07/06/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Mildred Linkous Spriggs

 Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs
(08 Mar 1921 - 04 July 2007)

Newport News High School Class of 1938

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There is more sad news today.    Mildred Linkous Spriggs ('38), mother of       Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA, passed away in Hampton on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 4, 2007 at the age of 86.


    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/04/07 - "Death of Mildred M. Spriggs":

Friends and Kinfolk,

I am saddened to report to you the death of my mother, Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs, age 86, at about 2:45 PM, Wednesday, July 4th, 2007.

At the time of her death, she had been in a Hampton nursing home for nearly a month, following an illness of several months.....

Love to you all,

Dave Spriggs

   Ohhh, David, I am so very sorry. Even as expected as it was, even knowing her pain and suffering is gone, it just doesn't always help to alleviate the pain of those left behind. You're in my thoughts and prayers.....


May Day, Thursday, May 1, 1930
Stonewall Jackson School
Newport News, VA

(Mildred Linkous is third from right
on front row, as indicated by arrow)
Mildred Mae Linkous
Class of June 1938
1940 - 49th Street, Newport News, VA

Jimmy Spotts (her  cousin's husband,
and father of LaVerne "Tootsie" Spotts
- '63 - of MD)
and Mildred Linkous
 
1945 - Collis P. Huntington Memorial 
in the Mariners' Museum Park

CLOCKWISE FROM LOWER RIGHT: Maggie Evans Linkous; Mildred Linkous Spriggs, Shirley Linkous Callaway, and James Preston Linkous

Commissioning Day, Wednesday, June 4, 1969
United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

David Spriggs and
Mildred Linkous Spriggs
Friday, August 9, 1991
Hampton, VA

Mildred Linkous Spriggs

 


From the Daily Press - 07/06/07: 

          Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs

  HAMPTON - Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs, 86, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 8th, at Peninsula Funeral Home.

Published in the Daily Press on 7/6/2007.
 

From the Daily Press - 07/07/07:    

           Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs

  HAMPTON - Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs, 86, of Marcella Road, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007, in a nursing home. She was born 1921 in Newport News and was a Peninsula resident most of her life. Mildred was the second of three children of the late James Preston and Maggie Evans Linkous. She was preceded in death by her husband, Senior Chief Quartermaster Arthur W. Spriggs, USN (Ret), and her brother, Robert P. Linkous. She attended Newport News High School and graduated with the Class of June 1938. Survivors include a son, David A. Spriggs of Norfolk; a sister, Shirley Callaway of Carrollton, Texas; cousins, Dona Lynch and Thomas R. Ware, Jr. of Newport News, Harold Linkous and Jack Linkous of Hampton; nephews, Robert P. Linkous Jr. and Jeffrey Linkous of Hampton; nieces, Vicki Sterling of Newport News and Susan Mendenhall of Carrollton, Texas; two very special friends, Mrs. Shirley Rapier, who visited with her weekly for many years, and Nancy Ruby, who cared for the many fortunate cats who found refuge in Mildred's backyard. The family would like to thank caregivers, Lasone Cannon, Kendra Thompson, and Margaret Wood of Gentle Care Inc. who provided such loving and devoted care while Mildred was at home and the management and staff of Northampton Convalescent Center in Hampton, who made her final days as comfortable as possible. In lieu of a memorial service, the family will receive relatives and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity, especially those which care for animals. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press on 7/7/2007.
 

From the Daily Press - 07/08/07:    

           Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs

  HAMPTON - Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs, 86, of Marcella Road, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007, in a nursing home. She was born in 1921 in Newport News and was a peninsula resident most of her life. Mildred was the second of three children of the late James Preston and Maggie Evans Linkous. She was preceded in death by her husband, Senior Chief Quartermaster Arthur W. Spriggs, USN (Ret), and her brother, Robert P. Linkous. She attended Newport News High School and graduated with the Class of June 1938. Survivors include a son, David A. Spriggs of Norfolk; a sister, Shirley Callaway of Carrollton, Texas; cousins, Dona Lynch and Thomas R. Ware Jr. of Newport News, Harold Linkous and Jack Linkous of Hampton; nephews, Robert P. Linkous Jr. and Jeffrey Linkous of Hampton; nieces, Vicki Sterling of Newport News and Susan Mendenhall of Carrollton, Texas; two very special friends, Mrs. Shirley Rapier, who visited with her weekly for many years, and Nancy Ruby, who cared for the many fortunate cats who found refuge in Mildred's back yard. The family would like to thank caregivers, Lasone Cannon, Kendra Thompson and Margaret Wood of Gentle Care Inc., who provided such loving and devoted care while Mildred was at home, and the management and staff of Northampton Convalescent Center in Hampton, who made her final days as comfortable as possible.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. A graveside service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Hampton Memorial Gardens
. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity, especially those which care for animals. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press on 7/8/2007.
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David, I'm so very sorry to learn of the death of your mother. Of all the trials we are asked to endure on this earth, the loss of a parent is one of the most difficult. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Carol Buckley Harty, NNHS 1965

