11/06/06 - NNHS Newsletter -
Tommy Price

Thomas Anderson Price, Jr.
(d. 28 Oct 2006)


Newport News High School Class of 1951
 

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter.   


  From Robert Price ('61) of VA - 11/06/06 - "A newcomer, with sad news":

Carol,

First let me thank you for this site. It was a joy to find. I really appreciate the work that you put into it. My first excitement at finding the site was tempered when I found and went over the memorial page. I was depressed at seeing so many of my classmates have passed away. I remember them a vibrant young people and to have lost so many saddens me. Iím not sure many here will remember me but I remember many of you.

My first thought was to write, at some point, and add a little sports history to your page from my era. Iím sure that some of those that come here will gladly refresh/correct some of my foggy recollections. Somewhere I have some pictures and articles from my era and as soon as I find them Iíll pass them on for the sports pages.

Unfortunately, the reason Iím writing today is to report the passing of a former Typhoon, my brother, Thomas A. Price, Jr. ďTommyĒ on October 28th. He was a 1951 graduate. I know that goes back a little before most of the people here but his connection runs throughout NNHS history. He married a 1951 NNHS graduate, Christine Hand Price. His sister,    Jane Price London was a 1955 NNHS graduate. His brother, (thatíd be me) 
  Robert E. Price was a 1961 NNHS graduate. And his oldest son, Robert W. ďBobbyĒ Price was a member of the last NNHS graduating class of 1971.

Tommy was the winner of the NNHS Julian Gordon Trophy 1950 as the outstanding football player of that year. Heís the reason I played football for the Typhoons. We had some things is common on the football field, we wore the same jersey number Ď22í, we were about the same size, and we both scored wins on Turkey Day over the Crabbers, his in 1949 and mine in 1959 and 1960. But thatís where the difference ends. He was the football player. He was a hard nose defensive stand out, I was an average high school player. He was a guard, defensive nose guard. When he played there were no face mask, or mouth pieces. I remember him saying once that if you just hit the opposing player a few times in the mouth early in the game they werenít much trouble the rest of the game. But if they hit you back you were in for a long game.

Since I was only 6 or 7 when he played I donít remember much about his games with one exception. I do remember watching the game where he recovered a fumble and his returning it for about 20+ yards - his only carry. His biggest fan and as well as mine was our mother, now 97. She attended just about every football game he and I played in and was very vocal in her support.

Tommy also served in the US Army, in Germany, for two years and was a firefighter with the NNFD for 29 years. The fire department turned out for the funeral last Thursday and it was a very moving tribute.

Hopefully the next time I write it will be for a much lighter and brighter note.

Robert
 

   Oh, Robert, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss!  Thank you for joining us, and for sharing your sad news.  Please accept our deepest condolences.

 


From the Daily Press - 10/31/06:

Thomas Anderson Price, Jr.

NEWPORT NEWS - Thomas Anderson Price, 75, passed away, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, after a courageous battle with a long illness. He was born in Newport News, the son of the late Thomas A, Sr. and Alberta H. Price. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1951. Upon graduating, he entered the U.S. Army and served from 1952 to 1954. Upon his discharge, he joined the Newport News Fire Department and served for 29 years. He retired as Captain in 1983. He was one of the Washington Redskins most avid fans in the world. He had the privilege of seeing every home game with his family, until he was unable to attend. He married his high school sweetheart, Christine Price in 1952 and in March of 2002, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He is survived by his wife, Christine Price; two sons, Robert (Bobby) Price and Keith Price, whom he thought were the greatest. He is also survived by the lady who he truly thought of as a daughter, Mary Beth Price, the wife of Keith and then there are the 'boys' as he called the apple of his eyes, Tyler and Graham. Other than his two sons, nothing was more precious to him as the time he shared with Tyler and Graham. Other survivors include his mother, Alberta H. Price; sister, Jane London and her husband, Jack; brother, Robert E. Price and a host of nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, cousins and friends that will miss him greatly. Tommie's goal in life was to be everything that he could be to his family and he achieved that goal 100%. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with burial to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park with Newport News Fire Department Honors.

Published in the Daily Press from 10/30/2006 - 10/31/2006.
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Christine,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss! You, Keith and Bobby are in my thoughts and prayers. I think of you all often. May God keep you and your family in His loving arms! I will always love you and your family!

Love,

Sissy Taylor
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Sissy Taylor (Clayton, NC ) - October 30, 2006
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Christine, Words can't express how sorry we are for loss, Tommy was a wonderful man and will be missed very much. You'll are in our thoughts and prayers, and if you need anything, to just talk or a shoulder to cry on - we're there for you'll.

