Requests for Prayers or Positive Thoughts

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(Arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

  Ivan Anker ('67) of VA - request of 12/16/09 - SEE: 12/16/09
Ann, wife of     Joe Wingo's ('65 - of NC) friend, Brett - request of 03/05/09 - "facing breast cancer with surgery scheduled for 03/26/09":
  Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - update of 07/25/08 - SEE: 07/25/08;  - update of 07/28/08 - "Jerry's HOME!!! He is ... feeling much better. He will still have to tackle some health issues, but we are getting there!"; update of 03/30/09 - SEE: 04/01/09; update of 04/15/09 - SEE: 04/15/09; update of 04/16/09 - SEE: 04/18/09; update of 05/05/09 - SEE: 05/06/09; update of 06/05/09 - SEE: 06/05/09; update of 06/21/09 - SEE: 06/22/09; update of 09/02/09 - SEE: 09/03/09; update of 12/08/09 - SEE: 12/09/09
    Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - request of 06/24/09 - "I recently had an abnormal stress test, and therefore I'm having a heart catheterization tomorrow.   I know that prayer works, as Dale's miraculous recovery is proof of that.  I'm very nervous about it, so please keep me and my family in your positive thoughts and prayers.  I will update everyone as soon as I'm able to.  Thanks so much for being such wonderful friends"; update of 07/01/09 - SEE: 07/01/09; request of 08/22/09 - SEE: 08/23/09
    Mary Bennett Harty (Litchfield HS, IL - '89) of IL - request of 07/17/10 - SEE: 07/17/10
Jane Boguss' father - request of 12/24/09 - SEE: 12/25/09
  Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA - broken hip - early this year; still recovering and in pain; update of 06/17/08 - SEE: 06/18/08; update of 08/29/08 - "I was going to suggest that you remove me from the Prayer List, since I had become pain free.  However, two weeks ago, I carried a 25-pound bag of cat litter into the house, and since that time, I've been in quite a lot of pain again.  So stooopid of me!  I am so thankful for and send love to anyone who's been praying for me.  I know how much it helps."; update of 03/25/09 - SEE: 03/26/09;
      Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky ('59) of NC - request of 01/07/10 - SEE: 01/07/10
  My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59), of IL - update of 10/02/08 - "I went to see my orthopedic surgeon and found out my shoulder is damaged. It seems I have torn tendons and will probably have to live with it. He could go in with a camera and try to find and repair the tears BUT it isn't something he thinks will work and will only do it if I insist. It seems those type of repairs after a replacement hardly ever work, and my down time would be a lot longer than 7 months... I started driving myself and went back to work way too soon plus overdid the therapy so I am stuck with being able to raise my arm 30 degrees straight up and to the side. The pain beyond that is worse than it was before. I feel a bit down right now and tend to cry some. Oh well! I guess things could be worse. It could have fallen off, and how would I shift the car?"; update of 12/05/08 - "I saw Dr. Wottowa (ortho surgeon) on Wednesday and after he saw the artho-gram I had done in November, he told me I have 2 torn tendons. On Jan 9 I will have ANOTHER surgery to try to repair them. He will use a camera first to check the muscles to see if they are still good enough to reattach the tendons and have them hold. It will out patient as the procedure isn't that invasive. I have no idea how long I will be down this time, but I'm sure it will require another round of physical therapy"; update of 03/09/09 - SEE: 03/11/09; update of 03/16/09 - SEE: 03/17/09; update of 03/20/09 - SEE:  03/22/09; update of 03/27/09 - SEE: 03/27/09; update of 04/22/09 - SEE: 04/22/09; update of 04/29/09 - SEE: 04/30/09; update of 07/15/09 - SEE: 07/16/09; update of 08/03/09 - "slipped (on rain-slicked pavement) and fell landing on my left knee and hand. After being x-rayed forever my knee is fine and my hand has so much degeneration changes they can't tell if it's broken or not. Since I swell so much when I break anything I can almost guarantee I have a broken bone in the back of my hand. Plus the pain is so bad it makes me sick and you all know how high my pain tolerance is and this made me cry. Tylenol 3 hasn't even knocked it down."; update of 08/12/09 - SEE: 08/12/09; update of 09/08/09 - SEE: 09/09/09; update of 09/12/09 - SEE: 09/12/09; update of 09/21/09 - SEE: 09/21/09; update of 09/30/09 - SEE: 09/30/09; update of 10/06/09 - SEE: 10/06/09; update of 10/10/09 - SEE: 10/10/09; update of 11/10/09 - SEE: 11/10/09; update of 12/16/09 - SEE: 12/16/09; update of 05/31/10 - SEE: 06/01/10; update of 06/25/10 - broken foot - SEE: 06/26/10;
