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06/05/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Didn't We Almost Have It All?

“Oh, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person - having neither
to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are,
chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.”

- Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life, 1859
(20 Apr 1826 - 12 Oct 1887)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   There was no Famous Birthday I wanted to mention today, and as I knew I was going to be quite busy, I had planned no Newsletter.  Four items of discussion conspired to change my mind, so I thought I'd just pick an old theme from a previous year to save time.  Wouldn't you know?  I'd never issued a Newsletter on June 5 before!  So I picked the first midi I could find that I sounded appealing to me.  If you haven't recognized it by now, this was a big hit for Whitney Houston back in 1987.

BONUS - - Whitney Houston - Didn't We Almost Have It All


   Happy Birthday today to      Brian Blakley (Cheyenne HS, NV - '04) of NV! 

  Happy Birthday tomorrow to Robert Hemintoller ('57) AND Bertha Smith Zacharias ('57)!

   Happy Birthday this week to:
07 -
   Fred Field ('45) of CA AND   Al Simms ('60) of VA AND Donnie Morris ('67) of VA;

10 -         Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN;

12 - Cynthia Clontz Mears ('57) AND       My #3 Son,  Randolph Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '92) of IL!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!  


    From Jimmy Smith ('62) of VA - Message on Answering Machine (actually retrieved!) - 06/04/08:

.....I had a call from Barbara Ellis.  Chris Ellis' ('64 - of VA) house caught on fire - the home they had lived in for 30 years -  and burned to the ground and they lost everything., so I thought I'd let you know in case you hadn't heard it yet....

   OH, NO!!! YOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI! Thank you so much for letting us know, Jimmy! I had NOT heard!

   Typhoon Nation?!?

2. Fort Monroe:

  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 06/04/08 - "Important Public Hearing on Fort Monroe at Hampton Roads Convention Center 6/7/08 10-12":

The process of determining the future of Fort Monroe goes on and we continue to need your help. If you can take a little of your time to attend a meeting and submit a few comments, it would be greatly appreciated.
This Saturday morning at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, next to the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, there will be an important public hearing. We would like for you to attend to support the idea of preserving open land at Fort Monroe for recreational purposes instead of development, and to preserve historic buildings by leasing them for appropriate uses rather than selling them.
All Americans have an interest in Fort Monroe's future. We need to let our views be known now while we have an opportunity to participate in the process!
Adrian Whitcomb
Please read the information below.
From the Fort Monroe Army Website:
We Need Your Final Piece of the Puzzle
 …In compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act, Section 106, Fort Monroe will host a public forum on Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, Va.
Purpose: Obtain final community input on matters relating to the preservation of historic properties at Fort Monroe. Redevelopment plans WILL NOT be discussed at this meeting. Redevelopment plans/ decisions on the reuse of installation property are the responsibility of Virginia’s Fort Monroe Federal Area Development Authority (FMFADA). More information about the NHPA [National Historic Preservation Act] Section 106 process can be found at:
[from:  ]
Additional meetings:
Thursday, June 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Collection Room, 2801 Kensington Avenue, Richmond, Va.
Washington, DC
Friday, June 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, D.C.
From the Daily Press:

Who will take care of Fort Monroe?

The public can look at a preliminary agreement this Saturday.

By MATTHEW STURDEVANT  247-7874 June 3, 2008 HAMPTON
— The detail of care for brick buildings, plantation-style officers' quarters, a large moated campus with parade grounds and anything else on Fort Monroe starts with an agreement between the Army and the future caretakers of the 540-acre military base.

When the Army leaves in September 2011, the land will transfer to the commonwealth of Virginia. The guidelines for preserving historic buildings and landmarks will be detailed in the agreement, a working draft of which will be available for the public's perusal during a meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

"When the Army leaves an installation, it's automatically assumed there will be of the facilities...the care is to mitigate any adverse impacts on the resources when the Army departs," said Mike Hodson, an Army spokesman for Fort Monroe.

The agreement is required by the National Historic Preservation Act, under which Fort Monroe has been a national landmark since 1960. Any plans to develop or alter Fort Monroe will have to comply with the agreement, which was shaped by 32 consulting organizations and the Army.

Authorities with the Fort Monroe Federal Area Development Authority who will manage the property once the Army leaves have been one of the consulting parties weighing in on how the agreement is phrased.

