Robert A. "Bobby" Creekmore

NEWPORT NEWS - Robert 'Bobby' Aaron Creekmore, 50, died unexpectedly Saturday, April 12, 2003. Bobby was a lifelong resident of Newport News and graduated from Newport News High School and Old Dominion University. He was employed by Northrop Grumman (Newport News Shipbuilding) for 28 years. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Helen Creekmore. He leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife of 23 years, Beverly, and their devoted sons, Christopher and Garrett, of the home; his brother, Jerry and his wife, Linda, and their son, Evan, of North Carolina; his sister, Nadine Womick and her husband, David, and their sons, Carter and Matthew, both of Virginia Beach; his aunt and uncle, Nadine and Kayo Hunt of Chesapeake; and a host of other close family members. He also leaves his baseball family and many friends. Bobby was an avid baseball fan who played baseball through college, and later, softball with several world class teams. As his sons grew, he gave unselfishly of his time and talents and began a new career of teaching and coaching for 15 years with Warwick Little League and was currently a coach for Menchville Varsity baseball team. Bobby cherished his friendships with his baseball 'family.' The children whose lives were influenced by him will miss the love he shared. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, at Peninsula Funeral Home. The Rev. Bob Mosely will hold funeral services at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Denbigh Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Menchville High School Baseball Club or the American Legion Post 25 Baseball Team.
Published in the Daily Press from 4/14/2003 - 4/15/2003.

