Jonathan Wilbert Sayles, born July 6, 1955, left this earth on April 17, 2021. Jonathan was the loving and devoted husband of twenty-four years to Luciene Rodrigues Sayles, father to Michelle Sayles Sorrell, step-father to Alessandra de Souza, Christiane Rodrigues and Viviane (Todd) Daniel. Brother of Edwin (Diane) Sayles, grandfather of Andrew Moore, Tyler and Keegan Fortenberry, Ian Felipe and Ana Beatris da Silva and Daniel Lewis, and uncle of Lindsay Sayles, Brandon (Dana) Sayles and Layla Sayles. He was preceded in death by his children Jonathan Andrew Sayles and Macie Marie Sayles Moore, parents Eugene and Phyllis Sayles, and sister Deborah Sayles Lyons.
Jonathan had a gentle and loving spirit. Even though he had much sorrow in his lifetime, Jon was a God-filled, fun-loving, and good-natured person. He loved his family dearly and had just enjoyed a visit with Ed and his family in Wisconsin. Jon had recently retired and was enjoying the time to use his many creative and artistic talents. He had just finished building a beautiful lighthouse in his yard and was happy and proud to have been able to create it for Lu. He was also a wonderful and creative cook, enjoying preparing dinners for Lu when she returned home from work. He was always busy with a creative project, whether inside or outside of the house. When Jon passed away, he was on a hike at his favorite place near his home, high on a ridge. He loved being in nature, walking through the woods and hills. He was very patriotic and was always willing to go the extra mile for anyone in need of help. Jon’s deep concern for others and sense of humor will be dearly missed. He always thought of others and almost always had a silly response for you.
Heaven has gained a kind soul who will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him. A private memorial and burial service will be held at a later date in Genesee, Wisconsin.
The Sayles Family would like to thank all of the first responders that helped in the search of Mr. Sayles. Everyone was so nice and supportive and went out of their way to assist not only in the search but for being there for the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions in Jonathan's name to:
Franklin County Public Safety
1488 Franklin Street
Rocky Mount, VA 24151
Online memorials can be written and found at www.connerbowman.com.
Arrangements by Conner-Bowman Funeral Home & Crematory, Rocky Mount.