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02/11/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Jim Vines

James Franklin Vines, Sr.
(17 Oct 1940 - 31 Jan 2018)

Newport News High School Class of 1959

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 There is more sad news today.  Jim Vines, Co-Captain of the Track Team from the Class of 1959, husband of Betty Marshall Vines ('61) of WA, and brother of Earl Vines of VA, passed away in Pasco, Washington on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at the age of 77.

From the Daily Press - 02/11/18:

                  James Franklin Vines, Sr.
      PASCO, WA - James Franklin Vines, Sr. was born on October 17, 1940 in Waynesboro, VA to Harry Russell Vines and Lula Mae Carroll Vines.

He graduated in 1959 from Newport News High School where he excelled in track and field as well as playing football.

Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served a tour in Germany. In 1960, while serving his country, he married his high school sweetheart, Betty Anne Marshall.

In 1961, Jim and Betty expanded their family with the addition of the first of their four sons.

Jim Vines

Once his military service was completed, he began working for the Newport News Shipyard which led him into his lifelong career in the nuclear industry. Jim had the opportunity to travel to Connecticut, Japan, and Idaho (twice) to work on projects. In 1979, he moved his family to Idaho Falls, ID for the second time. When his contract was completed, he took a job with Rockwell International at the Hanford site where he worked until his retirement in 1996.

Jim decided that he was not finished working and moved to Boise, ID to be closer to his granddaughters and took a job with Micron. In 2004, Jim decided to fully retire. He and Betty returned to Newport News to take care of Betty's ailing mother, Beulah. Upon Beulah's death, Jim and Betty set up a home in Pasco, WA, where he lived until his passing.

Throughout Jim's life he had always espoused volunteerism or, as he would put it, "the Lord's work". This was evident in his involvement in his sons' lives and within his church. With four active sons, Jim spent many weekends and nights supporting his sons by serving as a coach, referee, umpire, Senior Little League president, mentor, and dad. This did not preclude him from also volunteering in Southern Baptist churches where he furthered his mentoring of his sons as well as others.

As his sons became men, he expanded his church responsibilities by serving as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, youth leader, mission volunteer, and in other capacities too numerous to list. In retirement, he joined the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. In this capacity, he was able to provide relief for families experiencing the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters. This journey led him to mudslides in Washington, forest fires in Washington, California, and Colorado, and a hurricane in Texas.

Jim's fighting spirit became apparent when, in February 2017, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Given a grave diagnosis with a short life expectancy, he undertook a series of chemotherapy sessions that extended his life for almost a full year. He used his remaining time to visit with his family and friends. He would want to thank those that touched his life during this time, as well as allowing him to touch theirs.

Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty; his brother, Earl Vines of Hampton, VA; his four sons: James Jr. (wife, Blenda) of Bradenton, FL, John (wife, Jill) of Boise, ID, Jerome of Henderson, NV, and Jeffrey of West Richland, WA; five grandchildren: Olivia Vines of Boise, ID; Jeffrey, Jr. of West Richland, WA; Nicholas Vines of Richland, WA; Abby Price (husband, Brandon) of Boise, ID; and Makayla Vines of Kennewick, WA; as well as numerous nieces and nephews across the U.S.

A memorial service was held at Richland Baptist Church on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 12:00 noon. Express your thoughts and memories on our online Guestbook at View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on February 11, 2018.
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January 31, 2018

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family. May all have solace now and in the days ahead. Revelation 21:3,4

~ RB, North Carolina

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Jim's family, friends, and classmates 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

It Is Well with My Soul

Words by Horatio G. Spafford, 1873
Music by Philip P. Bliss, 1876

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, tho' trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious tho't:
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

And, Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend,
"Even so" it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

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