John Jessee Housel, of Christiansburg, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022.
Born on Sept. 25, 1974, he was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Zell Housel, and his father, John Eldridge Housel.
Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Tracie Housel Laski and Steve; his daughter, Jessie Haley; his son, John Lee Housel; his uncle and aunt, Chuck Housel and Mary Jane, and sons, Eli and Joe; his second family, George Volk, Sr., and Sandra; lifelong friend and brother, George Volk, Jr; companion Cheryl Lomascolo; and beloved Belle.
JJ was a “Tree Man,” founding H & H Tree Service along with his father, John. His career choice provided the luxury of working outside and many opportunities for adventure throughout the New River Valley.
JJ was strong and fast and was an exceptional high school athlete, culminating with his playing on the 1992 Pulaski County state championship football team. He was proud of that achievement and the comaraderie built during that time.
He was also a lifelong, blue blood river rat, spending countless time fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and exploring the New River. JJ was a true outdoorsman and was happiest when fishing or starting a campsite fire. He felt blessed to have grown up in close proximity to the river.
A special thank you goes to Jim Graham, as well as everyone who visited and checked on JJ. It was always appreciated and never went unnoticed.
A memorial service/celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Professional services are being provided by Mullins Funeral Home and Crematory.