NNHS Class of 1954

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NAME BIRTH DEATH CAUSE OF DEATH

Gay Allen Bridges 21 May 1936
Newport News, VA
28 May 1993
Hayes, VA
 
Home Room 308

Sr. Assembly Committee
Sr. Flower Committee: Chairman
Jr. Chorus
Sr. Chorus: Letter
Cast of "A Touch of Starlight"
Jr. Red Cross Representative

Married: 06 Aug 1971 in Ashland, VA
to Leroy James Bridges
(07 Apr 1914 - 25 Oct 1997)

GAY A. BRIDGES

HAYES - Gay Allen Bridges, 51, a native of Newport News and a Peninsula resident for 42 years, died Friday, May 28 (1993).

Mrs. Bridges was employed by Commonwealth Health Care of Gloucester. She was a member of Newington Baptist Church and a former member of First Baptist Church, Newport News. She was a member of Homemakers Extension Club of Gloucester.

Survived by her husband, Leroy Bridges; and two sisters, Gaynell Champion of Hertford, N.C., and Dolores Gilbert of Newport News.

Visitation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Peninsula Funeral Home and at 208 Bayview Drive, Grafton. Funeral 12:30 p.m. Tuesday by Dr. Gray at Peninsula Funeral Home, Newport News. Burial in Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News.


http://www.nnhs65.com/05-11-12-NNHS-Dolores-Allen-Gilbert.html
 

Fall of 1953

Patricia Allred Minga      
  Home Room 308

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Marsha Andrews Cairns      
  Home Room 109

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Beverly Avant Russell 1936
Florence, SC
19 Oct 2007
Tequesta, FL
 
Home Room 308

D.E. Club
House and Grounds Committee
School Dance Committee
G.A.A.
Fieldball Team
Soccer Team: Captain
Basketball Team: Captain
Hockey Team: Captain
  http://www.nnhs65.com/10-30-07-
NNHS-Beverly-Avant-Russell.html
Fall of 1953

Millard Babb 18 Oct 1933 29 Sept 1998
Newport News, VA
 
  Home Room 126

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Garland Bedsal      
  Home Room 308

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Vianne Bryant Webb 17 June 1936
Portsmouth, VA
10 Oct 1992
Newport News, VA
Cancer
  Home Room 109

Nelms Honor Scroll
National Honor Society
Quill and Scroll
Anchor Staff: Editor of Senior Section
Sr. Class Speaker
Sr. Assembly Committee: Co-Chairman
Jr. Dance Committee: Chairman
Jr. and Sr. Choruses
Cast of 2 Plays
Latin & French Clubs

Westhampton College

 The College of William and Mary

(WGH-FM 1963 - 1983 librarian, host morning classical music program and Program Director)

The Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads gives the The Vianne B. Webb Award for Lifetime Achievement to in recognition of continued active involvement in, and enthusiasm for, the cultural community.[9]

http://hdhdata.org/roots/c3196.html


Grandmother of Actress 
  Haley Webb
(b. 25 Nov 1985 - Woodbridge, VA):

http://www.imdb.com/name/
nm2251716/

http://www.haleywebb.net/

 

 

VIANNE WEBB, PUBLIC RADIO VOICE, DIES - CLASSICAL MUSIC LOVER, ARTS COMMUNITY LEADER

Vianne Webb, whose mellifluous radio voice inspired listeners and nurtured organizations in the classical arts in Hampton Roads, died of cancer in her Newport News home Saturday.

Webb, 56, was vice president of radio services for WHRO, the region's public broadcasting radio-television station.

"Those of us whose lives were touched by Vianne will understand the depth of this loss," said John R. Morison, WHRO's president and general manager. "Her taste, wit and intelligence forged the vision of what public radio could be.

"Under her meticulous and gentle leadership, her love of music and ideas and her passion for her audiences, she took us on an intriguing journey through the artistic medium of radio," he said.

Under her guidance, WHRO added a second public broadcasting station, WHRV-FM 89.5, in 1990 and moved WHRO-FM to 90.3 on the dial.

WHRO executives began thinking about a second radio station as early as 1983. Along with Morison, Webb participated in extensive negotiations with other radio stations to clear the airwaves and was instrumental in having WFOS-FM, a station operated by Chesapeake public schools, relocated from 90.3 to another frequency.

