May 10, 1934 September 2, 1978
Funeral Service at St.Andrew's Church
First Avenue, Sugar Estate, St.Thomas, V.I
S1September 7, 1978
I Fu-nerle S .wse r eh
t. T homas. V.I
Vernon Tyrone Scipio died September 2, 1978 in St.Thomas, Virgin Islands.
He was the son of Mrs. Ida Y. Scipio and the late John D. Scipio ofChadbourn,
He received his B. S. degree from West Virginia State University, his Master's
degree from North Carolina Central University and he did further studies at
New York University.
He served his country faithfully as a member of the United States Army from
1957 to 1959. In 1960 he was employed by the Department of Education for
the Virgin Islands as a teacher at Charlotte Amalie High School For the past
14 years he held the position of Director of Health and Physical Education,
Recreation and Drivers Education for the Virgin Islands. He was an active
member of the Dukes Club, the Lions Club, the Federation of Health and
Physical Education, a member of Columbus County Social Club of New York,
West Virginia State Alumni Association, and the Caribbean Olympic Committee.
Vernon was instrumental in obtaining athletic scholarships for over twenty (20)
students from the Virgin Islands.
He is survived by his wife, Naomi Woodson Scipio, two sons and a daughter,
Vernon Tyrone Jr., Darien and Kathy; his mother, Mrs. Ida Scipio, four sisters -
Margaret S. Stanley and Jacqueline S. Rienhart of Washington, D.C., Evelyn S.
Anderson of St. Louis, Missouri and Doris S. Dees of Chadbourn, North Caro-
lina; two brothers, Edwin and Rudolph of Washington, D. C., and many other
relatives and friends.
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In view of Vernon's keen interest in promoting athletic development for the
youth of the Virgin Islands, the family is requesting that contributions be
made to the Vernon T. Scipio Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund in lieu of
flowers. Contributions may be sent to the Department of Education at St.
Thomas or St. Croix.
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" A TIlE FRIBd OF THE PEOPLE OF T2E U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
WImBUFN ATE ER SMfIH, JR.
Vernon Tyrone Scipio was the son of Ida Scipio and
the late John D. Scipio. Vernon was born on May 10,
1934 in a small town called Chadboun, North Carolina.
He received his elementary and secondary education in the
school system of his hoae town.
Noted for his prowess in sports activities, Vernon
received numerous scholarship offers from institutions of
higher learning. He attended West Virginia State
University and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree
in health and physical education. He also received a
master's degree from North Carolina Central university
and did additional graduate studies at New York University.
In addition to his educational achievements, Vernon served
his country faithfully as a mirber of the United States
Anny from 1957 to 1959.
Vernon blessed the Virgin Islands with his presence
on March 7, 1960 when he became a physical education
teacher at the Charlotte rnalie High School in St. Thomas.
Shortly after his arrival his nae became a household
name throughout the Virgin Islands because of his
dedication to his profession and his friendliness and
warmth toward the people of the Virgin Islands. Vernon
did not came to the Virgin Islands as a big-shot know-it-
all type of individual to teach us natives what life is
all about. His willingness to understand our customs and
culture, and most of all our children, was most remarkable.
His dedication to the teaching profession in the Virgin
Islands, and his instant love and respect for the people
were two outstanding characteristics that were noticed
almost intediately. In view of these characteristics,
Vernon won the respect and admiration of a vast majority
of the people, a respect and acdiration that had steadily
grown over the 18 years that he lived and worked in the
As a professional teacher, Vernon!s teachings have made
indelible marks on such noted Virgin Islands athletes as
Car.Psskett: Joseph Clendinen, Eloon Joseph, Glen Williams,
just to name a few, ho have made outstanding contributions
to their respective sports activities. These athletes have
participated in inter-island meets, the Penn Relays, the
Central American and Caribbean games, and collegiate level
sports. In rost instances these athletes are indebted to
Vernon for his confidence in their respective abilities and
his perseverance in imparting his professional skills on to
CgiWzant of Vernon's leadership abilities, the then
Commissioner of Education, Jane E. Tuitt, praooted him to the
position of Director of Health and Physical Fducation in
1964. His territorial responsibilities served as a base to
igprove and expand. all health and physical education
activities in the public schools of the Virgin Islands.
thder his leadership inter-island sports activities were
revived; the Virgin Islands schools introduced varsity foot-
ball as an integral part of their sports activities; sports
competition was extended to Puerto Rico; driver education
became an integral part of the curriculum; tradc and field,
volleyball, and basketball were all raised to a level of
respectability again; and the instructional personnel
increased threefold. Vernon also was influential in having
gymnasia onsrtructge as necessary nets to enhance the
learning process of the children of the Virgin Islands Who
participated in health and.physical. education and other
In addition to his regular duties and responsibilities
as Director, Vonon devoted a tremendous amount.of his
personal time iii trying to help the so-called disadvantaged
youths who lived mostly in the housing projects. This was
done without any publicity or fanfare. Many of the youths
had dropped out from our local schools; were unmotivated;
were considered to be societal rejects. However, Vernon
found the strenght and wisdom to turn these youths around by
offering them a second .chane. Many of them were recipients
of full athletic scholarships to the aurwinburg Institute in
Laurinburg, Noith Carolina. I have personally witnessed the
transformation of.~are of these so-called societal rejects.
