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

Published by Daily Press from Jun. 24 to Jun. 25, 2012.
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I met Jay when I joined James Rivier in March, 2007 and he made me feel very welcome from day one. He always rememberd my name and always has something positive to say to me. I want to let the family know that I appreciated his friendship and will miss him very much.
Bill Moore
July 22, 2012
Joyce, Linda, and Chris,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in the days ahead. Please let us know if we can help. Your Sisters in Alpha Phi.
June 26, 2012
On behalf of my father Jim Stewart and our family our deepest sympathies.
Jo Ann Stewart
June 25, 2012
I used to deliver his newspapers as a kid. He was always positive , & a nice person .
Greg Bicouvaris
June 25, 2012
I had the good fortune as a young apprentice at NNS to work for John in the late seventies. Little did I know that those memories and our friendship would last for decades to come. As we grew older, I particularly enjoyed seeing John at Apprentice School Alumni events. On behalf of The Apprentice School, well done my friend.
Everett Jordan
June 25, 2012
Linda and family,
We are so sorry to hear about your father's passing. We wish you peace and comfort in the upcoming days and weeks.
With love,
Anne (Williams) Piros
Anne Piros
June 24, 2012
Dear Rayfield Family and Friend,
You are in our prayers and thoughts at this time of your loss.
May our God surround each of you with comfort and peace.
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Praying for you,
North Riverside Community Email Tree
June 24, 2012
To the family of John Rayfield,
He was my dear friend, my breakfast partner at the Breakfast Bunch. A true gentleman and very appreciative for the things we did together. With all my love to my good friend, John Rayfield. Mickey Marcella and Carol
Mickey Marcella
June 24, 2012
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