Wednesday, November 30, 2022

M. Douglas Saunders, 79, Amateur Radio Operator

M. Douglas Saunders (Courtesy of Weymouth Funeral Home)

NEWPORT NEWS — M. Douglas Saunders, 79, passed away on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at The Chesapeake. He was a lifelong resident of the Peninsula, graduating from Hampton High School in 1960. He attended Virginia Tech and was an avid Hokie fan. He continued his education at the Medical College of Virginia and graduated from the School of Pharmacy in 1966. Doug was a Pharmacist in the local area for over 50 years and retired from Denbigh Pharmacy in 2018. He was a dedicated of member of First Baptist Church Newport News where he was a Life Deacon, a member of the choir and a greeter on Sunday mornings. He thoroughly enjoyed talking, joking and hugging everyone coming through. In his spare time, Doug enjoyed being an Amateur Radio Operator, working in his garden (especially his tomatoes and cucumbers) and being an avid golfer achieving a hole in one at one point and always having a tee time on Mondays with his good friend Billy and his brother-in-law Jim. But his greatest joy was spending time with his family.

Doug was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Hanger Saunders; his parents, Marvin Williard Saunders and Almeda Letton McCann Saunders. He is survived by his daughter, Stacey Saunders West and husband, Chuck of Yorktown; son, Chris Saunders of Charleston, SC; son, Chuck Longacre and wife, Marni of Yorktown; daughter, Cindy Boucher and husband, Jeff of Toano; sister, Jeanette Lystlund and husband, Jim of Newport News; 9 grandchildren, Ashley Field (Steve), Jason West (Amber), Logan West (Ashley), Melanie Rivera (Chris), Catherine Lehning (Joey), Caroline Longacre, Suds Longacre, Rachel Wright (David), and Maxx Boucher; 6 great-grandchildren, Kenneth, Michelle and Marion Field, Bradford West, William West, and Olivia Rivera; niece, Malia Meadows (Bryan) and nephews, Brennen Mullenix and David Lystlund (Susan).

The family will receive friends from 3-4 pm on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at Weymouth Funeral Home, 12746 Nettles Drive, Newport News. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 pm on Monday, November 8, 2021 at First Baptist Church Newport News, 12716 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News by Rev. Randy Shepley, Dr. Jim White and Rev. Walter Satchell. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church Newport News, 12716 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, 23606.

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