William Lamkin Sr.|
Hayes - William Hunter "Bill" Lamkin, Sr., first King & Queen County Administrator passed away on July 30, 2013, at his home in Bena, after a long courageous battle with lung disease. He was born on June 11, 1930, in Newport News. He was a member of Union Baptist Church.
Bill led an interesting life from early childhood. His stories are legend. He reminisced about walking to and from Stonewall Jackson Elementary School in Newport News and coming home for lunch each day. In the second grade, he was selected to lead the School May Day Parade down Washington Avenue. In 1941 the family moved to Hampton and he recalled hearing the news that Pearl Harbor had been attacked on the radio that the family has today. Bill was very athletic and was most proud of being the Center on the 1948 Hampton High School State Football Championship team - quite a fete for weighing in at 149 pounds! Although both Randolph Macon and Wake Forest offered him football scholarships, Bill elected to stay local and attend the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School where he excelled in football and track and graduated in 1954. After graduation, he served as Assistant Football coach under his father. At the shipyard he worked on the NASA Wind Tunnels and the Enterprise Aircraft Carrier. After furthering his education, he became a Manufacturing and Industrial Engineer. Always seeking a challenge, his work career also took him to Melpar in Northern Virginia where he worked on models for the first U. S. space satellite. Perhaps one of Bill's most interesting career moves came in 1973 when he was selected as the first County Administrator of King & Queen County. He loved the country living in King & Queen and the people who resided there. Later, he spent several years as a Project manager at Liebher America and worked for an old friend, Jake Schrum at Craft Machine Works. Because of his diversity of work, his strong work ethic, and his keen analytical ability, Bill could fix anything. He built a garage, worked on vehicles, cut pulp wood, hunted, fished, swam, water skied, sailed, ice skated, made fantastic spaghetti and meat balls, vacuumed, farmed, gardened, cut grass, collected riding lawn mowers, and was a care-giver to his mother-in-law. He taught his grandkids how to master archery. Mostly, he was a teller of stories - fascinating true stories. Each morning when he was able to do so, he would arise and go outside to thank God for the beauty of the day. He read his Bible everyday and prayed twice each day. He loved his cats and was blessed with four, GG, Peter I, and Ruth Ann who are deceased and Peter II who was his most recent constant companion.
His parents, Louise Williams and Gordon E. "Pop" Lamkin, Sr.; brother, Gordon E. Lamkin, Jr.; sister, Shirley; and in-laws, Buddy and Margie Hogge preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Lou Hogge Lamkin. Other survivors are son, William Hunter Lamkin, Jr. (Cindy) of Fredericksburg; daughter, Katherine Amanda Lamkin McPherson (Philip) of Portsmouth; grandsons, Matthew and Michael McPherson; granddaughters, Jessica and Nicole Lamkin; great granddaughters, Callie and Brianna McPherson; sister-in-law, Jo Ann Nystrom (Jon); brother-in-law, David Bruce Hogge (Karen); sister-in-law, Harmie Lamkin; former daughter-in-law, Jo Ann Lamkin; former son-in-law, Roland McPherson; nieces, Margaret Eaves, Beth Menne, Di Cookson (Ryan), and Dee Haywood (Phil); nephews, Gordon E. Lamkin III and John David Hogge (Jennie); great nieces, Morgan Haywood and Autumn "Sugah" Cookson; great nephews, Max and Luke Lamkin, Preston Eaves and Dylan Sage. Cousins, USA Colonel (Ret) and Professor (Ret) John Conner Atkeson (Nanci), Betty Lou Salley, Martha Hogge, Wendy Hogge and Hayes Williams. He is also survived by his wonderful cat, Peter.
A Going Home service will be held 3 p.m. Friday, August 2, 2013 at Providence Baptist Church, 3501 Providence Road, Hayes, VA. Reverend Richard Whiteheart and Reverend Bill West will be officiating. Interment will follow in Rosewell Memorial Garden. The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 1, from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point
Expressions of sympathy may be with flowers as Bill loved flowers or to the Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue, P. O. Box 9, Bena, VA 23018.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Aug. 1, 2013