Larry Cutler, husband of         Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA - request of 08/21/10 - motorcycle accident on 08/09/10 - "He is lucky to be alive and has a long road to recovery. The worst of the damage is to his lower left leg. He is not to put any weight on that leg for 3 months. For a guy who was always on the go, being homebound is and will be very hard for him. Everyone's prayers would be appreciated."
  Brenda Davis English ('64) of KS - request from her daughter, Debbie Reece, of 12/02/08 - "Mom has battled lung cancer and won, breast cancer surgery in November of last year, and we thought she was defeating it but now the cancer has decided to attack her spine.   She is still making herself get up and dressed every day, even if it is for an hour.  Looks forward to going for her radiation and chemo and still had 38 people here for Thanksgiving dinner although she did not stay up very long - she did get to see the food she had been preparing for a week gobbled up and many, many happy faces...out of 9 children in mom's family there are only 4 left.  We are the ones left to mourn while they are the ones to rejoice at the feet of the Father. With all that she has gone through she says she is in God's hands and when He decides to bring her home He will.  She has no fear of dying nor of the pain she has been having since the allergic reactions to morphine and codeine.  Hopefully, next week they will be zapping the nerves around her lower lumbar area to ease her pain.  Keep her in your prayers, please."
   Jimmy DeBerry ('64) of VA - stroke on 06/17/08; update of 06/25/08 - SEE: 06/26/08; update of 07/02/08 - SEE: 07/03/08; update of 07/26/08 - update of 11/27/08 - "... It's been a while since I have updated you on Jimmy.  I wanted you to know he has worked half days since September and yesterday was his last day at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.   He went back to work after his stroke to finish out his time until his retirement, and has retired after 41 years at the shipyard. He is doing well, but still has some weakness in his right hand and arm.  He truly is a miracle, because he has made a remarkable recovery. Thanks to everyone who e-mailed him and encouraged him and prayed for him. Now that we are both retired and I have him with me 24/7, I am asking for your prayers for ME!!!!!! I am so thankful on this Thanksgiving Day for Jimmy's recovery.....and for his Typhoon family...."
  Jamey Douglas Bacon ('66) of VA - knee surgery with complications on 07/01/08 - update of 07/10/08 - SEE: 07/12/08; update of 07/20/08 - SEE: 07/21/08; continues to battle a considerable number of health issues; update of 10/19/09 - SEE: 10/20/09
  Sunni (Henrico HS - '11) of VA - granddaughter of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - request of 02/26/09: Pray that Sunni will be awarded a much needed scholarship for which she is highly qualified - SEE: 02/27/09;
  Gene Ellis ('61) of FL - request of 08/20/09 - "... many prayers have been answered in regards to the surgery undergone by John Eugene Ellis ('61) of FL at the Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. Gene is such a private individual that he would prefer that others not know of his battle with cancer, but I also know that a lot of his buddies from NNHS are very concerned about him and hope he recovers soon, and gets back on the tennis court. He is likely to go home to Lakeland tomorrow!!! He is doing very well, and getting grumpy again which is a sure sign of healing"
Chris Fisher - request of 09/12/09 - SEE: 09/12/09;
Stuart Hallett, III - son of Stuart ('60) and Pat Hallett of VA - request of 12/20/08 - "We have recently found out that our son, Stuart Hallett III, 42, has been diagnosed with Large B cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He is undergoing the preliminary tests at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.  To better connect with our family  and catch up with the latest information, may I ask you to share with the class of 1960 (and anybody else) the website that  can keep us all in touch with Stuart's progress?  All we ask is that everyone keep us in their prayers and send a message to Stuart and his family:
Nathaniel, eleven-year-old grandson of Audrey Harty Woods of MI - request of 12/27/09 - SEE: 12/27/09
Bitsy Heath ('57) of VA - 07/02/08 - abdominal aneurysm requiring surgery; also having other issues with breathing and pulmonary output;  SEE: 07/03/08
  Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA - inflammation of nerves; due to have been released from hospital on 02/27/08; update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"; update of 06/09/08 - "still at home recovering. I am sure they would love receiving cards/notes from NNHS friends"; update of 08/14/08 - "undergoing surgery for cancer on 08/15/08"

