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11/24/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Gene Edmundson

Henry Eugene Edmundson
(09 Sept 1940 - 19 Nov 2011)

Warwick High School High School Class of 1958

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.
   Gene Edmundson, Warwick High School Class of 1958, husband of   Kay Kelly Edmundson ('58) of VA, passed away in Poquoson on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at the age 71.

     From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 11/24/11, 9:35 PM - "Husband of N.N.H.S. Typhoon Dies":

Hello Carol: 

As you know, I work part-time at Peninsula Funeral Home.  We had the family of Henry Eugene Edmundson in today to view their loved one.  This man was married to the former    Kay Dandridge Kelly, class of 1958.  He graduated from Warwick High School in the same year, 1958.  His obituary is in the newspaper today.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, November 25 at the Peninsula Funeral Home, burial in Peninsula Memorial Park. 

My wife, Patty (Andrews Mays - '61), and I met them last summer at Warwick Restaurant.  If I do not remember someone, Patty probably does.  My wife actually recognized her from high school.  I did not, though she looked familiar to me.  She graduated two years ahead of me and three years ahead of Patty.  I think Patty remembered her from Chorus. 

The Edmundsons are good people.  Kay told me that she did not have her high school yearbook as it had been lost.  I am happy to report that I was able to provide her with one and she was so happy.  Kay has a son, Dr. H. Scott Coombe who was most interested in knowing about your outstanding website.  I gave him the site address and told him I would let you know of his father's death.  

Carol, thank you for all you do.  God bless you.
Fred Mays, N.N.H.S., '60

   Thank you so much, Fred. I had read Gene's obituary several times, but until you mentioned Kay's middle name, I was unable in my mind to make a connection.  The Dandridge name is an old one in Virginia history (which I have always enjoyed studying), and the fact that she bore it left an impression on me from all those years ago when I used to pour over my sister's Anchors.

   I'm so delighted to know that you were able to give Kay a copy of her senior yearbook, as you so generously shared the '60 and '66 Anchors with me to help me with my work.  You're a kind and generous man, Fred.

From the Daily Press - 11/23/11:

               Henry E. "Gene" Edmundson



POQUOSON - Gene Edmundson, 71, passed away Nov. 19, 2011.

He was a native of Newport News and resident of Poquoson for 24 years. Henry worked as an Engineering Technician for NAVSEA SUPSHIPS, Newport News and retired from the Department of Navy as a Civil Servant after 28 years of service.

Gene graduated from Warwick High School in 1958. He enjoyed fishing as his favorite hobby. Henry also enjoyed traveling to Hawaii to visit one of his favorite spots, Waikiki.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kay Kelly Edmundson; a daughter, Tonya Edmundson; a son, Dr. H. Scott Coombe and wife, Maria; one brother, William Edmundson and wife, Donna; as well as two grandchildren, Alyssa Coombe and Lauren Coombe.


Gene Edmundson



A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at Peninsula Funeral Home followed by burial in Peninsula Memorial Park. Reception to follow at the family's home.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from November 23 to November 24, 2011.
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November 23, 2011
Kay, Tonya and Scott

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Patsy & I have many memories of our times together with Gene and family when we lived in Newport News. Gene & Kay always make a point to contact us whenever possible even when we lived in different towns.

Our love and prayers go out to you and the family.

Mike and Patsy Farmer

~ Michael & Patsy Farmer, Richmond, Virginia

November 23, 2011

Tonya and family members, we were sorry to hear of your father's sudden death. Tim told me Sunday morning at church. We are praying that during this time of loss that you will find strength and comfort from your faith in God. Our deepest sympathy is with each one of you. In Christian Love,
Bernice and Sonny Roscopf

~ Bernice and Sonny Roscopf, Newport News, Virginia

November 23, 2011
To The Family,

It saddened my heart to read about the passing of your loved one. Remember to always cherish your memories and hold them close to your hearts. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Please accept my deepest condolences during this time of bereavement.

~ Cynthia Spriggs, Hampton, Virginia

November 23, 2011
Aunt Kay, Tonya, Scott, Maria, and girls; I can barely express to you how very sad I was to get the news regarding Uncle Gene. My most treasured memories are the times spent with you all. I absolutely adored my Uncle Gene...and continue to hold each of you close to my heart. Please know I am praying for you during this time and beyond. I will be thinking of you and sending my love across the miles. He was a good good man, and I was extremely blessed to have been loved by him. Love to you all, and lots of it!! xo And, just remember, "That's what you get for jumping on the bed!!" (I can still hear the laughter =) xo

~ Wendi Blatt, Casper, Wyoming

November 23, 2011
I will always remember Gene gliding across the kitchen floor as he attempted to teach me how to dance. He was such a fun and generous man. My heart goes out to Kay, Scott and Tonya in this time of sadness, and I wish I could be there to hold you all close.

