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02/04/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Frank Simmons

Franklin Duncan Simmons
(1934 - 01 Feb 2020)

Newport News High School Class of June 1951

 

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

 
   We have more sad news this Tuesday.       Frank Simmons, Class of June 1951, brother of Shirley Simmons Cannon of VA, passed away at his home in Richmond on Saturday, February 01, 2020 at the age of 85. 


From the Daily Press - 02/04/20:

            Franklin D. Simmons
   

 

 
    RICHMOND - Franklin Duncan Simmons, formerly of Williamsburg and Newport News, died at home on February 1, 2020. He was 85.

Born in Alabama in 1934, Simmons moved to the Peninsula as a teen, graduating from Newport News High School and the College of William and Mary.

A Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, he served as a cryptographic analyst in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955, his superiors recognizing his "conscientious devotion to duty," his loyalty, and his leadership.

Those qualities characterized his nearly 40 years at the Virginia Daily Press/Times-Herald, where he was named Managing Editor at age 38 and would become the newspaper's first Executive Editor. Under his leadership, the publication was recognized for community service and innovative approaches to audience expansion-while maintaining its commitment to truth and journalistic excellence.

 
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  In his retirement he remained an avid observer of politics, sports, his alma mater, and the cultural landscape-and opinion pieces he submitted on all these topics were frequently published.

His professional achievements notwithstanding, his highest duty and greatest loyalty was to his family.

He is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, Carolyn (nee Dewey); his children, Cary Lynn of Richmond, and Christopher (Neelie) of Pittsburgh, PA; grandchildren Carina, Duncan and Rory; sister Shirley Cannon of Richmond; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive visitors on Wednesday, February 5 from 10 a.m. to noon at Bliley's Funeral Home, 3801 Augusta Ave., Richmond. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press on February 4, 2020.

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February 04, 2020 

Carolyn and family, I am sending love and sympathy to you on the loss of Frank, such a good man. I have many fond memories of all of you during your days in Newport News.

~ Shirley Fitzgerald
 


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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the Mr. Simmons'  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

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Carol Buckley Harty
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Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by
George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 09 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".
 

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?


"Servant of God, Well Done!" midi courtesy of http://www.norbry.net/midi/archive/hymn/ - 01/13/06

"Servant of God, Well Done!" lyrics courtesy of http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/e/servogod.htm - 01/13/06

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com – 01/27/05

Animated Air Force Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

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