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February 24, 1934-March 29, 2016

On March 29, 2016, Lieutenant Colonel John Hobson Tewksbury of Williamsburg, USMC-ret., “Tewks,” 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 from where he graduated 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 over 20 years in the United States 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 her children, Michael Thomas and Kyle Rynne McDowell; Tom’s wife, Katherine KW 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, Va. He was also an active member of the Middle Peninsula Det. 1317 Marine Corps League.

A service will be held on Saturday the 9th of April at 12 p.m. 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. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Marine Heritage Foundation:

A burial will take place at the Quantico National Cemetery in the near future.