"Those two radio stations reflect her vision of what public radio could be in Hampton Roads," said Donna Hudgins, director of communications at WHRO. "She understood what having two diverse public radio stations in this market could provide. Vianne could anticipate what might bring larger audiences to public radio - music, news and public affairs programming they might not even know they'd enjoy until they heard it."

Webb's voice was heard over the radio since the 1960s, first on the former WGH-FM (97.3) and later on WHRO-FM (90.3). From 1987-1992, she hosted "Our Place, Our Time," a weekly program on WHRO-TV, Channel 15.

"A lot of people loved her who never met her," said Phyllis Kyle Stephenson of Newport News, a friend who shared Webb's passion for the arts. "It was the unique combination of her wonderful personality, her broad knowledge of music and theater and a voice that led you like a pied piper into what she loved."

In recent years, Webb devoted much of her on-air time to raising money for WHRO, something she was especially adept at. Over the years, she lent her voice to other activities, such as the Virginia Symphony fund-raising marathons in the 1970s and early '80s. "She was passionate about the arts but she expressed it in such a reasonable manner," said former Virginia Symphony president Minette Cooper.

"She communicated not in a hucksterish way, but through the positive things she said," said Virginia Opera General Director Peter Mark. "Any musical institution here could not have achieved the growth it did without her presence."

Born in Portsmouth, Webb attended University of Richmond's Westhampton College and the College of William and Mary, majoring in comparative literature, said Betty Luse of Hampton, a friend and WHRO producer of public affairs. She went to work at WGH-FM in 1962 as a record librarian.

"I realized very quickly that Vianne had a marvelous voice and excellent diction," said Raymond B. Bottom Jr., a former owner of the Daily Press, which owned WGH. "She also had a deep attachment to classical music - she bubbled over with it."

Webb became program director in 1969. The following year WGH-FM became the first FM station in Tidewater to broadcast classical music full time.

During her years at WGH, Webb hosted numerous programs. Her Thursday morning "Listener Request" show with Dwight Davis, now co-hosted by Davis and Hope Mihalap Friday mornings on WHRO-FM, was one of the area's most popular weekly events.

In 1976, Webb was elected president of the Concert Music Broadcasters Association, a national group of classical music broadcasters. She was active as a broadcaster for symphony programs in other cities and for fund-raising activities around the country, said Luse. She also reviewed theater and music performances for the Daily Press from 1965-1982 and taught music appreciation, history and criticism for Christopher Newport University's continuing education division from 1975-1980.

"She never knew how to say `no' when people asked her to serve on a board or committee," said Bottom. In December 1982, after the Daily Press had announced the sale of WGH, she left the area to work for Parkway Communications, a Bethesda, Md., company that syndicates classical music programming to radio stations. The programs she taped can still be heard on stations around the country.

Webb returned to the area as director of cultural programming development for WHRO in October 1984. She was named WHRO-FM station manager in 1985 and became vice president of public radio services in 1989.

Friends remember her as a lover of literature who haunted library book sales and book shops.

Saturday afternoons would find her listening to the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts on WHRO-FM. Her taste in opera was sweeping: from standard Italian and French works to German operas by Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner. Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata" was a favorite, said Stephenson. "I first encountered opera when I was given a recording of Puccini's `La Boheme' and a copy of Milton Cross' `The Complete Stories of the Great Operas.' I was 6 years old," Webb wrote in a 1982 Daily Press article on how to enjoy opera.

"By the time I was a teen-ager, opera meant so much to me that I wouldn't accept dates on Saturday afternoon unless the boy wanted to listen to the broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera that started at 2 o'clock." Over the years, Webb served on the boards of Newport News Arts Commission, Peninsula Community Theatre, Peninsula Council for the Arts, Virginia Pro Musica, Young Audiences of Virginia and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads.

She is survived by a daughter, Valerie Webb Duncan of North Potomac, Md.; two sons, Bryant Ashley Webb of Woodbridge and Leighton Curtis Webb of Newport News; a sister, Drucilla Davis of Chicago; a brother, Clyde Matthew Bryant Jr. of Bowie, Md; and eight grandchildren.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at 2234 Criston Drive, Newport News.

The funeral service at Christ & St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Olney Road in Norfolk, will be Tuesday by the Rev. James W. H. Sell and the Rev. Irwin M. Lewis. Special prelude music begins at 10 a.m. at the church. A private burial will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be sent to the Vianne Webb Endowment, c/o WHRO, 5200 Hampton Blvd., Norfolk 23508.

Published in the Daily Press on Sunday, October 11, 1992.