William Armbruster, the authority's executive director, said the main concern was that the agreement not be so restrictive and detailed that it would prevent the authority from re-using the buildings.

For example, the authority did not want layers of bureaucratic legal language to mire opportunities to make a former officers' quarters into an office for a nonprofit organization.

The agreement does have some details about how the historic post should be preserved, such as archaeological concerns, or design guidelines for restoring or rehabilitating buildings. It also splits the base into different zones with recommendations for each — for instance, the area inside the moat should be held to high standards of preservation.

The agreement is coming together just as the authority is looking over a large report by consultants who offered suggestions about how the fort could be adapted to a tourist destination. Public comment on the reuse plan is open until June 15.

Public comment on the Army's agreement with the authority is a separate process starting Saturday and going through July 7.

Fort Monroe has a military history that goes back to the 1600s. It has been a manned base since the 1800s.

Public Meeting

• What? Public comment forum on an agreement between the Army and parties that will be responsible for Fort Monroe once the Army leaves in September 2011.

• When? 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

• Where? Hampton Roads Convention Center.

Copyright © 2008, Newport News, Va., Daily Press,0,4138290.story
Please Send Comments on Fort Monroe
There are currently two ways for you to submit comments on what you think is important in considering the future of Fort Monroe.
 (1) US Army
The US Army doesn't make decisions about whether Fort Monroe will become a park or be developed, but it does set up some guidelines. Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Army is going through the process of writing these guidelines. There have been public meetings. The public is encouraged to submit comments by e-mail or regular mail.
All Comments are due: July 7, 2008
Submitted by
1. E-mail:
2. Mailing address:
Directorate of Public Works
Attention: Jennifer Guerrero
318 Cornog Lane
Fort Monroe, VA 23651-1110
You can answer the questionnaire, which requires some familiarization with the process as it is at this point. On the other hand, if you do not feel comfortable with going through this questionnaire, then at least make some brief comments in your own words. The most important part is that you do make some kind of response.
For more information:

The questionnaire can be found at:
The June 3, 2008 Draft Programmatic Agreement is now at:
(2) Fort Monroe Federal Area Development Authority
A copy of the Fort Monroe reuse plan is available at  or at the Hampton and Phoebus public libraries.
From Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park website:
 Links to the Reuse Plan's Introduction and other sections appear in the left column on the Fort Monroe Authority's home page. Public comments will be gathered through June 15.
[Comments can be sent by e-mail ]
Two Possible Views of the Future of Fort Monroe:
Some Basic Principles:
(You may include these in your comments)
(1) All of Fort Monroe should remain in public ownership. There should be no sale of any part of the 570 acres.
(2) A federal trust should be established with an ongoing relationship with the National Park Service, which because of its expertise and ability to draw more visitors can do much more to fulfill Fort Monroe's potential.
(3) Fort Monroe can be made self-sustaining as a park by leasing out many of its buildings for residences or offices.
(4) Any new construction should be limited to areas already developed and to primarily providing services to those living in leased residences and visitors to Fort Monroe with the goal to increase its desirability as a place for people to go. There should be no development for development's sake!
(5) The Wherry Housing area should become part of the park and recreation area. In time nonhistoric structures not supporting recreational purposes should be removed and open space should be increased.
(6) Hampton's short term gain should not be a factor in deciding the future of Fort Monroe. Hampton will greatly benefit in the long run if Fort Monroe is saved as a public place and not sold off for development.
(7) The Army needs to develop strict guidelines to protect Fort Monroe from future development.
(8) Fort Monroe was built by the American people and should continue to serve the American people.
For more information go to

   YOWZERONI-RINI-ROONI! Thanks so much for your continued diligence, Adrian!

3.  Miss Suttle:

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/04/08, 7:22 PM - "  Miss Suttle":

From the 1930 census:

Name: Nasrella Suttle
Home in 1930: 1109 Chesapeake Blvd., Wythe, Elizabeth City, Virginia
Age: 59
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1871
Birthplace: Syrian Arab Republic
Relation to Head of House: Head
Race: White
Entered USA: 1893
Occupation:  Jeweler
Spouse's Name: Jamela
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1878
Birthplace: Syrian Arab Republic
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Race: White
Entered USA: 1893

Household Members:
Name Age
Rebecca Suttle 32; b. abt. 1898, District of Columbia; Public School Teacher
Isor Suttle 30; b. abt. 1900, District of Columbia; Watch Maker

