07/09/04 - NNHS Newsletter - Message from Bobby AND Jeannie's Mother

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   This will be a very brief Newsletter - no listing of Newbies, Notes or Updates (though there are certainly
plenty of each!) - just a couple of quick news flashes - which are in danger of growing stale because I've been
running out lately more than I would prefer (my dreams of becoming a hermit continue to elude me). 

   I had a call from Bobby Yevak ('65) of VA on Saturday (07/03/04) (I LOVE phone calls!).  He told me that he'd be sending
me a message on Tuesday to pass on to all of y'all - which he did.

   A Quick History for all you Newbies:




From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 07/05/04:

Hi, Carol.  I have enjoyed this site more than I can say.  Jerry (Allen - '65) and I would love to spend a weekend reading
and  checking out everything. We love keeping up with old friends.  We were blessed yesterday to have spent the afternoon
and evening enjoying good food, music and fireworks with Bobby Yevak and his beautiful daughter, Michele.  We had a great
visit.  Wouldn't it be great if we could spend at least one day a month catching up with someone we love and care about from
the past--IN PERSON?

   That is indeed wonderful!  And yes that would be super to have all that one-on-one personal contact!  Thanks, Judy!


From Bobby Yevak ('65) of VA - 07/07/04:

To all my Typhoon friends and family,
     Please accept my heartfelt gratitude and humble thanks for all your prayers, cards, and gifts. 
At my time of greatest need your outpouring of love and affection has rekindled my hope. I will
be forever grateful.
     We are now living in York County with my brother Tommy and his family, trying to put our
lives back together.  I don't know what the future holds, but I know who does and my faith rests
in His grace.
     I would love to hear from you. You can reach me at 757-593-1218 or johnyevak@yahoo.com
Again thank you all, everyone, and may God richly bless you each day.
                                        Warmest regards,
                                         BOBBY YEVAK (a.k.a. the Rev. John Yevak)

   Thanks, Bobby!  It's always a joy to speak with you - even when life isn't particularly rosy.


From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 07/08/04:

Thanks for the update, Carol.  We had dinner with Bobby and the family on Monday. 
I think he's truly happy to be back on the Peninsula, and hopes to be in a home by
the end of the month.  He'll still be at brother Tommy's house until then.
He's doing some temporary work for Ron, you know, parking cars and driving long
black cars around.  He said he needs to move on to "Plan B", since the church things
he's investigated aren't working out.  I mentioned there are lots of ways he may still
minister to people besides a formal church setting.  He's in contact with lots of folks
now so I'm sure something will open up. 

   Thanks, Dave!

   I think the great love and compassion here among old friends is obvious without my having to spell it out for you. 
What is less apparent is the speed with which y'all answered this call - and the fact that many of you who did so didn't
even know Bobby or his family.  What you did know is that we are all family, and families love and care for one another,
in good times and bad

   Thank you all for being you - and if if I haven't mentioned it this week, let me reiterate how proud I am to know you -
whether I've met you or not - and to be able to call you my friends.  Typhoons are the best, and y'all are truly amazing
people on all levels!


From Ron Smith ('65) of VA - 07/08/04:

Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald's ('65 - of VA) mother, Marjorie Carpini died this morning. I will meet with the family
at 2pm today to make arrangements. I let you know what the arrangements are as soon as they are finalized. Ron

And again from Ron Smith ('65) of VA - 07/08/04:

Jeannie's mother, Marjorie L. Carpini, will have a visitation at the Peninsula Funeral Home on Saturday evening from
6-8pm and a funeral service on Sunday at 2:00 pm. Obituary will be in Daily Press and on Legacy.com both tomorrow
(Friday) and Saturday. RS

      Sigh.  Thanks, Ron.  I lived a block away from Jeannie and her family in Stuart Gardens from the time I was six until I
was 13.  Jeannie was one of my very first friends when I moved to Newport News in 1954, and I spent a lot of fun times at
her house.  I remember her mama as little and young and cute - and as big a hoot as Jeannie.
   We extend our deepest sympathies to Carol ('63), Jeannie, Suzanne, and their families.

From this morning's Daily Press:

NEWPORT NEWS - Marjorie L. Bray Carpini, 82, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the home of her daughter on Thursday, July 8, 2004. Born in Suffolk, she was a lifelong Peninsula resident. She was a legal secretary for over 49 years and was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Legal Secretary's Association, Peninsula Organ Club and The Sunshiners. Mrs. Carpini was preceded in death by her husbands, John Bukovich and Thomas Carpini and her brother, Marvin 'Popeye' Bray. Survivors include three daughters, Carol Collier Sparrow and husband, Lawson 'Buddy' Sparrow, of Newport News, Gloria Collier 'Jeannie' Fitzgerald and husband, H.M. 'Mac' Fitzgerald, of Hayes and Suzanne Collier McKown and husband, David McKown, of Hampton; four grandchildren, Cara L. Genobles, Michele R. Parsons, Jason M. Fitzgerald and Adam W. Fitzgerald and six great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home with burial to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 500 Plume Street East, Suite 110, Norfolk, VA 23452.

   A Guest Book will be available for thirty days for you to sign there on Legacy:

   I'll be posting all of this on "Other Deaths" momentarily, and you may always add remembrances to any
of those pages.  They will not be deleted.


   It would be superfluous of me to say "Y'all take care of each other."  Y'all could teach the entire world lessons
on that subject by your magnificent examples.

                                                             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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