:The Virginian-Pilot; Jan 13, 2008; Hampton Roads
Calvin Ray Baines
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Calvin Ray Baines was born Oct. 3, 1924, in the Lynnhaven section of Virginia
Beach. He was the son of the late Marvin Charles Baines and Icer Amelia Baines. He passed on in Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 23, 2007. Calvin attended and graduated from Oceana High School and was a member of the Virginia Beach Jaycees. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October 1941, after serving in the Civilian Conservation Corps and made the Navy his career at the young age of 17. During his service, Calvin served aboard a number of ships and submarines, including the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5), torpedoed in the Battle of the Midway. He was reportedly the youngest sailor and survivor aboard. He later served on submarines including the USS Sea Lion (SS 315) and the USS Cabrilla (SS 288), which was famous for torpedoing 18 enemy ships. This totaled more than 20 years of military service. He won numerous awards and honors and retired a chief electricians mate. Later, Calvin moved to Bremerton, Wash., to be close to the Canadian border, where his wife’s family resided. This is where he raised his family and continued his career as an electrician, repairing ships of war at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
His most loved hobbies included sailing and fishing on his favorite boat, the Bendy B, where he enjoyed part time commercial fishing almost every weekend for more than 20 years with good friends and family. He especially loved having his wife aboard as he said she was the “best skipper ever.” He wrote and played songs on the guitar and was even on the radio as a teenager. He loved singing, humming and listening to country music, as he was always a Virginia country boy at heart. His last hours were spent watching and listening to one of his many country music DVDs. He loved shopping at the PSNS commissary with his sister-in-law, Vivian and seeing all his shipyard friends. Calvin enjoyed cooking up many kinds of southern meals, such as fried chicken, ham hocks and beans, chicken pot pie, Virginia Smithfield ham and his favorite, pineapple upside-down cake. When it came to chicken pot pie, he always said, “No one made it as good as his little sister, Sally.” He enjoyed companionship with all of his little dogs over the years, Suzie, Jenny, Mandy, Whitney (his very favorite) and Raliegh.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 58 years, Bengelena R. Baines of Scottsdale; their son, Calvin Ray Baines Jr. and wife Tia who reside in Port Orchard, Wash.; his daughter, Deborah E. Maderazzo and her husband Steve; grandchildren, Lisa-Raquel Baines, Kameren Lee Kemp, Calvin Ray Baines III and Madaline E. Baines; brother, Marvin C. Baines; sister, Vivian B. Taliaferro of Virginia Beach; and his sister, Sally B. Wood of Lexington Park, Md.; as well as numerous nephews, nieces and cousins who also survive him. He was preceded in death by his brother, John B. Baines.
He is survived as well by his lifelong best friend, Ernie Bowden of Corolla Beach, N.C., with whom he shared many laughs and had remained friends with for more than 70 years.
Calvin was honored with a military funeral in Scottsdale, Dec. 27, 2007.
The Virginian-Pilot; Jan 13, 2008; Hampton Roads
Seymour F. Saunders
NAPLES, Fla. - Seymour Francis Saunders, born Oct. 6, 1915, passed away in Naples, Fla., Jan. 11, 2008. Seymour was born and raised in the town of Phoebus, a part of the City of Hampton, where he spent a majority of his life. He had been a Naples resident since 2005.
After graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in chemical engineering, Seymour joined the U.S. Army in 1938. As an artillery officer, he was with the air defenses of Great Britain in 1943, prior to the D-Day invasion in 1944. Capt. Saunders was in charge of communications for the artillery defenses for the airborne divisions of the D-Day invasion. After D-Day, he spent the remainder of the war in Iceland providing artillery defenses from German air raids. He ultimately retired as a lieutenant colonel.
He became a businessman, owning Pearl’s for more than 30 years in Hampton and served as vice chair of the Hampton Redevelopment Authority, assisting downtown Hampton redevelopment projects, building the first public housing in Hampton and was past president of the Phoebus Civic Association. He was active in B’nai Israel Synagogue. As chairman of the Synagogue Board of Directors, he was instrumental in the construction of the new synagogue.
Seymour dedicated his life to his family, to the community of Hampton and to the service of his country. He loved working with children and developed many programs and facilities for children including the first Children’s Activity Center in Hampton and a Little League baseball park in Phoebus.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Sylvia and beloved son, Ira.
Survivors include three sons, Stuart and wife Deborah, Larry and wife Judith and Burt and wife Lillian; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a niece, Francine Saunders Dozier and her husband Thom.
He will always be remembered for his love and dedication to his family. He will always be missed.
A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at B’nai Israel Synagogue officiated by Rabbi Norman Golner. Burial will follow in the Jewish Cemetery of the Virginia Peninsula, Hampton. The family will be at the home of Francine and Thom Dozier.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory be made to B’nai Israel Synagogue, 3116 Kecoughtan Road, Hampton, VA 23661.
Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Virginian-Pilot; Jan 13, 2008; Hampton Roads
Gregory P. Tegerides
CHESAPEAKE - Gregory P. Tegerides, 98, passed away Jan. 10, 2008, in Cedar Manor Assisted Living. He was born March 27, 1909, on the Kabaras Isle of Cyprus, the son of the late Petros and Polyxeni Koilaras. Gregory was a member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral and a veteran of the U.S. Army serving his country proudly during World War II. He was a barber for more than 60 years.
Gregory was preceded in death by his parents, five siblings and his wife of 46 years, Lois H. Tegerides. Left behind to cherish his memory are his very devoted sister-in-law, Margaret Elva Hanbury of Chesapeake; his brother-in-law, Claude Hanbury and his wife Peggy of Chesterfield; and his nieces, nephews and other relatives. The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice ComfortCare and Cedar Manor for their compassionate and invaluable care given to Gregory.
A graveside service with military honors to celebrate Gregory’s life will be held Monday at 1 p.m. in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, 6309 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk. The family will receive friends at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk, Monday from noon to 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice at ComfortCare Home Health, 667 Kingsborough Square No. 201, Chesapeake, VA 23320. Online condolences and Gregory’s guest book may be signed at www.woodlawngroup.com.