William Melvin LaNeave

October 12, 1941June 19, 2013
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William "Billy" Melvin LaNeave, 71, a lifelong resident of Hampton, died on Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

Billy was a member of Hampton Baptist Church, The Order of the Moose, and Elks Lodge # 366 in Hampton. He retired from NNI as an engineer. Billy enjoyed racing cars and motorcycles and enjoyed playing pool, as well. A special thanks to the Tri-Star motorcycle family.

Survivors include his son, Chris LaNeave (Teresa); brother, Thomas LaNeave (Jean); granddaughter, Hollie LaNeave; long-term friend and companion, Carol Goodbody and her daughter, Marion Sartor (Andy); nephews, John LaNeave (Beth) and Bobby LaNeave; great-nephew, Nathan LaNeave; great-niece, Madison LaNeave; and cousin, Jay Lee Rideout.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. A Graveside Service at Parklawn Memorial Park will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, June 26.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666.


  • Visitation Tuesday, June 25, 2013
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, June 26, 2013

William Melvin LaNeave

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Billy LaNeave

July 11, 2013

Billy you were a great guy and a good cousin. Growing up I was proud to believe I was named after you. Rest in peace.

Skip Duke

June 27, 2013

Bill was a great guy and loved life.

Marc Harlow

June 27, 2013

Billy was like family to me and all the crew at Tri - Star. We raced together and shared many stories. Thanks for all the good times. He will be missed but never forgotten. GODSPEED Billy

June 26, 2013

billy was the best pool shooter buckroe beach ever seen ! I did beat him one time and being a female player all he could say was a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while!!! rest in peace !! Brenda Kay Smith and boys !!!

Phyllis McClure

June 25, 2013

Bill was a great friend and a good person well liked by all. He will be missed.

Art Stewart

June 25, 2013

Rest in peace and condolences to the family.

Nick Flaim

June 25, 2013

I didn't know him as long or as well as the others, but I considered him a friend, mainly from the Moose. I enjoyed his stories and his philosophy of life. Condolences and prayers for Carol and the family.

Scott Hamilton

June 25, 2013

an old friend since our days at George Wythe Jr High will be greatly missed......we shared lots of laughs and stories from football to motorcycles
bon voyage old friend.........

June 25, 2013

My Dear Billy, I loved you from the first time we met. I have had sooo many wonderful memories with you and the racing gang.., Butch,Speedball,and the list goes on and on. I pray God has lots of Gingerale in heaven waiting for you. RIP my friend.
Patricia Smith

Jackie McGlothlin

June 24, 2013

Such A Great Man, he will be sadly missed. Prayers go out to his family and Carol.