10/29/04 - NNHS Newsletter - Mike Spangler AND Connie's Husband
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
We have two sad notes tonight:
From Thelma Spade Roberts (57) of VA via Joe Madagan (57) of FL - 10/29/04:
Here is the Obituary in the Daily Press I wanted to get the info out as soon as I could.
Michael Roderick 'Mike' Spangler
NEWPORT NEWS -
Spangler, 65, died
Oct. 27, 2004, in
oncology unit of
Medical Center. He was born in Denver, Colo., to the late Arno and Wilmath Spangler. Mike had been a Peninsula resident
since 1940. He was a United States Air Force veteran. He worked with his father's business, Ace Fabrication & Welding.
Following his father's retirement, Mike successfully owned and operated the business until 1994. Following which, he worked
with V.I.M.S. at William & Mary. He was an avid pilot and held a private pilot's license. Mike performed test flights for friends
and besides his family soaring the skies was his greatest love. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Mike enjoyed introducing young people to the joys of flying and worked with the Young Eagles. Mike is survived by his family,
including his wife, Virginia 'Ginny' W. Spangler; five daughters, Rena K. Emerson, Terri L. Rawlings, Deborah Briscoe and her
husband, Ron, Maria Castleberry and her husband, Lee, and Elizabeth Batten and her husband, Al; seven grandchildren,
Gregory, Zachary, Craig, Matthew, Sterling, Katie and Cami; two brothers, Ronald Spangler and Dean Spangler; uncle, Conner
Spangler; aunt, Odessa Walters; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A celebration of Mike's life will be held
at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at 305 Cherokee Drive, Newport News. Riverside-Altmeyer Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Published in the Daily Press on 10/29/2004
When I put the address into MapQuest, this is the directions they gave: Off of
I-64 take Exit 255 toward VA-143/Jefferson Avenue. Merge onto
VA-143W/Jefferson Avenue via Exit 255B. Turn slight right onto Bland Boulevard. Turn Left onto Siemans Way. Turn Right onto McManus Boulevard.
Turn Left to stay on McManus Boulevard. Turn Right onto Cherokee Drive. End at 305 Cherokee Drive, Newport News. (This should take you to a gate
at the general aviation area where someone will be attending to give further directions). The service will be held in a hangar at the airfield, with a fly-over
This is all posted now, along with his Senior portrait::
Thanks, Thelma and Joe. Once again we extend our deepest sympathies to Ginny and to Mikes family and many friends.
From Susie Overton Jones (63) of VA 10/29/04:
was great seeing you last weekend during the Class of 1964's reunion.
What an awesome reunion it was. It was really great seeing alumni
from several years and faculty attending.
a sad note,
husband of Connie McGhee Soles (63),
passed away Tuesday, October 26, 2004 unexpectedly at their home.
Soles, 77, departed this earth on Oct. 26, 2004. He was dearly loved by his wife
of 22 years, Connie McGhee Soles.
He died unexpectedly at his home in Hampton on Tuesday afternoon. He was born in Dillon, S.C. and graduated from East Carolina
College where he was a baseball great. He later taught and coached at Princess Anne H.S. and Cox H.S. in Virginia Beach. When he
left teaching and coaching, he went into real estate, later founding his own company, Fred Soles Realty. He was a founding father
of the Virginia Beach Christian Church and a charter member of the Lynnhaven Lions Club. Although a great athlete, his greatest love
in life was music. One of his last endeavors was helping his wife, Connie, set up their charitable foundation, Music, Macs & MIDI Distance Learning, which will offer treatment for autism, ADHD, victims of stroke and Alzheimer's through a specialized music treatment called
Auditory Integration Training (AIT). You may read about this culmination of his life's work by visiting their website www.audiohope.org.
He leaves to cherish his memory a son, Gary Soles, of Chesapeake; a daughter, Laura Soles, also of Chesapeake; a daughter, Rachel
Soles Taylor and husband, Chip, and his two granddaughters, Allison and Hannah Taylor of Kure Beach, N.C. He is also survived by his brother, Ray Soles and wife, Eunice, of Charleston, S.C.; sister, Jill Johnson, also of Charleston, S.C.; sister, Ethel McGee and her
husband, Bobby, of Marrero, La.; a sister, Carolyn Turlich and husband, Glenn, of Buras, La.; a sister-in-law, Ann Soles Thomas
of Raleigh, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Doris Soles Seabrook and husband, Jim, of Johns Island, S.C. He leaves a host of nieces and nephews
and great-nieces and great-nephews. The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral Home from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31. A
memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to AudioHope.org at P.O. Box 88,
Hampton, Va., so that those in need may be treated and given a better quality of life. The success of this foundation was his greatest
Published in the Daily Press from 10/28/2004 - 10/29/2004.
Thank you, Susie.
As Life usually grants us, we have been given the sharpest pains amidst the greatest joys.
Yall take care of each other as you do so splendidly.
Love to all, Carol
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