Charles T. SCHRUM
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HAMPTON - Mr. Charles Thomas Schrum, "CT", went home with the Lord on April 30, 2012.
He was born in Lawndale, N.C., in 1919. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1938 and married Merle Arlene Kessler originally of Lynchburg in 1943. He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps and was stationed in Yuma, Ariz., along with his wife, where he repaired WWII war planes. Upon return to the Virginia Peninsula he was employed by NASA, in the full scale wind tunnel and part of the NASA space program.
"CT" retired from NASA after 39 years. He was in 'semi-retirement' at Craft Machine Works for 10 years at his brother's business. He played and enjoyed baseball into young adult life and regularly played golf into his 80's at Hampton course, and was a regular 'walker' at the local malls.
"CT" was a devoted and committed member of West Hampton Baptist Church in Hampton, Va. Through the years he served as a deacon, chairman of deacons, Sunday school teacher, Training Union director and dedicated 43 years as the church Treasurer. He served a term as Trustee of Midwestern Theological Seminary in Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene; and his two brothers, William F. Schrum and Jake Z. Schrum.
Survivors include his sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Carpenter in North Carolina and Mrs. Dorothy Bratten and her husband in Newport News; daughter, Mrs. Susan Norris and husband Fred, of Seaford; and son, the Rev. T. Kevin Schrum and wife Vicki, of Yorktown; grandchildren, David Norris, of Newport News, Jennifer Erin Proffitt, of Hampton, Suzanne Nester, of Hampton and Amber Schrum, of Richmond; great-grandchildren, Guinevere Norris, Roger Proffitt Jr., and Leila, Anthony and Jocelynn Nester.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Westhampton Baptist Church, 631 Aberdeen Road, in Hampton. Interment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park.
Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

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Published in Daily Press from May 2 to May 4, 2012.
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May 3, 2012
Sorry to hear about Mr. Schrum. May he rest in the arms of Our Lord. May Our Lord give your family much comfort.
Joe and Suzie Ellis
May 3, 2012
To the Schrum Family, we send our prayers and heartfelt sympathies during this difficult time. May God bring your strength and peace.
Sherry Sale/ Reliance Staffing
May 3, 2012
Susan, Kevin and family. I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I have fond memories of him stopping by the shop to make sure everything was in "order". Please know that you and your families will be in our prayers. Joann, Christopher, Casey and Carter
Joann Gibson
May 3, 2012
Vicki, Kevin and family,
May the God of all comfort be with you at this time.
Genie Robinson
May 3, 2012
To the Schrum Family,

My family lived on Winchester Drive(147) for over 50 years; so I knew the family and am saddened to learn of Mr. Schrum's passing.
Allow me to speak for all of the "Winchester Drive" group, and pass along condolences.

May the peace that passes all understanding, be with you both now, and forever.
Clyde Allen Murphy
May 2, 2012
Susan, Fred, and Family,
Please know that you have our most heartfelt sympathy, love, and prayers during this difficult time.
Judy & Lee Sutton
May 2, 2012
I remember Mr. Schrum from my childhood days at Westhampton Baptist, he was such a gentleman, and a great servant of the Lord. He was also my neighbor, I thought so much of Mr.& Mrs. Schrum.
May he Rest in Peace.
Peggy Stancill/Stamey
May 2, 2012
Susan and Family, I was so heart broken to hear of the passing of Mr. Schrum. He was and always will be a wonderful person. He is now with the Lord in a happier place and with loved ones. May God wrap his arms around you all and shower you with his love in this time of need. RIP Mr. Schrum.
Randy & MaryAnn Shaw
May 1, 2012
We love you Dad.... Susan and Fred
May 1, 2012
Papa and Anthony
PaPa you will surely be missed! I am comforted knowing you are with Nanny and both of you are enjoying your grandbaby in Heaven!
Love you,
Suzanne, Steven, Leila, Anthony and Jocelynn
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