Donald “Sandy” Carawan

June 17, 1940 - October 3, 2015

06/17/1940 - 10/03/2015

Past Services

Monday October 05, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Chesapeake Chapel
929 Battlefield Blvd S
Chesapeake, VA 23322
(757) 482-3311 | Directions
Tuesday October 06, 2015
11:00 am
Hickory United Methodist Church
2708 Battlefield Blvd. S.
Chesapake, VA 23322
(757) 421-2778 | Directions
Chesapeake Memorial Gardens
524 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322
757-547-9511 | Directions

Donald S. Carawan
Chesapeake – Donald “Sandy” Sanderlin Carawan, 75, died October 3, 2015. Sandy was born in Portsmouth to the late Daisy Suter and Sanderlin Carawan.  In addition to his parents, Sandy was predeceased by his stepfather, Author A. Hughes and brother Lester Carawan.
He was a veteran having served in the US Air Force. Sandy was an active member of the Great Bridge Lions Club and Hickory UMC.  He is a Past President of both the Hickory Ruritan and Great Bridge Lions Clubs.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 51 years, Doris Riggs Carawan; children, Cynthia Williams and her husband Scott of Chesapeake and Ronald Carawan and his wife Denise of Denver, CO; brother, George “Buddy” Carawan and his wife Mary of Kitty Hawk; 6 grandchildren and 3 great Grandchildren. The family will receive friends Monday, October 5th at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Chesapeake from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, October 6 at Hickory UMC at 11:00 am with Rev. Thomas Mercer officiating.  In lieu flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Great Bridge Lions Club or the Hickory UMC Building Fund.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at

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Rashelle Fields
7 years ago

Always a loving man

Marta Satin-Smith
7 years ago

How we will miss Lion Sandy at Diabetes camp. Your smile, laughter and organizational skills made our Family camp joyful. Your CHKD Diabetes Center family will think of Sandy fondly every spring as we start to plan.

Harry Faircloth
7 years ago

Seeing Sandy in church on Sunday morning, and always with a smile and firm handshake. Will miss him terribly.

Donnie Gray
7 years ago

Dosis and family. My prayers and thoughts go out to you. I finer man I have not met. As you have lost a great man, God has gained a great Angel. You will always be in my prayers.
Donnie Gray

Andi DeCenzo
7 years ago

Spending time with Sandy was always a treat. He was so warm and friendly. The CHKD Diabetes Family Camp will never be the same. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Bernie Kirsch
7 years ago

I have known Sandy since high school days at Cradock in the fifties and followed him from afar as he distinguished himself in civic affairs. He was an exemplary civic servant, who lived a good life.

My deepest sympathy to Doris and their children.

May he rest in peace.

Bernie Kirsch
7 years ago

I remember Sandy from High school days at Cradock and watched from afar as he distinguished himself in civic projects. He has been a credit to his family and community.

My deepest sympathy to Doris and their children.

May he rest in peace.

Mario Pietrucci
7 years ago

Our deepest Sympathy. Mario and Charlotte Pietrucci, Lake Mary, Florida

Bob Parsons
7 years ago

I was so saddened to hear about Sandy. The family will be in my prayers.

Gladys Spruill
7 years ago

Thinking of you all during this time.