W. Carlyle Savelle II, 74, went home to heaven Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Virginia Beach after a long illness.
Carlyle was born Feb. 27, 1945, in Charlotte, North Carolina, to the late Walter Carlyle Savelle and Margaret Miller Savelle. Immediately after graduating from Churchland High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. After his discharge, he continued his education and received an associate degree from Tidewater Community College. He spent more than 30 years as a civil servant working his way from a forklift operator up to a GS-13 systems analyst. After his retirement, he continued to show his heart of service by becoming a community service officer for the City of Virginia Beach Police Department for nine years.
As Carlyle’s life would bear out, he was a dedicated husband, father and servant of Christ. He had a passion for his family and serving the Lord at Suburban Christian Church and beyond. Carlyle was also a member of and past chaplain and commander of American Legion Post 310. He was also a member of the Washington-Lafayette Masonic Lodge. Big C. will be remembered for being a selfless man, sometimes helping others without even being asked and never wanting anything in return. His legacy of dedication to his family and his love of helping others will be missed. His love of people, peanuts and planes will always be remembered with smiles.
Carlyle is cherished in memory by his loving wife of 47 years, Bonnie Moseley Savelle; children, Beth Savelle Voorhees, and her husband, John Voorhees, Paul Savelle and Wendy Savelle; seven grandchildren, Andrew, Carly, Luke and Nathan Voorhees, and Hannah, Michael and Chloe Savelle; sister, Barbara S. Desler; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family would like to express their heart-felt love and appreciation to all the staff at Sheila’s Place for all their care of Carlyle in his last months of his life.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23, at Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville. A celebration of life service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, at Suburban Christian Church in Virginia Beach. A graveside service will immediately follow the funeral service in Colonial Grove Memorial Park.
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