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01/14/14 - NNHS Newsletter - Mr. James P. Wilson, Jr.

James P. Wilson, Jr.
(16 Mar 1932 - 11 Jan 2014)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 I am deeply grieved to report this sad news.  Beloved former Newport News High School band director and administrator        Mr. James P. Wilson, Jr., passed away at his home in Emporia on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at the age of 81. 

   Few people have impacted my life more deeply than Mr. Wilson.  He will be greatly missed.

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch - 01/14/14:

                        James P. Wilson, Jr.
      WILSON, James P. Jr., of Emporia, Va., died peacefully Saturday, January 11, 2014, at home after a long illness.

Jim was a life-long educator in Virginia. He began his career as the band director at Newport News High School, where his bands won numerous awards around the state.

He became a school administrator in 1969 and served as an assistant principal and principal at several high schools in Virginia. He retired as principal from Greensville County High School in 1988.

Jim Wilson

After retirement, he taught at Southside Virginia Community College for 10 years.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara. He is also survived by his daughters, Stephanie Vassar (Tim) of Glen Allen, Va. and Meg Lumpkin (Brent) of Emporia; and his four grandchildren, Rachel Vassar, Mason Lumpkin, Isaac Vassar, and Haley Lumpkin.

The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to his caregiver, Joy Mallory, and to Crater Community Hospice.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, January 16 at Owen Funeral Home in Jarratt, Va. Visitation will be one hour prior to and one hour after the service.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 108, Emporia, Va. 23847. Online condolences may be made at

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January 14, 2014, 6:38 AM

  So sorry for your loss. He was a great man but he is at peace now. Prayers for all of you during this sad time.

~ Brenda Matthews, Emporia, Virginia

January 14, 2014, 8:13 AM

  We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

~ Clayton and Louise Allen, Emporia, Virginia 23847

January 14, 2014

“When the Saints Go Marching In”. March on, Mr. Wilson, but keep that line straight!

What a wonderful man who taught us Typhoons so much as our band director at NNHS, not just about music but about life – dedication, hard work, perseverance, teamwork, and caring to name just a few. I cannot watch a parade without thinking of him and how great he made our senior band sound and look, nothing like the lack of standards today. My grandchildren even know as we watch local parades and on T.V. how proud grandma is to have been a member of Mr. Wilson's band! May he rest in peace that he so deserves.
Prayers are with your family at this time of your grief.

Sincerely and with great sadness,

Sherry Hensel Garcia Huycke ‘69 (Bell section and clarinet)
Christine Hensel, Band Parent President

~ Sherry Hensel Huycke, Hampton, Virginia

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mr. Wilson's family, friends, and former students at this difficult time.

  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

 Onward Christian Soldiers

Words by Sabine Baring Gould in Church Times, 1865

Music (St. Gertrude) by Arthur S. Sullivan, 1871

Onward Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
See His banner go!

Onward, Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!

2. At the sign of triumph
Satan's host doth flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers,
On to victory!
Hell's foundation quiver
At the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise!

3. Like a mighty army
Moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
Where the saints have trod;
We are not divided;
All one body we
One in hope and doctrine,
One in charity.

4. Onward, then, ye people,
Join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices
In the triumph song;
Glory, laud, and Honor,
Unto Christ the King;
This thro' countless ages
Men and angels sing.

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