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Tom Bailey

1953-2021

Thomas Ray Bailey was born October 11th, 1953 in Newport News, Virginia. Tom attended Denbigh High School, where his talent and love for the game of baseball allowed him to excel as a pitcher. This in turn earned him a baseball scholarship to Virginia Tech.


Tom graduated from Virginia Tech in 1977, with a Bachelor of Arts – Urban Affairs. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but after a career ending injury, went on to be the assistant coach to Virginia Tech's baseball team for one year.


Tom moved to Jacksonville with his parents in 1979, where he began a career in retail management.

Tom was the most selfless, kind and humble man. He donated to several charitable organizations, and specifically loved to help animals in need. He loved all sports, especially baseball, and enjoyed going to Jacksonville Jaguars games with his son, Tommy. He was a devoted Jaguars fan.


Tom passed away on December 25th, 2021, at the age of 68, after fighting a courageous seven month battle with cancer. He is survived by his mother, Mary Anne Turnage; his son, Tommy Bailey (Kristen); his sisters, Deborah McDaniel, Nancy Nichols and Susan Armstrong; his brother, Bruce Bailey; and his former wife, Virginia (Ginny) Kammerer. Tom was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Ray Bailey, Jr.

There was a Celebration of Life for Thomas, on Saturday, January 22nd, 2022 at 3:00 pm in the Owner's Suite at TIAA Bank Field.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/GiftFunds/GiftFunds?px=7340480&pg=personal&fr_id=39300

Obituary posted online on January 11, 2022

Published in Florida Times Union.  Team flowers were unable to be delivered, recommend making donations to show family your support.

 
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Coach Chuck Hartman

1934-2020

Chuck Hartman, the winningest coach in the history of Virginia Tech athletics, died at the age of 85.

Hartman died in hospice care at a Blacksburg nursing home, according to former Virginia Tech player and assistant coach Jon Hartness.

Hartness said Hartman had been hospitalized after suffering a bad fall in August. Hartman had then gone into a rehab facility before being moved to a nursing home, said Hartness. Hartman was placed in hospice care last week, said Hartness.

Hartness said he will remember Hartman for “making the game fun.”

“He wasn’t just all about work,” Hartness said. “When you hit the field, you played hard and gave it everything you had, and you had a little fun along the way.

“He taught a lot of kids about life and how to play the game the right way.

“He could relate to the kids. He was very personable.”


Hartman steered the Hokies from 1979-2006. Hartman won 961 games in 28 seasons with the Hokies. He guided Tech to four NCAA tournament berths.

Hartman was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.

Two of Hartman’s best seasons at Tech were when former major leaguer Franklin Stubbs was a sophomore and junior. The Hokies went 48-9 in 1981 and 50-9 in 1982 but didn’t make the NCAA tournament either year. The tournament field was half the size it is now.

Stubbs was one of 12 All-Americans to play for Hartman at Tech.

From 1994-2000, Hartman steered Tech to four NCAA berths, one Metro Conference tournament crown, a share of the Metro regular-season title, an Atlantic 10 West Division title and three A-10 tournament crowns. Tech made the NCAAs in 1994, 1997, 1999 and 2000.

Excerpted from a Roanoke Times article by Mark German that was published on November 2, 2020.  A memorial service for coach was held at a VT baseball game the following Spring.

 
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Kris (Humphreys) Smith Murphy

1963-2020

The world was forever changed on July 9, 1963, when Kristina Ann (Humphreys) Smith Murphy was born in Dubuque, Iowa, and once again when she was called home to be with Jesus on Friday, June 19, 2020, in Blacksburg, Va. She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Crawford, and her beloved chocolate lab, Choco. She is survived by her mother, Tania and her father, Bob (Genny); her children, Matthew (Ashley), Jennifer (Drew), Taylor (Andrea), Justin (Mary), Logan, and Nicole; her grandchildren, Savannah, Summer, Sawyer, Sophia, Abby, Kylee, Morgan, Taylor Lynn, Natalie, and Violet; her sister, Kari and her brother, Scott; and her nieces, Tori, Kaya, and Brylee; and her constant companion and fur baby, Zeus; as well as countless other family and friends.


Kris spent much of her life in Blacksburg, Va., and was a Hokie through and through. If it was a Saturday in the fall, you could be sure to find her tailgating before (and during and after) football games, and cheering for her team, surrounded by friends and family. She truly never met a stranger and had a wonderful community of friends who were intentional about meeting up for happy hour. Throughout her life, Kris collected strays and people who just needed some love, and took them under her wing, no questions asked.


