04/25/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Old Style


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Those of you who know me realize that when this much time has elapsed with no word from me, that something must be wrong – and so it is.  My hard drive was discovered to be gasping its last few breaths, and to continue using my computer until my files could be sufficiently backed up would be to risk losing everything – and we wouldn’t want that.

   I thought if I let it lie fallow for a few days it would provide ample time for the hard drive to consider its wayward ways and repent of its wrong doing, but I was reminded that my computer had no immortal soul, so that probably wouldn’t work.  Maybe, though I think few could disagree that pcs are certainly capable of being possessed, so…  I’m just saying.

   Within 90 minutes of discovering my computer woes, we found the nine-year-old foundation to our bed had cracked in several places.  It’s a grand wonder we were not impaled by wooden stakes in our sleep.  Best day ever.  Not.  In split second time I lost both my earthly refuge and my earthly strength.  There’s a lesson in there somewhere, I am sure.

   Much attention has been paid to the computer matter by my three Chief Tech Reppies – things such as backing up the files on an external hard drive, purchasing a new external hard drive, pirating my daughter’s computer, connecting some gizmo which will suck out all my hard drive and automatically convert itself to an external hard drive – absolutely none of which I understood – especially after the dreaded word, Reformatting, was uttered (speaking of Evil Incarnate).  Never have I passed through its portals without losing something – all my documents, for instance – although the last time I endured such Medieval Torture, my long missing bookmarks mysteriously reappeared after an absence of several years.

   So now I find myself temporarily using my husband’s computer (minus my files, of course).  My husband’s computer does not like me.  It would just as soon I took a long walk off a short pier whilst wearing concrete boots.  I shall try to send an old-style (i.e., circa 2004 version) Newsletter anyway, because as Life would have it, the news has been much and plentiful, with the good, the bad, and the ugly spilling all over themselves.  Unable to use any graphics whatsoever, I’ll just hit the highlights for now, omitting many grand and wondrous things.


1. Edwin Gwaltney (June ’46) of VA – 04/11/12 – “This site location”:

I have found this page by accident - it is great! I didn’t know there was a thing like this. I sure have missed out for a long time. I hope this gets through as I am not very good with this.  My, I wish it went back to the class of ’46. I graduated in the June 1946 class. My name is Ed Gwaltney and would like to hear from anyone from this time - also anyone else.

phone 757-827-9266 sandburger@verizon.net

It’s great - thanks to all.

   Thanks so much, Ed, we’re delighted to have you!  I tried to write you back earlier, but my husband’s computer would have none of it and promptly erased the whole thing.  I should have called, but I was too, um, exasperated.

   Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the passing of your sister, Kitty.  As soon as I’m back in business, first attention will be given to all those missing Memorial Newsletters.

   I hope you hear from some old and dear friends very soon!

2. Carolyn Harris (’60) of VA – 04/20/12 – “Please add me to your mailing list”:

I would have graduated in 1960 but left high school in 1958 but went back and got my GED.

I now live in Yorktown, VA. Would you please send me your address so I can make a donation?


     Hi, Carolyn, so nice to hear from you - welcome aboard!  I'll be adding you to my mailing list and to the Alumni Page for the Class of 1960 as soon as my computer "issues" are resolved.  We discovered about ten days ago that my hard drive is in the process of dying, and I'm afraid to even get on my pc (I'm writing from my husband's) until my files can be backed up and all is well.

     Meanwhile, there's plenty for you to read.  Send me your maiden name (unless you already did that and my scatter-brain missed it...) and your state of residence and your birthday, and I'll add your information a few other places as well.  Also let me know if you'd like your email addy published or kept private.

   Thanks so very much for the donation - my address is:

Carol Buckley Harty, 7020 Lure Court, Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

3. Dianne Adams Puckette (’65) of VA – 04/24/12 – “NNHS Mailing list”:

Please add me to the mailing list.  I think I was on it once before but have not had any correspondence since changing to Verizon. Thanks, Dianne

   Dianne, I had no idea you had fallen off the loop! I’ve switched your email addy now, and soon (I hope!) you’ll be hearing from me more often!



