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09/07/14 - NNHS Newsletter
Grandparents Day

What children need most are the essentials that grandparents
provide in abundance. They give unconditional love,
patience, humor, kindness, comfort, lessons in life.
And, most importantly, cookies.”

- Rudolph W. Giuliani
(b. 28 May 1944)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    Today's Newsletter theme is an annual event we celebrate whenever we manage to remember to do so:

BONUS #1 - - Silver Threads Among the Gold - John McCormack

BONUS #2 - - Silver Threads Among the Gold - Bonnie Prince Billy


"Silver Threads Among the Gold", first copyrighted in 1873, was an extremely popular song in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Today it is a staple of barbershop quartet singing. The lyrics are by Eben E. Rexford, and the music by Hart Pease Danks.

In 1930, an Associated Press story published in the New York Times gave some background on the writing of these lyrics. We quote the article:

"Silver Threads Song Traced to Poet’s ‘Re-Hash’ on Order" Shiockton, Wis. (AP).—The love ballad, “Silver Threads Among the Gold,” which has stirred the hearts of more than one generation, was not the inspiration of an aging poet but a “re-hash” produced on order. The story developed after the unveiling of a monument here in honor of the author of the words, Eben E. Rexford, who died in 1916. Rexford made a living by writing verse and flower and garden articles for magazines. When he was 18, he wrote and sold for $3 some verses entitled “Growing Old.” Later, H. P. Danke, composer of the music for “Silver Threads,” wrote to him requesting words for a song. Rexford dug into his scrapbook and revised “Growing Old.” [1]

When Rexford spoke about the song, he explained that he worked his way through college by writing, and it was when he was in college that Danks sent him a request for lyrics, offering to pay three dollars for each song. Rexford submitted nine songs and received $18.00, but no accounting of which six had been accepted or which three had been rejected. In telling the story of the song, Rexford said that he didn't know whether he had been paid $3.00 for it or nothing, since he didn't know if it had been among the six accepted or the three rejected. Rexford first heard the song when a company of Oneida Indians gave a concert in Shiocton and sang it.[2]


    Happy Birthday today to   The late Kathy Pilgrim Clark ('63) (deceased - 03/08/06)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Carroll Elliott ('57) AND   Gary Fitzgerald ('61) of VA AND   Patti Johnson Stowe ('62) of FL AND   Cheryl Pless Ramsey ('64) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

09 -   Wayne DeBerry ('65) of VA;

10 -     The late Mr. Pete Robinson (deceased - 12/23/03);

11 -        The late Bobby Hedrick ('58) (deceased 08/31/09) AND   J. Harrison ('58) of GA AND     My Grandson, Jimmy Harty of UT;

12 -   The late Bill Brewer ('57) (deceased 08/30/12)  AND   Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA AND    Rick Harman ('65) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


September 07, 1940 - The Blitz Nazi Germany began to rain bombs on London. This was the first of 57 consecutive nights of bombing.

September 07, 1940 - Treaty of Craiova: Romania lost Southern Dobrudja to Bulgaria.

September 07, 1942 - The Russian army counter attacked the German troops outside the city of Stalingrad.

September 07, 1942 - Holocaust: 8,700 Jews of Kolomyia (western Ukraine) were sent by German Gestapo to death camp in Belzec.

September 07, 1942 - First flight of the Consolidated B-32 Dominator.

September 07, 1943 - The German 17th Army began its evacuation of the Kuban River bridgehead (Taman Peninsula) in southern Russia and moved across the Strait of Kerch to the Crimea.

September 07, 1945 - Japanese forces on Wake Island, which they had held since December of 1941, surrendered to U.S. Marines.


Monday, September 07, 1964 - Martial artist and kick-boxer Andy Hug was born Andreas Hug in Zurich, Switzerland. He was diagnosed with acute leukemia on August 17, 2000. On August 23, he fell into a coma and his illness was made public. Twenty-two hours later, Hug died following breathing difficulties due to multiple organ failure. He was thirty-five years old.[6]

Monday, September 07, 1964 - Politician Helir-Valdor Seeder was born in Viljandi, Estonia.

Monday, September 07, 1964 - Businessman Walter A. Brown (b. 10 Feb 1905 in Hopkinton, Massachusetts) died at the age of 59.


    It would seem that the dipwellian who runs this site became distracted over SEVEN years ago and never finished most of the Football Sections at all, so (at long last) they're being completed now:


1956 Anchor - p. 82 1956 Anchor - p. 83 1956 Anchor - p. 84 1956 Anchor - p. 85
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From Ray Groff of VA - 09/06/14 - "Rose Woodard Groff ('65) (21 Nov 1947 - 14 Oct 1984)":

Thanks soo much for the time that goes into this site. Seeing my late wife's accomplishments in her school days has brought back many memories of what a wonderful person she was.

Fall of 1964

Anchor Staff: Classroom Section
Christopher Newport Society
French Club
Junior and Senior Science Clubs
F. H. A.
F. T. A. 
Senior Band: Letters, Dance Band
Senior Assembly Committee

North Carolina Wesleyan College: Dean's List

1963 Launchings

Saturday, May 17, 1969
Linda Lane Lane and Rose Woodard Davis

Courtesy of Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 01/29/05
Thank you, Linda!

Saturday, October 18, 2003
Peninsula Memorial Park
Newport News, VA

Image by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/19/03
Thanks so much, David!

Thank You !

Raymond Groff
   WOWZERS! Oh, Ray, you're Rosie's husband! It must have taken me a full hour to grasp that!
     I thought I had related this story somewhere in the archive many years ago, but I cannot locate it now.

