Lion Thomas R. Hall

Norfolk - Thomas R. Hall, 88, years young was called home by the Supreme Commander on Saturday, May 25, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Hall of County Cavan, Ireland and Margaret Clute Hall of Schenectady, NY; daughter, Laurie Hall Wilson and husband Sonny and three sisters, Nettie Hall Grant, Dorothy Hall Driskell and Louise Hall Moylan.
Tom is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, June; daughter, Julie Honeycutt (Dale) of Virginia Beach, two sons, Robert Allen Hall (Nancy) of Virginia Beach and Thomas Michael Hall (Sharon) of Atlanta, GA; four grandsons, Brian Honeycutt (Melissa), Adam Honeycutt (Erin), Christopher Hall and Sonny Wilson, Jr.; three granddaughters, Amanda and Kelsey Hall, and Wendy Wilson Strawhorn; three great-granddaughters, Karleigh Wilson, Kylie and Delaney Strawhorn; and a great-grandson, Edison Honeycutt.
Tom attended Granby High prior to entering the Navy during WWII serving in the China and Pacific Theatres. He retired after twenty five years with Norshipco as Asst. Plant Superintendent and manager of the Marine and Industrial Engine Distributorship that serviced six states and D.C. He was well known in the Duck Pin Bowling Circuit, Life Member of VFW Post 3160, a member of the Norfolk Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution, a director of Ocean View Station Museum which he loved dearly, a 40 plus year member of Ocean View Lions Club where he served two years as President and was President of the OceanView Lions Charities Foundation. He was awarded Lion's highest honor in 1990 when he was made a Melvin Jones Fellow and Lion's Citizen of the Year in 2008. He started the Ocean View Civic League in 1989 and served two three year terms as President. He has been a long standing member of the Mayor's Task Force on Ocean View.    

Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 27, 2013

Lion George S. Hughes

Lion George was a 1943 graduate of Maury High School, where he was co-captain of the football team.  He enlisted in the Army and flew 22 combat missions in the Pacific in World War II as a gunner on a bomber.  After the war, he attended the College of William and Mary, where he starred in football, earning All-Southern Conference honors at a time when the school was among the nation's best major college programs.

Drafted by the National Football League's Steelers, he played five seasons and was twice named an All-Pro.

Lion George quit pro football after the 1954 season to return to Ocean View to run a hardware store he had opened there.   He continued to coach football, however, serving as an assistant or head coach for seven seasons with the Norfolk Neptunes, a minor league professional team that played at Foreman Field from 1965- 71.  He was also an assistant coach for the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League from 1974 -81. The Rough Riders won the CFL championship in 1976.

Lion George served on the Norfolk School Board from 1961 -68, when the schools were in the process of full integration, and on the City Council from 1969 -74.  All his life, he pushed city officials to revitalize Ocean View.  His Ocean View hardware store was an icon on First View Street, full of political and football memorabilia, until it closed in 1994.

Lion George was married for over 60 years to Kate and had three children.  Friends said George was very quiet, very easy going, not pushing himself on anyone, but was a man who worked hard at everything he did.

Besides being a Lion, George was a member of the Virginia and American Hardware Associations, Norfolk chamber of Commerce, NFL Alumni Association, VFW Post 3160, American Legion Post 35, Ocean View Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rites Khedive Temple, Ocean View Democratic and Club, Chesapeake Athletic Club, Miles Memorial United Methodist Church, and the Cottage Line Civic League.  Lion George was elected to the William and Mary Hall of Fame, Chesapeake Athletic Club Man of the Year, Tom Fergusson Memorial Sportsman of the Year, Virginia Hall of Fame, and College of William and Mary All Time Football Team.  He was president of the Ocean View Lions in 1959 and an active member of the Ocean View Lions from 1955-2009.




 Lion Laurence (Larry) Alan Beaucaire


February 24, 1939 - July 20

Laurence (Larry) Alan Beaucaire, 75, passed away on July 20, 2014, after enduring a 6 year battle with Alzheimer's. He was born  in Plattsburg, NY on February 24, 1939, the son of the late Albert     and Katherine (Sausville) Beaucaire. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Kim Beaucaire; his      honorary daughter, Tonya Zari (Allan); his niece, Nancy (Terry)  Noble; his great nieces and great nephews, Kandi Smith, Chris (Rhonda) Smith, Laurence Smith, Derek (Kelli) Newman, Nicole Newman, Katie (Jeremy) Roberts, Bryan Smith, Josh Newman; and several great great-nieces and a great great-nephew.

Larry grew up on a family farm in upstate New York. He graduated from Chazy Central Rural School and attended the State University of New York Albany and Plattsburg. He enlisted in the military and completed his college education under a Navy Program. He spent 10 years in the Far East, 3 years deployed to Vietnam with duty in the Philippines, Korea and Japan. His duty eventually brought him and his wife to Norfolk in 1973. He retired in 1983 after 20 years of service but continued to travel as a technical representative for many years.

Larry was a loving and faithful husband, father figure and friend. He was known for his integrity, devotion, intelligence and gift of gab. He was patient, kind and forgiving. He was a gentle giant who loved people.

He was a proud member of the Ocean View Lions Club, Fleet Reserve Association, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a past president of the Lions and a Melvin Jones Fellow.  As his illness progressed and he was no longer able to attend, his love of Holy Trinity Catholic Church remained. His 36 years of dedicated service and faithfulness were a source of great joy.
Obituary courtesy of Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home.


