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01/17/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Roger Underwood

Roger Underwood
(d. 14 Jan 2012)

Newport News High School / _____ High School Class of 1967

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Tuesday.
     Roger Underwood, Class of 1967, passed away in Newport News on Saturday, January 14, 2012, at the age of 64.  He attended Newport News High School through at least the tenth grade before transferring elsewhere. His siblings are Jackie Underwood Waering of VA, Lee Underwood of MA, and Glen Underwood of NC.

  From Marty Whitmore McCoy ('67) of VA - 01/17/12, 11:23 AM - "    Roger Underwood":

Just in case you did not see this - Not sure what class he was in but he went to NNHS.

Thanks :-) Marty

   Thank you so much, Marty; I had missed the connection.  I was unable to locate a junior or senior portrait of Roger, but the 1963, 1964, and 1965 Anchors place him with your classmates - and so have I.

From the Daily Press - 01/17/12:

               Roger Underwood



NEWPORT NEWS - Roger Underwood, 64, went home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday Jan. 14, 2012.

A native of Albemarle, N.C., Roger was a resident of the Peninsula for many years and retired from the Newport News Shipyard, as a welder. Roger was an Army veteran, serving in the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Roger was preceded in death by his father, Reid Underwood.


Roger Underwood



Survivors include wife, Catherine Underwood; his mother, Irene Canaday and sister, Jackie Waering, both of Virginia Beach; brothers, Lee Underwood of Concord, Mass., Glen Underwood of Oakboro, N.C.; niece and nephews, Reagan Clumpner, Eric Underwood and his daughters, Jade and Salem, all of Oakboro, N.C., and Jake Waering of Virginia Beach.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at noon Saturday, Jan. 21, at the funeral home, with burial following in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from January 17 to January 18, 2012.
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January 17, 2012
The obituary did not mention that Roger will be remembered as an accomplished artist. His drawings are indeed fine works of art. Thank you Roger for your service to our country, and God bless your soul and the family left behind.

~ David Lawrence, Newport News, Virginia

January 17, 2012  

To the family of Roger Underwood,

Out thoughts & prayers are with you.

Mark & Miriam Olson Waggoner
West Hampton Baptist Thursday Lunch Ministry

~ Mark Waggoner, Hampton, Virginia

January 17, 2012

Roger was my dad's best friend and I remember him fondly. I know he's in a better place with his Lord and Saviour. God Bless you, Cathy.

~ Charles Smith, Wesleyville, Pennsylvania

January 17, 2012

My heart goes out to you and your family for your loss. I knew Roger thru working at the Veteran's Affairs office, but also as a guy who was in boot camp with my late husband before they shipped out to Vietnam. The reason I know that is when my husband died 12 years ago Roger came to visit me and to show me the book of them in boot camp together... it really touched my heart. He was a great guy and an incredible artist.

~ Aylene Lambiotte, Newport News, Virginia

January 17, 2012

So sorry to hear of your loss, Catherine. May God bless you with His peace that passes all understanding during this difficult time. Know that Roger is now in the presence of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and what a glorious reunion there will be one day soon for all believers.

January 17, 2012

Roger, go easy bro! Thank you for your service and the beauty of your artwork. And thanks for being a true warrior for our country.
Joe Verville, Newport News, VA.

~ Joseph Verville, Newport News, Virginia

January 18, 2012

Roger was a easy man so sorry for the family's loss. Soar, Eagle bro in arms 101 ABN Keith Hoban [Newport News VA]

January 18, 2012

  Cathy - we share in your time of sorrow for Roger, my brother-in-law, who is now at peace and joy with our Lord who holds him dearly in His arms. Watch out, Angels! Roger will have everyone in Heaven laughing in no time and running to find all his painting supplies and the nearest hot dog stand. We laugh and we cry with you as we remember Roger with fond memories. Love Mae and family

~ Mae Williams, Victoria, British Columbia

January 18, 2012

  God Bless You Mr. Underwood. Heaven has gained another angel.
I will never forget the beautiful water color painting he did for a birthday present I gave my father so many years ago. He was truly a very special and gifted man who gave much and expected nothing in return. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.


January 18, 2012

So sorry to read of the passing of Roger.....Many times we spoke as he passed by. Sad to see such a talented person leave this earth. Hope the he will enjoy his new place in heaven.

January 19, 2012

We were so sad to hear of your loss. We saw him a few months ago and he had lost so much weight. He really was a talented artist. It has been a long road for him since his Viet Nam injury. May you have comfort in your memories and knowing he is healed now.

January 21, 2012

I am so sorry for this loss, and send my love to his family. Brother Roger always encouraged my artistic urges, and somewhere I still have a Sylvester the Cat he painted for me. Much love to Sister Cathy!


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

   This information is also posted here:     

  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

Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 21 Dec 1807)

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Bagpipes Version of "Amazing Grace" midi courtesy of - 05/25/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of - 03/15/05

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Screaming Eagles Patch courtesy of - 01/17/12

Disabled American Veterans Logo courtesy of - 01/17/12

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