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03/15/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Debbie Phaup Secosky

Deborah Gail Phaup Secosky
(30 Dec 1949 - 12 Mar 2018)

Newport News High School Class of 1968

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have even more sad news this Thursday.
Debbie Phaup Secosky, Class of 1968, sister of Robin Phaup Broccuto and Benjamin Phaup, passed away in Newport News on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the age of 68.

From the Daily Press - 03/15/18:   

                   Deborah Phaup Secosky



NEWPORT NEWS - Deborah Gail (Phaup) Secosky passed away peacefully in her sleep Monday, March 12, 2018.

Debbie was born Dec. 30, 1949, in Newport News, to Luther Allen Phaup and Buena Mae (Joyner) Phaup. Debbie was the first of three children in the Phaup family, which includes her sister, Robin Broccuto and her brother, Benjamin Phaup.

Debbie was blessed with an extended family of loving aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, including the family member of Frances (Harvey) Mashburn, Rosemary (Mikey) Neubaum, Robert Joyner, Janet (Buddy) Nagele, Joann (Harold) Phillps, Douglas (Sharon) Joyner and Fenton (Joyce) White.

Debbie's love of family and caring for others made her sparkle with life at family gatherings, like the Christmas parties at Aunt Janet's and Uncle Buddy's, and Nanny Joyner's 100th birthday celebration.



Debbie's husband, Raymond Joseph Secosky was so enchanted by Debbie's sparkle and enthusiasm for family and friends when they met, he proposed and they were married by church ceremony in Newport News on July 3, 1988.

Over the years, Debbie added to the family with a son, Michael Allen Pate (Nikki), of Richmond, Ky., and with children, including, Alexander Pate and Samantha (Chris) Blizzard, along with their daughter, Addison.

Debbie has a daughter, Ami Elizabeth Berryman, of Millington, Tenn., whose children include Nicholas, Vincent II, and Marisa. Debbie loved spending time with family and friends.

She also loved reading romance novels and detective mystery stories and listening to country western music over the many years. Her favorite time of year was Christmas and whoever's birthday was next.

Debbie was a very loving mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, and devoted spouse, who took pleasure in doing for others, taking care of her family, and holding strong with her spiritual beliefs in our heavenly Father. We will always love and cherish our precious memories of her and her love of family and friends.

The family will receive friends Friday, March 16, from 6-7 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Cards and condolences may be sent in care of Ms. Buena M. Phaup, 101 Peirsey Place, Newport News, VA 23608. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on March 15, 2018.
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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Debbie's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.


 From Maureen O'Brien Lowder ('68) of VA - 03/15/18:

Debbie was from the Class of 68. So sad to see this. She was always so cheerful and funny.

From Carolyn Deuell O'Rourke ('64) of NC - 03/15/18:

Prayers for her family

 From Robbie Shields Stowe ('68) of VA - 03/15/18:

So sorry to see this! What a sweet person!

From Susan Price ('68) of VA - 03/15/18:

Prayers for the family.

 From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 03/15/18:


   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

The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Words by Henry W. Baker
Music by John B. Dykes

The King of love my shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never.
I nothing lack if I am His,
And He is mine forever.
Where streams of living water flow,
My ransomed soul He leadeth;
And, where the verdant pastures grow,
With food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish, oft I strayed,
But yet in love He sought me;
And on His shoulder gently laid,
And home, rejoicing, brought me.

In death's dark vale I fear no ill,
With Thee, dear Lord, beside me;
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
Thy cross before to guide me.

Thou spreadst a table in my sight;
Thy unction grace bestoweth;
And oh, what transport of delight
From Thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days,
Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise
Within Thy house forever.

"The King of Love My Shepherd Is" midi (sequenced by Brian M. Ames, 1999, and extracted with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL)
and lyrics courtesy of - 09/09/10
Thanks, Nathaniel!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Divider Line 555 clip art courtesy of - 10/08/11

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

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