OBITUARY

William Albert Letchworth

March 12, 1926April 15, 2018

William “Albert” Letchworth of Williamsburg, VA, 92, after a long battle with Parkinson’s, went to be with his Lord on April 15, 2018. He departed this life peacefully at home surrounded by family. He was born March 12th, 1926 in Kinston, NC to John and Gertie (Gatlin) Letchworth. Despite spending most of his life in Virginia, he always considered himself a “Tarheel.” Raised a farm boy, he learned early the meaning of hard work and never forgot those life lessons. He served his country in World War II and the Korean War. He was in both the Army and the Navy. He moved to Virginia with his lifelong friend, Harvey Price, with the promise of a government job. He worked his way up from the warehouse at Cheatham Annex Naval Supply Center to the top civilian post. He was employed there for 39 years before retiring.

Albert found his bride, Mary Lucille (Thompson) Letchworth, behind the counter at Roses and kept buying items until she said “yes” to a date. He was a devoted husband for 64 years. He took his role as father very seriously and his children knew they were loved.

He loved both gospel and country music. He sang in many different gospel quartets over the years. The longest running quartet produced 4 albums and traveled to churches up and down the East Coast. He passed on the love of music to his children. Following his lead, they are active in music groups today. Music was just one way Albert served the Lord. He served as a deacon at James River Baptist for many years. He also taught Sunday School for over 50 years. He was known for his intelligence, integrity, and strong moral character; most importantly, living his life consistent with what he taught. He believed education to be of paramount importance. He served on the James City County School board for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lucille Letchworth and their children, Kenny Letchworth, Keith and Lisa B. Letchworth, Kit Letchworth and Lisa Letchworth, and Karen and Thomas McClendon. Six grandchildren, Brian, Kendra, Jordan, Amanda, Hunter, and Savannah. The great grandchildren, Alex, Adrian, and Ellie. He joins his granddaughter, Nanette in heaven.

A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 17th at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg. A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 18th at James River Baptist Church, 4931 Centerville Road, Williamsburg. A reception will immediately follow the service. Interment will be at Williamsburg Memorial Park at 3:00 P.M.

The family request donations be sent in memory of Albert Letchworth to the James River Baptist Multi Ministry Building Fund. Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his wife, Mary Lucille Letchworth and their children, Kenny Letchworth, Keith and Lisa B. Letchworth, Kit Letchworth and Lisa Letchworth, and Karen and Thomas McClendon. Six grandchildren, Brian, Kendra, Jordan, Amanda, Hunter, and Savannah. The great grandchildren, Alex, Adrian, and Ellie. He joins his granddaughter, Nanette in heaven.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Howard Price
  • Joe Vaught
  • Hunter McClendon
  • Alex Letchworth
  • Brian Letchworth
  • Jordan Letchworth
  • DONATIONS

  • James River Baptist Multi Ministry Building Fund

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 18, 2018
REMEMBERING

William Albert Letchworth

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Brenda Williams

April 17, 2018

Lucille I have only known you and your family for 2 years. In that 2 years I have seen a family that loves the Lord and don't mind people seeing that. Albert was a very sweet man. He was always kind to me. I always looked forward to seeing his smile and hearing him thanking me for the smallest of things. I enjoyed hearing him sing . I know the Lord is enjoying that now. I hope he and Harvey are singing all the wonderful songs they use to sing. I Love you all . Brenda Williams

Duane Thompson

April 17, 2018

I'll always remember the good times we spent at Uncle Albert and Aunt Lucille's growing up. I know there were times when Albert wondered what was going on when we got so loud spending the night or basketball games that were pretty intense. Thanks so much for providing a safe place to grow those memories. Sherry and I appreciated that you came to Tennessee to attend our wedding and that you were so gracious allowing us to stay with you when we came to Virginia. Uncle Albert was always so kind and gentle and such an awesome example of a Godly husband and father. Mallory even thought of y'all as an extra set of grandparents.
To Aunt Lucille, our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know he will be greatly missed but we all realize that he is in a much better place and no longer hurting.
Kenny, Keith, Kit, and Karen, I know from losing Dad last year that it is tough no longer having your dad to lean on but his imprint will forever be on you and your children. Sherry and I pray for your peace and comfort during this tough time.

J W

April 17, 2018

I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Mr. Letchworth, but having personally experienced the awful sting of death and the extreme grief that comes with losing a loved one, I wanted to send my sincere condolences. May your cherished memories of your loving husband, father, grand and great grandfather comfort you as you look forward to the fulfillment of John 5:28,29 when you may be reunited with him again.

Lanny (Stout) & Butch Freeland

April 16, 2018

I have known Albert my whole life it seems. I had the opportunity to see him at church when I was a young girl growing up and recently at the Senior Luncheons. I think if the church doors were open, Albert was always there. Albert was a wonderful man, a man of God. I loved hearing him and his family sing. Sending our thoughts and prayers to Lucille and all the family. He will be greatly missed.

Paulette Amory

April 16, 2018

Dear Letchworth family,
So sorry to hear of your loss.

Our condolences,

Paulette Amory and family

FROM THE FAMILY