Fall of 1953

Jerry Bunting Aug 1936
Newport News, VA
15 Feb 2004
Fairfax, VA
Liver Cancer
Home Room 109

Beacon Staff: Circulation Manager
Drama: Stage Crew
Senior Motto Committee
Senior Assembly Committee
Behavior Code Committee
Usher Staff
   
Fall of 1953

Elwood Carroll      
  Home Room 109

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Pat Council Rivenbark   27 Apr 2007
Hampton, VA
 
Home Room 109

Senior Pennant Committee
Junior Dance Committee
Cantata
Fieldball Team
Soccer Team

  http://www.nnhs65.com/04-30-07-
NNHS-Pat-Council-Rivenbark.html
Fall of 1953

Bobby Curling 15 June    
Home Room 314
 
   
Fall of 1953

Leroy Curry      
  Home Room 109

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Bill Dechert 30 Mar 1934 26 Aug 1996  
  Home Room 303

Transfer from Warwick High School
   
Fall of 1953

Jean Denton      
  Home Room 309

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Jeryl Diamant      
  Home Room 309

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Estelle Ellis      
  Home Room 309

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Nancy Forehand Ronemous 13 Oct 1936
Newport News, VA
17 June 2001
Waterloo, IA
 
  Home Room 107

Junior and Senior Bands: Letter, Music Staff
Senior Bulletin Board Committee
F.H.A.
G.A.A.
Junior Red Cross Representative
French Club
Speedball Team
Varsity Hockey Team

Riverside Hospital School
of Nursing: R.N.: 1957

NANCY H. RONEMOUS

Nancy H. Ronemous, 64, 1717 Baltimore St., Waterloo, Iowa, died Sunday, June 17, 2001, in Waterloo. Born Oct. 13, 1936, in Newport News, Va., she was the daughter of Joseph and Helen (Robertson) Forehand, a graduate of Newport News High School in 1954, and Riverside Hospital School of Nursing in 1957. She married Clarence D. Ronemous Jr., 1956. She was director of Allen Memorial Hospital Women's Health Clinic.

She is survived by her husband; son, Master Sgt. Joseph, U.S. Air Force, of Bellevue, Neb.; son, David, and daughter, Amy Lane, of Waterloo; nine grandchildren; brother, Everette, of Williamsburg, Va.; sister, Pat Goodin of Louisville, Ky.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waterloo, with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Cedar Valley Hospice.

Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 W 4th St., Waterloo, Iowa (319) 233-6138.

Published in the Daily Press on Wednesday, June 20, 2001.

Fall of 1953

Earl Fox 1935
Newport News, VA
03 Nov 2014
Poquoson, VA
 
Home Room 109

 
http://www.nnhs65.com/11-05-14-
NNHS-Earl-Fox.html
Fall of 1953

Tom Gatling      
  Home Room 109

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Doyle Gibbs      
  Home Room 309

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Marjorie Goad O'Neal      
  Home Room 303

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Joanne Goff Parrott      

Home Room 126

Beacon Staff: Editor-in-Chief: Letter
Quill and Scroll: President
Jr. Chorus
Sr. Chorus: Publicity Manager
Girls' Glee Club
Sr. Dance Committee
Jr. Dance Committee
Usher Staff
G.A.A. Gym Show
F.H.A.
   
Fall of 1953

Ben Gordon 21 Mar 1936
VA
27 Oct 2012
Norfolk, VA
 
Home Room 105

Fire Warden
Electric Shop Officer
Beacon Staff: Advertising Staff: Manager
House and Grounds Committee
Publicity Committee
  http://www.nnhs65.com/10-30-12-
NNHS-Ben-Gordon.html
Fall of 1953

Aubrey Griffin Grow      
  Home Room 309

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Nancy Hall Gause      
  Home Room 109

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Kirk Hanrahan   Before Oct 1989  
  Home Room 105

Graduating in Absentia
   
Fall of 1953

Doris Harpine Hurst 31 Jan 1936
Staunton, VA
26 Oct 2017
Smithfield, VA
 
Home Room 126

Varsity Cheerleader: Letter
J.V. Cheerleader: Head
Usher Staff
Drama: Costume Staff
Sr. Pennant Committee
School Spirit Committee
Jr. Red Cross Representative
G.A.A. Gym Show
  http://www.nnhs65.com/10-31-17-
NNHS-Doris-Harpine-Hurst.html
Fall of 1953

John Hoban 03 Nov 1936
VA
03 July 1991
Newport News, VA
 
  Home Room 107

Junior Band
Senior Band
School Dance Band

College of William and Mary:
B.S.: Draft Engineering

United States Navy

JOHN W. HOBAN JR.

