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09/10/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Teddy Masters

Theodore E. Masters, Jr.
(29 May 1932 - 07 Sept 2010)

Newport News High School Class of 1951

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.
      Teddy Masters, Class of 1951, brother of William Masters, passed away in Portsmouth on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at the age of 78.

From the Daily Press - 09/10/10:


Teddy Masters

    PORTSMOUTH - Theodore E. (Teddy) Masters Jr. passed away Sept. 7, surrounded by his family. He was born in Newport News on May 29, 1932.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carole L. Masters and was the son of the late Theodore E. Masters Sr. and Margaret Olsen Masters.
Mr. Masters is survived by his daughter, Julie Gavin; son, Scott Masters; and grandchildren, Shaun and River Gavin, and Amber and Austin Masters; brother, William Masters and wife, Elaine; and special friends, Marian and Jim Morgan.

Teddy graduated from Newport News High School in 1951, where he excelled in sports. He was drafted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant. He was a graduate of the University of Richmond. While there he excelled in track, held many records and named "Athlete of the Year" in 1958. He also held degrees from William and Mary, North Carolina State University and Old Dominion University.
Teddy Masters
He began his work for the City of Portsmouth in the School System, then went on to be city clerk and retired after 34 years as Grants Coordinator. He also enjoyed working with the merchants during the revitalization of Olde Towne.

He was president of the Board of Directors of many organizations; Maryview Hospital, Salvation Army, Miss Portsmouth Pageant, Seawall Festival, Portsmouth Sports Club, Portsmouth Host Lions Club and the University of Richmond Alumni Association. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and past Exalted Ruler.

Teddy loved his family and friends and was enjoying his 16 years of retirement. He also loved spending time with his friends at the Catholic Club.

A special thank you to his neighbors in Edgewood Park. He especially enjoyed hanging out with his friends at Bobby and Sonny's houses. He will truly be missed by everyone that knew him and loved him.

A funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 1 p.m. at Snellings Funeral Home Churchland Chapel with Assistant Pastor John Lewis officiating. The burial will follow in Olive Branch Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Condolences may be offered to the family at View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in The Daily Press from September 10 to September 11, 2010.  Visit Guest Book

September 10, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
~ Janice Drewry, Portsmouth, Virginia

September 1
0, 2010
Julie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you during this difficult time.

September 1
0, 2010

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

~ Mary Frances & Owen Rose, Portsmouth, Virginia

September 1
0, 2010
Ted was a steadfast friend for more than forty years. He accomplished much in our community, working behind the scenes in a positive way, and always keeping our end goals in sight. We have lost a community asset, and fine fellow. He will be missed. You have my deepest sympathy.
~ Bernie Kirsch, Virginia Beach, Virginia

September 1
0, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss; my thoughts and prayers are with you...Kathy Grizzle, RN

~ Kathy Grizzle, Hampton, Virginia

September 1
0, 2010
Sincere condolences to "Coach 'TED' Masters" family from the many students of Woodrow Wilson High School (Class of 64) who will always remember him as a wonderful teacher and coach and friend.
(WWHS Class of 64 Reunion Committee, Box 6403, Churchland Station, Portsmouth, Va.) 
~ WWHS Class of 64 Reunion Committee, Box 6403, Churchland Station, Portsmouth, Virginia
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September 11
, 2010
It was dedicated teaching and coaching professionals like Ted Masters who made the generation of boomers what we all became. So much of that has been lost and now another pillar of that bygone era has fallen. He was a gentleman, scholar and athlete... and shared everything he had with everyone. Thanks coach for all you did and all you were. Great sorrow.

Harvey Siegel
WWHS '67
Naples, FL
~ Harvey Siegel, Naples, Florida

September 11
, 2010
Teddy & I were classmates at NNHS, class of '51. My husband, Jerry, coached Teddy in track at the Apprentice School. Such a loss--our condolences to his family--Joan Garrison

~ Joan Garrison


September 12
, 2010

Teddy and I were teammates on the l951 track team, we missed the state championship by just a few points. Teddy
was our co captain. Great person and friend. Carl Goodson

~ Carl Goodson


  Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Teddy's family and 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

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!

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Lions International Logo courtesy of - 02/06/08

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