Sgt. John Wesley Charnock, 62, beloved husband of Faith Cooper Charnock and cherished father of Wesley “Troy” Charnock, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020. A lifelong resident of Tangier Island, VA, John was born on October 3, 1957 to the late Vaughn Wesley Charnock and Virginia Lee Charnock.

From an early age, John’s character was evident in the qualities that defined his life: hard working, strong faith, kindhearted, generous, and an unwavering devotion to his community. In his younger years, John worked as a commercial fisherman and often helped out at his uncle’s bait shop, “Pooge’s.” Nearly a decade ago, he accepted the mayor and town council’s request to complete the police academy training and assume the vacant position of Tangier’s police officer. John took great pride in his responsibility to protect and serve the citizens of Tangier Island and never hesitated to go above and beyond to help anyone in need. He also worked as the trash collector, served as an elder at New Testament Church, and as the youngest member of the situation room, he kept the rest of the crew on their toes. John’s presence is one that will surely be missed by the countless lives he touched. Carry on his legacy of service to all – help your neighbor, invite a friend to church, support someone in need…be a part of your community.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Shirley June Pruitt and brother, Edward Vaughn Charnock and his wife, Henrietta Harrison Charnock. Other than his wife and son, he is survived by his brother-in-law, Wallace Pruitt and sister-in-law, Annette Pruitt Charnock; several nieces and nephews; and a town full of dear friends.

Funeral services will be held at the New Testament Church on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., with Mr. Kim Parks and Elder Duane Crockett officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. There will be a visitation at the church on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to the New Testament Church Mission Fund, c/o Danny McCready, P.O. Box 3, Tangier, VA 23440.

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Arrangements by the Williams Funeral Homes, Onancock and Parksley.