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08/16/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Gray Wilson

Joseph Gray Wilson, Jr.
(d. 08 Aug 2017)

Newport News High School Class of June 1949

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    The sad news has returned to us this Wednesday.
Gray Wilson, Class of June 1949, passed away in Hampton on Tuesday, August 08, 2017 at the age of 86.

From The Daily Press - 08/16/17:

          Joseph Gray Wilson, Jr.
       HAMPTON - Joseph Gray Wilson, Jr., 86, died Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

A Newport News native and 1949 graduate of Newport News High School, he remained a lifelong Peninsula resident.

He served in the US Air Force from 1949-1952 as a trombonist in the Tactical Air Command Band at Langley Air Force Base.

Upon discharge, he went to work for the Daily Press retiring in 1993 as a Plate Maker after 42 years of service. At that point, he took up painting and became a respected local artist, exhibiting some of his work in local galleries and at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

He passed along his love of art, music, language, literature, history, and arcane trivia to his family, and they always loved his goofy sense of humor.

An avid animal lover, he also loved a good long walk, a simple meal, and most important, engaging conversation.

He was active with the Tidewater Soaring Society, the Collie and Sheltie Rescue, and the Daily Press Retirees Club.

Survivors include his devoted wife of 66 years, Barbara Alto Wilson; his daughters, Cynthia Wilson Heide (John Heide) of Smithfield, Susan Copeland Wilson (Mary Hoferek) of Gaithersburg, MD, and Karen McDonough Richards (Douglas Richards) of Virginia Beach; his grandchildren, Edward Gray Heide (Michelle) of Suffolk, Erica Leanne Heide (David) of Newport News, and Brian Richards of Charlottesville; and a great-grandson, John Heide.

The family will receive friends at a reception from 2-4 pm, Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Berceuse Funeral and Cremation Traditions, 2609 Cunningham Drive, Hampton.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Virginia, 825 Diligence Drive #226, Newport News, VA 23606 or Collie and Sheltie Rescue Association of Southeast Virginia, 1316 Sheppard Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23518. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on August 16, 2017.
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August 10, 2017

I probably saw Uncle Gray a handful of times over our lives, but the great love Mom (Flora Wilson Jacobik) had for her baby brother permeated our family. He was the warm, goofy, creative, and loved little brother; special among the siblings. Now they may all be out of our view, but together in our hearts. Love to all who will miss this special man.

~ Liz Downing, Homer, Arkansas

August 12, 2017
  What a good friend he was for so many years! I am sorry that he has departed, and I wish to share my deepest condolences with Barbara and the family. I will miss him.

~ Tom Waters, Lively, Virginia

August 16, 2017

Farewell to my fellow Tuesday Morning Painter, we enjoyed your companionship and gentle words, we will all miss you, Angel

~ Angel Figueroa, Newport News, Virginia

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Gray'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

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Text by Martin Janus (1832-1909), 1661
English version (which does not correspond to the original German) probably by Robert S. Bridges (1844-1930)

Music by Johann Schop (@1590-1667)
Arranged by Johann Sebastian Bach (31 Mar 1685 – 28 July 1750), 1723

Jesu, joy of man’s desiring,
Holy wisdom, love most bright;
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light.
Word of God, our flesh that fashioned,
With the fire of life impassioned,
Striving still to truth unknown,
Soaring, dying round Thy throne.

Through the way where hope is guiding,
Hark, what peaceful music rings;
Where the flock, in Thee confiding,
Drink of joy from deathless springs.
Theirs is beauty’s fairest pleasure;
Theirs is wisdom’s holiest treasure.
Thou dost ever lead Thine own
In the love of joys unknown.

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