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05/22/06 - NNHS Newsletter
Wagner's 193rd Birthday

"Achievements, seldom credited to their source, are the result
of unspeakable drudgery and worries."

- Wilhelm Richard Wagner
(22 May 1813 - 13 Feb 1883)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    Today is also Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 147th Birthday:

   So listen to an opera.  Read a book.  Celebrate!



1.  Jennifer Lane DeVorss (Ferguson HS - '89) of FL, Daughter of    Linda Lane Lane
'64) of VA - 05/22/06 - "NNHS Mailing List":


My name is Jennifer Lane DeVorss. I wanted to thank you and tell you how much I appreciate what you do on this site. My mom, Linda Lane, loves!!!  this site and has now put it on my favorites list here in Florida so when she is here she can keep up.

I have a favor to ask. I never got to see the guest book sign in for my grandmother, Sarah Lane, She died Sept. 12th 2003. I married a military Air Force officer and we were stationed in Las Vegas and I had a really hard time that year. We are now in Florida and he is a government service 14; still chasing terrorists but no more deployments.

I followed in my mother's foots steps and went into nursing and retired last year to buy a florist here in Brandon, Florida, 20 miles outside of Tampa. (Hurricane Central).

I would like to see if you still have a way for me to get a copy of that newsletter, so I could read it. It has taken me until now to be able to handle it.

I am sure you know we are a very close close knit family. When my mother had her knees replaced, my housekeeper and I took my grandmother to my house in Florida and took care of her. We got orders to Vegas, and my housekeeper went with my mother and stayed in VA to take care of Sally. The hard thing for me was she died six weeks to the day that we left for the assignment in Las Vegas. She was walking talking and smiling at my house and then the next time I saw her, she was dying in my arms. I often blamed myself for taking her back to my mom.  Had we never got that assignment and had to move would she still be alive? But I know that is a selfish way to be and Alzheimer's was destroying her, but she was my heart and soul just like my mom. I named my only daughter after her and I would really like to see what people had to say to my family.  If you could help me out I would be very grateful.

May God bless you for all the wonderful work you are called to do. Even though I have never met you, I feel like I know the entire class because of what my mother has taught me. I went to Ferguson 'til 1989, and we didn't even have a 10 year reunion.

Thank you again,  
Jennifer Lane-DeVorss

my email is __________________.
my address is  2732 Valencia Grove Drive
                       Valrico, Fl 3359

I own the Brandon Floral Boutique, 927 Lithia Pinecrest, Brandon ,FL 33511.
If there are any NNHS graduates here I would love to meet them !!!

   WOWZERONI!!!  What a nice surprise!!!

   I'm sitting here with tears streaming down my cheeks as I have to tell you this, Jennifer.  Much of this site has evolved radically over the months and years.  When we began, we had neither the expertise, the vision, the space, nor the funds to do what we routinely do now.  The only record I have of your grandmother's passing is here, almost smack dab in the middle of this page.  Had she died three months later, I would have attached her obituary to the notice:

Sarah A. "Sally" Trainham Lane, mother of Linda Lane Lane (sic) ('64)
of Williamsburg, and Jay Lane ('68), passed away Friday, September 12, 2003 at her home in Williamsburg. 
An active church leader for over 50 years, Mrs. Lane had two grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted on Monday, September 15, 2003
at Noland Memorial Methodist Church in Newport News at 11:00 AM,
with burial following in Greenlawn Cemetery in Newport News.

   There were no real Newsletters then, only occasional announcements, and they were sent as email, not permanently posted on the site.  That didn't happen until 06/13/04 at the brilliant suggestion of   Ron Miller ('59) of NC.  The thumbnails shots which are so much fun weren't added until they were requested by Chandler Nelms (Hampton HS - '63) of MD on 10/13/05

   I thought I might have preserved it as a document, but it isn't in my files.  There's a slim chance that's it's hiding somewhere in my email inbox, but I seriously doubt that, too.  The obituary itself could be ordered from the Daily Press, but the Guest Book would have long since been taken down. I am so sorry!

   I've known your sweet mama for more than 45 years.  She and   Rose Woodard ('65) and I were like the Three Musketeers.  What a thrill it was for me to reconnect with her after all these years - and to actually see her again! 

   After the Glorious Reunion of 2004, she mailed me this picture of herself and Rose taken at your parents' wedding on May 17, 1969:   It now hangs on my living room wall, in my little "NNHS Shrine" area.  It's the last thing I see when I walk out the door.

   Oh, EEEK - I just missed their anniversary!  

    Happy Anniversary, Jimmy and Linda!

