William (Bill) Hevener IV

William (Bill) Hevener IV

Suffolk, VA
09.11.1941 - 03.31.2018

William (Bill) Hevener IV born September 11, 1941 died peacefully on March 31, 2018 in Suffolk, Virginia. He is predeceased by father, William Hevener III; mother, Alma Simmons Hevener and wife Veronica Hevener.

Bill is survived by his wife of 26 years, Lydia Duke Hevener; and children, William Hevener V (Ginny), Monica Eure (David), Eley Duke III (Nicole), and Kelly Drewnowski (Bartek).

Bill loved and enjoyed his 7 grandchildren: Thomas and Sarah Hevener, Caroline and Gracie Finn Eure, Parker and Eley Duke IV, and Austin Drewnowski.

He is also survived by his three very special cousins, Rolland Simmons (Marty), Nancy Waybright (Charles), and Jeanie Whitecotton (Larry).

Bill graduated from Virginia Tech in 1964 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He was employed by General Electric and later retired from Weyerhauser Company, Plymouth, North Carolina. He was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church, in Suffolk, Va.

Bill made friends easily and his infectious sense of humor always brought a smile to anyone he encountered. That sense of humor and upbeat, positive attitude helped him face the fight of his life as he bravely battled Parkinson’s disease.  He loved life, his family, a good glass of wine, and a good practical joke—not necessarily in that order on any given day.

His memorial service will be at Main Street United Methodist Church, 202 Main Street, Suffolk, Virginia, at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 13, 2018 with a reception following the service. Burial is private. The family is being assisted by R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory. Condolences may be offered below.

Memorials may be made to his church or to The Parkinson Foundation designated to Stem Cell Research on line or mailed to Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.

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Main Street United Methodist Church
202 Main St.
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States


My sincere condolences. Bill was still a entertaining fellow among our group in the morning as we wait for the breakfast call in the morning. I nickname him and Gary part of our vip club, as I call it. He will surely be missed.
Jacqueline Anderson (a homeinstead caregiver)

Jacqueline Anderson

Our sincerest sympathy to you, Lydia, and the children and grandchildren. Bill, Jr. (as we always called him) was such a source of fun and gave our families such pleasure when he visited. We really appreciate the fact that you, Lydia, and Bill visited my father (Randolph) in his later years. He enjoyed those visits so much. We will all miss your visits and the family visits we enjoyed with you both.

Don Hevener Davis

Lydia. So sorry. The times with Bill will always be remembered. He fit right in with the "Cottage Kids" We were both fortunate for God to bring us two more good men to share life with. Love to all Linda

Linda Williams

Mrs. Lydia and Family,
I am very sorry for the loss of your love one. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Mrs. Lydia, I know that God will help you thru these difficult times but I know that with your strength you will hold the family together.

Ann-Marie Richards


I first met Bill Hevener in Bennetts Harbor, when I was 12- 13 yrs old.
He was a Great Man & especially a great Dad. A Really cool & upbeat Dad, (of Skip & Monica); who rarely if ever prohibited Skip & I from going anywhere or doing most anything.

All of the Bennetts Harbor Clan of dads were mostly like that. No cell phones, tracking collars, or such "mamby-pamby" stuff of these times. They just trusted we would be OK, & we generally did make it home (unhurt!). Infinite are the life lessons we learned; facilitated by that freedom!

I Twice fell through Ice on the Bennetts Creek, & retain a mental image of Skipper breaking through, with hair floating at the water surface; at least once. (Yes, though soaking wet we still went out in the boat to do our "errands". Thought Bill's Motor was running rough, but it was Skip shivering; ( he was tough as tire rubber. Not going to quit on a 40 degree day just cause of being fully soaked. !!))

We learned early that Hollywood is Full of IT. Squirrel cooked quickly on an open fire is tough, chewy, & raw inside. And, mud fiddler claw is no Crab Meat, it's just greasy Mud. We learned how to shoot, (safely). Skip & I brought a skinned copperhead to Bill's house, which Roni fried like fish, & we all partook, can still see Bill eating his section today; (wasn't bad). When at 16 I was (in the poor judgment of the Commonwealth) turned loose on the roads, Bill loaned his red & white Chevy truck to me, to pick up furniture, (of course Skipper was co-pliot @ age 11). The Trust and Faith seem amazing today. & the list of adventures runs without end.

Bill was very generous with his "man-type, close hold, possessions". Skip & I could use his Ted Williams Boat Motor, his cool hand tools, (neatly marked "Hevener"), & his case of really cool, many antique, shootin' irons.

One night Mom (Kay) & I were home alone, & had a "burglar"; who noisily rattled the locked back door handle. I ran upstairs for my 20-ga Double, while Mom put the "calling tree" into action.
- First, Ed Smith drove up with our Irish Setter, Brandy!! (Chuck was down at the Smith House; & apparently Brandy would ride with anyone !!; not sure what she would do to a burglar? );
- then Bill Hevener appeared ( covertly ) with his Ruger 22 pistol in his back waistband; (no doubt it was killing Skip to have to stay home). When Suffolk PD finally made it out to "Frontier Territory" of Bennetts Pasture Road, the whole outside of the house was lit up with headlights, with several men walking around.

- & My Dad got home, slightly irritated; "what's all the fuss about?" Ha!...
(Our Burglar turned out to be next door neighbor Karen Schell, seeking to store ice cream in our freezer when hers went out...)

But Skip & I (& others sometimes) would leave summer mornings, travel many miles some days, discovering & exploring that once rural area, instructed to return before dark.

The Hevener house was always a welcome place, & VERY supportive of us.

Bill was as others have stated, quick witted & quick to laugh. He took an interest in us & the stuff we did. ( I think he was a bit melancholy/nostalgic that he couldn't be out there with us !!) Had to work a lot...

He endured a lot in life, a whole lot; but his upbeat spirit is a model to all.

Wish I had gotten to know him more deeply, but as life goes; off to college & the Hevener move to NC, precluded that alignment of stars.

He lives on through good natured Skip & Monica, who are a lot like him in their calm, live & let live, demeanors; & strong independent Spirits.

Bill, I thank you for letting me borrow your son (& Monica, at times) for countless adventures.

You are a great guy, & will be resoundingly missed.
Peace & good Travels to you. GC

Greg Culpepper

So sorry for your loss, Bill enjoyed playing tennis with our group in plymouth. He had such a great personality.

Jimmy Sandy

Dear Lydia and Family,
On behalf of the City Treasurer's Office I want to extend to you our sincerest sympathy on the loss of Bill. He was a wonderful man and a pleasure to be around. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Ron Williams, City Treasurer and Office Staff

Ronald H. Williams

Lydia, we are sorry at your loss. But, we know you made Bill’s life so much better. God bless you at this time.

Lewis Johnson

I am so sorry. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

Sharon Bowie

Lydia and Family,

Peace be with you during this time. I just watched the video keepsake...though I did not know Bill personally, I can see that you had a wonderful life together. May those dear memories comfort all of you today, and always....

Mike Whitehurst

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We are very sorry for you loss. My the Lord continue to give you and your family strength during this time of transition. Bill - We will all miss you deeply!

Rick Matthews and the Suffolk YMCA Board & Staff

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