John S. Wise
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NEWPORT NEWS - John Southey Wise, 86, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009.
Born in Newport News, he graduated from Newport News High School in 1940. After his military service as a Navy pilot during World War II, he attended and graduated from Duke University with a BSME degree in 1949. He then earned his MSME from Northwestern University in 1950 and continued his education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, doing post graduate research from 1950 until 1954.
Mr. Wise's working career included Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Thiokol Clinical Corporation, Aerospace Corporation and U.S. Navy Department of Defense where he participated in underwater explosives research and development until he retired at the age of 79 from Civil Service.
In 2003, he moved to The Chesapeake Retirement Community and enjoyed being "one of the gardeners".
Preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Hebble Wise, who he married in 1940; and his brother, Walter Robinson Wise Jr., Mr. Wise is survived by his wife, Marilyn Lyles Wise, who he married in 2007; a daughter, Carolyn Wise Ellis; a son and his wife, Richard Rinard and Stephanie Wise; three sisters and their husbands, Nannie Wise and Walter Milliner, Anne Wise and John Nicholas and Nellie Sue Wise and Harold Gray; and a grandson, Travis Jacob Ellis.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday in The Chesapeake Retirement Community with Chaplain Nancy Hayes officiating. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

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Published in Daily Press from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2009.
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February 13, 2009
To the Wise Family,

I am so sorry to hear about John. He was my Dad's cousin. My Dad was Farring C. Rew better known as Jack. I remember John growing up when we would go to Uncle Walter and Aunt Beat's house for a cookout. I remember climbing on that huge tree they had in the backyard. Those were the good old days. Our families are growing smaller, but the memories will always be there.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. John was a kind man and he always kept my Dad's side of the family up-to-date on what was happening. He will be missed.

Love 2nd Cousin, Connie Jarvis & Husband John
Connie Jarvis
February 13, 2009
My deepest sympathy goes out to you. May you sense God's comfort in this hard time. I love you.
Patty Clark
February 13, 2009
Mr. Wise was a kind man who I will always have fond memories of. My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Lyles and family during this difficult time.
Dawn Stewart
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