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Sherwood "Randy" Randolph Salyer Jr.

November 1, 1964September 11, 2021
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On Saturday, September 11, 2021, Sherwood Randolph Salyer, Jr. (Randy), loving son, brother, friend, and father of Connor passed away after a courageous fight with lung cancer at the age of 56. Randy was born on November 1, 1964, in Williamsburg, Virginia to Sherwood R. (Sherry) and Margaret Vaughan (Bibby) Salyer. He graduated from Lafayette High School in 1983. Randy was a Class A Contractor owning his own business C & S Contracting. He remodeled many homes in the Williamsburg area and enjoyed building custom furniture.

Randy was a talented athlete. As a youngster he played little league baseball and football under the tutelage of his father at Kiwanis Park. Randy “Skeeter” played shortstop for Lafayette High School and American Legion Post 39. He continued playing softball for years at Quarter Path Park.

Randy was an avid outdoorsman. He particularly enjoyed deer hunting and fishing with family and friends. He also followed his father’s passion for rabbit hunting. Randy was in his element on many fishing trips from the Oregon Inlet and even followed his favorite captain to Mexico for the trip of a lifetime and most recently took Connor to Marathon, Florida to fish with friends. Most of all, he loved watching his son, Connor, play soccer. Wherever Connor traveled to play, Randy was on the sidelines cheering during the game. Connor is and will always be his greatest legacy.

Randy was preceded in death by his father, Sherry. He is survived by his son, Connor, his mother, Bibby, his sister, Beverly Hathaway (Lee), his sister Sherri Mair (Dave), ex-wife Cricket Salyer, nephews Josh Hathaway (Ashton), Brandon Hathaway (Samantha), Jacob Mair, and Zachary Mair, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and exceptional friends.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Nelsen Funeral Home, Williamsburg from 4:00 to 8:00pm. A graveside service will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery, 809 S Henry St, Williamsburg, on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 10:00am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the attention of Dr. Jeffrey Crawford at The Duke Cancer Research Center, 300 W. Morgan St., Suite 1200, Durham, NC 27701. Online condolences may be shared at


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Sherwood "Randy" Randolph Salyer Jr.

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Joe Stanton

September 17, 2021

Randy was such a great person. I remember meeting him in 4th grade and he forever left a great impression on me I was a shy kid that was very normal looking and he was the best looking most popular guy in school yet he became my friend and treated me like one of the guys. I moved away in 8th grade and came back in 10th grade and he was the first to greet me and bring me into his circle of friends. I will never forget that. He also introduced me to golf and fishing and when I got into coaching baseball he sat down with me and taught me all the fundamentals to pass on to my players. This world could use a few more people like him. I miss you my friend

bill petersen

September 16, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear this news of your loss of my old pal skeeter not many people i spent so much time with and enjoyed so many good fun times, my health has secluded me for many years that i lost contact with this great fella so glad he got a family into that house of his that i spent so many hours helping him to build from clearing the lot to digging the footers, he was my best pal for so much of my life i can't begin to express to his family how heavy my heart is for your loss, miss bibby, sherry, beverly i love you y'all as family to me, bill petersen.

Tracy Shackelford

September 15, 2021

I cannot imagine this world without Randy and his laugh! From the moment we were introduced a number of years ago, we felt we’d known Randy for years. We were privileged to work with him (& Jim) on two different home renovations. He was the easiest person to work with - flexible yet unafraid to speak his mind, funny and great at his craft. He and my neighbor Sean had a long running joke that involved a toilet miraculously showing up on one lawn or the other. Connor, I’m sure you know how much your dad loved you - it’s all he talked about when we saw him. He was so happy to be your dad. And Holly, I don’t know you but I know how Randy lit up when he told me about you. To all who loved him, we send our thoughts and prayers.

Michael Beatty

September 15, 2021

Our deepest condolences to Randy’s family. He was such a great guy that was taken way too soon. Lots of great memories growing up and especially playing football at Kiwanis Park for the Williamsburg Lions. His Dad was a great coach too. You are missed my friend. Rest easy Randy.

George "Tom" Rogerson

September 14, 2021

To the Salyer Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of lost. I met Randy in the 4th grade at Burton Heights. My last name begins with an "R" and his with an "S", so we were in the same home room every year through junior high and high school. We played football against each other at Kiwanis Park from age 7 to 16. He played smart and hard, and was coached by one of very best, his Dad. He was very respected on and off the field. My football team, like most, did not win many games against Randy, but when I saw him the next day in home room he was friendly and never rubbed it in.

Randy is now comfortable and in a better place. Rest In Peace.

Howard and Valerie Perkins

September 14, 2021

We send our prayers and sincere condolences to the Salyer family.

Randy was a hard worker and fun-loving friend. He was quite the charmer back in the day. ☺️ He was a very special person and will be deeply missed by many.

We love you Skeeter! ❤️ R.I.P. sweet friend.

~ Howard and Valerie Perkins

Delores Everett-Bryant

September 14, 2021

My memory is of a sweet child who was always ready to laugh. His parents and siblings were great neighbors. My heart hurts for you all during this season of loss. Delores Everett Bryant

Randy Brown

September 14, 2021

To the Salyer family I offer my condolences for this devastating loss. Conner always know that your Dad was one of the good guys.
I played a lot of ball with and against Randy, he played hard and was respected on the field. Some great times were shared and many memories made on and off the baseball field. It hurts to know that ever present smile is lost but the pain is over. RIP my friend.
Hit that ball Skeeter!

Bob & Debbie Bayton

September 13, 2021

Farewell to our old friend and neighbor for over 2 decades! We will miss his oyster roasts, fish frys, Christmas parties, and too many others to name! He left us with many great and funny memories, especially during the hurricanes! We’ll miss you Randy!

Kevin OConnell JR

September 13, 2021

Randy was a great guy and always had a great time with everyone he was with! He will be missed by many.