Dewey L. STINSON Jr.
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NEWPORT NEWS - Dewey Lee Stinson Jr. died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at the Mennowood from complications attributable to Alzheimer's Disease.
Dewey was born Sept. 7, 1925, the son of Dewey L. Stinson and Bessie May McDearmon, at their home in Newport News.
Graduating from Newport News High School in 1943, he then attended the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School. Soon after, Dewey voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 1944. He was assigned to the 3rd Army, Company L, 358th Infantry during World War II. He was a Rifleman with a Combat Infantryman Badge. He received as a citation the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Stars. He participated in three major campaigns, Rhineland, Central Europe, and Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge).
Upon returning home from the War, Dewey completed his apprenticeship at the shipyard prior to enrolling at VPI under the GI Bill. Graduating from VPI, in 1952, with a Mechanical Engineering Degree, he returned to Newport News Shipbuilding, where his career extended until his retirement in 1976. He worked in various capacities, the last being Superintendent of the Steel Fabrication Division.
Dewey was a member of the Agathon Club, German Club, and a Free Mason. He served on the committee for the refurbishment of the current Peninsula Fine Arts building. In addition to his passionate and extensive knowledge on the history of the Civil War, and being a descendent of a Confederate Veteran, Dewey was a founding member of the Civil War Preservation Trust Association.
Dewey was also passionate about the landscaping and maintenance of his home in the Hidenwood area, surrounded by azaleas, rhododendron, and boxwoods.
Dewey was preceded in death by his wife, the former Gene Cynthia Crockett; and his grandson, Dewey L. Stinson IV.
He is survived by his sons and their families respectively, Dewey L. Stinson III and his wife, Marjorie Quarles Stinson and daughter, Sarah Jean Stinson, Mark A. Stinson and his wife, Cynthia Cooper Stinson and daughters, Jill Cynthia and Lee Anna; a brother, John C. 'Jack' Stinson and his sister-in-law, Betty Ann of Richmond; and nephew, Ashby Stinson and family.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Burial services will be private.
The family wishes to give our heartfelt thanks to all of the staff and caregivers at the Mennowood Retirement Community and their 'Comfort Cove' area. They all provided truly loving and dedicated support and care to Mr. Stinson for the last four years of his life.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions are made to the Mennowood Foundation, Memory Support Fund, 13030 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23602. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

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Published in Daily Press from Jan. 10 to Jan. 13, 2012.
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January 14, 2012
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy for your loss, and always remember our thoughts and prayers are with you all now and forever!

Love and best wishes to Mark, Cindy, Jill, Lee, Dewey and his family,
Donald and Kathy Ann Collins
January 14, 2012
My sympathy goes out to Mr. Stinson's family. May God be with them and comfort them.
Clarence Hargus
January 13, 2012
Dewey and Mark, your father taught me many things, especially his thoughts about his family, his country, his hometown, VPI, plants (flowers), civil war, conservatism, work ethics, more especially, friendship.
Your mom and dad housed me for a month when I was arranging the move of my family back to NN. What a joy it was to be joined again with close friends that we missed.
Dewey loved my son Drew, played with him, told him often either shape up or ship out.
My family and I wish to thank all the Dewey Stinson, Jr. family for their love and friendship, God bless you all, your dad and mom are now together once again. Martha and I often talk about you all, what a great joy it was to be together. Dewey III, Drew has turned out wonderfully, Mark I remember you well. God bless you both, your, wives and children.

Keep up your family tradition guys.

Andrew J. (Andy) Parlantieri, Sr., Aiken, South Carolina
Andrew J. (Andy) Parlantieri, Sr.
January 13, 2012
My father, Roscoe Cartin, met your father when they were students at the Apprentice School. My Dad was medically retired from the shipyard in the 70's and his life ended in 2003 after being bed-bound for 9 years. Your Dad frequently came to visit him. I remember your Dad as thoughtful, kind and caring. He was a blessing in my Dad's life.
Caroline Mellen
January 12, 2012

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with you and your family.
Eden Jones
January 12, 2012
May he rest in peace.
Marvin Barnes
January 12, 2012
Stinson Family,
The Apprentice School faculty and staff would like to express our deepest sympathy at the passing of Mr. Stinson. May God comfort you during your time of loss.
January 11, 2012

Our hearts go out to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers to help you get through this difficult time.

Dave and Mary Streett
David Streett
January 11, 2012
Dear Mark,
I remember meeting your father at Herb's office in Washington. I am
so sorry for your loss. I am sure you and your brother made this
nice man very proud.
Stephanie Loving Midgett
Stephanie Loving Midgett
January 11, 2012
So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Although I only met your Dad briefly, I know he was a great father from the stories you often told me about him. His suffering is now over. May you and your family get some peace in knowing that he is now pain free.
Gabby Cleghorn
January 10, 2012
In Memory of Dewey Stinson Jr. He will be missed.
Mennowood Retirement Comminity
January 10, 2012
It was a shock to read of Dewey's passing in the paper. I enjoyed my time with Dewey, he was always interesting to talk to. He had very strong opinions and would stick by them. I was glad that he was a member of the Crockett family. Dewey Lee, Mark and your families, may you have peace in your heart at this time. You had a good Dad.
David Crockett
January 10, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with the Dewey Stinson family at this time. Dewey was a friend of long standing whom I admired greatly for his integrity, warm personality, and commitment to family, May you know God's sustaining grace in a special way at this time.
Gordon Gentry, Jr.
January 10, 2012
I extend my heartfelt sympthy to the Stinson family, Dewey will be greatly missed at The Mennowood. He always had a smile for everyone and knew how to make you laugh. Pam Leadbetter
January 10, 2012
My sympathies to the Stinson Family. Dewey worked with my father Jim Stewart at the Shipyard and always had great respect for him.
Jo Ann Stewart
January 10, 2012
I extend heartfelt sympthy to the Stenson family.
Dewey was not only a good friend but he was one of my most trusted and talented apprentices. When he was attending VPI I would always save a job for him in the Boiler Shop during the summer.
Neil Woodall
Neil Woodall
January 10, 2012
My sympathy to the Stinson family, especially Mark-Cindy Stinson and daughters, and prayers to them and the deceased.
Michael Fannon
January 10, 2012
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Rick Chisholm
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