   I don't know if any of our number live in Valrico or Brandon, per se, but I do know we have a plethora of them in and around the Tampa Bay area.  Do get together!!!

   I'll keep looking for something for you, Jennifer.  I do want to remind you, though, how quickly death can come to those we love, and how little control we have over it - no matter where they are. 

   Thanks so much for writing!  I've added you to our listings:

   And you are most definitely THE youngest person on our list!  GIGGLES!!!


   From Me ('65) of NC - 05/22/06:

   I had a surprise phone call Sunday morning from the Queen of the Senior Class of 1956,    Judy Leggette Elliott of VA.  What a nice treat! 

   Thanks again, Lovely Lady!


  From Johnnie Bateman ('68) of VA - 05/20/06 - "Hi Carol":

HI Carol,

..... Also, I see 
  Mr. "Freakin Hot" David Whitley ('67 - of VA) has had a birthday.
Congratulations boy!!! By the way mine is May 14 (and it was on Mother's Day this year). So David; I be 5 days older than you.

By the way, Carol, I don't need all those flames like Mr. Hotty got, (just a candle would be nice).

Love Y'all
Johnnie Bateman Jr.

   A candle, you say, Johnnie??  How's this one?!?

   And I'm glad to see you're paying attention to the general outrageousness contained herein.   (And of course, it's hardly my fault that David is so freakin' HOT!)


   Also, you may be interested to know that we will be celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19:

   WAIT A MINUTE!!! Johnnie, you're "posta" tell me BEFORE your birthday, not after!  Now we'll hafta wait an entire year to annoy, er, I mean celebrate with you!  Ah, well, at least it's posted now:


   Happy Belated Birthday, Johnnie!  Tell your mama and your sister    (Sandi Bateman Chestnut - '65 - of VA) "Hi" for me - and thanks!


From My Friend Judy of IL - 05/21/06 - "What Your Computer Does at Night":

 GIGGLES!!!  I wouldn't be a bit surprised!  Thanks, Jude!

  From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 05/21/06:
Make sure your sound is up. Take note of the baptism in the dessert towards the end.  Also towards the middle you will see an American Flag with a cross in the Stars area - that was taken at a Fry's Market in Yuma Arizona on September 11, 2002...It is NOT a touched up photo.


   This is fabulous, Sarah Sugah!  Thanks so much!

   Y'all will need to close this window and open a new one, or the conflicting music files will drive you bonkers!


From My Friend Judy of IL - 05/21/06 - "CHRISTMAS AT ARLINGTON CEMETERY":

I had no idea this was done.  I thought you might want to see it. 

Arlington National Cemetery
  Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.

Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell... 

Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992 - a wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.

   WOWZERONI!!!  I was completely unaware of this!  Thanks so much, Judy!

  From Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA - 05/22/06 - "Thomas Jefferson Elementary":


  Judy Phillips Allen ('66 - of VA) had a question about the cafeteria manager at Jefferson Elementary.  I believe her name was Mrs. Skeeter and she was quite an imposing figure.  We first graders were all terrified of her.  She had the desserts on a rolling cart and if you didn’t “clean your plate” she would not give you dessert.  I remember hiding spinach in my milk carton in order to qualify for dessert.

I teach sixth grade at Hines Middle School in Newport News and the food today cannot compare to the cafeteria food we used to eat. 

Anita Becker
Class of 66

    Thanks, Anita!  That seems to be the consensus!



   I added the latest Guest Book Signings onto these permanent Memorial Pages this afternoon:

   I still have not added the necessary scans to a couple of these, nor updated the Guest Books on several of the older Memorial Newsletters.......



   Reunion information is ALWAYS posted very near the top on the front page, and on the Reunion Page section:

   Henceforth, it will be repeated here, lest you forget:

The NNHS Class of 1957
will hold its annual picnic

Saturday, June 3, 2006

The Picnic will be held at the Newport News Park Shelter #19  from 11:00 AM till dark.  
The menu includes
homemade Bar-B-Q and all the other good fixin's as well as specialty desserts made by members of the class.

If you would like to renew old friendships, send a check in the amount of $10 for each attendee made out
to "NNHS Class of 1957" to:

W. D. Dangler, 318 - 57th Street,
Newport News
, VA  23607


The Super Open Reunion
sponsored by the NNHS Class of 1961
in honor of their graduation 45 years ago will be held
Saturday, July 1, 2006 at the Radisson Hotel, Hampton, VA at 6:30 PM. There will be a social hour/dinner, at a cost of $65 per person.

On Sunday, July 2, 2006, there will be a Sunday morning brunch, also at the Radisson, for the cost of $20.

