William B. Sheldon Sr.
Peninsula Funeral Home
11144 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA
NEWPORT NEWS - William Bailey 'Bill' Sheldon Sr., a lifelong Virginia Peninsula resident, left this world to be with his Heavenly Father on Aug. 2, 2009, following a bout with prostate cancer and related illnesses.
He was a devout Christian and an active member of First United Methodist Church in Hilton Village since 1939. He had served on the Administrative Board, was Chairman of Church Council, member of the Bithynia Sunday School Class, member of the United Methodist Men, and had been presented a plaque by the Chancel Choir for his long years of service and near perfect attendance.
He was born in Southeast Newport News, Dec. 6, 1919, to Charles B. and Ethel Sheldon. He attended Magruder and Walter Reed Elementary and graduated from Newport News High School in February, 1937, with honors, having been awarded a school letter for outstanding service in the school print shop. Following graduation, he served an apprenticeship at the Franklin Printing Company and graduated from the International Typographical Union School of Printing in 1942, as a Journeyman Printer. He worked locally for the next 30 years in the Graphic Art Industry. He was active in the Boy Scout movement for many years and retired from scouting as a Life Scout and Scoutmaster.
At the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted in the Virginia State Guard, and served for the duration of the war, advancing to grade of Master Sergeant, 1st Class, and was assigned to Hq. Co., 2nd Bn. in Newport News.
He was proud of his community and state service. Several years after he married, he moved his family to a developing section of Jefferson Avenue in Warwick County. He then joined the Warwick County Volunteer Fire Association and after extensive training was made Asst. Chief in the Volunteers and was elected president of the Association. During his tenure he headed several fundraisers to buy ambulances that provided free emergency ambulance service to the community.
He was appointed Chief Forest Warden and served in that capacity until the consolidation of Newport News and Warwick, receiving commendations from the State Forester for his work in forest fire prevention and suppression. He also served as a special police officer in Warwick.
He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1958, and when the J.P. system was abolished and the Magistrates system substituted, he was appointed Chief Magistrate, and served until his retirement. He was a Justice of the Peace and Magistrate for 28 years. He was appointed Marriage Commissioner in 1974. Having married thousands of couples, he served in that capacity until his passing. He also served as a Notary Public since 1953.
Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman and had a large collection of trophy game fish, birds and animals he had taken in North America. He was an expert rifleman and varmint hunter and had the respect and appreciation of farmers in Southeast Virginia for his help in crop damage control by killing groundhogs and other varmints. He was a charter member of the Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fishing Association, Peninsula Sportsmen's Association, North America Hunt Club, and a long time member of Central Hill Hunt Club in Isle of Wight County.
He is survived by his wife, of 66 years, Greig Campbell Sheldon; a daughter, Martha Ann Willis and son-in-law, Jimmy Willis of Suffolk; a daughter, Joy Sheldon Gosselin; son, Nicholas; step-grandchildren, David M. and Jennifer Gosselin of Williamsburg; daughter-in-law, Cindy Sheldon of Richmond; grandchildren, Michael and Kelly. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and his many close church friends and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, David J. Gosselin in October of 2007; and his son, William B. Sheldon Jr., in July of 2008.
He has been loved and will be missed by his family and friends.
The family will have a visitation from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601, (757) 595-4424. The funeral service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Thursday Aug. 6 at 2 p.m., by the Rev. John LeGault, and following interment at Peninsula Memorial Park, a reception for family and friends will be held in the Fellowship Hall by the Bereavement Committee.
The family is requesting in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 10246 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601, or the David J. Gosselin Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 5655, Williamsburg, VA 23188. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published by Daily Press from Aug. 3 to Aug. 4, 2009.
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I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Pauline Shofner
August 12, 2009
Mr. Sheldon married my husband and I after a sad set of circumstances nearly 8 years ago. I will never forget his and his wifes generosity and understanding. My condolences to the family and friends of this wonderful family.
Katrina Sanchez
August 10, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Sheldon. He married me and my husband, 2 1/2 years ago. We were bleesed to have had the pleasure to meet him, he was a nice man.
Kendra and Chris Spencer
August 10, 2009
Mr. Sheldon married my husband and I nineteen years ago, August of 1990. He was a very kind man and we were saddend to hear of his passing. We extend our condolences to his family.
Dennis & Veronica Cook
August 9, 2009
We are so sorry that Bill has passed. I know he is in a better place, but it still hurts. We live you dearly and if you ever need anything you need, know you can call on us.

Bobby and Dolores
Bobby and Dolores Belford
August 5, 2009
Greig, Marth and Joy,
I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I have very fond memories of all of you. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.
Cheri Bass Wozniak
August 5, 2009
Dear Greig,
My thoughts and prayers are with you, in the passing of your Bill. As you know he was held in high regard by my husband, Freddie Tucker, Sr. (deceased 2004). No doubt they have joyfully greeted each other in Heaven. Be encouraged knowing they are in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ... and waiting for us!
Evalyn Tucker
August 4, 2009
Was so sorry to hear about Bill's death. May God's loving arms surround you and your family. There is a slight chance that I may be at the funeral. Loving you, Fran (Wilkins) McNew
August 4, 2009
I am so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing.Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.God bless!
bob ross
August 4, 2009
Dear Greig,
I am so sorry to hear that Bill has passed on. I read it online in the Daily Press.
It was such a pleasure seeing you last year. You have been such a good friend every since Hilton School!
Love, Virginia
Virginia Boyd Coletti
August 4, 2009
Martha and Family, We are so sorry to learn of the passing of your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. With all our love, Edward and Rexine Corbett (Newport, NC)
August 3, 2009
To the Sheldon family,
We are very sorry to hear of Mr. Sheldon's passing. He married my Aunt and Uncle nearly 30 years ago, my Cousin and his wife 2 years ago and most recently me and my wife last September we will always remember him and his kind words at our wedding
Jared and Angel Jones
August 3, 2009
Martha and Family,

We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers always.

Marsha and Alton
Marsha & Alton Jenkins
August 3, 2009
Greig and Family,
Rich and I are so sad about Bill. We have truly been blessed with having the most wonderful neighbors who turned out to be like real family to us. We love you both and we are going to miss him so much.
Love Rich, Autumn & Ava
Autumn and Rich Espinoza
August 3, 2009
Greig and family,
So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. My love and prayers are with you as always. I have so many fond memories of my time spent with Bill and you as a child.
Love always,
Teddy and Ralph
Teddy Stevens
August 3, 2009
Greig and family,
Bill was one of the kindest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, he was loved by many people and will be deeply missed. We are all here for you if you need anything.
Kenny, Mary and Blair
August 3, 2009
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