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Edwin Wayne Hoskins

August 17, 1931 – April 10, 2021

Edwin Wayne Hoskins, 89, longtime resident of Friendswood, Texas, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 10, 2021 at home.   Ed was born August 17, 1931 in Southland, Texas to parents Charles and Dessie Hoskins.   He was the oldest of four children and grew up on a West Texas cotton farm helping with the farm work.  This included driving a John Deere tractor with plenty of time to think and to dream.  He graduated from Lamesa High School in 1948.   He hitchhiked to Texas A & M in the fall of 1948 at age 17 to begin his college career and graduated in January of 1953 with a degree in Industrial Engineering.  He married Vernelle Ball Hoskins of Lamesa on December 21, 1951.  They were married for 69 years and their commitment to each other was an example for many.

After spending four years in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, Ed went into the U.S. Air Force.  He trained as a pilot and flew an F-86 Sabre jet while stationed in Japan for two years.  In 1957, after leaving the Air Force, he went to work as a flight test engineer at General Dynamics in Fort Worth, Texas for eight years.  In December of 1965 he went to work at NASA and moved to Friendswood, Texas where he continued to work until January 1997.  At the Manned Spacecraft Center, he worked in Flight Crew Support training astronauts during the Apollo missions, and later as a Payload Specialist during the Space Shuttle Program.

He loved God, his family, and the community of Friendswood.  Ed was active in the Friendswood Church of Christ and served as an elder for many years.   He was a good friend and had a love for ministering to others. He felt blessed and was a blessing to many.  Ed could fix anything and enjoyed working on lawnmowers and cars.  He enjoyed camping and hiking with his family, especially in the national parks.  Road trips included Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain National Park, Big Bend, and Washington D.C. Ed thoroughly enjoyed all that the great outdoors had to offer.  He loved his family and made his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren feel special. 

Ed is survived by his wife, Vernelle Ball Hoskins; his children, Janice Tenbush and her husband Ron, his daughter-in-law Carmen Foster and her husband J.R., Robert Hoskins and his wife Margaret, Mike Hoskins and his wife Lisa, Linda Haddock and her husband Mitchell, Van Hoskins and his wife Sondra, John Hoskins and his wife Natalie, and 19 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his three sisters, Nina Williams, Jo Ann Staudt and Kay Feazell, and his son Hal Wayne Hoskins.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Friday April 16, 2021 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Dr., Friendswood, Texas 77546 (281) 992-7200.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at Southeast Church of Christ, 2400 Bay Area Blvd, Friendswood, Texas 77546 with Mike Ross officiating.  Reception to follow. A private burial will be held at the Houston National Cemetery at a later date. Please note that social distancing in the church and masks will be required. 

Condolences may be sent to the Hoskins family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

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24 thoughts on “Edwin Wayne Hoskins”

  1. Extending very deepest sympathy to a wonderful family on the loss of such an amazing and stalwart patriarch, husband, and cherished uncle. It was always a special occasion to be in his presence, he will be sorely missed from afar and his memory everlasting in my heart.

  2. I have always held Uncle Wayne in high esteem and regarded him as such a wise and thoughtful man. What an interesting life he led and legacy he left! I will always have special memories of Uncle Wayne. Hoskins family, I grieve with you during this time of loss and send you our most heartfelt condolences and love. Lisa & Tom Bergmann and family.

    1. My dear friend Janice,
      Sincerest Condolences on the passing of your father.
      Blessings for the days ahead on every member of your family. With all understanding and love,
      Jeanne Bowser

  3. Sending prayers and virtual hugs to Aunt Vernelle and my cousins. What wonderful memories are brought to mind as I read Uncle Wayne's obituary. He always had a smile. When we visited while y'all lived in Fort Worth, he treated us to the movie "Call of the Wild". May your memories cause you to celebrate with joy this husband, father, and grandfather who is at rest from this world's hardships.

  4. Danny Flenniken

    Sending love and prayers to the Hoskins family. I remember camping in Colorado and Hal Wayne and I “panning for gold”. So many memories come to mind it’d take a book to write them in. I love you all!

  5. I was fortunate to have worked with Ed in my "early" years at NASA. I can honestly say that the opportunity he gave me to work on the Apollo 11 Flight Crew Support Team changed my life and, even now, greatly affects my life. Ed, thank you for the confidence you had in me, for the example you gave me as a mentor and for being a friend. Bless you and your family. It was, truly, an honor and a great privilege.

  6. As a member of the Apollo Spacecraft Program Office team, I worked with Ed and his team to implement with engineering the requests that came from the flight crew. We were privileged to work on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I will always remember Ed as being someone we enjoyed working with . My condolences to the Hoskins family in this time of grief.

  7. This is really sad news. Ed was an absolutely fabulous person.  He was my first "real" boss and I learned so much from his leadership. He was
    someone that I always admired. We had so much fun during the Apollo days. Working with Ed Hoskins on the Apollo 7 mission were some of  my fondness memories at NASA.

