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08/31/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Bobby Hedrick

Robert F. Hedrick
(11 Sept 1940 - 31 Aug 2009)

Newport News High School Class of 1958

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We received word this afternoon that we've lost another one of our own.    Bobby Hedrick, Class of 1958, passed away in Chesapeake on the morning of Monday, August 31, 2009, less than two weeks short of his 69th birthday.

  From Linda Alfrey Walker ('61) of VA - 08/31/09, 11:40 AM - "Bobby Hedrick":


I just heard from my daughter thru her dad, Dennis Walker, that Bobby passed away this morning. Have no further details. This is so sad 'cause we went back to high school.

Linda Walker

   Oh, Linda, I'm so sorry. Thank you, for letting me know; my sincerest sympathies on the loss of your friend.

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/31/09, 11:51 PM - "Taps for Bob Hedrick":

Hi, Carol:

Bob Hedrick, TYPHOON and former Sergeant of Marines, passed away at 1030 AM this date.

Everyone knew that Bob's time in this journey was getting short, and Bob was well aware also. Yet his cheerful countenance and gracious words reflected his growing courage as his strength lessened.

Rest In Peace,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   Thank you, Joe. You have my deepest condolences on the loss of your friend.

 From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 08/31/09, 11:52 PM - "Bob Hedrick":


I'm sorry to say that Bob Hedrick lost his battle with cancer this morning at approximately 10:30.  Toni called me to say that he passed away peacefully and was not in pain.  He will be missed greatly by family and many friends.


   Thank you, Wayne; my condolences to you on losing your friend.

 From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 08/31/09, 8:53 PM - "NNHS 58 loses another classmate":

Bob Hedrick passed away peacefully about  10:30 this morning, 8/31/09.

As you know, Bob had been diagnosed with pancreatic over a year ago and underwent surgery and treatment. Until a few weeks ago, it was thought that he was responding well.

Once it was determined that the cancer had spread and there were no options other than pain management, Bob went into a home hospice care program.

One of his oldest and dearest friends,
   Wayne Agee, was able to travel from FL for a final visit. Other close friends were able to make farewell visits while Bob continued to be alert and in good spirits.

I will provide information on final arrangements when they are complete. In the meantime, cards should be addressed to his wife:

Toni Hedrick

(address available upon request)

   Thank you, Joe; my sympathies upon the loss of your classmate.

From the Virginian Pilot - 09/04/09:



Robert F. Hedrick

  VIRGINIA BEACH - Robert F. "Bob" Hedrick, was a complex man who accomplished great things from humble beginnings. Throughout life, he remained with his feet on the ground and dedicated to love of his family and the values of being a great American, instilled in him as a Marine. Bob was 68 years old, born Sept. 11, 1940.

The son of the late Robert R. Hedrick of High Point, N.C., and Lois Mumford Hedrick of Chincoteague, Va., Bob was born in Silver Springs, Md., but as a child moved to Newport News, Va., with his family. Former CEO/owner of Sprinkle Masonry Inc., Bob helped build Tidewater into what it is today, "brick by brick."

Bound to the quality of his company, Bob took pride in his work, visible throughout North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Virginia, including MacArthur Center, his favorite, Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters addition, the renovation of Maury High School, Virginia Air and Space Museum, the Virginia Beach Recreation centers and countless Tidewater schools. "Quality work for a good price" was the mantle of Bob's business philosophy and dealings.

Helping others was one of the greatest attributes Bob possessed. He went out of his way to make sure that others had the opportunities that he was given. To affirm his influence in the construction world, Bob held positions which would help him help others. He had always been a fervent believer and member of the National Federation of Independent Business, served on the board for Liberty Mutual Insurance, board of Trustees for the Mason Tenders, a staunch supporter of the National Association of Women in Construction, and a member of the Professional Construction Estimators Association, in addition to various local organizations.

Bob was a loving husband to his wife Toni; a devoted father and grandfather to his sons, Donald and his daughter Tricia; Robert, his wife Carine and their daughters Heather and Christiana; and to his daughter, Deborah, her husband Earl and their sons Jacob and Jordan, all of Virginia Beach. Bob also leaves behind three brothers, Rick Hedrick from Hampton, R.D. Bobbitt from Virginia Beach and Chick Hedrick of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Bob passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his wife and children the morning of Aug. 31, 2009.

We know your inspirational spirit will be soaring freely and that smile of yours, always at the ready, is beaming brightly with the sun, moon and stars. SEMPER FIDELIS.

