John Neighbors

John Horace Neighbors Jr.

Sunday, July 15, 1934 - Wednesday, May 5, 2021
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After a long battle with Alzheimer’s, John Horace Neighbors Jr. of Roanoke, Virginia, passed from this world to his Heavenly home on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at the age of 86.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Connie Neighbors, and his parents, John and Lucille Neighbors.
Left to cherish his memories are his son and daughter-in-law, Joey and Angela Neighbors; grandson, Jonathan Neighbors; sister, Ann Briggs; along with a host of other family and friends.

John retired from directing at WDBJ 7 after 32 years of service and leaves behind many great friends from his hometown station family. He was a member of Greene Memorial United Methodist Church and was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. After retirement, he filled his days caring for his grandson and serving his church.

In his younger years he loved playing golf, and later enjoyed watching it on tv. He had many animals through the years and loved spoiling them, including the squirrels that lived in his yard.

The family would like to thank Visiting Angels and Friendship Assisted Living for their kindness and great care over the last five years.

Graveside Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at Evergreen Burial Park with The Rev. Joanna Paysour officiating. Military honors will be provided by the United States Army. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Monday, May 10, 2021 at Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to Angels of Assisi, 415 Campbell Ave., SW, Roanoke, VA 24016.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.oakeys.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 10, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, May 10, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Oakey's Roanoke Chapel
    318 W. Church Ave SW
    Roanoke, VA 24016
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  • Graveside

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, May 11, 2021 11:00am
    Evergreen Burial Park
    1307 Summit Ave.
    Roanoke, VA 24015
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Joanna Paysour


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Robin Reed

Posted at 08:40am
On this day when Johnny will be laid to rest, my heart is heavy for the family. At the same time, so many good memories spring forth when I think of the best TV director I ever knew. His way of chuckling when something boneheaded occurred in the studio still rings in my ears. Our many golf outings weekday mornings since we worked the second shift. Mr. Neighbors was the kindest, calmest person in a busy media world of noise and deadline pressure. The entire WDBJ staff of that era misses his smile.

Martha Bruce Boggs

Posted at 10:42am
My father and sister had the pleasure of working with John, and they greatly respected him. John was a talented, dedicated pioneer in the television industry, and I know he will be remembered fondly for both his personal and professional contributions.

Gary Robbins

Posted at 11:01am
Angie, Joey, and Jonathan - Sometimes you read something and it hits you like a ton of bricks. That's what happened today when, purely by accident, I happened to read about John's death. I was stunned and saddened by news of his death--and heartbroken to see that he had struggled so long with Alzheimer's. Though it has been years since we have talked and years since we have seen one another, I value the time that I spent at Greene Memorial and value my memories of John, Connie, and the three of you. I pray that you may feel surrounded by God's comforting presence during this sad time and know God unfailing strength. - Gary Robbins

Jim Kent

Posted at 08:48am
These pictures are John at work at WDBJ7 in the 1970s. In the standing photo, he is pictured with Ed Whitten. As a news producer, I spent many hours in the control room with John. I never knew anyone as cool under pressure as John. It was a pleasure to work with him, and I will cherish the memories.
Jim Kent

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