She was a fighter until the very end, but even more than that, she was a lover. Kris was a faithful and devoted member of Blue Ridge Church in Christiansburg for many years. She was vivacious, shameless, and lived life on the wild side, but she also loved Jesus with her whole heart and was proud to share His love with everyone she met. Family meant everything to her, and that spanned both biological family and chosen family. Our lives are all richer for having known Kris.


A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at 2 p.m., at Blue Ridge Church, located at 1655 Roanoke Street, Christiansburg, VA, 24073. The family requests that guests please refrain from wearing black, but rather ***wear Virginia Tech attire***. 

Obituary published in the June 23, 2020 Roanoke Times.  Flowers were sent to the memorial service from the team.

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David "Doc" Stafford

1954-2020

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William David Stafford Jr., age 65, of Blacksburg, died on Monday, March 9, 2020, at New River Valley Medical Center. He was born in Bluefield, W.Va. on June 9, 1954. He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. William David Stafford Sr.; wife, Terry Taylor Stafford; brother-in-law, Jacob Roe; uncle, Stevie "Squirrel" Dunford; grandson, Henry Alan Drum; uncle, Ronnie Stafford.


After graduating from Blacksburg High School in 1972, he attended Northeastern Oklahoma A & M Junior College for baseball then later transferred to Virginia Tech to play for legendary baseball coach, Bob Humphreys. He played for the seven time state softball champions sponsored by Harveys Chevrolet. He was a ball boy for the Virginia Tech football team from 1983-2015. He was also an avid supporter of Blacksburg High School Athletics. Along with his personal athletic accomplishments, he loved the Hokies and the Oklahoma Sooners.


He is survived by his mother, Sandra "Sonnie" Stafford; son, Bart Stafford; daughter, Lindsey Stafford Drum (Kevin); granddaughter, Laura Anne Drum; sisters, Katrina Stafford White (Steve), Dianne Stafford Roe; special nephews, Nathan White, Ethan Roe; fiancee, Cynthia Owens; aunts, Betty Jo Browning (Roger), Susan Stafford, Carol Swaider (Bob). The family wishes to thank the staff of Carilion New River Valley Medical Center and Highland Ridge Rehab Center.


Funeral services were conducted on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 2 p.m. in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Shake Smith officiating. Interment followed in Boyd Cemetery, Narrows.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.

Obituary published in Roanoke Times March 11, 2020.  Team flowers were sent to memorial service.

 
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Edmund "Mund" Greene

1955-2016

Edmund Ruffin Greene of Centreville and Ophelia, VA, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2016. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth “Betty” Butler Greene and devoted father of William Kirkland Greene. Born on January 13, 1955, he was the son of the late Preston A. and Lucy Ruffin Greene of Charles City, VA. He is survived by a brother, William “Bill” Greene of Charles City, and two sisters, Mary Ellen Greene of Richmond and Margaret Greene Adams of Charles City. His family includes a nephew, Preston Greene; two nieces, Grace Greene and Laurel Gates; and many cousins and extended family. 

A memorial service was held at Demaine Funeral Home in Fairfax, VA on April 7 and his funeral was held at Westover Episcopal Church in Charles City, VA on April 16, 2016, 2:00 pm. 

Donations on behalf of Edmund may be made to The American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association. An AHA memorial page for Edmund is here: http://honor.americanheart.org/site/TR/Events/General;jsessionid=7E733E07106B3A92973625DF141CE8BA.app246a?pg=fund&fr_id=1030&pxfid=283419.

 

Eric Keller

1957-1991

Mr. Keller, 34, was found dead in his Royal Palm Beach home by his wife, Carol, Thornton and Assistant Principal Earl Higgs.

Mr. Keller, a standout infielder at Lake Worth High in the mid-70s, played at Palm Beach Community College and Virginia Tech.  He became coach at John I. Leonard high school in 1983 and developed the program into one of the county's best, compiling a 176-84 record in nine seasons with four district, four regional and two sectional titles. He was Sun-Sentinel Coach of the Year in 1987, 1988 and 1990.


Mr. Keller is survived by his wife and son; mother, Virginia Keller of Lantana; brothers Michael Keller of Jacksonville and Chris Keller of West Bend, Wis.; and a sister, Sharon Keller of Lantana.

Visitation was at Mack Stephenson Funeral Home, 1004 S. Dixie Highway, Lantana. The funeral was at Lake Osborne Presbyterian Church, 2101 Sixth Ave. South, Lake Worth.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the John I. Leonard Baseball Scholarship Fund.

This is excerpted from a Sun Sentinel article about his death that was published on May 8, 1991.