Dear Beverly, Chris, Garrett,
I am totally shocked and my thoughts and prayers are with the three of you and your family. There wasn't a coach I'd rather be coached by then Bobby. He always wanted to win and that's how he will be remembered as a winner. I'm sure he is in a better place and I'm also sure if he can figure out a way to coach baseball in heaven he will, and be successful at it.
Zack Phillips 111
Zack Phillips 111 (Newport News, VA )
April 23, 2003
Dear Beverly, Chris, and Garrett;
We were out of town and just found out today about Bobby. Yes, a real shock. We all send our condolences to all the family. His smile was infectious to all. Bobby was a wonderful man, husband, father, and friend to all. His knowledge of the game of Baseball--will live on in the lives of the boys and girls that were fortunately enough to have been Coached by him. A smile, a pat on the back, or just a thumbs up will go a long way with a child, and Bobby did just that. Those memories are the ones the kids will hold in their hearts forever...God Bless you Bobby for being a part of our lives and for helping Zack on... Bobby was a legend in his own right on and off the "Field of Dreams." He touched many lives in his 50 years on earth. Now he has his Own Team in Heaven. Beverly and Guys, know how much you were loved by Bobby [as if anyone needs to say it] and know your extended family and friends are here for you.
May God Bless you All.
Zack, Ellen, Courtney, 'Little Zack' Phillips (Newport News, VA )
April 22, 2003
Beverly, Chris & Garrett: I also went to ES at Briarfield & HS at NNHS with Bobby. I want to tell you how deeply saddened I am for your family. Bobby was truly a wonderful person & will be missed by many. I will always remember how he could brighten a room with his smile.
May God bless you.
Carol Anne Comer (Newport News, VA )
April 17, 2003
Dear Beverly & family,
My thoughts and prayers have been with you since learning of Bobby's death. We were classmates at NNHS and our class seems to have kept up with each other even though many do not see each other often. There are no words that are close to being comforting at a time like this, just know that God is good and all things work together for good, for those that love the Lord.
Peace, Violet
Violet Jones (Smithfield, VA )
April 17, 2003
Beverly & the Boys,
From my past occasional times with Bobby, I saw that he was a great competitor on the field, a good Dad, & a good man. Condolences for your loss.
Doug Rowell (Newport News, VA )
April 17, 2003
To the Creekmore Family,
We are sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. His commitment to the game of baseball will be greatly missed.
Bob and Robyn Beasley (Newport News, VA )
April 16, 2003
I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the Creekmore family.
While coaching Poquoson Little & Senior League teams over the years in district tournaments I always knew we were in for a battle when we played a Warwick/Bobby Creekmore coached team. Though we were not personal friends it was obvious that we held similar values; love of family, working with young people, and baseball. I guess that's why the loss of Bobby has effected me the way it has. I also have a 20 year old son and a 17 year old son. I also am an assistant coach with my 17-year old's high school baseball team.
I can only imagine the shock and grief that Bobby's family and friends are now experiencing.
Our family's thoughts and prayers are with the Creekmore family and friends.
Jerry Fortner
Jerry Fortner (Poquoson, VA )
April 16, 2003
Beverly, Chris & Garrett: It's obvious what an impact Bobby made in the lives of many. His memory will live on in the disciplined baseball skills he taught over the years. He is an excellent example of a loving husband and a devoted father.
Love & prayers, De De
De De Villafaña (Hampton, VA )
April 16, 2003
To all the family, but especially to Garrett,
I just heard about your dad, and want you to know how sorry I am for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers, and will remain so. If you want or need to talk, you can reach me at this email address.
Ms. Martin
Dana Martin (Newport News, VA )
April 16, 2003
I'm truly saddened to hear of your loss and wish to express my condolences to you and your family. I knew Bobby as both a co-worker and a softball player.He was always fun to be around.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sincerely, Greg Payne
greg payne (glen allen, VA )
April 15, 2003
Nadine, we are sorry to hear this.
You take care and we are praying for you.
Richard & Alice (Parents of Russell and Roger)
Richard/Alice Moore (Danville, VA )
April 15, 2003
He's Smiling At You
Through the years,
Good times and some tears,
It seemed as if we'd never have to worry,
Never knew a loved ones life was ending in a hurry.
It seems like a nightmare that he is no longer here,
But in your heart he will always be near.
Nothing I can say will take your pain away,
You'll always remember what happened on that day.
I'm so proud of you and your family,
If you need something the one you should ask is me.
When you play those games score for your dad,
And if you don't, try not to let it make you sad.
He's still proud of you and the man you will turn out to be,
You can carry out his legend, so everyone can see.
How memorable a man he was in his life,
A great father, coach, friend, and lover to his wife.
When life gets hard remember when he made you smile,
How he would heel-toe and go that extra mile.
Your dad is always up there smiling at you until your days end,
He loves you like I love you,
You'll always be my best friend.
Laura Radcliff (Newport News, VA )
April 15, 2003
Beverly & Family
Let us pray,
FATHER GOD, bless this family in this time of need.
Keep them strong and dependent upon you, LORD, FATHER GOD.
May the memories of him bring them everlasting magic moments in time...
In JESUS name,
Marilyn Gardner (Newport News, VA )
April 15, 2003
Dear Beverly,
I am so sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Your friends Diane and Alex
Diane & Alex Laino (Hampton, VA )
April 15, 2003
My most profound condolences to you and your family. I will be thinking of you often in the next year, and will pray that you have the strength to cope with your loss.
Lots of love.
Luana Bond (Williamsburg, VA )
April 15, 2003
Mrs. Creekmore and sons,
I was shocked and saddened to hear the news. During my time a NNHS, there was a two or three year period that Bobby and I met at Stan's for breakfast nearly every morning and usually walked out the gate together every afternoon. I know he will be missed. My prayers are with you.
Scott Surber (Somerset, KY )
April 15, 2003
I went to school with Bobby, first at Briarfield ES then NNHS. He will be greatly missed.
James Harris (Gaithersburg, MD )
April 15, 2003
We were so sorry to hear of Bobby's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys.
Melinda Bednarik (Grasonville, MD )
April 15, 2003
pam weaver gurule (TX )
April 15, 2003
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Robyn Campbell (Richmond, VA )
April 15, 2003
April 15, 2003
Beverly, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your children during this difficult time. Bobby was a true gentleman and a very dear friend of mine. I'll always remember and cherish the good times we had during our baseball and softball years.
Godspeed Bobby.
John DiGiacomo (Colonial Heights, VA )
April 15, 2003
Bobby's memory will live on with us. He expressed his love of his family at our high school reunion. He was a leader in our class and our community and will never be forgotten. Please accept our sympathy as we share in your enormous loss.
Roberta Hilsdon (Atlanta, GA )
April 14, 2003
Beverly, Chris & Garrett,
Bobby was a wonderful guy who loved his family, loved baseball and loved coaching. He will be sadly missed "in the baseball world" in Newport News. May god bless you and your family will be in our prayers!
Belinda Langston & Bradley
Belinda Fortner Langston (Newport News, VA )
April 14, 2003
My prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. I knew how special your husband was to you and your boys because that was the topic of your conversations when we worked together. May you find comfort and peace in knowing the difference your husband made in the lives of other people.
Denise James (Hampton, VA )
April 14, 2003
I am truly sorry for your loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lee Ware (Newport News FD, VA )
April 14, 2003
I would like to offer my condolences to the Creekmore family on Bobby's passing. He will live on through all the lives he touched. May his memory be for a blessing.
Joey Fink (Atlanta, GA )
April 14, 2003
My condolences to the Creekmore family on your loss.
Gary Weaver (Tucson, AZ )
April 14, 2003
I attended high school with Bobby and was a resident of Newport News for many years. We had been out of touch for years, but I want to offer my condolences and let you know my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Ruth Hewitt Davis (Woodbridge, VA )
April 14, 2003
Hold tight to your family and friends for they are the greatest gift here on earth. You are in my heart and prayers always. Love you, g.
Gail Whittaker (Hampton, VA )
April 14, 2003
April 14, 2003