From SSDI:
Isor Suttle died in October 1993

From NN DP Archives:

HAMPTON - Isor Suttle, 93, former owner of N. Suttle and Sons Jewelers of Newport News, died Saturday, Oct. 9. Mr. Suttle, a native of Washington, D.C. and a Peninsula resident for most of his life, retired in 1946 as owner of the family jewelry business after 25 years. Survived by a foster son, two nieces and three nephews. Visitation between 7 and 8:30 p.m. Monday at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home. Graveside service 11 a.m. Tuesday in Greenlawn Cemetery. Memorials to Wythe Rescue Squad, 1498 Kecoughtan Road, Hampton, 23661 or a charity of choice.

From 1920 Census:

Name: Nasrella Suttle
Home in 1920: 619-26th St, Newport News Ward 2, Newport News (Independent City), Virginia
Age: 49 years
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1871
Birthplace: Syria
[Syrian Arab Republic] []
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Jamela
Father's Birth Place: Syria
Mother's Birth Place: Syria
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Year of Immigration: 1893
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Image: 599
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Narrella Suttle 49
Jamela Suttle 40
Jack Suttle 25 Born: DC; Occupation:  Retail Merchant - bicycles
Rebecca Suttle 23
George Suttle 21 Born: DC; Occupation:  Retail Merchant - bicycles
Isor Suttle 19


Also from 1930 Census:

Name: Mike Suttle
Home in 1930: Newport News, Newport News (Independent City), Virginia
Age: 54
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1876
Birthplace: Syrian Arab Republic
Relation to Head of House: Head
Entered USA: 
Spouse's Name: Byhidin
Race: White

Household Members:
Name Age
Mike Suttle 54
Byhidin Suttle 42
George Suttle 24
Albert Suttle 22
Oscar Suttle 20
Arthur C Suttle 17
Joseph Suttle 15
Rebbccak Suttle 14
William Suttle 13
Frederick Suttle 10
Francis M Suttle 8
Michael Suttle 4 11/12
Raymond H Suttle 3 8/12

From NN DP:

NEWPORT NEWS - Arthur Christopher Suttle, 81, died on Tuesday, September 6, 1994, in Riverside Regional Medical Center. He was a lifelong Newport News resident. Mr. Suttle retired from Suttle Motor Corp. in 1994 after over 50 years of service. He was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church. He was a former member of the De Molay, Newport News chapter. Mr. Suttle was a devoted husband, father and brother to his family. Survived by his wife, Mrs. Margaret B. "Peggy" Suttle; his daughter, Gail S. Butler, of Birmingham, Alabama; and father to the late Captain Frederick N. Suttle; two sisters, Marie Suttle and Rebecca Ham, both of Newport News; four brothers, Albert Suttle, of Petersburg, Oscar Suttle, of Irvington, Raymond Suttle and Michael Suttle Jr., both of Newport News; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Friday in Peninsula Funeral Home by the Rev. Dr. Robert Marston. The family will receive friends following the service until 8:30 p.m. Memorials to the Union Mission, 3700 Huntington Avenue, Newport News. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Miss Rebecca Suttle's family was not involved in Suttle Motor Corp.  Her family may have been related to Mike Suttle, as both Mike and Nasrella were born in Syria, and both had children named Rebecca and George.

   You are amazing, Sir, absolutely amazing!  Thank you so much, David!

From Anonymous - 06/04/08, 10:21 PM:

..... Miss Suttle, I believe, is related to Raymond Suttle the lawyer, and the Suttle that owns the auto dealership, who I know is the brother of Raymond......

   Right you are! The evidence strongly suggests they were cousins of one degree or other. Thanks!

From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '61) of VA - 06/04/08, 11:15 PM:


    Okay, this is where I got lost last August, when we established that there TWO teachers we remembered as "Miss Suttle".

   Thanks, Norris! I posted your comments:

       From Sepi Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 06/05/08, 12:29 PM:

Carol and Typhoon Family......

I lived upstairs from the Buckroe Froggie, in Southampton Apts. in the mid sixties.  He would never tell me his name other than "Froggie", I guess we will just have to be content with that ! 

