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WILLIAMSBURG – William Harold “Skipper” Washington answered the Master’s call and went to his Heavenly home to be with his Lord and Savior on Oct. 1, 2016, in the Consulate Health Care of Williamsburg. His long and blessed journey began on Nov. 16, 1923, the youngest child of the late Mabel P. and John F. Washington, in York County, Virginia.
At a young age, he confessed Christ as his personal Savior and joined Grafton Baptist Church-Harris Grove, and in later years, joined Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, where he served as a member of the Pastor’s Aide Club, Ways and Means Committee, the Board of Trustees and was a Sunday School Teacher.
“Skipper” was a General Contractor, formerly employed at the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station and Boswell Supply of Williamsburg. He later became a self-employed General Contractor. A “jack of all trades”, he would do all he could for anyone in need. He was well-known for his loving, generous, and friendly personality, throughout the Grove Community and beyond. He was a past Manager of the Girls’ and Boys’ Softball Team, Vice-President of the Grove Playground, and a member of the Masonic Lodge for 34 years.
He was also preceded in death by his wife, of seventy years, Deaconess Suzanne J. Washington. He leaves to treasure his memories, a devoted daughter, Jacqueline Jones (Fred); his loving sister, Helen Washington; his granddaughter, Erika McSwyne; his grandson, James Robinson, Jr. (Kendra); his four great-grandchildren, Jade, Mia, Daija and Christopher, Jr.; his brother-in-law, Daniel Johnson (Gloria); his sisters-in-law, Beatrice Washington, of Seaford, Virginia, Rosabelle Johnson, of Newport News, Virginia, Mae Ola Johnson, of South Plainfield, New Jersey; a special nephew, Gilbert Johnson (Gail), of San Diego, California; his special friends, Walter Minkins, Maxine Canady, Ebony Sole, Michelle Jones; and a host of other loving relatives and friends. A special thanks to his devoted caregivers, Vivian and Roland Wallace.
A funeral service, celebrating the life he lived, will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, with Bishop William M. Dawson officiating. Mr. Washington may be viewed from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday in the funeral home . Professional services entrusted to the staff of Whiting’s Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. 757-229-3011. Online condolences to whitingsfuneralhome.com