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08/06/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Ed "Buddy" Robeson

Edward John Robeson, III
(11 Jan 1921 - 05 Aug 2012)

Newport News High School Class of February 1939

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Monday morning.        Ed "Buddy" Robeson, Class of February 1939, passed away on Sunday, August 05, 2012 in York, South Carolina at the age of 91. 

From the Daily Press - 08/06/12:

         Edward J. Robeson, III


    YORK, S.C. - LT USN (Ret) Edward John "Buddy" Robeson, 91, York, S.C., went home to heaven Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, around 8:54 a.m. He was surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in his last days on earth.

He was born Jan. 11, 1921, in Newport News, Va., the only son of Edward J. Robeson Jr. and Ruth Richards Robeson and brother of Ruth Curtis Robeson Kirkpatrick Howell, Frances Ferguson Robeson Hedin, and Martha Richards Robeson Boardman (deceased). He married Clara Austin Averett on June 10, 1944, in Chattanooga, Tenn. They loved each other more than 70 years and were married more than 68 years. Their children are John and Ann Austin Robeson Holmes (Pittsburgh, Pa.), LtCol USMC (Ret) Edward J. Robeson IV (deceased) and Mary Ann Robeson (Clyde, N.C.), Wallace and Ruth Richards Robeson Tinsley (York, S.C.), MajGen USMC (Ret) Mastin Matthews and Nancy Robeson (Landrum, S.C.), Jim and Helen Averett Robeson Soyster (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Keith and Elizabeth Shelby Robeson Franklin (Fruitland, Md.). They also have 21 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Ed "Buddy" Robeson
  He graduated from Newport News High School, attended the University of Virginia, and graduated from The United States Naval Academy, June 1944, with a degree in electrical engineering and a commission as an ensign. He was quarterback for Navy and then goat keeper of the Navy mascot. During WWII he was the commanding officer of Navy LST 854 in the Pacific Theater where he landed forces during the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. His business career included Biggs Furniture Company (Richmond, Va.), Robeson Fogging Company (Augusta, Ga.), E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Company, Nylon Division (Martinsville, Va.), Monsanto (Chemstrand) Corporation (Pensacola, Fla., and Greenwood, S.C.), Plant Manager of Park Seed Company (Greenwood, S.C.), President of Schlegel Manufacturing Company (Chester, S.C.), Administrator Ridge Haven Camp and Conference Center of Presbyterian Church in America (Rosman, N.C.), Missionary (Odessa, Ukraine).

He served his God, his family, his country, his community, and his church (PCA) well. He served as a Presbyterian elder for 61 years and participated in the founding of the Presbyterian Church in America in 1973. He served with distinction on many boards, service organizations and agencies including the SC Chamber of Commerce, The Salvation Army, Rotary International, Member of Board of Trustees Bryan College (Dayton, Tenn.), Board of Great Commission Publications (Atlanta, Ga.), and others.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at Filbert PCA Church, York, S.C. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Filbert PCA Church, York, S.C. Interment will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesville, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to support ministries in which two of the Robeson children are involved. It was Ed's desire that these ministries be the focus of any memorials -- A Restoration Church, 2674 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241 and Wycliffe Bible Translators (Account #228453), PO Box 628211, Orlando FL 32862-8211.  View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from August 6 to August 7, 2012.

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August 06, 2012 
Ann et al,
We share with you the bittersweetness of your dad's passing - the joy of his release to his eternal home, and the pain of your loss. Am sending love and hugs across the miles.

~ Ray & Sarah Stubna, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

August 06, 2012 

   Ruth, You have our sincere condolences on the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

~ CHS Class of 70, Chester, South Carolina

August 06, 2012 

   Ruth, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God comfort you during your time of loss.

~ Jan Hairr, Chester, South Carolina

August 06, 2012 

   We are so sorry about the death of Mr. Robeson. We thank him for his service to our country, fighting to rid our world of tyranny, cruelty, and injustice. We owe so much to "The Greatest Generation". We hope and pray that family and loved ones will find strength and comfort in your faith and your memories.

August 06, 2012

Sorry to read of Buddy's death. I am Jimmy Harrison, son of Ned Harrison, grandson of Edith Curtis Harrison. I remember "Richie" and Mr. Robeson from a visit to the home on the James River. Buddy visited our Thomson home while working for Park Seed many years ago. I would like to establish contact. You can email me.

~ Jimmy Harrison, Augusta, Georgia

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Dear Ruth, Mastin, Austin, Helen, and Elizabeth,
I am so sorry about the death of your sweet father. Please know that my prayers are with you all at this very sad time.

August 06, 2012 

Dear Austin and all the Robeson's...
We grieve with you and also rejoice with you in Ed's homegoing. He embodied what it means to be a “man of God” in so many ways ... and for me, as well, he was a “father in the Lord.” The long relationship between our families is a beloved memory. Blessings as you lean on God's sovereign grace. Our prayer is that He will envelop you with his abiding peace and be your constant supply of strength and hope.

~ Tom (and Jane) Patete, Duluth, Georgia

August 06, 2012

Dear Austin and family,

I am truly saddened to hear of Mr. Robeson's passing. I can think of no one man who had more of an impact upon my life than him. He was a master at teaching in so many ways.

The manner in which he conducted himself both at work and personally taught me significant lessons that are still so important today.

I would say that I was lucky to have known Ed, but more than once he told me there was no such thing as luck. In fact, I have been blessed to have been able to know him and work for him.

Austin, my prayers are with you and your entire family.

Carl Gullick

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Dear Ruth and Wallace,
I send my sympathy for your loss.

~ Linda Eason Grant

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the Robeson 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

O Lord of Life, Where'er They Be

- Lyrics by Frederick L. Hosmer, 1888; Music by Melchior Vulpius (circa 1560-1615)

O Lord of life, where’er they be,
Safe in Thine own eternity,
Our dead are living unto Thee:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

All souls are Thine, and here or there
They rest within Thy sheltering care;
One providence alike they share:
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Thy Word is true, Thy ways are just;
Above the requiem, “Dust to dust,”
Shall rise our psalm of grateful trust:
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O happy they in God who rest,
No more by fear and doubt oppressed,
Living or dying, they are blest:
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