06/16/04 - NNHS Newsletter - Charles Duke and Kathryn Brinn Dicus

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I think this is a first.  I hope it will be a last.

   I had a note from Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of the Virgin Islands early this morning, calling
my attention to an entry in the Daily Press obituaries.  After some investigation, we determined that it was
indeed the Charles Duke from the Class of 1962.  His obituary follows:

Charles Edward Duke

HAYES - Charles E. Duke, a native of Newport News, died at MCV Hospital, June 14, 2004.
Charles was the owner of Waterfront Development Corporation and the former owner of
Sea Tow. He was a member of Providence Baptist Church and the Stump Hunters Club
in Gloucester. Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline W. Duke; two daughters, Tina Duke Kehoe
and Amber Leigh Duke; one son, Charles E. Duke II; and three grandchildren. The family will
receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point. Funeral
services and interment will be private. In his memory, memorial contributions may be made to:
Abingdon Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Box 9, Bena, VA 23018.

Published in the Daily Press from 6/15/2004 - 6/16/2004.

   Thanks so much for calling this to my attention, Brownie!
   When I was checking back to verify the link, to my utter astonishment I found this obituary as well:

Kathryn Brinn Dicus

YORKTOWN - Kathryn Brinn Dicus, 59, died at home on June 12, 2004, after a long illness.
Her last weeks were spent at home in the care of her loved ones in full view of the magnificent
garden she had created. Kathryn was born on Nov. 4, 1944, in Newport News and lived on the
Peninsula her entire life. Her parents were Robert Elliott Brinn of Hertford, N.C., and Monterey
Cartwright Brinn of Elizabeth City, N.C. Kathryn graduated from Newport News High School in 1962
and received a B.A. in English from Mary Washington College in 1966. A skilled and dedicated
teacher, Kathryn taught English at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton for several years before
retiring to raise her children. After a break of some years she became a teacher of English to
Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in adult education. Later she taught ESOL to elementary
students in Newport News for 19 years. She finished her teaching career Lee Hall Elementary
School where she co-chaired the school improvement team. Kathryn was outspoken, a person of
definite opinions and firm convictions. She was a passionate advocate for women's rights, the value
of education, funding for public education, the needs of students - particularly ESOL students and
working conditions of teachers. She was a member of the American Association for University
Women and Delta Kappa Gamma, honorary sorority. She was an active member of Yorkminster
Presbyterian Church and served on the Architectural Review Committee. Her love of flowers, shrubs,
trees and most especially birds is evident around her home. She was an enthusiastic traveler to
distant places with her husband. She celebrated the variety and diversity of people and culture at
home and abroad. Kathryn was an excellent cook and an aficionado of fine wine and foods to be
shared with good company. She leaves to cherish her memory Dennis, her husband of 36 years;
her daughter, Susan; her son, Mark and his wife, Lara; and her grandsons, Charlie and Patrick. A
memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Yorkminster Presbyterian Church with
a reception to follow in the fellowship hall. The family will also receive friends at the family home on
Friday, June 18, between 7 and 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the
Yorkminster Presbyterian Church for a prayer garden. Amory Funeral Home is in charge of the

Published in the Daily Press from 6/14/2004 - 6/16/2004.

   Their obituaries are now linked to their postings with their senior portraits on both the Memoriam page for the
Class of '62, and the Recent Typhoon Deaths page:



   As always, the Guest Books are available for you to sign:


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to the family and friends of both Kathryn and Charles.
   Y'all take care of each other.

                                                   Love to all, Carol


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"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."


Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9305

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