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08/19/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Cecil Underwood

Cecil Earl Underwood
(13 Mar 1934 - 13 Aug 2020)

Newport News High School Class of 1953

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have still more sad news today. Cecil Underwood, Class of 1953, Captain of the Baseball Team, passed away at AdventHealth in Daytona Beach, Florida on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at the age of 86. 

    He was the brother of Barbara Underwood Norman ('55) of VA and Horace Underwood ('61) of VA.

From the Daily Press - 08/19/20:

  Cecil E. Underwood


    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Colonel Cecil Earl Underwood, U.S. Air Force (Retired), passed away August 13, 2020 at AdventHealth, Daytona Beach, Fl.

Colonel Underwood was born on 13 March 1934 in Isle of Wight County, VA, grew up in Newport News, VA, and graduated from Newport News High School in 1953.

He graduated from the University of Virginia in June 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree and from Harvard Business School in 1967 with an MBA with Distinction degree.

His USAF professional education included Squadron Officers School (with distinction) in 1963 and the Air War College (Distinguished Graduate) in 1976. As an ROTC graduate, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on 10 January 1957. He entered the USAF in January 1958 at Orlando AFB, FL. 

Cecil Underwood
  Colonel Underwood served subsequently in various procurement/acquisition positions at: Elmendorf AFB, AK; McChord AFB, WA; Scott AFB, Ill; HQ USAFE, Wiesbaden AB and Ramstein AB, Germany; Wright-Patterson AFB, OH; and Eglin AFB, FL. He provided leadership roles in various positions including: acquisition of base support services; acquisition and administration of contract airlift services; functional development, test, and implementation of automated tools for contract administration; acquisition of research and development for USAF munitions; acquisition of USAF F-15 and F-16 aircraft and support systems; acquisition of aerial reconnaissance and electronic warfare systems; and acquisition and administration of base operation and maintenance services. Colonel Underwood retired on 1 October 1983 at Eglin AFB, FL.

Colonel Underwood's military Decorations include: The Legion of Merit, with one Oak Leaf Cluster; The Meritorious Service Medal, with two Oak Leaf Clusters; The Air Force Commendation Medal, with one Oak Leaf Cluster; and The Air Force Organizational Excellence Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with 5 devices; Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon.

After retirement from the USAF, Colonel Underwood served as a defense acquisition consultant for 24 years, first with D.O. Pattison and Associates, Inc., then as a partner with Vector Associates, and finally self-employed as CLU Associates.

Colonel Underwood was a member of First United Methodist Church, Ormond Beach, FL.

Colonel Underwood is survived by: his loving and dedicated wife, Linda Fleming Underwood of 63 years, of Ormond Beach, FL; son, Michael L. Underwood of Ormond Beach, FL; son, David E. Underwood of Springfield, VA; grand-daughters Kristen A. Underwood, Laura L. Underwood, and Britt S. Underwood; grandson, Ryan N. Underwood; Great-grandsons, Noah Roberts and Jalen Le; great-grand-daughter Jasmine Le; sister Barbara Norman and husband Alvin of Newport News, VA; and brother Horace Lee Underwood, Jr and wife, Pat, of Williamsburg, VA.

Funeral services for Colonel Underwood will be scheduled at First United Methodist Church, Ormond Beach, Fl., September 8, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Ormond Beach United Methodist Church Youth Fund, 336 S. Halifax Dr, Ormond Beach FL 32176.

Volusia Memorial Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements.

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Published in the Daily Press on August 19
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August 19, 2020 

Cecil Underwood was one of my many bosses at D.O. Pattison Associates and Vector Associates. He was always a gentleman and a wonderful boss. I always had great respect for him. Please accept my condolences for your loss.

~ Dorothy (Cookie) Brown

August 19, 2020 

I am so saddened to learn that another NNHS classmate has left us. Cecil was so talented in many ways, and warmly considerate of others. At one of our high school reunions a few years ago we talked about our Boys Club train trip to Canada together when we were still in grade school. I extend my sincere sympathy to Barbara and Alvin as well as all of Cecil's family.

~ Ted Morrison

August 19, 2020   

Jeanie and I send our condolences to Cecil’s family. I worked with Cecil when he was at Eglin AFB. We had many trips to England on one of our programs, and many, many fun times. Tom and Jeanie Hancock

August 24, 2020

We have been neighbors of Cecil and Linda for a number of years, and Cecil was a wonderful man. I always enjoyed speaking with him. He was an easy man to get to like, as he was extremely friendly. I'm going to miss seeing him in the front yard and exchanging waves and light conversation. My wife Beverly and I extend our deepest condolences to Linda and the family during a very difficult time.

~ Dick and Beverly Picard

September 09, 2020

We were so sorry to read of your fathers passing. Please accept our condolences. Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.
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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Cecil's family, friends, and classmates 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

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Marching as to war,
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Going on before!
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Leads against the foe;
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Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!

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Satan's host doth flee;
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On to victory!
Hell's foundation quiver
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Loud your anthems raise!

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Moves the church of God;
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Where the saints have trod;
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All one body we
One in hope and doctrine,
One in charity.

4. Onward, then, ye people,
Join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices
In the triumph song;
Glory, laud, and Honor,
Unto Christ the King;
This thro' countless ages
Men and angels sing.

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