Mr. Jacob Nathaniel Sokohl
- July 3, 1924 - September 7, 2012
- Chester, Virginia
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“No words can express my sorrow for you and your family at this time. All I can say is that I wish I could extend to you all the love that you showed...Read More »
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“Karen, Joe and the entire Sokohl family, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
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On September, 7, 2012, Jack Sokohl passed away after a very short bout with cancer. He is survived by his wife Robertine of 64 years and their four children: Jack (Dana), Ray, Joe (Karen), and Robey Manno (Dave). He is also survived by grandchildren John (Katie), Chris, Alex (Meg), Steven, and Joe Sokohl; and Emily, Ally, and Laura Manno; and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Sokohl graced the world with his charm, wit, intelligence, and joy.
A resident of Chester, VA, since 1973, Mr. Sokohl grew up outside Philadelphia, PA, in Elkins Park. He also spent several summers in New Orleans, LA, home of his mother's family. He attended Cheltenham High School and began studying at the University of North Carolina. In 1943, he entered the U.S. Army. First assigned to the Army Air Corps, he shortly was assigned to the Army Specialized Training Program, an elite officer-producing curriculum. However, after the program was dismantled in 1944, Mr. Sokohl was assigned to the Combat Engineers. He fought in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany with the 104 Infantry Division, the Timberwolves. In later years, Mr. Sokohl was active in the Timberwolves veterans' organization.
After his service ended, Mr. Sokohl re-entered UNC. There he met Robertine "Bit" Roberts, whom he married in 1948. Moving from Philadelphia to Lookout Mountain, TN, the Sokohls began growing their family, raising three boys and a girl. He worked first in the life insurance field, moving to real estate for the bulk of the 1960s. In the late 1960s, Mr. Sokohl began working for Provident Life & Casualty Company, a firm that relocated him to Virginia.
A passionate fisherman, Jack Sokohl loved to fish, from the bayous of Mississippi to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He spent time with his grandchildren in Virginia and Tennessee as well as his family in annual gatherings every Thanksgiving at a beach.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Fisher House (http://www.fisherhouse.org/). Funeral arrangements are being made.