William "How Doo" Lawrence Creef

November 21, 1923November 19, 2021

William Lawrence (“Bill”) Creef, affectionately known as “How Doo”, 97, passed away on November, 19th, 2021 at his home in Virginia Beach, Virginia, two days shy of his 98th birthday.

He was predeceased by his parents, Seldon Bennett Creef and Nancy Basnight Creef, and his brothers, Dr. James W. Creef and Wilton B. Creef. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 67 years, Gloria Mirabella Creef, his daughter, Catherine Nichols (husband Timothy), his son Larry Creef (wife Nancy), and his grandson who was his pride and joy, Jonathan William Nichols.

Bill grew up in South Norfolk, Virginia, graduated from South Norfolk High School, honorably served his country in the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division during World War II, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He retired from the Federal government after 39 years of dedicated civil service. He became an avid runner in his later years and enjoyed working in his yard, watching baseball and football, summers at the Virginia Beach oceanfront, and most of all spending time with his family and friends.

Bill was a kind, generous man who cared more about others than himself. His quick wit and sharp mind always left his family and friends with a smile on their face. He was the foundation of our family and kept us entertained until his last days. He was a neighborhood favorite, both in his own neighborhood and his daughter’s. He was also an animal lover with a passion for English Bulldogs.

Bill is now our guardian angel, and he will always be deeply loved and missed. Although he is no longer with us, the memory of him lives on in our hearts forever. A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00PM on Tuesday, November 30th at Smith & Williams Funeral Home in Kempsville, Virginia Beach, Virginia.


  • Seldon and Nancy Creef, Parents (deceased)
  • Dr. James Creef, Brother (deceased)
  • Wilton Creef, Brother (deceased)
  • Gloria Creef, Loving wife of 67 years
  • Catherine Nichols (Timothy), Daughter
  • Larry Creef (Nancy), Son
  • Jonathan Nichols, Grandson


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021


William "How Doo" Lawrence Creef

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Cathy (CB) Barber-Robbins

November 28, 2021

My condolences to Mrs. Creef, Cathy, and Larry. I have such fond memories of your father growing up in Kempsville. He was the “cool” dad in the neighborhood who drove the orange VW and took us all to the beach each summer. What fun we all had hanging out with him. My prayers are with all of you and may you find peace knowing how much he loved you.

Richard Creef

November 26, 2021

I will always cherish seeing Uncle Bill and Aunt
Gloria's wedding picture at Moms house. They
Both looked so happy.Uncle Bill always spoke a
Kind word with a smile on his face.
It was an honor having an Uncle like him to look
Up to. What a great husband,provider,father,
Grandfather, and..mentor to me. My heart goes
Out to,Aunt Gloria,Cathy,Larry,and Jonathan.
To be absent from the body,is to be in the
Presence of the Lord. Oh how wonderful that
Must be. Uncle Bill, may you be celebrating
With Mom and Granddaddy and your brothers
In heaven...we will forever, love and miss you.
Love, Richard Creef. (Nephew)

Lee Ann Midgette-Wright

November 24, 2021

Remembering Mr. Bill Creef with a smile, as my heart is filled with sadness. As we shared many holidays with the Creef family, Mr. Creef made us laugh. Recalling Krispy Kreme doughnuts were a favorite of his as he would bring them for breakfast. He would take Cathy, Larry and myself to the beach in the summer in his Orange Volkswagen Bug . We would share a hamburger at the “Peppermint Beach Club “. He was a great friend to my family. I loved him and will miss him. He touched my life and made a difference in my life as I respected and looked up to him .
His love of life and his family was amazing , as it was obvious they aways came first.
My prayers are with Gloria, Cathy , Larry, Jonathan, and their families at this time.
“Rest in Peace “ Mr. Creef and Godspeed!
Love Aways,
Lee Ann