Joseph F. McVay, Jr.

July 23, 1954 – January 31, 2024

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  Joseph F. McVay, Jr., 69 of Hot Springs, formerly of Caroline County, went home to be with our precious Lord on January 31, 2024 after a battle with heart disease.   Joe was born in Richmond, Virginia on July 23, 1954 to the late Joseph F. McVay, Sr. and Ogenia Coleman McVay. He graduated from Alleghany High School, Class of 1975, where he participated in multiple sports. Joe went on to work and build a family in Caroline County. He loved to fish, hunt, and camp. He worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for over 25 years, retiring in 2009. After his retirement, he returned to live in the Hot Springs area, where he was near his best friend, Jerry Smith. Joe was a great storyteller blessed with an ability to talk the paint off the walls, chain smoke Marlboro cigarettes, share Jesus like a TV preacher, cut grass in his yard to a level of perfection, be stubborn as the day was long, predict the chance of snow better than all those tv quacks, never play a round of cards without cheating, and love all things Jesus, grandkids, his cats or “his girls”, hunting and fishing.   Joe was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene Coleman McVay and Robert Loren McVay.   Joe is survived by his two children, Crystal Owens (Steven) and Todd McVay (Angie); three grandchildren: Madelyn Owens, Luke Owens, and Jonathan McVay; a brother, Emmett McVay; his best friend, Jerry Smith (Debbie); devoted ex-girlfriend, Connie Black; and even more devoted ex-wife, Kathy McVay; his loving cats, Indie and Hazel; and a number of nephews and friends.   Against Joe’s request to “just throw his ashes in the back yard or put him in a pinebox and push it off the side of a mountain,” his family and friends will gather for a graveside service and burial at Bethany Baptist Church (5001 Arcadia Rd. Woodford, Virginia) on Saturday, February 10th at 2:00pm, with Pastor Doug Duty officiating. Following the burial, there will be a gathering to tell tales about Joe in the church fellowship hall with the things that he loved most: his Jesus, family, friends, chicken, black coffee and desserts.   If friends or family wish to remember him in a special way, memorial gifts can be made to the family to help cover the costs of his extensive medical bills.

Visitation & Funeral Service Information

A graveside for service and burial at Bethany Baptist Church, (5001 Arcadia Road, Woodford, Virginia 22580) with Pastor Doug Duty officiating at 2pm Saturday, February 10, 2024.