09/25/04 - NNHS Newsletter - Billy Rhodes and Vivian's Mother

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I was gone all day, and when I returned I found today's news was all sad.

From Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA - 09/25/04 - 10:50 AM:

Good Morning Carol,
In today's Daily Press (
www.dailypress.com), the obituary for William R. "Billy" Rhodes appears.  Billy was a graduate
of the Class of 1963, and had been living in Mexico for the past 15 years.

Have a great weekend, and see you in October.
Warmest Regards,

From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 09/25/04 - 10:52 AM:

Passing this along..

William R. "Billy" Rhodes

HAMPTON - William R. 'Billy' Rhodes died Sept. 17, 2004, in Mexico. Billy was born March 2, 1945, in Newport News, Va. He graduated
from Newport News High School in 1963. He then graduated from William and Mary and received his Doctorate from University of Wisconsin.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, William E. Middleton, in 1996. Survivors include his mother, Lelia Gayle Middleton of Hampton;
his wife, Lorena Rhodes, and their children, Karla and Lelia. He is also survived by a son, Forrest Rhodes, daughter, Emily Rhodes Oxenborg, and two grandchildren, Molly and Laurel. Other survivors include one sister, Sallie Rhodes Beaver, and two brothers, Maury Middleton and
Troy Middleton. His funeral was held in Hermosillo, Mexico, where he resided for the past 15 years.

Published in the Daily Press from 9/24/2004 - 9/25/2004.

From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of the Virgin Islands - 09/25/04 - 12:06 PM:

I noticed that we have lost another and have attached this below.... it shows he was a grad
in '63. It is sad to see so many so young leaving us.
Also Vivian Starnes (Calhoun) has lost her mother, Mrs. Buchanan. I cannot remember if
Vivian was a grad from NNHS or not.
Be safe from the storms.

   Sigh.  Thanks, Susie, Cheryl, and Brownie, for keeping us all informed.

   Billy's senior portrait and his obituary have been attached to '63's Memoriam Page:


   Yes, Brownie, Vivian is a member of the Class of '64.  Her brother, Mike, is a member of the Class of '66.  I'm not sure about Troy, but I assume he was younger - possibly the Class of 1969.

Virginia  Adelaide Starnes Buchanan

NEWPORT NEWS - Virginia 'Ginny' Adelaide Starnes Buchanan, 87, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004. A native of South Boston,
Va., she had been a Newport News resident for 59 years and retired as Office Manager of Roane's Radio and T.V. after 15 years of service. Ginny had previously been a nursing assistant at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.; was a lifelong member of Parkview Baptist Church, and a member of Outreach and the Women's Missionary Union. Mrs. Buchanan was preceded in death by her first husband, Troy J. Starnes Sr. and her second husband, Leonard E. Buchanan, and parents, Nannie and George Brandon. Survivors include two daughters,
Vivian S. Calhoun and husband, Orville, of Yorktown and Loretta S. Zeitz and husband, Richard, of Williamsburg; two sons, Michael S. Starnes and wife, Linda, of Newport News and Troy J. Starnes Jr. of Hampton; three stepchildren, Barbara S. Batts of Greensboro, N.C., Debbie B. Mariniak of Gloucester and Carroll Buchanan of Hampton; two sisters, Pattie Canada and Myrtle Hare of Durham, N.C.; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and nine nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday at Parkview Baptist Church with burial to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkview Baptist Church Building Fund, 604 Hilton Blvd., Newport News, 23605.

Published in the Daily Press from 9/24/2004 - 9/25/2004.

   I'll be adding Billy to "Recent Typhoon Deaths", and Mrs. Buchanan to "Other Recent Deaths" soon, and I'll have happier
news tomorrow.

Y'all take care of each other.

                                   Love to all, Carol


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