Cecil Randolph Baines, Jr. passed away suddenly on June 20th, 2020. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 63 years, Nancy Wood Baines.
Cecil served his country in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a lifelong resident of Newport News, the only son of Ruby Smith Baines Jenkins and Cecil Randolph Baines, Sr. He was raised by his grandparents, Edward and Mary Smith, as well as his mother and stepfather, Roy F. Jenkins who predeceased him.
He is survived by his son Edward Baines (Becky) of Newport News; grandchildren Erik Baines (Meredith) of Richmond; Alan Baines (Kimberly) of Christiansburg; and Sherry Baines Williams (Ross) of Newport News; and three great-grandchildren: Thor Bjoern, Thadeaus, and Sigrid Baines. Cecil also leaves many great family and friends behind, including Wayne Reed- his fishing buddy.
Cecil was born in 1930 and attended Newport News High School. Upon his return from Korea, he married Nancy Wood and started his career with Newport News Shipbuilding, where he worked until his retirement in 1991. Cecil and Nancy were active square dancers and traveled up and down the East Coast participating in competitions for many years. They were also avid fans of ODU Women’s Basketball team and went to countless games both home and away. In their later years, they spent a lot of time at the cabin they built themselves in the 1960s at Lake Gaston. They shared many happy days with family and friends at the lake over the years.
It gives us great comfort to think that Cecil is now happily reunited with his sweetheart Nancy.
A celebration of Cecil’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 18th, 2020, at Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church at 38 Hoopes Road, Newport News, VA 23602. Friends and family to attend. (Please wear your mask).
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church. The family would also like to thank the ED staff of Mary Immaculate Hospital.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.altmeyerfh.com.