04/08/12 – W.J. Ross – Class of 1940: http://www.nnhs65.com/04-08-12-NNHS-WJ-Ross.html

04/08/12 - Kay Eggleston Balderama – Class of 1966 - http://www.nnhs65.com/04-08-12-NNHS-Kay-Eggleston-Balderama.html

04/15/12 – Kitty Gwaltney Frost – Sister of Ed Gwaltney (June ’46) of VA: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailypress/obituary.aspx?n=kathaleen-g-frost&pid=156983659&fhid=4202

04/15/12 – Kenney Akers: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailypress/obituary.aspx?n=kennedy-c-akers&pid=156983657

04/15/12 – Rudolph Kidd: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailypress/obituary.aspx?n=rudolph-d-kidd&pid=156983662

04/15/12 – Joan Wood Somervill – Former wife of the late Mr. Somervill: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailypress/obituary.aspx?n=joan-w-somervill&pid=156983666&fhid=14851

04/19/12 – Claude Eley – Class of 1936: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailypress/obituary.aspx?n=claude-a-eley&pid=157111486&fhid=4202

04/20/12 – Christine Campbell Walker: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailypress/obituary.aspx?n=christine-c-walker&pid=157126070&fhid=10113

04/23/12 – Eunice Fetters Odell Newsome – Class of 1929: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailypress/obituary.aspx?n=eunice-v-newsome&pid=157193353

04/24/12 – Ruth Mitchell – Class of June 1945: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailypress/obituary.aspx?n=ruth-w-mitchell&pid=157204334&fhid=11383

04/24/12 – Steve Pullen – Class of 1965: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailypress/obituary.aspx?n=w-stephen-pullen&pid=157204335&fhid=4202

04/25/12 – John Nettles: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailypress/obituary.aspx?n=john-j-nettles&pid=157227700

From Fred Mays (’60) of VA – 04/22/12 – “Another Class of 1965 Classmate Dies”:

Carol:  I regret to inform you that one of your classmates, well-known to so many of us, has passed away.  Steve Pullen, William Stephen Pullen, passed away this morning due to a brain tumor.  The Pullen's lived on 20th Street, across from my wife, Patty Andrews, '61.  They all lived in the 900 block back in the day......both families later build homes in the Glendale section of Newport News.

My association with Steve was renewed last year or the year before when his father passed away.....I work part-time at the funeral home and immediately recognized him when he came in to make arrangements. .  Steve was kind and good and was loved by all who knew him.  The funeral is Thursday, 2:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral home.......Visitation is Wednesday night at the funeral home.

Take care, Ms. Carol.

Fred Mays '60 of Newport News, VA

   Oh, no! I am so deeply sorry to hear this! Steve was one of our original subscribers back in 2000, and of course, I’ve known him ever since elementary school. Thank you so much for alerting me to this very sad news, Fred!

From Eddie Perry (’65) of TN – 04/25/12 – “Obits”:


Hope all is well with you and yours.  Just wanted to let you know that Patricia Wright's (HHS '61) father and Davis Wright's ('61) father-in-law, John J. Nettles (Buck) passed away last Monday.  You may already know, but also in looking at the Daily Press online obits, I saw where Steve Pullen had passed away.

Again, thanks for all that you do.

Eddie Perry

   Oh, dear – I would have passed this one by, for sure and certain! Thank you so much for letting me know, dear Eddie. Please convey our deepest condolences to Mr. Nettles’ family.


   While I was in El Paso last month, my daughter-in-law, Bethany, introduced me to Miche handbags.  If you are not familiar with them, I'll tell you that it is an ingenious system whose time was long overdue.

   How many times have you switched purses to match your outfit, only to discover that you left what you really needed to have with you that day at home in your other handbag?  The Miche system eliminates this problem - and with great dramatic flair.

