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06/20/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Johnny Reese

John Brendle Reese
(28 May 1945 - 17 June 2007)

Newport News High School Class of 1963

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Once again we have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter.      Johnny Reese ('63), brother of   Tommy Reese ('61) of VA and Linda Reese Evans of VA, has passed away in Hampton less than three weeks following his 62nd birthday. 


From the Daily Press - 06/20/07:

 

John Brendle Reese

HAMPTON - John Brendle Reese, 62, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, June 17, 2007. A native of Sylva, N.C., John had been a Hampton resident since the early 1960s. He was an accomplished musician and played with numerous groups to include the Swordsman Trio and Forerunner. He enjoyed history and had a love for animals. He was an avid football fan and never missed an opportunity to cheer on the Redskins. He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved daughters, Michelle Reese Jones and her husband, Bobby; Amy Reese Thomas and her husband, Steve; Melody Reese Quick and her husband, Tommy, Jr.; parents, Nell and Thomas Reese, Sr.; brother, Thomas O. Reese, Jr. and his wife, Sallie; sister, Linda Reese Evans and her husband, Bob; grandchildren, Sydney Jones, Aidan John Quick and Arielle Jones and several nieces and nephews. A service to celebrate John's life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday June 21, 2007, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Clint Ashe, Jr. and the Rev. Robert Reese officiating. Burial will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Friends are encouraged to visit www.mem.com  to share special memories or words of comfort with the family. Service arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, 827-4670.

Published in the Daily Press on 6/20/2007.

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Johnny Reese
Fall of 1962
John Brendle Reese
 
 
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family during this difficult time.
Dan and Patti Ledbetter - June 20, 2007
 
 
Johnny and I played music together in several bands over the years. He was always one of the best I played with, a great musician and friend. I will truly miss him. God bless his family in this sad time.
Tommy Clark (Hampton, VA) - June 20, 2007
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I went to high school with Johnny and we were in the same fraternity.
He loved music even back then. I know he will be missed. My condolences go out to the family.
Ray Stinnette (Yorktown, VA) - June 20, 2007
 
 
I JUST READ ABOUT THE PASSING OF JOHNNY. HE WAS LIKE ME, HE REALLY LOVED GOSPEL MUSIC. HE HAD A GREAT VOICE. I KNOW HE HAS JOINED ALL THE OTHER GOSPEL SINGERS IN THAT HEAVENLY CHOIR. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE REESE FAMILY.
Glenn Dye (Grand Prairie, TX) - June 20, 2007 
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Heaven's choir is enriched with a new voice. Johnny, you will be missed by so many. The lives you touched cannot be counted, but Jesus knows the number. We know now that you have found out "What Color is a Soul". Our prayers and thoughts are with all the family. Take comfort in the knowledge that Christ is taking care of Johnny now.
Eddie & Linda Arnold (Chesapeake, VA) - June 21, 2007  
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I met John in 2004 while working in the hospital. He touched my life like no other patient that I have had. John had a smile that would brighten any cloudy day. After a few months of caring for John, he still could not remember my name. So, I began to challenge him. Whenever he would greet someone with a "Hello,----", I would say "What's my name, John?" Thinking I was winning this game of ours, one day I asked John what my name was and he said, "I got something for you." And he began to sing a song that he had made up that was all about my name!!!!!! I stood there with my mouth open, smiling. When he finished the song (both verses), and saw my face, he laughed and laughed at me. From then on he would tease me and say " I forget who you are", and start to sing "my song." God bless you, John. God bless the family.
Dora
A caring friend, Dora D.
 
 
Johnny was a great guy and fellow NNHS '63 class member. I have many enjoyable memories of our school days and wish to extend my condolences to his family. God Bless!
Butch Ragland (Colorado Springs, CO) - June 21, 2007   
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Tommy and family, I just learned of Johnny's passing and want all of you to know how sad I am. I'm in Orlando and unable to attend the funeral. My thoughts are with all of you.
Jimmy Parker (Newport News, VA) - June 21, 2007  
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JUST SAW NOTICE OF JOHN'S HOMEGOING.
WANTED TO SEND CONDOLENCES TO ALL THE REESE FAMILY.
I WILL TELL THEIR COUSINS , NANCY, PAUL, JIM JR. AND STEVE ON THE WEST COAST ABOUT HIS PASSING.
STILL REMEMBER THE QUARTETS FROM EARLY ON AND WE HAD SOME OF THE OLD RECORDS FROM THEM IN OUR FAMILY.
YOU ALL WILL BE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. JEAN REESE DAVIS
JEAN DAVIS (COLUMBIA, SC) - June 22, 2007  
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   This is also posted on the Memoriam page for the Class of 1963:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/memoriam-all.html  

    http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/memoriam63.html  

    Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Johnny's family and friends.


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

                          Love to all, Carol

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Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305
910-488-9408


Whispering Hope

Words and Music by Alice Hawthorne*


Soft as the voice of an angel
Breathing a lesson unheard;
Hope with a gentle persuasion
Whispers her comforting word.

Wait till the darkness is over,
Wait till the tempest is done;
Hope for the sunshine tomorrow,
After the shower is gone.

Whispering Hope,
Oh, how welcome thy voice,
Making my heart
in its sorrow rejoice.


"Whispering Hope" midi (Sequenced by Grandpa Schober) and lyrics
courtesy of http://oldkunnel.net/whisperinhope.html - 06/20/07

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com 01/27/05

*"Alice Hawthorne" was really Setimus Winner, one of the most versatile writers of the mid-19th century. Winner went from the bird calls of "Listen to the Mocking Bird" to the doggerel nonsense of "Oh, Where, Oh, Where Has My Little Dog Gone?" to the gentle and optimistic "Whispering Hope."

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