   Rose and I first met when we were nine years old. We were attending a weekend family campout with the Sunday School Department of Trinity Methodist Church. We became best friends right then, even though we attended different elementary schools. We sang in the three youth church choirs together, and spent long hours talking on the telephone as young girls do, and as often as we could, visited in each other's homes.

   When we began high school, she introduced me to her friend,     Linda Lane (Lane - '64 0f VA), and the three of us became inseparable, often in classes and especially through the band.

Easter Sunday, March 29, 1959
Outside 1309-A 16th Street, Stuart Homes,
Newport News, VA

Rose Woodard ('65) - b. 21 Nov 1947
Carol Buckley ('65) - b. 30 Aug 1947

Late December 1977 - Arlington, VA

Carol her sons, Lewis, Brent, Randolph and Joshua, with Rose


   Thank you so much for contacting me, Ray! How I loved Rose; I miss her so much!   I'll stop reminiscing now before I burst into tears. OOPS! Too late!

From Kitty Dichtel Heffington (Ferguson HS - '73) of VA - 09/06/14 - "Electronic Flier for Simulcast Event at Temple Baptist Church, Saturday, September 13th: Doors open at 8:00 AM":

Hey Carol!

Thanks for the great job you do! Another NN alum from our church (Temple Baptist in Newport News on 235 Harpersville Road) and I were talking about what you do... And when you appeared to be missing, he assured me that you were ok and that it was just computer issues. John ('62) and Gwen Holland

Anyway.... This event is going to be big! Rosemary Trible, wife of Paul Trible. (president of CNU and former Senator) and author of Fear to Freedom and founder of Fear2Freedom Foundation will be there to meet people during registration and coffee and Danish. At 9:00 a.m. she will talk about her experiences and she will introduce the Beth Moore broadcast which will be going out to 250,000 people all over the country. We will break for lunch which includes a resource fair where organizations and local charities will have representatives and/or literature... Some of them are the Red Cross, Orphan Helpers. the SPCA, Beyond Boobs and several others. Lunch will be from Chick Fil A and there will be lots of door prizes. Also, Rosemary will have a table representing Fear2freedom. The event continues with the afternoon session and praise and worship music is included in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

It costs $20 and people can register on line at or by calling 757/595-1175.

I will send you a flier and also an ad on it. If you can put anything in the newsletter, that would be great.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

And keep up your great job!!!

Kitty Heffington

    WOWZERONI! Thank you so much, Kitty! That sounds exciting!  

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 08/15/14 - "Cool Signs (#23 in a series of 26)":

Need a chuckle today, read these!

 Thanks, Ruthie!


    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 08/17/14 - "I'll bet you didn't know all this...HINTS (#21 in a series of 26)":

  I'm certainly going to try some of these!

        Thanks, Jimmy!


      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 08/29/14 - "Messages (#9 in a series of 17)":

     Thank you, Wayne Honey!

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 09/04/14 - "Ways to decorate using old items... (#1 in a series of 18)":  

  Love some of these ideas. The show Flea Market Flip, with Lara Spencer, is another source to get great ideas...

        COOL BEANS! Thanks, Shari!


BONUS SILVER THREAD CROCHET PATTERN: - Silver Wire Granny Square Earrings - "If you're like us, after last week's Crocheting with Wire tutorial, you'll be itching to try out your first wire project! Our Granny Square Earrings are the perfect beginner's project. It uses a pattern you probably already know by heart--the traditional granny square--and is simply worked in a new medium. What could be easier? Give it a go! I'll help you out if you get stuck."

BONUS SILVER WHITE CAKE RECIPE: - Silver White Cake - "A delicious light, white cake. Whip one up and get ready to rake in the prizes. This is great iced with French Silk Frosting."


From - 09/06/14:

Never criticize someone unless you walk a mile in his or her shoes; then when you criticize them you'll be a mile away and have their shoes! 

1. Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

2. Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1969 will hold a 45-YEAR REUNION at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive.  For further information, contact Jean Baker Howell at

3. Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1964 will hold a 50-YEAR REUNION at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive. See: and contact David Spriggs at 757-409-2799 or

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 07/17/14

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

   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


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Silver Threads Among the Gold

Words by
Eben E. Rexford (16 July 1848 - 18 Oct 1916)

Music by
Hart Pease Danks (06 Apr 1834 – 20 Nov 1903), 1873

Darling, I am growing old,
Silver threads among the gold
Shine upon my brow today;
Life is fading fast away;
But, my darling, you will be, will be,
Always young and fair to me,
Yes, my darling, you will be,
Always young and fair to me.

When your hair is silver white,
And your cheeks no longer bright,
With the roses of the May;
I will kiss your lips and say-
Oh! my darling, mine alone, alone,
You have never older grown,
Yes, my darling, mine alone,
You have never older grown.

Love can never more grow old,
Locks may lose their brown and gold,
Cheeks may fade and hollow grow,
But the hearts that love will know
Never, never, winter's frost and chill:
Summer warmth is in them still-
Never winter's frost and chill,
Summer warmth is in them still.

Love is always young and fair,-
What to us is silver hair,
Faded cheeks or steps grown slow,
To the heart that beats below?
Since I kissed you, mine alone, alone,
You have never older grown-
Since I kissed you, mine alone,
You have never older grown.

Darling, I am growing old,
Silver threads among the gold,
Shine upon my brow today;
Life is fading fast away.

"Silver Threads Among the Gold" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 09/09/06

Grandparents' Day clip art courtesy of - 09/08/07

Pink Rose Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/05/06

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!! 

Animated USMC and Air Force Flags clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Animated Wildly Laughing Dog courtesy of Eva Ellis Madagan ('61) of FL - 11/24/07
Thanks, Eva!

Bright Idea clip art (designed by Heather) courtesy of - 10/30/12

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Thumbs Up Smiley courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/19/06
Thanks, Al!

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