lucky you - your browser doesnt play annoying midis

02/06/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Graham Field

Lloyd Graham Field
(d. 03 Feb 2015)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 There's still more sad news today.    Graham Field, brother of      Fred Field (June '45) of CA, passed away in Portsmouth on Tuesday, February 03, 2015 at the age of 78.

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

... I wanted to report to you that       Fred Field, June class of 1945, lost his brother this week. Fred lives in Fullerton, California. His brother,   L. Graham Field passed away on Feb. 3 at age 78. I actually knew his brother from many years ago as he was a member of Orcutt Avenue Baptist Church and married a girl from our church. The obituary was in the Daily Press on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015...

   Thank you so much, Fred.   When this notice appeared, I was too upset by reading earlier sad news to grasp what it said, even though it's perfectly obvious. I somehow managed to twist it around to suit my own view of reality, for which I'm very sorry.

From the Daily Press - 02/06/15:

                  Lloyd Graham Field
      PORTSMOUTH - Graham Field set sail for his final destination on February 3, 2015 at 78 years of age. He was born in Newport News, VA to Constance and Fred Field.

Graham loved life and people and defied medical predictions that he would not live past 50. His will to live transcended the challenge that years of health issues imposed. If there was a party or a group of people meeting, usually sailors, he seldom missed it.

Graham was retired from C&P Telephone (Now Verizon) many years ago and still enjoyed getting together with the retirees (Pioneers).

He was a member of Thalia Lynn Baptist Church as well as Broad Bay Sailing Association, Hampton Yacht Club and Portsmouth Boat Club. He was active in various civil organizations over the years including the Jaycees and Kiwanis Club. (He never tired of telling about chairing the Neptune Festival Parade when John Warner was parade marshal and brought along his wife, Elizabeth Taylor.) Most recently he called Bingo for residents of the Churchland House.

Graham Field

Graham was passionate about sailboats and derived untold enjoyment and therapeutic benefit from racing his old sailboat, Independence. Highly respected in the racing community, he never hesitated to offer helpful suggestions even to his competitors. His legacy is clear to sailors: Just get out there and enjoy the water whether you win the race or not.

Of all of his awards and trophies, the Sportsmanship Awards presented by the Hampton Yacht Club and also the Cruising Club of Virginia were his most treasured. Quick to point out that his loyal crew deserved much of the credit, Graham was indeed fortunate to have Dave, Bill, Steve, Ronnie, Leslie, Charmaine, Ed, Doug, Mike, Dennis, Rodney, and others over the years enable him to race even in later years in spite of limitations.

Appreciation is expressed to Drs. Rust, Conaway, Kenerson, the staffs at DaVita Harbourview and Medical Transport for their care which prolonged Graham's wish of "just one more year" for several years. Thanks also to the many friends who called, visited and sent cards, etc., during our journey of the past 2 years.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Marilyn Field; daughter, Karen Prysock and husband, David; daughters-in-law, Linda Field and Jeanette Field.

Graham has now joyfully joined his sons, Kevin and Keith Field, who predeceased him.

He is also survived by grandsons, Mike Burris and Scott Field; stepson, Spencer Boone, stepdaughter Kelly Dillion; his brother Fred Field of California, and a special cousin Jane Lloyd Courtless. He has 9 step great grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Visitation will be Friday, February 6, at Peninsula Funeral Home, Newport News from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

The funeral will be Sunday, February 8, at 2 p.m. at Thalia Lynn Baptist Church, Virginia Beach. Internment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local SPCA, or Jr. Sailing Center, c/o Hampton Yacht Club, 4707 Victoria Blvd., Hampton, Va 23369. Sweet dreams, smooth sailing and restful peace in a healthy body on your final voyage, Captain Graham. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on February 6, 2015.
View Guest Book


February 06, 2015

Words cannot express the emotions I have for the loss of this great man - a second Dad to me! His love and compassion for family, people and sailing was unsurpassed! Our loss is heaven's gain. Prayers and thoughts go out to Marilyn, the family, and the many friends of Graham. May God give us Peace and Comfort knowing he is no longer suffering and is now sailing with the angels.

~ Lesley DeVries, Hampton, Virginia

Contact Me

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Fred and to all of Graham'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

Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me

Words by Edward Hopper (1816-1888)
Music by John E. Gould (1822-1875)

 Jesus Savior, pilot me over life's tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll, hiding rock and treacherous shoal;
Chart and compass came from Thee; Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

As a mother stills her child, Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boisterous waves obey Thy will, when Thou say'st to them "Be still!"
Wondrous Sov'reign of the sea, Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

When at last I near the shore and the fearful breakers roar,
'Twixt me and the peaceful rest; then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me, "Fear not, I will pilot thee."

"And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea.
Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm."

- Mark 4:39

"Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 01/21/06

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

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

Kiwanis Club Logo courtesy of - 07/17/08

Back to NNHS Newsletters - 2015

Return to NNHS Class of 1965