Robert Leland Baxter

November 11, 1923 - June 15, 2008

11/11/1923 - 06/15/2008

Past Services

Tuesday June 17, 2008
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Wednesday June 18, 2008
10:00 am
Woodlawn Memorial Gardens
6309 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23502
461-4054 Ext.10 | Directions

Norfolk – Robert Leland Baxter, Sr., 84, passed away June 15, 2008 in a local hospital. He served his country during WWII as an S/Sergeant in the US Army earning a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He retired as his father before him as Captain, Norfolk Fire Dept.

Mr. Baxter was the son of the late William Ferebee Baxter and Irene Eanes Baxter. He is preceded in death by his wife, Emma V. Wiggins Baxter; and a brother, William F. Baxter, Jr. of Norfolk, VA.

He is survived by his sons, David M. Baxter and wife Robin of Chesapeake, VA; William F. Baxter and wife Sharon of Guam, and Dr. Robert L. Baxter, Jr. and wife Glenda Warner of Norfolk, VA; his daughter, Jerri S. Estenson and husband Randy of Virginia Beach, VA; eleven grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren. Also surviving him are his sisters, Lucille M. Hulock and husband Charles of Virginia Beach, VA and Betty A. Lowey and husband Larry of Norfolk, VA.

A graveside service will be held in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at 10:00AM. The family will receive friends in the funeral home Tuesday from 6-8PM. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be shared with the family

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Katherine Estes
8 years ago

Bob, I am so sorry to hear about your dad’s death. I wish there were something I could say or do to help ease your loss.

I remember the first time I ever saw your dad — it was at a rallye, of course. I was stunned that someone’s dad was that cool.

Mike and Denise Tuso
8 years ago

Dear Bob, Bill and David,

We are saddened by your Dad’s death. There are so many good memories of fun times with him and all the other Baxters at the Outer Banks. We believe there is a better place after this life, and we may meet him again. The goodness, strength and faithfulness of your dad is carried on by all of you.


Mike and Denise

Galen Snowden
8 years ago

He sounds like an incredible man. I know you and your family will certainly miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you honor his life and legacy.

Rick Fischer
8 years ago

I always enjoyed Mr. Baxter’s company, and I never met a better vollyball player. I will never pass the Ocean View firehouse without thinking of him.

Sincere sympathy,

Rick Fischer

Ruth Gordon
8 years ago

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Baxter. He made a big impression on me when I used to visit the house as a teen. He will not be forgotten!

Debbie Scott
8 years ago

My best memories of Mr. Baxter are from the late 90’s when he’d spend a day at our office in Newport News helping the staff by putting stamps on our payroll envelopes. We really enjoyed having him around the office and I suspect it was a nice outing for him as well. I know Bob and his family will really miss him, but I hope they will take comfort in the time they got to spend with him, and the stories they will remember about their father and grandfather.

Patty Futrell
8 years ago

My sincere condolences go out to Mr. Baxter’s loved ones. He will be sorely missed by friends, family, and rallyers alike. He was a fine man who served both his country and his community. His wonderful family is a fitting legacy.

Susie Cucura
8 years ago

Our hearts go out to all of you. Granddaddy was truly a character and will be greatly missed. We have many wonderful memories of him and many chuckles. His favorite word will always make us smile with compassion. We will miss the times shared with him in Nags Head and Chesapeake. His memory will be a treasure forever.