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Woody Funeral Home-Atlee Chapel

9271 Shady Grove Road, Mechanicsville, VA

OBITUARY

Philip Bruce Baysden

October 21, 1947May 19, 2019
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Philip Bruce “Phil” Baysden, 71, of Mechanicsville, Va., passed away suddenly, yet peacefully on Sunday, May 19, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Hazel Baysden. Phil grew up in Elizabethtown, NC and graduated from Citadel Military College of South Carolina. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as a Major then went on to work as a realtor in the Stafford, Va. area. Phil was a kind man with a quick wit. He enjoyed golfing with his buddies and bird hunting with his pals. Phil was a past president of the Stafford Lions Club and a member of Summit Presbyterian Church. Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 21 years, Lynn Baysden; children, Robert Baysden (Lora Beth), Geoffrey Hannan, and Katie Fisher (Brett); grandchildren, Paige, Emalee, Olivia, and Brayden; and brothers, Gerald Baysden (Martha) and David Baysden. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 28, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Woody Funeral Home, 9271 Shady Grove Road, Mechanicsville, Va. 23116. A private burial will be held at a later date in Quantico National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made toward the Askew Baysden Golf Scholarship, The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409.

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  • He was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Hazel Baysden. Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 21 years, Lynn Baysden; children, Robert Baysden (Lora Beth), Geoffrey Hannan, and Katie Fisher (Brett); grandchildren, Paige, Emalee, Olivia, and Brayden; and brothers, Gerald Baysden (Martha) and David Baysden.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, May 28, 2019

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Philip Kerr

May 29, 2019

Mrs. Baysden, My deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband. I was a classmate of Phil at the Citadel. Although we were in different companies ( He was in Alpha company while I was in Romeo company ) I was fortunate enough to have had classes with him.

After graduation we both went into the Marine Corps and I saw Phil at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. Out of those of us from the class of 1970 who went into the Marine Corps Phil was the best.

He will be missed and always remembered .

God bless you and your family in these difficult times.

Rest in peace Devil Dog. Semper Fidelis

Col Philip Kerr USMCR ( ret )



Mark Fracassa

May 26, 2019

Mrs. Baysden and family:
My sincerest condolences on the passing of your husband & father. Even after all the years, I immediately recognized his picture in the paper this morning. Then-Captain Baysden was my platoon commander (SPC) when I went through the Basic School at Quantico as a new Lieutenant with Alpha Company beginning in the fall of 1978 (where I also met Mrs. Baysden). I ran into him only once thereafter, several years later (in Okinawa, I believe). As an SPC, he was responsible for teaching and molding new Marine Officers into leaders that would serve in the far reaches of our planet under trying circumstances. I clearly remember his even demeanor and quick wit - and many of the things we all learned from him at Quantico undoubtedly shaped our careers and made us better officers. He was always there to assist us in getting through the rigorous training, and offered much sage advice on what we would face in the years to come - and how to best handle it. He touched the lives of many Marines throughout his career, and each was a better Marine because of it.
Semper Fidelis.
LtCol Mark Fracassa, USMC (Ret)
Valentines, Virginia

Ric Beltz

May 26, 2019

Lynn ... we've not met but I am so sorry for your loss; I was literally shocked when I heard of his passing. Phil was a terrific guy; I played many rounds of golf with Phil in previous years and more often than not, I was on the losing end! His infectious sense of humor and his wit will be sorely missed. May God bless you and your family during this trying time.

Richard Hayes

May 24, 2019

I knew Phil as a classmate when we were growing up in Elizabethtown. He was always so liked and respected by everyone who knew him. My sincerest sympathies to his family.

Steve Washburn

May 22, 2019

Lynn and family, very shocked and sad at the passing of your loved one and our great friend. I played many rounds of golf with Phil and enjoyed all of them and had many laughs along the way. I was lucky enough to experience the joy of one of his hole in one while on a Florida golf trip. I also got to experience watching him leave the course in the middle of a round to go hit range balls , which brought much laughter from the guys he was playing with. Those of us who knew him and played with him have lost a true friend. He will not be forgotten. May God bless you and your family.

Pep McPhillips

May 22, 2019

Dear Family. Phil and I were classmates at the Citadel and shared many hours of Political Science classes together but we were separated by two battalions as I was in "I" Company. Phil was one of those very few in our class who was a Marine and I held them all in awe. May the Dear Lord hold you in His hand and comfort you. God Bless...RIP, my friend.....Pep

Bob Nance

May 22, 2019

Bob Nance. Columbia SC 1970

Mike Shepherd

May 21, 2019

Lynn, I can't imagine what you and your family are going threw at this time. Phil was a true friend and always a pleasure to be with. I will sorely miss our golfing days and the amount of non sense we talked about. God bless you and your family.

Shep

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