John Michael Crabb, 49, of Charles City, Va., was born July 27, 1957, and died suddenly from a heart attack on Aug. 2, 2006, at his home.
Born in Brazil, he was the son of William V. Crabb and Ruby Slater Crabb. He attended the Brazil schools and graduated in 1975.
He served in the United States Navy for four years on the carrier, U.S.S. Constellation as a P.A.
He became a Petty Officer 2nd class. After much travel, he settled on the east coast, in Philadelphia and Delaware.
While finishing his schooling, he met his wife, Rebecca Saice, also in the Navy. They were married and made their home in Sandston, Va., He worked in a hospital in Richmond, Va., and later at Maymont, a castle there. He was last employed at Westover Plantation in Charles City as a caretaker. John loved these plantations, the history.
John loved cats. He had great compassion for any stray.
He was funny, laughed a lot. He loved music, old videos, poetry, old pictures, old furniture, anything depicting cats.
They lived among beautiful surroundings on the James River.
John leaves behind his wife; two daughters, Melissa R. Crabb and Gina M. Crabb; his mother; a sister, Linda (Tony) Snow, East Glenn; two brothers, Billy Crabb (Billie Jo) Reelsville, and Phillip Crabb at home; three grandchildren, Rhylee Crabb, Jaycie Murphy and Maddison Sherman; and his in-laws, Anthony and Patricia Saice and family; and the mother of his children.
He was preceded in death by his father; an infant brother, Charles; and his grandparents, Van and Clara Crabb; and Paul and Luevena Slater; and other relatives.
His body was cremated at his and his wife's request at the Alvin Small Colonial Heights Funeral Home.
Monday evening, Aug. 7th, a beautiful memorial service was held on the plantation grounds overlooking the river.
This all came together by his friends.
A tree will be planted on the plantation to honor John.