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01/25/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
Softly As I Leave You

I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you
at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't
teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich
or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away
from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you
how to know what's going on in someone else's mind...

- Neil Gaiman
(b. 10 Nov 1960)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I've always had soft spot for sad songs.....

BONUS #1 - - Softly As I Leave You - Matt Monro

BONUS #2 - - Softly As I Leave You - Frank Sinatra - Oh, GOOD! It's been WEEKS since we've heard from Frank, right? NO?!?

BONUS #3 - Softly As I Leave You - Sherrill Nielsen and Elvis Presley


"Softly, as I Leave You" is a popular Italian song composed by Giorgio Calabrese and Tony De Vita (19321998), translated in English by Hal Shaper.

It was originally an Italian success by Mina, at the Sanremo Music Festival, entitled "Piano" ("Softly"). Mina published a recording of the song first time as a single in 1960 and later as well on an EP and on three LPs.

The English songwriter Hal Shaper noticed the song and in November 1961 wrote English lyrics to the melody, calling it "Softly, as I Leave You." It is best known in versions by Matt Monro which went to #10 on the British charts in 1962)[1] and Frank Sinatra went to #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the adult contemporary chart in 1964).[2] The Sinatra family announced Frank's death on May 14, 1998 by placing an announcement on their website that was accompanied by a recording of the singer's version of the song.

When he performed the song live in Las Vegas, Elvis Presley prefaced with a story about the origins of the song. Presley said the song originated when a man was dying and his wife was sitting by his bedside. As she began to doze off, he felt himself beginning to die and he wrote the words to the song on a notepad. But Elvis insiders claim his explanation for the song was merely an example of Presley's flair for storytelling so his explanation is most likely apocryphal. Elvis said he heard the story "from some people in Florida." Elvis doesn't actually sing this song, he speaks the words while his Irish backing tenor Sherrill Nielsen sings it. Elvis's one recorded version of this song was a bootleg made by a fan in Las Vegas in December 1975. RCA was able to release it commercially later and it now appears on the boxed set "Walk A Mile In My Shoes: The Essential 70's Masters."


    Happy Birthday today to     Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA!

    Happy Birthday tomorrow to   Sharon Weaver Knowles ('63) of VA AND      Charis Bean Duke (Governor Thomas Johnson HS, MD - '85) of PA!

    Happy Birthday this week to:

28 - Courtney Russ ('57) AND      Jennie Sheppard ('62) of NC AND    Rick Billings ('65) of NC AND My Granddaughter,   Becca Harty of IL;

29 -      Nancy Keesee (Tucker) Crawley ('57) of TX AND      HP Lucas ('65) of VA;

30 -   Jackie Belote Ward ('63) of VA AND  Charlie Phillips ('65) of TN AND Brenda Shepard McCoy ('67) of VA;

31 - Lynn Stewart Schroeder ('71) of NC;

01 -     Paul Dobie ('66) of CO!

   Many Happy Returns to you all! 


January 25, 1942 - Thailand declared war on the United States and United Kingdom.

January 25, 1945 - The Battle of the Bulge ended.


Saturday, January 25, 1964 - Another terribly boring day throughout the world...

   From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 01/24/14 - "email":

Hi Carol:

Please change my email to and not use the hotmail account.

You can change it on the website also!!

Have a great day!

   Thanks, Sarah Sugah! I have you all switched now! Then I changed it on the Contact Page for the Class of 1965 - and saw that I had neglected to update that page for SIX FULL YEARS!   So I spent a couple of hours there, and it's better, but I'm sure there are still email addies which should be changed - or added or subtracted. Y'all please check it out!

    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, Normie!   What a wonderful legacy! You have my deepest sympathies on the loss of your cousin.

    From Jimmy Smith ('62 / '63) of VA - 01/24/14 - "New York Painting":

New York Painting

The painter/sprayer/scraper is very talented! "NO BRUSHES" Watch! You will like it!

This is amazing!

I'd never believe it, if I hadn't seen it.

   WOWZERS! Thank you, Jimmy! That's AWESOME!

