It Takes a Family to Comfort a Family
Charles Howard McDonald, Jr.
Charles Howard McDonald, Jr., 98, of Newport News, entered his heavenly home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, October 22, 2021. He was born in Richmond, grew up in Portsmouth, and had been a resident of Newport News for over 70 years. After serving in the US Navy in the 1940’s, Mac spent the next 40 years as a ship designer for the Newport News Shipyard. Before his retirement in 1986, he was privileged to help design aircraft carriers including, the USS Enterprise, the USS America, the USS John F. Kennedy, the USS Eisenhower, and Nimitz Class carriers, as well as ocean liner, the SS United States. He was a member of Grace Baptist Chapel of Hampton. He married the love of his life, Aleen, in 1942. They enjoyed competitive bowling and golf for many years, created beautiful wood crafts and furniture, and took trips together in their RV. His greatest passion in life was speaking to friends and family about his faith in Christ and his enduring love and service to his family.
Mac was preceded in death by his wife, Brookie Aleen McDonald, and his daughter, Edna Carol Fernald. He is survived by his son, William Charles “Billy” McDonald (Dianne); grandchildren, Donna Carol Grubbs (Steve), Misty Carol Escobar (Daniel), Nathan Charles McDonald, William Gavin McDonald, and Kirsten Anne McDonald; great-grandchildren, Michelle Escobar, Samuel Escobar, Julian Escobar, Andrew Grubbs, Christina Curran; nephews, Jeff Patterson and Chuck Wynings; and a host of other nephews and nieces.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, November 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.