Lion Beverly Voudrien Nolan

Lion Beverly was born in 1941 and died in April 2018 having been an active member of the Norfolk Community for many years.  Lion Beverly is survived by her children, Tony, Catherine, Matthew, and Sara; 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.                                                                                   

Lion  Bev joined the Ocean View Lions Club in 2009 and was a very active volunteer in every service provided.  She especially enjoyed vounteering at the Eyeglass Recycling Center and at schools and health fairs providing vision and blood sugar screening.  She also was a dedicated volunteer at the Norfok Botanical Garden and in missions of her church.  Lion Bev was named Lion of the Year in 2011.  In fact, one month before her death, Lion Beverly was volunteering at the Eyeglass Recycling Center despite her failing health.                                                                                                              

Lion Beverly truly lived up to the Lions Motto, "We Serve."


Lion Grady Quentin Pittard Jr.
1943 - 2019

Grady Quentin Pittard, Jr., born September 19th, 1943 in Tacoma, Washington, passed away early Tuesday, October 1st, 2019, in DePaul Hospital after a long, courageous battle with liver and kidney disease. He was 76 years old. He was a long-time resident of Norfolk, growing up through his teenage years in the Larrymore Lawns section of the city.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Grady Q. Pittard Sr., by his sister, Jennifer Mae Pittard, and also by his two dogs and sixteen cats. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Nancy Tesh Pittard, his brother Donald F. Pittard and wife Dorothy of Norfolk, his sister-in-law Jo Ann Kelso and husband Ted of Agency, Missouri, his niece Kellie A. Duncan and husband John (Mikey) and their daughter, Grady's great-niece Kendal Rayne Duncan, his nephew Donald A. Pittard of Richmond, by Tanya Cooper Taylor who was like a daughter to him, and her children, and by his therapy cat FeFe. He is also survived by two aunts, and many cousins of North Carolina.

Grady attended Norview High School and later served in the United States Army, stationed for three years in Butzbach, Germany. In 1972, he joined the Virginia Army National Guard, where he served 22 years with HQ Battery, III Artillery in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was retired from Paxton Company Inc. where he worked from 1967 to 2013. He thoroughly enjoyed his job and the people that he worked with, as he considered them close and dear friends. He also met his wife, Nancy, at Paxton Company and soon married in 1969. He was a member of the original Ocean View Baptist Church of Norfolk, Virginia. He was also a long-time and proud member of the Ocean View Lions Club for 28 years.


He enjoyed many things in life, including fishing, bowling, going to the gym, working in his garden, going to historical places, museums, and the zoo - he loved a good vacation. Most of all, he enjoyed his family and friends and loved them all.

The family would like to express their gratitude to all of Grady's compassionate doctors and the care he received from the staff at DePaul Hospital and Fresenius Kidney Care Dialysis Center on Tidewater Drive. Although he did not want to be on dialysis, he dearly missed his friends when he was not there. Also, a special thanks given to Barbara Watson, a long-time friend and co-worker from Paxton Company.

The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home Tidewater Drive Chapel on Saturday, October 12th from 6-8pm, and funeral service Sunday, October 13th at 11am with burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery directly after service, followed by a reception at the funeral home. The eulogy for Grady will be given by Robert E. Pittard of Greensboro, North Carolina.


As Grady loved his garden, the family will be accepting flowers. Donations may also be made to the Ocean View Lions Club at PO Box 8423, Norfolk, Virginia 23503, and also to Billy Graham Ministries at 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201. Last, but not least, give an animal a forever home and adopt a pet in Grady's memory.

Grady was not afraid to die, but he so dearly wanted to just be with his wife in his home. Condolences may be offered to the family at:

Published in The Virginian Pilot from Oct. 6 to Oct. 9, 2019



Lion Al Saunders

Alfred “Alfie” William Saunders, 76, returned to his heavenly home Friday, February 12, 2021. Alfred’s devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him through his life and ultimately gave him peace in his passing. Alfred was born on October 27, 1944 in Newport News, Virginia the oldest child of parents Alfred Routten and Helen Saunders and was raised by his beloved “Nana” Evelyn Saunders. Alfred was a professional painter and owner of Saunders Painting Co. in Norfolk. He served in the Navy in Cuba during the Cuban Crisis and for Newport News Fire Department. Alfred enjoyed racing cars, sailing, dancing, golfing, and more recently camping with the family. Alfred was a very humble and special spirit that touched so many lives. He wanted the world to know God’s love and how God is there for everyone. Alfred lived a life devoted to service in his community. He was President of the Willoughby Oceanview Civic League for 12 years, actively involved in service projects. He was also a member of the Lions Club serving twice as President. He loved serving his community raising money to feed the poor and repairing bicycles to give to those in need. Alfred was a Gideon offering his time and money to place Bibles in hotel rooms and giving them to those in need to have an opportunity to change their lives. In October he was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints Alfred was survived by his beloved wife Gayle Short, who was blessed that God brought him to her. He met his wife dancing. Alfred will forever be remembered by his brother Steven Saunders and his wife Karen Saunders, his son Brandon Saunders and his wife Danielle, his children by marriage Christina (Chev-Check) Szewczyk and her husband Steve and Christoff Short, his treasured grandchildren Sophie Saunders, Augustus Saunders, Henry Saunders, Graydon Saunders, Daniel Lynch, Molly Lynch, William Lynch, Edward Szewczyk and Sophia (Chev-Check) Szewczyk and his nephew Steven Saunders and his niece Kristen Saunders. Alfred was predeceased by his daughter Jolie Lynch. Alfred will be dearly missed by all who knew him and will be forever in our hearts.






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