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11/08/17 - NNHS Newsletter - John Caywood

John M. Caywood
(08 Sept 1930 - 06 Nov 2017)

Menchville High School / Newport News High School Principal

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 I was saddened to read of the death of Mr. John CaywoodPrincipal of NNHS, who passed away in Newport News on Monday, November 06, 2017 at the age of 87.

From the Daily Press - 11/08/17: 

                     John M. Caywood
      NEWPORT NEWS - John M. Caywood was born September 8, 1930 in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. He passed away peacefully on November 6, 2017 with his devoted wife by his side.

John graduated Cum Laude from Lincoln Memorial University with a BS degree in Physics and Math. He also earned a Master's degree from the University of Virginia in Educational Administration.

John took on a dual role as a teacher and assistant principal at the young age of 23. After many years serving as a principal at various schools, he was appointed as the first principal of Menchville High School.

Mr. John Caywood

He remained at Menchville for 18 years, earning many awards for his outstanding leadership. During that time, the school was recognized for excellence, being one of 114 schools out of 22,000 in the U.S. In 1985, John was chosen Principal of the Year by his peers and in 1990, he was inducted into the VHSL Hall of Fame after his retirement in 1988.

John is survived by his loving wife, Shirley; his son, Bruce Caywood; his daughters, Debby Walden (Denny) and Trisha Carr (Mark); grandchildren, Shelley Quatro-Abel (Barry), April Firth (Ricky), Brian Carr; great-grandchildren, Alexis Quatro, Devin Quatro, Bryan Abel and Caleb Firth.

The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers of the Crossings' Memory Care unit for their loving support during this difficult time and Absolute Home Health and Medi Home Health and Hospice.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home with a celebration of John's life to be held Friday, November 10 at 11:00 a.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the , Williamsburg Branch Office, 213 McLaws Circle, Suite 2-B, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185 or online View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on November 8, 2017.

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ber 08, 2017

John Caywood was a good person. In a world that has become hard and cynical, John showed that caring about others was important. He treated me with dignity and respect when others thought I was not important. He fought for what was right, not always for what was popular. He was a good leader, allowing others to have input into important decisions. I saw him as a role model, and his calmness helped to counter my brashness. We last talked almost fifteen years ago. I could tell he was preparing to fight a difficult foe. He fought long and hard. The world is less without him.

~ Charles Miller, Apex, North Carolina

ber 08, 2017

Mr. Caywood was awesome; never minded going to his office when I got in trouble. Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this time of grieving. Class of '86

~ Andrew Hartman, Colonial Heights, Virginia

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mr. Caywood's family, friends, and former students at this difficult time.

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  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

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)

Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 09 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

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