NEWPORT NEWS - Samuel Edmund Waddill Jr., 77, a lifelong resident of Newport News, passed away Monday, September 23, 2002, at Riverside Hospital. Mr. Waddill is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Randolph Scott Waddill; son, Samuel Edmund Waddill III and his wife, Mary Gibson Shumate Waddill; and a daughter, Anne Randolph Waddill Brown and her husband, Robert Mason Brown Jr. He is also survived by two grandsons, R. Mason Brown III and Samuel Edmund Waddill IV; and two cousins, William Chapin DeAlba of Arlington, Va., and Jane McIntyre Farrell of Vero Beach, Fla. Born November 10, 1924, in Newport News, Va., Mr. Waddill was the son of Samuel Edmund Waddill and Elizabeth Chapin Waddill. He graduated from Perkiomen School in Pennsylvania, and attended Davidson College before serving in the United States Navy during World War II, as a member of Squadron 40, assigned to PT Boat 493, in the Pacific Theater. At the war's end, he returned home to Newport News and joined W.T. Chapin Insurance, Inc. and served as President and Board Chairman from 1966 until his retirement in 1994. He was a distinguished Hampton Roads business and civic leader, serving as President of the Peninsula Builders Exchange, the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Warwick Rotary Club. He also served terms as President of the Hampton Roads German Club and James River Country Club, and was a longtime member of Crestar Bank's Board of Directors. Mr. Waddill was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Newport News, where he served on the Church Vestry. He was an avid golfer, hunter and fisherman, and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 45 Main Street, Newport News, VA 23601. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2002, at Peninsula Memorial Park (Nettles Drive entrance), Newport News, Va., with the Reverends Howard Saunders, Robert Marston and Richard Holley officiating. Riverside Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
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Published in Daily Press on Sept. 26, 2002