Sidney Clinkscales

October 24, 1921 - September 23, 2008

10/24/1921 - 09/23/2008

Past Services

Thursday September 25, 2008
11:00 am
Christ St. Luke's Catholic Church
Norfolk, VA 26003

Sidney Lee Clinkscales

Sidney Lee Clinkscales, 86, died peacefully on Sunday, September 21, 2008, at Westminster-Canterbury, Virginia Beach, after an illness of several weeks. The body was cremated. Born in Shelby County, Alabama, on October 24, 1921, he spent his early childhood in Birmingham and in farming areas nearby. In 1934 his family moved to Norfolk, where he attended Blair Jr. High and graduated from Maury High School. During his teens he worked after school at his uncle’s drug store on Colley Avenue, where he took advantage of the how-to columns in newsstand copies of Better Homes and Gardens magazine to nurture his lifelong interest in construction and things mechanical. He and Mildred Millie Harrell of Norfolk married in 1945. After his service in the U.S. Army he worked in shipbuilding and steel fabrication, while renovating several rooms of their first house, building a small beach house at Lynnhaven, and focusing love and attention on his wife, his daughter Joyce and his son Lee. Possessed of a strong and sustaining faith, he maintained an active commitment to the church, at First Baptist, Norfolk, later at Royster Memorial Presbyterian, and more recently as a member of Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal. In 1962 he and two partners founded Chesapeake Steel, Inc., now Chesapeake Bay Steel, where he drew on his years as a steel worker and his correspondence courses in engineering to develop and manage the company until his eventual retirement. His leisure interests were gardening, chess, traveling, and NFL football. He and Millie enjoyed many activities at the Norfolk Botanical Garden as well as garden visits and trips sponsored by the American Horticultural Society. They also participated in Elderhostel programs throughout the country.

They moved to Virginia Beach in 1987 and became residents of Westminster Canterbury in 2002, where Sid continued to live after Millie’s death in 2004. Survivors include his daughter Joyce Clinkscales and her husband Don Eggert of Avondale Estates, Georgia, his son Lee of Virginia Beach, his sister-and-brother-in-law Pauline and Fred Story of Virginia Beach, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family wishes to express deep appreciation to the staff of Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay for the caring and supportive environment they have provided.

In joyous celebration of Sid’s life, a memorial service will be held at Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, September 25, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the building fund of Christ and St. Luke’s Church, 560 West Olney Road, Norfolk, VA 23507-2135. Altmeyer Funeral Home Virginia Beach is handling arrangements.

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Steve Clinkscales
8 years ago

Dear Joyce and Lee,

We have prayed for you these last few days and I trust God and His comfort for you. I am so sorry that now your daddy is gone – I know the ache and anguish of this loss. I, along with many others, surely wish we could “make you feel better” right now – but only God and time will do that. My prayers are with you.

I am so glad for my visit this summer. It was good to reconnect and, especially now, it was wonderful to visit with Sid and be reminded of both my father and Reuben. All three were unique and all will certainly be missed.

With Love and Prayer,

The Iowa Clinkscales

Noreen N. White
8 years ago

Joyce, I am not sure you will remember me but we worked together at Guille Steel many years ago. I

still think of you from time to time and how we would get the steak dinners from Lone Pine at Pembroke

Mall. I did not see the obituary

until last night as I have been with

my best friend helping her get through the loss of her husband. I offer my condolences to you and your family and am sorry to have missed the chance to see you. I would love to hear from you in the near future. My email address is

Jennifer Clinkscales
8 years ago

My Dearest Joyce and Lee,

I am so, so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad and my Uncle Sidney. Although, I know he is in heaven with The Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit, Your Mom and all the angels it still saddens me that he is not here on Earth. I was hoping to perhaps visit with him again. I am ever so thankful that Steve and his family got to visit with all of you a couple months ago. I am reminded of how small our blood family is and would love to see you both in the future.

Much Love,