Carol Buckley Harty (Fayetteville, NC) - July 6, 2007
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Dave,
Please accept my very sincere condolences. Words are hard to come by at these times but I just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you.
Joe
Joe Wingo (Charlotte, NC) - July 7, 2007
 
 
Dave, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother must have been a wonderful lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jamey
JAMEY BACON (NEWPORT NEWS, VA) - July 7, 2007
 
 
David, My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.
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Brownie Shaffer Haracivet (Newport News, VA) - July 7, 2007
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Dave,
I am sorry you are experiencing the death of your mother. May God bless you in this time of sorrow. Love, Katie
Katie Bartee (Yorktown, VA) - July 7, 2007
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To the family of Mildred Evans Spriggs. You all don't know me, but my grandmother was Ida Evans Ware. Her son was my father, William (Bill) H. Ware; he passed away in 1984. I grew up hearing about Mildred from my mother, Elizabeth Scrimgeour Ware. I didn't know many of my father's people. Mildred has many loved ones to welcome her to heavens gate. God Bless her soul.
Judith Ware-Buchanan (Newport News, VA) - July 7, 2007
 
 
Dave, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Catherine Hudson (Newport News, VA) - July 7, 2007
 
 
Dave:
I am sad to hear of the loss of your mother. I know you will miss her and you are in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings, Sarah Puckett Kressaty
Sarah Kressaty (Yorktown, VA) - July 7, 2007
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David,
I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I'm thinking of you.
Jeanette Houston (Richmond, VA) - July 7, 2007
 
 
Dave,
I am so sorry to hear about your Mother. May God grant you a peaceful heart in your time of sorrow.
Love, Ann
Ann Bryant (Hampton, VA) - July 7, 2007
 
 
You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time of loss, so that you know you are not alone. Bond '66
LMB Crayton (Hampton, VA) - July 7, 2007
 
 
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Ronni Cristol (Potomac, MD) - July 7, 2007
 
 
David, I was so very sorry to hear about your mother's passing. My thoughts and prayers will be with you while you go through this. Just know that you are not going through it alone.
Sandi Williams Patrick (Williamsburg, VA) - July 8, 2007
 
 
David, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Jeanb NNHS '64
Jean Burton (Portsmouth, RI) - July 8, 2007
 
 
Dave,
Truly sorry to hear of your loss! The death of our parents are the hardest to endure; but please believe that your many friends & other family members are with you in our prayers during this time of great sadness!

God Bless you and your family during this period!

Butch Ragland, NNHS 63"
Butch Ragland (Colorado Springs, CO) - July 8, 2007
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Dear Dave,
My deepest and understanding sympathies in the loss of your dear mother.
Wilma Robinson NNHS '56-'57
Wilma Robinson (Norfolk, VA) - July 8, 2007
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Dear Dave, Please accept my heartfelt sympathies on the passing of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Chris Starkman (Granada Hills, CA) - July 8, 2007
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David,
I'm so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Chandler Nelms - July 9, 2007
 
 
Dave,
I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother. I'm here if you need me.
I'll keep you in my prayers.
love,
Your cousin,
Vicki Sterling (Newport News, VA) - July 9, 2007
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Dave, I have been out of town and just heard about your mother. She is in a better place now with all of our family. My Deepest Sympathy to you during this difficult time. I'm sorry I couldn't have been with you.
Linda & Jimmy Lane (Williamsburg, VA) - July 9, 2007
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Dave: I am so sorry about the death of your mother. One would think she must have been a special person to have produced a son like you. It was nice seeing you at the funeral home visitation and also it was so thoughtful for Carol and Paul Harty to have driven all the way from Fayetteville, N.C. for this visitation. Carol and Paul Harty are both very special to me as well. God has a plan and purpose in everything. Our prayers are with you at this time.
Fred and Patty Mays ('60, '61)
Frederick Mays (Newport News, VA) - July 9, 2007
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Vicki, Jeff and Bobby, I am so sorry to hear about your dad's sister. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you. All my love, Annette
Annette Firth (Dunn) (Hampton, VA) - July 10, 2007
 
 
David, I am so saddened by the passing of your mother. If there is anything I can do please contact me. LaVerne (Spotts) Broczkowski, Baltimore, Maryland
LaVerne Broczkowski (Baltimore, MD) - July 16, 2007
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   Again, our very deepest condolences are extended to David and his entire family.