NEWPORT NEWS -
John W. ``Tinker'' Hoban Jr., 54, a lifelong Peninsula resident, died Wednesday, July 3, in Riverside Regional Medical Center.

Mr.
Hoban retired as an inspector at Newport News Shipyard in 1990 after 34 years. He was a veteran of the Navy.

He was a 1954 graduate of Newport News High School and a graduate of the College of William and Mary, where he earned a degree in draft engineering. He was a former member of and saxophonist for the Cruisers Band.

He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.

Mr.
Hoban was also a member of the World Ship Society, Warwick Moose Lodge 1711 and the Mariners Museum. He was a former member of the Original Club and a member of the National Railroad Historical Society, Old Dominion Chapter, Richmond.

Survivors include his wife, Marlena G.
Hoban; a daughter, Susan K. Hoban, at home; a son, Keith W. Hoban of Newport News; a stepson, Danny G. Tsitouris of Newport News; and his mother, Bessie Rosso Hoban
of Newport News.

The family will receive friends from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.

A mass will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the church by the Rev. Michael McCarron and the Rev. James Ditty. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Published in the Daily Press on Thursday, July 4, 1991.

Fall of 1953

Evelyn Howell      
  Home Room 308

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Helen Jean Hudgins Wood      
  Home Room 303    
Fall of 1953

Ethelyn Jackson Covington      
  Home Room 105

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Ken Joyner   before 2008  
Home Room 105

Senior Band
Latin Club
Key Club
J.V. Football Team
Varsity Football Team: Letter
J.V. Basketball Team
Varsity Basketball Team: Letter
Usher Staff
Shop Officer
   

 

http://www.nnhs65.com/06-13-16-
NNHS-Emma-Joyner-Barker-Schultz.html

Fall of 1953

Billy Kelley 06 May 1934
 
12 Jan 2012
Clayton, NC
 
Home Room 109

Wood Shop Officer
Metal Officer
Auto Machine Shop Officer
http://nnhs65.com/01-19-12-
NNHS-Bill-Kelley.html
Fall of 1953

Donna Keranen Baber 10 Dec 1935
Oklahoma City, Ok
04 Sept 2010
Hampton, VA
 
Home Room 308

Nelms Honor Scroll
J.V. Cheerleader
Varsity Cheerleader: Head, Letter
Anchor Staff: Senior Section Co-Editor
Launchings: Illustrator
Clubs: Latin, Science
Sr. Invitation Committee: Chairman
Usher Staff
Student Council Representative

Hall of Fame: Most Popular

Riverside Hospital School of Nursing

  http://nnhs65.com/09-09-10-
NNHS-Donna-Keranen-Baber.html
Fall of 1953

Betty Lackey Sandefur 16 Dec 1935
Newport News, VA
24 Oct 1997
Lady Lake, FL
 
Home Room 105

Nelms Honor Scroll
Anchor Staff: Art Staff
Art Club
Jr. Chorus
Sr. Bulletin Board Committee
Pep Club
Launchings: Illustrator
G.A.A. Gym Show
F.H.A. Fashion Show
  BIO-Betty-Lackey-Sandefur.html
Fall of 1953

Mac Langston 04 Jan 1936
Wayne Co., NC
16 Aug 2016
Smithfield, VA
 
Home Room 126

Key Club
J.V. Football Team
J.V. Basketball Team
Varsity Football Team: Co-Captain, Letter
Varsity Basketball Team
Baseball Team
Julian Gordon Trophy
Athletic Council
8th Grade President

Wake Forest University

US Army

Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School

 

http://www.nnhs65.com/08-20-16-
NNHS-Mac-Langston.html

http://www.nnhs65.com/03-29-15-
NNHS-Ray-Langston.html

http://www.nnhs65.com/08-20-16-
NNHS-Alice-Langston-Parker.html

Fall of 1953

Ray Langston 19 July 1934
Wayne Co., NC
20 Jan 2015
Waynesville, NC
 
Home Room 308

D.O, Club
J.V. Football
J.V. Basketball
Varsity Football Team: Letter
Varsity Basketball Team
Junior "Y" Board Member
Usher Staff

Paratrooper in the US Army
82nd Airborne

   

http://www.nnhs65.com/03-29-15-
NNHS-Ray-Langston.html

http://www.nnhs65.com/08-20-16-
NNHS-Mac-Langston.html

http://www.nnhs65.com/08-20-16-
NNHS-Alice-Langston-Parker.html

Fall of 1953

Walter Leyland 11 Sept 1936
Newport News, VA
14 Mar 2017
Williamsburg, VA
Dementia/Parkinson's Disease
Home Room 105

Sr. Assembly Committee: Co-Chairman
Key Club
Hi-Y Club
Latin Club: Vice-President
Executive Board Representative
of Student Council
Jr. Red Cross Representative
Sr. Chorus

College of William and Mary: B.S.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute: M.S.
Lehigh University: M.S.: Management Science

http://www.nnhs65.com/03-19-17-
NNHS-Walter-Leyland.html
Fall of 1953

Harry Mears 25 Feb 1936
 
23 Feb 1998
Orlando, FL
 
  Home Room 314

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Loretta Morris Langston 1936
Dunn, NC
10 May 2016
Newport News, VA
 
Home Room 126

Spanish Club
School Dance Committee
Student Council Representative
School Spirit Committee
Junior Dance Committee
Beacon Staff
Election Official
Tri-Hi-Y
Cantata

http://www.nnhs65.com/05-14-16-
NNHS-Loretta-Morris-Langston.html
Fall of 1953

Nancy Morris Knowles 25 Feb 1936
Monks Corner, SC
13 Mar 2014
Hampton, VA
 
  Home Room 126

Student Body Secretary
Newcomers Committee: Co-Chairman
Usher Staff: Head, Letter
Thespians
Drama: Furniture Staff: Head; Letter
Beacon Staff: Secretary, Typist
Senior Dance Committee
Senior Color Committee
G.A.A.; Hockey Team
Student Council: Letter
http://www.nnhs65.com/03-15-14-
NNHS-Nancy-Morris-Knowles.html
Fall of 1953

Franklin Mitchell 23 Feb 1936
Camden, SC
17 Jan 1999
Sand Springs, OK
Cancer ??
  Home Room 314

Senior Dance Committee
Senior Honor Council Representative
Junior Dance Committee
Key Club
Spanish Club
J.V. Basketball Team: Letter
Varsity Basketball Team
Newcomers Committee
Home Room Officer

Virginia Polytechnic Institute:
B.S.: Industrial Engineering, 1959

United States Navy

Thomas Franklin Mitchell Sr.

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. - Thomas
Franklin "Frank" Mitchell Sr. passed away Jan. 17, 1999, after an extended illness. He was the son of Glen J. and Blanche (Haigler) Mitchell, born in Camden, S.C., on Feb. 23, 1936.

He lived in Newport News most of his early life and graduated from Newport News High School in 1954 and Virginia Tech in 1959 with a degree in industrial engineering. Upon graduation, he married Norma Wilson on July 25, 1959. They would have celebrated their 40th anniversary this year.

Upon serving four years as a naval officer, his career began with Armstrong Cork Co. in their glass container division. He worked in Millville, N.J., for seven years and became assistant plant manager of Kerr Glass in Sand Springs, Okla., in 1970. In 1974, he moved with Kerr Glass to Huntington, W.Va., as plant manager. In 1981, he was transferred back to Sand Springs as plant manager, where he retired in 1994 shortly after the closing of the plant, which had been acquired by the Ball Corp.

In addition to his wife, Norma, Frank is survived by three loving children, Frank Jr. of St. Louis, Mo., G. Scott
Mitchell of Tulsa and Sharon Mitchell of Tulsa; three grandsons, Kevin, Kyle and C.J.; and his brother, Glen J. Mitchell
of Silver Spring, Md.

The family will receive friends at Mobley-Dodson from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at First Presbyterian Church, Sand Springs, with the Rev. Dan Pulver officiating. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Sand Springs under the direction of Mobley-Dodson Funeral Service.

Published in the Daily Press on Tuesday, January 19, 1999.

Fall of 1953

Marvin Mitchell 19 July 1934
Powhatan Co., VA
14 Mar 2016
Poquoson, VA
 
Home Room 303

J.V. Football Team
Varsity Football Team: Letter
Varsity Baseball Team: Letter
Track Team
All Foreman Field Team
All Tidewater Team
Sportswriters' All State Team
Most Outstanding Lineman: '51
Most Outstanding Back: '53
Shop Officer
http://www.nnhs65.com/03-16-16-
NNHS-Marvin-Mitchell.html

http://www.nnhs65.com/FOOT-B-54.html

http://www.nnhs65.com/TRACK-54.html

Fall of 1953

Myrtle Moore Lassiter 23 Aug 1935 15 Mar 1989
Richmond, VA
 
  Home Room 314

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Frank Ottofaro 13 June 1934
Newport News, VA
14 Mar 2012
Newport News, VA
Congestive Heart Failure
Home Room 126

J.V. Football Team
Varsity Football Team: Letter
Track Team
Drama: Stage Crew
Usher Staff
National Athletic Scholarship Society
Metal Shop Officer

United States Navy

http://nnhs65.com/03-16-12-
NNHS-Frank-Ottofaro.html

http://www.dailypress.com/news/
hampton/dp-nws-ottofaro-passing-
20120315,0,4024245.story

http://www.nnhs65.com/05-17-15-
NNHS-Macy-Ferguson-Cook.html

http://www.nnhs65.com/07-05-17-
NNHS-Dora-Ferguson-Ottofaro.html

Fall of 1953

Jerry Overman      
Home Room 126    
Fall of 1953

Warren "Poopsie" Powell   15 Dec 2015
Newport News, VA
 
Home Room 126

Junior Red Cross Representative
Drama: Stage Crew

Courtesy of Marvin Barnes ('65) of VA - 12/16/15
Thank you, Marvin!

http://www.nnhs65.com/12-16-15-
NNHS-Warren-Poopsie-Powell.html
Fall of 1953

Kent Puckett 13 July 1935
Newport News, VA
08 May 2000
Atlanta, GA
 
  Home Room 308

Boys State Representative
Senior Class President
Junior Class President
Hi-Y Club
Anchor Staff: Sports Editor
Beacon Staff: Cartoonist
Launchings Staff: Illustrator
Senior Chorus
Student Council Representative
Varsity Baseball Team: Letter
Hall of Fame: Most Popular

Richmond Professional Institute: 1957

HAROLD K. PUCKETT

Harold Kent Puckett, age 64, died peacefully on Monday, May 8, 2000, at home in Atlanta.

Kent was born in Newport News in 1935, graduated from Newport News High School as Class President in 1954 and, after graduating from Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU) in 1957, married Pat in 1961. He was President of The
Puckett Group advertising agency in Atlanta, a board member of the American Tract Society and an Elder in his church. He authored and/or illustrated several children's books about the life of Christ. While he collected thousands of works written by others, most of the words of wisdom he imparted were his own. They were sometimes poignant, sometimes just plain hilarious, but they were always there when you needed them. Kent Puckett lived a life that was never about himself. Mostly about you. Always about God.

He taught us how to laugh, worship, stay connected and pray.

He taught us the meaning of unconditional love, selflessness, dedication and humility. And he taught us, without even knowing it, that anyone more caring, compassionate or devout is the Savior, himself.

He was husband to Patricia Barrow, father to Stephen and Scott, brother to Robert and Stephen, grandfather to Michael, Rileigh, Connor and Reese, friend to all, hero to most and disciple, first and foremost, to Christ.

Funeral services will be at the Crenshaw Methodist Church in Blackstone, Virginia, Thursday, May 11, at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. A Memorial Celebration Service will be held on Saturday, May 14, at 4 p.m. at the Intown Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the National Christian Charitable Fund in the name of the Kent
Puckett
Memorial Fund.

So, to those of you anywhere in the world this day with a tear in your eye, an emptiness in your heart and a lump in your throat, he had a message for you too. "Keep a lip upper stiff, my friend ... keep a lip upper stiff."

Published in the Daily Press on Wednesday, May 10, 2000.

Fall of 1953

Bill Purdy      
  Home Room 308

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Harold "Dusty" Rhodes 06 Sept 1934   28 Apr 1994
Richmond, VA
 
  Home Room 308

D. O. Club
Student Council Representative
Junior Red Cross Representative
Drama: Stage Crew
School Publicity Committee
Cantata
Shop Officer

HAROLD E. RHODES

RICHMOND - Harold Eugene "Dusty" Rhodes, 58, of Richmond, died Thursday, April 28, 1994.

Mr.
Rhodes was a retired engineer for C&P Telephone Co.

