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01/18/13 - NNHS Newsletter
Bob Parrish

Robert Wilson Parrish, Jr.
(10 Jan 1950 - 12 Jan 2013)

Newport News High School Class of 1968

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   As promised, we have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Friday morning.      Bob Parrish, Class of 1968, passed away in Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland on Saturday, January 12, 2013 two days after his 63rd birthday.

  From Rick Chandler ('65) of TX - 01/12/13, 10:12 PM:


Bobby Parrish's brother notified me that he died suddenly this morning of unknown causes - he had been in good health.
I believe Bobby was class of 68.
He was a lifelong friend, Boy Scouts onward.
No further information is currently available.

Rick Chandler

   Oh, Rick, I'm so very shocked and saddened to hear this! Thank you for letting me know. You have my sincerest sympathies on the death of your friend.

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 01/13/13, 10:43 AM:

Good Morning, Carol,

I have some bad news. Last night I received an E-mail informing me that
   Robert Parrish, class of '68, had passed away yesterday morning. I don't know any more details; I would assume that the obituary will be in this morning's or tomorrow morning's newspapers. Please be on the lookout for it...

Take care

   Jay, I'm very sad to know that you, too, have lost a close friend.  My thoughts are with you. 

From The Daily Press - 01/18/13:

                          Robert Wilson Parrish, Jr.
    LUTHERVILLE TIMONIUM - Born in Newport News, Virginia, in 1950, Bob was the son of Ada Mae and Robert Wilson Parrish.

Bob graduated from Newport News High School in 1968 where he actively participated in varsity football and track. Bob played a vital role on the Track and Field State Championship teams in 1967 and 1968.

In 1973, Bob launched a life-long career in the real estate industry. After 10 years in real estate sales, Bob became a real-estate mortgage officer before opening his own company as a licensed real-estate appraiser in 2001.

Bob was an extremely kind, thoughtful and generous man. He cared deeply for the people in his life, and always put the needs of his family and friends above his own needs

He was an avid history buff, particularly knowledgeable about the U.S. Civil War, which he loved to talk about with everyone he met. Bob was cited in the forward of a book called Virginia Curiosities. He provided the author, Sharon Cavileer, with a large number of story ideas based upon little known trivia about Virginia some of which was related to Civil War battles or military figures.

Predeceased by his mother and father, he is survived by daughter Amy Lang and her husband Matt; son Stephen Parrish and his wife Paula; five grandchildren: Morgan, Patrick, Felicity, Henry and David; brother Conley Wilds, his wife Jill and their daughter Melissa; step-father Conley Wilds; ex-wife Rebecca Downie, and his 20-year companion, Helen Ryan and her family.

A funeral service will occur Saturday, January 19 at 11am in the Peninsula Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel, 12750 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23606. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on January 18, 2013.

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January 18, 2013
Deepest sympathy to the Parrish family for the loss of such a great man. He will always be remembered as one of NNHS' greatest.

~ Jennie Easmeil, Newport News, Virginia

January 19, 2013

 I was completely taken by surprise when I got the e-mail from Conley the other day. Bob and I had recently spoken, and it just magnifies the fact that life is too short. Bob, thank you for you friendship, it was never taken lightly. Rest in Peace my friend, and my prayers to the family, as you are already missed.

~ John Styles, Harrisonburg, Virginia

January 20, 2013

My deepest sympathy is extended to all of Bobby's family and loved ones concerning this loss. I went to school with Bobby since 1961 until our graduation from NNHS in 1968. Being informed of this loss brought great sadness and pain to my soul, for truly he was a very kind person with a gentle spirit.
As Christians, we have a wonderful hope in the words of our Lord Jesus that we WILL BE reunited with our loved ones again, for Jesus has given us this glorious promise…..

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die.”
John 11:25&26

The comfort, the peace, the strength, and the grace that our Lord Jesus gives will sustain you during this time.

~ Ed Saunders, Newport News, Virginia

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   Our deepest condolences are extended to Bob's family and friends 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

Ashokan Farewell

Words by Grian MacGregor
Music by Jay Ungar, 1982

The sun is sinking low in the sky above Ashokan.
The pines and the willows know soon we will part.
There's a whisper in the wind of promises unspoken,
And a love that will always remain in my heart.

My thoughts will return to the sound of your laughter,
The magic of moving as one,
And a time we'll remember long ever after
The moonlight and music and dancing are done.

Will we climb the hills once more?
Will we walk the woods together?
Will I feel you holding me close once again?
Will every song we've sung stay with us forever?
Will you dance in my dreams or my arms until then?

Under the moon the mountains lie sleeping
Over the lake the stars shine.
They wonder if you and I will be keeping
The magic and music, or leave them behind.

"Ashokan Farewell" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Dave!

"Ashokan Farewell" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/24/06
Thanks again, Dave!

Greg Olsen Painting courtesy of – 02/10/05

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

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

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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