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09/02/12 - NNHS Newsletter - John Poindexter

John Eldridge Poindexter
(d. 30 Aug 2012)

Newport News High School Class of June 1940

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 There is yet more sad news this Sunday.     John Poindexter, Class of June 1940, passed away in Newport News on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at the age of 89. 

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 09/02/12, 10:48 AM - "  John Poindexter Obit. Today":

Hello Carol,        9-2-2012
John Poindexter is on page 15 of the June 1940 Beacon Annual.
Fred W. Field
Loma Linda & Fullerton, CA

   Thank you so very much for this clarification, Fred.

From the Daily Press - 09/02/12:

           John E. Poindexter


    NEWPORT NEWS - John Eldridge Poindexter, a lifelong resident of Newport News, died Thursday, Aug. 30, at the age of 89. Mr. Poindexter, son of the late Dr. William Overton Poindexter and the late June Shaner Poindexter, was the beloved husband of Virginia Shackelford Poindexter.

After graduating from Newport News High School in 1940, Mr. Poindexter attended Virginia Military Institute, leaving to serve in World War II from 1943-1946 in General George Patton's Third Army in France and Germany as a forward observer with the Fifth Ranger Battalion as well as various infantry and cavalry recon troops. He was awarded the Silver Star for action in Trier, Germany, in 1945 when he gallantly held high ground overlooking a vital road while being virtually surrounded by enemy forces. He was also awarded four Battle Stars. After being discharged from the Army as a captain in 1946, he returned to VMI and completed his BS degree in civil engineering in 1947. He received his master's degree in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., in 1948.
John Poindexter
  He then went to work for Basic Construction Company, Newport News, in 1948, where he worked assignments as an office engineer, field engineer, assistant superintendent, superintendent, vice president, and senior vice president. He was named president of Basic Construction in 1983, a position he held until his retirement in 2002. Mr. Poindexter served on the board of directors of the Virginia Branch of the Associated General Contractors of America, where he was named as Construction Man of the Year in 1975 and served as president in 1977. In 1974, Mr. Poindexter was appointed by Governor Mills Godwin to the State Board of Purchases and Supply. Mr. Poindexter also served on the board of governors for the VMI Keydet Club, VMI Preston Library, Christ Church School, Saluda, Va., and the school board for St. Andrews Episcopal School, Newport News. He was also past president of the Hampton Roads Assembly, Hampton Roads German Club, James River County Club, and the Virginia Seniors Golf Association. Mr. Poindexter was an avid golfer and gardener.

Besides his wife of 63 years, Mr. Poindexter is survived by his three children, son, John Eldridge Poindexter Jr., of Madison, Ohio; and daughters, Abby Poindexter Bing (John), of Richmond, Va., and Amanda Poindexter Wood (John), of Newport News. He also leaves six grandchildren, Alexandra Joy Poindexter, of Greensboro, N.C., Leanna Ruth Poindexter, of Winterville, N.C., Kelsey Elizabeth Bing and Allison Amanda Bing, both of Richmond, Va., and Madeline Virginia Wood and Parker William Wood, both of Newport News.

He was predeceased by his brother, William Poindexter.

The family would like to express their gratitude to his caregivers for all of their assistance and support.
A graveside service for Mr. Poindexter will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Peninsula Memorial Park officiated by Dr. Robert D. Marston.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the VMI Foundation, P.O. Box 932, Lexington, VA 24450.

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

Published in the Daily Press from September 2 to September 3, 2012.

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September 02, 2012 

Mr. P. was a man that you were proud to have known. A strong leader with a big heart. He shaped BASIC during a tough time of economic transition. Thank you, John. My condolences to all of the family.

~ Chad Pritchard, Williamsburg, Virginia

September 02, 2012 

John was my cousin and when he graduated from VMI in 1947, I was there when the grads threw their caps in the air and young boys tried to grab them. I was too little and didn't get one, and probably started crying. He took me to his room and gave me his cap. I can still see it to this day and it may have been one of the reasons I attended and graduated from VMI in 1962. May the Red, White, and Yellow go with you to Heaven John.

~ Edmund Strickler, Livingston, Texas

September 03, 2012

Dear Watts, Abby and Amanda,

My condolences on the loss of your dear dad. He was a patriot and a giver to the Newport News community. I have such fond memories of him in and around our neighborhood and getting to know him as an adult when I moved back to Virginia to be with my mom.

~ Laura Bateman, Richmond, Virginia

September 03, 2012  

Amanda and family, sorry to hear about Mr. P's passing. May God comfort your family at this time. RIP, Mr. P.

September 04, 2012

To The Poindexter Family, We are so sorry to learn of Mr. Poindexter's passing, He was a very kind person, and I am glad to have known him. Amanda, please tell your mother that all of you are in our prayers,

~ David & Debbie Lloyd, Newport News, Virginia

September 04, 2012

Mr. Poindexter was a great man to work for at Basic Construction Company. My prayers and thoughts go out to the family during this time.

September 04, 2012

Amanda and family: so sorry for your loss- It was a pleasure to be part of his life while our agency was.

~ Susan Aldrich-Hope In Home Care

September 05, 2012

I never met John but talked with his wife Virginia many times. I worked at the ChatterBox hair salon; I did her hair. Mrs. Poindexter was so proud of her husband and her children; ,we always had wonderful conversations about them. I don't know if you remember me; my name is Janet Caldwell Lacks. Just remember you'll see him again in Heaven; keep going forward. Praying for you.
Janet Lacks

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September 05, 2012

Mrs. Poindexter, and family my prayers and thoughts are with you all. May God comfort and strengthen you all.

September 05, 2012

I never met John, but his father was my grandmother's primary physician as well as my mother's and mine's. It brings back many memories when I visited Dr. Poindexter's office. I send my condolences to the entire family.

~ Miriam and Betty Alston, Newport News, Virginia

September 13, 2012


September 13, 2012


September 13, 2012

   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mr. Poindexter's family and 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

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