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01/12/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Terry Smith

William Terrell Smith
(11 Feb 1945 - 01 Jan 2017)

Newport News High School Class of 1963

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Details of the sad news we reported earlier are available now this Thursday.
  Terry Smith, Best Dancer in the Class of 1963, brother of Frankie Smith Fritschle, Jackie Smith Watkins, and Jeannette Smith and of the late Gerald Smith, passed away in Chesterfield on New Year's Day, Sunday, January 01, 2017, at the age of 71. 

 From Buster Vest ('63) of VA - 01/12/17 - "Obit":
Terry Smith's obit hit this morning's Richmond Times-Dispatch:

   Thank you so much, Buster. I had begun to despair of finding his obituary. You have my sincerest condolences on the loss of your friend.

From Richmond Times-Dispatch - 01/12/17:

              William Terrell Smith



CHESTERFIELD - SMITH, William T. "Terry," 71, of Chesterfield, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Floy Smith; and brother, Gerald Smith; and is survived by his loving wife, Debbie Smith; children, Clay Smith (Adrienne), Lee Smith (Kasey), C. J. Franger (Jeska), Kelly Franger (Sam); grandchildren, Madi and Brayden; brother, Don Smith (Ellen); sisters, Frankie Fritschle, Jackie Watkins, Jeannette Curtis; nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

Terry graduated from Newport News High School in 1963 and made lifelong friendships.

He graduated from East Tennessee State University before going into the Army. After his honorable discharge he attended and graduated with his master's in social welfare from VCU.




Terry retired after 31 years from McGuire VA Hospital where he specialized in social work.

He loved his family, country and work, and was an avid Redskins fan, trying to never miss a game.

Terry was on the baseball and football teams in high school. He was also an excellent dancer.

A memorial service will be held at Riverside Baptist Church on River Road in Newport News, Va., on Monday, January 16, at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to your local SPCA.View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on January 12, 2017.
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Published in the Daily Press on January 13, 2017.

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RIP, Terry. Thank you for your service to our country, and your inspiration to me, as an athlete I looked up to, in my early years at NNHS. May God bless those you have left behind.

- Billy Turner, Ovilla, Texas

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Terry's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 21 Dec 1807)

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Bagpipes Version of "Amazing Grace" midi courtesy of - 05/25/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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