Love ya bunches -

Bob and Debbie Betley
Debbie Betley (Richmond, VA ) - October 30, 2006
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Christine and family,
We have lost a wonderful member of our family. A fond memory is of Tommy wearing a sweat shirt in 95 degree weather at the beach. No matter how bad he felt he was always in the thick of things. His love of his family kept him going until he just could not go anymore. Our prayers are with you!
Love, Jack and Marfa
Martha Byrum (Newport News, VA ) - October 30, 2006
 
 
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Robert Ziegler (Hertford, NC ) - October 30, 2006
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CHRISTINE, BOBBY AND KEITH,

I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR LOSS. TOMMIE WAS A WONDERFUL MAN! YOU WILL BE IN MY PRAYERS. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND COMFORT YOU! I LOVE YOU ALL VERY MUCH! I THINK ABOUT ALL OF THE TIME KEITH AND I SPENT TOGETHER GROWING UP AND MISS ALL OF YOU! I'M IN NORTH CAROLINA NOW SO I DO NOT GET BACK THERE OFTEN! PLEASE CALL ME IF THERE IS ANYTHING I CAN DO FOR YOU. I WILL JUMP IN MY CAR AND COME RIGHT AWAY!

LOVE YA'LL,

SISSY TAYLOR
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SISSY TAYLOR (RALEIGH, NC ) - October 31, 2006 
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CHRISTINE & FAMILY,

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO EACH OF YOU. SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. WILL KEEP ALL IN OUR THOUGHTS & PRAYERS DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

DON & NANCY JO LONDON
STERLING, VA
DON & NANCY JO LONDON (STERLING, VA ) - October 31, 2006 
 
 
Sorry to hear of your loss. Capt Tom and I worked together at #1 station in 1964 - what a great guy and friend.
God bless all the family.
R.R. Smith Smith Capt Ret N.N.F.D (Williamsburg, VA ) - October 31, 2006  
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To the family of Tommie Price, our Price family has lost another special member. We extend our sympathy to each of you.
Linda L. Lane (Williamsburg, VA ) - October 31, 2006 
 
 
Christine and family,
This family has lost one of its best. You were so blessed to have has such a wonderful husband , father, and grandfather. I know how much you all will miss him.
He was a wonderful brother and I will miss him so much. He was one of the hardest workers I have ever known. He wanted only the best for you all. We have all known Tommy was not well for such a long time.
But, we could not prepare for the day he would no be here with us all. We all were blessed to have just known him and we loved him,
and we love you all. Hold each other close and know that one day
we will see him again.

Love always,
Jane
Jane Price London (Hampton, VA ) - November 4, 2006 
 
 
Robert,
It's been a lot of years but I still remember you as the track star and football player. Excelled at both, as I recall!
Please accept my sincere condolences at the loss of your brother. While I did not have the pleasure of knowing him personally, I know you and I'm certain you both were cut from the same cloth. Therefore, I know he was a real standup guy.
Wishing you and your family all the peace and comfort possible, I am, sincerely
Joe Wingo
Joe Wingo (Charlotte, NC ) - November 6, 2006
 
 
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Harold London and Sylvia Saul (DeLand, FL ) - November 6, 2006
 
 
Dear family,

I am a family member from northern Virginia. I remember many happy occasions when the family got together in the 1950s at the house on Huntington Avenue, North End. My great grandmother was Alice Baker Price, my grandmother Myrtle Price Kingsolver, my mother Elizabeth Gates Donahue.

Lots of memories. They sustain us through our lives.
Gilbert Donahue (Annandale, VA ) - November 7, 2006
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Robert, I was so sorry to hear about your brother. My sister and I grew up down the street from you and your family and have fond memories of some of those times. You are in my thoughts.
Pauline Collins Shofner
Pauline Shofner (Newport News, VA ) - November 8, 2006
 
 
To my dear, precious Bobby, Keith, Mary Beth, Tyler and Graham. My heart is truly breaking for the loss of our most dear husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather. Tom was the epitome of love, kindness, integrity and Christianity that can be seen on this earth. Like you, I will be forever grateful that God chose to let him be in our lives. I know that he will remain in our hearts and minds forever and I firmly believe that we will once again see him as our reward. He loved you all so very much. When he spoke of each of you to me there was a warm, sunshiny light that was very visible in his eyes and you knew he was speaking from the depths of his heart. Know that he carried all of you very close to his heart and you were never far away in his mind. I thank God that you all will have dear, dear and fond memories of him to carry in your hearts. Love you all Mom, Grandma and Chris
Christine Price (Newport News) - November 8, 2006
 
 
 
 
 

    Our deepest sympathies are extended to Tommy's family and friends.


 
 

  From Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61) of VA - 11/09/06 - "Tommy Price":

Carol,
 
I just read the mail from    Robert Price ('61 - of VA), stating that no one would remember him. What a joke!!!! How could anyone not remember that handsome "boy"? He was in one of my classes and I'm sure I made him very uncomfortable, by staring at him all the time.  Glad to know he's among us now on THE WEB. I had no idea Tommy ('51) was his brother. I worked with his sister-in-law, Christine, at R.O. Nelson Elementary School for years. I remember when she went to see "The Phantom of the Opera" in NYC, I would enter the office and sing(?) "Christine, I Looove You", and she would just chuckle. So many fond memories of that fine family.  My heart and prayers are with the entire Price family.

Elaine Wilkinson Bracken ('61).  

   Thanks, Elaine.

 


    Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol

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