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01/07/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Tommy Scott

James Thomas Scott, Jr.
(26 Sept 1942 -  05 Jan 2010)

Newport News High School Class of 1961
Honorary Member of the Newport News High School Class of 1962

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  
   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Thursday morning. 
    Tommy Scott, Class of 1961 and Honorary Member of the Class of 1962, husband of   Frances Heath Scott ('62) of VA, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 in Newport News at the age of 67.  He was the brother of    Joann Scott Fowler ('58) of FL, and the brother-in-law of    Bobby Fowler ('56) of FL and of    Bette Lee Heath ('57) of VA.  He was also the cousin of Peggy Manning Oliver ('50) and her brother, the late Bobby Manning as well as of      Wade Scott ('66) of MO, Candy Scott Boney (Ferguson HS) and Deedee Scott Jamison (Ferguson HS) and of the late Pam Scott Willis (Ferguson HS).

  From Richard Rawls ('71) of VA - 01/05/10, 3:19 PM - " Tommy Scott ('61)":

Tommy Scott, husband of    Frances (Heath) Scott ('62), passed away this morning. Will send any funeral arrangements when they are known.

    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA, 4:59 PM - " Tommy Scott ('61)":

Hi, Carol,
I got an e-mail this afternoon from our church secretary, that Tommy Scott, husband of   Frances Heath Scott, passed away this morning.  She didn't have any more details, but would pass them along when arrangements were made...

   Oh, no, I'm extremely sorry to learn this, Richard and Sandi! Thank you for letting us know, and our deepest condolences to Fran and her family!

From the Daily Press - 01/07/10:

                 James T. Scott, Jr.

    NEWPORT NEWS - James T. 'Tommy' Scott Jr., 67, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010; he was a lifelong Peninsula resident.

Mr. Scott retired after 29 years of service from Sturgis Newport Business Forms and after 15 years of service from Sears Automotive. He was a member of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church, and an honorary member of Newport News High School, Class of 1962.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 41 years, Frances 'Fran' Heath Scott; son, Heath C. Scott and his wife, Deanna Carpenter of Gloucester, Mass.; sister, Joann Fowler and her husband, Bobby, of The Villages, Fla.; two grandchildren, Ani Marie Scott and Veda Blue Scott; sister-in-law, Bette Lee Heath, of Newport News; nieces, Brinie Miles and her husband, Billy, Mary Kate Heath and her partner, Mary Murphy; nephews, Scott Fowler and Tod Fowler; great-nieces and nephews, Thomas Roberson, Sabrina Lee Miles, Josh Miles, Travis Seely and Brittany Seely; a special aunt and many cousins.

Tommy Scott  

The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at the church with the Rev. Rita Staul and the Rev. Larry Edmonds officiating. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to The Caring and Sharing Fund of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church, 1024 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601.

The family wishes to thank everyone who made his life so wonderful and kept a smile on his face.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from January 7 to January 8, 2010.


January 07, 2010
Tom is now a heavenly angel instead of an earthly angel. We shall miss him and his sweet smile. If only life could just stand still for a little while.......... We love you, The Gribble Family

~ The Gribble Family 

January 07, 2010

Been a long time since deer park L.L. May you rest in peace and may the Lord give the family strenght doing this trouble time.

~ Willie Kemp, Newport News, Virginia

January 07, 2010

Fran- I'm so sorry about the loss of your beloved Tommy. I spent many hours chatting with him as I waited for my old clunker of a car to be fixed at Sears. He was always positive and helpful. I'm just glad you had so many years together.

Brenda Hart

~ Brenda Hart, Newport News, Virginia

January 07, 2010

Tommy will be missed by all of us and will live in our hearts forever until that wonderful day when we meet again. Our love and sympathy to Fran, Heath, Deanna and family.

~ NNHS Class of 1962...Typhoons Forever!!

January 07, 2010

I miss you, Uncle Tommy. I think you were the only one who really thought I was perfect and could do no wrong. I will be there in purple (our favorite color) for you and hopefully a calm and strong support for the family. You are much loved and missed. Spread that smile and humor around heaven, and maybe next year you could help our Redskins out a little bit!!! I love you. Brinie
~ Brinie

January 07, 2010

I am so very sorry for your loss. Mr. Tommy was such a sweet man. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
~ Jenny Alford Schmidt

January 07, 2010

Dear Fran, Heath & Family,

Just wanted you to know that I am truly sorry to hear of Tommy's passing.

He would always have SMILE and it was a pleasure to service both him & you.

Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

Judy Mangum
VECU employee

~ Judy Mangum, Hampton, Virginia

January 07, 2010

Fran, I am deeply sorry for your loss. You and Heath are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Take good care of yourself, Love, Louisa

~ Louisa Slagle, Newport News, Virginia

January 07, 2010

Dearest friend, and "oldest" I might add. My tears are for you and your family for I know how much you will miss your dear Tommy. I do so regret that I was unable to see him last fall on my short visit back east - but so enjoyed our brief if not very audible reunion. Tommy will always be with you - in your heart, in your memories, in your son, and in your grandchildren. May you find comfort & peace in God's mercy & hope - His Son, Jesus Christ. I will keep in touch you can bet - 'cause you still have all my marbles!! Much love, Donna "O"

~ Donna Heath, Clarksville, Tennessee

January 07, 2010

Mrs. Scott and Heath, I am deeply sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers and may God help and watch over you in your time of need. Jeremy Turlington

~ Jeremy Turlington

January 07, 2010


We were so sorry to read of Tommy's death in the paper tonight. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Love, Bob and Jean Carden

~ Bob and Jean Carden

January 07, 2010

I am so sorry to hear about Tommy. You and he were so close I know it will be hard. May God be with you during this time.
Thinking of you..

~ Belinda Langston, Newport News, Virginia

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January 07, 2010

O.K. Uncle Tommy, Brinie has the purple, but I have the Redskins, I expect them to go to the Super Bowl next year, especially since you and Pappy will be coaching them together. I'm sure we will be able to hear you coaching from heaven, you have the voice of 100 angels.
With all my love,

~ Mary


January 07, 2010

Fran and Heath, I want to offer my sincerest condolences. As I try to deal with my own sorrow, I continue to hear in my head, Don't grieve for me. Tommy is at peace and his soul is at rest. I met my dear friend 17 years ago, He allowed me to be me and I did the same for him. I remember the best times, the stories, the jokes, the laughter, the encouragement and the shoe laces. I will never forget my friend. Fran; thank you for giving me the opportunity to say "See You Later".
Rest in Peace My Friend.


January 07, 2010

I love your parents and you, just want you to know I will be watching out for her, and making sure she has what she needs, I hope this brings you some comfort.

~ Mary


January 07, 2010

Dearest Fran,
I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I want you to know that you are on my mind at this time and that you will be remembered especially at prayer time. I pray that you are comforted by the love of many and the Lord who made you. You are a special part of my memories and "stress" relief time at WHS. Love you!
Judy Allen

~ Judy Allen, Newport News, Virginia





   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Fran and her family and friends at this time.

  This information is also recorded here:

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Lead, Kindly Light

Lyrics by
John Henry Newman, 1833
(21 Feb 1801 – 11 Aug 1890)

Fourth Verse written by Edward H. Bickersteth, Jr.

Music by John B. Dykes, 1865
(10 Mar 1823 – 22 Jan 1876)

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it will,
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

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Thanks, Steve!

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