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09/13/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Leake Wornom

Isaac Leake Wornom Jr.
(28 Dec 1926 - 12 Sept 2008)

Newport News High School Class of June 1943

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this morning. 
 Leake Wornom, Class of June 1943, passed away suddenly on Friday, September 12, 2008 in Williamsburg.  He was the law partner of        Bobby Hatten (NNHS / FHS - '65) of VA.

From the Daily Press - 09/13/08:

                       Isaac Leake Wornom, Jr.

  WILLIAMSBURG - Isaac Leake Wornom Jr. passed away early in the morning of Sept. 12, 2008, of a sudden heart attack after 82 great years of life.

The son of the late I. Leake Wornom and the late Florence Moore Wornom, Leake grew up in Newport News graduating from Newport News High School. He attended the University of Richmond leaving there after two years to serve in the Navy during World War II. After the War ended, he returned to the University of Richmond where he graduated.

After graduation from Richmond, at the urging of his mother, he entered law school at Washington and Lee University. It was there he found his calling, and he excelled, graduating near the top of his class and being elected to The Law Review, Phi Beta Kappa, and the Order of the Coif. He first entered the practice of law in 1950 in Christiansburg, Va., but left there after two years to return to his native Newport News. In Newport News he joined Neal Patten in practice and they founded the law firm of Patten and Wornom. He practiced law in this firm for over 50 years finding great pleasure and honor in helping his clients. The firm they founded is now named Patten, Wornom, Hatten, and Diamonstein, and it is one of the largest and most respected law firms on The Peninsula.

Leake Wornom
Soon after returning to Newport News, Leake met and fell in love with Jean Grace Amory. They married and had 24 years together before she passed away unexpectedly in 1978. After he lost Jean, he was blessed to fall in love again with Cherylle Van Hicks. They married and had 26 wonderful years together.

Throughout his long life, Leake had many interests and always contributed his time and talents to civic life in Newport News and Hampton. He was a past President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and The Kiwanis Club. He served on many boards and had numerous philanthropic interests. He was a member of Hampton Baptist Church.

He loved golf and played well and avidly for many years. He was a past president of James River Country Club. He took up sailing and raced for years at the Hampton Yacht Club on his boat, The Goose'. Together with his friends, he loved to compete on the waters of Hampton Rhodes and The Chesapeake Bay and they won many trophies. He was past commodore of the Hampton Yacht Club. His interest in boating and the water continued throughout his life and over the past several years he and Cherylle found great pleasure spending time with their family and many friends on the waters of Lake Anna and St. Thomas.

Leake is survived by his wife, Cherylle Hicks Wornom of Williamsburg; two sons, and their wives, Dr. Isaac Leake Wornom III and Susan Roberts Wornom, of Richmond, and Thomas Amory Wornom and Catherine Lynch Wornom, of New York City; three grandchildren, Christopher Roberts Wornom, Jacqueline Amory Wornom, and Victoria Elizabeth Wornom, all of Richmond; a sister, Jane Wornom Petty of Williamsburg; and his beloved black poodle, Sir Isaac.

The family will receive visitors from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home in Hampton. The funeral will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at Hampton Baptist Church, with burial to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Leake to Boys and Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula, The International Hospital for Children, or Job Path.

Friends are encouraged to visit web site to share fond memories and words of comfort with the family.

Service arrangements are under the care of Parklawn�Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave. Hampton, VA 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on 9/13/2008.

Guest Book

   Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Wornom family and their many friends and associates at this time.

   From Fred Field ('45) of CA - 09/13/08 - "Leake Wornum obit.":

Hello Carol,        Sat. Sept. 13

Leake Wornum was NNHS Class of June, 1943.  In his early high school years his family moved to Pear Avenue.  They lived in a big house, on the west side of Pear, just north of the intersection with Blair Avenue.

Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

   Thank you so much, Fred.

   Y'all take good 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

Lead Me Gently Home

Words and Music by Will L. Thompson, 1879
(7 Nov 1847 - 20 Sept 1909)

Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
When life’s toils are ended,
And parting days have come,
Sin no more shall tempt me,
Ne’er from Thee I’ll roam,
If Thou’ll only lead me, Father,
Lead me gently home.

* Refrain:
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
In life’s darkest hours, Father,
When life’s troubles come,
Keep my feet from wand’ring,
Lest from Thee I roam,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

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