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William Nelson Haywood, age 60, of Mathews, also known as Bubba to his friends and family, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012.

He was a Mathews High School Class of 1969 graduate, and attended the Newport News Shipyard Apprentice School for three years.

He was a commercial waterman, working in all the facets of the industry in Virginia and Delaware. His greatest love was the water. He was an accomplished musician with a band, and was very active in sports most of his life, especially softball.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Vernon Haywood, and step-father, John Long.

He is survived by his mother, Juanita Long of Mathews; brother, Vernon Grady Haywood and wife Sue; sister, Linda Hunley; niece, Brittany Haywood; two step-sons, Darrell Pittman and Joseph Mandell, and two step-grandchildren, Maria Pittman and Jackson Mandell.

Memorial services were held in Salem United Methodist Church, Diggs, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012.

Memorial donations may be made to Mathews Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 723, Mathews, Va. 23109 and/or Mathews Vol. Fire Dept., P.O. Box 1130, Mathews, Va. 23109.

Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home and Cremation Service was in charge of the arrangements.