  8. Lonnie Moffitt

    Ed always treated me as a son and I came to know and love him after we first moved to Friendswood in 1968. Of course, he treated me no different than he did everyone around him. He continually volunteered the hospitality of his home with he and Vernelle. Ed and Vernelle opened their home to my family on both occasions when we moved into Friendswood. He always had time for me and when I needed work done on my car, he volunteered to help fix it. Ed was 'one of a kind' and his passing leaves a hole in everyone's life who knew him. He was a true man of God and I know the angels are rejoicing that he is with his Lord.


    I am sorry to hear of Ed's passing. I worked with him in the JSC payload integration areas and liked him. May he rest in peace and his family know that Ed was a friendly and hard working engineer.

  10. How I feared him in my youth and how I adored him in my adulthood. Mr. And Mrs. Hoskins were very attentive to my Mom after Dad died. I am so sorry for the Hoskins clan, but particularly upset I can’t hug Janice neck. God Bless. Trina Mora DeCecco

  11. Nancy Greathouse Bankston


  12. This is very sad news. Ed was a great person. It was an honor and a privilege to work for Ed on the Apollo Flight Crew Support Teams at NASA.

  13. Roger and Cindy Crutchfield

    A good man went to heaven, summoned by God. We've known the Hoskins since we became neighbors in 1996. And we have always thought and said that they were some of the strongest people we had ever met. Mr. Hoskins always had a smile on his face, and this is how we will remember him. I pray for comfort for Mrs. Hoskins. Family and God have always been the priority for her and Mr. Hoskins, and I know both are at her side. He fought a good fight, finished the course, and kept the faith. Well done good and faithful servant. With the utmost respect, Roger and Cindy Crutchfield.

  14. Linda L Williams

    I am so sad to see that Ed has passed on to eternal life. He was a gentle, driving force in our church and during James' death. The last time I saw Ed was in Kroger's. I saw Vernelle and asked her how Ed was doing. She said, "Why don't you ask him yourself, he's right behind you." I turned around and there was that wonderful smile. He will be truly missed by all those who knew him. Prayers for the family.

  15. Vernon & Eleene

    I love the good memories of knowing Ed and fun quail, rabbit, camping in Colorado, in our younger days. A super nice brother-in- law always showing Christ like living. 🤟

  16. Novell Griffin

    My prayers are with Vernell ad her family at this time of great loss. The Hoskins family and the Ball family were all intertwined in my growing up years. So many lovey and treasured memories of these two families.

  17. I’m very sorry for the families loss.He was one of the smartest men I ever met ,Not only was he engineer he could fix anything.I watched him many times.

  18. Kitten Brizendine

    May the strength of the Lord be with Vernelle and her family as they walk this most difficult journey of loss. May your precious memories fill your hearts with love, comfort and His peace that pass all understanding.
    In His name I pray.

  19. I worked with Ed before and after Apollo 1, working for the Apollo Spacecraft Program Office. Ed was a wonderful guy, great to work with, very knowledable, and an honest broker. I believe he was one of the real Heroes in our Apollo efforts, and he freely helped me learn things I needed to know. He was highly respected by NASA management and his peers. May God bless his family

  20. Richard Snyder

    I am very sad to hear this news. I was fortunate to have worked with Ed during the Shuttle development & testing phase and STS 1. He was a great person to work with because he was totally honest, treated everyone with respect and his management style encouraged everyone to excel. I learned a lot from that. He will be missed.

  21. Most call him Ed these days. I came to know him as Wayne when he dated and then married my sister in our hometown of Lamesa, Texas. And yes, he was a good man, and a caring husband and father. And he came from a great cotton farming family out in the west Texas panhandle. Wayne was friendly and fun loving; always interested in what's going on in your life.
    Wayne's wit and laughter will be missed, but remembered. I am honored to have been a brother-in-law to this man.

  22. My dear sweet Aunt Vernelle, I offer my deepest sympathy for the loss of your best friend, lover and trusted confidant. What a wonderful example of a Godly couple you were for your family and all who knew you. There are many fond memories of Uncle Wayne as I grew up but one that stands out to me in particular I will never forget. Early 1970’s Uncle Wayne took us to Johnson Space Center to see a rock from the Moon! I had a large rock collection from my moves as an Army Brat that I cherished, but to be escorted by Uncle Wayne to see an actual rock from the Moon is something I will always hold dear in my heart. I will never forget the look on his face as we were walking from the parking lot to the Center. He had such a magnificent smile. That smile was always out on display when you all played 42 with mother and daddy or any of the relatives. Our family Salutes Uncle Wayne for his selfless service to our nation as a fighter pilot, test pilot and NASA engineer. We raise our glass and toast on his behalf, “throw a nickel in the grass!”

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