As for Miss Suttle, she was the sister of Mr. Suttle that owned Suttle Motor Co.  The Aunt of Marie Suttle that taught many of us in elementary school, Marie's late sister Rebecca was named for the
 Miss Suttle that taught at NNHS.  I visited Marie in April, she is now 85, and bedridden, but she is still the same sweet lady that we cried after on the last day of school...even you guys !  She is still in her home on the James and is attended by a full time R.N. and a wonderful Housekeeper.  She is still as sharp as a tack and remembers almost all of the students she taught.....still an amazing lady !

Sepi aka Dimples

   Thanks so much, Dimples!

   I'll be entering all this new information on Miss Suttle's page - as well as making a page (long overdue) for Suttle Motor Company - very soon.

4. Syd Dearing, Sr.:

        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 06/05/08:

Hi Carol,
Wow, Norris Perry's (Warwick HS - '61 - of VA) post brought back another flood of memories and made my day as well.  Yes Norris, the Syd Dearing Sr that you called on at the C & O Coal Piers was my Dad.  I certainly didn't intend to belittle his job; he was a Storekeeper with the railroad which carried a very big responsibility but he started as a clerk.  I was just trying to make a point that when he returned from the war and couldn't play piano professionally anymore that any job by comparison would probably be a bit mundane.
I've attached two photos and a fake headline.   

One is a picture of Dad in his office at the C & O.  I was gone from Virginia by this time but I do remember Dad was part of a group that traveled around to various sports events including the Colts and Redskins games.  I think in the mid sixties they went to the Indianapolis 500 where he had this souvenir headline printed.  I seem to recall that Dad told me the other picture was taken at the Kentucky Derby but I can't remember for certain.  Dad is wearing the light colored jacket standing next to the jockey (Dad was only about 5' 6" and barely taller than the jockey).  I'm just guessing about the timeframe here but this was probably about the mid to late 70's.

I do vaguely remember "Froggie."  I think I met him once or twice but can't remember what he looked like or what his real name was.  I think I recall my grandmother mention him as well.  Dad's mother and his mother's sister operated a bingo parlor at Buckroe for a few years and might have known him from there.  "Froggie" might very well be in this picture as well but I don't know.  Norris, if you do recognize anyone in the picture I would love to have an ID.

The whole time I was growing up Dad was known as Big Syd and I was Little Syd even after I had grown several inches taller than he was.  Dad had a lot of friends and lived a pretty good life.  He died of a brain aneurysm Feb. 16, 2002 at the age of 82.
Thanks for the memories,
Sydney Dearing Jr.

   Thanks so much, Sydney! I corrected a grievous oversight and added your father to our Famous Marines pages:

PRAYER ROLL (arranged alphabetically, but not necessarily complete):

1.   Jerry Allen ('65) of VA - began radiation for cancer last week of February; it was delayed when he was diagnosed with pneumonia on 02/20/08; update of 03/11/08: recovered from pneumonia, is in his third week of radiation, and seems to be doing well. He is back at work and comes home tired, but overall, he is in pretty good shape; update of 03/24/08: last radiation treatment was Friday; "looking good and feeling pretty good except for very irritated skin and fatigue"; update of 04/05/08: "getting better each day"; update of 04/14/08: "now dealing with a blood clot in his pic line; receiving daily injections in the abdomen and taking antibiotics and blood thinners; feels pretty good in spite of everything and his ATTITUDE is great---as usual"; update of update of 04/24/08: "no longer taking daily abdominal injections for blood clot that developed a few weeks ago; everything is looking pretty good.  The PET scan will be in the next few weeks.  We are expecting good results." update of 05/05/08 - "scheduled for two more chemo visits; will have the first chemo on Thursday, May 8th followed up by an injection on Friday to boost his immune system"; update of 05/08/08 - "did pretty well with the chemo today in spite of the risky business with the procedure without the pic line that was removed due to a clot"; update of 05/28/08: has chemo again on 05/29/08

2.   Connie Bloxom Thompson ('66) of MD - multiple heath and financial issues; needing cataract surgery to prevent inevitable blindness ASAP; update of 03/11/08: "SO FAR, 1/2 FUNDS FOR 1 EYE PROCEDURE"; update of 03/28/08: re-hospitalized; $1475.00 received so far; still short of $2000.00 goal; update of 04/28/08 - SEE ABOVE

