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10/20/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Hugh McLawhorn

Hugh John McLawhorn
(17 Sept 1939 - 03 Sept 2020)

Newport News High School Class of 1957

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 We have another sad if slightly belated edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.  Hugh McLawhorn, Class of 1957, brother of Clifton McLawhorn and Edward McLawhorn, and of the late Lois McLawhorn Mitchell (d. after 9 Dec 1995), passed away in Wilmington, North Carolina on Thursday, September 03, 2020, just two weeks before his 81st birthday.

   From Nuel Quisenberry ('58) of VA - 10/19/20, 6:33 PM - " Passing of Hugh McLawhorn, Class of 1957":


Writing to inform you of the passing of Hugh Mclawhorn NNHS 1957, who passed away on September 3, 2020 in Wilmington, NC. He was born on September 17, 1939.

Nuel Quisenberry NNHS 1958
2215 Dartford Rd, Henrico,Va.

   Thank you so much, Nuel; I would never have found this. You have my sincerest condolences on the loss of your good friend and schoolmate.

From the Daily Press - 09/10/20:

                       Captain Hugh John McLawhorn
        WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA - Captain Hugh John McLawhorn, 80, died Thursday, September 3, 2020 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Greenville, NC, on September 17, 1939, the son of the late Oliver Melton McLawhorn and Lyda Young McLawhorn.

Also remembered is a sister, Lois Mitchell who preceded him in death.

Surviving are his wife, Kathy McManus McLawhorn; daughter, Cynthia and son-in-law, Dr. John Rubenstrunk, grandson, Ian Rubenstrunk and wife Alyssa, great-granddaughter, Allison Rubenstrunk, grandson, Brian Rubenstrunk and wife Elizabeth, great-grandson James Rubenstrunk, granddaughter, Dr. Lauren Hodgson and spouse Austin, great-grandson, William Hodgson; daughter, Tracey Buxton; son, Aaron McLawhorn; son, Burr McLawhorn; stepdaughter, Kristy Spence and husband Dwayne, grandson, Wesley Spence; step-daughter, Carrie Stephenson and husband Derek, granddaughter, Kathryn Stephenson, grandsons, Kyle and Ryan Stephenson, grandson, Fox Johnson; and two brothers, Clifton McLawhorn and wife Margaret, and Edward McLawhorn and wife Gladys.

Wayne Lambert

Hugh graduated from Newport News High School in Newport News, VA and attended college at North Carolina Wesleyan.

He was the Senior Account Manager for the Newspaper Ad Bureau out of New York. For the first half of his career he worked in sales and marketing for leading national and international accounts and was recognized for his work in the Hardee’s franchise and the Borden Chemical accounts. In his later years he worked with the North Carolina Court System as a sentencing specialist; working with first time felons to held place them in programs which were an alternative to prison.

Hugh went back to Coastal Carolina Community College at age 72 to get his Captains license, a proud captain of his boat “Naughty Naughty”. Hugh had a passion for the water and loved to encourage good seamanship. As a waterskiing champion in his 20’s he successfully completed waterski marathons and barefoot skied until the age of 70.

Hugh will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, who was loved by all.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm Thursday, September 17,2020 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Wilmington. Due to restrictions created by the current pandemic the service at the church will be limited to family and invited guests but will be ‘Live Streamed’ for anyone who would like to share in Hugh’s Service.

Memorial donations may be made in Hugh’s memory to UNC Cancer Hospital.

Condolences may be shared at

Published in Andrews Mortuary on September 10, 2020.
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September 10, 2020

Hugh was a very funny man. It takes a lot to make me laugh, but his stories did the trick. Rest In Peace, my funny friend. Dawn and Roger Ciokan

ber 20, 2020


  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Hugh's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

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  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

Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me

Words by Edward Hopper

Music by John E. Gould, 1871

Jesus Savior, pilot me over life's tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll, hiding rock and treacherous shoal;
Chart and compass came from Thee; Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

As a mother stills her child, Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boisterous waves obey Thy will, when Thou say'st to them "Be still!"
Wondrous Sov'reign of the sea, Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

When at last I near the shore and the fearful breakers roar,
'Twixt me and the peaceful rest; then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me, "Fear not, I will pilot thee."

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