Darrell V. Spruill
Moyock – Darrell Victor Spruill, Sr., 90, passed February 16, 2015. Mr. Spruill was born in Columbia, NC to the late, Haywood W. and Ella Ansley Spruill. Darrell was predeceased by his wife, Leona Phelps Spruill his brother Haywood E. Spruill, two infant brothers, sisters Marjorie S. Sanderson, and Betty Jean Clifton.
Left to cherish his memory are his children, Pamela S. Newby Calvin of Virginia Beach, Jackie S. Hathaway Barry of Chesapeake, and Darrell V. Spruill, Jr Deanna of Currituck; sisters, Catherine Gardiner and Dorothy Erickson; 6 grandchildren, Christian D. Newby Ana, Justin R. Newby, Allison H. Rohrer John and Marc N. Hathaway, Kyle A. Spruill, Joel R. Spruill and 1 great grandson Nathaniel J. Rohrer.
Darrell was a 53 year member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local # 147. He began his career as a heavy equipment operator with the state of North Carolina operating a cable crane. With his oldest brother in the Army during WWII Darrell was required to return home to manage and run his family’s “Victory” farm until the end of the war. Afterwards, he resumed his operating engineer’s career relocating to the Old Dominion.
Some of Darrell’s many landmark projects include Scope, Waterside, Anheuser Busch Brewery, Lynnhaven Mall, Crestwood Elementary, Tallwood Middle School, I-64, Virginia Initiative Treatment Plant HRSD, and numerous projects throughout the Tidewater and Peninsula regions.
He always considered his greatest achievement to be his family. His dedication, strength, integrality and values influenced not only his children but his extended family, community, friends and co-workers. Darrell’s advice to his family was to be the best at whatever vocation you chose and to let your work be your best advertisement and you would never want for a job. This is how he lived his life both personally and professionally.
Darrell was not all work and no play, he was an amazing gardener, enjoyed saltwater fishing, driving on the beach, and socializing. He seldom met a stranger. In his very young days he was known to do a little back country racing.
The family will receive friends at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Chesapeake on Friday from 6:00 until 8:00 pm. A graveside service will be held on Saturday at 2:00 pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church Cemetery in Creswell, NC. The family request in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc. or the American Lung Assoc. Condolences may be expressed to the family at altmeyer.com.