   Beginning with a basic purse (which stays "loaded" with all your essentials), you simply slipcover it with a shell to match your outfit.  This is not only economical and very convenient, but fun!

   They come in four sizes (Petite - small; Classic - medium; Demi - large; and Prima - extra large).  Bethany (the Sweetie-Pie!) gave me a basic bag and some gorgeous shells (I chose Classic), and I agreed to give her an online party.

   It's not nearly as much fun as having Bethany here to present them to you, but El Paso is a "mighty fer piece down the road" - lol!

   If you are interested, here is the link where you may see all the purses themselves and order them directly from Bethany:

https://mail.google.com/mail/images/cleardot.gifhttps://bethanyharty.miche. com/Shop?partyId=31587

   I'm planning to close-out the party on April 30, but if this is inconvenient to you, let me know, or drop Bethany a note at bnbharty@gmail.com and we'll see what we can arrange.

   Thanks, and I hope you'll enjoy your new purses as much as I do mine!


BIRTHDAYS - BELATED AND UPCOMING (To appear in a later issue):


North End Pharmacy – 04/12/12 – Obituary for Irving Adelson added: http://www.nnhs65.com/north-end-pharmacy.html


From John London (Warwick HS – ’57) of VA – 04/13/12 – “AWOL”:

My dearest friend Carol –

So sorry to have been AWOL for such a long time. I have sorely missed you and all of the NNHS faithful. Lots of distractions in my life, mostly medical.

Better now, so my plan is to backtrack to Jan 2011 and continue forward in time to present and then KEEP UP. LoL. Carol, I pray that you are well and happy!

See ya on the site - John London 

PS: I have some photos to share if you are interested.

   John Darlin’! I’m so very glad to hear from you again!  As you have been AWOL (didn’t I tell you to stay well?!?), so now I find myself – but send me your gorgeous images anyway (I’ll get to them sooner or later, right?), and have fun playing Catch Up!


From Adrian Whitcomb (’67) of VA – 04/13/12 – “Input Needed on Ft. Monroe Master Plan”:


As you can see, our work for Fort Monroe is not over. A master plan for the portion of Fort Monroe that the state will own will be prepared soon. Before that is done, the public has an opportunity to provide ideas and comments on what they would like Fort Monroe to be. We encourage all of you to actively participate in this process. There is a lot more information on the website of Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park, http://fortmonroecitizens.org/

Thanks for your help,
Adrian Whitcomb NNHS '67


NOTE: Information on participating in the Fort Monroe Town Hall discussion can be found at the Fort Monroe Authority/Sasaki Town Hall Website: http://ideas.fmauthority.com/ and click on the green box, above the photo of Fort Monroe. Then fill in the information on the form and click on “Create Account.”


The more people who express ideas and comments supporting Fort Monroe the better. You can initiate as many ideas as you like and comment on the ideas of other people as often as you like. You can “second” the ideas that you agree with. There is even a scoring system to determine degree of participation. We would like for you to help us show the overwhelming support for Fort Monroe.

Please emphasize the importance of a unified Fort Monroe National Monument that includes the Wherry Quarter and the south waterfront area (i.e. Batteries Parrott and Irwin, and the land on the water side of Fenwick Road between them and the Wherry Quarter), as well as strict standards to preserve all of the historic buildings on Fort Monroe.

Please provide your ideas and vote on others to help us plan for the future of Fort Monroe. We're delighted to have you join us in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure the historic, environmental, social, and economic sustainability of Fort Monroe and its surrounding neighborhoods.

Please go to http://fortmonroecitizens.org/ and http://fortmonroecitizens.org/master-plan-ideas/ for a lot more information, photos, and videos.

   Thanks so much for your diligence, Adrian!


   This Quick Note has grown to epic proportions, so I’ll try to return soon with all that I just removed for the sake of length – no really, I did!

  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

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