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02/03/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Mellie Davis English

Mellie Frances Davis English
(21 Jan 1949 - 30 Jan 2010)

Newport News High School / Warwick High School Class of 1967

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,    

   There is more sad news today.      Mellie Davis English, Newport News High School / Warwick High School Class of 1967, passed away in Hampton on Saturday, January 30, 2010 just nine days after her 61st birthday.  She was the sister of Diane Davis Hill ('61) of VA (and sister-in-law of Mack Hill - '61 - of VA) and of Frankie Davis (Warwick HS).

   From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA -  02/03/10, 11:45 AM - "In memory":


Mellie Davis English died Jan. 30. She went to NNHS, but I think she transferred to Warwick where she graduated. Her obit is in the Daily Press

   Thank you so much, Cheryl; I did not recognize what I was reading.

From the Daily Press - 02/02/10:  

           Mellie Davis English

    HAMPTON - Mellie English, 61, passed away on Jan. 30, 2010.

She was the co-owner of Hoss's Deli for 18 years and coordinated and sponsored benefits for the following, Toys for Tots, March of Dimes, Relay For Life, Shop with a Cop, Red Cross Blood Drive and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, just to name a few.

Survivors include her daughter, Tiffany McRae; sister, Diane Hill; brother, Frank Davis; grandson, Ian McRae; niece, Christy Davis; and three nephews, Chris Pittman, Artie Pittman and Frankie Davis; dear friend, Priscilla Halverson; and beloved cat, Happy.
Memorial services will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at Peninsula Funeral Home.

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

Published in Daily Press from February 2 to February 4, 2010.

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February 02, 2010
Say hello to Heaven and all the ones I have loved and lost for me. Life will never be the same as you have always been such a prominent force behind me. I have so many precious memories to cherish. I love you very much.

Daughter #2
~ Lisa Brock Wilcox
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February 02, 2010  

Mellie, may the Glory of God embrace you and keep you. We love you so much.

Scott Tuck & Family
~ Scott Tuck, Newport News, Virginia
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February 02, 2010  

Valerie and I were friends at BAMOWC. I always admired her for her willingness to help with projects and her wonderful attitude. We will miss her.
Martha F. Owen
~ Martha Owen, Houston, Texas

February 02, 2010  

My deepest sympathy to you and family.

~ Brenda


February 02, 2010  

Thoughts and prayers are with the family. Mellie will be missed so very much, she was such a wonderful person to my family, especially Tyler who thought the world of Mellie; she was a second grandmother to him. We love Mellie so much.

~ Wendy and Tyler Robinson

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February 02, 2010  

You will truly be missed, and thank you for blessing me and my family with your kindness and friendship.
Linda and family

~ Linda Holt, Newport news, Virginia


February 02, 2010  

My wife and I have been neighbors with Millie for a couple of years... she was always so caring and such a great person and a wonderful friend... We were blessed to get to know her and will miss her greatly... Our prayers are for her family as they deal with this great lost... David and Sharon Jones

~ David Jones, Hampton, Virginia


February 02, 2010  

Aunt Mellie would always say how blessed she was and lucky to have so many people who cared for her...We were the lucky ones. Thank you for being there whenever I needed you; I love you so much.

~ David Kipper, Camp Shelby, Mississippi
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February 02, 2010  

Mellie, you were such a trooper and I am so glad you are in heaven today with no pain. For my son, David Kipper, you were his second mom. He loved you so dearly and respected you. You touched lives wherever you went. My sincere condolences to the family. Love, Debbie Hess

~ Debbie Hess


February 02, 2010  


I didn't know you for long, but what a great lady you were. Smart, sassy and sweet! Blessings to your relatives and your Hoss' family.

Denise Owen

~ Denise Owen, Hampton, Virginia


February 02, 2010  

You will missed. You were a good friend to our family.

~ Becky Kipper, Westminster, California


February 02, 2010  

To all of Mellie English's Family,
You have all been in our thoughts and prayers, although I only know Frankie Davis, Mellie's brother, I know from talking to him what a wonderful woman Mellie was, and she will be missed by so many people. We are praying for your strength to get through this very difficult time.
Love and Prayers,

~ Cindy & Dennis Fines, Midlothian, Virginia


February 02, 2010  

Mellie, such a sweet hearted person. You always made me feel good about myself. I will always hold you dear to my heart. I miss you and I love you.

~ Paula Kearney, Newport News, Virginia


February 02, 2010  

Mellie, I will miss you dearly. You were always a great support and so kind hearted. Very loved by many. To all the family, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.

~ Angela Sowers, Hampton, Virginia


February 03, 2010  

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.

~ Kimberly Hudgins and Kenneth Diaz, Newport News, Virginia


February 03, 2010

We were so blessed to have the opportunity to know and love Mellie for a number of years. She was a very special lady and was respected by all. She will be truly missed. Our sincere condolences of all the family. God Bless..

~ Kim Shields and Kenny Messer, Yorktown, Virginia

February 03, 2010  

Gone but never forgotten, you will be in our hearts forever. As you look down at us smile because we all love you.

