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12/12/18 - NNHS Newsletter - E.T. Woolard

Emmerson Taylor Woolard
(18 Apr 1928 - 07 Dec 2018)

Newport News High School Class of February 1947

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  
   The sad news seems never far away from us these days.
E.T. Woolard, stellar athlete of the Class of February 1947, brother of Elva Woolard Boone and Donald Woolard, and of the late Cecil Woolard (d. before 2005), Meredith Woolard (d. before 2005), Douglas Woolard (June of '43) (01 Dec 1924 - 17 Apr 2005), Doris Woolard Moore (d. before 2005), and Vivian Woolard Swanson (d. 23 June 2012), passed away in Toano on Friday, December 07, 2018 at the age of 90. 

   He was the father of Michael Woolard of VA, Cynthia Woolard Vega of VA, Lisa Woolard Massey of VA, and Carolyn Woolard Blanchard of VA.

From the Daily Press - 12/12/18:

    Emmerson Taylor Woolard


TOANO - Emmerson Taylor Woolard, 90, husband of the late Helen Hudgins Woolard, passed away at home on December 7, 2018.

Born April 18, 1928, in Washington, NC, he was the son of the late Charlie C. and Carrie Mae Atkins Woolard.

He moved to Newport News in 1939 and graduated from Newport News High School in 1947 as a well-known track and football player with 17 scholarship offers. He made All State, All Southern, All Foreman's Field and All Peninsula.

In 1947 he joined the 8th Air Force's 509th Bomb Squadron and was stationed in Roswell, NM where he was sent to Europe seeing most of the post war countries in his duties. He was particularly proud of his part of the Berlin Air Lift during his service.





He returned to Roswell, NM where he taught instrument navigation and played for the Army Air Corps football team and was chosen for the All Air Force team multiple years. He also ran track for his squadron and ran a 100-yard dash in 9.7 seconds!

While in New Mexico he met Helen Elizabeth Hudgins and they married in 1949. After being honorably discharged in 1950, he returned to home to work for Newport News Shipbuilding as a pipe fitter. He continued to enjoy sports as he umpired NNHS football from 1950-1960, coached little league baseball and football 1951-1953, and coached Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School football in 1960. He was a member of the Football Association of Referees.

He retired from the shipyard as a general foreman in 1990. He loved to play golf and after his retirement worked at Newport News Golf Course as a marshal and starter for 19 years.

Emmerson was a loving husband, father and friend.

He is survived by his son, Michael E. Woolard (Lois) of Farmville, VA, his daughter Cynthia L. Vega (Carl) of Newport News, VA, his daughter Lisa E. Massey (Steven) of Toano, VA, and his daughter Carolyn E. Blanchard (Wayne) of Smithfield, VA. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jonathan Gilliam and Krystal Thomas, Andrew and Taylor Blanchard, Austin, Cameron, Kailey and Evan Massey and great grandchildren Jonathon Woolard, Morgan and Ethan Gilliam, Victoria and Emily Thomas, Madison Blanchard, and one more on the way. He is also survived by his sister, Elva Mae Boone and brother, Donald R. Woolard.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Helen, his grandson, Jeremy Woolard, his brothers, Cecil E. Woolard, Meredith L. Woolard, and Douglas M. Woolard; and sisters, Doris Faye Moore and Vivian Ann Swanson.

A visitation will be held on Friday, December 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Jerome Catholic Church on Saturday, December 15 at 10:00 a.m. with burial following at Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, we request donations to go to the York County Fire Station #5 EMS, PO Box 532, Yorktown, VA 23690.

Published in Daily Press on December 12, 2018.
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Sending Love and peace to all of the family. May God's grace cover you all during this time.

~ Molly Harrison, Zuni, Virginia

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to E.T.'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

  O Sacred Head Now Wounded

Text: Anonymous; trans. by Paul Gerhardt and James W. Alexander
Music: Hans L. Hassler, 1564-1612; harm. by J.S. Bach, 1685-1750

1. O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thine only crown:
how pale thou art with anguish,
with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish
which once was bright as morn!

2. What thou, my Lord, has suffered
was all for sinners' gain;
mine, mine was the transgression,
but thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
'Tis I deserve thy place;
look on me with thy favor,
vouchsafe to me thy grace.

3. What language shall I borrow
to thank thee, dearest friend,
for this thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
outlive my love for thee.

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