leir i cholastic achir.c nents have been nost positive;
their total outlook on life have been reprogranted to a nmst
positive one; and many are no moving on to higher education
with full scholarship. These you~g- Virgin Islanders should
be proud of their achievements because of someone who did
not believe that they were societal rejects. Veron Tyrone
Scipio proved that society, at tines, can be wrong. Vernon
proved that love, faith, 'and confidence in people can unke
Vernon, our colleague, friend, and brother has been
called frcm this earth by our saviour to perform other great
deeds in the kingdom of heaven. I would urge you my brothers
and sisters to consider his departure as only temporary
because he has gone to open up the gateway to heaven so that
all of us will someday meet him again.
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Nearly twenty years ago, Vernon Scipio came to the
Charlotte omalie High School where I was principal" as the
new physical. education teacher. Frcm that tine, he dedi-
cated: himself to making that subject an integral part of
the high school curriculum, setting standards for teachers
and students, working closely with allied subject areas,
and getting greater financial support.
Later, as director of physical education, health and
driver education, he increased his sphere ofo control by
directing the last named subject. He reopened inter-mural
sports between the V. I. education districts ..-ntered into
sports alliances with nearby islands Puerto Rio and Santo
Dnaingo, and even ventured into the Olynpics.
His active participation in island sport activities
made him a well-known and respected person. He encouraged
our youth in clean, wholesome play and in continuing their
Through various activities, he aided his team of teachers
was able to secure scholarships for praising, interested
students. This venture hasproveh a success and will be a
memorial to him.
Vernon T. Scipio came to the Virgin Islands a stranger;
he leaves us wept for, honored and sung. May he rest in peace
Gwendolyn E. Kean, Ocmndssioner of Education
We often speak about the teachers who are recruited
fran the mainland, and sometimes our oamoents are very
critical. However, in the case of Vernn. T. Scipio, no
on will deg. that he has made a valuable contribution
to the developmentt of interest and participation in ath-
letic activities in these Virgin Islands. His influence
on the youth extended beyond sports into areas which are
'the primary goals of the dedicated educator, namely:
the~a otvation of individuals to develop character, and
to acquire skills which can contribute to success in life.
He will be missed by all of us.
Jane E. Tuitt
Former Cmissioner of Education
V irtue and Vernon they spell the sam
E. ach eemas to be your given name
R siding here am~ng us, you cae with our long lost faith
N eedingso to make us see
among us talent was being wasted
0 nly here on borrowed time
too late we realized that
N ow your goal has been aoocnplished
silently, God has taken you back
S elf-sacrifice you willingly made
seekingnothing in return
C easelessly working
making known the favored generation
I deas you bought and set within
these thoughts will always stay
P proudly, -your ideals will carry on
thank God you have paved the way
I maortalized you'll stay with us
our aching hearts will never ease
0 h Vernon, God bless you
Goodye. brever rest in peace.
ORDER FOR THE BURIAL SERVICE
VERNON TYRONE SCIPIO
Reception of the Body..
Processional Hymn ....
The Burial Anthems ....
The Collect .........
........... Prayer Book, Pg. 466
.............. Hymnal No. 561
........... Prayer Book, Pg. 491
........... Prayer Book, Pg. 493
THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
The First Reading ..
Psalm 121 .......
The Second Reading
Gradual Hymn ....
The Holy Gospel...
The Homily ......
The Eulogy ......
......................... Isaiah 61:1-3
................... Prayer Book, Pg. 779
............. Romans 8: 14-19, 34-36, 37-39
...................... Hymnal No. 361
................... ..... John 14:16
.................. Father C.Warren Smith
.....................Mr. Wilbum Smith
The Apostles' Creed ....................
The Prayers for the deceased; for the family
and for those who mourn ................
... Prayer Book, Pg. 496
. Prayer Book, Pg. 497
THE HOLY COMMUNION
Offertory Hymn ....................
The Great Thanksgiving .................
The Lord's Prayer .....................
The Postoommunion Prayer...............
... Hymnal No. 396
Prayer Book, Pg. 461
Prayer Book, Pg. 364
Prayer Book, Pg. 498
THE COMMENDATION RITE
.... Hymnal No. 88
Arthur Jamis ViggoWallae
Rufus Martin Julien Phillip
Charle WT bull R ph Krigg
Wilbrn Smith, Jr. Louis ackelford
Romm Wialac EueneDavis
Jane ETuitt Pat Commiioner Willie King *St, Croix
Gwdolyn E,Kean Prest Commiioner Wendell Hamilton StCroix
Carie John St, Croix Rudolph Scpio
Edwin Sdpio Conrad Bonelli