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10/03/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Jimmy Lentz

James Phillips Lentz
(1942 - 29 Sept 2018)

Newport News High School Class of 1960

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   More sad news has come to us.
Jimmy Lentz, Class of 1960, passed away in Williamsburg on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the age of 76.

   He was the brother of Ronald Lentz, David Lentz of VA, Rita Lentz Powell, Raymond Lentz, Sylvia Lentz-Garver, Susan Lentz-Dyszkewics, and Jim Young.


    From Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - 10/01/18, 1:34 AM:

My good friend and a Typhoon passed away last night, Jim Lentz. He was my neighbor and my friend. I babysat his kids, Sydney and Whitney, and he played golf with my dad. He was a pallbearer in both my parents' funerals. He and his true love Gail were our favorite neighbors, but they were more than neighbors, they were family. My son loved him and called him Mr. Jimmy. After my dad died, Mr. Jimmy would sit with my mom out on our bench out front and talk politics and the stock market for an hour or more. When I got bad off, he would come see me and bring me What a Burger all the way. He would laugh and say he could eat one of these with just ketchup.
 
  He complained about my rocking chair being too hard, so I bought a donut and a cushion. Now every time I look at that cushion, I’ll think of my dear friend. What a smart and kind man he was. Everyone should have a friend like him.

Rest In Peace, Mr. Jimmy. Prayers to his dear family. We all miss you and know where you are, with our Heavenly Father who has taken away all of your pain.

Here he is in my hard rocker visiting with my brother-in-law, Dan Adams, who taught English at NNHS 64-65. I think they were watching CNN.

   Oh, NO! Jamey, I am so sorry to learn this. You have my sincerest condolences on the passing of your dear friend.

 
 


From The Daily Press - 10/03/18:

        James Phillips Lentz
 
    NEWPORT NEWS - James Phillips Lentz passed away peacefully on September 29th following a battle with brain cancer.

A lifelong resident of Newport News, “Jimmy” graduated from Newport News High School in 1960 where he played Varsity Basketball.

He graduated as a marine designer from the Newport News Apprentice School in 1965. There he formed friendships lasting a lifetime, fondly referring to his former classmates as the Apprentice School Boys.

Over the course of his career as a naval designer he worked for the Newport News Ship Yard before being hired by M. Rosenblatt & Son. He worked primarily in Washington D.C. and traveled to shipbuilding locations around the world to include the Philippines, Australia and Japan. He finished his naval design career where he began, the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company.

 
Jimmy Lentz
 

Jimmy or J.P. as some of his friends called him, always enjoyed a movie or margarita night out with his daughters, spending time with his grandchildren and weekends with his longtime friend Hattie House. He loved driving his Porsche (the car of his dreams) but more than anything else he loved to play golf. From Newport News and Hampton to Williamsburg, the Carolinas, Georgia and beyond he loved the most stark par-three courses to the fanciest championship courses. After his retirement he worked a number of summers at Langley Air Force Base teaching youngsters the fine art of the game and trying to breed future golfers – even providing clubs for kids who couldn’t afford them. Prior to his final illness he was “working” as a starter at the Golden Horseshoe where he refused tips stating…”I don’t do this for the money…I just do it for the fun of it”.

Preceded in death by his mother, Rebecca A. Smith, and father, Raymond P. Lentz, Jr., he leaves behind daughters, Sydney Kemper Lentz Horne and Whitney Phillips Lentz Sanzo and their mother, Gail Sponsler Lentz; his grandchildren, Logan Phillips Sanzo, Waco James Battle Horne and Liberty Don Alonza Horne; his siblings, Ronald Joseph Lentz, David Franklin Lentz, Rita Lentz Powell, Raymond P. Lentz III, Sylvia Lentz-Garver, Susan Lentz-Dyszkewics, and Jim Young; and many other nieces and nephews.

Jimmy spent the last days of his life in the lovely Williamsburg home of his brother David and his beautiful wife, Deborah, who welcomed family and friends, for final visits. The family will be forever grateful for their hospitality and kindness.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Jimmy’s life will be held on Friday, October 5, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the Weymouth Funeral Home, 12746 Nettles Drive, Newport News, followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers the family urges everyone to treat themselves to an ice cold beer at your favorite 19th hole and say a toast to a life well lived. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press on October 3, 2018.
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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Jimmy'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/memoriam60.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
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
910-584-8802


 O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Words by Isaac Watts, The Psalms of David, 1719 (based on Psalm 90)
(17 July 1674 - 25 Nov 1748)

Music, St. Anne, by
William Croft, 1708
(10 Dec 1678 - 14 Aug 1727)


1. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

2. Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

4. Thy Word commands our flesh to dust,
“Return, ye sons of men”:
All nations rose from earth at first,
And turn to earth again.

5. A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

6. The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
With all their lives and cares,
Are carried downwards by the flood,
And lost in foll’wing years.

7. Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the op’ning day.

8. Like flow’ry fields the nations stand
Pleased with the morning light;
The flow’rs beneath the mower’s hand
Lie with’ring ere ’tis night.

9. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.


"O God, Our Help in Ages Past" midi courtesy of http://www.higherpraise.com/AMidDefault/OGodOurHelpInAgesPast.htm - 08/04/09

"O God, Our Help in Ages Past" lyrics courtesy of http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/O_God_Our_Help_in_Ages_Past/midi/ - 08/04/09

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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