He is survived by his wife, Jane P.
Rhodes; children and their spouses, Donna R. and D. Brian Robertson of Richmond; Jeffrey A. and Lisa Rhodes of Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandchildren, Sarah A. Robertson and Patrick A. Robertson; a sister, Virginia Lee Thompson of Bradenton, Fla. and one brother, Frank M. Rhodes
of Newport News.

The family will receive friends 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Huguenot Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian, Va. Graveside service will be conducted noon Tuesday in Westhampton Memorial Park, Richmond.

Memorial contributions may be made to Forest View Volunteer Rescue Squad, Richmond, Va.

Published in the Daily Press on Monday, May 2, 1994.

Fall of 1953

Allen Roberts      
  Home Room 303

J.V. Basketball Team
Senior Ring Committee
Senior Pennant Committee
Shop Officer
   
Fall of 1953

Clarence Roberts      
  Home Room 125

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Allen Smith      
  Home Room 126

Cross Country Track Team
Christmas Play '52
Krabba Karavan
Krabba Highlight Staff
Transfer from Hampton High
N.N.H.S.: Beacon Staff
Track Team
Tournament Play Cast
   
Fall of 1953

Bob Smith 06 Jan 1936
Newport News, VA
15 Sept 2010
Hobbs, New Mexico
 
Home Room ???

Science Club
Spanish Club
Election Official
Usher Staff
School Spirit Committee
Sr. Chorus
Jr. Chorus
Boys Glee Club
Football Team
J.V. Basketball Team

Virginia Military Institute

United States Coast Guard

http://nnhs65.com/09-22-10-
NNHS-Bob-Smith.html

Fall of 1953

(Sorry for the poor quality; my PhotoShopping skills are inadequate to compensate for this much damage,)

Bill Spencer 20 Nov 1935
Lynchburg, VA
29 Aug 2001
Newport News, VA
Cancer
  Home Room 308

Hi-Y Club
Key Club
Drama: Stage Crew, Stage Manager
Drama Letter
J.V. Basketball Team
Varsity Basketball Team: Letter
Cantata

Virginia Polytechnic Institute:
Delta Pi Zeta

Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School

United States Navy

WILLIAM WESLEY SPENCER

William "Sonny" Wesley Spencer, 65, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2001. A native of Lynchburg, he had been a Peninsula resident for 59 years.

A graduate of Newport News High School, Mr.
Spencer attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and was a member of Delta Pi Zeta fraternity. He was a Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School graduate and had retired from the 051 Sourcing department of the Newport News Shipbuilding, where he was a Master Shipbuilder with 45 years of service. A Navy veteran, he had been a Navy Reservist and a member of the Propeller Club. He attended the Methodist Church.

Mr.
Spencer was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Nina Spencer.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Pat
Spencer; two daughters, Whitney S. McGee and her husband, Robert, of Richmond and Leslie S. Fulton and her husband, Steve, of Newport News; two sisters, Sally Johnston and her husband, Sid, of Smithfield and Ann Bateman of Hampton; his brother, Sammy Spencer
and his wife, Sarah, of Suffolk; five grandchildren, Amber, Caleb, Alexa, Alyssa and Ian; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

A graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m. today in Peninsula Memorial Park with the Rev. Michael Mayton, of the United Methodist Church, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 895 Middle Ground Blvd., Suite 154, Newport News, VA 23606.

Published in the Daily Press on Friday, August 31, 2001.

Fall of 1953

Betty Spiers Parker 16 July 1936
Newport News, VA
05 Jan 2011
Fredericksburg, VA
 
Home Room 309

Sr. Flower Committee
Jr. Chorus
Sr. Chorus: Letter
http://nnhs65.com/01-08-11-
NNHS-Betty-Spiers-Parker.html
Fall of 1953

Ronnie Stallings   17 Nov 2012
Loris, SC
 
Home Room 308

Varsity Football: Letter
Varsity Baseball: Letter
J.V. Football
J.V. Basketball
Senior Band: Letter
Jr. Band
Key Club
Latin Club
Hi-Y Club
Home Room: Officers
  http://www.nnhs65.com/12-21-12-
NNHS-Winter-Solstice.html
Fall of 1953

Harold Stanbrook      
  Home Room 120

Sr. Dance Committee
Typhoon Time Staff: Announcer
Transfer from New York High School
Radio Production
Projector Club
Camera Club
   
Fall of 1953

Lynne Steele      
  Home Room 309

D.
   
Fall of 1953

Moonyeen Warren      
  Home Room 107
D.
   
