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07/28/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Harry Gary

Harry A. Gary, Jr.
(1939 - 28 Mar 2016)

Newport News High School Class of 1958

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

  We have even more, if quite belated, sad news today.  Harry Gary, Class of 1958, passed away at his home in Hayes on Monday, March 28, 2016. 

    Preceded in death by two of his siblings, Adelaide Gary Raymond (@ '47) (@ 1930 - 25 Sept 2011), and Jerry Gary ('62) (d. 26 Jan 2003), Harry was the brother of Harryette Gary Thomas, Charles Gary, Mary Ellen Gary VanZant, Forrest Gary, Warren Gary, Carolyn Gary, and Roscoe Gary ('64) of VA.

From the Daily Press - 03/30/16:

    Harry A. Gary, Jr.


    HAYES - Harry A. Gary, Jr., 76, passed away peacefully Monday, March 28, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Adelaide Gary; sister, Adelaide Raymond; brother, Jerry S. Gary; and sister-in-law, Betty Gary.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Joan Cooper Gary; three sons, John, Harry III (Kim), and William (Shirley); seven grandchildren, Stacey, Rachel, Julie, Katie, Ryan, Noah and Molly; one great grand daughter, Liana; four brothers, Charles, Forrest, Roscoe and Warren; and three sisters, Harryette Thomas, Mary Ellen Vanzant, and Carolyn Gary.

Harry retired from Newport News Shipbuilding in 1999 after 41 years of service in department 038.

He enjoyed going to auctions, working in his yard and spending time with his grandchildren.

Harry Gary
  The visitation will be Thursday, 12:00 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home with the funeral service following at 1:00 p.m.

Interment will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Salvation Army or to a charity of your choice. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on March 30, 2016.

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March 30, 2016 

~ Ray and Barbara Coffield, Yorktown, Virginia

March 30, 2016  

Aunt Joan, John, Harry, and Bill,
My condolences on Uncle Harry's passing. It's been a long time since we've seen each other. Sorry for your loss.

~ Mark Raymond, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

March 30, 2016

So sorry for your loss John, Harry, and Bill. I went to school with Bill and Harry. I also lived in Wicomico and rode the same bus. May God bless you and give you comfort at this time and in the coming months.

Bill and Harry you were always referred to as the twins. I eventually knew who was Bill,
who was more at ease; Harry was more serious looking. Well, that was practice. I have my own twin sons and they remind me of going to school with you. They are referred to as "the twins".

Judith Boone Taylor

~ Judith Taylor, Surry, Virginia

March 30, 2016

So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.

~ T. Griffin, Virginia


March 30, 2016

Our prayers are with the family during this sad time. Please let us know if we can be of help.

March 30, 2016

Dear Mrs. Gary, Mr. Harry, Mrs. Kim, Katie, Noah, and Molly,

I am so sorry that your family is having to go through this. I pray that God gives you comfort, peace, and strength. Your A Day was a wonderful person who loved you all so much! I know he is so proud of all of you. Dr. Seuss wrote something that gives me comfort in times like this. He wrote, "Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened." You will see Mr. Gary again with God!

All my love,



March 30, 2016

Joan and family,
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We are so sorry for your loss.

~ Lisa and Jon Ferguson


March 30, 2016

So sorry for your loss. I lived on the same street in Newport News (21st Street) with the Gary family. Went to Newport News High School. I retired as a Capt in the NNFD and worked with his dad, Capt. Gary. God Bless to the family. Ret. Capt. Ronnie Smith, NNFD.

~ Ronnie Smith, Williamsburg, Virginia

March 30, 2016

Harry, Kim,
SO sorry for your loss; you are in my prayers.


~ Scottie Brown, Hayes, Virginia


March 30, 2016

Dear Joan and Family,
So sorry to hear of Harry's passing. He was a good friend of mine. We worked together for 34 years at Newport News Shipbuilding, and were classmates at NNHS. We shared lots of memories.

~ Les Puckett, Hillsville, Virginia


March 31, 2016

March 31, 2016

Joan and family, so sorry for your loss. Harry was a good man.

April 01, 2016

Harry and Family,
We were sad to hear of the loss of your dad. Just recently losing mine in February, I can understand your pain. Please know that if you need anything, feel free to reach out to my family and me. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

~ Joe and Barbara Smith, Smithfield, Virginia

   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Harry's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

  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

Blest Be the Tie that Binds

Words by John Fawcett (1740-1817), after 1772

Music (Dennis) by Hans Georg Nägeli (26 May 1773  - 26 Dec 1836)

1. Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

2. Before our Father's throne
We pour our ardent pray'rs;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims, are one,
Our comforts and our cares.

3. We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.

4. When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

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