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Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home & Memorial Park

2551 North Armistead Ave, Hampton, VA

OBITUARY

William Lee West Sr.

June 11, 1938March 15, 2020
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William L. West, Sr., born in Gloucester, Virginia and founder of West Plumbing & Heating, died peacefully in his home surrounded by his beloved family on March 15, 2020 at the age of 81.

William is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Ethna N. West; children, Norene T. Phillips (Mark), Sandra C. Ownbey (Mike), William L. West, Jr. (Karen), Robert A. West, Sr. (Sue), John R. West (Becky); 8 grandchildren, William L. West III, Katlyn L. Graham (Andy), Kristin Logan (Brian), Robert A. West, Jr., Allison Ownbey, Andrew Ownbey (Jenny), Brandon M. West, Jessica R. Strader (Mike); 8 great-grandchildren; brother, Thomas J. West, Jr., sister, Charlotte Flickner; and many nieces and nephews who he adored and who loved him dearly.

William is predeceased by his father, Thomas J. West, Sr.; mother, Eva Harris; brother, David West; and sisters, Mary Brooks, and Lois Porter.

William was a devoted father and loyal friend who enjoyed many hobbies over the years that included fishing, crabbing, golfing, traveling, racing stock cars, and building go karts for his sons and grandsons. Some of his fondest memories included vacationing 11 times in Hawaii and winning the 1967 championship on a dirt track at Langley Field Speedway. William will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him as the kind, generous, and caring person he was to everyone he met.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 20, 2020 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, Va 23666 where a Celebration of Life will also be held on Saturday, March 21, at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 21, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment to Follow the Service

Memories

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Harry Leach

March 19, 2020

Mr. West was the first in line behind my own dad to take me under his wing at the start of my racing career, and I'm honored he considered me an honorary grandson.

When my driving started showing promise, I will never forget when he said "You think you got something for those boys? Because I'm gonna give you the power to go whip their ass, and you gotta be ready, 'cause you gonna fly boy".

He was right, and we won a lot of races. Nights of watching him meticulously building that next motor will also never fade for me.

Rest easy Mr. West, the Leach boys aren't ready to stop winning for quite a while.

Renee Anderson

March 18, 2020

Mr. West was an amazing man and a wonderful grandpa to Sparky. I enjoyed listening to his stories about racing and watching him help with the racecar. I enjoyed many trips to the track with him, William Lee, and Sparky. He had a wonderful sidekick Jake who followed him everywhere. And if you ever asked him about Jake he would light up and tell you all about it. Also, he loved to play spades and phase ten. I remember I would always team up with Ethna and Sparky and Mr. West would team up and somehow they always won at spades. You will be missed Mr. West!

Sheena & David Jennings

March 18, 2020

Hey Uncle William, So many great times, laughs and sorrows shared with you . The best of all was when you walked me down the aisle to marry David. The wonderful talk we shared about second chances at happiness. You made that day as well as many others in my life more special. I love you with all my heart and even though we weren’t able to physically be with you we were there in our hearts. Thank you for you love, support and encouragement throughout my life. I know you are at peace now and making all who were gone before you laugh and lead them as you have all your days here on earth. You will be missed, but remembered with love and joy at all the times shared with you. Rest In Peace now, and know we will never forget you. Now you can take that long ride to heaven being driven by one of the most daring race car drivers ever, you!
Love to a good man that will always have a lasting impact on so many lives. Sheena & David

Loving you with Your side kick Jake!

Helen Kent

March 17, 2020

Uncle William you were one of a kind and possibly one of the sweetest men I have ever met. I never saw you without a smile on your face and either joking with someone or telling a story. Oh the stories You told about your Flex😂. As a child I can still see me sitting in your living room on a Friday night Watching Batman.... not a single cousin could watch it without repeating the captions out loud or Going to Langley to watch you race and screaming to the top of our voices for X7 to take the lead. You my precious Uncle will truly be missed. Your job is done and you left a lasting mark on us all. May you rest in enter all peace until we see u again. I love you

Eva Capaldi

March 17, 2020

Oh the memories where do you begin I think it all started with the good all days at the race track when we would see X7 go round and round the track numerous times, and then you got mom interested in driving in what they called the Powderpuff derby never forget those days. I didn’t think X7 would ever be the same. Those were the best days and then we had those nights at the West house when we were all gather around in the kitchen and on the floor earing soft crabs until we were sick at our stomachs. Let’s not forget those family gatherings at the West house. There are so many memories to cherish and remember you were the type of Uncle that anyone could turn to if they ever just needed a shoulder to lean on it’s hard to believe that you are gone but you will never be gone from our hearts or our memories. The memories will live on forever until we meet again we will keep it going here And we will see you again someday. Rest in peace Uncle William I love you

Nina Schumacher

March 17, 2020

Mr. West was always a joy to be around with that welcoming smile and always a funny story. One of the things that brings my soul joy is knowing how much he loved my brother, Mark. Those two had a remarkable bond.
My prayers for peace and comfort that only Our Lord Jesus provides are covering the entire family at this time.

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