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Dea. William Capehart

May 25, 1923 ~ October 26, 2023 (age 100) 100 Years Old
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Dea. William Capehart Obituary

Deacon William Daniel Capehart was born to William Bollie Capehart, and Carrie Mitchell on May 25, 1923, in Merry Hill, North Carolina. Deacon Capehart accepted Christ at the early age of 12. As a young man, while working various jobs, William was drafted and served in the United States Army beginning January 1943, where he served three and a half years as a Transportation Specialist. Deacon Capehart bravely served in World War II. After returning home from his tour of duty,

William married the love of his life, Ruth Shaw Outlaw, on July 8, 1946, in Bertie County, North Carolina. From this union were born one daughter, Sandra Ruth, and three sons: David DeVone, Daniel Clifford, and Terry Dean. After the birth of his daughter, William relocated his family to Newport News, Virginia, where he began working for Langley Airforce Base, Virginia. After William Capehart retired from Langley, he immediately started to rebuild the new Antioch Baptist Church sanctuary.  Deacon Capehart worked faithfully until the project was completed – even taking his lunch daily. His wife even commented that she thought he has already retired. William was ordained as a deacon at Antioch Baptist Church and served as the Chairman of the Deacon Board for many years, until he was formally honored with the Deacon Emeritus status. 

A man of great faith, each individual child, at various times, walked-in and saw him talking, on his knees, with the Lord. Before his health began to fail, he was known as the neighborhood lawnmower mechanic, who never met a mechanical challenge that he could not overcome. 

When Deacon Capehart’s health began to fail, he relocated to Woodbridge Virginia, to reside with his middle son, Daniel, and daughter-in-law, Anna. He remained in that location for three and a half years until he transitioned to the Old Dominion Rehabilitation Center, in Newport News, Virginia, where he resided until his passing. Even in his infirm health, he was still doing the Lord’s work, ministering to nursing home residents and staff. His favorite delicacies, where peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (PJ’s) and Krispy Kreme lemon donuts. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth in February 16, 1999, and their youngest son, Terry in August 2, 1997. Left to cherish his memory are his only daughter, Reverend Sandra Austin, lovingly known by William as “Sis”, David DeVone Capehart (Cheryl), and Daniel Clifford Capehart (Anna), grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives, and family friends. 



The Capehart  family ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers at this time.    


The family of Dea. William Capehart has entrusted his final care to the staff of C. C. Carter Funeral Home, Inc. 



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November 1, 2023

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
C.C. Carter Funeral Home. Inc.
3700 Marshall Ave.
Newport News, VA 23607

Funeral Service
November 2, 2023

11:00 AM
Antioch Baptist Church
2819 Roanoke Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607

Interment with Military Honors.

Hampton Memorial Gardens


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