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10/13/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Ed Gwaltney

Edwin Carleton Gwaltney
(10 Jan 1929 - 11 Oct 2016)

Newport News High School Class of June 1946

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I was saddened to read this morning of the death of
Ed Gwaltney, Class of June 1946 (His obituary had said that he graduated in 1947, but Ed himself told me he was a member of the Class of June 1946.) He passed away in Hampton on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at the age of 87. 

   He was the brother of the late Charles Gwaltney ('42) (d. 03 Jan 2005) and Kitty Gwaltney Frost (@ '43) (d. 10 Apr 2012).

From the Daily Press - 10/13/16:

              Edwin Carleton Gwaltney



HAMPTON, VA. - Edwin "Ed" Carleton Gwaltney, 87, passed away on October 11, 2016.

He was born in Newport News, Va., on January 10, 1929. He attended school in Newport News and was a 1946 graduate of Newport News High School. Growing up in East End, he was a newspaper carrier and was in the Boy Scouts.

Ed was a timekeeper for the C&O Railroad before he started a long career in building materials sales. He worked for several firms including Benson & Phillips, Ranhorne & Granger, Nice Brothers, and Mr. HOW Warehouse, before landing at Lowe's Contractor Sales.

In retirement he worked part time for Newport News Waterworks. He was a Life Member of the Wythe Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad. He held several offices in the Fire Company including President, Vice President and Secretary. He served as President of the Firefighters Association of Tidewater. He also served as President of the Virginia State Firefighters Association from 1983-1985.




He was a diehard Redskins fan, NASCAR fan and for many years, he could be found every Saturday night in the pits at Langley Speedway.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Winfield Scott and Margaret Wood Gwaltney; brother, Charles Gwaltney; sister, Kathleen Frost; daughter, Brenda Kennington; and grandson, David Scott Gwaltney.

He is survived by sons, Larry Gwaltney (Carol), Doug Gwaltney (Vivian); grandchildren, Trisha (Jason), Steven, Brandon, Christopher and Shannon; along with great grandchildren, nieces, nephews.

The family will receive friends from 12 to 1 p.m. on Friday, October 14, at Peninsula Funeral Home.

A service celebrating Ed's life will follow at 1 p.m. at the Funeral Home, with the Rev. Brian Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Arrangements in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on October 13, 2016.
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I am relieved to know that you are at peace and in a better place. Grandaddy, you will be missed!!!

- Steven Gwaltney, Newport News, Virginia

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Larry and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God give you peace at this difficult time. Love you!

~ Terry Powell, Newport News, V

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  My family has known Ed for many years, he was a great man and a good friend. He will be missed by all who knew him. RIP, we will see you on the other side.
(Jeneifer and Jody Brock)
(Threasa and Buddy Hudgins)
(Your friend Judy Rainey)
(Jenny and Bill Deuell)

~ Threasa Hudgins, Newport News, V

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Ed'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

Shall We Gather at the River

Words and Music by Rev. Robert Lowry (1826-1899)

 Shall we gather at the river,
Where bright angel feet have trod;
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God?


Yes, we'll gather at the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river;
Gather with the saints at the river
That flows by the throne of God.

On the margin of the river,
Washing up its silver spray,
We will walk and worship ever,
All the happy golden day.


Ere we reach the shining river,
Lay we every burden down;
Grace our spirits will deliver,
And provide a robe and crown.


Soon we'll reach the shining river,
Soon our pilgrimage will cease,
Soon our happy hearts will quiver
With the melody of peace.

"Shall We Gather at the River" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 07/15/07
at the suggestion of Fred Field ('45) of CA - 07/14/07
Thanks, Fred!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Firefighters' Emblem courtesy of - 08/17/07

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