Jackie (Jack) Lee Cahoon, 82, passed away Sunday, November 26, 2023. Jack was born March 12, 1941, in Portsmouth, Virginia, to the late Lloyd Shirley Cahoon and Mary Rose Martin Cahoon. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Linda Todd Cahoon who he married on March 13, 1963. Jack leaves behind three children, (Son) Marlon Lee Cahoon (wife Tina J. Cahoon) of Garysburg, NC. -grandchildren- Martina Cahoon Lynn, Alana Cahoon Meyers, Jackie Brandon Cahoon and two great grandchildren- Landon Daniel Lynn and Julie Elizabeth Lynn. (Son) Matthew Todd Cahoon of Chesapeake, VA. -granddaughter- Shylin McKenzie Fields and (Daughter) Jenny Lynn Cahoon Jones (husband Brent Jones) of Chesapeake, VA. -grandchildren- William H Dorsett IV, Zoey Lynn Jones and Sadie Monroe Jones. He was predeceased by his (Son) Brian Martin Cahoon. He is also survived by his two brothers, Larry E Cahoon of Chesapeake, VA and Chris L Cahoon of Harman, WV.
Jack retired from Genesco Inc. in 2005 after many years in the shoe business, managing stores including Hardy Shoes, Jarman and Johnston & Murphy. His work ethic started about 14 years of age delivering local newspapers on his bike. Jack was a talented musician and had almost every stringed instrument mastered along with beautiful vocals. Being the son of a musician, his love and talent for music started at a very early age. He played alongside his father, his brothers and his son, in their band “The Misty Hollow Boys.” Their bluegrass music was well known, and they would play at many venues both locally and far away. Friends and family from all over would come to enjoy their music. Almost every weekend, you could bet they’d be “pickin.”
Jack was an enthusiast and proud of his Scottish heritage. He enjoyed his travels to Scotland, he met some wonderful traveling buddies who became great friends and in turn, became family to him. He would already be planning his next trip before he even got back to the States! From Scottish festivals, highland games and Ceilidh’s, he’d follow the bagpipes!
You could always count on him for a good laugh. He had that “energy” to make any event a memorable one. Even up until his last days, his wit never dulled. Just a couple of months ago, while at one of his appointment’s, he met a fellow “walker” user. He said to the guy, “Man, can you believe we’re having to use these things??… these are for old people and I’m not even old yet!!!”
Most of all he was a wonderful family man. He was about as good as it gets when it came to being a father and being his grandkid’s “Poppy” was an honor for him. In his later years, being their grandfather is what he lived for. He was the “Old school” type that showered us with the most important thing of all, his time! His one day off each week when we were growing up was devoted to spending time with us, wherever we decided to venture to. He laid out bible principles, taught all the life lessons on morals, respect, being humble and most importantly, love. On the same note, he’d always take time to play along with whatever crazy thing we came up with. He was never too busy to spend time with us. That’s the “good stuff” in life you don’t forget and we will forever cherish it.
He was also a spiritual man who faithfully put Jehovah God first in our family. With the hope of a resurrection to a paradise earth soon to come (Rev 21:3,4), his faith reassured him and assures us that we will see him again soon in that paradise where sickness and death will no longer exist.
Learning to live without our family Patriarch is going to be hard for us all. He was our “go-to” man, our advice giver, our playmate, our comfort… he was our home!
There will always be times that we will think of him, we’ll laugh, we’ll cry, and we will somehow learn to push through. From popping open a cold brewski, a table full of steamed crabs, putting a log on the fire, picking up that guitar and so much more. Each of those little moments we shared with him are now the biggest memories that we will forever hold closest to our heart.
We love you Pops!
A service will be held Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 2:00 pm at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses located at 2820 Galberry Rd, Chesapeake, VA 23323
A zoom meeting will be available for those who can’t attend. A code will be provided shortly. Following the service there will be a private gathering for family only.