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01/11/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
Catherine Nash Leggette

Mayme Catherine Nash Gaines Leggette
(28 Mar 1921 - 08 Jan 2014)

 Newport News High School Class of February 1939

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   There is still more sad news this Saturday morning.      Catherine Nash Leggette, Class of February 1939, passed away on Wednesday, January 08, 2014 in Hampton at the age of 92.

   She was the cousin of Sherry Hensel Huycke (’69) of VA and    Christine “Tina” Goodson Hensel (June ’39) of VA.

 From the Daily Press - 01/11/14:

           Catherine Nash Leggette


HAMPTON - Mayme Catherine Leggette, age 92, went to be with the Lord on January 8, 2014. She was affectionately known as 'Tootsie'.

She was born in Newport News to George Walton Nash and Marion Scott Barker on March 28, 1921. She had been a Hampton resident since 1955. Catherine was a graduate of the Newport News High School class of 1939 enjoying cheerleading and singing in the school chorus.

She was a volunteer at the James River Convalescent Center, Newport News for seventeen years. She worked in transportation at Riverside Hospital, Newport News for two years.

As a young person Catherine attended Tabernacle Baptist church in Newport News. As a young adult she attended Gospel Tabernacle on 32nd Street, Newport News. She was a founding member of Bethel Temple Assembly of God in Hampton.



She is preceded in death by Vance Monroe Gaines and Johnnie Wesley Leggette. Her marriage to Vance Monroe Gaines on July 19, 1942 produced two daughters. Johnnie Wesley Leggette and Catherine married on October 21, 1948 and produced three sons and one daughter.

She is survived by Catherine Gaines Ellis and her husband Don; Cynthia Gaines Weck and her spouse Fred; Johnnie Wesley Leggette, Jr. and his wife Mim; Dennis Kendall Leggette and his wife Kathy; Robert Craig Leggette and Cheryl Leggette Manning.

Catherine was blessed with nine grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

She was also blessed with caring neighbors of more than fifty years, Bill and Shirley Dancy. Compassionate caregivers were Patricia Michael, Caroline Setchel, and Vivian Mancini.

She is survived by a sister and a brother, Marion Delores King and Carlin Walton Nash.

Rev. Charles E. Hollifield and Carlin W. Nash will preside over the services at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue in Hampton on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm followed by graveside attendance at Parklawn Memorial Park.

Mayme Catherine remembered her Creator in the days of her youth and honored her Lord throughout her life. Ecclesiastes 12:1

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Published in Daily Press from January 11 to January 12, 2014.
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January 11
, 2014

Alana and Cheryl, Our thoughts are with you during this time. We are sorry about the loss of your grandmother and mother. She was a sweet and pleasant person. Love you, Aunt Pie, Cyrus and Zaria.

January 11, 2014

Peanut and Kathy...we are so very sorry for your loss.

~ Sheila and Jim Majka, Seaford, Virginia

January 12, 2014 

Peanut. Kathy, Shannon, Ashley and the family we are so sorry for the loss you have suffered . The Lord has her beside him as we continue to miss her each day. Our prays are with you.

~ Patty Hoggard, Hoggard, Virginia

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January 13, 2014

Will always remember the good times that were had at Miss Tootsie's. Sister Leggette was always there for us even when she did not approve of what we were up to. Sorry for your loss but know that she is with her Lord and Savior. My prayers are with the family

~ Brenda Phillips/Hayes, Williamsburg, Virginia
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January 13, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. So sorry for your loss.

~ Vanessa Torres

January 13, 2014

Craig and Leggette Family,
So very sorry for your loss. I know you were a caring son and along with the grief are many happy memories of your mom and her life...well lived.

~ Rick and Robi Hancock

January 13, 2014

Craig, Peanut, and Leggette family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to your entire family. I just learned of this late this afternoon or I would have been there at the funeral today. My prayers are with you all at this difficult time!

~ Cheri Bailey, Poquoson, Virginia

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January 25, 2014

   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Leggette's family and their friends at this time.

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 01/24/14 - "   Aunt Tootsie Nash Gaines Leggette":


First greetings to you. I have not been in touch for a while due to lots of medical challenges for both me and wife Loretta during 2013.

I wanted to thank you for your attention to Aunt Tootsie's (Feb '39) passing. The obit said she loved cheering for NNHS, and she did, even when her daughters and other children graduated from Hampton schools.

First, she was 92, but part of the team of young ladies, including my mother Betsy (Goodson) Covert ('37) and Tena (Goodson) Hensel (June 39), who my dad had with him on the street corners in Hampton and Phoebus from 1938-40. Dad conducted street meetings each weekend without fail, alone or with help. He knew if you collected a group of beautiful young women who could sing and play instruments, you could draw a crowd, and ultimately he ( Dad, Harry Covert, Sr.) (20 Sept 1908 - 04 Dec 1985) could then preach the word. Out of this ministry came the Phoebus, Hampton and Bethel Assemblies of God Churches, which thrive today in Hampton.

Tootsie was a classy lady and her daughters
Juanita (HHS '61) and Renee (HHS '64) were like my sisters as we grew up together in Newport News, attending church at the Gospel Tabernacle on the 600 block of 32nd Street, and taking piano lessons from Mrs. Ennis Rees on 30th Street.

My wife drove me to Hampton for the funeral despite her suffering from pneumonia. My strokes, AFibs and curiously whiplash (from sneezing) prevented my driving. The day was such a time of renewal, love and reconnection with cousins I had not seen in nearly 50 years. I was glad to have been able to visit Aunt Tootsie (actually my mom's first cousin) about a year ago, but her death was an occasion where we celebrated her life, her beautiful family, her part in my dad's ministry and being a founder of Bethel Assembly of God Church. The Lord has His way of ministering to us and showing us that ultimately memories are made out of love and shared experience.

A side note is that she earned the nickname Tootsie because her dad, Walton Nash, would bring home Tootsie Rolls at night and always pleased Mamie Catherine with the delightful candy. As the family historian, I always said Tootsie was born Mamie Catherine Nash, but was surprised to see she apparently spelled it "Mayme." Sometimes the census and other records don't get it right!

I could not have experienced a more memorable day in my life, thanks again to Aunt Tootsie and much love to the children and grandchildren....

Norm Covert ('61)

   Thanks so much, Norm! What a wonderful legacy! You have my deepest sympathies on the loss of your cousin.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309



The Old Rugged Cross

Words and Music by George Bennard, 1913

(The Old Rugged Cross was written in Albion, Michigan.
Or Pokagon, Michigan.
Or Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
All three towns claim to be the birthplace of this hymn.)

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He'll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I'll share.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

"The Old Rugged Cross" midi courtesy of - 03/01/07

"The Old Rugged Cross" lyrics and history courtesy of - 03/01/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

Pink Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of - oops, I cannot locate that information at the moment.....

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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