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01/29/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Valley Roy

Valley Kane Roy, Jr.
(30 Oct 1926 - 27 Jan 2015)

Newport News High School Class of June 1945

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 There is still more sad news today.          Valley Roy, Best Looking Boy in the Illustrious Class of June 1945, brother of Jean Roy Lanier of GA, and of the late Helen Roy Miller and   Lois Roy Owens Histand, passed away in Newport News on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the age of 88. 

     From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 02/07/14, 10:47 PM - "Deaths to report":  


...        Valley Kane Roy, Jr., class of June 1945, passed away January 27, 2015. He was a first cousin of my mother and I think all of his siblings graduated from N.N.H.S. His sisters who preceded him in death are Helen and  Lois….. One sister still lives, Jean, of Georgia. Valley was quite popular and was “Best Looking” in the Hall of Fame, as was his nephew,  Wayne Owens, class of 1967. I attended his funeral last Sunday at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News. His obituary was in the Daily Press on last Saturday, January 31. It had been in the paper on Friday; however, they spelled his last name as Joy……they corrected it the next day, to be Roy....

Thank you, Carol, for all of your work.

Best Regards, Fred Mays, Class of 1960 of Newport News, VA

   Thank you so much for this correction, Fred. I had the right information right beside me, but I was so sick when this happened, I didn't think to check the Class of June 1945, and originally reported that Valley was a member of @ the Class of 1943. You have my sincerest condolences on the loss of your first cousin, once removed.  

From the Daily Press - 01/29/15:

                        Valley Kane Roy, Jr.
      NEWPORT NEWS - Valley Kane Roy, Jr. passed away peacefully on January 27, 2015 surrounded by his loving children.

Valley was born on Oct. 30, 1926 in Elyria, Ohio. He spent his early years in the beautiful foothills of Virginia near Piney River and Lynchburg. In 1941, Valley's family moved to Newport News where he attended Newport News High School.

As part of the "greatest generation", Valley proudly served his country during WWII. He was assigned to "occupational duty" in Japan for over a year and returned to the states in 1945.

Valley Roy

Valley married the love of his life, Jane Piazza, in 1948 and they would later have three children; Pam, Carl and Beth. Valley was a phenomenal father. He was a "hands on", playful, attentive, and loving dad, and taught his children how to play hard and word hard. His family was the center of his world.

In 1988, after 30 years of service at the Daily Press, Valley retired. He and Jane enjoyed traveling, playing golf, and spending time with family and friends during their retirement years. Amazingly, Valley continued to snow ski well into his 70's and stayed true to his motto of "just keep moving".

He and Jane moved to the Chesapeake Retirement Community in 2005. We are so grateful for the outstanding care and compassion both of our parents received there.

In paying tribute to our dad, we are sure he would cherish the thought of being remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, who always had a playful twinkle in his eye and loved his family beyond measure. We will surely miss you, Dad!

Valley was preceded in death by his parents, Manilla and Valley Roy; sisters, Helen Miller and Lois Histand; and son-in-law, Johnny Scruggs.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 66 years, Jane Piazza Roy; his daughter, Pamela Roy Soddu and her husband, Tony of Midlothian, VA; a son, Dr. Carl Piazza Roy and his wife, Laura of Virginia Beach; daughter, Elizabeth Roy Scruggs of Newport News; six grandchildren, Courtney Parezo and her husband, Jamin, Hunter Bryant and his wife, Kitty, Jay Scruggs and his wife Cassie, James Scruggs and his wife Kari, Meredythe Roy, and Taylor Roy; his sister, Jean Lanier of Georgia; 6 great-grandchildren, Hugh, Graham, Paisley, Parker, Zach and Sam; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Peninsula Funeral Home from 4-5:30 p.m.

A funeral service will be held Sunday, February 1 at 12:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home by Reverend Lynwood Wells of Hilton Baptist Church, with burial to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at 

Published in the Daily Press on January 29, 2015. View Guest Book


January 29, 2015

  To the family, we wish to express our sympathy to each of you. He was such a special person, always seemed happy with a smile. As residents of the The Chesapeake ourselves, we became friends. May God Bless each of you.

~ Bob and Judy Weikle, Newport News, Virginia

January 29, 2015

To the family I express my Thoughts and Prayers I remember Valley from when Valley was in NNHS. He worked at The Fresh Fruit Ice Cream store at 35th Street and Washington Avenue. He was a pleasant and enjoyable person to all.

~ Unsigned

January 29, 2015

Carl and family, So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I remember seeing your parents at The Chesapeake. Thoughts and prayers sent. God Bless.

~ Paige Stallard Taylor, Virginia Beach, Virginia


  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mr. Roy's family and friends at this difficult time.

  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

 Onward Christian Soldiers

Words by Sabine Baring Gould in Church Times, 1865

Music (St. Gertrude) by Arthur S. Sullivan, 1871

Onward Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
See His banner go!

Onward, Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!

2. At the sign of triumph
Satan's host doth flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers,
On to victory!
Hell's foundation quiver
At the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise!

3. Like a mighty army
Moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
Where the saints have trod;
We are not divided;
All one body we
One in hope and doctrine,
One in charity.

4. Onward, then, ye people,
Join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices
In the triumph song;
Glory, laud, and Honor,
Unto Christ the King;
This thro' countless ages
Men and angels sing.

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Animated Military Seals clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/26/06
Thanks, Al!

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