If you attend both events, the combined cost will be $75.

  The Radisson is holding a block of rooms until June 14 for $139 plus tax. 

CONTACT Jane Monfalcone Simmons
at or 757-898-5009

The Great Open Reunion sponsored by the NNHS Class of 1966
in honor of their graduation 40 years ago
will be held on Friday, September 29, 2006 from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM at RJ’s Restaurant, 12743 Jefferson Avenue, NN, VA.

September 30, 2006, meet at 11:00 AM at Newport News High School (now Huntington Hall) for a tour of the high school and gym.
Parking is available next to the gym on Huntington Avenue.

Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 7:00 PM to midnight,,
the grand affair will be held at Point Plaza Hotel, 950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA, 757-599-4460.

NTACT Dee Hodges Bartram at

The 60th Birthday Celebration
for Members of the NNHS Class of 1964
will be held
on Saturday, October 14, 2006,
7:00 - 11:00 PM at Spirit Events, 12672 Patrick Henry Drive,
Newport News, VA 23602.


CONTACT Dave Spriggs at


The Grand 50-year Reunion
of the NNHS Class of 1956
will be held on Friday, October 20, 2006 at the James River Country Club, Newport News, VA from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.
Cost is $56.00 per person, reservations required by Aug. 1.

On Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 7:00 PM, a casual get-together will be held in a Hospitality Room, Country Inn & Suites on Route 17, Newport News, for all classmates
who wish to attend. 

CONTACT Judy Leggette Elliott at
or 757-868-1111

"Dinner" Planning Meetings for
The Class of 1962!

They would love to have as many of their classmates as possible to participate in the future as they plan the details of their upcoming 45-Year Reunion!!  Please plan to join them at their next meeting.

If you did not receive an announcement, they do not have your address. 
Please email Pat Floyd Pride at
or Brenda Amos Williams at

for directions, and so that you can stay in touch

Visit Brenda's 1962 Web Page:



  From Stacy Dorn ('64) of VA (who herself is about to have another birthday) - 05/22/06 -
"Happy Day" (#1 in a series of  9):

Hope every day is happy for you :)

Have a Blessed Day

I would rather have one rose and a kind word from a friend while I'm here

than a whole truck load when I'm gone.  THESE ARE FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Oh, how beautiful!  I do love roses!

Thank you, Stacy!


  From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 05/12/06 - "Funnies" (#5 in a series of 9):



   Thank you, Gorgeous!


   By the way, several of y'all have had surgery lately - and at least three of you have had some major back surgery.  YOWZERONI!!!  We want you to know (if you didn't already - and I believe you did), that our thoughts and prayers have been with you.  Keep healing!!!

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!


                          Love to all, Carol





The Ride of the Valkyries

(English Lyrics)

Oh Warfather on high,
I am calling you from the battlefield
And as I take my last breath
I call for the mightiest of miracles

For none but the brave, be he king or a slave
With a pounding heart in his chest
Will be worthy to rise and with the Valkyries fly
And ride to the ancient Valhalla

Oh Warfather on high
Listen to my prayer
I lived my life by your rules
Oh let death cover me now

For none but the brave, be he king or a slave
With a pounding heart in his chest
Will be worthy to rise and with the Valkyries fly
And ride to Valhalla of old


with the Valkyries, ride over the battlefield
Ride your horses and come to me
I'm waiting for you to take my soul, high in the sky to
Valhalla of old

Valkyries, ride over the battlefield
I'm dying and glad to bleed
Because I know today I will take my place with the heroes
in Valhalla of old

For none but the brave, be he king or a slave
With a pounding heart in his chest
Will be worthy to rise and with the Valkyries fly
And ride to Valhalla of old


with the Valkyries, ride over the battlefield
Ride your horses and come to me
I'm waiting for you to take my soul, high in the sky to
Valhalla of old

Valkyries, ride over the battlefield
I'm dying and glad to bleed
Because I know today I will take my place with the heroes
in Valhalla of old

In The Halls of Valhalla I finally take my place
With my sword and my shield I enter Odin's realm
I'm an immortal spirit now with a heart made of steel
With the gods on high forever I will live and laugh at the
fears of man

 Perhaps Dickie's most recognizable theme for his birthday:

Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkyries" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA
- 05/22/06
WOWZERONI!!!  What a spectacular MIDI  Thanks, Dave!

English lyrics for Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkyries" courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA
- 05/22/06
Thanks again, Dave!

First Image of Wagner courtesy of - 05/22/06

Second Image of Wagner courtesy of - 05/22/06

Animated Keyboard Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/23/05

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Animated Huge Candle clip art courtesy of - 05/21/06

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