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04/27/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Pop Lamkin

Gordon Emmett Lamkin, Jr.
(09 Aug 1927 - 25 Apr 2010)

Hampton High School Class of 1945

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this morning.      Pop Lamkin, Hampton High School Class of 1945, passed away in Newport News on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at the age of 82.  He was well known to many of our subscribers as the former owner of Pop Lamkin LTD and The Varsity Shop.

   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 04/27/10, 7:53 AM - "The Varsity Shop":


I know a lot of your readers would like to know about the passing of
    Pop Lamkin, especially     Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63 - of MD) as Chandler worked at the Varsity Shop in high school. Many folks knew Pop and it is with sadness I pass this on to you and to those who knew a great guy.

F.A. Saunders HHS 64

   Thank you so much for pointing this out to me, F.A. I read this obituary thinking how familiar the name seemed to me, but caught the Hampton High reference, and thought it must not apply.  The character of the man shone through, but I somehow missed the mention of the Varsity Shop and its significance altogether.  My condolences to you and all those who knew and loved him.

From the Daily Press - 04/26/10:


Gordon E. Lamkin, Jr.
    NEWPORT NEWS - Gordon Emmett "Pop" Lamkin Jr., 82, a native of Newport News and Peninsula resident his entire life, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 25, 2010.

He retired in 1994 after 40 years in the men's clothier business, owning Pop Lamkin LTD & The Varsity Shop.

Pop attended Stonewall Jackson Elementary; George Wythe Junior High; was a 1945 Hampton High graduate, where he lettered in basketball and track; and received his B. A. degree from the University of Virginia. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a bible teacher in the Good News Jail & Prison Ministry; was a counselor at the Christian Broadcasting Network; was Chairman of the Board at Youth For Christ; and was actively involved in New Covenant Church and Williamsburg Community Chapel.
Pop Lamkin
  Pop was a member of the Hampton Kiwanis Club; a member of Gideons International; President of Hampton-Wythe Pony League; and coach for midget & intermediate football in the Hampton Recreation program.

Pop was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon E. Lamkin Sr. and Margaret Louise Williams Lamkin; and his sister, Shirly Louise Lamkin.

He is survived by his wife, Harmie S. Lamkin; two daughters, Margaret Lamkin Eaves and husband, Mark of Charlotte, N.C., and Elizabeth Lamkin Menné of Kitty Hawk, N.C.; a son, Gordon E. Lamkin III of Virginia Beach; a brother, William H. Lamkin Sr. and wife, Mary Lou of Gloucester; four grandchildren, Dylan Sage, Preston Eaves, Maxwell Lamkin, and Luke Lamkin; and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, and other times at the home. A Celebration of Life service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Emmaus Baptist Church, Poquoson by the Rev. Jack A. Lawson Jr. and the Rev. Tom Ivey. Burial will follow in Emmaus Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Peninsula North Gideon Camp, P.O. Box 6373, Newport News, VA 23606. Online condolences to and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from April 26 to April 28, 2010.

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April 26, 2010

Don and I met "Pop" and Harmie when we first attended Messick Baptist Church. We will remember them for their work there. Our prayers to the family.
~ Don & Eleanor Hubbard, Newport News, Virginia
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April 26, 2010

~ DURANT BROWN, Newport News, Virginia

April 26, 2010, 3:03 PM

Gordon and Family, Your dad was always a great mentor of mine. He coached all of us to be better players on and off the field. He will be missed by everyone that he touched. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Michael and Linda Trusty

~ Michael Trusty, Yorktown, Virginia

April 26, 2010, 9:40 PM

~ Brian and Connie Anderson, Virginia Beach, Virginia

April 26, 2010, 10:06 PM

Dearest Margaret and families... My heart is with you right now as these are challenging times. I hope you'll find peace in your memories and in the comfort of family and friends who care deeply for you. Much love, Fran

~ Dr. Frances Smith, Richmond, Virginia

April 27, 2010
Our sympathy and prayers go out to this family. May God comfort them during this time.
~ Frances Monfalcone Hargus & Clarence Hargus, Middlesex County, Virginia
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April 27, 2010, 9:03 AM

Mrs. Lamkin, Margaret, Gordon & Beth. We have such wonderful memories of Mr. Lamkin. Our families were so close and spent many Christmas Eve's together .Mr. Lamkin always made us laugh and was so much fun to be around. He will always hold a special place in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

~ Vickie Baber & Anne Forrest, Gloucester, Virginia

April 27, 2010, 9:51 AM
I am very sorry for your loss. Pop was a wonderful man and he will be missed. Roland McPherson 

~ Roland E. McPherson, Suffolk, Virginia
April 28, 2010, 8:12 PM
Dear Lamkins, I spoke to my dad tonight and he told me about Pop. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. I hope you all are doing okay during this difficult time. You are all in my prayers. 
~ Kay Moore, Richmond, Virginia

May 24, 2010, 2:15 PM
So very sorry for the loss and sorry for seeing it so late. Such a very fine man and great example for all...Blessings to the family!
~ Henry Ayer, Poquoson, Virginia

May 24, 2010

May 24, 2010



  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the entire Lamkin family and their friends.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Rock of Ages

Words by Augustus Montague Toplady, 1763 (first published in The Gospel Magazine, 1775)
(04 Nov 1740 - 11 Aug 1778)

Music by Thomas Hastings
(15 Oct 1784 - 15 May 1872)

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee,
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save me from its guilt and pow'r.

Not the labors of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked come, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Savior, or I die!

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

"Rock of Ages" midi (sequenced by Brian M. Ames) and lyrics courtesy of - 03/30/09

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Kiwanis Club Logo courtesy of - 07/17/08

Gideons International Logo courtesy of - 04/27/10

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