03/11/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Bill Heywood

William Frederick Heywood
(29 May 1927 - 9 Mar 2007)

Newport News High School Class of 1944

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   This seems to be one of those times.....

  From Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA - 03/11/07 - "Obit - William Heywood":

This obit ran today, March 11, 2007 in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

   Thank you for sharing this with us, Shirley.

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch - 03/11/07:

  William Frederick Heywood

  William Frederick Heywood of Richmond died March 9, 2007. Born May 29, 1927 in Newport News, Va., Bill was one of twin sons of Robert P. Heywood and Martha E. Kuhnle Heywood. He is survived by his two sons, Dr. Peter G. Heywood of Jupiter, Florida, and William F. Heywood Jr. of Richmond; an adopted daughter, Anne H. Bonelli; and a daughter, Elizabeth Brannan Heywood, both of Richmond; a sister, Dorothy McKenney and her husband, Hugh McKenney of Virginia Beach, and Edith B. Heywood, widow of his deceased twin brother, Robert C. Heywood, and her daughters, Barbara H. Fulgham, Beverly and Roberta Heywood, all of Newport News. Bill Heywood graduated from Newport News High School and served in the U.S. Navy in the final days of WWII, having enlisted at age 17.  
Saturday, May 21, 2005    
Elizabeth Brannan Heywood
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After Navy service, he attended and graduated from RPI (now VCU) in 1952 with a BFA in art. He was married first to the late Gene Click Heywood, mother of his two older children, and was later married to and divorced from Roxanne Emerich, mother of his two younger children. Bill's career involved him in advertising art while employed variously at Miller & Rhoads, Carisbrook Industries, Babcock-Phillips and Crawford Manufacturing. In addition to advertising duties, he also did furniture and accessories design. Upon retiring, he devoted much of his time to painting, showing and selling his artwork, both in Richmond and Yorktown. He was a member of the Bon Air Artists Association and a charter member of the Jack Woodson Sketch Club. Recovering from cancer surgery in 1993, he moved into the home of Jennie Ussery, a neighbor and friend, who continued caring for him until his health returned. Though they never married, over the years their friendship ripened into a devoted commitment to each other. They subsequently purchased a home together in Bon Air, Va. There Bill had his own studio space and could exercise his considerable talents as an artist. Bill was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October, 2006, and went through weeks of chemotherapy until it was found the treatment had no effect. Hospice was engaged and his care continued at home with Hospice support.
Bill loved the beaches of Virginia and the Carolinas. He was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed standing on the surf on South Carolina's Grand Strand with baited hook and high hopes, or on the Chesapeake Bay or York River. He cherished the memory of teen years working with his brother in his father's business on the docks at Newport News. In later years, he spent summer vacations working at Newport News Shipyard. Most precious to him were the summers working with his brother on his uncle's Pennsylvania farm. He was a sensitive, shy man, who covered his shyness with a rollicking sense of humor. He was a deeply spiritual man with a gentle strength firmly based on his faith in God, and the love of his country, his children, his family and his friends. A memorial service will be held at Bon Air United Methodist Church, 1645 Buford Rd., Richmond, Va., at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2007, with a reception to follow in the Commons. In lieu of flowers, please send gifts in Bill's memory to the Memorial Garden of Bon Air United Methodist Church, 1645 Buford Rd., Richmond, Va. 23235.

Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on 3/11/2007.
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My condolences to Brannan and the entire Heywood family. I am so sorry for your loss. May our Lord give you His peace and strength at this time, and always.
Susie Meador (Matoaca, VA) - March 11, 2007
We wish we had more time to get to know Bill, but from what we did know, he had a beautiful heart, he was a great neighbor, and blessed friend. He will be greatly missed and will always be in our hearts. Love, Tim Fox and Heather Jackson
Heather Jackson (Richmond, VA) - March 11, 2007
Thank you Dad for me and my brother and for the best 6 months of my life. I miss you and I love you.
Elizabeth Brannan Heywood (Richmond, VA) - March 11, 2007
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To Peter and his family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Allana McFarland (Palm Beach Shores, FL) - March 11, 2007
Brannan -
With deep sympathy in the lost of your father. I send my prayers and love at this time, to help you and your family remember your father and the love he had for you.
Margie Throckmorton (Glen Allen, VA) - March 13, 2007
Our deepest sympathy to Brannan and the Heywood family and to Jennie and her family. The legacy left by Mr. Heywood will continue to shine through those he loved, and those who loved him. May you find peace & strength during this time. God bless
Mitchell & Beverly Mathias (Amelia Ct. Hse, VA) - March 13, 2007
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My Dearest friend Jennie, I will always have such fond memories in my heart of you and Bill. I had to look again last night at the beautiful two-page spread of the bank barn drawing that Bill sketched for me to go in my album for the Folk Life Festival. You will never know Jennie, how much it meant to me to have both you and Bill as my friends. I believe with all my heart that God used both of you to fill a very deep need I had to have substitute grandparents. I know you both loved me as much as I loved seeing both of you. I always loved the work you both did for me, with your beautiful ornate lettering and Bill's beautiful drawings. I am forever Blessed to have you in my life.

I was so blessed to have been able to come to his memorial services yesterday, to hear Wiff read the same poem Bill had read at his own brother's funeral, to hear Peter's song, to hear about Bill's life. As I sat at through the service all I could do was to think about the beautiful sketch Bill had done for me and how precious it was to me at the time I got it and how much more it is to me now.
Your friend, Pam
Pam Tuttle (Midlothian, VA) - March 14, 2007

    Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the Heywood family..

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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