Barbara and I were saddened to hear of Bobby's death. We will not be able to attend the funeral, but you are in our thoughts Beverly, and please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.
Pat Garrow
Pat and Barbara Garrow (Dandridge, TN )
April 14, 2003
Beverly, Chris & Garrett,
Our thoughts & prayers are with each of you during this hard time. Always remember the great times & memories that you shared with Bobby. He was a great family man & a friend to many. He will be greatly missed by all. Thinking of each of you.
The Radcliff's
Ed, Donna, Laura &Kyle
Ed Radcliff (Newport News, VA )
April 14, 2003
Beverly, my prayers are with you and your family at this time of your great loss. God bless you. God be with you.
Sabrina Furman
Sabrina Furman (Hampton, VA)
April 14, 2003


From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 04/16/03:

I appreciate the great service you are doing for all of us.  The Creekmore family lived right behind us (they were on Roanoke and we were on Faubus Drive).  They were a very nice family.  My mother and father were very fond of Helen and Wayne.  Although I was older than their children I remember what nice kids they all were.  I appreciate the opportunity to send my condolences.  Love, Jean Burton

From Billy Turner of TX - 04/16/03:

If I am not mistaken, Bobby Creekmore graduated from NNHS in 1969. He followed me at Old Dominion University and took over the starting shortstop position on the Monarch baseball team, which I held for three years. Coach Matheny used me to help recruit Bobby to ODU. I have not communicated with Bobby since his freshman year in college but I am saddened by his passing. My heart goes out to his many friends and loved ones.

Creekmore, 50, died throwing batting practice

By Jennifer Garvin
Daily Press

April 15, 2003

NEWPORT NEWS -- Newport News lost a fixture in area baseball on Saturday when it lost Bobby Creekmore.

A longtime staple with Warwick Little League and American Legion Post 25, Creekmore was throwing batting practice at Menchville High School when he collapsed and died from a massive heart attack. He was 50 years old.

After a week of rain, the sun had finally emerged to greet the Monarchs as they took the field on Saturday afternoon. It was a beautiful day - a "baseball day" Creekmore called it as he set out for practice.

"He was so proud of these kids," Menchville coach Phil Forbes said. "He was tickled to death and honored to be out there with them."

This year - Creekmore's first as a Menchville assistant - was special for him. The Monarchs were in first place in the Peninsula District for the first time since 1997. His son, Garrett, was among the district's best hitters with a .471 average.

"Ask any kid from Warwick or Heritage or Denbigh about Bobby," said Creekmore's longtime friend Jerry Watkins, "and chances are he coached them."

Like Creekmore, Watkins is in his first year at Menchville. Friends for more than 40 years, the two were teammates at Newport News High School before attending separate colleges. Creekmore played shortstop for Old Dominion University; Watkins pitched for Virginia Tech. Creekmore was 5-for-10 against his old friend, leading Watkins to joke that "he never did get the best of me." Later on, the two would become neighbors and eventually began coaching together.

"I've lost a part of my life," Watkins said. "We had a camaraderie."

Growing up in the Newmarket neighborhood of Newport News, Creekmore loved sports, especially baseball. A three-sport standout at NNHS, he attended ODU on a scholarship before taking a job at the shipyard - where he worked for 28 years. After graduating he continued to play, competing on several national-caliber softball teams.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly, and sons Christopher, 20, and Garrett, 17.

"It's been a big part of our lives since we've been together," Beverly said of athletics, "and it continues to be. We just had a wonderful time doing it. He was an absolutely wonderful husband. It's hard for my boys and it's hard for me, because he just can't be replaced."

During the last six months, Garrett and Bobby had deepened their bond as father and son.

"A lot of people thought he was intense," Garrett said, "but he wasn't like that around the house. He'd work on the roses or watch 'Friends'. He liked Joey and Chandler (characters on the show). He thought they were so stupid."

