Schrader, Jr., John Roy
John Roy (J.R.) Schrader, Jr., 81 of Pulaski, died Monday, January 7, 2019 at Lewis Gale Hospital – Pulaski. He was born in Pulaski on July 10, 1937 to the late Omah Colleen Vaughan Schrader and John Roy Schrader, Sr.
J.R. was a life-long member of the Family Worship Center/First Pentecostal Holiness Church, Pulaski. He was the official board secretary; special music, praise and worship team, choir member, and taught Sunday School for about 30 years. With his wife Doris, they began Children’s Church and helped direct VBS. He was the Editor of the Appalachian Conference Messenger for about 20 years; He wrote the 80th anniversary of the Virginia conference of the Pentecostal Holiness Church.
J.R. was a graduating member of the Pulaski High School Class of 1955, and a 1957 graduating member of the Emmanuel College. In September of 1966, he was hired as sports editor of the Southwest Times. He was named managing editor 4 ½ years later. J.R. was a Salvation Army Advisory Board member, Town of Pulaski Centennial Committee, a leader for Cub Scout Pack 243, member of the Town of Pulaski Board of Economic Development, member of the New River Valley Agency on Aging Advisory Council, was elected to Pulaski Town Council 1988-1996. He later chaired several council committees and was Pulaski representative to the New River Valley Planning commission, was a charter member of the Pulaski County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Task Force.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Jane Schrader. He is survived by his loving wife, Doris Hubble Schrader: a son; Terry W. (Denise) Schrader of Winchester: daughter; Pam Schrader (Ron) Fredericks of Dublin: brother; Billy G. Schrader of Pulaski: grandchildren; John Russell Fredericks, Lauren Fredericks (Nathan) Rife, Lindsay Schrader (Daniel) Lowder: Great-grandchildren; Rowan Tobias Rife, and London Elizabeth Lowder.
Funeral services, will be held Friday, January 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Family Worship Center 955 Memorial Drive Pulaski, VA 24301, with the Rev. Jeff Willhoite, and the Rev. Dr. C.R. Conner officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends on Thursday at the Family Worship Center from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of donations to any charity of choice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.seaglefuneralhome.com Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski.