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11/20/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Jimmy DeBerry

James William DeBerry, Jr.
(19 Aug 1946 - 14 Nov 2019)

Newport News High School Class of 1964

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

 
   I'm saddened to bring you more sad news this Wednesday morning. Jimmy DeBerry, Class of 1964, prominent NNHS athlete, passed away in Williamsburg on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the age of 73. Brother of Wayne DeBerry ('65) of VA, Jimmy's beautiful and vivacious wife,   Melody Clendenin DeBerry (Warwick HS - '66), died just less than one year ago.


From the Daily Press - 11/20/19:

    James William DeBerry, Jr.
   

 

 
    NEWPORT NEWS - James ("Jim") William DeBerry, Jr., age 73, died on Thursday, November 14, 2019 of complications due to a stroke. His last hours were spent peacefully at the Williamsburg Hospice House, where he was given generous care and attention in the company of loved ones and friends.

Jim was born on August 19, 1946 to James Sr. and Virginia DeBerry in Newport News, Virginia. He grew up in the downtown area of Newport News and spent much of his youth active in sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball.

Jim attended Newport News High School, Class of 1964, and played all three of those sports for the varsity squad of the Typhoons. After graduation, Jim enrolled in the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School, graduating in 1968 and transitioning to a career in the Shipyard that spanned four decades. As an Apprentice Builder, Jim was an iconic local sports figure and a frequent standout in the local press.

 
Jimmy DeBerry
 
 
  Jim married Melody Ann Clendenin in 1967 and, soon after, they took up residence at 3 Rugby Road in the Deer Park area of the city where they raised their family. Both being Newport News natives, Jim and Melody's community of friends throughout the city was extensive, and for nearly 50 years 3 Rugby Road was known to many as the DeBerry "headquarters" a place both visible (in plain view of J. Clyde Morris Blvd.) and inviting. Life on Rugby Road was nothing if not memorable, and being in the anchor house at the head of the street gave Jim and Melody the tacit responsibility of "neighborhood gatekeepers" a role they served with the type of forbearance and pride that could only come from a true sense of place: it was home. Melody left this world in November of 2018, and with her the heart and spirit of the DeBerry stronghold at 3 Rugby Road were broken. Just shy of a year later, Jim has followed.

Jim is survived by his children, Amy Davis of Hertford, NC and Douglas DeBerry (Linda DeBerry) of Williamsburg; his mother, Virginia DeBerry of Newport News; and his brother, Wayne DeBerry (Vicky DeBerry) of Yorktown. He has three grandchildren: Taylor Davis (26) of Winston-Salem, NC; and Grayson DeBerry (20) and Jordan DeBerry (18) of Williamsburg.

A memorial service for Jim will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601.

In lieu of flowers, the family would welcome a donation to the American Diabetes Association in Jim's honor. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Daily Press on November 20
, 2019.
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November 20, 2019 

I am so sorry to hear such sad news, as the loss is heartbreaking to family and friends. I know the family will grieve and take time to find the memories he has left to keep them smiling. I will be praying for everyone to come together and share the legacy he has left for them to share and a special prayer for my dear friend Amy to keep her father close through the love she holds in her heart.

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Harry and I dearly loved Jimmy, he was the sweetest and kindest man we've ever known. You are all in our prayers. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/dailypress/guestbook.aspx?n=james-nelms&pid=168424497&cid=full#sthash.eYd8EQ0l.dpuf

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   Our sincerest 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/memoriam64.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



The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done

Text: Anonymous Latin; translated by Francis Pott (1832-1909)
Music: Giovanni P. da Palestrina; arranged by W.H. Monk (1823-1889)
Tune: VICTORY, Meter: 888 with Alleluias
 

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The strife is o'er, the battle done,
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed:
let shout of holy joy outburst.
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The three sad days are quickly sped,
he rises glorious from the dead:
all glory to our risen Head!
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
He closed the yawning gates of hell,
the bars from heaven's high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!
Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live and sing to thee.
Alleluia!


"The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done" midi (extracted with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL)
and lyrics courtesy of http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/t/t368.html - 10/26/10
Thanks, Nathaniel!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

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