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05/13/10 - NNHS Newsletter
Tommy Cain

Thomas Linwood Cain
(29 Jan 1945 - 12 May 2010)

Newport News High School Class of 1964

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have still more sad news to report this Thursday morning.     Tommy Cain, Class of 1964, passed away in Newport News on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at the age of 65.  He is the brother of Sherry Cain Hamilton ('69) of VA, Debbie Cain of VA, Barbara Cain Payne of VA, and Patricia Cain Gnatowsky of VA.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/13/10, 9:33 AM - "Death of Our Classmate Thomas Linwood Cain":


I am saddened to report to you the death of our classmate, Tommy Cain.

You may read his obituary and leave messages of condolence at this web page:

Dave Spriggs 64

   I'm so sorry to learn of this, David; thank you for letting us know.

Thomas L. Cain


NEWPORT NEWS - Thomas Linwood Cain, 65, traveled to his final hunting ground on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, believing that real peace could only be found surrounded by nature with the freedom to roam the forest, mountains, and streams.

A decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, Tommy was exposed to Agent Orange while serving his country. It was the ultimate cause of his death. Tommy was in the civil service for more than 30 years, retiring in 2006, and he was a longtime member of the Royal Stag Hunt Club in Charles City County.


Tommy Cain

Preceded in death by his father, Eric Linwood Cain; and his grandson, Brandon David Cain, Tommy is survived by his wife and soul mate of 20 years, Audrey J. Cain; his devoted mother, Vera P. Cain of Newport News; children, Candy Shaw and husband, Norman, of Lynnhaven, Fla., and David Cain and wife, Sherri, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and grandchildren, Tara, Faith and Natalie Shaw of Lynnhaven, Fla., and Lauren Cain of St. Louis, Mo. He is also survived by four sisters, Sherry Hamilton of Mathews, Debbie Cain of Newport News, Barbara Payne and husband, Larry, of Smithfield, Patricia Gnatowsky and husband, Randy, of Poquoson; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, 2010, at W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home, with a memorial service following at 5:30 p.m. Friends will gather afterward at the home of his sister, Debbie Cain.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Eddie Eagle Program, National Rifle Association, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Please leave condolences at

Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from May 13 to May 14, 2010.
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May 13, 2010
  My heart goes out to all members of the Cain family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

~ Mary Mathes, Hampton, Virginia

May 13, 2010

Tom enjoyed his life and was able to accept his physical problems with a positive attitude thanks in large measure to the loving and caring support he received from his devoted wife, Audrey. May he rest in peace and serenity.

~ Tom Yager, Newport News, Virginia

May 13, 2010

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

~ Debbie & Bill Wilson, Yorktown, Virginia

May 13, 2010

Please accept my deepest condolences on Tommy's passing and my gratitude for his service to our nation.
~ David Spriggs NNHS Class of 1964, Norfolk, Virginia  

May 13, 2010
The herd grows thinner here, but increases elsewhere. Have a good journey and may your close ones left behind have peace.
~  Ed Beasley, Panama
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May 13, 2010
I am truly sorry for your loss. Mr. Cain will surely be missed by all.
~ Nancy 

May 13, 2010

Goodbye, my brother. We walked many mountains together, and now my walk will be lonely without you, but in my heart you will always be with me. See you at the top of the mountain so wait for me!
~ Glenn Williamson, Hampton, Virginia
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May 13, 2010

We have lost one of the greatest Woodsman, hunter, father, husband, and friend that has ever walked this great green earth. Many have learned from Tommy's great knowledge and wisdom, including myself. Tommy and all the memories of the times we have spent together will forever be cherished in my heart. They didn't make many like him. Tommy, if you can hear me, save a tree, stand for me at the top. You will be greatly missed.
~ Kenny Williamson, Portales, New Mexico
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May 14, 2010, 9:38 AM

My condolences to Tommy's family. After hunting with him for more than 30 years, he will be greatly missed.

Ray Henderson, Little Irish Creek, Virginia



   Our deepest condolences are extended to Tommy's family and 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

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