NEWPORT NEWS - John W. Rayfield, age 94, passed away peacefully at home on June 20, 2012.
A native of Newport News, he graduated from Newport News High School and in 1942 from the Newport News Shipyard Apprentice School. He retired in 1980 from the Shipyard as a supervisor in the X10 Division. During his years of employment, he spent 33 years installing hydraulic turbines in locations throughout the United States and in Russia. He was one of five shipyard men sent to Russia for turbine installation in 1946.
J.W. played football for Newport News High School and for the Shipyard Apprentice School. He retained his interest in football and other sports his whole life. Golf became his main hobby after his retirement. He played golf with a retired men's group and with the Shriners Golf Club.
He was a member of the Apprentice School Alumni, the Apprentice Alumni Sports Club, the Shipyard Men's Retirement Breakfast, the Progressive Club, James River Country Club, Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, and the Chapel Sunday School Class at Hidenwood Presbyterian.
For more than 50 years, J.W. was a Mason, Bremond Lodge 241 AF and AM, Newport News Scottish Rite, 32nd degree, and Khedive Shriners. He was on the board of the Peninsula Shrine Club for many years. He was a regular worker for the Shriners Children Hospital.
J.W. is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joyce; and their daughters, Linda Kerns (husband Rick), of Newport News and Christine Moore, of Richmond.
On Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at 11 a.m., there will be a memorial service at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bill Lamont officiating. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to the Shriners Children Hospital. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.