04/03/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Taz Whitley

Tazewell Eley Whitley, Sr.
(26 July 1920 - 01 Apr 2008)

Newport News High School Class of February 1939

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have still another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.     Taz Whitley, Class of February 1939, and father of    Sue Whitley Bommer ('64) of VA,    Tazewell Whitley ('65) of VA, Ed Whitley of VA, and Judy Whitley Ganzert of VA, passed away unexpectedly in Newport News on Tuesday morning, April 1, 2008 at the age of 87.

  From Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66) of VA - 04/03/08 - "Another one of us...":


Another one of us...

Picture available today at www.inrich.com obituaries.

Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66)

   Thank you for spotting this, Shirley. In making calls almost three years ago to locate classmates for our 40-Year Reunion, I spoke with Mr. Whitley on the phone, and we had a nice conversation.  He will be missed.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/03/08 - "    Tazewell Whitley Sr.":

I am sure you saw the obit which appeared in both the Daily Press and the Virginian-Pilot this morning for Tazewell Eley Whitley Sr.

He was the father of Sue Whitley (Bommer) '64, Tazewell Eley Whitley, Jr. '65.....

Link: http://www.legacy.com/dailypress/DeathNotices.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=106844993

   Thank you, Captain. I was just finishing this Newsletter when your note arrived.

From the Daily Press - 04/03/08:

          Tazewell Eley Whitley, Sr.


NEWPORT NEWS - Taz Whitley passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully in his sleep Tuesday morning, April 1, 2008, at age 87.

Taz was born July 26, 1920, in Isle of Wight County and was raised in Newport News since the age of 6, graduated from Newport News High School in February 1939, and brought his family back to the Peninsula in 1954. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.


Taz Whitley


Taz spent a career in the U.S. Navy, retiring after 30 years as Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman. He served his country with honor during World War II, Korean War and Vietnam. During this time he served at the Naval Training Center, Norfolk, Va., Hospital Corps School, Portsmouth, Va., Naval Hospital, Washington, D.C.; Naval Hospital, Pearl Harbor; Separation Center, Bainbridge, Md.; Naval Ammunition Depot, St. Julien's Creek, Portsmouth, Va.; Advanced Hospital Corps School, Portsmouth, Va., Naval Hospital, Great Lakes, Ill., Naval Reserve Training Center, Muncie, Ind., Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, Va. He has also served aboard the USS PLATTE, USS WHITESIDE, USS SIERRA, USS NEWPORT NEWS, USS NORTHHAMPTON, and the USS FREMONT.

He was a member of the First United Church of Christ, Hampton, Bremond Masonic Lodge No. 241 and a Past Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Emera Chapter. In 1983, he served as Trustee and Building Chairman for the lodge to be constructed at its present location on Warwick Blvd.

Taz is survived by his wife of more than 62 years, Velma Louise Sanders Whitley; four children, Sue Bommer of Hampton, Tazewell Eley Whitley Jr. and his wife, Rebecca Leigh, of Chester, Clarence Edward and his wife, Jo, of Newport News, and Judy Whitley Ganzert and her husband, Don, of Richmond; as well as six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one brother, Robert Joseph Whitley and his wife, Jo, of Williamsburg.

Full Masonic rites will be performed at Peninsula Funeral Home Thursday, April 3, at 6 p.m. followed by a visitation with the family until 7:30 p.m.

A graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, April 4, at Peninsula Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at The Hidenwood, 50 Wellesley Drive, immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to the charity of your choice.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press on 4/3/2008.
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My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Deb Whitley (Hampton) - April 3, 2008
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. The Dotson's & Seay Family
Lisa Dotson (Newport News) - April 3, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May God be with you and yours.
Eva Gross (Hopewell, VA) - April 3, 2008
Ed & Jo:
Ethel, Jon, Diana, Carrie & I are deeply saddened to read of Ed's Dad passing away. We hope the Lord will be with each of you and the rest of the family during this time of great sadness. Those of us from Jo's side of the family will keep each of you in our prayers and pray his comfort to be with you. We love you greatly!
Butch Ragland & Family
Butch Ragland (Colorado Springs, CO) - April 3, 2008
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We are going to miss Uncle Taz. He was always so great about keeping up with me and my sisters, and even with our children. His calls and notes and visits meant so much. He had a great sense of humor, and taught us much through the stories he shared. We were blessed to have him as an uncle. And are proud of, and thankful for, of his service to our country. Please know, Aunt Velma and all my cousins, and you too, Daddy, that you are on our hearts and in our prayers. Much love, Jay, Lynda, Whitley and Joshua
Lynda Whitley Frank (Houston, TX) - April 3, 2008
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Jo and Ed, May God wrap his arms around you in comfort as you grieve during this time. I am so sorry for your loss.
May God bless you.
Angela Kersey
Angela Kersey (Hampton, VA) - April 4, 2008
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I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. My thoughts are with you and your entire family. If you need anything, please know that you can call on me.
Karen Knick (Hampton, VA) - April 4, 2008
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Hi Aunt Velma,

I hope you are doing well. I am really sorry that we have lost Uncle Taz. You are in my thoughts and Prayers. Please let me know if you need anything.
Deb Whitley (Hampton, VA) - April 14, 2008
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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to the entire Whitley family and their friends 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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