William Ellis Minnick

William Ellis Minnick, 82, of Gloucester, entered peacefully into his heavenly home Thursday, August 17, 2023, with his wife by his side.  He was born in Shelby, North Carolina, on March 30, 1941.  Bill graduated from Newport News High School in 1959 and The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipyard.  He spent most of his years in Newport News working as an Electrical Engineer for several companies, the first and last being Newport News Shipbuilding. 

Bill was a member of Cornerstone Fellowship Church.  He served on the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Board and Gloucester County Wetlands Board and was a longtime member of the Middle Peninsula Amateur Radio Club and a former member of The Abingdon Ruritans Club.  Bill loved projects and building various things on his property, including designing and building a front-end loader for his Power King tractor.  He loved living on the water, sitting on the pier, and boating, and he loved his cats, especially Buddy and Sister.

Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elaine Peck Minnick; three daughters, Elizabeth Smith (Leonard), Molly Bargerstock (Michael), and Tina Vadas (George); two grandchildren, Vicky Nidbella and Gracie Bargerstock; three great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank all the caring staff at Charter Assisted Living of Williamsburg and Liz Scaggs from Traditions Health Hospice. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gloucester-Matthews Humane Society, PO Box 385, Gloucester, VA 23061.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., at Peninsula Funeral Home, with a funeral service, officiated by Pastor Bill West, following at 1:00 p.m.  Private interment will be held at Oakland Christian Church in Newman Memorial Cemetery, 5641 Godwin Blvd., Suffolk, Virginia 23434.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.


  1. Hugh Hornsby

    Bill was an amazing neighbor! Smart, caring, always willing to help and share his thoughts! He loved working out doors and loved the river! He will be missed! Yet I am glad his is finally out of pain, and in a better place.

  2. Renee Cason Powell

    Miss Elaine so sorry to hear that Mr Bill has passed. He is rejoicing with other local men from our old neighborhood. Enjoy the memories. Prayers and love to your family.

  3. Cheryl & Brian Shortell

    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Tina and George have let us know of his health struggles. I know of your deep faith and I know God will look over you and your family. Our sincere condolences.
    Love you, Cheryl and Brian

  4. Melanie Speck

    I truly enjoyed getting to know Bill while he stayed with us at Charter Senior Living of Williamsburg! I will miss seeing those beautiful blue eye’s. Hugs, Melanie Speck (Life Enrichment Director)

  5. Caroline Parlett

    I am very sorry to learn of Bill’s passing! He was always upbeat and such a wonderful neighbor. May your faith help you through the difficult times. He’s sitting on the Lord’s pier now.

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