   Besides, it provides a perfect segue into a shameless plug for my son's brand new etsy shop. While at the moment he's concentrating on LDS Temples, he could also do a fabulous job with any other landscape of your desire:

          From My #6 Son, Dale Harty, (Hillsboro HS, IL / American School, IL - '02) of NC - 01/24/14 - "":

Here it is, from , the guy who paints temples:

The beautiful Chicago temple in all its nighttime splendor.

This is a print of a digital painting, 1.5" deep wrapped on gallery-quality canvas - ready to hang!

The floater frames are incredible - custom frames that make your canvas appear as though it's floating unsupported in the center of the frame - very modern, very classy. A steal at these prices! Also come with canvas installed, ready to hang right out of the box!

Available in multiple sizes. BEST VALUE = 18 x 24 $200!!

  1) Digital painting means no actual paint was involved. I "painted" it in Photoshop with a tablet connected to my computer.

 2) I did the original as an anniversary present for my brother who was married at Chicago.

3) I would like to do San Diego, but I have three other temples to do first -- Bountiful, Raleigh, and Boston.


   Having seen the original I can personally testify that it's gorgeous, Dale! Best wishes with your new endeavor!

BONUS SOFT CROCHET PATTERNS: -  Patsy L. Harbor's I Love U Pillow made with Caron Simply Soft Yarn -  Marlaine DesChamps' Bright Breezy Kimono made with Caron Simply Soft Yarn -  Marilyn Losee's Textured Stripes Throw made with Caron Simply Soft and Simply Soft Shadows Yarns

BONUS SOFT FOODS RECIPES: - Perfect Scrambled Eggs - "Scrambled eggs are a great breakfast recipe for those needing easy to chew foods. Melt cheese over them or drizzle them with maple syrup. If you have a chopper, you can cook sausage and throw it in the chopper... These eggs are a great way to start out your morning! They are easy and fast to make!" - Good Eats Meatloaf - "Meatloaf usually comes out soft enough to easily be broken apart with a fork and eaten with those who need easy to chew foods. If you use carrots in your meatloaf, make sure they are chopped up very small. But otherwise, meatloaf is a personal favorite." - Mashed Potatoes with Fried Mushroom, Bacon, and Onion - "A new twist on an old classic! Taking mushrooms, onions, and bacon, and incorporating them into good old fashion mashed potatoes."


From - 01/24/14:

A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a man below. He descended a bit more and shouted, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him half an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man below replied, "You are in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You are between 40 and 42 degrees north latitude and between 58 and 60 degrees west longitude."

"You must be an engineer," said the balloonist.

"I am," replied the man, "but how did you know?"

"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I am still lost."

The man below responded, "You must be a manager."

"I am," replied the balloonist, "how did you know?"

"Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you are going. You made a promise which you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. The fact is you are exactly in the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it's my fault."


1. Thursday, February 6, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2. Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.  

PRAYER ROLL: - updated 01/24/14

BLOG: - updated 03/13/11

Y'all take 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


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Softly as I Leave You

Composed by Antonio De Vita (19321998), with original Italian lyrics by Giorgio Calabrese (b, 28 Nov 1929); English lyrics by Hal Shaper

Recorded by Matt Monro, 1962
(01 Dec 1930 07 Feb 1985)

Softly, I will leave you softly
For my heart would break if you should wake and see me go
So I leave you softly, long before you miss me
Long before your arms can beg me stay
For one more hour or one more day
After all the years, I can't bear the tears to fall
So, softly as I leave you there
(Softly, long before you kiss me)
(Long before your arms can beg me stay)
(For one more hour) or one more day
After all the years, I can't bear the tears to fall
So, softly as I leave you there
As I leave I you there
As I leave I you there

"Softly As I Leave You" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 01/25/10

Image of Luggage courtesy of - 01/25/10

Animated Divider Bar 116 clip art courtesy of - 01/25/10

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Governor Thomas Johnson High School's Logo courtesy of - 06/16/08

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

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

American School Logo courtesy of - 09/05/06

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