Virgil was born June 16, 1935, in Dimmitt to Sam and Eva Goldwater. His family moved to Amarillo in 1941. He attended Nixon, McKinley, and Amarillo high schools.
He joined the Navy in 1953 and served until 1958. His service included time in the South Pacific on the island of Kwajalein, San Diego Naval Base and Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois.
After his military service, he returned to Amarillo, attending school for beauticians. He moved to Boise City and had a hairdresser salon there for several years before returning to Amarillo and working for the next 20 years as a hairdresser at Carousel Beauty Salon.
Virgil was a frequent patron of Ye Olde Pancake Station, having breakfast there daily. He was an avid fisherman, golfer, football fan, and a member of Amarillo Gun Club. He attended numerous trap shooting competitions around the Southwest, and winning and placing in many competitions.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Louise Goldwater, in 2000.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Memorial Park Funeral Home, 6969 E. Interstate 40.