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NEWPORT NEWS - Otis C. 'Cootie' Allmond passed away after a short illness, at the age of 94, on Sunday, July 10, 2011. Otis was a lifelong native of Newport News.
Mr. Allmond retired from the ACC conference after 20 of service as on official. Mr. Allmond was a graduate of the senior class of 1937 from Newport News High School. Mr. Allmond was also a Charter Member of the Basket Ball Officiating Crew in 1953.
Mr. Allmond was preceded in death by his parents, Otis and Virgie Allmond; two sisters and a brother.
The Committal service will be private.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Boys and Girls Club of Newport News, 429 Thorncliff Dr., Newport News, VA 23608.
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Published in Daily Press from Jul. 11 to Jul. 12, 2011.
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July 30, 2011
I was sadden to read this news about Cootie, I really liked him.He was a great referee and a fine man.
He made many calls on me when I played and I deserved all of them.
Cootie would always warn me at halftime if I was playing over aggressive and better backoff , or I was heading to the bench early tonight.
If you were walking around town and he saw you he would always speak.
I'm sure he will be missed.
Ken Henderson
July 13, 2011
"Coach" as we called him at the YMCA was a great man! He always had a smile on his face and told us to never sweat the small stuff of life. He will be greatly missed by his YMCA family...
S. Branson
July 12, 2011
I am sorry to read of the death of Cootie I have known Cootie for over 70 years.I remember the first time I met him.I was around 9 or 10 years old walking down Washington Avenue with a basket ball under my arm I was passing by Monfalcones Sports Palace and a teenager was setting on a bench in front of the Palace,as I passed he called me back and struck up a coverastion and we talked for a few minutes and from then on I have admired this gentleman.Cootie in my opnion is one of the best basket ball referee's I have ever seen,he has been copied a lot but never duplicated. Rest in peace my friend you will be greatly missed.
Dale Parsons
July 12, 2011
one of the best refs...ever!
Sheila Majka
July 11, 2011
To all the family and close friends of "Cootie",I send my deepest regrets.I have been very fortunate to have known him for fifty years.We shared many beers and stories over the years,and I always looked forward to seeing him.I saw this great man at the YMCA in recent times;he was still working out!I've always thought of Cootie as a friend,and will greatly miss him.My best to all. Henry Hughes
Henry Hughes
July 11, 2011
"Cootie" was often a thorn in the side of NNHS fans. Having graduated from NNHS I think he worked extra hard not to show favoritism and trust me, he succeeded. He provided Typhoon fans with many memories. Rest in peace "Cootie".
Ed Nichols
July 11, 2011
As I member of the NNHS Class of '65, I am sure I express the sentiments of most of my classmates when I say I will forever cherish watching "Cootie" referee Typhoon basketball games. He has left us with many fond memories. My condolences to the family.
Ron Smith
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