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07/11/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Steve Thomas

Steve Wayne Thomas, Sr.
(02 Nov 1942 - 09 July 2017)

Newport News High School Class of 1961

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   The sad news continues this Tuesday morning.
Steve Thomas, King of the Class of 1961, husband of Nancy Staton Thomas of VA, Queen of the Class of 1961, passed away in Newport News on Sunday, July 09, 2017 at the age of 74.

   He was the brother of Ryland Thomas, Shirley Thomas Hancock (Big Island HS / NNHS - '56), Faye Thomas Sands, and Joyce Marie Thomas Turner, and the brother-in-law of Raymond Staton ('64) of VA, Mary Lou Staton Hudson and Garland Hudson (both '65 of FL).


From The Daily Press - 07/11/17:

     Steve Wayne Thomas, Sr.
 
    NEWPORT NEWS - Steve Wayne Thomas, Sr. beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on July 9, 2017. He endured a short battle with mesothelioma prior to his death.

The son of Essex and Elsie Thomas, he was born November 2, 1942 in Big Island, VA. The family moved to Newport News when Steve was six years old.

He was a 1961 graduate of Newport News High School, where he lettered in baseball and basketball. He graduated from the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School in 1966 where he played baseball.

He worked in the Shipyard until he retired in 2006. He enjoyed volunteering at Deer Park Elementary School and received NNPS Volunteer of the Year in 2014. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and caught a World Record Blue Marlin at Oregon Inlet in 1963.

 
Steve Thomas
 
 
He will be remembered for his outgoing personality, his love of people, and his competitive spirit. He had a genuine interest and concern for others and touched the lives of many people through his kindness and generosity. He lived a life of service to others.

He was a man of faith, and was a fifty-year member of First Baptist Church Newport News, where he served as a deacon.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart of fifty-two years, Nancy Staton Thomas; children, Natlie Noel Thomas, Steve Thomas Jr., and Nicole Thomas Skelton (James); grandchildren, Hunter Skelton, Deliney Skelton and Tristen Thomas; brother, Ryland Thomas (Doris); sisters, Shirley Hancock, Faye Sands and Joyce Marie Turner; along with many other family members.

A celebration of life will be held at First Baptist Church Newport News, 12716 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606, on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a reception in the church social hall. Dr. James E. White and Dr. Randy Shepley will preside conjointly.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to honor Steve may be made to First Baptist Church Newport News "Benevolent Fund".

Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press on July 11, 2017.
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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Steve's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.


   This information is also posted here:

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

     http://www.nnhs65.com/memoriam61.html


  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol

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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
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910-584-8802


Lead On, O King Eternal

Words by Ernest W. Shurtleff (04 Apr 1862 - 24 Aug 1917), 1888
Music (Lancashire) by Henry T. Smart (26 Oct 1813 - 06 July 1879), 1836

Shurtleff wrote this hymn wrote this hymn for the graduation ceremony at Andover Theological Seminary, where he was a member of the class of 1888.

 Lead on, O King eternal,
The day of march has come;
Henceforth in fields of conquest
Thy tents shall be our home:
Through days of preparation
Thy grace has made us strong,
And now, O King eternal,
We lift our battle song.

Lead on, O King eternal,
Till sin's fierce war shall cease,
And Holiness shall whisper
The sweet amen of peace;
For not with swords loud clashing,
Nor roll of stirring drums,
But deeds of love and mercy,
The heav'nly kingdom comes.

Lead on, O King eternal,
We follow, not with fears;
For gladness breaks like morning
Where'er thy face appears;
Thy cross is lifted o'er us;
We journey in its light:
The crown awaits the conquest;
Lead on, O God of might.


"Lead On, O King Eternal" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://www.opc.org/hymn.html?hymn_id=403 - 12/07/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com 03/15/05

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

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