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NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA - William Alfred Carmines, age 90, passed away on July 3, 2014. He was the son of the Late Alfred Watkins Carmines and Clara Diggs Carmines, and brother of the Late John Sterling Carmines, all of Poquoson. Bill was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Named captain of the football, basketball, track and baseball teams his senior year at Poquoson HS in 1942. He then volunteered and served in the Navy during WWII on a sub-hunter plane based in Puerto Rico. After the war, he attended the University of Virginia and was on the freshman football team. In his first semester of school he returned home to marry his high school sweetheart and wife of 67 years, Norma Keith Bradshaw in 1947. He was one of the early employees of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA, now known as NASA). Bill started in the Apprentice School of NACA and later became accredited as an Aeronautical Engineer through independent testing, without having a college degree! He began his career in the model shop and assisted in early upper atmosphere balloon launches from Wallops Island, and continued to work for NASA at the Langley Research Center for 44 years, retiring in 1986. Among many commendations and awards he received during his long career included a commendation for work involving heat shield development for human bearing capsules. He was interviewed on national television by Walter Cronkite during the Gemini Program and also was a significant contributor to the Viking missions to Mars. His work with NASA included regular travels to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Houston Space Center in Texas and to the Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, California. During his life and in retirement, Bill enjoyed fishing, golfing, woodworking, and visiting his grandchildren. He was an avid University of Virginia fan. He is survived by his wife, Norma Bradshaw Carmines, his daughter Nancy Lynn Carmines Phaup and her husband, Larry of Richmond, son Robert Wayne Carmines, and his wife Pamela of Newport News, son, David Vaughn Carmines of Charlottesville, eight grandchildren, Sara Phaup Baugher, Philip Phaup, Lori Phaup Payne, Taylor Carmines, Kelsey Carmines, Christian Carmines, Kyle Carmines, and Chad Carmines, and six great-grandchildren, Dylan, Preston, Andrew, Jayce, Mason, and Lexi. A visitation will be held from 5:30 PM to 7 PM on Monday, July 7th at Peninsula Funeral Home located at 11144 Warwick Blvd in Newport News, VA. The funeral service will be held at 2 PM on Tuesday, July 8th at Peninsula Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund of Bethany United Methodist Church located at 1509 Todds Lane, Hampton, VA 23666.
Published in Daily Press on July 6, 2014
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