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On March 29, 2016, retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. John ‘Tewks’ Hobson Tewksbury passed away quietly in the arms of his loving wife, Joyce Tewksbury. He was born in 1934 to Everett Sawyer and Ruth Boston Tewksbury.
John attended Staunton Military Academy and Duke University, graduating from Duke in 1956. John was a credit manager for Dow Badische Co., prior to that he was a senior credit analyst with the Dupont Co. He also had a distinguished career of more than 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring in 1979 as a lieutenant colonel.
John is survived by his wife, Joyce Tewksbury; his sister, Carol Tewksbury Bell; his children, Elizabeth Lynn Tewksbury-Howell, Thomas Everett Tewksbury, Gayle Hobson Tewksbury and Jill Boston Tewksbury; Lynn’s husband, Robert J. Howell, and their children, Michael Thomas and Kyle Rynne McDowell; Tom’s wife, Katherine K.W. Tewksbury, and their children, Taylor Everett Tewksbury and Mackenzie Wise Tewksbury; Gayle’s children, Ariana Clare Hardiman, Ellery Anne Vallier and Isabelle Lynn Tiller; Ariana’s husband, Michael Hardiman, and their son, Mathis Michael (great-grandson); Ellery’s husband, David Vallier; and Jill’s husband, Charlie E. Faber.
Tewks was an avid outdoorsman, devoting countless hours to hunting and fishing. Tewks enjoyed rock and blue fishing on the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay, only second to duck and goose hunting in his favorite backwaters of the York and James rivers. He was an active member of the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited in Williamsburg and Gloucester. He was also an active member of the Middle Peninsula Det. 1317 Marine Corps League.
A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, April 9, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188. Friends and family are invited to a gathering at the home of Jill Tewksbury, and her husband, Charlie Faber, following the service. A burial will take place in Quantico National Cemetery in the near future.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.
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