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11/11/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Cliff Holbrook

Clifford A. Holbrook
(d. 08 Nov 2009)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.      Cliff Holbrook, father of the late    Dennis Holbrook, Class of 1964 (18 May 1946 - 23 Jan 2003), passed away on Sunday, November 8, 2009 in Newport News at the age of 91.

From the Daily Press - 11/11/09:



 Clifford A. Holbrook

    NEWPORT NEWS - Clifford A. Holbrook, 91, of Newport News, Va., passed away Sunday, Nov. 8.

He was a native of Ashland, Ky., and a longtime resident of Newport, Va. Cliff worked as an electrician for C&O Railroad for more than 40 years. He served in the United States Navy as an electrician and was a WWII Veteran. He was a member of Northside Church of Christ and was active in the local Moose Lodge, VFW, and a lifelong member of the IBEW.

Cliff was preceded in death by his son, Dennis A. Holbrook.

He is survived by wife, Betty Holbrook; brother, Clyde Holbrook; grandchildren, Jason and Lea Holbrook, Melissa and Steve Adair; great-grandchildren, Lauren and Sydney Holbrook; niece and nephew, Clyde and Shirley Holbrook; and many other family members throughout the county.

The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday Nov. 12, 2009, at the Peninsula Funeral Home Chapel, immediately followed by the funeral at 2 p.m. and internment at 3 p.m. at the Peninsula Memorial Park. Larry Jones, Minister will be officiating the services. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in The Daily Press from November 11 to November 12, 2009.
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November 11, 2009
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
~ Sallie Brandt, Newport News, Virginia

November 11, 2009

My deepest condolences and sympathies. I remember Mr. Holbrook fondly. He was always very kind to Jimmy DeBerry and I went we came over to see Dennis. Kinder than we deserved!
~ George Rowe, Richmond, Virginia

November 11, 2009

Mrs. Holbrook and family,

We are so sorry for your loss and will always remember the nice, kind person Mr. Holbrook was. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
~ Bobby and Joyce Armstrong, Suffolk, Virginia

November 11, 2009

Mrs. Holbrook, We are thinking of you in the loss of Mr. Holbrook. He was like a second father to Jimmy in his youth, and he will always hold a special place in our hearts. You are in our prayers. Love, Jimmy & Melody
~ Jim & Melody DeBerry, Newport News, Virginia

November 11, 2009

... Sorry to hear of the loss of (Dennis') dad. I have many fond memories of working with him at the railroad for many years. Can still see him getting in that little Mustang every afternoon to go home. He is up there with (Dennis and) all his railroad buddies now having a big reunion and is in a better place. My thoughts are with (the) family, and will always remember (Dennis and his) dad.
~ Bill Murphy, Granville, Ohio
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November 11, 2009

My Deepest Sympathy to the Holbrook Family. Dennis was a classmate and friend for many years after graduation from NNHS. May God Bless you in your time of sorrow.
~ Linda L. Lane, R. N., Williamsburg, Virginia

November 12, 2009

Clyde, Shirley and Family,
Sympathy to you and all the family.
Would delight to hear from you.
Love & Prayers, Richard & Alice Moore
~ Richard Moore, Danville, Virginia
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November 12, 2009

Betty and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cliff was a good friend and coworker to my dad (Robert Born). As well as a good friend and neighbor to my son (Eddie Vanderheyden) and his family. He will be missed. Pat and Tori Vanderheyden and Mabel Born
~ Pat Vanderheyden, Newport News, Virginia

November 12, 2009

Dear Mrs. Holbrook
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am glad we able to talk recently. Cliff and Dennis were great people and I always liked them. Hang in there and know that I will always have fond memories of you and your family and our summer trips to Buckroe.

~ Phil Hammond, Park City, Utah


November 13, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
~ Mark Hutcherson, Roanoke, Virginia
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  Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the Holbrook family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 21 Dec 1807)

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

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