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01/10/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Dewey Stinson

Dewey Lee Stinson, Jr.
(07 Sept 1925 - 08 Jan 2012)

Newport News High School Class of February 1943

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Tuesday morning.
     Dewey Stinson, Class of 1943, passed away in Newport News on Sunday, January 8, 2012, at the age of 86. 

From the Daily Press - 01/10/12:

               Dewey Stinson, Jr.



NEWPORT NEWS - Dewey Lee Stinson Jr. died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at the Mennowood from complications attributable to Alzheimer's Disease.

Dewey was born Sept. 7, 1925, the son of Dewey L. Stinson and Bessie May McDearmon, at their home in Newport News.

Graduating from Newport News High School in 1943, he then attended the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School. Soon after, Dewey voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 1944. He was assigned to the 3rd Army, Company L, 358th Infantry during World War II. He was a Rifleman with a Combat Infantryman Badge. He received as a citation the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Stars. He participated in three major campaigns, Rhineland, Central Europe, and Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge).


Dewey Stinson



Upon returning home from the War, Dewey completed his apprenticeship at the shipyard prior to enrolling at VPI under the GI Bill. Graduating from VPI, in 1952, with a Mechanical Engineering Degree, he returned to Newport News Shipbuilding, where his career extended until his retirement in 1976. He worked in various capacities, the last being Superintendent of the Steel Fabrication Division.

Dewey was a member of the Agathon Club, German Club, and a Free Mason. He served on the committee for the refurbishment of the current Peninsula Fine Arts building. In addition to his passionate and extensive knowledge on the history of the Civil War, and being a descendent of a Confederate Veteran, Dewey was a founding member of the Civil War Preservation Trust Association.

Dewey was also passionate about the landscaping and maintenance of his home in the Hidenwood area, surrounded by azaleas, rhododendron, and boxwoods.

Dewey was preceded in death by his wife, the former Gene Cynthia Crockett; and his grandson, Dewey L. Stinson IV.

He is survived by his sons and their families respectively, Dewey L. Stinson III and his wife, Marjorie Quarles Stinson and daughter, Sarah Jean Stinson, Mark A. Stinson and his wife, Cynthia Cooper Stinson and daughters, Jill Cynthia and Lee Anna; a brother, John C. 'Jack' Stinson and his sister-in-law, Betty Ann of Richmond; and nephew, Ashby Stinson and family.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Burial services will be private.

The family wishes to give our heartfelt thanks to all of the staff and caregivers at the Mennowood Retirement Community and their 'Comfort Cove' area. They all provided truly loving and dedicated support and care to Mr. Stinson for the last four years of his life.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions are made to the Mennowood Foundation, Memory Support Fund, 13030 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23602. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from January 10 to January 11, 2012.
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January 10, 2012
Please accept my deepest sympathies.

~ Rick Chisholm, Hampton, Virginia

January 10, 2012  

My sympathy to the Stinson family, especially Mark-Cindy Stinson and daughters, and prayers for them and the deceased.

~ Michael Fannon, Alexandria, Virginia

January 10, 2012

I extend heartfelt sympathy to the Stinson family.
Dewey was not only a good friend but he was one of my most trusted and talented apprentices. When he was attending VPI I would always save a job for him in the Boiler Shop during the summer.
Neil Woodall

~ Neil Woodall, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

January 10, 2012

My sympathies to the Stinson Family. Dewey worked with my father Jim Stewart at the Shipyard and always had great respect for him.

~ Jo Ann Stewart, Oakton, Virginia

January 10, 2012

I extend my heartfelt sympathy to the Stinson family, Dewey will be greatly missed at The Mennowood. He always had a smile for everyone and knew how to make you laugh.

~ Pam Leadbetter

January 10, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with the Dewey Stinson family at this time. Dewey was a friend of long standing whom I admired greatly for his integrity, warm personality, and commitment to family, May you know God's sustaining grace in a special way at this time.

~ Gordon Gentry, Jr.

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Stinson family and their friends at this difficult time.

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 01/10/12, 9:17 AM - "    Dewey Stinson obit.":

Hello Carol, Tue. Feb. 10, 2012

Dewey Stinson's obit. appears in today's Daily Press. He was an honor student in the NNHS February Class of 1943 and a two-year letterman playing guard on the football team.

My first memory of Dewey is from the early 1930s when we both lived on 30th Street in the East End. Then much later we were classmates at Virginia Tech., both graduating in 1952

In recent years I usually had lunch with Dewey each time I visited Newport News.

Nostalgic best wishes,

Fred W. Field
Loma Linda & Fullerton, CA

   Thank you so much, Fred; my sincerest condolences on the death of your friend.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

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And mortal life shall cease;
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A life of joy and peace.

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