03/26/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Charlie Witherow

Charles Gaston Witherow
(d. 22 Mar 2008)

Newport News High School Class of 1943

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today. Charlie Witherow, Class of 1943, passed away in Newport News on Saturday, March 22, 2008 at the age of 83.

From the Daily Press - 03/26/08 and 03/27/08:

            Charles Gaston Witherow


NEWPORT NEWS - Charles Gaston Witherow, 83, died Saturday, March 22, 2008, at the James River Convalescent Center in Newport News.

Charlie was a lifelong resident of Newport News and worked for many years for the C&P Telephone Company of Virginia. He played for the 1943 State Champion Newport News High School basketball team. After high school, he served in the Navy during WWII as a coxswain on the minesweeper U.S.S. Sway. Charlie was involved in operations in North Africa, Italy, France, and later in the Pacific. Later in his life, he was active in the Telephone Pioneers of America and also at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Charlie was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Schultz Witherow, and his parents, Charles B. and Marian 'Rebecca' Oliver Witherow.




His cousins, Ben C. Cleary of Richmond and Christine Jacques Gergely and her husband, John, of Newport News, survive him. Charlie also leaves several nieces and nephews, including Kenny and Ann Schultz, Michael and Jane Schultz, Ellen and Al Molina, Robin and Tim Barefoot, Timmy Schultz, and Roxanne Schultz, all of Newport News; Amy and Herb Fisher of Chesapeake; and Will and Cathy Roberts of Smithfield. Also surviving are his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Buddy and Tillie Schultz of Newport News, and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Vivian and Warner Smith of Yorktown. Many great-nieces, great-nephews, other family, and friends survive to remember him.

A memorial service celebrating Charlie's life will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Trinity Lutheran Church. The family will receive friends at a reception following the service in the church social hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to be made to the Trinity Lutheran School, 6812 River Road, Newport News, VA 23607.

Weymouth Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press on 3/26/2008.
Published in the Daily Press on 3/27/2008.

Guest Book


My husband and I remember Charlie well; we are both retirees of Bell Atlantic and Verizon (previously C&P Telephone Co.) Charlie was a good man and was respected and loved by many. Now Frances and Charlie are together again as they were in life. Rest in peace, old fellow; you will be remembered.
Judy Ware Buchanan (Newport News, VA) - March 26, 2008
I knew Charlie from the James River Convalescent Center where my father was also a resident. Charlie and my dad were partners in crime when it came to teasing the staff. Although I only knew him for a short time, he made a lasting impression. He was a true gentleman and he will be greatly missed.
Janie Wiesen (Hampton, VA) - March 31, 2008
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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to the entire Witherow family at this time.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol


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