Fall of 1953

Jean Weaver Overman   19 May 2011
Hampton, VA
 
Home Room 303

Senior Ring Committee
F.T.A.
G.A.A.
Drama: Make-up Staff
Drama: Furniture Staff
Y-Teens
Office Assistants' Club

http://nnhs65.com/05-21-11-
NNHS-Jean-Weaver-Overman.html
Fall of 1953

Youngsook Kim Weaver Harvey 1934
Korea
23 Feb 1983
Honolulu, HI
Lung Cancer of the Air Sacs
Home Room 109

National Honor Society
French Club
F.T.A.
Hall of Fame: Best Student

Madison College
Fairleigh Dickinson University: A.A. in Nursing: 1962
University of Hawaii:
B.A.: Asian Studies
; 1969
M.A.: Anthropology: 1971
Ph.D.: Anthropology: 1976

She came to the United States at the tender age of 17 and entered our Junior Class in 1953, having married a U.S. Army serviceman in Korea.  To the best of my knowledge, Kim - as we called her - was the only Asian in NNHS at that time.
 
For a number of reasons, Kim did not have much time for extracurricular activities in high school but after graduation her brief life became one of the most fascinating, intense and rewarding experiences of any alumna in the history of Newport News High School.  However, her life was cut short by a very rare lung cancer; so rare, in fact, that little scientific and medical research had been done on it.  She died at the age of 49.
 
In her brief life, Kim bore two children (by her first husband), Sarah and Andrew, got her A.A. nursing degree in 1962, her B.A. degree in Asian Studies in 1969, her master's degree in Anthropology in 1971, and her PhD in Anthropology in 1976.  In 1972 (while still studying) she began her career as an Anthropology professor in the Behavioral Sciences Department at Chaminade University in Honolulu where she was employed until her death.
 
In the early 70's Kim returned to Korea for several summers to do her doctoral research.  She published many papers and her book, Six Korean Women: The Socialization of Shamans was published in 1979.  This book has been distributed all over the world and Kim was very well respected in her field.
 
During all this time, she divorced her first husband and later married Dr. Robert R. Harvey (1939-1978), Professor of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii.  In 1978, Dr. Harvey was lost at sea near the Hawaiian Islands, along with all hands while doing oceanic research.
 
Kim's life was not all academics.  She loved to jog on the beaches of Hawaii, snorkel, scuba dive, and had a great affection for animals.  But, most of all she loved her children, Sarah and Andrew.
 
Kim was one of the very few members of the Class of 1954 we could not find until her son, Andrew, died in a freak train accident in Minnesota in September 2010 and his obituary was found on the internet.  Andrew's ashes were returned to Hawaii and he was buried next to his mother's grave.

- Jack Nelson ('54) of VA - 02/05/11
Thanks so much, Jack.

Fall of 1953

Lee Roy Whiteman 17 Oct 1935 16 Dec 1996
Myrtle Beach, SC
 
  Home Room 309

Senior Band
Varsity Baseball Team
Varsity Basketball Team
Hi-Y Club: President
Student Council Representative

LEE ROY WHITEMAN JR.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Lee Roy Whiteman Jr., 61, father of Daryl Whiteman of Newport News, died Monday, Dec. 16, 1996. Arrangements by Goldfinch Funeral Home, Murrells Inlet, S.C.

Published in the Daily Press on Thursday, December 19, 1996.
 

Fall of 1953

Wiley Williamson      
  Home Room 109

Varsity Basketball: Letter
   
Fall of 1953

Preston Wolfley 14 Apr 1936
Gatesville, NC
09 Aug 2010
Ankeny, IA
 
Home Room 303

Thespians
Spanish Club
Beacon Staff
Cast of 3 Plays
Track Team: Manager, Letter
Drama: Letter
Athletic Scholarship Society
School Spirit Committee: Chairman
Senior Assembly
http://www.nnhs65.com/08-15-10-
NNHS-Preston-Wolfley.html
Fall of 1953

Perry Wornom Moore 1937
Newport News, VA
03 June 2015
Dandy, IA
 
Home Room 105

Senior Band: Letter, Music Staff
Student Council Representative
Latin Club
School Dance Committee
Senior Assembly Committee
Y-Teens
Junior Ring Committee
Pep Club
G.A.A. Gym Show

Mary Baldwin College
College of William and Mary

http://www.nnhs65.com/06-05-15-
NNHS-Perry-Wornom-Moore.html
Fall of 1953


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