~ Susan Waldman, Denver, Colorado


November 25, 2011

Mom, Tonya and I would like to thank you all for being here today to celebrate my dad's life. Dad, as you all know, was such a wonderful person. It's hard to know where to start when describing his life and his accomplishments.
Dad was born on September 9th, 1940, and lived a full life. He was 71 when he passed away last Saturday. Mom and Dad were happily married 46 years. Dad was born and raised in Newport News, and lived the past 24 years in Poquoson. He loved Poquoson. Dad worked as a shoe salesman when he was young, then worked for the Newport News Shipyard as a pipefitter and draftsman, and later as an engineering technician for the Navy. He retired in 2008. Dad, of course, had two kids (Tonya and me), and two grandkids (Alyssa &and Lauren). He has been a loving husband, father, grandfather, and son.
I'm sure each of you has fond memories of dad. I have so many, but would like to share a few that are special to me…
Our family took a vacation one year that Dad planned. It was a trip to Disney World. That's all Dad said – we're going to Disney World. What could be better than that? Dad had a plan. Not only did we go to Disney world - we were all over the state of Florida. Daytona Beach, Cape Canaveral, Silver Springs, Busch Gardens, Sea World, and St. Augustine. It was a long road trip and one of the most memorable vacations ever.
As you all know, Dad had personality! He had a way to make everyone laugh. Even in the hospital earlier this month when he was in pain, there were moments when he made us laugh. It was very important to Dad that he never wear socks and shoes unless absolutely necessary, so when he gave the nurse a hard time, we threatened to put socks and shoes on him. As a matter of fact, Dad is not wearing socks or shoes today – he is comfortable and happy. Dad and I had fun teasing each other.
Dad was always there when I needed him. He put up this great basketball court in our backyard when I was a kid. Not just a basketball court - he actually custom-made a fiberglass backboard, mounted it on a very sturdy 6” pipe, and set it in cement. I think this was his way of keeping me home – friends came to our house because I had the best basketball court around. He didn't realize that this would drive Mom crazy though – the sound of us bouncing a basketball constantly didn't go over too well. Dad was also the assistant leader of my Cub Scout troop and helped me with Pinewood derby, kite competitions, and we had a great time on Cub Scout camping trips.
Dad bought me a car when I first learned to drive. He drove me to someone's house, paid for the car, then threw me the keys and said, "It's yours – drive it home." I was pretty excited until I learned the car had a manual transmission and I had only driven an automatic. I'm sure he had a blast watching me in his rear-view mirror all the way home grinding gears, stalling, and revving the engine.
I will always be grateful to Dad for his guidance in getting me interested in going to college. I still remember our conversations at the kitchen table in the fall of my high school year. At 17, I was a total goofball and had no idea what I wanted to do after high school. Dad just kept asking me questions, about what I enjoyed in high school, about what things I thought I was good at. I'm not sure he had a plan, but he was persistent and focused. Thanks, Dad.
Many of you may know that Dad loved to dance. He had rhythm – naturally. I never saw him practice – he just had talent. He and Mom enjoyed dancing, and were known to put on a show. Dad knew I had two left feet and didn't bother trying to teach me to dance.
Dad wore bright, stylish clothing; he loved to wear gold jewelry. He was a shopper. He loved coming to visit us in Fairfax and to shop in the malls in northern Virginia. Most of all, he enjoyed shopping for others though especially at Christmas-time.
Dad bought a boat a while back and put it to good use for many years. He, the family, and friends had a great time fishing in Back Bay and the Chesapeake Bay. This was Dad's hobby – boating & fishing. Dad and his best friend, Pete Hall, put many nautical miles on the boat and had many good times. I'll never forget the first time he took Alyssa and Lauren out on the boat. He was so proud to have his granddaughters with him. He wanted to impress the girls and show them how fast the boat would go, and nearly scared them to death. They had never been on a motor boat before, and certainly not at 20 knots speed.
For many years, a vacation to Hawaii was on Dad's bucket list. He always wanted to go, but Mom was afraid of flying. Finally, Mom relented and they went to Hawaii and had the time of their lives, with their friends Pete and Betty Hall. They also went a second time and again enjoyed themselves, this time with Tonya. Dad wanted to go a third time. Maybe he is doing the hula right now in heaven – who knows?
The one thing I admired most about my father was his compassion for people in need. I will be forever grateful for the way he treated both of my grandmothers when they were ill. He was a natural caregiver, and never wavered in his commitment to be there for both of them. He was there for me when I was hospitalized as a kid, he has done so much for Mom when she was sick, and the same for Tonya.
Dad was a family man and a people-person. He loved spending time with me, Tonya, Mom, his grandkids, my wife Maria, and the extended family. He valued friendships and neighbors greatly.
Dad will be remembered for many things, his love for family and friends, his fun-loving spirit, his humor, his strength, his compassion. He lived a full life and accomplished much. We will all truly miss him…

25, 2011
To Kay, Tonya, Scott and family: I am so sorry for your loss. The funeral was beautiful and a real tribute to a good man. Working at the Peninsula Funeral Home gave me the opportunity to hear so many comments made to each other by family and friends. He truly must have been a great person. I am glad I had to opportunity to meet you, Kay and Gene, at Warwick Restaurant last Summer. Our prayers are with the entire Edmundson family.
Fred Mays of Newport News, VA

November 27, 2011

I am not sure where to start. I know my Sundays at the restaurant will not be the same. I will miss waiting on Gene at Sam and Steve's and the joking we did just between us.. His laugh lit up the place and his smile was just as big. To the Edmundson family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

~ Christina Scialabba, Norfolk, Virginia

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Kay and the Edmundson 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
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Morning Has Broken

Words: Eleanor Farjeon
Music: Traditional Gaelic

1. Morning has broken like the first morning;
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word!

2. Sweet the rain's new fall sunlit from heaven,
Like the first dewfall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass.

3. Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning,
Born of the one light Eden saw play!
Praise with elation; praise ev'ry morning,
God's recreation of the new day!

"Morning Has Broken" midi (Sequenced by Ron Getman
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