lucky you - your browser doesnt play annoying midis

02/12/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Elbert Keel

Elbert Lewis Keel
(06 Oct 1949 - 05 Feb 2010)

Newport News High School Class of 1969

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have another sad if slightly belated edition of the NNHS Newsletter this morning.  Elbert Keel, Class of 1969, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2010 at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester at the age of 60.  He was the younger brother of   Bonnie Keel Back ('64) of VA.

  From Jacque Ray Fisher ('66) of NC - 02/11/10, 10:07 PM - "Elbert Keel":

Hi Carol

Jacque Fisher here with a couple of links in reference to the death of Elbert Keel. He was probably class of 69? His sister 
  Bonnie Keel Back was class of 64.

Take care and thanks again for all you do to keep us connected.

   Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention, Jacque; I had missed it entirely.

From the Daily Press - 02/07/10:         

               Elbert L. Keel
GLOUCESTER - Elbert Lewis Keel, age 60, died Feb. 5, 2010 at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital.

Elbert was born in North Carolina on Oct. 6, 1949, to the late Edgar and Edith Keel. He had been owner of E. L. Keel Roofing and Sheet Metal Company. Elbert was kind and a loving father to his daughters and a wonderful grandfather to his five granddaughters.

His parents, and his wife, Janice S. Keel, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his daughters, Amy Williams and husband, Jeffrey, Dawn Church and husband, Raymond; sister, Bonnie Back and husband, Curtiss; granddaughters, Emily, Lindsay, Shelby, Alexis and Autumn.

A celebration of life service, officiated by the Rev. Wendell Gaffney, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, at New Life Ministry Center, 3450 George Washington Memorial Highway. Interment will follow in the E. L. Keel family plot at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from February 7 to February 10, 2010.
Visit Guest Book

February 07, 2010
Dear Bonnie,

You and I both know that Elbert is not gone. He is with you in everything you say and do. He has gone to visit with your mother and now they will both watch over you and take care of you. If you need anything at all, just call and we will get whatever you need. We love you so very much!!!!
~ Susie, Calvin, C.J. and Codi Culp, Newport News, Virginia

February 07, 2010
Amy we are sorry to hear of your loss, you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers!
~ Oscar & Brandy Setterholm, Bena, Virginia

February 07, 2010

Dear Dawn, Amy and family,
We are so sorry to hear about Elbert. Bless your hearts, you have been through so much in the past year. You know we are here for all of you and will do anything we can for you. You are in our prayers and we love both of you and your family very much. Elbert loved all of you dearly, and he is in heaven with Susie and his momand is in no pain anymore. God will lead you through one day at a time.

Please call,
Love and Prayers
Alice and Jimmy Owens

~ Alice Owens, Achilles, Virginia
Contact Me

February 07, 2010
Dawn and Amy,
I am very sorry for the loss of your dad! I love you both very much. God bless you both you're in my prayers always!!
~ Elizabeth Owens, Chesapeake, Virginia

February 08, 2010
Bonnie and Family,

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. But as we know, our loss is Heaven's gain. He is with Susie and your mother celebrating. That does not lessen the loss we feel here. We pray that God will enfold you and give you peace and comfort now and in the coming days. We love you all and know we are here for you always.

Pam and Ellene Back

~ Pam Back, Hampton, Virginia

February 08, 2010
Amy, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

~ Lynn Fulford, Gloucester, Virginia

February 08, 2010
Dear Dawn & Amy,
I am so sorry to hear about your dad. You both have been through a lot in the past year and I could not even imagine what you both are going through now. Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and if there is anything I can do please let me know.

~ Stacy Hudgins, Cobbs Creek, Virginia

February 08, 2010
I was so sad to read of Elbert's passing; please know that we are praying for God to give Peace in your heart and strength in your body to get through these trying times.
Love and Prayers

~ Virginia & David Elliott (Parkview Church of God, Newport News, Virginia)
~ Barbara Bentley Jackola (Parkview Church of God, Newport News, Virginia)

February 08, 2010
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2010
~ Carol/Tom Street, Ivor, Virginia

February 08, 2010

Dear Bonnie, Amy, and Dawn ,
I am sorry to hear of your loss and hope you will find great comfort through the love of God and all the memories that you hold dear.

~ Jo Anne and Jason Saunders, Gloucester, Virginia

February 09, 2010
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
~ Steve Keel, Hayes, Virginia
Contact Me

February 09, 2010
Dawn, Raymond and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. We love you and are praying for you during this sorrowful time.
~ Randy and Shelly Hughes, Midwest City, Oklahoma

February 09, 2010

Dear Amy and Dawn
I was so sorry to hear of your father's passing. I went to high school with your father, we drove your grandparents crazy. I also had the honor of meeting your mother when she was pregnant with the oldest girl (Amy); we became friends. We lost touch over the years but you never forget your first love. I have no words to express my sympathy for the three of you just know you are in my prayers.

~ Janet Liakos (NNHS class of 69)

February 09, 2010

Dawn, & family, we send you our deepest sympathy in the loss of your father.

~ Friends from Providence Baptist Church

February 09, 2010

Dawn and Family, We are sorry to hear about your loss. We will keep you in our prayer's. May God comfort each of you during this time.

~ Judy & Dennis Brisson, Clarkton, North Carolina

February 09, 2010

Sorry to hear about Elbert. I took care of him many years ago when he first started getting home health; I was his nurse aid. He was a funny man. I loved him dearly
Sorry for your loss Angie Brogden

~ Angie Miller, Saluda, Virginia

February 09, 2010

Dawn, your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss. If you or your family need anything please don't hesitate to let me know. Love, Heather Chaney

~ Heather Chaney, Hayes, Virginia

February 09, 2010
Dear Family Members of Elbert L Keel,
I am so sorry about the loss of your dad, brother and grandfather.
Elbert and I were best of friends from the seventh grade and actually never lost touch. He will be missed and thought of forever.
~ Larry Hewitt, Smithfield, Virginia
Contact Me

February 10, 2010
Dear Dawn and family - Please accept our hearfelt condolences for your loss. May God provide you strength and comfort. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Much Love, Ted and Kristen

~ Kristen and Ted Cygan, Gloucester, Virginia


  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Elbert's family and their friends.

   This information is also recorded here:

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

No Night There

Words by John R. Clements, c.1899
Music by Hart P. Danks (6 Apr 1834 - 20 Nov 1923)


1. In the land of fadeless day
Lies the city foursquare;
It shall never pass away,
And there is no night there.

* Refrain:
God shall wipe away all tears,
There’s no death, no pain, nor fears,
And they count not time by years,
For there is no night there.

2. All the gates of pearl are made,
In the city foursquare;
All the streets with gold are laid,
And there is no night there.

3. All the gates shall never close
To the city foursquare;
There life’s crystal river flows,
And there is no night there.

4. There they need no sunshine bright,
In that city foursquare;
For the Lamb is all the light,
And there is no night there.

"No Night There" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 01/12/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Back to NNHS Newsletters - 2010

Return to NNHS Class of 1965