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05/02/12 - NNHS Newsletter - C.T. Schrum

Charles Thomas Schrum
(1919 - 30 Apr 2012)

Newport News High School Class of June 1938

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 We have more sad news to report today.      C.T. Schrum, Class of June 1938, passed away in Hampton on Monday, April 30, 2012. 

From the Daily Press - 05/02/12:

          Charles T. Schrum


    HAMPTON - Mr. Charles Thomas Schrum, "CT", went home with the Lord on April 30, 2012.

He was born in Lawndale, N.C., in 1919. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1938 and married Merle Arlene Kessler originally of Lynchburg in 1943. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps and was stationed in Yuma, Ariz., along with his wife, where he repaired WWII war planes. Upon return to the Virginia Peninsula he was employed by NASA, in the full scale wind tunnel and part of the NASA space program.

"CT" retired from NASA after 39 years. He was in 'semi-retirement' at Craft Machine Works for 10 years at his brother's business. He played and enjoyed baseball into young adult life and regularly played golf into his 80's at Hampton course, and was a regular 'walker' at the local malls.
C.T. Schrum
  "CT" retired from NASA after 39 years. He was in 'semi-retirement' at Craft Machine Works for 10 years at his brother's business. He played and enjoyed baseball into young adult life and regularly played golf into his 80's at Hampton course, and was a regular 'walker' at the local malls.

"CT" was a devoted and committed member of West Hampton Baptist Church in Hampton, Va. Through the years he served as a deacon, chairman of deacons, Sunday school teacher, Training Union director and dedicated 43 years as the church Treasurer. He served a term as Trustee of Midwestern Theological Seminary in Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene; and his two brothers, William F. Schrum and Jake Z. Schrum.

Survivors include his sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Carpenter in North Carolina and Mrs. Dorothy Bratten and her husband in Newport News; daughter, Mrs. Susan Norris and husband Fred, of Seaford; and son, the Rev. T. Kevin Schrum and wife Vicki, of Yorktown; grandchildren, David Norris, of Newport News, Jennifer Erin Proffitt, of Hampton, Suzanne Nester, of Hampton and Amber Schrum, of Richmond; great-grandchildren, Guinevere Norris, Roger Proffitt Jr., and Leila, Anthony and Jocelynn Nester.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Westhampton Baptist Church, 631 Aberdeen Road, in Hampton. Interment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from May 2 to May 4, 2012.

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May 01, 2012 

  PaPa, you will surely be missed! I am comforted knowing you are with Nanny and both of you are enjoying your grandbaby in Heaven!
Love you,

~ Suzanne, Steven, Leila, Anthony and Jocelynn

May 01, 2012 

We love you Dad.... Susan and Fred 

~ Unsigned

May 02, 2012

Susan and Family, I was so heart broken to hear of the passing of Mr. Schrum. He was and always will be a wonderful person. He is now with the Lord in a happier place and with loved ones. May God wrap his arms around you all and shower you with his love in this time of need. RIP, Mr. Schrum.

~ Randy & MaryAnn Shaw, Hampton, Virginia

May 02, 2012

   I remember Mr. Schrum from my childhood days at Westhampton Baptist, he was such a gentleman, and a great servant of the Lord. He was also my neighbor, I thought so much of Mr. and Mrs. Schrum.
May he Rest in Peace.

~ Peggy Stancill/Stamey, Hampton, Virginia

May 02, 2012

Susan, Fred, and Family,
Please know that you have our most heartfelt sympathy, love, and prayers during this difficult time.

~ Judy & Lee Sutton, Chattanooga, Tennessee

May 03, 2012

To the Schrum Family,

My family lived on Winchester Drive (147) for over 50 years; so I knew the family and am saddened to learn of Mr. Schrum's passing.
Allow me to speak for all of the "Winchester Drive" group, and pass along condolences.

May the peace that passes all understanding, be with you both now, and forever.

May 03, 2012

Vicki, Kevin and family, May the God of all comfort be with you at this time. Peace.

~ Genie Robinson, Hampton, Virginia

May 03, 2012

Susan, Kevin and family. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I have fond memories of him stopping by the shop to make sure everything was in "order". Please know that you and your families will be in our prayers. Joann, Christopher, Casey and Carter

~ Joann Gibson, Hampton, Virginia

May 03, 2012

To the Schrum Family, we send our prayers and heartfelt sympathies during this difficult time. May God bring your strength and peace.

- Sherry Sale/ Reliance Staffing, Hampton, Virginia

May 03, 2012

Sorry to hear about Mr. Schrum. May he rest in the arms of Our Lord. May Our Lord give your family much comfort.

~ Joe and Suzie Ellis, Hampton, Virginia

May 30, 2012


   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the Schrum family and their friends at this difficult time.

  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

Softly and Tenderly

Words and Music by Will L. Thompson (07 Nov 1847 - 20 Sept 1909), 1880

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
Calling for you and for me;
See, on the portals Hes waiting and watching,
Watching for you and for me.


Come home, come home,
You who are weary, come home;
Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
Calling, O sinner, come home!

Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
Pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not His mercies,
Mercies for you and for me?


Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,
Passing from you and from me;
Shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,
Coming for you and for me.


O for the wonderful love He has promised,
Promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon,
Pardon for you and for me.


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