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 7800 Halprin Drive, Norfolk, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m. A celebration honoring our beloved Bob's life will take place immediately following the service. Bob's wish was that, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in his memory for pancreatic cancer research to Ralph H. Hruban, M.D., Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, 401 North Broadway, Weinberg 2242, Baltimore, MD 21231-2410.

Published in The Virginian Pilot on 9/4/2009.

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September 04, 2009
Bob will truly be missed. He was great man with a great family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
~ Donnie & Laura Edge, Chesapeake, Virginia

September 04, 2009

After I met Bob at Regent University one night we became email buddies...we shared the same worldview and I looked forward each day to his comments and insights...I will miss him, but I know where he is now and I'm sure I'll join him someday, "well guarding the streets of Heaven" with the rest of us Marines...God bless, and Semper Fi!
~ William Miles, Norfolk, Virginia
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September 04, 2009

I used to work at Sprinkle Masonry (1988-1994) until I moved to Ohio. For some odd reason I had a dream last night that I was vacationing in Va. Beach and stopped by Sprinkle Masonry to tell everyone hello, but Bob wasn't there. When I woke up, I did an internet search - I was so shocked and saddened to find Bob's obituary. Bob was a great person to work for, always taking time to listen, and cared about the employees. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and those who work at Sprinkle Masonry. I'm sure Bob will truly be missed by everyone who knows him.
~ Vickie (Owens) Ford, Mount Sterling, Ohio
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September 04, 2009

To all in the Sprinkle Masonry 'family' from all of us at RRMM Architects, please accept our heartfelt condolences on Bob's passing. He truly was a wonderful construction partner on many buildings that we had the pleasure of working with him on. He leaves a legacy of integrity and personal sacrifice for us all to try to achieve ourselves. Thanks Bob for all that you have done, and rest in Peace in Jesus' arms.
~ Dan Hickok, Norfolk, Virginia

September 04, 2009

Bob Hedrick was an outstanding Marine. He was selected for Sea Duty and served in the Marine Detachment, USS Valley Forge. After Sea Duty, he was assigned to the 2nd Recon Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp LeJeune, NC and later as a Squad Leader, 97th Rifle Company, Newport News, VA.
While working for the Contracting Division, at NOB, Norfolk, VA he demonstrated his integrity and honesty in his fair dealings with contractors and their Sureties.
Bob was always thinking of others and doing what he could to assist them.
Semper Fidelis,
~ Joseph Madagan, Wesley Chapel, Florida
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September 04, 2009

For All to know that Bob was the Best Brother In-Law I could have ever had. He will be greatly missed in our little family. I'm missing you Robbie Bobbie Boo. Until we meet again, may God keep you in his loving arms.

"Big Head"
During one visit to Virginia Beach, I stayed at Toni and Bob's. After taking my shower and washing my very long, curly hair that night, I blow dried it and left it down and untied. Well, that's all Bob had to see, me with all that hair standing out from around my head, my shoulders and back. It is then I was anointed "Big Head".
~ Frances Swalley, Huntsville, Alabama



  Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the Hedrick family and their friends.

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     From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/04/09, 1:00 PM - "Bob Hedrick":


Hi, Carol:

Here is a photo of Bob taken at    Wayne Agee's ('58 - of FL) house earlier his year. Bob and Toni were on their trip back from Houston and stopped over in Florida, and we had a Reunion at Wayne's Place in Inverness.

Wayne had prepared some of his favorite foods and it was a grand occasion.



 Bobby served in the Marine Detachment, USS Valley Forge (CV-45) during 1959 and 1960.

After Sea Duty, he was assigned to the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp LeJeune, NC until his Honorable Discharge in 1962.

After Active Duty, he served as a Squad Leader, 1st Platoon, 97th Rifle Company, USMCR, Newport News, VA.

He was one of my finest Squad Leaders. The responsibility of business did not allow him time for the USMCR so he took another Honorable Discharge after a year of service.

As we like to say in the Corps, he is now Guarding the Gates.

Semper Fidelis,

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan

  Thank you so much, Joe.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 21 Dec 1807)


 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Bagpipes Version of "Amazing Grace" midi courtesy of - 05/25/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of - 03/15/05

Image of Charles Bosseron Chambers' Painting, "The Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ", courtesy of - 03/11/09

Image of Zabateri's Painting, "The Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ", courtesy of - 03/11/09

Animated USMC 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!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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