of Richmond, where he was on the 1949 championship Cross Country team, known as "Lumpkin's Lopers." He retired from the IRS after 30 years of service in both the Hampton and Richmond offices. He was a world of information on most any subject.

Jack loved his family more than anything and was known for his generosity. Our memories will be forever filled with wonderful vacations at Myrtle Beach, Disney World and the Cottage on the Potomac. Back in the day, Poppa Jack was an excellent dancer. He loved swing and bandstand music. He was quite the athlete, lighting a cigar and slalom skiing from a dry beach for a mile or two and gently returning, cigar still lit.

Jack and Joyce were blessed with long-term friends from the Westhampton Baptist Church, Hampton and Monument Heights Baptist, Richmond.Together they experienced many wonderful trips, including vacations at Eagle Eyrie and Ridgecrest Conference Centers. We are all thankful for having Jack in our lives.

The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Huguenot Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Rd. The family will receive friends in the chapel one hour prior to the service. Interment 1 p.m. in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.woodyfuneralhome.com