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02/02/11 - NNHS Newsletter - J.T. Pond

Jacob Thomas Pond, III
(d. 31 Jan 2011)

Newport News High School Class of June 1948

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.  J.T. Pond, Class of June 1948, passed away in Newport News on Monday, January 31, 2011 at the age of 85.  He was was of the many Newport News High School students who interrupted his secondary education to serve his country in World War II.

From Bill Gross (June 1948) of VA - 02/02/11:

There is an obituary in the Daily Press today of a "J.T." Pond.  He graduated in the class of June 1948 at Newport News High School.  Thought you might like to know.

Bill Gross

   Thank you so very much for bringing this to our attention, Bill.  My condolences on the loss of your classmate.

From the Daily Press - 02/02/11:

      Jacob Thomas "J.T." Pond III
NEWPORT NEWS - Jacob Thomas 'J.T.' Pond III, 85, passed away on Monday, Jan. 31, 2011.

J.T. was retired from the Newport News Waterworks Department, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for at least 60 years. He served as a deacon, and until his failing health, was an active member. He was a veteran of WWII, serving on a Patrol Craft vessel in the Atlantic. During their life together, J.T. and Pat enjoyed traveling to Patrol Craft Sailors reunions all across the United States. They had been to California, Maine, Michigan, and many other places for these events. He also loved to take 'goodies' to the sailors that served on Patrol Craft vessels stationed in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He would cook raw peanuts and take them and boxed cookies to the sailors for their enjoyment. J.T. never met a stranger, and was proud to share with the sailors. He was recognized for his efforts on several occasions.

J.T. was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Pattie Pond.

He is survived by his two sons, William Thomas Pond and his wife, Rhonda, and Berrimond Scott Pond and his wife, Rae. Additionally, he is survived by two grandchildren, Michelle Pond and Joshua Pond. Other survivors include several cousins and in-laws.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at Calvary Baptist Church, 4700 Huntington Ave., Newport News with the Rev. Scott Pond officiating. Interment will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Patrol Craft Sailors' Association, c/o Roger L. Mills, Treasurer, 3603 Vigilance Drive, Rancho Palos Verde, CA 90275.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in the Daily Press from February 2 to February 3, 2011.
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February 02, 2011

What a touching story of his life. I never knew all this about J.T. Please know we would be there if we could. Our thoughts and more importantly our prayers are with you. Ken and Cecilia

~ Unsigned

February 02, 2011
Extremely sorry to read of the passing of your father...My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Jimmy Ridenhour
WHS Class of 68

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Pond family and their 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

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."

"Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me" midi and lyrics courtesy of - um, a long time ago...

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Animated Navy Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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

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