The Monarchs were scheduled to host second-place Bethel on Monday afternoon. That game, as well as today's make-up game from last week's rain, has been postponed. The Monarchs' varsity and junior varsity teams, along with the coaching staff, will attend today's visitation and Wednesday's funeral. The group plans to wear their jerseys to both occasions before returning to the field Wednesday to host Denbigh at 7 p.m.

"That's what he would have wanted," said Garrett, who was in practice on Monday.

For many of the Monarchs, Creekmore was their first coach.

"We've been with him since we were 6," third baseman Chris Baker said. "I remember one time, when we were 11 or 12, and he was doing infield practice and he couldn't hit it right. He got mad and hit it over the fences (with a fungo bat) and hit Beverly's new car."

Outfielder Clay Hawkins remembered being Creekmore's first Little League pick when Hawkins was 8. On Monday, Hawkins volunteered to throw batting practice - something Creekmore usually did - in his honor.

"I just felt like I had to," Hawkins said. "He's the reason I'm still playing baseball."

"He brought out the best in us," said shortstop Greg Maliniak, a former Little League player of Creekmore's. "He was like our dad out there."

Said pitcher Andy Preston: "He taught me just about everything I know."

Phil Allen met Creekmore in Little League and went on to play football, basketball and baseball with him at NNHS.

"He was such a competitor," Allen said. "He wasn't the biggest guy in the world, but he was tough. When I heard this, I was like: 'Not him. Not him.' He was my man. I had a lot of respect for him."

"It's the kind of thing you have to take day by day," said York coach Bob Pearce, who played at NNHS and roomed with Creekmore at ODU. "He was a good man and he's really going to be missed by everyone."

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Team mourns, still it plays on

Menchville loses first game since assistant's death

By Jennifer Garvin
Daily Press

April 17, 2003

NEWPORT NEWS -- Four days after losing assistant coach Bobby Creekmore to a fatal heart attack, Menchville High players and coaches gathered around home plate in his memory Wednesday night, moments before taking the field against Denbigh.

For Creekmore's son Garrett, the day represented so many things. Earlier he'd help eulogize the father who taught everything he knows about baseball. Garrett, along with his older brother Chris, prepared a tribute for Bobby, which Garrett later read at the funeral. The hardest part was seeing all his teammates in their baseball uniforms at the church.

Eight hours later, he was at the plate, listening in awe as a crowd of Menchville supporters cheered him on. He ended up smacking a double on that first at-bat before Denbigh went on to win the game 1-0.

"I just kept thinking about the good times," Garrett said. "When I went up there and read, it was hard, but I'm glad that I got through it because I know that he would have wanted me to read it. I think he gave me the strength to do it and not break down."

The Monarchs could have waited until next week before playing. They decided to get back on the field.

"You can grieve forever, you can grieve for a week or a month," Menchville coach Phil Forbes said, "and these young men decided that we all needed to get out there together and get on with playing as soon as possible because we have to get over that hump, and life goes on with the lesson we learned."

To an outside observer, Wednesday's game at Menchville might have appeared to be just another game in the Peninsula District. It was business as usual, but then again, it wasn't. A gold ribbon in the batting cage served as a memorial to Creekmore. The Monarchs began the game in a prayer circle before asking fans to join them in a moment of silence.

"It's a new season because we don't have Coach Creekmore with us," Forbes said, "and that new season that we're carrying on without him, we're going to carry on with the same intensity that he would have wanted. I think we got every bit out of every one of these players no matter what the score was."

Several of the Denbigh players grew up in the Warwick Little League, where Creekmore coached, and were in attendance at his funeral. Despite Denbigh-Menchville being one of the oldest rivalries in the district, the two teams are friends everywhere but on the field against each other.

"These kids are close," Patriots coach Rusty Ingram said.

The teams played scoreless ball until Cary Mosby's sharp single to left-center brought home Anthony Watkins in the fifth. Watkins, who started the game in left field, relieved starting pitcher Ryan McDougal in the bottom half of the inning. The Monarchs put their first two runners on base in the sixth, and had the bases loaded with one out, before Watkins induced two groundouts to get out of the jam.

And though they didn't win, Garrett Creekmore was pretty sure what his father would have said about the game.

"He would have said we took too many first, fastball strikes and he would have been kind of upset with that. He wasn't one to take pitches. He wanted you to be aggressive at the plate."

Jennifer Garvin may be reached at 247-4759 or by e-mail at


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WP-McDougal (3-1), LP-Preston (4-1), Save-Watkins (1). Standouts-Denbigh, Mosby 1-4 (game-winning RBI single); Menchville, Baker 2-3 (1 stolen base). Records-Denbigh 8-2, Menchville 6-2.

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