  From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 07/06/07:

Carol:

I wanted to inform you that      Dave Spriggs' ('64 - of VA) mother passed away on Wednesday, July 4th. The full obituary and picture will be in the Daily Press on Saturday and also on Sunday, July 8th. Dave is a special guy and we all need to remember him at this time. I am sure he has been invaluable to you with the N.N.H.S. website. I hold Dave is high regard.....

Carol, you are the best.....thank you for all you do.

Take care, Fred Mays, class of '60.

   Thank you, Fred.  David has been in my thoughts and prayers throughout his mother's final illness. He's a jewel, and I too hold him in the highest possible regard.....


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/07/07 - "Deepest Sympathy":

Carol,

Please relay my deepest sympathy to
     David Spriggs ('64 - of VA) in this time of unbearable lose. Our sweet memories of our dear lost loved ones will help sustain us in the days ahead. My prayers for comfort are with David and his family.


Joyce Cahoon

   Certainly, Joyce.  Thank you - and I'm sure those tender feelings are reciprocated.


  From Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX to     Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/07/07:

Dear David,

I have often wondered if you were related to the Linkous family that I knew well as a young girl. Now I know from reading your Mother's obituary. I am so sorry for your loss.

When I was growing up in Stuart Gardens, my next door neighbors were Carol and Tommy Linkous. At that time they did not have children (but later had a child by the name of Debbie). I did not have a mother growing up, and Carol was definitely my surrogate mother - I loved her dearly - she made clothes for me at Easter, she showed me how to cook and set the table - they took me on vacations with them. They gave me my only bike. She gave me the only birthday party that I ever had at her house when I was 12 years old. From the time I was 8 until around 18, she was my "Mother." The first funeral I ever attended was for Tommy's mother. They took me to my first wedding for a relative of theirs. Harold had a daughter named Harriet who was my friend. I would love to know the address and telephone numbers of Debbie and Harriet. Could you help me on this? I was living in Blacksburg when I was married to 
  Bucky (Keller - '58) at the time of Carol's death - she died so young - I don't think that I ever overcame that void.

Sincerest Sympathy,
Evelyn Fryer (Keller) Fish of Fort Worth, TX

   Thank you, Evelyn.  I forwarded your note to Dave.  I remember this thread from last year.  You'll find his earlier reply in this Newsletter:

http://nnhs65.00freehost.com/06-11-06-NNHS-Richard-Strauss-142nd-Birthday.html


    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA to   Evelyn Fryer Fish ('58) of TX - 07/13/07 - "Linkous Family": 

Hi Evelyn,

I can state without fear of contradiction that I am related to each and every Linkous/Linkes/Linkus/Lincus/et.al., wherever you may find them ... except for those who acquired the name by marriage.

The surname (LINKOUS) was created by a lawyer ca. 1822 when he wrote my great great great grandfather's will. You see, GGGGF was a German soldier who was captured at Saratoga NY while fighting for the British under General Burgoyne in the Revolution. He was NOT a Hessian; he WAS a Braunschweiger (or Brunswicker) born in Weissenborn-Luderode, Germany . His name was Heinrich Linckost, so you can understand what the lawyer heard phonetically and what he wrote down. And THAT is why I know that I am related to every Linkous in the world ... all 6,000+ of them at last count.  
Linkous Family Home
Montgomery County VA

Tommy Linkous (1907-1983) was the son of my great uncle, John H. Means Linkous and his wife, Lillian Nancy Brookman. His brothers, Jack and Harold survive; Jack came to my Mother's visitation and Harold attended the burial. I am pretty sure that Harriet Linkous is still with us. let me do some checking and get back to you.

There is a Debbie Linkous in Hampton; she is probably the "Debbie"  you are looking for. You can find out for the price of a phone call.....


TYPHOON Regards,

David A. Spriggs
son of Mildred Mae Linkous
daughter of James Preston Linkous
son of John Mitchell Hevy Linkous
son of Jacob Linkous
son of Henry Linkous (Heinrich Linckost) (b. 1744 Germany, d. 1822 Montgomery County VA)
son of Joachim Linckhorst

   Thank you, David.


    From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/17/07:

I would like to thank the members of my TYPHOON (and CRABBER) extended family for their expressions of sympathy and support following the death of my Mother. Whether by your e-mails, your entries in the Daily Press Obituary Guest Book, or your presence at the visitation and burial ... I was touched and inspired by each and every one of you.

What we have among us all transcends mere association during high school years; indeed, we have created a family which cares for and looks out for each other. Each of us should feel privileged and honored to be included in such a family. I know that I do.

   And so do I. Thank you, David. 


  From Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66) of VA - 07/31/07:

I also want to wish very late condolences to      Dave Spriggs ('64 - of VA) on the loss of his mother. Jim and I certainly thought about him and his family at that sad time.

   Thank you, Melody.


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

                          Love to all, Carol

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- 02/10/05
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