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07/07/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Fred Michie

John Frederick Michie, Jr.
(d. 24 June 2017)

Newport News High School Class of @ June 1939

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 The is more sad if slightly belated news today.   Fred Michie, Class of @ June 1939, brother of Faith Michie Newcomb (June '45), Joe Michie and Jerry Leggett, passed away in Newport News on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the age of 95.

   He was preceded in death by four of his sisters,   Dot Michie Shelton Pittman (June '40),   Nancy Michie Grenier (June '47), Corretta Michie Pepe, and Mary Anne Michie Atkinson Parker ('53).

 From Peggy Johnson ('60) of VA - 07/06/17:


  John Frederick Michie Jr. (Fred) passed away June 24. He was 95 and went to NNHS. Not sure of the year. He had been a resident at The Hidenwood for several years. He noticed and commented when I put NNHS Alumni license plate holders on my car. He was quite a character, and I will miss seeing and talking to him when I visit my mother at The Hidenwood.

   Thank you so much, Peggy Sue. I thought when I read the obituary of this charming man he was probably one of "ours", but in the face of a lack of compelling evidence, I decided to let it slide. As it turns out, the evidence was in my files all the time. You have my deepest condolences on the loss of such a delightful friend.

From the Daily Press - 06/27/17:

                       John Frederick Michie
      NEWPORT NEWS - On June 24, 2017, John Frederick "Fred" Michie, Jr. met his heavenly Father and started his next adventure at the age of 95.

Fred would tell his life story to anyone he could corner and it always started with, "I was born at a very early age in Newport News so I would be close to my mother."

He was a World War II veteran and served in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters as a Merchant Marine.

For many years he was a deacon at North Riverside Baptist Church. He was a great father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and talked about them to anyone that would listen.

He was a super salesman for a number of companies that included Pitney Bowes. The work he was most proud of was his years with the North Carolina and Virginia Baptist Children's Homes. His last 23 years was with Weymouth Funeral Home.

Fred Michie

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Thompson Michie of 54 years; his companion for 21 years, Joy Garrett; sisters, Nancy Grenier, Dorothy Pittman, Coretta Pepe, and Mary Ann Parker.

He is survived by his son, John Frederick Michie III and his wife Frances; his grandson, John Frederick Michie IV; granddaughter, Karyn Michie Buckley and husband Matt; two grandsons, Andrew Buckley and Daniel Buckley; sister, Faith Newcomb; brothers, Joe Michie and Jerry Leggett; brother-in-law, Robert Thompson and his wife Sandra Thompson, and a large number of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 12:00 Noon, Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the Weymouth Funeral Home Chapel by Rev, Chris Gourley.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service starting at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park with Military Honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ACS, Relay For Life. Arrangements are by Weymouth Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on June 26, 2017.
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June 27, 2017

My sincere sympathies to the family for their loss. May you take comfort in each other and in prayer. James 1:13

~ Unsigned

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to all of Fred's family and friends at this difficult time.

  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

Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me

Words by Edward Hopper (1816-1888)
Music by John E. Gould (1822-1875)

 Jesus Savior, pilot me over life's tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll, hiding rock and treacherous shoal;
Chart and compass came from Thee; Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

As a mother stills her child, Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boisterous waves obey Thy will, when Thou say'st to them "Be still!"
Wondrous Sov'reign of the sea, Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

When at last I near the shore and the fearful breakers roar,
'Twixt me and the peaceful rest; then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me, "Fear not, I will pilot thee."

"And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea.
Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm."

- Mark 4:39

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