Fran Scott
11 Rutledge Road
Newport News, VA 23601-2422
Howard Hodnett ('45) of VA, father of    Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - request of 05/05/09 - SEE: 05/06/09; update of 06/21/09 - SEE: 06/22/09; update of 09/02/09 - SEE: 09/03/09; update of 12/08/09 - SEE: 12/09/09
Johnny ('61) and Gwen Howard (WHS - '61) Holland of VA - update of 10/06/09 - SEE: 10/07/09
Harry Horace of FL - husband of    Ruthie Reese Horace ('67) of FL - request of 10/01/09 - "Carol, Would you please add my husband, Harry, to your prayer list. He went in for back surgery on Tuesday (which went very well) and started having trouble breathing in recovery. There is a history of asthma in his family. Our youngest daughter, Kimmy (living in Ft Carson, CO, married to Chris, who is in Afghanistan), has real problems with it (but it did not keep her from running cross country in high school and getting a college scholarship for running). He came off the oxygen yesterday morning and then today, his blood pressure went way down and his heart rate went way up. He is in the ICU and they are working to keep it all stable. My two daughters who are nursing students in Tampa at USF are up here tonight, and my oldest daughter (who lives here in Citrus County, FL) has her husband watching her two kids. We could use all the prayers we can get. Thank you for all you do. Ruthie"; update of 10/06/09 - SEE: 10/07/09; update of 10/11/09 - SEE: 10/12/09; uodate of 12/15/09 - SEE: 12/16/09
President of the Class of 1952, Carl Jett of VA - brother of       Don Jett - NNHS / WHS - '60 of FL; husband of Sally Evens Jett - '52 - of VA - request of 02/10/09 - "My brother is in Roanoke Memorial Hospital ICU after an accident at his home in the mountains of Virginia near Buena Vista. He is recovering from broken ribs, broken collar bone and punctured lung, along with many cuts and bruises. I am in Virginia with him and his wife, and we ask for prayers for Carl's recovery. I will keep you updated on his progress. Thanks, Don"; update of 02/26/09 - "On Thursday, February 26th, my brother had his post accident appointment with the trauma team that treated him on February 5th after his horrible accident at his mountain home near Buena Vista, VA.  He got a good report with all injuries healing well and that really sparked his day.  He will continue to move slowly for many weeks ahead, but it looks as if his recovery will have him back to full speed before too long.  Your kind thoughts and prayers have meant so much to us and we know they were instrumental in his healing. Thanks so much and God Bless,
  Barbara Kemp Bostwick ('57) of NC - request of 04/30/10 - SEE: 04/30/10;
Laura - friend of       My Niece, Shari of VA - request of 11/22/09 - "in a Cairo, Egypt hospital, with high fever and suffering from an infection, following a snakebite wound. She has already lost some tissue and may need more removed, as the infection is deep. The surgeons are fighting for her to keep her leg"; update of 12/13/09 - SEE: 12/14/09
    Nancy Mitchell Wynne ('64) of MD - request of 04/09/10 - SEE: 04/11/10
    Monty Phillips ('62) of VA - request of 02/28/09, 9:30 AM - "Monty was admitted to the hospital last night with a huge bleeding ulcer and in very poor condition. He is in ICU. He was scoped at midnight and surgery soon after to try and stop the bleeding. At 3:30 am, he was improved and fairly stable. This morning, he is not doing well. His BP is way too low. There seems to be something going on with the liver, but they will deal with that later." update of 02/28/09, 11:12 AM - "We just left Monty and he is heavily sedated and hooked up to a lot of tubes. He was unable to talk, but responded with head movement. I just reassured him that his dog is being cared for and his boss knows about his situation. He seems calm and improving. His color is much better - almost normal in the face..... updates of 03/01/09 - SEE: 03/01/09; update of 03/02/09 - SEE: 03/03/09; update of 03/05/09 - SEE: 03/06/09; update of 03/09/09 - SEE: 03/11/09; update of 03/14/09 - SEE: 03/16/09; update of 03/17/09 - SEE: 03/18/09; update of 03/20/09 - SEE:  03/22/09; update of 03/21/09 - SEE: 03/24/09; update of 03/30/09 - SEE: 04/01/09; update of 04/15/09 - SEE: 04/15/09; update of 04/18/09 - SEE: 04/19/09; update of 04/21/09 - SEE: 04/21/09; update of 04/22/09 - SEE: 04/22/09; update of 04/28/09 - SEE: 04/29/09; update of 04/30/09 - SEE: 04/30/09; update of 05/05/09 - SEE: 05/06/09; update of 05/20/09 - SEE: 05/20/09; update of 06/05/09 - SEE: 06/05/09; update of 06/21/09 - SEE: 06/22/09; update of 09/02/09 - SEE: 09/03/09; update of 12/08/09 - SEE: 12/09/09; update of 04/08/10 - SEE: 04/09/10; update of 06/14/10 - SEE: 06/14/10; update of 07/04/10 - SEE: 07/05/10;