Connie Bloxom Thompson
2237 Hunter Chase
Bel Air, M
D 21015

3. Clyde Bryant ('58) of PA - heart replacement surgery - 12/13/07

4.       My Niece Shari of VA - 05/26/08 - dangerous abscess in mouth

5.      Me ('65) of NC - recent (late January) development of congestive heart failure plus the usual financial woes; update of 03/28/08: not as well as I'd hoped to be by now; more downs than ups..... ; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08

6. Emily (daughter of        My Niece Shari) of VA - advancing scoliosis; surgery 03/11/08; update of 03/12/08: surgery went well, running slight fever; update of 03/18/08: had some ups and lows, but is home again; update of 04/14/08 - still in pain, running a fever; update of 04/18/08 - SEE: 04/18/08; update of 05/05/08 - "finally getting better. Her hamstring stretching is painful, but making a big difference. She has years of physical therapy ahead of her, but is doing soo much better"; update of 05/13/08 - has had a setback; going to see the surgeon in Richmond on 05/15/08.

7. My second granddaughter,      Rachel Harty of IL - broke her ankle/leg in 3 places on 05/17/08; clean breaks, no surgery required, but located in a tricky place for a growing girl, so proper healing is essential; update of 05/30/08 - "healing nicely. They put her in a cast below the knee. She still can't put any weight on it for 2 more weeks. Then she will be in a walking cast for 3 weeks after that."

. 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"

9. Bobby Hedrick ('58) of VA - recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer; update of 03/22/08: "doing very well, no pain, just some soreness"; update of 05/10/08: "continues to do well since the surgery for pancreatic cancer and will now begin the follow-up treatment to be decided upon following the consultation and evaluation at MD Anderson (Houston)."

10.        John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - lumbar surgery to fix a spinal stenosis [ laminectomy]; will also involve fusion of vertebrae - 02/05/08

11. Pam Pennington Cherry ('58) of VA - congestive heart failure; cardiac ablation procedure - 02/06/08; second surgery on 02/20/08 for aneurysm; update of 03/17/08 - still experiencing difficulty with heart racing, breathing and pressure in her chest; pray that cardiac ablation procedure will not have to be repeated, and that Pam can learn to REST!;  update of 05/04/08 - "in about eight months she will indeed have to have the ablation process repeated. "

12. Tommy Scott ('61) of VA - update of 04/14/08 - "at home recuperating"; update of 05/22/08 - "still at home recuperating"

13. Jenny Willett Wilson (daughter of the late    Edie Hallett Willett - '63) of VA - 05/05/08 - "underwent a double mastectomy in 2007, has just completed vigorous chemo and is now undergoing radiation treatments every day for seven weeks"

14. All of Us

1. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1957 AND OTHER NNHS ALUMNI  

2. Saturday, June 7, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1961:

Mini reunion at the home of    Buddy and     Libby Blechman David of VA

3. Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15, 2008 - NNHS CLASSES OF FEBRUARY AND JUNE 1948:

4. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 26 - 28, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1968: - 03/31/08

5. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 17 - 19, 2008 - NNHS CLASS OF 1963:  - 03/26/08

   Remember, there's so much more to come - soon - REALLY-REALLY! 

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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Didn't We Almost Have It All

Written by Michael Masser and Will Jennings

(Whitney Houston, August, 1987)
(b. 9 Aug 1963)

Remember when we held on in the rain
The night we almost lost it
Once again we can take the night into tomorrow
Living on feelings
Touching you I feel it all again

Didn't we almost have it all
When love was all we had worth giving?
The ride with you was worth the fall my friend
Loving you makes life worth living
Didn't we almost have it all
The night we held on till the morning
You know you'll never love that way again
Didn't we almost have it all

The way you used to touch me felt so fine
We kept our hearts together down the line
A moment in the soul can last forever
Comfort and keep us
Help me bring the feeling back again


Didn't we have the best of times
When love was young and new?
Couldn't we reach inside and find
The world of me and you?
We'll never lose it again
Cause once you know what love is
You never let it end


"Didn't We Almost Have It All" midi courtesy of - 06/05/08

"Didn't We Almost Have It All" lyrics courtesy
of't%20We%20Almost%20Have%20It%20All%20Lyrics.html - 06/05/08

Pink Roses Bouquet clip art courtesy of - 04/04/05

 Pinky Rose Squiggle Hearts divider clip art courtesy of - 03/24/05

Cheyenne High School's Desert Shields Logo courtesy of - 02/05/08

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

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.
Thanks again, Herbie!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

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