~ unsigned

February 03, 2010

We were all blessed and privileged to know Mellie and to call her a friend. Everyone who knew her loved her. She brightened and enriched all of our lives.
~ Billy Stoneberger, Newport News, Virginia

February 03, 2010   

To all family and friends of Mellie, we send our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers. She was such a sweet Lady, a smile that lit the room. Hal knew her for many, many years and I was lucky enough to have met her and talk with her on many occations over the last 4 or 5 years. She will be greatly missed and always remembered.
~ Angel & Hal Lafreniere, Mathews, Virginia

February 03, 2010  

To Tiff, Chris and family, I am sorry for your loss, Mellie was a wonderful women and friend to all.. My heart and prayers are with you.

~ Janie Halsey-Gilbert, Claremont, North Carolina

February 03, 2010   

Artie and Family:
Sorry for the loss of your Aunt. We have always enjoyed Hoss's and know that the theme was inspired by your family. Thanks to Mellie for being such a moving part of our community. God bless you all as Mellie continues in Gods' glory.
~ David Lawrence, Rosamond, California

February 03, 2010

Mellie was my first friend in life. Her sweet spirit and kindness will always be remembered. I have many happy memories of our childhood and regret we did not get to continue our friendship in our later years. May you have peace in knowing you will see her again and she is not suffering anymore.

~ Cheryl Mays Howard, Yorktown, Virginia
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February 03, 2010  
To Mellie's family,

Laura and I want to send our condolences to the family of Mellie. We saw her at her place of business often and she always greeted everyone with a warm smile. Chris and company are considered good friends and the business the two of them built together has been a place of comfort for many of us who gather to share in love and laughter. I know she is sitting there smiling down on us all now, God bless and keep her for eternity.
~ Victor, Hayes, Virginia

February 03, 2010

To Mellie's family, she is such a special lady & will be missed by many, our hearts go out to her family & friends that will miss her.

~ Patty & Johnny Flowers, Newport News, Virginia

   Our deepest condolences are extended to Mellie's entire family and their friends at this time.

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   From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA -  02/04/10, 7:48 AM - "In Memory":

In Memory
Mellie Frances Davis
01-21-1949 -- 01-30-2010

I was fortunate to have three best friends during my childhood. I was 4 when we moved to Sycamore Avenue and Mellie lived across the street from me. She was my first friend and my first best friend. One of the first times I went to her house, her mom came to the door with a baby in her arms. I could see two tiny little feet sticking out of a blanket. The baby was Mellie’s brother Frankie. When he got old enough to talk he would sing, "Daby, Daby Crockett, King of the wind pumptier".

Mellie always surrendered to my favorite game, “Let’s take turn singing songs”. She endured my mischievous pranks. When she was about 4, I suggested to her that if she walk down the street with her pants around her ankles …She graciously agreed. Mrs. Smith our neighbor yelled out, “Mellie Davis, I am going to tell your mother”. Mellie turned to me, waiting for me to do the same, trusting me…but I would not! She was still my faithful friend even when mischievous pranks got her in trouble.

We played until sundown, kick the can, hide and go seek, hop-scotch, and jacks. We shared kitties, dolls, measles, mumps and scarletina. However; we did not share Mellie’s big black shaggy dog, “Sambo”. In fact, I mostly ran from him. When she named her cat “Kitty Bob" after her dad, I named mine “Kitty Roselle” after my mom.

We braved all-nighters on Halloween, trading and eating most of our candy. We shared treats when “Shorty” delivered them from Manning’s Grocery store on the days we faked being "too sick for school”. We carried out the unique tradition of “stomping Valentine’s” together, leaving our Valentine’s on the porch’s of our friends, stomping real loud and running. Of course, everyone had wooden porches back then!

Mellie was at my house when dad tried to teach me long division. He got so frustrated and yelled “Don’t give me any slack jaw or I’ll give you the hickory tea”. After the fear left Mellie’s eyes, we laughed about that for many years.

I was president of the “Beauty Girls Club” and Mellie was the first charter member. The club consisted of Mellie, her sister Diane, and me. We were way ahead of “Wonder Woman” as we “flew” all over the hill behind my house. Millie’s sister was so beautiful with dark black hair and dark complexion. She said “Chief Custalow was her grandfather”. They sometimes visited the Indian Reservation.

Mellie even shared her mom who made the best chocolate cake ever. She was just as sweet and kind as Mellie. She never told me to go home when I spent hours at her house. I remember thinking that Millie’s dad looked like Clark Kent and that he must have been a movie star. He took us to an old time revival one time and although I don’t remember much about it, I remember we laughed a lot. I almost think I remember that a bug went up the preacher’s nose.

We joked about my brother taking her sister out on a date in his first car. Our friendship weathered many fights but we always “made up”. When she moved away and we drifted apart, Mellie sometimes called me to sing at a party she was giving.

Sometimes we allow life to keep us from doing the things we later wished we had done. Just a few years ago, Mellie called me on my birthday but I was not home. I tried to call her back but never was able to get her. I wish I had tried harder. Every birthday since, I think of her and the sweet message she left me. Little did I know that time was running out. I thought we would connect again one day. Our daughters actually graduated high school together, but somehow I must have been too preoccupied to realize it and missed another opportunity.

Mellie, your sweet spirit will always be remembered. Rest well, Mellie, I will not forget you. My childhood was richer having you as a friend. I hope to see you again one day and we will laugh about all our childhood pranks.

Cheryl Mays Howard

   Thank you for this beautiful remembrance, Cheryl; my sincerest sympathies on the loss of your dear friend.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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