    The Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA and her Family - request of 08/15/09 - SEE: 08/15/09
Murray Rowe ('56) - request of 11/15/09 - "was just diagnosed with a malignant kidney tumor. I do not know the prognosis, only that it will have to be removed (I'm not sure if that means the kidney or the tumor)."
  Lauren Scott (age 12) - adrenal carcinoma - request of 12/04/09 - SEE: 12/05/09
  Bob Slaughter of VA - request of 08/22/09 - SEE: 08/23/09
Billy Snead of VA - diagnosed with leukemia on 08/11/08; update of 08/20/08 - SEE: 08/20/08
     Willie Turpin ('57) of VA - request 04/08/09 - "was admitted to the Hampton Sentara Hospital this morning with congestive heart failure.  He is not conscious and is in the ICU on a breathing ventilator.  I have no other real news about him other than that.  I will keep you informed as more is available.  He just needs a lot of prayers."  update of 04/16/09 - SEE: 04/16/09; update of 04/16/09 - SEE: 04/16/09
Deb Tyler of OH - request of 10/06/09 - in very critical condition from unknown illness - SEE: 10/06/09; update of 10/12/09 - SEE - 12/13/09;
  Myra Wilkins Golden ('61) of MT - request
Jim Wilson ('58) of VA - recovering from prostate surgery on 06/02/08
       Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) - request of 01/07/10 - SEE: 01/07/10; update of 01/07/10 - SEE: 01/08/10;
  Tim Wilson of NY, youngest son of        Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) - request of 11/22/09 - was in a serious accident and was in surgery this morning. She has flown up to be with him, and asked that we keep him in our prayers; update of 11/29/09 - SEE: 12/04/09;
Willa - request of 03/18/10 - surgery for a rotator cuff and ligament tear; update of 03/30/10 - SEE: 03/31/10;
All of Us!

You Light Up My Life

So many nights I'd sit by my window
Waiting for someone to sing me his song
So many dreams I kept deep inside me
Alone in the dark but now you've come along

And you light up my life
You give me hope to carry on
You light up my days and fill my nights with song

Rollin' at sea, adrift on the water
Could it be finally I'm turnin' for home?
Finally a chance to say "Hey, I love you"
Never again to be all alone

'cause you, you light up my life
You give me hope to carry on
You light up my days and fill my nights with song

It can't be wrong
When it feels so right
'cause light up my life

This page was created on 02/04/04 at the suggestion of Frances Goodson Wang of MD 01/22/04
Thanks, Frances!

After having been abandoned for several years, it was reinstituted on 08/17/08.

"You Light Up My Life" midi courtesy of, at the request of Frances Goodson Wang of MD - 02/04/04
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"You Light Up My Life" lyrics courtesy of
also at the request of Frances Goodson Wang of MD - 02/04/04
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Butterflies clip art courtesy of - 02/04/04

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
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Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
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Litchfield High School's Purple Panther Paw Print courtesy of - 06/23/07

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
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Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
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NNHS65 Home Page Banner created by my #5 Son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '97) of IL - 06/06/02
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