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“You are sadly missed my friend ... ”
1 of 20 | Posted by: Tim Lawhorn - Roanoke, VA

“Cole, my thoughts continue to be with you today and the days to come. I can't be at John's services, but please know I will be with you in spirit. ”
2 of 20 | Posted by: Missy Ring - Friend

“May God's Love and Grace sustain you all at this difficult time in your lives. Our prayers are with you. ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: David, Wanda, Langley, Dakota, and Montana Looney

“Condolences to Cole and family ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: Brian Williams - Martinsville, VA

“So sorry for your loss, Cole. Thoughts and prayers your way. ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: Lane Shuler - Greenville, SC

“We spent a wonderful bike week with John many years ago in Myrtle Beach ”
6 of 20 | Posted by: Dickie and Virginia Duncan - FL

“Even though we didn't know John for very long he made a great impression on us here in Arkansas. His "can do" attitude in the face of great health...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Robert Stobaugh - Atkins, AR

“Very humble and easy going every time we spoke. He will be missed ! ”
8 of 20 | Posted by: Richie Hurst - Radford, VA

“My condolences to the family and I am sorry for your loss. ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Janet Willisms - Galax, VA

“our hearts are heavy with pain and sorrow for now, but we pray that peace and serenity will soon be in our hearts. Keeping you all in our prayers God...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: lillie brickey - new castle, VA

“To John's Family, I didn't know John personally but his mom and I were good friends. Before she passed she shared with me John's struggle with...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Denise Bowden - VA

“We only knew John the last few years, but he treated us like it was much longer. We admired and were impressed by his friendlyness and positive...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: James and Rusty Gregory - AR

“You will be so very missed. You made everybody laugh and cheered people up when they were having a bad day. ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Ron Cromer - Staunton, VA

“So sorry to hear about John's passing. My thoughts and prayers for family, Sharon and Jodi. ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: Brenda K Dills - Forest, VA

“Long time friend with whom I grew up with just a couple of streets over. I'm glad I got to see you at the class reunion. You put up one hell of a...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Ricky Crowder - Pulaski, VA

“to the family of John I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was an exceptional young man who seemed to accomplish so much in his short life. I...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Karen majerczyk - Roanoke, VA

“So very sorry to hear of John's passing. I know it has been hard on all of you and I pray that peace finds you. Keeping you in my thoughts and...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Sheila A Price - Sebring, FL

“John was a very nice and respectable person. I lived next to him and his dog "timber" for several years and truly enjoyed our conversations.He was...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Jack McCraw - Dublin, VA

“I am very sad to learn of John's passing but am grateful to have known him. Our loss is Heaven's gain. RIP friend. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Tim Lawhorn - Roanoke, VA

“We, the staff at Paitsel Funeral Home are deeply sorry for your loss. ”
20 of 20 | Posted by: Paitsel Funeral Home


John Edward Semones, 46, passed away March 29, 2015 after successfully fighting cancer for an extended period. John grew up in Pulaski Virginia and later lived and worked around the New River Valley. Since 2008 he has resided in New Castle.

Passionate to follow in his Grandfather’s footsteps as an airplane pilot, he accomplished his greatest career achievement by building a successful crop dusting business, Eastern Aerial Applications, which he operated in Morrilton Arkansas.

Aside from airplanes and flying, he loved shooting sporting clays, golfing, both water and snow skiing, riding motor cycles, working on cars, scuba diving, soaring, kayaking, bee keeping, music and much more. He loved some great dogs throughout his life.

He is preceded in death by his Mother, Sharon Ratcliff, Wytheville.

He is survived by: his wife, Cole Frantz Semones; his son, Cody Semones, a student at the University of Georgia; his sister, Jodi Semones, and her husband, Mike Bagarus, Spring Hill, FL and her son, Dylan, who is deceased; his father, Ron Semones, and wife Linda, Clearwater, FL; his uncle and aunt, Mike and Ruth Ratcliff, Claytor Lake; a close cousin, Barry Moore, Pulaski; Cole’s parents, Lanier and Thecla Frantz, New Castle and her sister Sloane Frantz Mayberry and her husband Bill, Charlotte, NC.

A memorial service will be held at the Water’s Edge facility at Claytor Lake State Park (I-81 Exit 101) on April 2nd at 4 p.m. The family will visit with friends after. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, an organization that John admired and supported (www.stjude.org).

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